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I am a programmer living and working in Texas. I'm married, and have four children.

My blog is at OneManClapping. I manage to update it now and then. It is a mix of my thoughts relating to technology, music and life.

And it will probably bore you to tears.

Family

I keep all of my family photos reasonably well updated. Nicole logs family events in her blog.

A few notes about the pictures:

The photo server has been taken down as part of our relocation. Expect it back up by Christmas 2009 2010 2011.

Fun

I am a total garden nerd. I've studied old-style french kitchen potagers and have created my own. Lots of links on the blog if you're interested in that kind of thing.

Moving to Texas has changed the way I garden. Specifically, I've had to get used to the idea of gardening mostly in the early spring (January here) and in the early fall (Sept-Oct). The summers are generally too hot to do anything but peppers. The new potager is taking shape, though.

Television

MythTv is a homebrew DVR (like TiVo) project that I am a big fan of. I built my own system in 2006 and have been quite happy with it. I kept a detailed record of my setup and installation/configuration experience. Over the years, my Myth system has morphed from being a simple time-shifting TV service into a full-fleded home media server. It can now serve up music and movies that I have ripped from DVDs to any computer or specialized device in the house.

Here is a listing of what's on TV tonight in my house. This used to be a scrubbed dump of what gets generated by Mythweb, but is now its own shiny php page on my myth system. Once a day the contents are generated and pushed to this host.

Regarding MythTv, the best feature by far, is the commercial autodetection and skipping. I have hardly seen one since I've started using it. I find it strange to think my children will grow up not having any real exposure to television advertising.

NOTE: My MythTv system was retired in October 2009 as part of relocating from Utah to Texas. I've signed up for AT&T U-verse in Texas. If it is anything as good as the marrketing materials I've looked at, I'm not likely to resurrect MythTv. That is, as long as I don't get tired of paying the $15 monthly fee for the DVR. We'll see.

NOTE: We got rid of U-Verse in January 2011. The value just wasn't there. I've replaced it with a Roku box and a subscriptions to Hulu Plus and Netflix. Additionally, I've set up a streaming video server on the kids computer to make our ripped DVD collection available directly to our television. I'm very close to media Nirvana.

Music

I am always looking for more music to hack to.

I listen to music all day long while I am at work. (Which is to say that I've become picky.) To get a sense of my tastes, you should visit my Last.fm profile.

But I figure you're too lazy to go to last.fm, and hey, I'm a programmer. I've created software that fetches my 10 most recently listened to songs and makes them part of this here web page. It gets updated every 10 minutes. Here goes...

NOTE: This became broken after moving servers and I haven't had time to fix it. :(

Song Artist Album Played
Stand R.E.M. Green 2017-12-10 21:15:33
The Trees Pulp Hits (Bonus Track) 2017-12-10 21:10:40
The Walls Are Coming Down Fanfarlo Reservoir 2017-12-10 21:06:25
Subtle Changes Sambassadeur Migration 2017-12-10 21:01:42
Some Children See Him Sixpence None the Richer The Dawn of Grace 2017-12-09 21:14:36
Kiss Me Babe, It's Christmas Time Owl City Kiss Me Babe, It's Christmas Time 2017-12-09 21:10:47
O Christmas Tree The Layaways Maybe Next Year 2017-12-09 21:07:23
Star of Wonder Tori Amos Gold Dust 2017-12-09 20:56:17
Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas Okkervil River Don't Fall in Love With Everyone You See 2017-12-09 17:06:51
January Hymn The Decemberists The King Is Dead 2017-12-09 17:03:39

Noob python source code: pull.py.

I am also responsible for the Tagfriendly music blog aggregator.

Crap I've Made (Code)

My intention is to populate this area with bits of my own code. Any code you find here that does not specify its own license can be considered to be in the public domain.

I currently hack full-time on Apache Cassandra, an open-source, scalable, clustered database.

Flewton is an extensible open-source netflow collector I've contributed to.

An iTunes Music Store link generator utility written in python. This is handy if you wish to programatically generate links to the iTunes store that contain your referrer ID. NOTE: as of October 2010 scraping the link generator website is now an abuse of terms. Either don't do it, or don't get caught. Consider this code officially EOLed.

An Id3 reader implemented in python. I'm afraid it's not very 'pythonic,' as I consider myself a python newbie. UPDATE: now includes fancy tests and egg packaging!

A naive bayesian classifier I implemented in javascript.

An old project (the original Tagfriendly) is code I have abandoned. It is capable of parsing a FreeDB CDDB archive and converting it into a relational database. Further, it takes the relational database and converts it into a Lucene text index via Solr. Once you have the index there are lots of useful things you could do with it. I used it for fixing ID3 tags (see above). I also kept the Solr config files.

Jardig is a utility application I wrote that scans archives (jars, zips) for a specific java class. It even supports the ability to scan archives of archives. Once upon a time it was quite handy at resolving build misconfigurations that only revealed themselves at runtime.

Before there were any high-quality Java ID3 libraries, I created a low-quality library. This library has not received any maintenance since January 2004.

Contact

I use gmail. My username is gdusbabek. You can figure out the rest, spambots cannot.



Updated 25 June 2011

Gary Dusbabek