Upon a Summer Moment

Upon a moment of observation and quiet reflection;
And resting and considering how so far I’ve spent my time;
At this moment of summer breeze and the sweet scents upon it;
Is a moment indeed sublime.

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In Search of the Elusive Perfect E-mail Client

For over twenty years, Program for Internet News and E-mail (Pine) has been my favorite e-mail client.  It has performed exceedingly well and, in my [not-so] humble opinion, is all that an e-mail client should be.  In other words, I really have no use for a GUI-based application to handle my e-mail.  I’m also a pragmatist and, as my requirements for an e-mail client have evolved, Pine, unfortunately, hasn’t — at least not quite as much as I need.

I recently used Apple’s Mail.app to compose an e-mail, which is difficult for me with respect to using the keyboard outside of the superlative editor, Vim.  If that were the only issue, I could probably adjust to using a so-called normal editor (like those that exist in every mail client).  The problem with making the switch from Pine, specifically, to anything else is that Pine has some features that make it a superlative mail client.  The two most important features are the ability to store configuration data and my address book data on the mail server.  I think I would actually pay for a non-buggy (e.g. one that can accurately both sign and encrypt a message, or do either with an attachment) mail client that would implement those features.  If it allowed me to, additionally, use Vim keystrokes, I would pay even more for it.  Fundamentally, it doesn’t make any sense to have to configure mail server settings on each and every computer that one uses.

Update: This entry has been sitting in the draft queue since mid-2013.  Since then and due to the aforementioned limitations/bugs in Pine, I have been using Mail.app (both personally and professionally) on a more regular basis, but I still use Pine more often because of how much more efficiently I compose e-mail with it since I can use Vim as the primary editor.

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Mounting a Raspbian ISO Disk Image with Python

Here’s a simple Python script that I wrote to mount a Raspbian ISO disk image on a specified mount point. Its only requirement is Python 2.7 because of the argparse module. This version is for use in Linux, but it could be easily adapted for use in Solaris — which I leave as an exercise for the reader.

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Perspective

During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the Surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. Produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer escorts, 203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers, 24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces, 105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 military trucks. We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and ultimately conquered Japan and Germany.

It’s worth noting, that during the almost exact amount of time, the Obama administration couldn’t build a functioning web site.

Hat tip: Atlas Shrugs

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Autumn

Waning colors in fading light
Evening’s come, then, still night
Brittle leaves betray our path
Portending soon an icy wrath
Slowly, silently time seems to still
Until the world warmly sleeps.

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America’s Major Political Parties in One Sentence

Lawrence Auster’s ability to articulate his thoughts and critically analyze the writings, goings-on, and shenanigans of today’s democrats is impressive to me.  Over at his web site, he sums-up our democracy in a single sentence:

America has two political parties: a party of leftist liars, criminals, and traitors, and a party of decent, nice businessman types who won’t expose or seriously oppose the other party because that wouldn’t be nice.

As Lawrence also says, “Where would the democrats be without the republicans?”

Via: View from the Right

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Obama, the Post Turtle

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75-year-old rancher, whose hand had been caught in the squeeze gate while working cattle, the doctor struck-up a conversation with the old man.

Eventually the topic got around to Obama and his role as our president. The old rancher said, “Well, ya know, Obama is a post turtle.”

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was.

The old rancher said, “When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a post turtle.”

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor’s face so he continued to explain:

“You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he’s up there, he’s elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there to begin with.”

Via: View From The Right

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Star Wars and Elvis

It was thirty-five years ago today, on August 16, 1977, that I saw the movie Star Wars.  I can remember the day as if it were yesterday because, as my mother drove my friend and me to the theater (where a whopping two movies were showing), we learned that Elvis Presley has passed-away.  It was a bright, hot and humid summer afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana.  We were on Terry Parkway, preparing to turn left onto Hector Avenue when the news announcer on the AM radio station (probably WTIX, but I can’t remember that detail) broke-in to announce the sad news.

I didn’t appreciate the gravity of the situation as a twelve-year-old boy, but as I’ve aged, I’ve grown to miss Elvis.  Over the years, I’ve developed  a strong appreciation for his music and talent.  And, regardless of his weak humanness, I consider him to be an exceptional entertainer and an ambassador and icon of our American culture.

Rest in peace, Elvis, and may the force be with you.

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Git Error: fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly

I recently migrated my Git server and repositories from a business class, physical hardware network to a Linode virtual private server (VPS) and continually received the following error message when attempting to do anything with one of my repositories:

fatal: The remote end hung up unexpectedly

In my experience, this error is an indication of an authentication error from SSH, but there was nothing in the server logs to support my hypothesis in this case.  I have configured my server to permit access by SSH key only and the debug output indicated that the connection had been made successfully.  There are many search engine hits on the error text, but none of the results were applicable.

After thirty minutes of searching, I recalled that I had forgotten to execute the pwconv(8) command to synchronize /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow.  The problem could have been avoided if I had used the useradd(8) command to create the git user account, but that would have been too easy.

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Springtime

Oaks in springtime blossom free
Hydrangeas bloom a scent divine
Winter’s leaving for a moment’s time
Life begins anew

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