July 2008 Archives

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Hiatus - Refocus - ReInvention

Some of you have asked about the absence. Lots of change abound, I've not taken a sabbatical. Just addressing a bit of turmoil at the moment. I'll be able to share more as developments unfurl.

Rest assured that I'm fine and I have much to discuss. The automotive space is not a happy place to be right now. Very strange to see your friends and colleagues involuntarily separated from their livelihoods. Some people don't have any other skill set, so it becomes more difficult to rebound. Unfortunately, it is just the beginning. IMHO, the worst is yet to come. Fuel and precious metals will continue to fluctuate for the foreseeable future.

I'll have more to share in the following days.

Enough of the professional stuff. On a business note, I recently converted yet another customer to a Linux desktop. I will reveal that story in a couple of days.

links for 2008-07-15

  • Hmmm. I thought citywide refuse recycling had all but ceased. Perhaps this could be the reason more trash ends up on the tracks.
    (tags: NYC subway)

Apache 2.2 breakage

In case anyone cares, my hosting provider recently upgraded its webserver to Apache2.2.
*Sigh* Unfortunately, I wasn't aware of the change until the site went down. The root cause seemed to have something to do with my .htaccess file. Apparently, Apache2.2 server seems to expect and not .
More specifically the following appeared in the Apache error logs. ->
Expected but saw

I have no idea why Apache 1.x resolved this syntax without any problems. In fact, I had been using this syntax for several years. Nonetheless, the problem is resolved. If any of care to educate me on the complexities of Apache 2.2, I'm all ears..
I'd be happy to share this info w/my faceless admins :)

links for 2008-07-09

A shout for Mutambara - Heart of Champion

In life we often long for opportunities to meet or befriend someone that would leave a lasting impression upon you or others. A person that has an eye for freedom and speaks truth to power. Sure I have read about the lives of Malcolm, Martin and other tremendously consequential freedom fighters. However, I had never met anyone who would later create and foster a movement that would threaten his life. That is until I befriended Arthur Mutambara.

Mutambara taught in the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering, he specialized in Controls, more specifically Mechatronics. I believe he also taught Robotics as well. As part of my Mechanical Engineering undergrad curriculum, I had the great fortune to study Vibrations(or Vibes as many of us called it) under Mutambara. Prior to successfully completing that course, I thought P.I.D only pertained to Process ID. Boy, was I wrong :)

He certainly was not the conventional professor, in that he and I traded Tony Touch mixed-taped and talked about HipHop on regular basis. He offered me Tupac and Ras Kass, in turn I offered him KRS and Freddie Foxxx. We made sure that neither one of us fell into the media propagated East Coast vs. West Coast nonsense. At the time, I didn't realize that we were nearly the same age.

Early on I knew that he was an activist. I asked him what he thought about Cecil Rhodes, as Arthur was the only Zimbabwean that I had encountered that was also a Rhodes Scholar. Needless to say I got an earful and well deserved education. Arthur was very interested in the uplifting of the disenfranchised. Once I had learned that he was embroiled in the politics of his homeland, I knew that he would be a change agent. In fact, it was through his involvement that I became more interested in the developments of Zimbabwe. Mutambara has been critical of the African agenda and the leadership therein. He also takes issue with aftermath of post-colonial African development. Clearly he is calling people to task. I applaud his courage. Yes, also acknowledges the damages inflicted upon the motherland by Imperialism..

It was much later that I learned that his life was in danger, but I knew that he would not be bowed and would not retreat. These are the lessons that he instilled in his students. There is going to be a grassroots effort to help support Mutambara and his family during their time of need. Once the details are known, I will share the details here.

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