dns wildcard musings

There has been a rather interesting, although frustrating, discussion on namedroppers about wildcards. I woke up early this morning and thought some about them, and why folks consistently complain about DNS wildcards. It seems to me that when non-experts look at wildcards they come to one of two conclusions: Wildcards don’t match enough. Wildcards match too much. Don’t match enough My experience has generally shown that when a naive user is introduced to wildcards, they generally expect the wildcards to apply in more situations than they actually do, leading to long-standing common errors (c.

capitalism is bad mmkay

I know that there is something that I just don’t understand about the situation, but when I heard the followup to the U.S. beef industry’s woes on NPR yesterday, I experienced the same reaction when I heard the story the first time: huh? Apparently, a small meat-packer in Kansas has gone to the trouble of making it possible to test every cow for mad cow’s disease, as the Japanese now require.


I just caught the review of the new Sid Meier’s Pirates! over on Ars Technica. I played the original of the game as obsessively as I was able when I was in, er, high school. On my Apple II, um, gs. Anyway, reading the review both summoned long lost memories and made me realize that this new version is that rarest of beasts: an updated video game that really is just an update and not a “re-invention”.

a confession

My name is David and I have a problem… It is true, I have a crippling addiction to console RPGs. Ok, maybe not “crippling”. It is annoying, however. I do not consider myself a gamer, yet this one category of games (think Final Fantasy, KOTOR, etc.) has the power grip me, sucking all of my free time away. Frequently at some point in the 60+ hours it takes to complete some of these games, I start to think about how the story does not make sense, the battles are boring and repetitive, and I still can’t stop playing.

subclipse redux

As I move my current project over to subversion, I’m getting a better feel for what subversion is really like to live with. I just started, so I don’t really have a solid impression yet. I do have some not-so-solid impressions, however: On the command line, I still instinctively type “cvs” instead of “svn”. When I type the right thing, the command line is nicer than CVS. The existence of svn status and svn revert is what I like so far.