Archive for October, 2008

Now That’s a Paddlin’

Friday, October 31st, 2008

I’m impressed with the level of self-deception it must take a christian with even the most passing interest in the bible, to actually re-create the scene of praying to the golden calf.


Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Another photo sharing site.  The more free backups of my photo library out there, the better I always say.

xymon at

UPDATE:  After uploading the pics, going thru all the options for sharing settings, I hit the save button, and it deleted all the photos.  I would NOT trust installing their software or active-X control on a machine with access to important data.  Be WARY.

Mess Me Up, Hollywood!

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Between Dan Akroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka and Danny Devito’s Limoncello, I think one could have an enjoyable evening of inebriation. Too bad neither one will ever show up in the state run liquor stores we have to pick from up here in the Northwest.

UPDATE:  After making a special trip to the liquor store, while in Vegas for other business, and picking up bottles of both, I stop in the state liquor store this weekend, and find out that we’ve started carrying the limoncello.  Still no Crystal Skull.

The limoncello is quite nice, and better than the other brand that the store carries.

UPDATE2:  Washington State liquor stores stopped carrying Danny’s limoncello (boo), but they did start carrying Dan’s skull vodka, and he did come out for a signing.

Just Ask Already, eh?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

I hate it when people have a very specific request for you, but because they are embarrased at how lazy the request makes them seem, they waste 20 minutes of your life trying to pre-justify.  As if they’d be asking for my help, if I was stupid enough to buy the excuse.  I knew you wanted to laze your way out of the task the moment you came to me.  Stop wasting both our times, just ask for the help up front and get out of my hair so I can get it done.

7-bit LOGIN

Monday, October 20th, 2008

I’ve been semi-remembering a dinosaur remote access feature from the days when you couldn’t guarantee an 8-bit path between client and server at all times, where you could manage a login to your mixed-case username/password, if you entered the initial username in all CAPS.

Googling for “unix login uppercase” just gave me a bunch of pages encouraging people to make passwords that mixed upper and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols.  Good advice, but not what I was looking for.  Then our security guru here at work suggested replacing uppercase with 7-bit, and sure enough I was able to find documentation that something like my memory existed, at least in aix 4.

I’m still not entirely convinced that an admin couldn’t enable this feature on a modern system somehow.  I guess the program “adduser” would be an easy place to look, since it would have to enforce case-free uniqueness.

From Now On

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

You just look over your shoulder, ’cause from now on, I’m gonna be right behind you. – Charade 1963

I always wondered where the sample came from, in one of my fave house tracks.  Now I know.

AFDM – pump and dump scam in progress?

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Just got a text message spam trying to hype the “Africa Diamond Co Inc” for a pathetically obvious pump-and-dump scam.  It seems really stupid to send out on a saturday, when markets are closed.  By the time the market opens on Monday, the SEC will know about their scam, and won’t let any suckers buy in in the first place.



Boost install failure debugging

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

So, I’m trying to build and install our custom mix of boost libraries, and I’m following the directions on the wiki without isssue, up to the point of actual install of the completed binaries.  When I give the command my commrades have left behind for me, I kept getting a bunch of errors about “…skipped…lack of directory-grist”.  And none of the google results seem to be applicable.  

Eventually it dawns on me that I’m running the install command as a non-root user, who of course, has no permissions to write to /usr/local/… 


Give The Gift of Hearing Loss

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Give your child a microphone and a speaker, with bonus siren, that you attach directly to their head.

No, that couldn’t have any long term side effects.

It is a cool toy =p

VMWare Server 2 Sucks Ass

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Why do successful companies insist on destroying the products that made them great?  VMWare Server 1 was wonderful software.  It wasn’t perfect, but it was perfectly usable.  VMWare Server 2 traded in the nice and snappy Win32 for a craptastic web-ui, and doesn’t even bother to install the required plug-ins when it installs the server.  The whole product seems like it was designed by a 5th grade slashdot disciple.  It’s all about web2.0 flashiness, and completely misses the point of being something someone would want to use.

I’m kicking myself for not keeping a copy of the last 1.x update.  Hopefully I can find one out there somewhere.