It’s actually remarkably hard to prove that something is random.
This is annoying, if you’re trying to create a high quality pool of entropy for Linux.
I need to find someone who is an expert at using timer jitter as a source of entropy, and see if a rigorous proof is available.
Sticking your hand in a basket of dry beans..
Kissing someone and watching their eyes light up with surprise and happiness..
A clean car..
Throwing a stone in a pond, and watching the ripples..
Going “A-BOO!” to a baby, and the giggle storm it causes.
This weekend, I’ve managed to:
- reconnect with a friend I haven’t seen in over a decade
- make massive monetary decisions about car, work, and play
- find a credit card I thought I lost on a plane six years go
- play. on. a. swing! Â WHEEEEEEEeee…
I’m proudest of the last thing on the list. Â We really need to remember to play as adults.
Why is it so hard to make a 3D printer work?Â I spent 4 hours cleaning, compiling new firmware, and trying to calibrate the upgraded MakerBot we have at ATX Hackerspace.Â Frustrating!
I haven’t really put much up here lately, and I was reminded of something my English teacher told me when I was in 6th grade:
“Most of the greatest authors, on average, only ever really wrote 10 words a day over a year.Â It’s not that hard to write, but it is hard to be diligent about it.”
She’s right .. so, from now till the end of the year, lets see if I can post at least 10 words a day.
How hard can it be?
So, after two years at Amazon AWS .. and being charged $80/mo, I’ve made the move to Rackspace. Â They have virtual server instances for as little as a couple pennies an hour, and they are more than robust enough to run my blog and the other services I use. Â Plus, they have a fantastic flexible storage subsystem that I can use for data lockers.
So .. goodbye AWS, hello Rackspace Cloud.
For the record, the move from one to the other took 2 hours. Â Neat.
Right now,Â I’m helping set up BBS’es in Egypt, half a world away … to help people get back online, communicating
- to help stem the tide of violence
- to keep the actions, everyone’s actions, in the open
- to help loved ones stay in communication
- to help carry the voices of those in Egypt to the world
Ah, the joys of travel. Today takes me from Boston to DC, then DC to Austin TX.
I should have slept more…
I’ve got a secret.
I’ll post it on Aug 16th.
It’s an awesome secret.
One that involves cold silicon, hot performance, and could change the world of computing.