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Bike to work day

Monday, May 21st, 2007

This past Thursday was Bike to Work Day here in Silicon Valley, and while biking to work I thought about why I really like living in the Bay Area while other people seem to hate it. See, I pretty much never drive to work: I work from home three days a week and on the days where I actually go to the office, I ride my bike or light rail.

One of the main complaints I hear about the Bay Area is the traffic, and I can’t disagree really. But the simple solution is just to avoid driving. As I said, I bike to work, and I live downtown where I can walk to almost everywhere else I want to go. When I do get in my car it’s usually to go to the beach or Tahoe or the redwoods or something like that, and living near that stuff is the whole point of being in the Bay Area.

The other usual complaint about the Bay Area is that it’s too expensive, and I guess I can’t argue with that. But pay is higher here too, and the advantage of having a 1300-square-foot house is that I don’t have to worry about finding enough stuff to fill my rooms.

Anyway, if you don’t like the Bay Area, please don’t move here (or move away if you’re already here). We have enough people without you haters and your negative attitude….

Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

I’m back from a little more than two weeks of relaxing vacation. I didn’t check my work email once, so if you sent me an email, please understand if it takes me a few days to reply:

$ from|wc -l
$ ls -lh /var/mail/rdreier
-rw------- 1 rdreier floppy 61M 2007-01-04 07:38 /var/mail/rdreier


Sunday, July 16th, 2006

After a smooth trip and suprisingly faster-than-scheduled trip, I’m safely in Ottawa, ready for the Kernel Summit and OLS. If you see me, say hello (of course I would expect you to do that even if you don’t read my blog).

By the way, the network in my hotel seems to have a broken DNS server that doesn’t respond to AAAA requests. This makes Firefox take forever to do anything, because it tries an IPv6 lookup that has to time out before it finds a site’s regular IPv4 address. However, I discovered the network.dns.disableIPv6 configuration option – setting this to true cured my browsing problems.