December 2003 Archives

Apparently Sun is killing off their Cobalt line (acquired a couple of years ago; Cobalt was right down the street from Netscape on Ellis in Mountain View).

The Woman in White is, I'm told, the ultimate murder mystery book.

I've got quite a few books lined up to read now, so this will have to wait until 3 or 4 down the line...

I've got my eye on the Gateway 710X, but I'm waiting until my contract with AOL is finished (tentatively end of February) to buy a PC.

Also, I realize that Gateway isn't a power-user brand, but I don't really care. I've had the Gateway I'm using for a few years now, and it hasn't given me any problems. Besides, components are pretty standard nowadays, and of good quality. Building my own doesn't interest me much either, because by the time you add up Windows XP, an Intel Pentium 4 processor, the Creative Labs SoundBlaster Audigy 2, the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, the RAM, etc, you're pretty close to, if not above, the price the Gateway costs (not to mention most cases out there I've seen are lame).

Note to self: http://www.lemis.com/email/email-format.html has most of the email formats listed.

If you build on MinGW, you've no doubt had build bustage in js/src/xpconnect.

I've just landed Benjamin's fix from bug 213910.

C:\moz_src\mozilla>cvs diff -uw
cvs [diff aborted]: connect to cvs.mozilla.org(207.126.111.201):2401 failed: Connection timed
out

I'm a tad bit late with the news, but Winamp 5 has been released...

Had a whirlwind of fun tonight as we tried to install Windows 2000 on my dad's machine.

We first were seeing critical errors, due to it not finding his IDE controller. Turns out his BIOS (ASUS) had some strange RAID setting for his separately partitioned hard drives.

Once we disabled that, we began to see errors with the Windows Catalog service (the service that populates the device drivers' tree).

Unable to resolve that (we tried the following suggestion but it failed to solve the issue), I found another Windows 2000 CD and began to install it.

It went well at first, but a few minutes later during device detection it started throwing up random alerts claiming that it couldn't read from the CD-ROM.

After confirming these dialogs, everything else worked, except the OS is prompting us to find the drivers for his Sony CD-RW and his Mitsushi DVD-ROM drives.

Oddly enough, the Windows Catalog service is not available/installed, so we can't find the drivers based on its database, and I'm so far not finding them online (discs are located somewhere in the basement).

Anyway, we're up and running for the most part, with all of his favorite applications working smoothly on the new NTFS partition.

Saw The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King tonight, and I have to say it was pretty good. Even though fantasy is not my genre of choice, it was an amazing movie from start to finish.

If you're looking for relaxing and uplifting trance, I highly recommend Electric Calm. It's not full of the annoying beats you're used to hearing on TV commercials and in movies.

stephendonner00@aol.com

Let's see if that account (work) starts getting spam now.

If you've got some spare time, along with a Mozilla tree, please consider helping bug 17796 land by testing and providing feedback.

Oh, and Merry Christmas! :-P

DellHost (by Sprint) was just sold.

Reminds me of when Intel decided to form Intel Online, and then sold it all to Savvis.

New season of The Surreal Life coming out soon.

Be sure to catch it.

Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica is quite the show.

Jessica's stupidity, self-absorption and laziness amazes me, but what amazes me even more is that Nick is actually married to her. Apart from the times when he sings, Nick seems like a cool macho guy who really shouldn't be stuck with her. The good thing is he does fire off plenty of amusing verbal shots, which keeps us on our toes.

I fly out today via ATA from San Jose to South Bend, IN, and I'm more nervous than I've ever been.

The Department of Homeland Security has raised the warning from elevated to high, in response to what it says is long-term 'chatter' among terrorists regarding using airplanes as weapons (again).

Sigh. What a time to fly.

So it's been confirmed. In order for your resume to even be read at all, you'll need a PhD when you submit to Google.

All the more reason I should finish up at least my Bachelor's in English.

Our slogan at Netscape used to be 'Netscape - All the Net You Need'.

Now since the launch of the $10/month ISP, they've rephrased it into 'Netscape - Just the Net You Need'.

Will the 3rd iteration of the Netscape brand be 'Netscape - None of the Net You Need'?

While I'm happy that Verizon has announced plans to implement FTTP over the next couple of years, I'm guessing they'll now just ignore the DSL problems in my neighborhood (610 down, when I should be getting at _least_ 740, but probably in the 1.5 range).

When I tell people about Routescience (or enhanced BGP-routing in general), many laugh and think it's all marketing, and that human engineers can do just as good or better.

Can they really?

Humans don't have the tools/time to monitor all brownouts (note: NOT blackouts, which are hard outages, as the following piece explains):

http://www.routescience.com/products/pro_increase.html

An Internet brownout, sometimes called a soft outage, occurs when there is a significant reduction in network performance to a subset of end users as a result of congestion, packet loss, link or equipment failures, or human configuration errors.

Note that brownouts are different from blackouts. Blackouts, also called hard outages, occur when a network or portion of a network fails completely. Brownouts occur when connectivity theoretically still exists but excessive latency and loss make the network essentially impassable. Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), the routing protocol for the Internet, only detects hard outages, so BGP will eventually route around a blackout but will never route around a brownout.


The following article is very useful when understanding why BGP sucks.

There's a band out there (since 1999) called DoubleDrive, and man they rock.

A mix between Alice in Chains, Staind and Creed, they have the better aspects of all bands without the cheese of Creed ;-)

Avoid Bitter Moon at all costs. It's guaranteed to waste 2 1/2 hours of your time.

The plot (and the reviews) of The Eight seem highly promising, so I plan on picking it up at Borders tomorrow...

Synopsis:

Computer expert Cat Velis is heading for a job to Algeria. Before she goes, a mysterious fortune teller warns her of danger, and an antique dealer asks her to search for pieces to a valuable chess set that has been missing for years...In the South of France in 1790 two convent girls hide valuable pieces of a chess set all over the world, because the game that can be played with them is too powerful...

So, tonight I received this fantastic porn spam, which had the following removal instructions:

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If you'd like to call me to verbally delete your address, please do so at 1-808-347-1880
My name is David and if I am at my desk I will take your call. Please note that local and long distance charges apply.
Extra charges include a $5 per minute service charge automatically debited to your phone bill.

Um, right.

As much as I'm enjoying The Simple Life (immensely, because it makes my sides split with uproarious laughter), I'm coming to the realization that certain aspects of it are staged, or at least the whole town was in on 'the joke'.

Take the episode where Paris and Nicole are working a cattle farm for instance, and are given a line of credit, but no questions are asked when they purchase non cattle-raising items (like a birdhouse and a giant hall mirror).

I'm soliciting book ideas, as I'll hopefully have time to read while on my vacation, starting the 23rd of this month.

If there's anyone still reading this blog whose literary tastes tend to resemble mine, please give me some ideas at technutz@netscape.net.

For those who haven't read my backlog of book reviews, I tend to read heavy historical fiction and mystery, containing such authors as Umberto Eco, Perez-Reverte, Paul Auster, Chuck Palahniuk, Charles Palliser, etc. I've even read a Dan Brown book - Angels and Demons, but I wasn't too impressed.

Wow.

Qwest just purchased a large number of Allegiance Telecom assets.

This is very surprising, since Qwest isn't doing well itself.

Great article on outsourcing overseas, and how it's not the panacea everyone purpotes it to be.

http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=13185

Bah:

[19:57] *** Connecting to "irc.webchat.org:6667" (Attempt 1 of 110)
[19:57] *** Resolving host name
[19:57] *** Connecting to 216.152.66.71:6667
[19:57] *** Socket Error (10061: The attempt to connect was forcefully rejected)
[19:57] *** Unable to connect to IRC server

2003-12-12 22:32:26 EST: 10988 / 4958
Your download speed : 10988571 bps, or 10988 kbps.
A 1341.3 KB/sec transfer rate.
Your upload speed : 4958677 bps, or 4958 kbps.
Seems like broadband .. above the 1mbit barrier!

...from work.

A couple of nights ago, I replaced my ailing Tivo Series 1 hard drive with a brand new Samsung 80GB, which gives around 90 minutes of recording time. The old Quantum Fireball, while not entirely dead, was having obvious issues with writing to bad sectors.

I highly recommend Weaknees.com for your Tivo repairs/upgrades, although it's a tad bit expensive ($130 for an 80GB HD), it comes pre-formatted, and ready to go with the much-needed special-keyed Tivo Allen wrenches.

Main Entry: bed´┐Żlam
Pronunciation: 'bed-l&m
Function: noun
Etymology: Bedlam, popular name for the Hospital of Saint Mary of Bethlehem, London, an insane asylum, from Middle English Bedlem Bethlehem
Date: 1522
1 obsolete : MADMAN, LUNATIC
2 often capitalized : a lunatic asylum
3 : a place, scene, or state of uproar and confusion
- bedlam adjective

See also AOL

I wonder if 'push' technology will ever come back, ala Netscape Netcaster and Pointcast.

Verisign vowed that SiteFinder would be back, but I'm glad we're not seeing it yet.

Lycos, Drugstore.com, Netflix and others will probably very soon be moving their huge hosting accounts from Cable and Wireless, since they've sold their US operations.

No matter, Equinix is picking up where all of the failed hosts left off.

Today I said my goodbyes to a large number of coworkers who I was pleased to consider my true friends.

AOL today basically told them, in not so many words:

"Goodbye". (inside joke for those of you unaware of the AOL service's behavior).

It's a small world, I'll run into you sooner or later, hopefully the former.

Today I finished reading the House of Leaves.

In the end, I didn't find it all that interesting.

Compelling, yes, but only in the aspect of searching to make some semblance of sense out of what I feel is Mark's attempt to trick us all.

As a narrative, it obviously fails terribly, but that's not where my gripe lies, nor with the hidden 'codes' in the novel's footnotes or elsewhere, but rather their precise lack of information, once decoded.

Or has anyone indeed found something worthwhile?

A book such as this, with an interesting premise, a unique delivery, and a gnawing at the heart of riddles to be solved, only pays off when one can triumph over the challenge. I have failed, or perhaps Mark has.

I've found nothing compelling in the end that brings coherence to the disparate stories.

I wanted to like this work, I really did. In the end I just found it to be gimmicky and void (no pun intended).

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