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Thursday, September 20th, 2012
9:58 pm
Good domain name registrar?
Help me, lazyweb! If I want to register a vanity domain (because I'm using the name on a non-routed network, and don't want to DOS someone else if configured devices escape into the world), who is a good (as in, not horrifically expensive and not known to be problematic) registrar? Probably registering a .org or .net (though Network Solutions cheerfully points out that, of all the TLDs, '.xxx' is still available for my first choice).
Tuesday, November 29th, 2011
6:28 pm
Today's winner...
... is a network security guy who doesn't understand that telneting to port 25 and typing the appropriate commands _is_ sending mail via SMTP.
Saturday, April 9th, 2011
11:15 am
Thought for the day...
IT work is sort of like prostitution... It's not something you grow up wanting to do, getting into it usually involves a bad decision at a fairly young age, it usually involves respectable money for dealing with seriously dysfunctional people, it often involves night work and strange workplace injuries, most practitioners end up with at least one substance-related dirty (but not necessarily illegal) little habit, you get surprisingly little respect for the knowledge you bring to it and no recognition for the effort, you routinely get people you barely know thinking they'll get a freebie because "you live for this stuff!", the customer is basically paying you for the day in exchange for a few seconds of euphoric joy when the presumed-lost files are recovered, and by age 40, many people would leave the profession in a heartbeat if there was anything else they could do for comparable money (which, barring a move into management, has maxed out by that point). Oh, and the (private-sector) age discrimination issues are pretty similar.

But unlike prostitution, you never get to beat the customer, no matter how clearly the customer has indicated a desire to beaten. (And my customer has been a very bad, and very dumb, customer indeed...)
Saturday, January 29th, 2011
9:08 am
Thought for the day...
Given this [cnn.com], I would like to ask the government to stop trying to make the teabaggers mainstream. (Incidentially: Pistole is the same guy who commented that most travellers felt safer following their gaterape experience.)
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010
8:43 pm
Once More Into The Breech...
My (not-actually-)Habitat group may have found funding to resume Katrina rebuilding work, possibly starting as soon as November. (Amazingly, some of the Katrina disaster relief funding is _still_ in the process of making its way through the process... This batch apparently gets funnelled through United Way of Greater Louisiana.)

Our next destination will be Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana (I have no idea if that's spelled correctly). To save you the trouble of gmapping it: It's the tip of the Mississippi delta, south of New Orleans. And yes, I appreciate the irony of not getting around to rebuilding houses for these folks until after the BP oil spill wiped out one of their primary industries...

Will share details as they come in if anyone is interested.
Sunday, July 4th, 2010
5:31 pm
Quote for the day...
I'd ask what his major malfunction is, but that would suggest I cared...
Thursday, June 17th, 2010
9:46 pm
Ah, crud...
My usually-on computer's power supply seems to have bitten it, after 10ish years of (only mildly) flaky service, taking with it my contact info and calendar. Expect things to be even more chaotic than usual at my end for the next couple days while I decide what gets replaced, what gets migrated, and what just gets abandoned...

EDIT:
And the backup system does not have the intricate web of spam-blockers and cookie-futzers of my main system. Egad, if this is how the other half lives, I'm amazed there's anyone using the innertubes at all...
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
9:11 pm
Thought for the day...
It's actually really funny watching the big-L Libertarians turn on BP after initially screaming about how the government shouldn't interfere, regulate, or in any way punish. You'd think the private sector had failed to deliver a public good in a really highly visible way or something...
Monday, May 10th, 2010
10:20 pm
Thought for the day...
You'd think that, by the 13th release, Fedora would have settled on a pretty gui-driven fdisk interface that doesn't crash when creating extended partitions. But you'd be wrong. *sigh* (I know, I know, it's a beta. But for fsck's sake, this particular bug has been floating around for years now in various forms...)
Tuesday, May 4th, 2010
9:48 pm
Happy discovery for the day...
Had to scan something... so I loaded the manufacturer-provided driver onto my (Linux) box... and the scanner now Just Works(tm). Magic!
Monday, April 26th, 2010
10:55 pm
Thought for the day...
For the money involved, it would be nifty if realtors (ahem, sorry, "Realtor(tm)s") understood the difference between a "condo" (especially the high-rise variety) and a "townhouse". (Bonus points for understanding the difference between a townhouse and a subdivided townhouse where each unit is a condo, but at least I can understand the confusion there.)

Depressing discovery for the day: A "fixer-upper" in Falls Church I didn't even bother following up on '07 (because it was listed at $650k, which, then and now, was rather a lot out of my budget) actually sold for $355k. More depressing discovery for the day: After letting it sit vacant for 3 years (doing no visible maintenance to an exterior that was deteriorating at the time), the guy who bought it is now trying to sell it for $475k. http://www.redfin.com/VA/Arlington/1824-N-Tuckahoe-St-22205/home/11239513 (if you bike the W&OD trail, you'll probably say "hey, that looks familiar"... yeah, right across the street from East Falls Church metro as you climb the hill).
Friday, April 23rd, 2010
6:06 pm
Genetic testing while you wait...
Ok, not while you wait, but http://www.23andme.com is doing a $99 special on the combined "health" and "ancestry" screenings. What the heck... Who knows what I'll discover. (Probably nothing good, but that's medical science for you...)
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
6:41 pm
Thought for the Day...
Google doesn't _need_ to pay ISPs for access to subscriber lines. The subscribers, after all, are not paying the ISP for access to the ISP's content...
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
9:37 pm
Thought for the Day...
DiscoverBank's page inspires roughly as much confidence as the Discover Card does (I'm told they still exist, though I have no memory of seeing one in the last, oh, 10 years or so), with the added bonus(?) of knowing that my account is now collateralizing the KMart of the charge card industry. I think it may be time to suck it up and deal with a local bank...

Current Mood: irritated
Monday, April 5th, 2010
10:36 pm
Thought for the Day...
The Express front page reads "The Nationals kick off their season today, but the real excitement may still be months away"... yeah, when football season starts.
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010
4:04 pm
Thought for the Day...
I liked the idea of getting my taxes done more before I found out how much I owed...
Thursday, April 1st, 2010
10:54 pm
Thought for the Day...
Biking down to see the Cherry Blossoms at sunset: Nifty.
1000 cherry trees in full bloom messing with my seasonal allergies: Brutal.
Being able to go zipping past the gridlocked traffic: Priceless
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
9:39 pm
Quote for the Day...
"So, how's that hopey-changey thing workin' for ya?"

A lot better than that dopey-cheney thing did, actually.




(Can't claim credit for this one...)
Monday, March 29th, 2010
10:21 pm
Thought for the day...
A number of the folks who led the French Revolution survived the Revolution, only to get guillotined by the Revolutionary Government for being insufficiently revolutionary. A number of Bolsheviks ended up getting executed or assassinated as "enemies of the people" under Lenin. Spain under Franco? China under Mao? Same deal. Heck, take your pick of "wars of liberation" throughout Africa and South America.

This is the happy little thought I think every time I am subjected to a teabagger proclaiming the imminent "Second American Revolution"...
Sunday, March 28th, 2010
4:01 pm
Things we forget...
As I do the annual installing-of-the-Windows (for Turbotax), I am reminded that Windows Setup fails in a particularly unintuitive way if there isn't a FAT/VFAT/NTFS partition for it to install onto.

And, in other news... Why can't the IRS just mail me a card that says "We think you owe us $FOO" or "We think we owe you $FOO", with the option to just sign the form and mail it in (with a check, if appropriate)?
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