January 2002 Archives

Fighting Techniques

Extreme Programming vs. Interaction Design, a worth while read even if you are not directly a developer. The problem with Interaction Design, from the piece, is the assumption that people are stupid and don't know what they are doing. What I have found so compelling about the XP ideas is the assumption that people are smart and capiable if given the opportunity and framework to shine. Or that is at least my interpetation.

Rusty Interviewed

A great Interview with Rusty of Kuro5hin.org fame.

MT Ping Problem

If you are having troubles "pinging" weblogs.com there is a fix in the movabletype support forum.

SlashDot digested

AlterSlash ~ the unofficial SlashDot digest. Kinda like the comment graphs. Not sure if it is useful but kinda intresting none the less.

To Read

Google Rocks

VDR, build your own TiVO

Video Disk Recorder

With the availability of high capacity hard disks and MPEG encoders/decoders the idea of a fully digital video recorder comes to mind.
There are already two commercial products: "ReplayTV" from Replay Networks, Inc. (www.replaytv.com) and "TiVo" from TiVo, Inc. (www.tivo.com). Both systems are mainly targetted on working together with special services provided by the system manufacturer, which offer the consumer a personalized recording strategy.
The downside of these systems is the lack of a useful "timer recording" facility, and the manufacturers' tendencies to implement new ways of imposing advertisements on the viewer (since it would become too easy to skip the commercial breaks). They also don't support what one would expect to come natural with digital recording: on-disk editing.

Neat project, build your own TiVO.

The Real Guide to the States

SSI CSS Chooser

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CSS and Server Side Includes, letting SSI choose the CSS given the User Agent.

Unlawful Combatant or POW

Al Qaeda And Taliban Fighters being held in Guantanamo may be "Unlawful Combatant" and not Prisoners of War, which does make a difference. Also intresting is the whole ruckus around the Military Tribunals may have bee a waste of time. Seems that it was more of a restating of owers already present in this situation. Which would beg the question of why did the Bush administration bring it up.
[via rc3]

BAIM 1.0 Gallery

The Gallery, thanks to mithrandir for digging up the link to the Big Ass Italian Meal (BAIM) 1.0. Damm back in November 1999. Somethign to remember is back then both engel and myself had short hair and were still living in Kentucky.

What Webcartoonist Are You?

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# 1 Yamcha Hibiki

You want to be famous cartoonist and probably have the abilities to do it to, but you're to damn scared to try. That's not entirely bad, cause people seem to like you and while some of you work does seemed to always get understood the way you would want it too, you still maintain a pretty decent popularity, and that's all that matters, right? Of course, but becareful, you are always going overboard with your art cause it's your favorite past time. In fact you do Fusion D, Sub-Culture, and Comicollage, as well as you used to do Shinkutokimekisempukaku. Man, you're one busy guy...

# 2 Piro
# 3 Gabe

Which webcartoonist Are You?


look! cute little kittens! blogjam random kitten generator

Posted for acterex the resident crazy cat person.

API for Weblogs

Wayback is Hugh

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How the Wayback Machine Works

In the Wayback Machine, currently there are 10 billion Web pages, collected over five years. That amounts to 100 terabytes, which is 100 million megabytes. So if a book is a megabyte, which is about what it is, and the Library of Congress has 20 million books, that's 20 terabytes. This is 100 terabytes. At that size, this is the largest database ever built. It's larger than Walmart's, American Express', the IRS. It's the largest database ever built. And it's receiving queries -- because every page request when people are surfing around is a query to this database -- at the rate of 200 queries per second.

Programer Tales

Lost Programming The travels of an accidental programmer

It how you use it

Dan has a great Linux quote over on flutterby

What high-level decision makers should realize is that Linux is already being clandestinely deployed in their server rooms, not for cost reasons, but for functionality reasons. Open Source may actually cost more than proprietary software if you're customizing it and adding patches back to the code and using it in the spirit that it's written. But the point is that you can't save your way to profitability; at some point you have to be able to do things better and quicker and more reliably than your competitors; cheaper just makes you the next KMart.

Lego of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings Lego Styled

Templates Everywhere

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

"I have a Dream" by Martin Luther King Jr

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

Whose words continue to have meaning today.

Knock Back

Along the lines of how would they like it if you called them during dinner, A wome knocked on the Jehovah's Church door during serviece. Brilliant idea, way to go.

Leadership Trait

Sunir of MeatballWiki fame comments on The Rules of Open-Source Programming
The task for the leader of a team project is to work on the team, not the project.

Donations Supporting Donations

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DynDNS has donated $20,000 to the PerlFoundation, as reported over at use Perl;. Like the comment:
Don't know about you guys, but this astounds me. A volunteer-run, user donation-supported organization funding volunteers for a free software project.
Puts the corporate world to shame.
Which reminds me I should be sending both a donation.

The crying husband

For some reason I just had to share this one.

A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband is not in bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in front of him. He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee.

"What's the matter, dear?", she whispers as she steps into the room, "Why are you down here at this time of night?".

The husband looks up from his coffee, "Do you remember 20 years ago when we were dating, and you were only 16?" he asks solemnly.

"Yes I do" she replies.

The husband pauses. The words are not coming easily. "Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car making love?"

"Yes, I remember" says the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him.

The husband continues. "Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, either you marry my daughter, or I'll send you to jail for 20 years?"

He wipes another tear from his cheek and says, "I would have gotten out today".

Why Subversion?

The Subversion Project: Buiding a Better CVS or what is wrong with CVS and how Subversion will solve the problems. Or now you can rm and mv with meaning.
If you are wishing to switch to Subversion there is a quick-start guide for CVS users the some will probably find handy.

iMac meet Luxo

Someone has finally done it, Luxo Redux (Quicktime).

James Gosling Interview

Java's "superstar" on why Microsoft's C# isn't
The No. 1 tool (in that area) is Emacs, and I was kind of the guy responsible for the original Emacs, 23 years ago. One of the things I find frightening is it's still around, and in many ways it hasn't really changed.

Wayback Fozbaca


Because arcterex wanted to go back in time...

Unspeakable Ancient Evil

While the page may be indescribably, maddeningly slow to load, I got a kick out of this article. Any of you Call of Cthulhu fans out there should give it a look-see...but don't blame me for any sanity loss.

Microsoft to Split

From SatireWire: In a surprise settlement today with nine U.S. states, Microsoft agreed to be split into two independent companies � one that will continue to make Microsoft operating systems, browsers, and server software, and another, potentially larger company that will make patches for Microsoft operating systems, browsers, and server software.



DUP-DVD is a powerful tool to backup a DVD movie to VCD or SVCD with just a click. Support DVD to VCD image, VCD image to CDRW. Support almost all popular CD writers. Only need up to 2G hard disk space.

Thanks for the link arcterex

Handspring to stop making Visor

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According to this article, Handspring is planning to drop production of the Visor. Looks like they intend to focus on the Treo, which though quite cool, kinda bums me out. I really dig the Visor. Maybe this means I'll soon be able to get a nicer one cheap.

Small Debian CD Install

woody netinst images

"debian small bootable install cds (36mb)" arcterex

Hmm, will give it a try. At least I wouldn't have to keep switching floppies so much.

Slash Wiki

Looks like chromatic has done a SlashWiki, Wiki for Slash.

CSS & Fonts

Did some font tweaking last night. Sound off if it is an improvement or worse for your experience. I would have spent more time on checking it out but had a massive harddrive crash. All the data is cool, yea multiple drives and partitions but the OS and boot sector were fubar. Started a reinstall of Debian with disks from arcterex but didn't have time to finish last night, having to get up at 6am for Racketball and all.

IKEA influences Apple


     can IKEA sue Apple for stealing its designs?

[via email]

MovableType Upgrade

Finally upgraded to the 1.4 version of MovableTyps. One of the niftys, outwardly visiably, is the new list look taken from the styles. For now it is Plain Jane but that will probably change. If you think any of the others would be better than sound off in the comments.

Easy Q3 Terrans

EasyGen, quick terrans for your Q3 map generating fun.

What Kevin Smith character are you?



Your friends would describe you as a true blue pal, but sometimes you just don't know when to let things go. You have a few problems when it comes to letting your true feelings out into the open, and that can cause permanent hardships for you. Other than that, you're a great person to be around. Your jokes are crude, you have a big porn collection, what more could anyone ask for?
Take The "Which Kevin Smith Male Are You?" or "Which Kevin Smith Female Are You?" Quiz!!

Bush Troubles?

Touch The Monkey!!!

Where is Gord when you need him?
[via camworls]

AD&D Stats


What would your stats be in AD&D?

Fozbaca's Results
Str: 9
Int: 10
Wis: 16
Dex: 12
Con: 9
Chr: 14

Gee, looks like I would be playing the Cleric
Any Slumites, Nexusians or other fozbaca.org visitors care to add their stats?
[via /usr/bin/girl]

CMS vs. Designers

CMS & the Single Web Designer on A List Apart
To be fair my curent profession, the programer behind the website, also has some of the came concerns for what CMSs will do to their job. But one thing to remember all of us in the computer field are parasites that will be dropped as soon as society can. Computers are there as a tool, very cool tool, and computer support jobs, like developers/programers, are going to eventually be replaced by a very small shell script or something like that.

One More Reason for Mac OS X

Maya Free For Private Use

Patrick writes "The (almost) full version of Maya Complete for Mac OS X, labled as "Personal Learning Edition" will be free for non comercial use, starting Feb 02. Download the free version or get a CD for 5,- Euro. Get the (german) article from golem.de" Our favorite fish even translates it fairly well. Anyone know what kind of training manuals or documentation come with the (soon-to-be) free edition?

Offical Scrabble Player's Dictionary

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OSPD & Google Cached Version

Insomnia Cures?

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Insomnia? Just Go To Sleep and Forget About It some methods for fighting the beast. Have already given a few a try, time to get some more herbal tea.

Babylon 5: Legend of the Rangers

SCIFI.COM | Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers Premiers, January 19, at 9pm ET/PT
Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers is an all-new two-hour telefilm from the original creative team behind the hit sci-fi show Babylon 5 . The movie tells the story of the legendary Ranger fleet as it attempts to restore order to hundreds of civilizations devastated by the Shadow War.


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Benson Russell interviewed about Medal of Honor. From the demo Medal of Honor is a pretty good World War II shooter. One of the first bot AIs that is actually worth something.


Kudos to Brent Simmons for bring up Hair, the Musical. Such good memories around those tunes and the times I got to see it preformed. And yet again I'm a long hair and loving it.

I got hair
Long glorious hair

Go To Sleep

I hate insomnia. I have been recently hitting my first round since quiting smoking 6 months ago. But on a positive note that last statement contains some good news, but dammit I still want one.


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Thanks Dave

Electronic Frontier Canada


CARL HUBER.COM love the page. Kinka like when megnut was publishing vie html comments.
[via scripting]

Too Funny

MacWorld San Francisco 2002: The Final Night

F*cking Time Magazine!
Ah, Screw It...Here Ya Go:

TimeCanada Scoop

Apple's New Core the scoop on the new Apple product to be announced tomorrow. Says it is a LCD iMac, hope there is more to it just to justify the hype. Still waiting to watch the keynote tomorrow.


RSS News, Meerkat and MT because someone asked and fozbaca.org has a RSS feed.

Dan Rants

I need to do this...

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Is Dave Right?

Alanis Lyric Generator

Big Boys enter the fray

Found this article on IGN with some interesting info regarding the DVD release of the most spectacular motion picture event in living memory. Now if they will only add the Tom Bombadil sequence....

What Will It Be?

mrbarrett sounds off on his expectations for the MacWorld Expl.

Upcomming Apple Homepages...

Apple's Hompage (MWSF 02)

Thanks to our inside relationship with Steve Jobs, we have obtained previews of what the messages on Apple's homepage will be in the upcoming days!

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