I’m keeping it low key tonight and staying in, catching up on the New Yorker, PBS, and other favorites. I even turned off my Blackberry; not just put it on silent, turned off the power. Crazy, I know.
One of my favorite shows is PBS NOW. The scarcity of long-format journalism/interview programs makes NOW a real highlight of my week (it’s also why I love Charlie Rose). I watched an episode from two weeks ago featuring former Medtronic CEO Bill George. He talks about selfish corporate leaders and how increased volatility is having negative effects on financial markets. It’s a fascinating look into ethics and the large effect they can have on the world around us.
Another great thing about NOW is that you can watch the interview or download it as a podcast.
MediaTemple has pushed back the launch date of their MySQL Gridcontainer project yet again. Frankly, my experience with their Gridserver product has been terrible. It’s insufficient for any production site in which you care about (a) uptime and (b) speed.
(However, it’s fine for this little site.)
Today, I set up an Ubuntu server out of an old PC I had lying around. It’s a fairly powerful box I used to use for design and web development work (back when I was a Windows guy); I put Ubuntu Server x64bit on it and am in the process of transferring over my iTunes library. I think it will be a *big* improvement over the “Macbook linked to external hard drive via USB” that functions as my external storage now.
I’ve also been looking at ways to connect remotely to this new server so I can access my music, but haven’t come to a conclusion yet on that. Suggestions?
I’ve decided to open this site back up again. I can’t promise much, but I’ll post fairly often about things that interest me with the exclusion of politics. I get enough of that already, and I suspect you do too.
Just so I don’t run out of motivation or overpromise, I’m going to use this stock WordPress theme for now. That raises the ire of plenty of web professionals out there, but I don’t see why it’s a big deal for personal sites. In any case, I haven’t seen anyone using this theme, though I’m sure they are out there.