July 2003 Archives

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Sadly, today (7/31/2003) was my last day at AOL. I wish I could say I was leaving Netscape, but the fact is it no longer exists.

I wish to thank all of those I've worked with over these past fabulous 2 1/2 years, and I'll not list you all, lest I forget someone.

The choice to leave was my own, and management was gracious to let me work from home these past few months.

Not coincidentally, the AOL Personalization project I was working on has now shipped - http://my.aol.com (you must be a paying AOL user to access), and you'll soon see the fruit of my QA efforts in the impending release of the AOL 9.0 client. I tested the Sports, Personal Finance and Homework Help modules, but also wrote the testcases for Weather, The Lighter Side, Search, Horoscopes and Maps and Directions.

So what are my short-term and long-term plans, you may ask?

Short-term, I'm catching up on sleep, and reducing my stress level with every passing moment. I'm reading all of the books I've wanted to read in the past 6 months, plowing through my Netflix titles like nobody's business, and visiting places I haven't had time to visit (Indianapolis, the Indiana Dunes, Michigan City, Chicago).

Long-term, I'll be returning to school to finish up an English degree. In-between my short and long term goals, I'll most likely take a job in Indianapolis.

Netscape business card

So long dear Netscape, and thanks for all the fish.

I just saw Final Destination 2, and it was pretty lame. The first one was original, but there really isn't (nor could there be) anything new and exciting to be done with this sequel.

Also viewed was Eye of the Needle, and it was a standard movie - no plot twists or thrilling moments to be had.

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I'm going to read Wise Blood tonight - it's been nagging at me ever since I finished the powerful and haunting The Violent Bear it Away.

The current air in the world (or perhaps just our nation), is that someone has hit the Giant Reset Button, and we're starting all over. Rebuilding the economy, figuring out business strategies, etc. It's not a particularly bad feeling and since I'll be returning to IUSB in 9 months, or possibly earlier, a couple of years out of the hectic lifestyle will do me good.

Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code has been optioned as a movie - press release here.

I'm not sure I'll read the book anytime soon, as I have a plethora of more enticing works beckoning.

Just completed Angels & Demons by Dan Brown, and it fared slightly better than I had anticipated, though it's certainly no Umberto Eco.

Next up on my reading list:

The Lamplighter
The Dante Club
The Da Vinci Code
An Instance of the Fingerpost
Derailed
Dream of Scipio
Diary: A Novel

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I've been there, it's so nice and peaceful. Gonna visit it again, soon.

Finished up reading The Alienist, and I'll have to agree with those who've given the book a review of 'less than expected'. Perhaps, though, it's because of all the hype attributed to the 'National #1 Bestseller!', or maybe the intriguing title (prior to this book, I had no knowledge an alienist was a psychologist). A good read, but not stellar.

Moving on, I'll be reading Dan Brown's Angels & Demons, of which I already have high expectations (not a good thing, I assure you).

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In the Netscape 3.x and 4.x days, the entry in the Book of Mozilla read:

And the beast shall come forth surrounded by a roiling cloud of vengeance. The house of the unbelievers shall be razed and they shall be scorched to the earth. Their tags shall blink until the end of days.
from The Book of Mozilla, 12:10.

Then came along Netscape 6.x/7.x, which added a new entry:

And the beast shall be made legion. Its numbers shall be increased a thousand thousand fold. The din of a million keyboards like unto a great storm shall cover the earth, and the followers of Mammon shall tremble .
from The Book of Mozilla, 3:31
(Red Letter Edition)

Today, a new chapter has written in response to the death of Netscape:

And they watched as the beast cast off its chains, and with a terrible roar burst forth and slew those who had bound it. And for days the rivers ran red with their lifeblood.
- from The Book of Mozilla, 7:15

Long live the Mozilla Foundation, and I bid a farewall to those who no longer are employed by AOL/Netscape to work on Mozilla - you will all be missed. Here's wistful hope that you each find a project that you each enjoy and which also provides financial sustainment.

Progressing nicely into The Alienist (page 340 of 497), I'm now at the crux of the story - the killer has properly been identified (by name and background) and they've caught a rather fleeting glimpse of him at a murder scene (I know he's the killer, because his name is referenced in the jacket of the 2nd book - The Angel of Darkness).

Anyhow, I probably won't be reading the sequel, not because this isn't a good book, but it simply isn't _that_ fresh - historical-perspective-of-New-York nonwithstanding. He's a good author, for sure, and his tirades are much shorter than Umberto Eco's, but he lacks _something_, which I just can't pin down as of yet.

I'll probably take another book with me on my flight Friday, as I'm likely to finish this one shortly into the trip.

Continuing to read further into The Alienist, the killer has just sent a letter to the mother of one of the victims, in which he not only used his own handwriting, but has apparently a very poor education. I'm only on page 200 of this 495-page book, which is fine, since this may well give me something to read on the airplane during my flight to Mountain View, CA this Friday.

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I need help with my Linux/Windows XP dual-boot catastrophe.

Here's the deal:

Last night, in order to get broader testing scope, I decided to delete (via the Disk Management system in XP) the Linux partition I had been dual-booting with XP (in order to replace it with Windows ME).

Now, when I boot up, I get the Grub command prompt:

grub >

Of course, I can do the following:

root (hd0,1)
makeactive
chainloader +1
boot

which works fine.

Question: I've already put a grub.conf into c: and then _tried_ to point to it via:

grub > configfile (hd0,1)/grub.conf

but it complains about not being able to mount the partition.

I don't have the Windows XP boot/setup CD/disk, because it's an image install done by work (no, I can't get ahold of a disk, either).

What can I do to get rid of Grub entirely, or at least have it bypass Grub and just boot to that partition (h0,1)?

In case you're wondering my Grub was the version that came with RedHat 8.0

Arggg.

If anyone has tips, please send me mail at technutz@netscape.net.

It's appreciated.

Saw Adaptation this weekend. Pretty good, but again the expectations I had going in were possibly too high.

Having finished the somewhat disappointing The List of 7 (which wasn't disappointing for its story merely, but for the massive expectations I had going in to the novel), I'll now begin to read The Alienist by Caleb Carr.

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Die Another Day has to be one of the most boring and stupid Bond movies I've ever seen.

And what's with this 'Halle Barry is the hottest babe on the planet' nonsense? I guess I don't like the short hair on her, for starters, plus I've heard in the real world that she's too high-strung and whiny.

Oh well. At least I had the pleasure of watching T3: Rise of the Machines last night. It was much better than I anticipated, and Kristanna Loken is quite attractive.

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