August 2003 Archives

I've got 'Swing Swing' from The All American Rejects stuck in my brain.

Great song!

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Internap looks ready to acquire NetVMG, which is weird since they're not a hardware reseller or integrator (until this purchase, that is).

Press release.

Just caught a track of 3rd Strike - 'Redemption', off of their Lost Angel CD.

Wow.

So, SCO.com was indeed a victim of Denial of Service attacks.

The Missing looks to be a great movie - can't wait for it to come out.


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Uh, can anybody successfully reach sco.com?

I'm sure they're getting DOS attacks, but you think they'd have more redundancy. In this case, it's a network issue, since traceroute and ping fail.

They are AS13951, but a query of that Autonomous System results in nft.com, which doesn't seem like a corporate provider to me.

I wonder if someone's done some DNS poisoning? But surely with such a high-profile company (notorious is a better term now), someone is aware of the outage.

My traceroute and Sprint's show the same thing: destination unreachable

C:\>tracert www.sco.com

Tracing route to www.sco.com [216.250.140.112]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 20 ms 20 ms 10 ms atlnga1-ar2-4-33-040-001.atlnga1.dsl-verizon.net
[4.33.40.1]
2 30 ms 20 ms 40 ms 4.9.10.130
3 10 ms 20 ms 20 ms so-4-1-0.bbr2.Chicago1.level3.net [209.247.10.17
3]
4 40 ms 40 ms 40 ms so-2-0-0.mp2.Denver1.Level3.net [209.247.9.81]
5 gige11-2.hsipaccess2.Denver1.Level3.net [64.159.3.210] reports: Destinatio
n host unreachable.

Trace complete.

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A few days ago I watched Michael Moore's 'Bowling for Columbine', and I thought it quite poignant.

Then I read this webpage and I lost a great deal of respect for Mr. Moore - though I still feel he's trying to make a great point, the way he goes about it isn't good journalism, and doesn't merit an Oscar, if you ask me. But hey, perhaps all of the other contenders were amiss as well.

Anyways, a warning: in a few parts it is quite graphic.

The new BT album 'Emotional Technology' is pretty good.

For a limited time, Shoutcast is streaming a listening party.

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Ug, I just got hit by a bad bug in Mozilla:

All of a sudden, the scrollbar stopped responding to my mouse drag events.

I have a Microsoft Optical wheel mouse, and the wheel works, the arrow keys and the page up/page down keys on the keyboard work.

Does anybody that reads this blog know which bug this is?

There are no errors in the JavaScript Console, and it seems to be per-window (if I go back and then forward in my session history, or open a new window, it works fine).

I wonder if some variable went out of scope.

So I was watching tonight's episode of COPS, and one of the featured calls was a domestic - 'he threw a cheeseburger at me'.

Cop: 'What's that reddish/brown liquid on your knee?'
Gal: 'That's barbecue sauce from the cheeseburger'.

At this point, I would be trying my _hardest_ not to bust up laughing.

I think it's good that I'm not in law enforcement, for so many more important reasons such as the following:

2 people were stabbed at our local IHOP.

On second thought, I'm going to read The Club Dumas: A Novel, since it's already in my possession.

Sigh. I just got done reading The Manticore, and I'm not truly impressed at all.

Davies is a good writer, for sure, but I'm afraid it's not my style (that being historical fiction, with a mystery basis).

Oh well, onward to World of Wonders, where I'll finally get the answer to 'Who killed Boy Staunton?', though at this point, I'm half inclined to flip to the last few pages of the book and read the answer. But that's cheap.

Well, the layoffs haven't happened (yet), and it's not like I'm disappointed (rather, surprised). They've been 'coming for a long time', as it were, and now that AOL 9.0 has shipped, they're bound to be soon.

Anywho - check out this hilarious letter from Eric S. Raymond to SCO's CEO - here.

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Word is massive AOL layoffs tomorrow...

In other (and more uplifting) news, I just finished reading Fifth Business, which is the first book in The Deptford Trilogy.

Time to move on to The Manticore now.

Read a fair amount of The Fifth Business today, making my way through 1/3 of the book so far. While the characters are done well, there (so far) still isn't a story to speak of, but I'll suspend judgement of the work until I'm finished, of course.

This book came highly recommended, so I bet it's the type that doesn't really get started with the storytelling elements until the 3rd quarter.

Friday I visited Indianapolis for the 1st time in the 2 years and 8 months since I left Indiana to move out to California to work at Netscape.

I continue to be duly impressed and grow ever more excited for the day when I'll actually move there. Managed to snag a few pictures of the Canal Walk, the Arts Garden and the Circle Monument. The links I've provided are obviously not my own, I need to get the film developed and scanned (and who knows if they're any good or not).

Things that I really like about Indianapolis:

* City navigation is pretty easy; streets are numbered (ie, 96st) and, for the most part, are perpendicular.
* Downtown is _very_ clean.
* Indianapolis is the 12th most-wired city in the _nation_
* Small-town feel with the benefits of a largish city

I've begun to read Robertson Davies' 'Fifth Business', which is part of The Deptford Trilogy. It's pretty slow so far, the material I've read only being the setup for the specific plot line that's coming.

Man oh man.

If you haven't seen Harold and Maude, I recommend you run to the nearest video store and rent it. By far, it's one of the most hilarious movies I've ever seen and I'm not a big comedy fan.

One Day in September, about the Olympic terrorism in Munich, 1972, could quite possibly be the finest documentary I've ever had the pleasure of viewing.

That's not to say in the least that the material is pleasant, or even 'interesting', rather it serves as an apalling and frightening display of the then total German police force incompetance, which thankfully was addressed with the formation of an elite German task force.

Left around 1pm for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and read a good portion of The Lamplighter, which, upon arriving home, I subsequently finished up.

The book was pretty good, almost meeting my high expectations. Due to its nice length, it wasn't really wordy, and I appreciated some of the better-described scenes in the book.

Still, I think I'm tired of reading for a little while. Perhaps in a month or so I'll pick up the activity again. Or sooner, if I find a work which compels me.

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I need to know how to work around a particularly lame Internet Explorer bug in their CSS1 parser model.

http://sedonner.tripod.com/adec

On that page, hovering over the links is hard to read (whether the links are :visited (vlink) or regular link status doesn't matter).

A {
font-family: arial, helvetica, geneva, swiss, sunsans-regular;
font-size: 12pt;
font-weight: none;
text-decoration: none;
}

A:hover {
text-decoration: underline;
color: #003366;
}

A:visited {
color: #336699
}

I've got a div classed as div class='header'

In my CSS, I've got a class selector defined as:

.header a {
padding-left: 5px;
padding-right: 5px;
padding-top: 5px;
padding-bottom: 5px;
background-color: #003366;
color: white;
}

.header {
padding-top: 5px;
padding-bottom: 5px;
background-color: #003366;
color: white;
}

The problem is that IE6 is ignoring the fact that my 'header' class defines the |a| element's color as white, and therefore on mouseover styles the link text as either:

* if it's :visited, it styles it #336699
* if it's _not_ :visited, it styles it as #003366

Anybody know how to work around this? Thanks!

No doubt the following online ad image is an example of AOL's fine proof-reading skills at work:

Unless, of course, they're actually trying to portray the average user's spelling abilities when performing a Yellow Pages search.

From Daniel's blog...

Daniel, where were you when I landed my (+1336/1042) lines? ;-)

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Found while looking for jobs on Monster.com:

'Skills required:
Bachelor�s degree in business, or computer science or related technical field.
Minimum 2 to 5 years product testing, development, research or application experience.
Good testing skills.
Good understanding of quality assurance process.
Broad knowledge of application and user awareness and/or broad knowledge of networks, configuration, and information system technologies.
Project deadlines may result in periods of particularly heavy time demands.' (the emphasis was mine)

That last line sounds exactly like my last job.

Paraphrased, or merely reworded, it can be translated into "Work will require 12-15 hours a day of your time, plus weekends for 5 months on end".

I'm not in a rush to run back to that, thank-you-very-much.

All the cool kids are doing it.

I've decided to slow down or stop reading Historical Fiction for a while (at least not the 500+ page ones), as it takes too much effort to get the gist of the story, when it's wrapped up in verbose narratives.

Instead, I've begun to read The Lamplighter, and have found it an excellent read so far. It's considered Historical Fiction, but only because of the backdrop - due to the fact it's a scant 320 pages (recent books I've completed have been 600-700 pages), I think I'll have no problems finishing this one up this weekend.

Just saw The Devil's Playground, a 'documentary' (though not really) about Amish teens and their period of time where they must decide whether or not to remain in the Amish community/faith. It's quite interesting, and even though I had heard of their parties before, I hadn't realized that the vast majority of them stay Amish after...

Having grown up in Indiana, where there is a large Amish community, it was pretty eye-opening, and I think I gained a much better understanding of their culture.

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Downtown Indianapolis, Indiana

Click on a photo below to see it in full size...

Just finished reading An Instance of the Fingerpost.

The critics who heralded it as equal to (or they daresay surpassing) The Name of the Rose, were terribly and horribly amiss.

The review on Salon.com said it all -

'Don't be surprised if midway through this sprawling and seemingly endless tome, however, you feel like suing the publishers (and certain critics) for fraud. If this book is a thriller, then I'm Edgar Allan Poe.'

I will not be reading The Dream of Scipio...

Hmm, at 285 pages into this 700-page book, I feel a lot of the writing could've been trimmed for brevity's sake. I sense an angle of the story is emerging in Prescott's account of what transpired, but it's slow-coming for sure, and I wish Pears would trim his writing considerably. That said, the story is interesting, though certainly not the 'thriller' as has been attributed. Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose can certainly trounce this book on both historical and mystery grounds. To be fair though, I'm less than half-way into the work, so I should suspend judgement until finished, I suppose.

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I'm now just in 200 pages or so, and now the story is from the perspective of Jack Prescott, who is recounting differences between his story of the events surrounding and including the murder of Mr. Groves.

Today I began my long voyage into the much-heralded An Instance of the Fingerpost.

My progress so far is thus (107 pages out of 700): 'Dr.' Cola is recalling his view of the poisoning of Mr. Groves and has also just completed the blood transfusion from Sarah to her mother. He, along with Lower, is attempting to determine the composition of the poison.

It's a pretty slow-going book so far, but at least I've gotten past the first recounting of the murder; it should be fairly easy reading from here on out. (The book is comprised of 4 accounts, depicting in a Rashamon-like fashion the murder of a prominent scholar.)

AVOID 'The Life of David Gale' at all costs.

It's a terrible, vile movie.

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