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Tuesday, 31 January 2023 Dereel Images for 31 January 2023
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Dry omelettes revisited
Topic: food and drink, opinion Link here

Over the past year and a bit I've tried various ways to cook thin omelettes (intended for subsequent cutting into strips) without oil. The first attempt was in fact quite successful:


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But there was a basic problem: the base of the pan is domed, and there's a danger that the middle of the “omelette” will get too thin and crispy before the outside is cooked, so I tried a “halo” with a hole in the middle, with little success:

 
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Why bother? What's a little oil between friends? Today I tried a smaller, flatter pan with some oil:

 
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Somehow we're still not there. Maybe I need to experiment with halos.


Finding X fonts
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

One of the things that is definitely a problem with hydra are the X fonts, as I noted two weeks ago. How do I get a complete installation? Microsoft and Apple installations come complete; why not FreeBSD?

Off looking, and once again came up with a maze of little twisty possibilities, all different. One of the more insteresting ones was to copy the Apple or Microsoft fonts. But there must be a simpler way.


FreeBSD network performance
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

FreeBSD has almost the reference implementation of the Internet protocols, but that doesn't mean that it's perfect. Currently there's a mail thread on the freebsd-stable mailing list, in which the original poster only gets a fraction of the throughput on FreeBSD that he gets on Linux.

Various suggestions on what to do, including setting undocumented sysctls—something that I have grumbled about in the past. I don't have time to look at the suggestions at the moment. One page that looks interesting is https://fasterdata.es.net/host-tuning/freebsd


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A third of a century of FreeBSD?
Topic: technology, history, general, opinion Link here

It looks as if I'm going to write an article for the FreeBSD Journal about the Early Days. And by way of encouragement, they want the article by 15 February.

I've been using BSD since 19 March 1992, but that was BSD/386, a commercial sibling. It wasn't until the following year (19 June 1993, it seems) that FreeBSD was born (or forked, or whatever). From the calendar.freebsd file:

06/19 Charlie Root <root@FreeBSD.org> born in Portland, Oregon, United States, 1993

The original suggestion was that I should write about the issues relating to writing “The Complete FreeBSD”, in the assumption that it would have been particulary difficult in those far-off days. Yes, it wasn't easy—writing a book never is—but the issues weren't related to the technology of the time, though I did have issues with the time it took to format the book.

The real issues are elsewhere: how to write what people want to hear, how to structure it logically. And that was quite a problem, with the result that I changed the structure of the book from one edition to the next. I submitted the fourth edition for publication almost exactly 20 years ago, and it had taken me well over a year and a number of missed deadlines. Things would be no different today.

In fact, if anything, they're worse this time: explaining how to install or use software is fairly well defined. But what historical events are of interest to the readers? I decided that the history of the book was unintersting and started writing something about my experiences. And of course I was immediately unhappy with it. This article will be mainly thinking and only a little writing.


Keeping distress asleep
Topic: technology, opinion Link here

It seems that my attempts to get distress (Microsoft “Windows” 10 box) to stay hibernated were not successful: it keeps waking up, and I can't tell it not to. But there's another possibility: get it to sleep, like I do with dischord (“Windows” 7). That only goes via a secret menu, but it seems to work.

Only: it still keeps waking up, apparently every 30 minutes. I had found a way to disable the timers, via a link “change settings that are currently unavailable”. But it didn't seem to work.


The rider or the horse?
Topic: general, animals, opinion Link here

Do what I may, Yvonne is dead set on riding again. I hope the “dead” is only figurative. She seems to think that if the horse is calm, there will be no problem. But it's not the horse that's the issue: it's the rider, and she's fragile. She could seriously injure herself just trying to mount the horse, even if it didn't move at all. Five years ago the accident was understandable: the horse stumbled (hurting herself as well), and Yvonne was thrown onto a rocky path. The result was ugly:

 
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But the next time was very different. It was in the arena, she was wrapped in cotton wool, and the horse just bucked. And despite that she was more seriously injured than the first time:

 
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In principle that's the kind of fall that every rider has at some time or another. Even without any protection, most people just get up and get back on the horse. What's going to happen next time? Death or “just” paralysis?


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