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Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Sounds to me like Linux is on the brink of self destruction. What happens if Torvalds gets hit by a bus? Does Linux come crumbling down? Does it just halt any further updates? Who takes control?

Article Quote: A proposal to help Linus Torvalds keep up with patches for Linux has sparked a controversy over whether the operating system has outgrown its creator.

4:59:17 PM    

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

I'm glad the Bush administration is taking this stance. These detainees (or rather "unlawful combatants") should have no rights whatsoever. They are terrorists and as long as they remain on the face of this earth we have not finished our fight with terrorism. Either lock them up for life or remove them from this earth.
Bush says no POW status for detainees. WASHINGTON (CNN) --After a discussion with his top national security advisers, President Bush said ... [CNN - US]
12:31:14 AM    

Monday, January 28, 2002

This looks as though it could be useful. Since I was upstreaming to an FTP site on the same box as Radio is running I can probably use this instead and bypass all the FTP upstreaming crapola.
Beta: fileSystem Upstream Driver. "It's perfect for people who have a static HTTP server nearby."  [Scripting News]
7:59:48 PM    

Interesting DHMTL windowing environment in a browser.
7:52:06 PM    

Sunday, January 27, 2002

Well I'm not too surprised. Steelers have dissappointed me too many times in the last 10-15 years. They just cannot put it together in the playoffs. The BUS returning today did not help them at all. They were better off keeping him out like they they did in the second half and stick with Zereoue like last week. Anyway, I'm too steamed to blog anymore today.
4:37:02 PM    

Saturday, January 26, 2002

Fantastic. I can now take this off the top of wish list for Radio:
New Radio 8 feature. Now you can post to categories without posting to the home page. If you have categories enabled, there's a new checkbox, the first one, called Home Page (it effectively becomes a category). By default it's checked. Now you can easily publish multiple weblogs, going to lots of different locations, from one edit box. Screen shot.  [Dave Winer: Radio UserLand]
2:16:15 PM    

Friday, January 25, 2002

Pretty nifty:
"Picture to HTML" - This certainly is an incredible render machine. Drop in a jpg or gif, get ascii art in html back. Very slick. [Adam Curry: CurryDotCom]
7:53:39 AM    

I love Radio Userland and I hate Radio Userland. One reason why I love Radio is that I can now get my news from one place. I used to use PointCast, then a highly customized My Yahoo page, then NewsIsFree, and now the News Aggregator in Radio Userland. Another reason is that it has made it very easy for me to start blogging.

I hate Radio because I have to re-install it at least once a week (read about my frustration here).

It just doesn't seem like this software is ready for primetime just yet but I really can't live without it now. I suppose I'll have to pay my $40 for the pleasure of re-installation on a pretty regular basis!!

12:00:26 AM    

Thursday, January 24, 2002

I had to re-install Radio 8.0 again tonight. What a pain. Some things were picked up from the old install but others were not so I had to go through and fix a number of things. This is a test post actually to see if its upstreaming properly.
1:49:06 AM    

Tuesday, January 22, 2002

Its good to know that QNX is still around and kicking. I fired it up many years ago when I was involved in realtime systems.
I think QNX is the best looking operating system that doesn't care about the desktop. [source: Hack the Planet]
1:13:47 AM    

Monday, January 21, 2002

Brent Ashley IMs me that he is looking at trying out PocoMail as spam is starting to overwhelm him. I'm looking at some Exchange solutions as well since my filtering in Outlook just isn't cutting anymore either.
Well, there's egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg bacon and spam; egg bacon sausage and spam; spam bacon sausage and spam; spam egg spam spam bacon and spam; spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam; ..." — Monty Python's Flying Circus, 1970
4:21:33 PM    

Sunday, January 20, 2002

The BUS sat idling but the Steelers still rolled over the Ravens. My terrible towel was waiving today big time.

1 down, 2 to go. Not sure I've seen Cowher smile before!!

8:33:59 PM    

Friday, January 18, 2002

I thought I would play around with a script provided by Dave Winer. This page links displays news articles related to the Sept 11th terrorist attacks from a NewsIsFree feed.
4:43:53 PM    

I tried downloading something from today. I get a message stating that as a return customer blah blah blah I need to register in order to continue using for free. Nice, another wasted registration for nothing. Time to use a bogus email address with totally erroneous information. Worked fine!! At least these kinds of registrations are the least annoying. Time to erase the cookie as well though so they don't track the rest of my downloads.
10:10:14 AM    

Thursday, January 17, 2002

This Microsoft KB article solves any and all problems you may be having with MS software.
11:54:55 PM    

Black Hawk Down comes out tomorrow. It will be a must see movie for me. I absolutely loved the book.
11:41:13 PM    

From dotbomb CEO to McShits(tm) fry cooker. Is this guy too much or what?
11:38:39 PM    

I've been using eFax for a number of years now for a number of reasons. One being I don't require a fax machine or line in the home/office anymore. Another being that they did a great job in filtering junk faxes. I've received at the most 2 junk faxes in the last 2 years. Unfortunately this is what they had to say today: is introducing a new program designed to help ensure you get the high-quality Internet promotional faxing you need. will now be faxing select special offers exclusively to our free customers.
I guess they have decided to produce their own junk faxes. Oh well, I suppose I'd do the same thing. You get what you pay for so I'm not complaining too much!!
11:29:46 PM    

Would be interesting if they really have something here:
Firm Touts 'Perfect Compression'. It's supposed to be impossible, but an obscure tech company insists it has created the technology to compress data far greater than anything that exists today. Washington bureau chief Declan McCullagh interviews ZeoSync's CEO. [Wired News]
8:19:47 AM    

Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Very well put Mr. Hewlett:
Walter Hewlett's latest stab in HP joust. In a sharply worded letter to HP shareholders, the son of HP co-founder William Hewlett says that instead of purchasing the past, the company should invent the future. [CNET]
5:35:49 PM    

There better be a privacy setting allowing me to turn this type of feature (Q-Zone) off on my cell phone (when I have one that supports this that is). Although I think it is a great idea I don't want anything messing with my phone features (I can set it to vibrate myself when I want to) or potentially being able to read private information stored on my phone.
10:51:11 AM    

Tuesday, January 15, 2002

Now this is an interesting way to assess fines:
Cell phone executive appeals $103,000 speeding fine in Finland, where tickets are based on income. At 46 miles an hour, he didn't set any land-speed records. But Nokia executive Anssa Vanjoki could set the record for the costliest ever speeding ticket -- a $103,000 fine. [CrimeNews2000]
2:09:15 PM    

Monday, January 14, 2002

Radio 8.0 seems to be running pretty well so far. No major complaints and I have to say it is a lot more stable than 7.x so far. I had a number of problems with 7.x in that I would have to re-install it almost weekly. Then again, I've only been running 8.0 for a day so time will tell.

One complaint would be that it seems to take up a lot more processing power. Radio seems to spike the CPU every couple seconds or perhaps every 5 seconds as I see betty.rpc.agent sleeps for 5 seconds at a time. Is this a setting that can be changed and better yet how? What is it for?

10:56:37 PM    

Sunday, January 13, 2002

Just finished getting Radio 8.0 updated and working properly. Took probably 1-2 hrs of messing around. The reason being I'm running Radio in my own usual fashion - totally different than one would expect!! I had Radio 7.x running on a server so that news aggegration happened around the clock at 10 minutes to the hour. I'd do all my work with Radio over the web usually from my desktop machine or whatever machine I happened to be sitting in front of. Or better yet, I can get to my news from my cell phone with an up-to-date headlines. Also, the Radio www directory was a virtual directory of IIS so that there was no need to upstream anywhere. Anywone connected to this blog actually read the HTML files straight out of the Radio directory. Worked great.

Radio 8 changed all that. No problem I thought, I'll just create an upstream to an FTP site and things will continue to work. Well for some reason the FTP upstream would create the directories and files but they would all be of zero length. I thought that it had something to do with me mucking about with where Radio stores its www files etc since it is now different than 7.x. After much messing around I discovered that it was an FTP issue (which I won't get into here for potential security reasons) and once resolved everything seems to be normal. Except for the fact that history doesn't seem to be working on the Userland supplied blogging site but I'm not too worried about that since I'm hosting the blog myself anyway.

1:11:57 PM    

Thursday, January 10, 2002

This piece when aired on CNN (for some reason it doesn't appear in this article) mentioned the fact that women will be part of the force guarding these prisoners. You've got to love that and figure this is a form of psychological warfare on these bastards.
1:53:37 PM    

US counter-terrorism experts in the Philippines to train the Philippine military. Then to rid the planet of the Abu Sayyaf. I'm glad to see action (even if just the beginning) against other known terrorist groups.
1:51:12 PM    

Great way to opt-out of a bunch of those extremely annoying pop-under ads.
9:06:23 AM    

Wednesday, January 09, 2002

I don't know what it is but getting the current time has never been this much fun. Checkout HumanClock.
1:47:02 PM    

Does Mark Cuban just have too much money? How much can he be fined before it even begins to affect his wealth.

Here are the summary of his fines up till now.

Cuban's first fine last season was $25,000 on Nov. 2, 2000, for criticizing officials after a game against Seattle. Within three weeks there were two more fines, one for $5,000, the next for $15,000.

On Jan. 1, 2001, he was fined $100,000 for sitting on the baseline during a game against Minnesota. Three days later, Stern imposed the $250,000 fine for criticizing officials after a game against Detroit. There was another $10,000 fine on Feb. 15 that was accompanied by a two-game suspension for running on the court to break up a fight in a game against Cleveland. Finally, on April 15, Cuban was fined $100,000 for making a derogatory gesture.

1:42:25 PM    

Tuesday, January 08, 2002

Not bad but I'd like to know the price point. Didn't Dell have a similar product at least 8 months ago?

Philips Streamium MC-i200 is the world’s first Broadband Internet Micro System. Connect this incredible player to your broadband home network and stream in your own world of online sound. Futureproof technology means you’ll always enjoy services like online jukebox, personalized internet radio, music channels and INFO! service. And all with unrivalled Philips sound reproduction and the exclusive services of
5:33:23 PM    

Monday, January 07, 2002

Is this what Jobs is going to announce today? I'm dissappointed and it certainly looks as ugly as can be. However I suspect there is more to it so I may tune into the keynote later today.
9:42:17 AM    

Saturday, January 05, 2002

This looks like it might be interesting: Microsoft device to bridge TV, PC. The company is expected to demonstrate a tablet-shaped device at the upcoming CES that will serve as a bridge between the TV, the PC and Microsoft's .Net services. [CNET]
2:03:52 AM    

Friday, January 04, 2002

Well it looks like Brent has taken the plunge. We've been discussing the topic for quite some time now. Well I'm pulling up a partition next to the pool I guess. I'm not ready to dive in but I am getting my feet wet.

I have 4 Win2000 server boxes (one to be retired due to age than anything else) and now 1 Linux box. Actually that makes 2 Linux boxes if you count the co-located virtual server I use for Kosmo. There I can say I've been using Linux before Brent for quite some time (at least 4 years!!!). Although I really don't touch that machine as it just relays Kosmo mail to an MS Exchange server and serves up the simple Kosmo website which is in the extreme state of requiring an overhaul/update (its got to be over 4-5 years old and doesn't apply whatsoever anymore). I'm such a savvy marketer!!

The NT boxes are going to handle all services for a while and I can't see myself moving these over to Linux anytime soon. Most of them are used for development, testing and internal projects all requiring the horsepower (business applications) I don't see available with Linux just yet. For example, projects I'm working on are going to require SQL Server or some other proper DBMS period. I wouldn't dare think of using MySQL in its place. However, I can see other projects utilizing MySQL so its time to familiarize with some of these alternatives. Now that I think of it I could have used MySQL a few years ago when I put together a web app for a cell phone reseller. Not being familiar with Linux back then I just created my own database implementation using some neat Perl tricks. I'm not even sure MySQL existed back then.

Well time to grab some sleep to be able to get up tomorrow at a decent time and mess around with Linux a bit.
1:10:11 AM    

Dave writes: InfoWorld: "During his keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, Microsoft's Bill Gates will demonstrate the AirPanel 150, a flat-panel wireless monitor from Viewsonic that allows users to carry it from room to room."  [Scripting News]

Now I've been waiting for the Tablet PC for a while now and it definitely has its uses. But this device can also be very useful and would replace the laptop I have that floats around the house from room to room. It normally is used as a jukebox connected to the stereo and also as a thin-client running VNC connected to a number of desktops/servers up in the office. I can definitely see something like this AirPanel 150. Then again, they will probably be way overpriced so I'll most likely end up going with a solution with a cheap laptop and wireless card costing no more than a couple hundred bucks.
12:20:53 AM    

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