September 25, 2003

Why some are journalists...

From a Washington Post article on business owners who chose not to purchase flood insurance, by Michael Barbaro:

Take Crowe, who has operated his store near the water for 16 years. At $5,000 a year, the last premium Crowe said he was quoted, 16 years of coverage would have cost $80,000, a bargain if he is right and Isabel costs him up to $100,000.

In hindsight, then, flood insurance seems to make sense in his case.


UPDATE: The post printed my letter about this!

Posted by jeffreyb at 12:01 AM

September 20, 2003

Hello World

Greetings from Jeff's new weblog! Old computers, domestic fowl, and wild conservatism will predominate.

Although, to be sure, it's hard to tell. I don't really have any long-term plans for this other than to force myself to write a bit more, and perhaps read a bit less.

This moveable type blog is running Solaris 8 on Chiron, a Sun Ultra2, 2x200Mhz with 256Mb memory, using Postgres as the backend datastore.

This is the fastest and most reliable of the fifteen or so computers in my stable.

The installation took some time, until I figured out the magic of This is a utility designed to automate the installation of perl modules, able to resolve dependencies on the fly. The command line for this (once is installed) is the following:

perl -MCPAN -eshell

Posted by jeffreyb at 07:14 PM