Time constrained

It seems as of recently I have been very pressed for time. This isn’t stressing me out, as I am making progress in many lights of my works, but all the same I feel some places are begining to show signs of neglect.

  • Facebook… Which, I could really care less if people start wondering why I haven’t posted about “Whats on your mind?” recently.
  • (much) More importantly this blog. I have a list of things I want to post about, but haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and write a few good posts (I have been too busy writing code)
    • Here is a list of items I wish to blog about (for letting you know what *might* be coming, and also so I don’t forget)
      • Mercurial
        • My new love:Everything I wanted to keep from SVN, everything I wanted stability in with bazaar.
        • Converting to
          • Convert, with filemap
          • With google code projects
          • With personal SVN projects
      • Kiln
        • Mercurial’s best friend, and should be yours too. In this post I will explain why.
        • Using kiln with your projects
      • FogBugz (haven’t used it much yet, but it’s part of the package)
        • My work currently uses VersionOne, I will compare the two and tell you why I wish to convince my boss to switch.
  • Some projects, and getting them done and out-the-door
  • Updates about what I have been doing
    • Projects recently released
  • Oh so much more that I don’t currently have processing in the conscious side of my brain.


I have recently begun using Windows PowerShell for some bash-like tasks under windows. Thus far I like it much more over the cmd. One minor note about this is by default the text is white with a blue background. Why is this a minor note? Well it scares me quite often!

I run virtuals on several different servers and this workstation. Some of them virtuals are windows-based. Making the PowerShell window (filled with text) look eerily familiar to a BSOD makes me jump every time I catch a glimpse of that window out of a corner of my eye. Subconsciously it has been engraved into my mind that blue screens with white text means windows has crashed. Now the exception is PowerShell.

Back to Ubuntu

Let it be known that I have come full circle on my development machine as far as operating system goes. I am now running Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop LTS, but with one minor difference, I am running a non-default kernel. I am running version 3.4-Precise Generic Kernel built with the direct kernel source, only using Ubuntus configuration during build. Here is the list of kernels available: http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/

(Note: I am once again fairly satisfied with my setup, there are a few bugs with Unity that I am unliking of. But not half as bad as my first dance with it. As expected, with time, the LTS is showing much strength.)

The reason for this is for better btrfs support, which is also the file system of choice for this setup. All 3 of my 640-GB SATA drives are in a RAID-1 configuration for both data and metadata. With the upcoming release of btrfs support for RAID-5 and RAID-6 I will be re-striping my HD to be at RAID-5 level I once was, but with the non-hardware btrfs file system.

The only major pain I had discovered while setting up Ubuntu was installing eclipse. This was not at fault of eclipse, but at Java for being removed from the repository. There are a handful of solutions to fix this problem, but the best/easiest for me was to download the Java *.deb files from the Debian repository through the website directly, and install them by hand. After this was completed, everything ran smoothly! I even now (once again) have an android development environment setup and working well.

I do hope to dive into btrfs user-tools in the future to allow time-travel like applications for directories, but this is nothing more than a pipe-dream as my current projects are far more prominent and feasible.