Tech

Community management philosophies

I’ve been on both sides of web communities over my years. From a medium sized board of anime enthusiasts many years ago, to a 4chan janitor, to a subreddit, and now, most recently, a small cluster of IRC channels… I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen some shit. From trolls, dox, suicide threats, stalkers, all the way to the more mundane spam and off topic posts, there’s a lot to learn and little time to do it.

A case for increasing pep8 line limits

After some work on a recent project, I started tripping over PEP8 (which is the Python style guide of reference, used by most everyone and their tools), specifically the requirement to use no more than 79 characters in a single line. A read of these requirements sounds mostly sane. The idea being twofold, that: Extremely long lines mean that you’re probably trying to cram too much functionality into a line, and should refactor your code It’s easier for people to read lots of content vertically than it is to read horizontally So far, so good.

Modern Tape Backup - The Why

Ask a sysadmin nowadays about tape backup, and you’ll get a lot of answers, most of them negative. Here are some choice quotes from a question (is tape backup viable nowadays?) floated to some friends and a few IRC channels: Tape? Who uses that anymore? Nah, way too expensive and hard to deal with. We backup to spinning disks. In 2015? lol Ouch, huh? It’s no wonder people have such a negative opinion - tape is widely seen as an outmoded, unusable relic of a bygone era.

The Certificate Authority Racket

With Google’s move to begin interpreting SSL encryption as a factor that goes into determining a site’s rank, no doubt the webmasters of the world are beating a path to the doors of the Certificate Authorities which provide the sought-after bits of code that enable your browser to connect to a site without being snooped on by others, whether those be kiddies on the coffee shop wi-fi, or the kiddies who happen to work for the federal government.

Hypocrisy, thy name is tonymacx86

So I’ve spent this past weekend in a┬ákind of interesting situation. I own two macs, you see. One at home (which is very much dead, after a rollover accident which saw it chucked out the window, and Apple wanted north of $1K to fix), and one at work. Both of these devices run Mountain Lion. Well, since the dead mac is basically useless to me, I want to take its copy of Mountain Lion and install it on my PC.