Monthly Archives: March 2004

No More Swashbuckling Down Under

The aussies are banning swords in July; possession without a permit will be punishable by jail and a hefty fine. “For most people running around the street carrying swords there is absolutely no reason for them to be carrying those … Continue reading

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Downtime Silicon Valley

Background for a story…? Okay, so my computer is infected with an AI-generated virus from the future, which manifests as Windows crashing a lot. The AIs up there are smart, and they’ve figured out how to get bits back into … Continue reading

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Wahrtaps Again

The FBI wants to listen in on everything. They’re pretty sure that wiretaps are “an invaluable and necessary tool for federal, state, and local law enforcement in their fight against criminals, terrorists, and spies” and now they’re hell-bent for leather … Continue reading

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Torness

An account of a tour of an advanced gas (nuclear) reactor.

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Install Code Hell

This week I cracked open a piece of expensive “Enterprise Software” and tried to install it. I am not the only person to have utterly failed at installing this particular product. While I am not yet defeated, the odds do … Continue reading

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Instant Update

In Memoriam: Instant Update. One of the neater — well, really the only good — collaborative document applications that I’ve used. We used this in Newton to publish and publically comment on design specs; this was 1992 or so, and … Continue reading

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Moving a Sigma 5

A neat newsletter by the Computer History Museum. The section on deinstalling and moving the Sigma-5 is pretty interesting. (I once quipped that the building — it’s an old SGI building — that the museum is in looked like “The … Continue reading

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Packing

Lots of ways to pack things (via Making Light).

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Borg kids

The recent spate of high-publicity child kidnappings has led me to the following conclusion. This realization may not only make our kids safer, it could also beef up the economy and restore the US to its former position at the … Continue reading

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Servers up on blocks

In days of old, when men were men (The old grey-bearded hacker said) We chipped software out of rocks Bent parenthesis to make our blocks Synchronized with rusty locks And had to-wind up all our clocks And when our software … Continue reading

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