Clearing OSX dns cache

Posted for my reference, I needed to clear the caching nameserver in OSX Tiger today. Google answered my call and I found the ever so simple:

lookupd -flushcache

Obviously I haven’t hit a chapter on this in my OSX Tiger for Unix geeks yet (need to finish that book soon).

Desert Edge : The Island : Wrapup

Over on the “Desert Edge”: site I did a quick “wrapup of our event”: . I can’t believe I forgot to mention it here. Things went really well, we had a slightly smaller team turnout than we had hoped for, but still a decent amount. There was plenty of playtime, and the walk-on team did pretty well actually.

The best part for us was the review of the field by other players, as well as the SPPL’s head ref. Everybody loved our setup, and the way we managed the play. Quite a few showed interest in practicing with us at future dates, which will be nice.

Remember, if you’re interested in trying out paintball, just let me know, we’ll hook you up.


As all the local geeks are aware, “Pete Ashdown”: is running against the incumbent “Orrin Hatch”: for US Senate. It’s not like every local group hasn’t been chatting about this for a while. While really wanting to vote for him, I can’t be positive yet, as I still have questions for him. But that’s one of the great things it seems about Pete, not only is he willing to talk to geeks like us, he’s going out of his way to do it. He’s been scheduling with every Linux group in Utah, and making time to answer real questions (yes, many extra bonus points there, and he already had a lot).

One thing we’d really like though, is the chance to actually get a similar discussion with Senator Hatch. We geeks represent a group that has a *lot* of questions about decisions he’s been promoting, and it just seems fair to give him a chance to own up to why he’s been saying what he has. But how to we get him to talk to us, and even better, with Pete Ashdown at the same time. If anybody has any contacts, the local LUG leaders would like to arrange a multi-group meeting, which could bring in the numbers that could interest them. Pete is more than willing to talk with us, is Orrin?

Personally, I would have really enjoyed it if “Steve Urquhart”: had stayed in the race, although I can see how he would have had trouble kicking Orrin out of the Primary. But Pete has a *lot* going in his favor in my opinion, and it would take some strong opinions on major issues to be able to push my vote back towards Orrin.

Erasure Union Street

I’ve been an “Erasure”: for many years now, and have a rather extensive catalog of their music. They recently came out with a new album, an acoustic rendition of several of their tracks.

I’ve really liked several of their older acoustic tracks, both live, as well as other tracks, such as the orchestral version of _Wave Goodbye_ on the ‘Two Ring Circus’ album, so I had high hopes for this album.

LN2 Ice Cream

Liquid Nitrogen can be so much fun, in so many ways. But “here is a ‘practical’ usage”: for it. The top picture of the KitchenAid with the fog coming out is priceless.


“So Dell really did buy Alienware”:,1895,1941376,00.asp . Interesting, wonder how this will influence the XPS line that Dell sells, maybe the same stuff?

The part that excites me the most, is that Alienware uses AMD chips, up to now, Dell hasn’t. Since my work is a Dell shop, we’ve been out of luck with these chips, but maybe now that will change. One can hope.

I definitely see this as an opportunity to sell some of their peripheral hardware (mp3 players, handhelds) under a sexier name, and maybe increase their non-systems sales. Should help them out a lot.

Desert Edge : The Island

So, “Desert Edge”: is sponsoring a “paintball tournament”: this weekend. As most the local geeks know, I’m always inviting them out to come try. Well, this is the best weekend to do it. We have a *lot* of people coming, and will have our whole team as acting refs. We’ll have both SPPL style tourney games, SPPL team elim rounds, as well as a general walk on elimination games for individuals and new people.

Come see what the game is all about, both on the casual and tourney level. If you know me, ask soon and I’ll loan some equipment so you can try playing. Those with kids, bring them so they can watch (my kid *loves* to watch people playing).


So, more downtime for the site today, longest stretch in a long time. This time the problem was thankfully isolated to just my personal site though, and not any of the others on this box.

I can say, I was actually bitten by wonderful uptime. My “apache2”: / “mod_perl2”: daemon has been running so long, and I had done several large “CPAN”: based updates, including a major “Catalyst”: upgrade that completely changed the DBIC/DBix interface. So, when things restarted I had a new framework in place, but code using the old one (at least the api changes were documented). Yes, my stupid fault for not paying more attention to my bleeding edge dev stuff, and live, but man that was a pain. Had to start learning the new stuff *real* fast. But now it’s converted, and working. will check into patching this up to other users.

Oh, and it’s nice that there are Catalyst packages accepted into the debian system. Wish they included everything I needed, but it’s nice to have 85% of these newer packages apt-gettable compared to maybe 15% a few months ago.