November 2001 Archives

Who Developes for the X-Box?

Apparently, even according to Microsoft, it's Mac users.

Larry Flint to the Rescue

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Pulling this from Flutterby who pulls it from Salon

Salon has an interview with Larry Flynt about his suit against the DOD for reporter access to Afghanistan:
You've filed this suit, but have any other news organizations done likewise?

No, and it's the mainstream media that should be filing this suit, not me. They've got more money than I've got. The only reason why they're not is that they all want to be politically correct. Each of them are concerned about who's going to get the next interview with George and Laura Bush, rather than getting out there and fighting for the First Amendment and preserving it.

We were talking about this on the way home this evening, lack of the US journalistic questioning anything from the executive branch lately.

Oh, and Larry Flint is one of the reasons to be prowd of my Kentucky heritage. Way to go Larry.

IBM's P2P Tool?

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uServ Project Page
One reason for the web's success is that it makes it extremely easy to access content. uServ is a system that makes publishing content just as easy, and at a very low cost. uServ harnesses existing desktop computing infrastructure, allowing its users to pool resources to provide high availability web hosting and file sharing. By using existing web and internet protocols (e.g. HTTP, DNS), uServ does not require those who access uServ-published content to install special purpose software. Its high availability, wide accessibility, and low cost make uServ a superior alternative to paid hosting services and other content sharing networks for a wide class of users.

Entertaining (or depressing) 404 Error

We've all seen lists of wacky 404 errors, but having just re-read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I found this one funny. Even more so since it's from a company and not just some web slacker trying to be cute.

MT Tips

Found a few tips about MovableType over at Openwire. Moveable Type Search Utility

Site Search, Maybe

Search for MovableType, now if he will just let me give the code a try...

Librairans losing their ethics?

Breaking Law or Principles to Give Information to U.S.. A Florida librarian, breaking the law and librarian ethics, disclosed to police that one of the Sept. 11 hijackers used computers in her library.

"I suppose our duty to our fellow humans trumps everything else," Ms. Wegner said.

And she just doesn't get it. Exactly our duty to our fellow human beings trups everything even more now. +5,000 dead is a tragedy, but there are +5 million Americans still here, and +5 billion Earthlings still here. What about us? Remember, First They Came For the Jews? Sure it may seem all innocent at first but there is a reason why we decide how we should act when everything is ok, so we know how to act when things go to pot, likenow.
Feel free to spout off yourself.
note: as with all NY Times userid: cypherpunk password: cypyherpunk

Why Lisp? or "The Right Tool For The Job"

A short one on why Lisp is the be all and end all. A bit of trash talk about Perl, C and Java.

Hello World in 359 Languages

Why not Java?

RSS in the SideBar

You can use Mozilla RSS Sidebar Installer to add RSS feeds to your Mozilla SideBar. So things like rss can be added quite easilly.

Quake Monster?

I'm An Ogre! Take the 'What Quake monster am I?' test!

Fitts' What?

Fitts' Law from the KDE User Interface Guidelines

  • Bigger Is Better for buttons, especially on toolbars.
  • Use screen corners and edges.
  • Macintosh-style menus are faster than Windows/Unix-style, because they're on the screen edge.
  • Never put a one-pixel non-clickable boundary around buttons on the screen edge.
  • Circular (pie) popup menus are faster than linear popup menus.

Because they can't be repeated enough.

Ar you Grunge?

I am 20% Grunge.
I will get out of your sight. I'm pathetic! With my clean clothes, and nice smell. I think I took the wrong test, thank god, huh?

Take the Grunge Test at!


Some of the things I'm thankful for this year. Getting to talk to Daisy, my goddaughter who is about 2 1/2 years old, this week. She said, "Wha up Brian?" which was ever so cute. Thankful for the family back in Kentucky. It was great to get to talk to them and hear the "HI BRIAN!" from all the realatives in the background. Thankful I have a job. Thankful for the expatriot and significate other thanks giving dinner at iambe and engel's place. Of all things thankful I'm in the beautiful BC Canada. It's fun here and hopefully I will get to say for a bit longer. Thankful for getting the day off even though everyone else up here celebrated Thanksgiving back in October. It was nice to have a day mostly away form the computer and walk around and think of all the things I'm thinkfull for.

And some past Thanksgiving thankfulls at

Something Strange Happened

Looks like RMS, of the starting the GNU/Linux, amoung other acts like writing some really good software, has applied to be a Debian Maintainer. You can check his progress if you so desire. There is somethign bizarelly strange about this bit of news. Kinda like hearing arcterex say X, Y & Z instead of X, Y & Zeta.

One Man's Opinion of XP

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Or how a little trip to Redmond, a camera, and a website can make one's backside famous.

Mozilla/Netscape SideBar

My Sidebar for Netscape 6 and My Sidebar Developer's Guide, for some some toys I'm working on. Just think headlines and links sidebar.

Apple UI Guidelines

Introduction to the Aqua Human Interface Guidelines
This document describes what you need to do to design your application for Aqua, the Mac OS X user interface. Primarily intended for Carbon and Cocoa developers who want their applications to look right and behave correctly in Mac OS X, these guidelines provide examples of how to use Aqua interface elements. Java application developers will also find these guidelines useful.

Ary You Metal or Not?

I am 43% Metal-Head.

Most other metal-heads acknowledge my presence, but they laugh at me behind my back. Maybe I need to stop spending all that money on haircuts and invest in a few Pantera T-shirts.

Take the Metal-Head Test at!

Sweet Mullet :)

Which Autobot Are You?

If I was an Autobot, I'd be:
Click to see what Autobot you could be!
Take the Transformers personality test at!

Star Wars Episode IV - In ASCII

This guy had WAY too much time on his hands. Telnet to

George W. Bush?s appetite for secrecy

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The closed-door presidency

It is in this context that the president?s latest action must be viewed: Executive Order 13233, signed Nov. 1, limits public access to presidential papers ? not only George W. Bush?s, but those of all presidents since 1980.

While there is a colorable ? albeit debatable ? argument for enveloping policy decisions, law enforcement and military tactics in secrecy, there is no justification whatsoever for this latest effort to hide the work of past, present, and future presidents.

Gee now Regan and Bush Senior presidential papers, now who did the Regan administration support against the Soviets? Next thing Bush Jr. will pardon Regan and his dad for anything theymight have done. Oh, and this is all to make things more "secure".

Yet another Episode II trailer

I've put up a local mirror of the new Episode II trailer, "Forbidden Love" in its large, hi-res format. View/download it here.

First They Came for the Jews

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me. Pastor Martin Niem´┐Żller

Found at First They Came for the Jews via Dave.

Suddenly Everything Sucks

Great Microsoft Marketing :)

Pick Your Distro

First some myth busters about people who run Exchange:
  • We don't think it's stable.
  • We don't think it's secure (nor is it's main client, Outloook)
  • We know it's more expensive than most of the other stuff out there.
Now that we have that out of the way, what does Exchange have going for it?
  • Free/Busy scheduling of large numbers of people and resources all through Outlook, which everyone knows how to use.
  • Fairly easy install that even a linux/mac dweeb could do with little to no knowledge of how Microsoft networking works (I know this for a fact since I was that linux/mac dweeb).
  • It runs on Windows servers, which some may argue are easier to administer.
  • Better marketing.

Hate to say it but my experance with setting up and admin an Exchange server puts me in agreeent.

Pay For Page

The Works of Howard Phillips Lovecraft

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For al the Lovecraft fans and collectors ...

The Lovecraft Library eagerly accepts contributions to the content of this site. If you have copies of anything written by H. P. Lovecraft that is not here, please consider sharing it with your fellow fans of the Gentleman from Providence.

Enjoy the undescribable ...

Windaz 2000 Newfie Edition


[via blahblog]

Bring Out The Maps

AutoREALM looks to be a handy mapping program that may be useful for some upcomming roleplaying.

Home Brewed TiVo

VCR a command line program for doing a video capture to AVI. There is also a web based controler.

Microsoft Windaz200

Found at Foaf.

Get Your Physics On

Web Security

Fingerprinting Port 80 Attacks: A look into web server, and web application attack signatures.

Port 80 is the standard port for websites, and it can have a lot of different security issues. These holes can allow an attacker to gain either administrative access to the website, or even the web server itself. This paper looks at some of the signatures that are used in these attacks, and what to look for in your logs.

Star Wars Fun

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Episode 2 Teaser is out. You have to have a login with Lucasfilm to see it, and even then the large version is available only to owners of Quicktime Pro. But have no fear, you can find it HERE. Never underestimate the power of the dark side of intellectual property.

Intresting Idea

Abi VI/EMACS Style

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Found in the AbiWord FAQ

2.2 How do I switch to VI or Emacs key bindings?
Note: This is not recommended for most users.
Simply edit your ~/.AbiSuite/AbiWord.profile, and find the section beginning with that <Scheme "_custom_". Simply add the line keybindings="emacs" or keybindings="viEdit" as desired.

For all you folks out there, like me, that keep hitting ESC :w before saving regarsless if you are in VI(M) or not.

Midgard Review

Midgard, the PHP Apache MySql CMS, is reviewed over on CMS Watch.

Advertising Conversations

Doc on TiVO and Advertising

I've said it before: There is no demand for messages. And the only reason Big Media keep pumping them out is that those media's consumers (viewers) are still not in conversation with those media's customers (advertisers). When that happens, the funders of Big Media will get the Big Message they've been ignoring for decades. And the whole system will change.

Coding Style

slashstyle - Slash Style Guide


Building XML-RPC Clients in C
XML-RPC is a useful protocol for building cross-platform, client-server applications. Often XML-RPC is demonstrated with high-level interpreted languages like Perl and Python. In this article, Eric Kidd's XML-RPC C library is used to build a simple, yet powerful debugging client. Special care is taken to bring programmers with rusty C-hacking skills up to speed.
In case any of you C coders, ummm like arcterex, out there get a hunkering to try a little XML-RPC.

Spiderman Movie Poster

Don't you think that SOMEONE should have reviewed the opening Flash animation to this site in light of recent events?


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