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Programming

The Book of Xen 88

swsuehr writes "The Book of Xen: A Practical Guide for the System Administrator provides an excellent resource for learning about Xen virtualization. I frequently need to create test environments for examples that appear in various books and magazine articles (in the interest of full disclosure, I've never written for the publisher of this book). In the days before virtualization that meant finding and piecing together hardware. Like many readers, I've been using virtualization in one form or another for several years, including Xen. This book would've saved hours searching around the web looking for tidbits of information and sifting through what works and doesn't work in setting up Xen environments. The authors have done the sifting for me within the ~250 pages of the book. But far beyond, the authors also convey their experience with Xen using walkthroughs, tips, and recommendations for Xen in the real world." Read on for the rest of Steve's review.
Games

NYT's "Games To Avoid" an Ironic, Perfect Gamer Wish List 189

MojoKid writes "From October to December, the advertising departments of a thousand companies exhort children to beg, cajole, and guilt-trip their parents for all manner of inappropriate digital entertainment. As supposedly informed gatekeepers, we sadly earthbound Santas are reduced to scouring the back pages of gaming review sites and magazines, trying to evaluate whether the tot at home is ready for Big Bird's Egg Hunt or Bayonetta. Luckily, The New York Times is here to help. In a recent article provokingly titled 'Ten Games to Cross off Your Child's Gift List,' the NYT names its list of big bads — the video games so foul, so gruesome, so perverse that we'd recommend you buy them immediately — for yourself. Alternatively, if you need gift ideas for the surly, pale teenager in your home whose body contains more plastic then your average d20, this is the newspaper clipping to stuff in your pocket. In other words, if you need a list like this to understand what games to not stuff little Johnny's stocking with this holiday season, you've got larger issues you should concern yourself with. We'd suggest picking up an auto-shotty and taking a few rounds against the horde — it's a wonderful stress relief and you're probably going to need it."

Comment Extreme ghetto rig (Score 1) 695

This is fairly unsafe...but it will work in a pinch.

This was suggested by an electrician to keep the house from freezing about 5 Christmases ago.

Turned off all of the breakers and the main...it would be bad to fry the lineman.

Picked up a 5500 watt generator, put it under the outside porch roof. Got heavy gauge wire, got the one end plugged into the 220v output of the generator. (Here is where it gets dangerous) got a male electric dryer plug and hooked it to the other end of the cable. Plugged that end into the dryer outlet. Tie-wrapped the heck out of this plug to the wall box.

Fired up the generator and turned on a few breakers to the furnace and water pump and a few outlets.

Yes, I know it would be bad if the main were turned on, yes I know it would be bad if it came unplugged and the male plug were exposed. This was only in a pinch and two weeks later got the same electrician back to hook up a break out box and do it the right way.

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