Thursday, September 27, 2007


Today's disconcerting experience at work: discovering a hole in my memory.

I've spent a bunch of time over the last day or two trying to get up to speed on a subtle and complex area of networking protocols. The relevant RFCs are cryptic at best; the text covering a variety of complicated deployments is compressed to a mere couple of pages.

Eventually it occurred to me that there might be some internal company documents about the area, and I went a-hunting. A few searches later I'd found a much more helpful 30 page internal document, with detailed explanation, examples, multiple colours, diagrams, the whole works—very useful and much clearer than the standards documents.

So it was a bit of a surprise when I got to the back of the document and found the revision history page: I wrote the whole thing. It was only four years ago and I don't remember anything about it.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


[reading: Michael Spivak, "Calculus"]

Bugger. It turns out that the Apple rep who told me on the phone that the new iPod Classic would work with Mac OS X 10.3.9 was lying.


I don't really want to have to buy Mac OS X 10.4. I particularly don't want to have to buy 10.4 a mere month before 10.5 comes out. It's especially annoying as I spent a while cleaning up my music library and getting album art for everything in anticipation of the Arrival of the New Toy.

So I guess I've got an expensive paperweight for the next month or two (until 10.5 comes out).

Wednesday, September 19, 2007