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...and the work week starts out here in the US with the weather forecasters painting a grim picture for both the east and west coasts. Out here, we're told of several days of rain. ...and wind. ...and travelling hazards. Back east, we're told of snow up to two feet in some areas. ...and travelling hazards.

In lieu of an ark... I'll be heading in a little late today. Daniel has an appointment with a time frame such that I'll need to get Bradley to school while Shelley shuttles Daniel about. ...and try to start to finish up the pile that I hadn't whittled down enough to satisfy me last week. ...and do that in the midst of the Monday routine. Sheesh.

I did get the sub-web finished last night. That was cool. Now the client can look things over for content. ...and I can start adding in geegaws and widgets until the thing would clog a T-1 pipe. Ah well... It's another chunk of experience. ...and I'm learning a lot as I go. I'll count that as a good thing.

I'll catch you later...


Wow, fun with Linux continues... Last night, as I was playing historical advisor, I learned how to add a program to the start menu for KDE. ...and how to hose two-thirds of the menu at the same time! Talk about progress...

...but it's not like this is the final install on the laptop. Nah, this is the one I want to use to break everything I can. Let's see... So far I've crashed out J-pilot, Gnome, the menu system, one rpm manager... Gosh, I'm having all sorts of fun!

But I did find one version of The Ultimate Syroid Recovery Tool while I was dinking around: Here's a one line MBR reset:
''dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1''
Heh. I would suggest reading the article first. But if you've ever been there...

And if humor is your bag, the same site, Linux Gazette, has some of the better spams and responses I've seen in a while...

Later folks, it's time to check out the rain...


Tell ICANN to keep their hands off .org! Opens in new window...

WT???? It seems ICANN is toying around with the concept of paring the .org TLD and .net domains from the current cluster. ...and while that might be a good thing, this certainly is not:
“The net result of this would be a .org registry returned, after some appropriate transition period, to its originally intended function as a registry operated by and for non-profit organizations.”

...and after .org, perhaps .net? It seems to me there's enough idiocy going on right now in this arena. ...to the point we have agencies registering non-ICANN approved TLDs. I wonder how much confusion that will bring to the table.

Click on the logo for more information. ...especially anyone out there who might have a .org currently in use or sandbagged somewhere.

...and welcome to those of you from the Weblogs circuit; the information is linked here, rather than on my ETP site, simply because this site is a .net site.

Tell ICANN to keep their hands off .org! Opens in new window...

We now return you to your normal programming...

Probably the only comments you'll hear from me on XP: Yeah, like I'll buy that, rushed out the door. ...only it sounds worse than usual (sorry about the ads, but they had a good take on things).

...and on the lighter side: last night there was some back channel discussion about HDD recovery. What I'd like to point out is that new technology may make unbalanced disks a thing of the past.

...and on the connectivity front, you can forget 'MTU' and other adjustments; all you really need to do in clean your pipes now and then.

Man, what will they come up with next?


Okay, I'm as whacked as the next hardware nut... But this guy has me beat. ...still, if you drink a lot of cold beverages while programming, he has your problem solved.

Speaking of programmers. ...and their somewhat unusual mindset:
A computer programmer happens across a frog in the road.

The frog pipes up, "I'm really a beautiful princess and if you kiss me, I'll stay with you for a week." The programmer shrugs his shoulders and puts the frog in his pocket.

A few minutes later, the frog says "OK, OK, if you kiss me, I'll give you great sex for a week." The programmer nods and puts the frog back in his pocket.

A few minutes later, "Turn me back into a princess and I'll give you great sex for a whole year!" The programmer smiles and walks on.

Finally, the frog says, "What's wrong with you? I've promised you great sex for a year from a beautiful princess and you won't even kiss a frog?"

"I'm a programmer," he replies. "I don't have time for sex.... But a talking frog is pretty neat."


Heads up!

Roxio's Easy CD Creator 5.0 Platinum
is poison to Windows 2000 systems!

Okay, so maybe everyone on this side of the web is using Nero, and not too many are in ''full trust'' mode with Windows 2000... But I'll pass this one along just in case: A fellow named Seth runs a tech shop at the University of Northern Iowa. His experiences and fixes with the latest incarnation of Easy CD Creator are detailed here. If you saw that sucker on sale at CompUSA in last Sunday's ad, think twice. ...and have a read first.

...and just to make sure we have all the technical bases covered, Redmond now confirms your network adapter will not work if it's unplugged. I'm just not sure where to go with that.

...or this: people taking dot.com names when they marry. Maybe Mike Barkman can help explain if it's the water or something. I thought this stuff was limited to California...

Speaking of which: It's Friday!


Happy Saturday. ...to all of you who slept in<g>. Me? It's a teaching day. Someone has to tell the wannabes how to deliver babies... So I'll start the morning with a movie. ...and we'll see who can handle a childbirth film after a heavy breakfast.

I warned 'em. 'Course, for me: before breakfast, after breakfast... Heck, anytime that little sucker wants out of there, it's a happening, happy thing. Oh, and I don't title the lecture Emergency Childbirth as some do. Nope, for me it's Field Delivery, a lot closer to the way it still is in the rural areas of the world...

...and on the technology front, how would you like your calling card and your cell phone to be one and the same? We're almost there. Motorola has been using roll-up circuitry in their hand helds for some time now, but they are still using discrete components. This 'paper phone' gives a new meaning to the term 'printed circuit'. ...and I can see some great uses in my industry.

Hey, I'm out of time; I'll catch you later...


...and once again we come to a day of rest. Not! It seems we have a book report due. Good grief. I guess I'll spend the afternoon trolling clip art collections for artwork related to the copy Shelley and Daniel are working up on her machine. ...definitely a good time to have multiple machines, printers and skill sets in our household.

The quilt (yeah, a freakin' quilt-on-paper book report) isn't due until next week, but Shelley and I are taking the weekend off and heading to the hills for the annual couples' retreat. No kids, no computers (well, maybe; but only if she begs), no malls (that's fine: I'm broke after buying new tires for the van so we could make it to the hills), no kids (wait; I said that), no phones (I know where her cell phone is and I'm not afraid of hiding it), no computers (whine, cry)...

No nothin', but she and me and some other people from time to time as we gather for an hour or so here and there. Without the distractions of modern life, we usually end up remembering why we married each other...

...because we really do like each other!

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