The End

This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper

— T. S. Eliot

And, likewise, this blog.

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My New Year’s resolution: No more blogging

Effective at the stroke of midnight, January 1 I will no longer be blogging here.  I will also disable comments on existing articles on that date.

I’ve been thinking about this for some time now.  The reason for disabling comments is primarily because of the increased amount of “comment spam” and the inability to deal with it effectively using the controls WordPress offers (allowing the URL field to be disabled would stop 99% of it dead in its tracks).  Once I stop posting here, I don’t want to have to deal with comments.

Tonight was the final straw.  I posted a how-to article (which I have since removed) and the comments I received so angered me that I took it as a sign that it’s really time for me to quit.  They were not personally insulting, but rather just demonstrated to me how fucked up things are in the United States nowadays (due to the influence large corporations hold over our government), and how blogging is not nearly as rewarding as it used to be.  Again, I took this as a sign — sometimes things happen for a reason, and I think those particular comments reminded me of why it’s time for me to bow out.

I’ve been threatening to quit blogging for some time, and I have always come back, but not this time.  If, for some reason, I feel I absolutely, positively must continue to write, it will be in a different forum with a different name (and no, I will not post that information here).  But frankly, I’m just tired of dealing with assholes, and even some formerly reasonable people seem to be turning into assholes lately.  And even technology is not nearly as much fun to work with as it used to be, and I simply don’t enjoy working with it or writing about it anymore.

Plus, I am getting old.  Imagine your parents or grandparents trying to write about technology.  At some point you fall out of the mainstream.  There are probably people one quarter my age that are writing better blogs than this one.  My day in the sun was during the days of the TRS-80, and while it hasn’t been completely downhill since, I do think that in some respects technology has started into a downward spiral, in that you can’t depend on anything working as it should anymore, nor that the developers will give a damn when it doesn’t.

The only thing I had been looking forward to writing about, MAYBE, was the new version of the PBX software that is supposed to come out in the first quarter of 2013.  So I will just say that it is coming and when it arrives you may want to check it out.

I ask you to please respect my decision here.  Please do not write and ask me to change my mind; I REALLY need to do this.  Please do not try to guilt me or flatter me into writing more.  Let someone younger than I have a chance to do this.  It is their world now, and I’m very sorry it’s in this shape.

To those who have followed this blog for a long time, thank you for putting up with me.  I hope you can find peace and happiness in the new year, just as I intend to try to do.  If you need a blog to read, I once again recommend Stop the Cap — he’s doing what I used to do, and he does it better than I ever did!

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Link: A New Project To Run Mac OS X Binaries On Linux

This falls into the category of “I wonder why no one ever thought of this before” — it seems to me that since OS X and Linux are both based on Unix (more or less), it would be easier to make OS X software run under Linux than Windows software.

While there is the Wine project to run native Windows binaries on Linux (and other platforms), there’s a new open-source project that’s emerging for running Apple OS X binaries on Linux in a seamless manner.

It is The Darling Project that’s set out to achieve binary compatible support for Apple OS X / Darwin applications on Linux. …

More here:

A New Project To Run Mac OS X Binaries On Linux (Phoronix)

By the way, I think they need a logo.  I suggest Tux the penguin hugging a heart with an apple stem coming out of the top.  I would suggest Tux hugging an actual apple, but you-know-who would probably sue.

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Link: A (tweeted) picture is worth 1,000 words…

This should make you think… be sure to read the fine print in the lower right corner (a sentiment with which I agree wholeheartedly!).


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Notes on using HDHomeRun recorder under Ubuntu for lowest CPU usage when recording from HDHomeRun device

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This could be big: Taiwan engineers defeat limits of flash memory (links)

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Link: OBi202 Pre-Release Software Rings Multiple OBi’s from a Single Google Voice Number and Receives Text Messages to the Attached Phones Too!

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