Thursday, April 27, 2006

Cat Hunting...

Lucy turned me on to trailerpark boys...

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Where the money went...

It's not like the world is buying fewer cars... so why do US automakers seem to be sucking it up so hard. Could be because their competitors are doing land office business.

Something to grind on for another 12 months...

I'm certain that this will face massive dealer revolt. I would think the dealer margin on an s500 >= retail price of bottom of the line diesel

Monday, April 24, 2006

What's a Smart go for?

About $27,000 (this is the zap dealer in kirkland)

That's the 700cc turbo model which is the only one they import. (which
gets just north 40mpg highway)

The same model in the UK (smart passion which is the high trim line) is 8230GBP which is $14,721 at current exchange rates. In canada the only engine available is the 800cc cdi diesel (40HP), in the base model, it start's at $16,700cad or $14,703 US. That model gets ~3.7l/100km or in the neighborhood of 60mpg.

So zap has someone mananged to deliver the smart for somewhere in the neighborhood of the average sticker price of the prius which seems a little excessive if you ask me...

Monday, April 17, 2006

Lest people forget about chechnya

russian snipers hunting down chechnyian "terrorists"

Facism takes many forms...

Theater siege...

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Hacking on your bash prompt

It's been a while since I did this so I'm writing it down in my external brain so that I can find it again:

prompt is store in the value PS1 so:

echo $PS1

gets you the current state, on recent redhat/fedora it appears to be:

[\u@\h \W]\$

which looks like:

[joelja@twin ~]$

The part of the bash manpage that talks about prompting says:

When executing interactively, bash displays the primary prompt PS1 when
it is ready to read a command, and the secondary prompt PS2 when it
needs more input to complete a command. Bash allows these prompt
strings to be customized by inserting a number of backslash-escaped
special characters that are decoded as follows:
\a an ASCII bell character (07)
\d the date in "Weekday Month Date" format (e.g., "Tue May
the format is passed to strftime(3) and the result is
inserted into the prompt string; an empty format results
in a locale-specific time representation. The braces are
\e an ASCII escape character (033)
\h the hostname up to the first ‘.’
\H the hostname
\j the number of jobs currently managed by the shell
\l the basename of the shell’s terminal device name
\n newline
\r carriage return
\s the name of the shell, the basename of $0 (the portion
following the final slash)
\t the current time in 24-hour HH:MM:SS format
\T the current time in 12-hour HH:MM:SS format
\@ the current time in 12-hour am/pm format
\A the current time in 24-hour HH:MM format
\u the username of the current user
\v the version of bash (e.g., 2.00)
\V the release of bash, version + patch level (e.g., 2.00.0)
\w the current working directory, with $HOME abbreviated
with a tilde
\W the basename of the current working directory, with $HOME
abbreviated with a tilde
\! the history number of this command
\# the command number of this command
\$ if the effective UID is 0, a #, otherwise a $
\nnn the character corresponding to the octal number nnn
\\ a backslash
\[ begin a sequence of non-printing characters, which could
be used to embed a terminal control sequence into the
\] end a sequence of non-printing characters

I ended up using something slgihtly less visually busy, basically setting PS1 to:

export PS1="\u@\h \w \$"

in my .bashrc...

gets me a prompt that looks like:

joelja@darkwing ~ $

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Graphics card shopping...

Hm... either:

asus 6800gt



Seem to been in the strickly mid-range...

products are positioned about $40 apart so the next step up appears to be:

asus 7900gt

after that things get silly.

not sure what kemp did but it was probably in the 7900 range.