Holy OSHA Violation, Batman!

A note accompanying a passel of bottles of Ocean Spray juice left in the break room at work read thusly:

All juices are past their expiration date. Consume at your own risk!

Yowsa.

Solaris Admins, You WantNeed PCA


No, I’m not talking about the Presbyterian Church in America, I’m talking about Patch Check Advanced.
PCA is the Solaris analog to Fedora’s YUM[1], Debian’s APT[2], or even FreeBSD’s Ports[3]. It basically allows you to completely skirt Sun’s bloated, kludgy GUI-based software update checker and list, download and even install all pending patches available for your Sun machines. It’s a self-contained Perl script that can self-update and contains an entire manpage embedded within the script itself. It works regardless of your architecture (x86, Sparc, etc.) and simply requires a Sunsolve account in order to download patches (listing available patches appears to be a for-free sort of thing).
Go grab it, then simply run `pca -l` to see all currently-available patches for your box or `pca -l all` to see all of your installed packages, regardless of their update status.
Very useful, and extremely easy to use. Go grab it immediately (well, after you’ve installed Blastwave’s pkg-get and the wget available from BW — PCA really likes to have wget in place in order to do any of the fancy-dance downloading). You’ll thank me later.

Don’t Call It A Condiment

…Cause I’m only playing catch-up.
See, because it’s a homonym with… Bah, never mind. On with the Friday Link Dump!
Hollywood is definitely out to retroactively destroy my childhood. How else can one explain their insistence on changing G.I. Joe from hard-charging defenders of America into a namby-pamby “international” strike force under the auspices of the U.N.? Gah! At least TNR has a funny take on the liberal NERFing of Jack Bauer Fox has planned for this next season.
The Top 10 Stadium Anthems That Must Be Retired. I could not agree more with the selections, although the suggested alternatives simply have to be jokes.
Sad news: Madeline L’Engle died yesterday. Funny resultant referential/reverential Fark headline: Tessa-wrecked: Madeline L’engle dies at 88.
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The First Rule Of Corporate Compliance Training

…Is: The correct answer is not, as one might think, the right (ethically, morally, etc.) one, but instead the one that will end up costing the Company the least amount of money in court proceedings.
Keeping this rule and its close cousins (“When in doubt, the snitchy answer is best” and “Reprisals aren’t real and, besides, even if they were, the Ethics office will handle your case in a straight-ahead fashion that guarantees you fair treatment”) in mind and you will pass any training quizzes with flying colors.
Or maybe I’m just a cynic.

Dear Abby…

A brief question, dear readers:
What, precisely, is the proper workplace restroom response to a coworker who, by all appearances, is talking to his toilet bowl, other than fleeing the scene at top speed?
Follow-up question:
What is the proper response when encountering said coworker in the hallway later in the day? (Note that he is likely unaware of your overhearing his auditory restroom transgressions.)
Bonus points will be issued for suitably humorous responses.

Blogslacking (Or, As I Like To Call It, “Doing Real Work”)

WWDC, baby.
I’ve been very busy here at WWDC these past two days and thus haven’t really had time to post much.
Classes have been interesting and mostly useful. I got a chance to go out and see Ocean’s 13 the other night. My one sentence review: sappy, sentimental, a bit contrived, not much suspense, worse than 11 but better by far than 12.
Also, there was a WWDC bash last night featuring free beer and the musical stylings of none other than Ozomatli, who happen to rock pretty darn hard live. A pleasant night, to say the least.
I’m catching the redeye out of SFO tonight, which should result in all manner of fun-ness tomorrow as my body decides whether to adjust, quit working or stage an active coup.
This week-long conference thing is hard on one’s body — I’m physically beat and really ready to go home. Still, I’m hoping work is amenable to sending me again next year. I’ve had a great time and met a bunch of like-minded individuals, some of whom even happen to work at the same trans-national corporation as Yours Truly.

Airport Blogging

WWDC, baby.
I’m sitting in PHL waiting for my flight to arrive and ferry me off to Apple’s WWDC ’07 and must admit to a good deal of excitement. Not only am I going to get to attend my first Stevenote (one that should include iPhone and Leopard info aplenty) but, as Matt Mullenweg mentioned, I’ll be attending the bbPress meetup Monday night as well. I’m psyched to get to meet Matt and a few of the people behind the bbPress project.
Heck, I may even attempt a liveblog of the keynote. Might as well — when next will I get a chance to do this again?
SIDENOTE: This Verizon Rev A EVDO card continues to r0xx0r my s0xx0rs. Too cool.