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    Wednesday, January 28th, 2004
    11:52 pm
    Not amused.
    It's one thing to know that this sort of thing goes on in various industries, such as clothing manufacturing, and to realize that one needs to be aware of the practices of the companies one purchases clothing and other apparel from, to make certain that one is not supporting vile, evil scum.

    It's another thing to know that stuff is going on in ones own backyard.

    http://www.cafod.org.uk/news_and_events/news/computer_factory_sweatshops_20040126

    Sometimes, I wish I had purchase authority, rather than just input to the purchase process.

    Current Mood: irritated
    Friday, October 24th, 2003
    9:45 pm
    Nigeria scams come from Nigerians?!?
    http://theregister.co.uk/content/6/33520.html at least implies that the main perpetrators of the Nigerian scam are apparently people who are at least of African descent, and quite possibly traceable to Nigeria, which rather blows my faith in the complete dishonesty of those messages. I mean, I expected those things to be basically false in all things (except, of course, for their desire for your bank account information.)

    I'm shocked and dismayed. Here I was imagining this scam to be mostly pulled off by a bunch of white boys, potentially with some dark skinned patsies to do the face to face bits.

    Current Mood: shocked
    Tuesday, September 23rd, 2003
    9:32 am
    typo squatting alive and well
    I'm glad to see that, despite Verisign's move to monopolize the typo-squatting industry, the industry is still alive and well, as verified by checking on livejournal's typos. Restricting oneself to single-character typos, all missing characters are handled by other registrars or active sites, except for one variant which appears to be handled by a down DNS server. Three of the doubled letter typos are likewise handled by entities other than Verisign, as are all but two of the twiddled characters.

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w
    
    sub lookuphost($) {
        my $host = shift;
    
        my ($name, $aliases, $addrtype, $length, @addrs) =
                gethostbyname($host);
        for my $addr (@addrs) {
            $addr = join('.', unpack('C4',$addr));
        }
        print "$name: " . join(', ', @addrs) . "\n";
    }
    
    my @chars = split(//, 'livejournal');
    
    my @temp;
    
    print "missing:\n";
    for (my $i = 0; $i < @chars; ++$i) {
        @temp = @chars;
        splice(@temp, $i, 1);
        lookuphost(join('', @temp).".com");
    }
    
    print "doubled:\n";
    for (my $i = 0; $i < @chars; ++$i) {
        @temp = @chars;
        splice(@temp, $i, 0, $temp[$i]);
        lookuphost(join('', @temp).".com");
    }
    
    print "twiddled:\n";
    for (my $i = 0; $i < $#chars; ++$i) {
        @temp = @chars;
        splice(@temp, $i+2, 0, $temp[$i]);
        splice(@temp, $i, 1);
        lookuphost(join('', @temp).".com");
    }
    Monday, August 18th, 2003
    9:12 pm
    Restaurant review
    Last week, I had a new experience; a friend1 suggested we go to a seafood restaurant2 to which he had been, but I hadn't. Being willing to try new experiences, I accepted.

    Like many seafood restaurants, the decor of this establishment is mostly wood. Unlike most of these, it's not a wharf motif, but rather a saloon. I'm not sure who thought that a cigar-store Indian would suggest to places that this was a fine seafood place, and I don't want to know. Peanut shells covering the floor added to the impression that Tgape walked into the wrong watering hole. Yup, found me a good ol' Texas-style seafood joint.

    All I have to say at this point is, "WHY?!?"

    1 Well, he seems friendly enough. Even if he doesn't always choose decent restaurants.
    2 Name withheld in the event they don't like my review.

    Current Mood: relieved
    Sunday, February 16th, 2003
    6:42 pm
    Moving
    I've been working on moving for the past two weeks. This has been a slow process, because I have a more-than-full-time job, and various other items keep consuming time.

    Now, I will preface this next bit with the following: I do not have nearly as many books as gwferguson; I do not even come close to competing with any small public libraries.

    My first load of stuff to the new apartment contained books and computer stuff. My second load contained books and computer stuff. My last load contained books and computer stuff. I have, other than cables and an old monitor, moved all of the computer stuff. I'm still moving books. I think I'm a little past the half-way point.

    In short, I have too many books. More to the point, I have too many books that, had I considered "I will have to move this book someday" after I finished reading it, I would probably be not have now. Err, except, of course, that I sell my books to Half-Price Books, and I seem to walk away with more books than I took back each time. (Except, of course, the last time, when I had my girlfriend (now fiance) present to give me strength.)

    Current Mood: tired
    Tuesday, October 15th, 2002
    7:00 pm
    Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...
    Well, I know better than to think that. I certainly know it could get worse than it is right now.

    The minions of a company that shall remain nameless have taken a task that was reduced to the point of 'cut and paste' and botched it about as horribly as one could imagine, so long as one is restricted to incompetence rather than malice, and a mouse rather than keyboard. (That is, they actually did use the cut and paste functions).

    Having done this, they proudly proclaimed the task 'done'.

    As this broke the system they used to notify me as soon as it took effect, it's a good thing it takes a few minutes to take effect...


    Of course, this all had to happen while I was in a meeting. Err, a meeting that my coworkers were all in as well. That ran until COB. Good thing I decided to work late...
    Wednesday, May 29th, 2002
    12:26 pm
    One week ago today, the most wonderful person in the world ended her one week visit and left to go back to the cool north, leaving my apartment cleaner than it's been since I finished moving in. (Cleaning has continued, albeit at a much slower pace.)

    Incidentally, I have pictures I'm working on categorizing (err, not too actively, or I'd be done by now), to prove she was here. Admittedly, due to lighting concerns, none of them actually show off the clean apartment... But she's the main thing I wanted to show off, and I have pics of her. They'll be available eventually...

    Current Mood: loved
    Sunday, May 12th, 2002
    4:04 pm
    Wally can be amazing.
    I used to have a coworker who claimed "Wally is my hero." I wondered about that for a while, and started realizing that he can, in fact, be moderately impressive. Such as today...



    Incidentally, been there, done that.
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2002
    6:46 pm
    Premonitions
    When I have a premonition that I should go into work early, I should *NOT* roll over, and go back to sleep for another hour or so.

    I should get up, get dressed, get in my car, and drive as far away as I can.

    I don't want to go into the details of today here, because I'd rather like to keep anyone from work who currently does not know who I am guessing, and if I were to list some of the things that happened today, there would be no doubt in some people's mind. For example, it's not too frequent that a server will actually explode into small fragments, and that's *not* one of the more unusual things that happened today.

    (It didn't happen at all. Least, not to me.)

    Current Mood: amused
    Monday, April 15th, 2002
    4:49 pm
    Miracle in South Korea
    I was listening to the news late last night, and heard about a plane wreck in South Korea. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of the people on the plane were Koreans.

    Initially, there were very few, if any, survivors. But, as the day progressed, there was a continual increase in the number of survivors. Right before I went to eat, there were no more than 30 survivors. When I returned to my car, there were 44 survivors. That's right - over the course of around 30 minutes, 14 passengers returned from the dead.

    Note: this is what the journalists *actually* reported. The news report said several times, "an increasing number of survivors." I am not confused on this issue.

    I think this should be a clear indication to the world that the Koreans, especially the South Koreans, have God's blessing. Anyone who wants to honor God, such as the Israelis and Palestinians frequently claim they do, should learn what it is the Koreans are doing that pleases God so much, and start emulating it.

    Current Mood: chipper
    Friday, April 5th, 2002
    4:11 pm
    He has a name
    The newest member of the Swei family, Talen Swei, has a name. This had been related before, but it didn't register in my memory as a name somehow.
    Saturday, March 9th, 2002
    5:17 pm


    Current Mood: peaceful
    Sunday, March 3rd, 2002
    8:16 pm
    Human Virus Scanner II
    Someone accused me of clicking on every icon. While this does sound like great fun, I did not do this. To save my reputation, I went back in, this time with two browser windows. I managed to get both window synced on the same icon order (easy if you know the trick, otherwise rather unlikely.) In one window, I selected all the icons I recognized (excluding, of course, those I recognized only from the prior viewing). There may have been some variation due to the fact that I had had longer to recognize them (I think I missed the Pepsi logo the first time, for example.) But, when I finished, one of the lists looked pretty much the same (though not quite the same order, and TotL was down on the list of maybes). What follows is the results from the other window. Interestingly enough, some of these are repeated.

    Viruses I don't suffer from:


    Pokemon

    Pikachu! Use your hyper-electric-get-a-life move now!


    Sci-fi

    Stop wearing the stick-on ears.


    Cthulhu

    Read some Enid Blyton.


    Goth

    Grow up. Let your roots grow out. Listen to Britney.


    Southampton

    Move to the Isle of Wight.


    British

    No need for cure. Benign virus.


    Brand Names

    Having a well-known name doesn't make it good.


    X11

    I hear Mac OS 10 Aqua is nice at this time of year.


    Ultima

    If you find one tell us.


    Cars

    There just hunks of metal which go real fast. Ride a bike through London at rush hour.



    Viruses I probably don't suffer from:


    USA (60%)

    Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves! [repeat]


    TotL (60%)

    Go read Brunching


    BBCB (70%)

    CTRL-Break, and get a real computer. Repeat: "Mode 7 was not a good thing."


    Japan (95%)

    Big is good. Small is bad. Giant robots would not make a good last line of defence for Earth.


    Religion (80%)

    Read "God's Debris" by Scott Adams (yes, the Dilbert guy)


    Industrial (80%)

    Everyone likes folk. No, really. Maybe you should listen to the Incredible String Band.


    Politics (60%)

    Stop caring!


    Conspiracy Theory (60%)

    Face it, the elected government is in control. Actually that's quite scary.


    Hippyism (83%)

    Free love is passe and potentially dangerous, and patchouli smells like cat piss.


    Computer Games (85%)

    Stop staring at the screen and get some fresh air. You should see a doctor about the RSI in your thumbs.


    Discordia (80%)

    Buy a suit. Invest your money. Eat hotdog buns on a friday.


    Football (75%)

    Do something unhealthy and indoors, away from the Bears.

    7:10 pm
    Human Virus Scanner
    The virus that have infected me are listed here along with thier cures, if known.

    Viruses I suffer from:

    TotL
    Go read Brunching

    Linux

    Install the latest version of Microsoft Windows. Learn to love it.


    Sci-fi

    Stop wearing the stick-on ears.


    Free BSD

    The GPL isn't that bad really. Adopt a penguin at the zoo.


    Junkfood

    Eat some real food. Something which you can identify the source of every ingredient, not the point of manufacture.


    Gaming

    Life is not a game. Roll 3D6. On a 4 or more go out and do something with your life.


    Religion

    Read "God's Debris" by Scott Adams (yes, the Dilbert guy)


    8-Bit

    Polygons, all the polygons you can get are not enough.


    British

    No need for cure. Benign virus.


    UNIX

    Anything this old must be obselete. Go and install a nice modern operating system. I hear MSDOS has come a long way lately.


    Discordia

    Buy a suit. Invest your money. Eat hotdog buns on a friday.


    vi

    Escape Meta Alt Control Shift.


    Politics

    Stop caring!


    Conspiracy Theory

    Face it, the elected government is in control. Actually that's quite scary.


    Environmentalism

    Consume more stuff! It's easier to buy new stuff than to recycle.



    Viruses you might suffer from:

    Pokemon (60%)

    Pikachu! Use your hyper-electric-get-a-life move now!


    Industrial (70%)

    Everyone likes folk. No, really. Maybe you should listen to the Incredible String Band.


    Amiga (80%)

    Gnome is better than workbench. BEOS is better than Amiga OS. The TV Modulator was a pain in the arse and an EXTERNAL power pack? I ask you. And it

    didn't have a built in MIDI port like some of its rivals.


    BBCB (70%)

    CTRL-Break, and get a real computer. Repeat: "Mode 7 was not a good thing."


    Japan (60%)

    Big is good. Small is bad. Giant robots would not make a good last line of defence for Earth.


    Brand Names (60%)

    Having a well-known name doesn't make it good.


    X11 (60%)

    I hear Mac OS 10 Aqua is nice at this time of year.

    Computer Games (80%)

    Stop staring at the screen and get some fresh air. You should see a doctor about the RSI in your thumbs.

    Hippyism (60%)

    Free love is passe and potentially dangerous, and patchouli smells like cat piss.


    Macintosh (80%)

    Use a mouse with more than one button.


    Prog Rock (80%)

    Long hair looks dumb with a bald spot. Listen to CD's they don't crackle.

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2002
    5:35 pm
    OpenLDAP issues and stuff
    Just an entry to list issues I could rant about if I wanted to

    • Attribute types must be unique. dn, member, uniquemember, owner, creatorsname, and modifiersname all contain the same type of data (DNs). They each must have their own type.

    • In OpenLDAP 2.0, approx indicies are not supported. The documentation claim they are.

    • A number of attributes (I know of creatorsname, createtimestamp, modifiersname, and modifytimestamp) cannot be indexed.

    • When schemachecking is turned off, an attribute must be listed in the schema to be indexed or used.



    That's all for now; it's way past time for breakfast...
    Sunday, February 24th, 2002
    3:07 pm
    xhtml 1.0
    I've been lookinig at the XHTML 1.0 "specification" (which, incidentally, defines less than 1% of what XHTML does; it really just relates the differences between HTML4 and XHTML). I'm wondering if maybe the one sane voice on the W3C decided to leave out of frustration - this appears to be more lunacy than I have come to expect from these guys.

    I particularly like their decision to have user agents remove all comments before doing anything with the document. I'm puzzled why they want to consume the internet bandwidth to transfer comments when those comments are merely going to be deleted?

    I keep getting the feeling that the most important benefit of XML as opposed to SGML or HTML is "We really mean it this time on the DTD conformance thing." However, humorously enough, Section C.8 of the XHTML 1.0 "specification" mentions at one point "Unfortunately, this constraint cannot be expressed in the XHTML 1.0 DTDs."

    I keep going through cycles of looking at XML, finding many things to deride, discounting the whole thing, and then hearing a lot of stuff about how great it is, prompting me to look at it again.

    Statistically speaking, it has to be me. I mean, normally, I don't mind being the dissenting opinion; I'm comfortable being above average intelligence, and so frequently being right when the pack is wrong. But on XML, I get the impression that I really am the dissenting opinion. Either that, or everyone else with sense is completely ignoring it. This, to me, also does not sound like sense - as much thrust as is behind XML and friends, it will fly, even if it is a pig. (RFC 1925, Section 2.3)

    Current Mood: pensive
    Thursday, February 21st, 2002
    7:59 am
    Cholesterol test
    I just got my cholesterol checked; this is normally something I would not worry about, having confidence in my diet. However, someone very important to me was concerned when I mentioned my diet, so I decided to get numbers to back up my statement of "I don't have a problem".
    HDL47
    LDL109
    VLDL35
    Total191
    Triglycerides174


    Current Mood: loved
    Thursday, February 14th, 2002
    1:44 pm
    Visiting Purplebutterfly
    I'm currently visiting purplebutterfly, and she let me use her computer while she left the room for a bit!

    Current Mood: loved
    Saturday, February 9th, 2002
    6:49 pm
    Friday Five
    1. What's the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone else?
    This question was raised to a group of people which included the parents of one of my friends several years ago. After his father answered, his mother corrected him; she was certain she was right about what it was, because his answer had also been something he'd done for her. Her answer was, "he woke up in the middle of the night, not once, but repeatedly, when my babies would cry, and he took care of them, allowing me to go back to sleep."

    That answer was so far outside my thinking of what was and was not romantic, that I decided to stop thinking in terms of romance.

    2. [pardon the cosmo question] What are your erogenous zones?
    Hmm... LiveJournal needs ACIs to be less granular than per entry...

    3. How old were you the first time you had sex? Care to expound?
    You do not have permission to see this priviledged paragraph (unless, of course, you already know.)

    4. What's the most unusual place you've ever had sex?
    You do not have permission to see this priviledged paragraph (unless, of course, you already know.)

    5. Do you have plans for Valentine's Day or is it just another Thursday?
    If you need to ask, you must not have read purplebutterfly's Friday Five answers

    Current Mood: mellow
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2002
    2:27 pm
    Dream
    I had a dream last night I was talking on my cell phone to my girlfriend. It was a rather long (and enjoyable) dream, and not very surprising.

    If anyone's looking for a stock hint, I'm a Sprint PCS customer.

    Current Mood: amused
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