Whenever I Go Away, I Want to Start Anew…

There’s a thrill for me in the initial exploration of an idea, the initial design of a piece of software or web site, and in learning how to use new tools or pieces of software to build the thing that I want to build.

… I don’t hate that part of the work but it isn’t nearly as interesting to me and it’s hard for me to get up the motivation to do it, especially when I have a head full of other ideas to work on. However, getting over that hump and dealing with the issues that arise as a site begins running and getting users, or a piece of software starts to get used by others – that captures my interest again – maybe not quite as much as the initial phase, but there are new problems and there are always unforeseen developments when other people start using a thing that one person has labored over on their own. … I’m sitting in a hotel today having a very nice relaxing day away from home, and thankfully today’s idea for something new is blocked by a lack of good domain names for it (rather than a surplus of self-control).

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Omnious Sounding

Yahoo seems to have changed the layout of Yahoo Movies recently. I was looking at what was playing locally and saw this: save-this.png It sounds ominous. If I don’t sign in are they going to close The Nugget?

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Fixing Perl after MacOS X Security Update 2009-001

Apple's first security update of 2009 for MacOS X may solve some security issues in the OS but it also seriously breaks Perl by installing old versions of some modules along with Perl. It looks like Perl works okay for things that MacOS X uses it for, but if you do development using it or have installed other modules than what it came bundled with you may find that it no longer works.

…You'll probably need to download it from CPAN by hand as the CPAN shell itself is broken by the update.

The current version (as of the time I'm writing this article) is 1.2301 – you can find it at http://search.cpan.org/~gbarr/IO-1.2301/IO.pm

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In the Category of “Just No”

Do you ever turn on the television and think “Oh my, why hasn’t Fox TV adapted Ab Fab into a US sitcom? … Unfortunately, it appears that Fox never got the memo, and are in the process of doing just that. Complicating matters is the fact that Jennifer Saunders is helping write the new version. Which means that I’ll probably try watching it at least once, damn it.   [From Ab Fab New Pilot For Fox TV ]

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Battlestar Galactica: Both Back and Ending

The new episode will apparently run 3.5 minutes long, so set make sure your DVRs are catching that because I suspect you’ll be very unhappy about missing the last few minutes of the new episode. … If you’re looking forward to BSG returning and you haven’t watched the most recent ten “webisodes”, you really should take a look at them. … They’re also available from the iTunes Store for free, so you can carry them around on your iPod if you want to as well as watch them on your computer or Apple TV. I’m not certain that the webisodes are vital for seeing tonight’s new episode – my understanding is that they take place concurrently with it – but they do look like they set up something important.

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