Monthly Archives: October 2003

Pork in Spaaaace

“Astronauts say China not Rival, Could Join ISS” says this Yahoo / Reuters article. Apparently there’s hope in some quarters that China might decide to join the money-burning party in the sky. If China has any sense at all, they’ll … Continue reading

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Goodbye Cakewalk, Hello iTunes

I started ripping my CD collection three years ago. Originally I started using the Creative Labs software that came with one of their very nice high-end sound cards, but I stopped using it because the nice, high-end sound card kept … Continue reading

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Stuckness

It sucks to have a priesthood. Deep mysteries generate work for the folks who interpret them. Bureaucracy and Process exist to fill-in the cracks that Entropy constantly worries open. In computers, the problem usually takes the form of a legacy, … Continue reading

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Barney Speaks

An interview with Bjarne Stroustrup (AKA “Barney Shoestrap,” or just plain “Barney,” as we used to call him at Apple, in the politically-incorrect late 80s). I did a t-shirt once. I think a better way of approaching C++ is to … Continue reading

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Yellowstone and Frazz

I like the comic strip Frazz. Okay, it reminds me of Calvin and Hobbes . . . but I’ll make no apologies for that. —- When Yellowstone blows, it blows up bigtime.

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SunnScumm

Yesterday, SunnComm, maker of an extremely lame copy protection scheme for audio “CDs” (in quotes because they’re not, legally speaking, compact discs and thus can’t use the CD logo) announced that it was going to sue a grad student who … Continue reading

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Groklaw: Red Hat discovery against SCO

A great article on groklaw details Red Hat’s discovery against SCO. (Naturally, SCO is stalling). I dunno. We should just take SCO’s shift key away, stick them in the same barrel as SunnComm, and drop ’em all down a well…

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QHosts

I recently cleaned a friend’s system of the results of the QHosts trojan. It’s a cute little exploit that points the system to a trojan DNS server. It’s especially cute in that there are no executable signatures left behind; after … Continue reading

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Monthly spam rant

Recently I was away for the weekend. When I returned, I had nearly 300 pieces of email queued up. Of these, all but three were spam. The math is easy: 99% of the stuff in my inbox is crap. Were … Continue reading

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Hello . . . Sir . . . Can . . . I . . . Interest . . . You . . .

Got my first cold telesales call from India today. From my credit card company. Long speed-of-light delays, very difficult to understand accent. After saying “Do Not Call Me At Work Again” [could be worse: last time I had a spate … Continue reading

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