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UNIX is cool.

Here's a few of the lines I currently have in ~/Library/init/tcsh:
alias bbhttpd "bbedit /etc/httpd/httpd.conf"
alias restartapache "sudo apachectl stop; sudo apachectl start;"

Which makes it extremely easy to edit Apache config files in BBEdit and then restart Apache to see how bad you've fucked up, if at all.
Having your own server at home definitely rocks, especially if your boss pays part of it through some kind of PC at home project while at work you're forced to fiddle with the dark arts and Windows NT while on the job.

So I've decided to get me one of them thar iPods. I figure there's gold in there somewhere. Or at least some pretty good stuff. One of the most important things a digital device has got to do for me is keep track of what books, dvd's and cd's I've already bought so I don't buy them again, and the new notes reader seems to fit the bill, all it needs is an automated export from Filemaker and I'm good to go. This may sound silly but in the past few months it's happened to me a couple of times that I've come home all a-joy, only to find I've bought something I've already got, thus deflating my joy like a balloon on which a sharp-clawed rabbit has sat (a private thought, sorry about that).
Now with books this is normally not a problem, most of my friends are into the same kind of sci-fi I am. Likewise with movies, but in the music department I stand alone. I'm still clinging to the idea that Grindcore will once be the next big thing to hit the market.
Alas, as some random googling points out Grindcore is as dead as a dodo. All you find is some crappy tracks of bands better left unknown. The hey-day of such giants as Carcass and O.L.D. has gone. Earache records seems to be slowly festering away. "Grindcore was invented here..." their <title> tag proclaims. Yeah sure, invented here... but where is your god now?

I'm looking for some kind of daemon that will silently and unnoticably post the iTunes tracks I'm currently listening to to this website, by the way. Something small and background-y. I don't need no stinking dock items anymore. Something like Recent Tunes would fit me nicely except I'm not really in the mood to hack that code right now.
You see, I'm working on some code right now to download the latest astronomy picture of the day and set it to the current desktop picture, using Perl and OSAscript (if you don't know what this means you're probably my mum, in which case: Hi mum! or on some windows thingy or other: yeah sure hi to you too). The code is a bit buggy right now but I'll see how it goes and post it a few days after it seems stable. (Don't you just hate 0.1 releases?)

That's all for now (currently listening to Carcass - Reek of Putrefaction - Excoriating Abdominal Emanation by the way).

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