February 2001 Archives
Reuters: Quake Rattles Seattle for 45 Seconds
- 10:55 a.m. PST
- quakes measured 6.2
- centered about 30 miles from the city (Seattle)
Reports are giving the quake a 6.2 on and placing the epicenter a bit south of Seattle.
WE JUST GOT HIT BY AN EARTHQUAKE!!!Well maybe a tremor. Damm this is wierd. Everything seems cool now but damm I finally feel like I live onthe West Coast.
When Microsoft does something new, its purpose is strategic--not to improve computing for its users, but to close off alternatives for them.
As Abraham Lincoln put it, "Whenever there is a conflict between human rights and property rights, human rights must prevail." Property rights are meant to advance human well-being, not as an excuse to disregard it.
The GPL is an opt-in system. Don't like it don't opt-in. Join the community or not. It is up to the individual to decide and deal with the consequences of their decision.
Above all governments there are people.
Above all laws there are people.
Above all corporations are people
Daemon Skins: Separating Presentation from Content or how to skin a website with CSS.
Instead of treating digital content like a tangible commodity that can't be readily duplicated, and one that requires a one-to-one exchange mechanism, we instead replace it with a system that treats all content as inherently manifest. It's a bit like the Borg in Star Trek - any thought that occurs in one mind is available to all.
is a free Python tutorial for experienced programmers. You can read the book online, or download it in a variety of formats.
Unless someone finds the nirvana of business models Open Source software will never make good end-user software because end-users aren't paying for it.
So how to get end-users into the loop to pay for Open Source software. The geeks are not paying with cash money so maybe there is a way to have users pay with cash money or something else? Why is it so cool and rewarding to get a good rating on a slashdot comment?
engel had a Mind Bomb today.
After talking it through over sushi and tempora this one looks like a winner. We just need some time to fully flesh it out and write some code. More info will be comming along, give it a little time.
Hey engel, on the way home from work one problem might be easily be solved without a proxie server, how about using the history database from the web browser?
What's a Mind Bomb? An idea that's so strange or powerful that it explodes in your mind. And that's a good thing!
Happy 69th birthday to the Man in Black. Last Wednesday, Johnny Cash was released from the hospital after a 10 day struggle with pneumonia. He got home in time to see the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance be awarded to him for Solitary Man.
Word is he's going back into the recording studio. As he and Tom Petty sang together on Solitary Man, "Well I won't back down, no I won't back down..."
Sad news. Michele Noah, a former co-worker and friend, died on Friday. Earlier in the week she went to the hospital because a skin cancer that she had a couple of years earlier had recoured. Evidentally it had moved to her kidney and liver. She was 28, just a month younger than myself.
Michele was the HR person who walked me through all the paper work when I was hired at EntekIRD back in July of '98. For a little over 2 years whe was in the cube next to me. She put up with all my inane questions. I remember the when she made it on the Bengals, the Cincinnati Bengals Cheerleader squad. One of the most vibrant and energetic people I have known. One of the few people I missed when getting "downsized" after the Rockwell Automation buyout. My condolence's go out to her husband, family and friends. This is one of those times that I wish to be in the Cincy area for the funeral on Monday. Michele you will be missed.
is all about books, and what it needs right now more than anything, in order to be the useful site I kind of hope it will be, is people.
Cats were programmed in RPG.
Good theory engel. Though I would like that cat that was programed in Perl.
Users will probably never know what Gnome really is. What they see of Gnome is the graphical desktop but Gnome strives to be much more. Gnome is a development platform and one of the keys to Gnome's success is that it offers a stable, well tested platform for the development of powerful new applications which share a common look and feel.
Free Advice to Jim Alchine : Get a Clue, Get a Plan
The open source movement is no threat to the software industry or to intellectual property. It is threatening to Microsoft and its protectionist practices of the past. The reason Jim doesn?t like the open source movement is because it is doing the same thing to Microsoft that Microsoft does to other companies.
"SHIT", says tiggersol. Ditto that one.
Normally I hate these things, but this one caught my eye. Honestly, I didn't fudge anything and according to this, I'm most like Londo Mollari. Interesting, since Londo is my favorite B5 character.
Packages and Bundles in OS X are one of those cool, technically and from a user prespective, that the Linux crowd needs to do.
Hack the Planet's Notes from Bill Joy's Keynote
Joy uses a Mac, so he doesn't get email viruses.
We started having one, and an interesting thing happened. We spent the first hour gabbing about all sorts of political and organizational issues of a fairly boring and mundane nature. Partway through, Jon Orwant comes in, and stands there for a few minutes listening, and then he very calmly walks over to the coffee service table in the corner, and there were about 20 of us in the room, and he picks up a coffee mug and throws it against the other wall and he keeps throwing coffee mugs against the other wall, and he says "we are fucked unless we can come up with something that will excite the community, because everyone's getting bored and going off and doing other things".The cups that started Perl6. One way to get a group's attention.
Flying for dummies, is NASA going to come through and make flying from city to city replace those damm commutes?
Finally heard back from the Library of Congress on my request for an ISSN:
To:firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com Thank you for requesting the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN). We have made the following ISSN assignment: Title:fozbaca.org ISSN: 1533-8177 Sincerely, ISSN cataloger, US ISSN Center firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada was faster, back in december.
Promise of new storage capacity. "10.8 terabytes of data to be stored in an area the size of a credit card, with no conventionally moving parts." - For $50 within two years. God I hope this isn't VaporWare.
a) sequential processing gets you results faster on average, and
b) the longer it takes to task switch, the bigger the penalty you pay for multitasking.
Joel doesn't take into account that sometimes multitasking projects helps keep developer intrest and stimulate new and creative ideas. But in general he is probably right, as long as the project at hand is stimulating enough.
There's a school of thought which says most firms are better off building their own CMSs, and that in buying an off-the-shelf CMS solution you sacrifice too much business flexibility. Forrester rejects this argument. At the same time, it gives organisations a seven-digit reason to remain nervous about Web content management.
Monday's appeals ruling once again makes clear that the owners of copyrighted material have all the rights in their dealings with customers -- and that customers have essentially no rights.
Why I decided to pose in the buff at age 61 and how it helped inprove self image.
Yesterday engel was on one of his usual command line and the Mac rock but have not yet. So today he finds, "SysCLI is a powerful command-line interface (CLI) for the MacOS. It allows you to type AppleScript commands and scripts in any application, through a floating console. Upon doing so, you can execute the script on the fly."
"Funny: While yes, one of the goals of perl is that it can e cross-platform, that isn't one of the huge selling points, where java has it, and it barely runs on anything :-)"engel
You shouldn't go see this computer unless you really want to have a case of hardware lust.
Now to pay all the taxes and fees to get my car into the country or buy a G4Ti? Such hard decisions in life.
"It's just his way of showing affection," said White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, whom Bush likes to call "Bald Jew."
By Norm Ornstein, Al Franken
Bin Laden: Steganography Master? answers some of those questions that pop up with articles mentioning "Hidden in the X-rated pictures on several pornographic Web sites ... may lie the encrypted blueprints of the next terrorist attack..." On a related note "using stenographic techniques to hide a message in spam " may explain the recent increases in my daily span count.
SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide, a.k.a. The Snailbook, looks like a must get for work.