October 2002 Archives

When I Die

Instructions In The Event That The Bus I'm On Suddenly Spins Out of Control and Crashes and I Die
I have a collection of pornography on my hard drive in a folder called �reference.� Delete it.
Which makes me wonder, what "I really didn't want to know" types of things are found when sorting through the departed's belongings.
If you have a memorial for me, everyone who talks has to mention at least one thing they couldn�t stand about me. Make this clear up front: no one gets to speak without mentioning at least one negative. And it can�t be a bullshit negative like, He was too fucking funny. I�m not kidding about this. It�s my last request.
One memoriable memorials was for a kid who died of cancer shortly after graduating from highschool. Sometime during the kemo treatments he bought a bottle of champagne. It was to be drunk when he went into remission or at his memorial where he also wanted everything he owned sold to pay for a party for all his friend. I heard that the champagne was great and the party even better.

Yahoo chooses PHP

Making the Case for PHP at Yahoo!, slides from PHPCon 2002. Not a bad case made for using PHP. I would still have looked at EmbPerl, the ease of PHP but with all the Perl goodies thrown in. Plus Model View Control can be used, unlike with PHP. One area that PHP probably does win out over EmbPerl is the preformance, but I would expect with some of the pounding Yahoo could give it they would be ironed out pretty quickly.

Phoenix Themes Links

Found a bunch of Phoenix links relating to Themes via a couple of threads on MozillaZine, Orbit-blue (bluecurve-like) theme available & Luna Theme Updated.

Pax Americana

Bush's real goal in Iraq, not sure what to think about this guy's take on what is really going on. He does make quite a bit of sense about what the real motives lie. The real big question is regardless if the real goal behind the Bush administration's desire to invade Iraq is part of the whole "Pax Americana" plans would said direction be good or bad for America and the rest of the world? It is a real hard question to answer but maybe your friendly nieghborhood Spiderman has a clue, "With great power comes great responsiability."

mod_wiki for RDF Site Summary

RDF Site Summary 1.0 Modules: Wiki
For those who like to track the recently changed pages of various wiki sources, additional fields are needed. This module adds those fields that are needed. These fields are based on what is commonly shown on RecentChanges pages of many wiki sites.
Should be intresting for any Wiki projects that currently don't have any RSS support.


Googlism, just ask
Googlism for: fozbaca
fozbaca is closest
fozbaca is right
fozbaca is having a
fozbaca is
Googlism for: brian lauer
brian lauer is a 1999 journalism
brian lauer is our knowledge management librarian

Journal Post vis SOAP

Making Journals from Emacs, take The SOAP Journal API (which will probably be running on all SlashCode based sites, A Simple Perl Client And In The Lisp-ness Bind Them.

Sexy Diff

I must be a total loser for finding and thinking this on a friday evening, but look at the sexy diff screenshot in Eclipse.
Local Copy

Longhorn, the next Windows, Screenshots

Finally had the patience to wait for the New Longhorn Screenshots that have been getting lots of mentioning on the web. In general the theme looks better than what XP has to offer, like the rounding of windows kinda like the default for RedHat 8.0. The new bar, other than the task bar, looks like a nice version of what unix desktops have been doing for years. I still don't like the way they are using the Start Button and all the ectra crap in file windows seems a waste. Actually if the extra crap in file windows was moved into some fixed point in say the new bar the usability might improve. Ironicly it looks like a cleaned up version of a unix desktop, and not all that OS X influenced like some are saying. All in all the screenshots give some of the less creative theme designers something to copy for the time being.

Friday Five: Halloween

  1. What is your favorite scary movie? Alien
  2. What is your favorite Halloween treat? The crappy bubble gum that starts tasting bad after the chewing begins.
  3. Do you dress up for Halloween? If so, describe your best Halloween costume. I have in the past. The Halloween spent as the evil stepsister, wig and dress included. If not that then the year as a hippie wearing a normal outfit.
  4. Do you enjoy going to haunted houses or other spooky events? Sometimes, they really are not much fun without some cuttie to grap onto your arm everytime they get spooked.
  5. Will you dress up for Halloween this year? Not sure. Might get the dummy outside's costume to scare the trick or treaters.
friday five

Subversion Book

There is going to be a Subversion Book published by O'Reily and freely avialable online. In case you don't know Subversion is a source control system by the CVS creators attempting ot replace CVS. [via rafael's Journal]

Cringely, anti MBA

The Case Against Professionalism, How We Have Managed Industry Almost to Death where Cringely goes off on not having founders, the engineers, run the companies they start. He has some good points, about the lack of research funding for short term profits, but misses a few as well.

First off engineer types that also have buisness knowledge would be a killer for running any tech company. But sadly the problem is that few engineers take the time to actually learn anything about buisness. Also the same applies to buisness folks that end up running tech companies, they really need some engineering/technical background.

Secondly the problem of long time research divisions being dropped to improve the bottom line is a problem but what is the causse? As one long time CEO, whose name I can't remember, said, "The problem in the world of public companies is that executive officers are not gready enough. The big time profits for share holders are in the long term plans." Until investors realise this fact they will continue to lose while there executive officers will win through artifical means.

Thirdly one situation that Cringely totaly misses on is that the engineers don't have to ever take VC funding and go public. Like SAS or ESRI they can continue to be the engineer executive of a company that they own and control.

What RPG System are you?

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iChatting to Jabber

Just a little rumor iChat to support Jabber which would be cool and given the rumor that iChat is really just a Jabber server and client in one probably very easy to do.

Blog Star Trek Humor

We are the blog, nice Star Trek blogging reference.

Lunchmeat, but where is the Ramen

The Web Deli - Lunchmeat Webpage backgrounds now I just need one of a pot of Ramen for The Slum during Ramathon this year.

Fixing Digital Pics

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Top Ten Digital Photography Tips
You've heard this before: Digital cameras do all the work. You just push the button and great pictures magically appear. The better the camera, the better the photos. Isn't that right? Heck no!
Tell me about it, correcting digital photos is a real pita!

Perl 6 OO Cookbook

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Perl6 Object Oriented Cookbook (v0.2.1) for the way things will probably be.

Maybe Ephemeral

Just a few links for some work in progress. The links may die after I decide exactly what I want to do with it all. Enjoy:

Markup Background

The Secret Life of Markup
The average reader - one not raised by wolves, or, worse, by rabid advocates of Standard Generalized Markup Language during the heyday of SGML - may not clearly understand the concepts of Semantics, Structure, Markup, Content, Style, Transformation, and Presentation. Heck, I'm not sure many of us did back then either, but we've had a few years to think about it.
A little basic at times but averall an all around good sumary of the markup situation.

Java Source Control

SourceJammer is a source control and versioning system written in Java. It consists of a server-side component that maintains the files and version history, and handles check-in, check-out, etc. and other commands; and a client-side component that makes requests of the server and manages the files on the client-side file system.

CDE Glory

A little dity for engel, chicks dig unix or CDE for your blog.

Friday Five: TV

  1. How many TVs do you have in your home? 4
  2. On average, how much TV do you watch in a week? 8 hours
  3. Do you feel that television is bad for young children? No
  4. What TV shows do you absolutely HAVE to watch, and if you miss them, you're heartbroken? Nothing really
  5. If you had the power to create your own television network, what would your line-up look like? Buffy, Andromeda, Firefly, Mutant X, Angel, and lots of Anime :)
the friday five

Ebert likes an Sandler Flic

'Love' at first sight
So there I am at the Toronto Film Festival, eyeing Adam Sandler across the room. He knows and I know that I have never given him a good review. That time we met backstage at Letterman, he was very decent, considering. He said he hoped that someday he would make something I liked. Now he has.
"Punch-Drunk Love" is the latest from the director of "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolies", which explains the trailers if you have caught any.

Jimmy Carter Biography

Cube, the Game

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Now Cube looks like a great one. A first person 3D game engine, free code and as in free beer. It is only 8 megs in size and has in game map editing. Oh and there is an article, Free Frags with Cube: The Linux First-Person Shooter over on O'Reilly Network. Only problem is it doesn't run on OS X. Have not had a chance to actually play the game yet, less than 56k speeds now.

Lemon Contraception

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Sex with a Twist ... Lemons Provide Protection, a little bit of lemon or lime juice in the vagina kills sperm and AIDS virus.
He said lime juice, which has similar acid levels, can also be used, with both fruits often freely available in poor countries where contraception is hard to come by.
Just hope this one isn't a hoax.

Vacation Time

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The family is heading to Gatlinburg, TN and Ashville, NC for extended weekend. Ashville holds Biltmore Estate which is having Michaelmas: An English Harvest Fair which should be intresting.

Update: Biltmore is one of those places the family has visited a pretty goodly amount, the parents have a year pass. We are probably taking the "behind the scenes" tour than mithrandir mentions. Did one about 15 years ago, think they were working on the pool then. Will have to dig up the old Biltmore photos and upload them with any new ones taken on this trip.

If Programing Languages Could Talk

Dilbert has a couple of good ones on what happens when engineers do interface design.

Year Calendars

With a little help from brad choate's Year Archives in MT and PerlScript Plugin there are now Yearly Calendars of fozbaca.org posts. Not really sure if they are useful to anyone but it was just one of those "Damm that is cool" moments so I had to set it up.

Upgraded MovableType Install

Upgraded the fozbaca.org MovableType to 2.5 let me know if you experinece any problems.

MovableType Birthday

Movable Type 2.5 is out. There are many, like 80 or so, new features but having the integrated search is probably my tops. Also this marks the first anniversery of the MovableType release.
The other day, I remarked to Ben that I am repeatedly amazed that we have created software that enables thousands of people all over the world to publish their thoughts online.
I am continually amazed how great MovableType is and has become. Also, amazed that Mena and Ben make a living off of MovableType.

Free MacWorld

dealmac. 12 issues of Macworld for free
Listed for Apple customers, get 12 months of Macworld for free via this form and for a bit of personal information, as a reader found. The offer is available for both US and Canadian subscribers. The offer can be used to renew an existing paid subscription (but not an existing free subscription).
If it is your thing, get them while it lasts.

Homeless Guy and his Blog

A homeless guy finds a refuge on the Internet
He sits in a secluded corner at the Nashville Public Library, next to a window that overlooks glass-and-steel buildings and a small park. In front of him is a computer screen, which is a different kind of window � a window into the world where he sends his words, his thoughts, his ideas.
His is over at http://thehomelessguy.blogspot.com/. Kudos to Blogger for providing a service and hosting and to the Nashville Public Library for providing access.
United Nations Security Council Resolutions Currently Being Violated by Countries Other than Iraq, gee Israel is sure makes the list a bunch also of note is the mention of Russia 896 (1994) for, "Calls upon all concerned to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Georgia."

Sagan on Clergical Celibacy

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism. -- Carl Sagan
Found in a sig

Bush Family Secrets

Bush Family Values Photo Album
For more than a half century, members of the Bush family have been setting policy and making decisions for all Americans. Let's look at the family that has had such an impact on the lives of human beings worldwide
[via tig]

Friday Five: Shoes

  1. What size shoe do you wear? 9 1/2
  2. How many pairs of shoes do you own? 6
  3. What type of shoe do you prefer (boots, sneakers, pumps, etc.)? sneakers
  4. Describe your favorite pair of shoes. Why are they your favorite? Cotton House Shoes
  5. What's the most you've spent on one pair of shoes? $40
the friday five

Personal Honesty

Colgate Money Shot
I had to admire it, the willingness to face himself down, to admit what a piece of shit he could be, which is, I think, the sign of a worthwhile person.

A Whole New Site

Jabber.org, er "Jabber Software Foundation", has a masively updated site. Looks good guys.

So you want to develop Shareware?

The Do's and Don'ts of Shareware, Part 1

Necessity can be found by hanging around people who need things. Where do people need things? Everywhere.
If you don't hang around people who need things, you probably won't be exposed to the problems that need solving. So get out there and experience the world. Get involved with your local user groups, teach a class, investigate a science, consult for companies in your neighborhood.

Problem with RedHat

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Before you run away screaming, "Not another Anti-RedHat Rant!!" hold your horses and hang in there.

Most are based in some RedHat will be or is Microsoft. Or something about how they should be more like Debian. Or even sillier RedHat will make things more consistent by altering KDE to be more GNOME, consistency heaven forbid. I don't have a problem with any of the above, well maybe if they were more Debian but I digress.

The problem that I face is actually wanting to pay RedHat for the 8.0 but damm'd if they have made it way too confusing. See what I want is to buy some CDs for the initial installation and have access to the "up2date" functionality, think Debian apt-get or WindowsUpdate but for everything on the system, for the run of the 8.X Series or at least a year seems resonable. Now it seems like something like this product and service combo should cost something like $20 - $100(I'm in a generous mood). Now enters the problem how do I get that option, or something similar?

There is RedHat Linux 8.0 Professional, RedHat Linux 8.0 Personal and some mention of Red Hat Network Basic Service but as far as I can tell the only real difference between the Pro and Personal is $110 in price and 30 vs. 60 days access to "Red Hat Network Basic Service" but oh, wait. One can get a year of the Red Hat Network for $60. So for my high end of $100 I can get what I want, some CDs and up2date for a year.

So where is the rant if I found what I wanted, though it is maximum of my price range? Well it was way too complicated and confusing to figure something so simple out. Honestly if it wasn't for being so pissed and writing a rant I would have blown off RedHat and went over to Cheap*Bytes and picked up Debian CDs. Still might.

It just seems that the more RedHat gets it's act together the more find something else to screw up and that I guess is what I'm really ranting about.

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