Monthly Archives: April 2003

Cool… red….

For some reason, I’ve always wanted a red computer. Don’t ask me why, I can’t even see the stupid color. If it wasn’t so small, this case would be perfect.

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Chewiew's Back

Chewbacca’s Baaaaaaccckkkk!!! George Lucas is going to bring back Chewie in Episode 3. Star Wars fans are apparently going wild . . . I’m trying to think of something constructive to say. Ain’t gonna happen. If there’s an artistic point … Continue reading

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Condone *this*

Video game poster “condones violence.” Think it can’t happen in the US? Guess again. How long until this applies to books and magazines? To other “bad” concepts like spending money wisely, advocating non-GM foods, or voting for the wrong party?

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Old SQL memories

A bunch of old farts get together to remember fallen comrades (sigh), and to recollect how System/R and SQL were hatched (via The Register).

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TurboTax Copy Protection Update

Just an update on the copy protection in TurboTax. Since we’ve filed our taxes for this year, and I have archived copies of the returns and PDFs and other backups, I figured it was time to flip my boot drive … Continue reading

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Arms Race

I was in Borders the other day, looking for Schneier’s new book on Practical Cryptography. [I found it. Fifty bucks. No thanks, I don't need it that badly]. Anyway, I found myself watching a Borders employee shuffling books from one … Continue reading

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The Thieving … not a magpie…

My dad sent me this link about a rather remarkable thief. Some birds are smarter than some bosses he’s had

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History of the Anchor

Nope, I’m not kidding, here’s a short history of the anchor. Here’s a timeline, with pictures of the various types.

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Idle hands…

A cow-orker of mine has a solution for long build times [a full build of my current project takes about an hour]. He set up a large table next to his desk at home, upon which he’s piecing together a … Continue reading

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Rules of Systems Programming

Hard won wisdom #3 in a series: 1. Never check for an error that you don’t know how to handle. 2. If you DO have to check for such an error, pin the blame on someone else (“This code choked … Continue reading

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