Monthly Archives: June 2007

quaaaake

[i got a bit tired of the WoW grind, so I cranked up Quake for a while.  Memories surfaced – quite some time ago I took this from a usenet posting and applied considerable editorial license to it… original text by … Continue reading

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The right decision at the right time…

Pivotal moments in computing, where a minor design change would have changed things for the better. 1. LF rather than CRLF in MSDOS text files (decades of “is this a text file or a binary file?”) 2. ‘-‘ rather than … Continue reading

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them's awful funny-lookin' mushrooms

In keeping with the recent Supreme Court decision to disallow a student sign with “Bong Hits for Jesus” on it, I offer the following alternate phrases.  Drop Acid with Allah Pop Bennies for Buddha Snort Crack and see Christ! Do Downers … Continue reading

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something has to pay the bills

Huh, one of my favorite authors, Martha Wells, turns out to be writing Stargate Atlantis books. My knee-jerk reaction to mainstream or semi-mainstream authors writing books “for shows” instead of on their own is usually “yuck.”  Then I remember some non-yuck, … Continue reading

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laptop people

Help!  I’m surrounded by the laptop people!  If the wireless were to go down suddenly would they simply go rock still, poised to type when packets started flowing again, or would they shake their heads, look up with unglazed eyes, … Continue reading

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Shucks

I was going to make one of my more awful puns about the composition of the planet-like object Eris, now estimated to be nearly 30% larger than Pluto (link). But saying “All hail Eris!” isn’t possible, because they think it … Continue reading

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Better off not backing up

Don’t do this: (a) have older backup software installed, (b) upgrade to the newest version of the backup software, which involves (c) uninstalling the older software first and (d) an interim reboot, resulting in an impressively nonfunctional, unrepairable OS. You … Continue reading

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