When you stare into the void, the void stares back; but if you cast into the void, you get a type conversion error. --Charles Stross

Short Ebay Item Links

I posted this once before, but lost it when I moved the blog contents here from, so I am re-creating the post. Have you ever wanted to email an ebay link to someone but hated copying and pasting the mile-long link? I don't know why EBay has to have such ugly, long links. There is a way to shorterize them yourself, without using a service like, or All you have to do is hand craft the link on <item number>. Here's the same item with the short link... [More]

Just replaced the Windows 7 Bootcamp Partition with OpenSUSE 11.2

And it is the finest Linux distribution I have ever used. I used to use SUSE back in the 2001-2004 time, before Novell bought it. I liked buying the boxed version at Best Buy or CompUSA. After Novell bought it, they jacked up the price and it went away from the retailers. I'd heard good things about this upstart Ubuntu distro and that is what I started using. When OpenSUSE came out, I stuck with Ubuntu, because I liked it. Recently though I was wanting to try out a new distribution on a Windows machine I was upgrading to Linux, and the OpenSUSE with the latest KDE blew me away. After getting my new Core i7, 27" iMac, I was thinking about setting up the Boot Camp partition with Windows 7, but thought I'd try OpenSUSE on Boot Camp. I downloa... [More]

How do you pronounce, "weijske wyroby"

I grew up on these wonderful petite dill pickles and always pronounced it "wuh jess ski - Y row bee". However I just now noticed that there is a letter missing from the first word that I always thought was there. Now I reach out to anyone with polish ancestry, to try to help me get the right pronunciation of "Weijske Wyroby".