August 2000 Archives

Run script one Ethics fro

Run script one Ethics fro the barrel of a gun and look what you get Ethics from the Barrel of a Penis. Too funny. Should make a great laugh for my gun nut friends.

Stolen laptop rescued due to

Stolen laptop rescued due to Debian.

Important research for the job

Important research for the job search, The Hacker FAQ. More correctly stated, important research for prospective employeers.

Mac OS X beta due

When your systems administrator works

Look what I recieved today:

Look what I recieved today:

"As a result of GTS restructuring, your position has been eliminated. Your employment with Rockwell Automation will be terminated effective August 28, 2000."

Needless to say I am looking for a new job. If you know of any jobs for a Perl hacker and web slinger pass them along fozbaca@yahoo.com. Give the resume a lookover any suggestions for improvement appreciates.

BBBL, booga-booga-booga license There is

BBBL, booga-booga-booga license

There is nothing in US contract or copyright law stating that anything you license must be licensed for money. I could license my source code to you in exchange for $100, in exchange for your complying with the GPL, in exchange for your signing a non-disclosure agreement, or in exchange for you painting your nose green, walking up to the receptionist at the front office of Microsoft, and shouting "booga-booga-booga".

Why, because it made me laugh.

Alphanumerica has a Theme Builder

Alphanumerica has a Theme Builder for Mozilla.

This is just too cool,

This is just too cool, DeCSS (descramble)[mp3], the song.

The DeCSS song is "DVDdescramble.c" in plain english. Anyone who knows c should be able to figure it out.

Video games help hyperactive children.

Video games help hyperactive children. Just one hour ago I was having a conversation about his with a parent friend, sometimes life is funky

Writing with emotional appeal There

Writing with emotional appeal

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.
When asked to define "great" he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!"
He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages.

[via apnews@eGroups.com]

Complaint letter about Mr. Brian

genehack has a good way

genehack has a good way to usderstand the Napster vs. Music Companys "The music industry is a drug dealer. Napster is drug legalization." Check out what he has to say. It should be archives for a permenant location.

The Pseudo-Image Kit for making

The Pseudo-Image Kit for making your own Debian CD-ROM for instalation.

Damian Conway Talks Shop, some

Damian Conway Talks Shop, some good advice for recruiters adn hiring managers looking for programers. Damian is the author behind Object Oriented Perl

DaveNet: Are you an open

DaveNet: Are you an open source developer?

PS: I see this as exactly analogous to the debate in music between artists and the industry. The artists should define the industry, not the other way around, of course, imho.

PPS: It's also parallel to the debate in the medical industry, between doctors and the HMOs. Now that software development has been going full force for fifty years, it's high time that we take responsibility for defining what we do. If we don't do it, outsiders are happy to do it for us.

Any group, programer's, doctors, traditional artists, etc, would love to remove the buisness aspect of their art/work as much as posiable. Unfortunately this isn't really posiably when one is expected to be a "productive" member of a capatolist socitey. It is about time to rethink if the botom line is the only measure of succcess. In medecine the botom line means that most will not recieve the best healthcare. Face it bottom line means he with the most money gets the most.

Sony exec: We will beat

Sony exec: We will beat Napster

"Sony is going to take aggressive steps to stop this," Heckler told the Summer Forty-Niner. "We will develop technology that transcends the individual user. We will firewall Napster at source -- we will block it at your cable company, we will block it at your phone company, we will block it at your [Internet-service provider]. We will firewall it at your PC.

I have an idea, how about making technology and services that attract music fans using the internet, like napster does(did), to use music and internet they way you want? The idea that a company or individual can stop traffic, without stopping all traffic, on the internet is absurd.

"And I will firewall Sony at my wallet. " best slashdot comment.

[via ScriptingNews]

Migrating from Perl to Python:

Migrating from Perl to Python: Objects and Operators

SashXB for Linux source code

SashXB for Linux source code is released. It looks like Sash WDE (Weblication Development Environment) is going to use Scintilla for the text editor.

Listen up eBuisnesses "Roughly 86

A Quiz Designed to Give

A Quiz Designed to Give You Fitts

So you think you are an interaction designer? Not if you cannot answer all the following questions quickly and with authority.

Hehe, guess I could do the UI design thing. Scored a 10 out of 10. Maybe reading AskTog is the key.

Redefining Professionalism for Software Engineers

...professional programmer
  1. ...picks a worthwhile problem to attack
  2. ...has a dedication to the end-user experience
  3. ...does high quality work
  4. ...innovates
  5. ...teaches by example
  6. ...teaches by documentation
  7. ...teaches face-to-face

Star Wars Gangsta Rap Movie,

Star Wars Gangsta Rap Movie, it is flash funnie.

Break'n the law, break'n the

Break'n the law, break'n the law...
http://www.decss.com/
<A HREF="http://www.decss.com">http://www.decss.com</A>

George W. Bush Sucks, ture,

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George W. Bush Sucks, ture, true.

The Computer History Graphing Project

The Computer History Graphing Project

This is my little project to unify all of computerdom under one big family tree. I'm not really sure if this is possible, but here's my shot at it.

Neat idea, good luck.

Linux "Linux" Torvalds interviewed at

Linux "Linux" Torvalds interviewed at The Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition.

Adult ADD Test : Do

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A Brief History of Money

A Brief History of Money in Politics

... the sources of money upon which candidates are dependent today remain essentially the same as before Watergate -- and little different from Thayer's "golden age of boodle."

So why not get your cut? What is sade is most americans would at least get somehting they want if the vote could be sold.

Pot delivered on demand in

Pot delivered on demand in England. Dave Winer says it well, "One word: WOW."

Webcast of the keynotes from

Webcast of the keynotes from 2000 O'Reilly Open Source Convention with a Larry Wall interview.

Diary for Skud ... we

Diary for Skud

... we wanted to work somewhere that didn't have so many arbitrary rules about "how things are done" and "appropriate business behaviour" and so on (everything from leave application forms to using Microsoft by default). Yeah, OK, there are certain things you do need to have in place (as we learnt the hard way) but generally speaking we found that having a casual, open work environment, a very flat org chart, and letting people just generally do what they needed to without too much bullshit in the way, worked well and kept us happy.

Bingo. Inverse the above and there is my current work enviroment.

A fairly solid Review of

A fairly solid Review of Nautilus 0.1. Remember folks "Nautilus is still substantially harder than compiling your own Linux kernel." but expect it avialable via Helix Update when Nautilus gets a little more stable. Or, "If you have the Mozilla and Helix RPMs installed already (or their Debian package equivalents) the Nautilus binaries run out of the box: no compiling necessary." so give those binaries a try. If you give Nautilus a try let me know what you think, it will probably be til sometime late in the weekend before I have time to try it out.

Agenda to take on PalmOS

Agenda to take on PalmOS with Linuxr "... is set to ship next October." I hope they mean October 2000 and not 2001. Check out some info, specs, pics and such, over at AgendaComputing.

For the record it is

For the record it is spelled CGI/Perl, not "CGI/Pearl".

Have fun with The Fetish

Have fun with The Fetish Doll but you may not want to try this at work.

Hey look I'm a mark

Hey look I'm a mark up language, BML: Binary Markup Language, BML are my initials IRL.

Exclusive: Microsoft working to

Exclusive: Microsoft working to port its applications to Linux at Paul Thurrott's WinInfo. Let's take a look at the angles. From an application sales point if the development costs are less than the sales then develop it. From an operating system sales point don't develop for competing systems. From a FUD point release wild rumors as much as posiable to drown out the competetion's voice. I'm voting on the FUD point on this one.

Rift persists between Linux interface

Rift persists between Linux interface camps

... a raft of corporations today announced membership in the newly created Gnome Foundation that will control the interface. The companies include Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard, both of which will gradually make Gnome the default interface for their versions of Unix. Also on board are TurboLinux, Red Hat, Compaq Computer, IBM, Eazel, Helix Code, VA Linux Systems, Henzai, Gnumatic and two nonprofit organizations--the Object Management Group and the Free Software Foundation.

Damm, it is like a who's who of the computer world. I never thought that Sun and the Free Software Foundation would partner like this.

The Shit Happens list of

The Shit Happens list of Religious truths.

Catholicism: If shit happens, you deserve it.

Apple Ads from 1988. I

Apple Ads from 1988. I remember using some of those old Macs in my frist web job in 1996.

Dr. Strangeglobe: Or How I

Dr. Strangeglobe: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The W3C. Too funny but too true, a couple of weeks ago was the "introduction to the W3C and validation" or the customer support web guy.

Universal Toolkit and at SourceForge

Universal Toolkit and at SourceForge

Universal Toolkit (Utk) is a perl module that allows you to write programs without regard to what platform they are used on. They can use the web or any standard toolkit for which there are a set of bindings without any code rewrite.

GTK and HTML in one toolkit, KDE and Tk comming.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2, aka potato,

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2, aka potato, is released. Listen carefully and you might hear my boxen calling for a distrobution change.

Microsoft has a Content Management

Microsoft has a Content Management whitepaper.
[via Philip Suh's Content Management Systems]

The Evolution of Linux-- A

Poppin Panther brings a smile

Poppin Panther brings a smile to one tired face.
[via CamWorld]

Emacs Timeline, never realised now

Emacs Timeline, never realised now old it was, 1976.

Jarla: A Perl/Tk Jabber Client.

Jarla: A Perl/Tk Jabber Client. Lots of fun in there.

how to survive a crash

how to survive a crash landing
Tech workers can follow pilots as an example of how to survive the potenial crashes.

Phase is an Http and

Phase is an Http and Application Server for Emacs. Now Emacs/Phase needs the ability to do Everything.

Pliant yet another language that

Pliant yet another language that intrests me.

Your job is not your

Story about the ex-girlfriend If

Story about the ex-girlfriend

If you are an ex-girlfriend of mine, and I've never told you that you farted, then yes, the following is about you. Sorry about that.

BTW, women snore :)

The Joel Test: 12 Steps

The Joel Test: 12 Steps to Better Code
Like this has never happened to you:

... project managers had been so insistent on keeping to the "schedule" that programmers simply rushed through the coding process, writing extremely bad code, because the bug fixing phase was not a part of the formal schedule.

Unrealistic scheduled can kill a project.

Peter Wayner On The Spread

Peter Wayner On The Spread Of Information

The centralized, one-corporation economy is what's new. In the past, there was competition. Everything was not run by central planners of big corporations.

Dyson's words were used to imply that people who think for themselves and do not check with some central host for permission are acting like viruses. It's pretty sad to hear that the free flow of people, capital, and information is something that's scary and bad.

Now apply the same idea to the internal runnings of corporations. How many out there are really asked and encouraged to think about thier position in the company and the actions they preform? Not many I bet. I wonder the improvements in buisness that could arise from a little more decentralization, lots of small autonomous groups all communicating via stardards. Think the ture iBuisness.

The real story about audio

The real story about audio CDs. The same story about the music industry press having to pander to advertising dollars applies to the computer industry. Look at the ads then look as the direction of articles. Think about the questions left unanswered and who those answers would hurt, then follow the ad dollars.

Some of the presentations from

Some of the presentations from O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention are now avialable for download. Where is the State of the Onion?

Time Warner, Others Conspired

Time Warner, Others Conspired to Fix CD Prices, States Charge: hehe, now lets see how well they handel being on the recieving end of legal action atacking their buisness.

Babylon 5 creator publishes novel

A look back at NeXT:

A look back at NeXT: An old Newsweek article, 1988, about NeXT. I still love the NeXT cube, it was my first GUI experience.

Jorn's advice on the upcomming

Jorn's advice on the upcomming U.S. Presidental election.
[via genghack]

"The Indigestible is a WebLog

Clean up your Web pages

Clean up your Web pages with HTML TIDY

"Webs Most Linked The domain:

"Webs Most Linked The domain: fozbaca.org, is ranked #309213 out of 826230 domains in the WebsMostLinked.com database. " Whoa I'm in the top 37% linkage!

"The domain: scripting.com, is ranked #741 out of 826230 domains in the WebsMostLinked.com database." Way to go Dave, .

hamsterdamned: hamster's goto hell!!!

hamsterdamned: hamster's goto hell!!!

Guido Van Rossum is interviewed

Guido Van Rossum is interviewed about Computer Programming for Everyone on Dr. Dobb's technetcast.

genehack "It would be really

genehack "It would be really nice if Advogato had some way of tracking certain diary pages, so you'd know when people updated."

yakk was running something called DiaryWatcher, although it appears to be down, that would allow one to add advogato diaries you wished to see and only those diaries. I thought there were plans to add RSS watching as well.

Another posiability Randal Schwartz has a Perl script that pulled in RSS files and emailes any updates. The script could probably be easily modified to pull the xml versions of the advogato content, Ewan Birney's diary is http://www.advogato.org/person/ewan/diary.xml, and send out updates.

Wuzup with Mozilla: Point: What

NPR's Morning Edition interviewed several

NPR's Morning Edition interviewed several Open Source dudes, ERS, Miguel and others.
RealAudio here

Minotaur for Perl, Python, and

Minotaur for Perl, Python, and Tcl

Minotaur is an extension which can be used from Tcl, Python, or Perl to run scripts in any of the other languages.

Looks like a nice relatively simple way to open one's app to scripting in a cross platform way.

Net coverage takes conventional approach

Net coverage takes conventional approach

... shadow convention (www.shadowconventions.com) is addressing some issues the Republican and Democratic establishments find too difficult to handle.

The shadow convention is tackling the growing scandal of campaign finance, where "one dollar, one vote'' has replaced " one person, one vote'' in every way that counts. It's examining the increasingly obvious damage that the foolish, failed drug war has inflicted on this nation.

If we the people don't hold the parties, and government, to remorm they will not do it themselves. If we the people don't hold the news outlets to really cover the election process why should we expect the "new media" news to be any better. We the people get what required which has become meaningless least common drivel. We the people are even letting the son of a president, ive league colleget, owner of a baseball team and oile tycone get away with being a "common man" get real.

How does that old computer saying go, "garbage in garbage out"?

the monkeyfist collective Five Greatest

the monkeyfist collective Five Greatest Americans "Who's on your list?"
Not sure of my top 5 but here is the list that first came to my mind, in no paticular order:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Ex President Jimmy Carter
  • Fr. Walt Bado
  • Linda Dunlevy

"Who's on your list?"

Who owns what parts of

Who owns what parts of your webpage? Covering such issues as deep linking, scraping, annotation, search engines, web catalogues, etc.

NewsBlogger ::: All the news

NewsBlogger ::: All the news that's fit to blog

IBM offers free tool for

IBM offers free tool for writing Linux software
A team of IBM summer interns has created a free, new tool that eases the task of writing Linux-based software.
But where are the Linux downloads?

The Future Depends on What

The Future Depends on What We Do Now brings up good points but no solutions.

Perl 6 Requirements Document an

Perl 6 Requirements Document an attempt to cover what needs changing in core Perl.

Mozilla.org puts browser to

Mozilla.org puts browser to work as word processor

A new group dubbed MozOffice wants to accelerate the convergence between PC-based software applications and the Web with a blueprint for a new browser that would incorporate functions such as word processing.

Not sure if this a good thing or not. Just hope that it doesn't delay a Mozilla 1.0 release.
Eventully location of www.MozOffice.org

DaveNet: Software and the First

DaveNet: Software and the First Amendment

There is no difference between code and writing. I think I can prove it. Manila, the content management system that I use, supports macros. When you put text in curly braces, as the page is rendered, the macro is evaluated. Such macros can be embedded in protected speech, ie prose. What goes inside the curly braces is program logic. So if I want First Amendment protection for my code all I have to do is embed it in a Web page.

Source code should be a protected form of speach, as in free speach protection. Nuf said.

"WIRM is a Perl-based application

"WIRM is a Perl-based application server that provides a high-level programming environment for developing web information systems. The WIRM consists of an object-relational database and a suite of Perl interfaces for visualizing, integrating and analyzing heterogeneous multimedia data. WIRM provides facilities for creating context-sensitive views over a multimedia database, allowing developers to rapidly build dynamic web sites that adapt their content and presentation to multiple classes of end-users."

WeWantHackers.com

Are the techno boomers a

Are the techno boomers a Selfish Society
Democracy and freedom aren't about prosperity. You can be poor and quite free. Democracy is about the legitimacy of the individual, whose voice and vote should count for more than any other single interest or group. Technology can either be the vehicle through which those voices are re-democratized, or it can provide the tools through which corporatism can generate even more money.
We, the technos, are no more or less selfish than the previous generation or other subcultures. We want what is best for us like the religous right or the retired. Like any society we think our would view is better than the rest, why else would be a part of the society?

So you want to How

So you want to How To Think Like a Computer Scientist?
These texts are short introductions to Computer Science in three programming languages.

Thrilling News: King Finds Honesty

Thrilling News: King Finds Honesty Pays Off on Internet

King's office said that enough readers have either paid or promised to pay--roughly 76% of those who downloaded--that he will post at least the second installment of his serialized novella "The Plant" in three weeks.

I'm shocked. King has some loyal fans. Requiring 75% of downloadies to pay or the next chapter will not come out is a very high percentage. If this continues given the loyalty of King's fans and his ability to churn out the words publishing electornicly maybe more profitable than dead trees for him.

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