Free Software Driver for Radeon R5xx/R6xx

Wow. Less than two weeks ago AMD announced that they would be opening the specs for their graphics cards, a few days later they followed through, and yesterday a driver for R5xx/R6xx cards was released. How's that for fast?

Why I Don't Do Comments

From time to time I get asked why my blog isn't comment enabled. There are several reasons for this:

  1. It's my blog. It's here as way for me to share information, make comments, and express opinions. Incidentally, one of those opinions is that all of these objectives can be met by a site that doesn't support comments.
  2. Comment sections make for a horrible discussion medium, I'd really rather get an email. I realize this makes it more of a pain for folks to provide feedback, and it hasn't escaped my attention that this also serves to improve the quality of feedback. Drastically in fact.
  3. Let's be realistic. I do a piss-poor job of posting with any regularity, it's pretty much a given that I'm going to do an even worse job of tracking and responding to comments.
  4. Spam, (and this one is pretty much reason enough). Others deal with this through some combination of moderating, content filtering (which requires accepting some false positives and/or negatives), or forcing users to jump through a series of hoops. It's an arms race and a pain in the ass. No thanks.

In other words, I'm selfish, and lazy.

Whether you agree or disagree, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment below and tell me how you feel!

The Mad

Horror movies are always a stretch. Even the best horror movie requires that its viewers go out of their way to suspend disbelief. I think this is why there are so many bad horror movies, because the line between, "creepy", and "oh for crying out loud ..." is pretty damn thin. If you are making a horror movie and there is any chance that it's going to fall into the latter category, you'd be well advised not to take yourself too seriously. Better to have them laughing with you, than at you.

The Mad stars Billy Zane as Jason Hunt, a widower on a road trip with his rebellious teenage daughter, her moron boyfriend, and his bitchy, emasculating girlfriend. Jason and crew layover in a small town just as it becomes the site of a super-mutant-mad-cow's disease breakout. The infected become flesh eating zombies, who in turn infect anyone they bite.

With a premise this cliche, would I be guilty of spoilers if I said that the cast slowly succumbs to attrition as they try to locate the source of the outbreak and stop it from spreading? That's ok, with this movie it's more about the journey than the destination, and the journey is hilarious.

Clearly the makers of The Mad wanted you to laugh with them and not at them, so if you like campy horror movies then I recommend you check this one out.

"Has your beef been acting strangely?"

AMD to open up graphics specs

This is excellent news. I look forward to the day when I can be oblivious of my graphics adapter.

New Blog

I've been using pyblosxom for years. I chose it because it was dead simple and I wasn't interested in a long-term commitment with a bloated PHP app, (or any PHP app for that matter). Unfortunately it has always been just a bit too simple.

I went shopping for new blog software, but sadly things aren't much better these days than they were when I originally set up my blog. There are a few more choices than there used to be, but the list of options is still pretty short if you aren't willing to use PHP (again, I'm not).

Ultimately I succumbed to NIH and wrote my own. It has a simple CRUD interface for inputing markdown which is stored to a database and converted on-the-fly to html. Writing one from scratch was probably the worst thing I could have done, but hey, it's like a right of passage these days, isn't it?

All of the original postings have been migrated over and any bookmarked permalinks should still be valid (shoot me an email if you find any that aren't). The feed links have changed, but I put a redirect in place for the old rss 0.9 feed which points to the new rss 2.0 one, (hopefully that's transparent). There are also atom 0.3 and 1.0 feeds as well.

If I created a mess out of your feed reader, I apologize.