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Monday, May 19th, 2003
6:26 pm

Palyh has been hitting gnu.org pretty hard today. Seems like Microsoft is having a bit of problem keeping up with all the bounces sent to support@microsoft.com.

SMTP error from remote mailer after MAIL FROM:<mail@gnu.org> SIZE=2452:
host maila.microsoft.com []: 452 4.3.1 Out of memory

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1:40 pm - How do some people sleep at night?
SCOX had a huge opening gap up this morning. Today's high is currently 8.04 for a stock that had a previous 52-week high of 4.86.

Mr. Softee can't buy SCO -- owning Unix would have just a few antitrust concerns. They want to fund SCO's efforts to destroy Linux (and free software in general), but why simply fund SCO, when you can license the Unix source code and patents in the process? Microsoft comes out of this licensing arrangement looking like a model citizen in the software world, while the free software community looks like a vagrant pickpocket.

The SCO vs. IBM lawsuit is expected to go to trial in two to three years. The SCO FUD isn't going away anytime soon -- unless they get bought -- which is exactly what they want to happen.

Red Hat posted a short letter to their customers regarding the SCO situation. It's worth reading.

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Sunday, May 11th, 2003
1:37 am
To any Perl hackers out there:

Why does [^\s]* match a sequence of zero or more non-spaces in 5.005, but fails in 5.8.0?

I had to change some code in parrot to get it to build under Red Hat 9.
Specifically, I had to change:
            if ($line =~ m/TEMPLATE\s+([^\s]*)\s*{/) { #}
            if ($line =~ m/TEMPLATE\s+(\S*)\s*{/) { #}

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Friday, May 9th, 2003
11:05 am - Oddly Enough
CDW is now posting images of boxes they send to you. Truly weird (and kinda cool).

current mood: ooookay....

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2003
5:10 pm

newegg.com is considering carrying automotive parts. Computer hardware and car parts at the lowest possible prices. Heaven, right? :-)

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Saturday, May 3rd, 2003
8:18 pm
I'm not sure why I never bothered looking into apt-rpm before now. The only thing I miss about not using Debian here at home is apt. That problem appears to be very much fixed now.

Fast security updates, a good desktop with the latest version of XFree86, and apt -- that's all I really need in a distro.

So why is it that Debian still hasn't released a security advisory for the linux ptrace exploit on x86?

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2003
8:55 am
Today's High: 75-80
Thursday's High: 35-40

WTF? Did I mention it was snowing a week ago?

At least I get to wear my Birks today.

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2003
5:05 pm - fun with asus ad writers
Why he is so surprise ?

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10:47 am
nivin.org is temporarily down. I should really look into getting a Mini-ITX as our firewall/gateway.

Fan on the (Built-by) ATI 7500 in Misty's computer (current firewall/gateway) only mostly works now. I've never heard anything good about those fans, so the plan is to replace it with a Sapphire (Powered by ATI) 9000 with only a heatsink.

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2003
1:05 am
After much effort, I finally have a usable hacking environment. I picked up a Tyan s2495, Athlon XP 2700, a gig of RAM, and installed Red Hat 8.0 on it. My current laptop is still running Red Hat 7.2 with xfs (predates the stable release of ext3), so this was my first time getting 8.0 up and running.

metacity is the least configurable window manager that I've ever used. Luckily, the code is small and readable, so I was able to easily hack in some window behaviors to keep myself from going insane. Releasing a window manager for production use that doesn't support configurable mouse bindings? Come on... Red Hat should be able to do better than that.

Minus the initial metacity nightmare, 8.0 + Xft-enabled Phoenix is quite nice.

current mood: sleepy

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Wednesday, January 15th, 2003
10:23 am - Steamboat Willie
We lost -- 7 to 2.

Now would be a really good time to give to the EFF and FSF.

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Wednesday, December 25th, 2002
9:40 pm - Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
Normally American Airlines doesn't fly non-stop from RDU to PVD... They closed BOS after we started our approach - luckily, PVD was still open, and even though there was a ton of chop, we finally landed. I decided not to take the free bus ride to Logan and instead booked a train ticket on the last Acela Express for the evening. In bad weather, I much prefer to be on a train. Getting a taxi to the train station wasn't easy, but I made it with about 10 minutes to spare.

South Station soon, then T, then home -- for a yummy Christmas dinner.

The picture is from the Amtrak station -- "Acela la la la, lalala". :)

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Friday, December 13th, 2002
1:28 am
"You should use the electricity lines better." -- Sleepy Misty Quote

current mood: amused

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Thursday, December 12th, 2002
7:30 pm - In passing: Boston
"When we're like 5000 feet up and you have to turn, like now, does the driver have to turn the thing or does it just turn?"

-- girl on the T on the way to a Bruins game just before arriving at North Station (it's an elevated section of track that's most definately not 5000 ft above ground)

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2002
12:01 pm - care on reverse
I should have known that something was terribly wrong when I went to the men's restroom and there were more women in there than men. But no, I didn't think much of it... This was just after a nice hour and half long set from Aimee Mann.

Then the Indigo Girls came out...and I really wasn't expecting the transformation that took place. Before, there were lots of girls in the audience that were quietly grooving to Aimee, and then after the Indigo Girls came out, they turned into cuddling/kissing/bouncing/singing/screaming lesbians.

It was a bit of a shock. I expected there to be a lot of lesbians at the show, but I didn't expect the sudden change in demeanor.

I knew, at that moment, that I was very much out of my element.

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2002
8:09 pm - Aimee Mann/Indigo Girls concert
So why is a Matt Wilson look-a-like sitting in the front row? I'm confused...

So far, the opening act has been quite nice -- Rose Polenzani. She plays tomorrow night at a club in Harvard Sq.

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Friday, December 6th, 2002
2:07 pm - oh fedex...
Is there a Santa Claus?

current mood: amused

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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2002
10:02 am - Needed: 1 sled
Walking to the T on a thin sheet of ice with the wind blowing and the actual temp around 20 degF is not fun.

Sometimes I have to remind myself why I moved here.

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Sunday, December 1st, 2002
6:28 pm - rambling geek post of interest to gnu.org users
Caching callout sender verification finally exists in Exim 4.10.13 (beta release of 4.11). 4.10.13 is installed at gnu.org and the rejectlog is growing nicely -- gnu.org addresses are now receiving much less spam.

If person A sends a message B to a gnu.org mail server, before we accept B, we check to make sure that A can receive a bounce message if we are unable to deliver B.

Besides guaranteeing that A will know for sure if B was delivered, spammers almost always use fake return envelopes, and since A won't exist, we never deliver B.

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Friday, November 29th, 2002
10:14 pm - It's time to get things started!
Muppets in High Definition with Frank Oz. There's not much better in this world. :-)

For those of you on the West Coast, it starts at 8pm on NBC.

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