November 1999 Archives
PayPal is soposed to be an "easy" micropayment thingie, to bad signing up is such a pain in the but. Password has to be at least 8 characters alpha and numeric and the alternate question and answer have to be more than one word. I know that it makes cracking more dificult but it was such a pain, and I will never remember either, I opted out. I read somewhere that userids and passowrds made sense when there was only one mainframe to remember them for, they are rediculas when every site has their own new userid and password. Tumbprints retnal scans, ther has to be something better to identify my by...
PERSONAL REVELATION DISCLOSURE FORM - 1A "...Check all that apply or all that you are prepared to reveal at this juncture."
Too funny. Kinda reminds me of the sex contracts a collage was having couples dating sign, but that was real.
Should Apple change its name? I don't buy it. Apple should be Apple. The company I work for has been playing around with the name so mutch no one knows who we are. Don't play around with a, basicly, good brand.
Orbital Works mentions my blog "fozbaca's weee blog. Yes, I read my referer logs." thanks :)
10 principles for the 21st century
"4. the media is the message
Corollary: The media is the medium for all social interactions."
Take the FBI's Geek Profile Test the agency's secret checklist of potentially violent characteristics being distributed to educational institutions in the United States and Canada. How many can you answer yes to? Well I answered "yes" to 4 of 7, most. Guess I'm "potentially violent". It would be pretty scarry for my highschool class, the top 30 of 300 students would all fit their profile. Don't remember hearing of any of them being violent. I'm glad to be out of highschool.
The next time you here someone bemoning the "evils" of the internet have them read Net Brings Hope to Sick From Worlds Away.
Bill Gates has sent anemail to the troops telling them to support Microsoft Corportation Political Action Committee (MCPAC) and it's efforts in Washington DC.
What Dave is thankful for. What are you thankful for?
Well I'm thankful for great family, who I will be seeing shortly, and friends, especially the ones that BAIM (Big Ass Italian Meal) and the couple that wanted me as the Godfather to their daughter.
Thankfull for lots of cool technology to play with, and getting paid to do it.
Thankful to feel truly empowered to follow my dreams.
I'm happier than I have ever been. "Life is Beautiful" live it to the fullest :)
Ada: The Enchantress of Numbers
by Betty Alexandra Toole, Ed.D.
The Association for Women in Computing has the Augusta Ada Lovelace Award and some more info about Ada "Who was Augusta Ada Lovelace?" Well she was the daughter of Lord Byron, the poet. Ada's mother did not want her daughter to follow in her father's footsteps and had her trained in mathmatics. Ada is given credit for being the first female computer programer, and frist programer by several.
Why I Love my Qube I want one. We have one as a proxy at a remote location. It was soo cool to hold. Xmas gift idea :)
Guru Paradox: User-Centered or Self-Centered? scares me. Quality of "published" material, books written, predictions made and speaches given don't matter as long the activities are vigirously pursued. No wonder the pundits are usually full of it. No wonder the speaches are boring. No wonder there are so many crappy books on the market.
Ease of Use vs. Sweat Equity There is something to be said for actually knowing what one is doing but everynow and then just getting the job done now is most important. I'm thinking a good marriage of Ease of Use and Sweat Equity will be MacOSX, Macintosh Ease of Use with Unix power, the toolset command line etc.
Review of Howard Baetjer's "Software as Capital" by Peter McCluskey
I, Anakin "George Lucas is seeking an "extremely intelligent" 19-year-old actor to play Anakin Skywalker in "Episode II." He need look no further than here."
open source writers group wants you! If you are a writer, or want to be, maybe there is a project for you.
Apples and Oranges, Part II: A Linux DBMS Comparison - The Database Design
Migrating From Windows NT Server to Linux now it work would let me make the migration...
"The XML Bookmark Exchange Language, or XBEL, is an Internet "bookmarks" interchange format. It was designed by the Python XML Special Interest Group on the group's mailing list. "
Laugh along with GNU - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)
Programing/Geek/Etc. humor and jokes. Enjoy, I did :)
Happy Odd Day! this is pretty funny, and moving aroung the net today. Basicly today is Odd. Take the digites for today, 11-19-1999, and they are all odd numbers. The next occurance will be 1-1-3111. On a related note the next all even day is 2-2-2000, just around the corner, which is the first one since 28-8-888. So enjoy the oddness of today :)
Talisman a windows shell replacement. Kinda intresting looking.
weblogMonitor Watch the weblogs churn!
I'm listing now! weblogMonitor is a listing of weblogs that have been updated in the last hour. Blog owners/maintainers can sign and have their blog checked and listed when updated. The request "No porn sites, hate groups, spammers". Thanks Dave and UserLand.
Need for Computer Experts Makes Recruiters Frantic from the NYTimes.
Macworld reviews Adobe Photoshop 5.0 LE which has an estimated reatil of $99 recieved 4 mice.
ERights.Org home of E, the secure distributed object platform and scripting language for writing Capability-Based Smart Contracts.
Smokeout update: so far no cigarettes :)
Why I Love Gema by David A. Mundie
Gema listing at dmoz "gema: gereral purpose macro processor - Text processing utility based on pattern matching. In general, it reads an input file and copies it to an output file, while performing certain transformations to the data as specified by a set of patterns set by user. Can be used to do things done by Unix utilities cpp, grep, sed, awk, or strings. Can be used as a macro processor, but is far more general than cpp or m4 because it does not impose any syntax for what a macro call looks like. Unlike utilities like sed or awk, gema can deal with patterns that span multiple lines and with nested constructs. Can also use multiple sets of rules in different contexts."
When Bad Design Elements Become Standard. Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, November 14, 1999
OpenSSH has a website. Check out for a discussion. From Manual Pages" SSH(1) "ssh (Secure Shell) is a program for logging into a remote machine and for executing commands on a remote machine. It is intended to ... provide secure encrypted communications between two untrust- ed hosts over an insecure network."
GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT is November 18, almost here in my timezone. I'm a smoker but hopefully not for mutch longer. I will be quiting for the Smokeout, with the assistance of NicoDermCQ. My last and most sucessful, 4 months, not smoking was after using NicoDermCQ for a week. Wish me luck this time!
PROJECT GUTENBERG OFFICIAL HOME SITE - INDEX it's very cool, check it out.
personalization.com "...your source for news, information and analysis on all aspects of web personalization. we hope you'll explore these pages � and contribute to them. be sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive email alerts when new articles and resource listings are added to the site."
Right on! They mention some of the things Jabber will/is doing, most of which I have been wanting to do with ICQ. Imagine using an Instant Messaging client to update a webpage or blog...
ZDNet: The 1999 Technical Excellence Awards -- PC Magazine PC Labs
In the Beginning was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson
Great one by a great author.
Graceful Degradation of Scalable Internet Services (Alertbox Oct. 1999)
world's first WU-TANG nameliser
Brian Lauer -> Inebriated Assistant
foz baca -> Erratic Assassin
weee blog -> Bigoted Cow
Larry Wall -> Tha Lovely Assistant
Linus Torvalds -> Tha 3,416th Case Study
Cheap talk Why Open Source and silence don't mix Penguin's - Progress 6/10/99
Teaching web site construction with Linux
This article is mainly for teachers who wish to do some web site construction, though it may be of some interest to others. It is based on my personal experience these last four years. Each year I end up doing things in a different way, and this is intended as a summary of actual practice. Linux Gazette #47
Crusoe� - a new world of mobility from Transmeta Transmeta finally has content on their website!!! View the html source for a hidden message :)
Drilling deeper into Torvalds's Transmeta - 11/13/99 "Redherring.com sources say the company is making a microprocessor for Internet appliances running the Linux operating system. It's a huge undertaking." Redherring.com
Applying Risk Management to Enterprise Security SecurityPortal.com
FMTEYEWTK Far More Than Everything You've Ever Wanted to now About...
This is just between us (and the spies)
The US National Security Agency has patented a new technology for monitoring millions of telephone calls, so watch out, it's now even easier for the spooks to eavesdrop on your conversations - Independent
encrypt everything! there are technologies for using one's computer and modem to encrpyt phone voice conversation. they are listening.
Figuring Phone-y Words Performance Computing - Perl Advisor
Are you a furby out of work or looking for that "special" furby? Look no further it's The Furby Hooker Network
The Denver Post Online: Opinion What innovations came from Microsoft?
ServerWatch - Bringing You News, Reviews, and Downloads for Web Servers and Internet Servers
Interfaces: The Century�s Top 10 Peaceful coexistence between human beings and machines requires clear communication. The best systems convey information so elegantly that we hardly think about the power they give us�boundaries dissolve and we become one with our technologies. The editors of TR picked 10 of the most ingenious and important. - Technology Review
Protect Your Webserver From Spam Harvesters This might be of interest to those of you with the ability to do some configuration of your webserver. a list of user agents that collect email addresses for spamming and agents that are not spam agents.
DragonLinux - Linux made easy. DragonLinux is a distribution of Linux based on a filesystem called UMSDOS. This allows it to reside on your DOS partition, thus removing the need to repartition your hard drive to install and use Linux. DragonLinux also makes use of the loopback capabilities of Linux. This allows for both flexibility and space efficiency of DragonLinux on your drive.
"Death of a ball turret gunner"On the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month or ever, lest we forget.
From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from the dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose.
Thanks Del passing this along today.
BetaNews.Com - Inside Information On Products Not Yet Released
Netscape Communications, Inc. announced today that its much anticipated Netscape Navigator 5.0 will be available for trial later this month, the final version coming in February of 2000. With a beta version of Internet Explorer 5.5 coming soon, what will happen to Netscape?
WebCam World Top100, your WebCam Ranking! i can't help it. i find webcams facinating!
Date/Time Formats HTTP/1.0 applications have historically allowed three different formats for the representation of date/time stamps
MACROMEDIA ANNOUNCES STRATEGY FOR BUILDING eBUSINESS INFRASTRUCTURE
Building on Leadership in Web Authoring, Macromedia Broadens Scope to Provide Content Management, Analysis and Personalization Solutions
ContentServer.UserLand.Com frontier-hosted website writing, graphics and design thru email, FTP and file sharing. ContentServer requires Frontier 6 application. Looks intresting, hope there is a demo version of Frontier 6 still avialable.
Dieresis - Official Newsboy Page a perl/cgi for generating news pages, could be uses for blogging. the feature i like most is that it stores data as text files not requiring access to a "real" database.
CALL THE SHOTS this is a place for making a personal news and sharing it with others. the content is automated and looks to be scarfed. not sure if they have permision from the sources. look out for copyright issues here. i have heard that they are trying to make the user responsiable for content.
it lets one set a personal protal and provides a perl script to run on your site or desktop.
robotwisdom.com's most frequent sources for cribbed links other weblogs.
Gates Waits For Bailout From GOP By Niles Lathem - New York Post Online Edition
"Microsoft boss Bill Gates plans to play cat and mouse with the feds until after the election, in hopes that George W. Bush becomes president and saves his tail, officials close to the company said last night."
homepage kits for you! this is too funny, hard to tell if they are serious or making a joke. if you don't get it you need to surf more.
Richard Stallman on freedom and the GNU GPL The leader of the FSF and the GNU Project responds to a recent LinuxWorld story Reverse-engineering the GNU Public Virus - Is copyleft too much of a good thing?
Graceful Degradation of Scalable Internet Services (Alertbox Oct. 1999)
Java for BeOS Be Incorporated Works with Sun Microsystems to Enhance and Extend Cross-Platform Content-Rich Applications
The goals of the Apache XML Project project are:
- to provide commercial-quality standards-based XML solutions that are developed in an open and cooperative fashion,
- to provide feedback to standards bodies (such as IETF and W3C) from an implementation perspective, and
- to be a focus for XML-related activies within Apache projects
PrivacyPlace.com - Welcome The online magazine that concerns itself exclusively with issues of personal privacy
Fear of links While professional journalists turn up their noses, weblog pioneers invent a new, personal way to organize the Web's chaos. by Scott Rosenberg, Salon Technology
Online Digests Help Readers Cope With Information Avalanche The New York Times On The Web
PuTTY: a free Win32 telnet/ssh client PuTTY: A Free Win32 Telnet/SSH Client
PuTTY (originally STel until it stopped being just Telnet) is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 platforms (Win95 and WinNT have been tested; Win98 and even Win2000 are reported to work fine).
The latest version is beta 0.47.
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