I've just seen this on nmg's blog.
Copy the list, bold the ones you're read. Underline the ones you loved. Put the ones you're going to read in italics. Marvel at how far you still have to go. Act all concerned over the fact that the average person has only read 6 of these.
At work, I've recently taken up managing the codebase of GridSAM. Part of this involved arranging and moving a whole load of patches from one svn repository (maintained internally) to another (the SourceForge site). Subversion on its own isn't all that good at this, so I started using quilt to manage the patches. The workflow goes something like this:
Having been to many conferences over the last 10 years, one thing that I find myself (as a part of the audience) subjected to with depressing frequency is this scenario:
Chairman: "And our next speaker is Fred Nurk, who will be talking about Prestressed Bacon Yoghurt..."
[Nurk plugs in laptop; looks at projection screen.]
[Much fiddling and pressing of keys. Projection screen stays blank.]
[5 minutes later]
Nurk (weakly): "Has anyone got a USB stick?"
[A USB stick is found. The presentation is copied to it, and then onto someone else's machine. The talk starts, 10 minutes late.]
The new version of vamos contains updates for supporting multiple virtio disks and SCSI disks. It also has a new script, frankendisk, for constructing composite disk images from individual partition images. Frankendisk is new, and has a lot of rough edges, but shouldn't (I hope) destroy your data.
Back to vamos
I found this handy little site yesterday: searchplugins.net. Go to a website, use its search function to search for "TEST", then paste the resulting URL into searchplugins.net, and it will write an OpenSearch plugin for Firefox, Mozilla, or IE7 that you can download and install.
We performed the Verdi Requiem in Winchester Cathedral last night. It was a superb concert -- the soloists were great (particularly the bass and the soprano), and the orchestra was good. The big difference in the choir, though, was almost certainly the fact that we sang without scores. This meant that we had few places to look other than the conductor. As a result, we were tighter rhythmically, and much more responsive to the conductor's indications on dynamics.
After vlad died last week, I rebuilt him with a new hard drive in the main system RAID array. This drive was twice the size of the old one – 160GiB, not 80GiB – so I had a bunch of spare space not being used. Yesterday, I bought another 160GiB drive, and decided to test the whole SATA hotplug thing...
The choir I sing with, the Southampton Phil, is putting on a performance of Verdi's Requiem next Saturday, in Winchester Cathedral.
Vlad is now alive again.
After spending a significant chunk of Saturday grubbing around on the floor, elbow-deep in computers (think James Herriot, only less gooey and with sharper edges), I've diagnosed vlad's problems: At least one of the two hard drives in the RAID-1 array containing my home directory has media errors, and the motherboard has decided to stop working entirely.
At about half eleven last night, my server, vlad, died. Quite comprehensively.