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December 1999

12.30.1999

Slashdot reader's plans for end of the world...

Nice parody of Slashdot... of course, you know you're somewhat successful when you get parodied so much...

Ooooh! It's rare that a new site really excites me, but Perl Monks does!

I think I'll set my Mac up to do a screen shot at midnight 01/01/2001, that should be a valuable collectors item...

12.29.1999

Cool, biometric ID for your Palm, even more important than for a desktop, since the chance of loss is higher...

Things to do before the world/year/century/millennium ends this week:

  • Create lots of y2k bugs: Are you sick of people thinking there won't be any y2k related problems? Me too! Start coding y2k bugs now in everything you do! It'll guarantee your job for at least a few more months and you will be able to say "Told you so!" lots in 2000...

  • Backup your web site to a floppy disk. That way at new years/century/millennium you can say, "Wanna see my web site?" then pull the disk out of your pocket! (Note, you may need a Zip disk, or CD-ROM... oh, paper works too, if you have time to print out your web site.)

  • Stockpile duct tape - 'nuff said!

    I plan to have all my computers turned on when the numbers flip, of course the Macs should have no problems... I hope my Palm III is ok!

    Coolest New Year's Eve Joke: Go in the basement, hit the fusebox at midnight, that should freak some people out! Ha!

    I want to put all the TV's in our house in one room so I can watch a couple different networks at once on 12/31/1999, command center style...

  • 12.28.1999

    Crud, pajamason.com is taken... and so is pajamazon.com...

    "You want 30 mb for a web site? We'll give you 30 mb for a web site! You want to run cgi scripts in Perl, PHP, or Java? We'll give you cgi scripts in Perl, PHP, or Java! You want to run a site that is easy to update and maintain through a browser? We'll give you a site that is easy to update and maintain through a browser!" - I've been researching free resources on the web lately... ;)

    Does Ødelay == Odelay? I think Ødelay (pronounced 'ZeroDelay') would be a good name for something... I'm just not sure *what* yet... I've been listening to Beck today, btw... ;)

    I love days like this at werk when there's no one here, and I can actually get some *work* done...

    12.21.1999

    Now I'm no "expert" on this y2k stuff, but really, isn't 'y2k' actually the year 2048? I'm assuming the year y1k was really 1024... am I right on this?

    "In terms of Microsoft's competition, Ballmer cites Linux, Windows middleware, thin clients, and Java as threats." ...and 'freeze!' - ok, Ballmer views these things as threats... Windows middleware!? Won't any sort of 'Windows middleware' result in more sales of Windows? (Hmmm, maybe not as many sales as no middleware would.) Same with thin clients, and even Java. MS won't be happy until every freakin' computer, or computer-like device, is running some variant of Windows and everyone uses nothing but Visual Basic, or ASP, or some such MS programming crap... UGH! Why for one vendor to win all others must lose!

    Microsoft could learn many lessons from UserLand...

    Anybody know a unix guru who is an expert in Apache, and knows SQL, perl, python, PHP and Zope? I might have a job for you ;)

    I need to play with PerlHoo a bit...

    12.20.1999

    Don't you just hate getting a Failed UniBus Address Register on your VAX?

    Check out the c|net Affiliate Program. If I'm reading number 8 right, I couldn't even type what I'm typing right now without checking with C|Net first, it says "You may not create, publish, or distribute any items that reference CNET without first submitting those items to CNET and receiving CNET's written consent. CNET will not unreasonably withhold its consent." Oh, but look at this page, I could earn $.00 per click! Are they *SERIOUS!?* Are they actually *giving away* that kind of money!? I dunno if I trust a business model like that, they may not last too long if they're paying out cash like this!

    Oh, I also can't tell what the difference is between c|net and CNET, but I get the feeling that the difference matters to them...

    Yea, some companies still don't get it...

    Oh, I sold two more iMacs... one to someone I work with, and one to someone who knows someone I work with... Steve, I'll take my commission now ;)

    I like the discussion on Slashdot about fingerprint ID systems, cool stuff... You could get one for your own computer from digitalPersona, they're supposedly working with another company to provide a Mac OS version...

    12.16.1999

    Ok, for everyone who thought y2k would come and go with no problem - you're wrong. It's the END OF THE WORLD! Complete disaster! Catastrophe! Hell on Earth!!! Yes, Windows 2000 is going golden master...

    I hope Jack figures out what he wants to do with Saturn... Jack's a cool guy, I was on the p-list with him many years back...

    Wow, we're starting to see some backlash on e-commerce pioneers like Amazon, who is pushing people around with their 1-Click shopping, and eToys, who is bullying etoy.com... It's really nothing new, I've seen it before, but it always hurts...

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

    Hmmm, if you are ok with Amazon: Shagwell for $2.99...

    12.14.1999

    There was a scare in an Oshkosh sküle yesterday, someone had scrawled on a bathroom wall last week, "This school will blow up on 12/13/99" I'm disgusted by that... it's sickening really, I mean, these kids today, *WHEN* are they going to start using 4 DIGIT YEAR DATES! It's 1999 get it right! Start now! If not, we're headed down the same road, and we'll have a y2100 problem, not to mention a y3k problem...

    I built a new desk - ingredients: 10 2x4's, 4 sawhorse brackets, 32 nails, 16 screws, and one door... oh, and one drill bit - oops! (I might add some brackets, or glue, for safety measures...) We still have two more doors laying around, so when I need more desks, we're set!

    Digital camera. I want a digital camera. Here's what I would do if I had a digital camera. I would take pictures of all of my daughter's Magna Doodle and chalkboard drawings, I'd take pictures of the block towers and lego creations... I'd capture all the 'temporary art' the kids create... that's what I'd do...

    Fisher Price has a site that is broke, when I searched for Magna Doodle and the return links were broken, luckily I knew enough to get the links to work, but most people wouldn't. Speaking of which, I wanted to write about my online shopping experiences this holiday season (and there's a *lot* of them ;)

    I was thinking about the word "Ecom" and how when I went to university (ok, I really went to college, but saying "went to university" makes me sound British, or stoopid, hmmm, maybe those are the same thing...) anyway, back when I was in sküle, "E-con" meant economics, now it just sounds like some online-ripoff type scam, but "Ecom" now there's a word!

    I love the Phrack Loopback...

    12.09.1999

    Whew, a banner week! I finally got that 2nd video card I've been wanting for the last 2 years ;) I got an ixMicro Ultimate Rez for $49 from MacWarehouse (well, after rebate...) Oh, and a 333mhz iMac for $800 (minus 10% off, plus $30 shipping...) from MacZone...

    I honestly didn't think I'd be an iMac owner, but I really needed another machine at home, sure it doesn't have two monitors, and external drives, but it also doesn't have 20+ cables coming out the back ;) and if I want to move it to another room, I unplug the phoneline, ethernet, and power and it's ready to go...

    Oh, yes, thanks Mr. Barrett for the 2 monitor advice ;)

    Everyone seems so caught up this Manila stuff, and Edit This Page, but I find that more and more I want web stuff that run on unix (Linux, *BSD, whatever) and have the standard unix environment stuff, including all the standard unix tools and utilities... Which is kind of funny, because a few years back I would have said Frontier is the deal, nowadays, you're looking at some serious $$$'s to get involved with Frontier 6.1 Maybe I've become more of an open source person than I thought... PHP looks cool, as does Python, and the Zope stuff (anyone know of a Zope-like system built on Perl?) I think things really clicked when someone clearly pointed out the advantages of something like Perl/MacPerl compared to Frontier (which was then going commerical) and they we're pretty on the mark. I really do think UserLand is doing some great stuff, but for some of it you're only welcome to get involved if you've got a bulging wallet... my 02 cents...

    12.08.1999

    Some big record company exec says digital music will cost you more because of 'reintermediation' -> "Consumers who think that moving to Net-based distribution might lower the price of music may be sadly disappointed..." on page 3 of this article. Gee, that's kinda what I'd expect from a big record company guy...

    So are we still just a minor threat?

    Is there still a place where little dogs wear suits and ties?

    So Nasa lost their expensive space probe eh? Didn't have the luck they had with the el cheapo Pathfinder mission... that reminds me of a company that implements an NT/IIS based web solution over a more cost effective (and probably much more productive) Linux||*BSD/Apache solution... sometimes cheaper is better.

    I like the Cool Robot of the Week page... how can you not!?

    Whew... as of my writing this, my banner ad (titled 'banner ads suck') shows up in the report with a 4.166 percentage of click-thru. I have no idea how valid that is (damn statistics!) or what that *really* translates to, but it is one of the higher ones ;) There's a bit of an explanation here...

    Here's a test, this should load a banner ad from the test27a.userland.com machine...

    12.07.1999

    I've noticed that my spelling seems *really* bad late at night, or early in the morning, which is not good, since I tend to do my email and web writing during those times... I used to pride myself on my speeling and really really really good gramer. O wel...

    It's been way too long since I've updated these pages with the kids...

    Last week I took care of 5 rats, 3 cats, and a rabbit... remember that episode of the Simpsons where Stampy goes to the animal reserve, and the guy there says that animals are a lot like people, some of them are just jerks... well, it's true...

    On the upside we got more fish for the tank. We now have 3 Zebras, 3 'Fancy' Guppies (they don't look to damn fancy to me!) and some orange ones of which I forgot the name. We started with just the guppies which were pretty boring, but now it's gettin' *wild* in there! One of the Zebras looks like his tail got chewed, I think the other two Zebras were messin' with him... (The Zebras were 3 for $2.00, so we might get more of those ;)

    I just can't get into the Xmas spirit, oh I'm well into the commercialism and consumerism, but not the Xmas spirit, well, unless you consider that the Xmas spirit. Btw, I will probably always use the term 'Xmas' over 'Christmas' for various reasons which should be evident if you know me...

    Cam said he thought the Amazon Xmas commercials were lame, I thought they were clever, original and unique...

    I'm surprised by the lack of y2k hype, unless I'm missing it. I thought by the end of the year there would be more scare stories by the media on the looming disaster. Speaking of the millennium (which begins in the year 2001, not 2000!) I've made a few attempts to teach my oldest daughter the importance of starting to count from zero, the wife thinks I'll just confuse her... darn non-programmers! ;)

    12.03.1999

    I noticed eToys started putting little embossed logos on the images of their site, see Bullseye's feet... not entirely sure what to make of it... (not like I coundn't edit it out ;)

    Via Slashdot - it's Office 2000!

    There was an item on the news the other day (I just caught the end of it) which mentioned that the local university would be selling MS programming tools at major discounts to students... sigh, another victim of MS. Just what we need right? A bunch of Visual CrapCrapCrap "programmers" who think Windows is the *only* platform... Even with the major discounts, I'm sure the cost will be more than the cost of the GNU tools, Heck, I bet you could but a Red Hat CD from Cheap Bytes for less, and it's pack full of gnudness.

    Hey, you know that silly MS Word application? You know how it embeds data into the documents it creates? Well, I just got a resume from someone, and upon examining it discovered they had took the cover letter they sent to someone else and just changed the title to our company's name... pretty silly huh?

    I got a new G4/400 at work, and I must say, the nicest thing about it, is that after it freezes or crashes, it starts back up really fast! ;)

    What's the deal with GoTo.com's search results! You thought it was bad when search sites did a redirect, at least then the url was in a human readable form. Look at this link: http://www.goto.com/d/sr?xargs=00u3hs9yoah
    SumGpxqaqgGlCBEUyNSKwuTQZJBKuZiRanFiak
    lCEUci81dDYwMjR1cLU2M3IzcIAwZNiW
    q5ifn5doVlEKnl0EmRuwBcPbUCyU%3D

    oh, they wanna make *damn* sure you have to click on it to get there... grrr...

    Yeah, you *know* yer a geek when you start really analyzing log reports... I mean really analyzing them... (either you're a geek or a marketing guy!;)

    Be a man! Be a Klugman!

    Ha! the new BBEdit shirts are cool...

    Seriously, you could do all your Xmas shopping for me at ThinkGeek, I especially like the Fridge Code Magnets ;)

    12.01.1999

    Will your cell phone produce a big ol tumor in your brain? It's funny when I talk to people who say they use about 400-500 minutes per month. On the phone we have, we average less than 30 minutes per month. (which is roughly all we can afford anyway.)

    We got a pair of walkie talkies over the weekend, (they look like a toy version of the Motorola Talkabout) ahhh, memories of being a kid! I remember the walkie talkies I had... and I remember the pair Milt had, the were a headset model, and when you used them around Ray he'd shout "OF COURSE HE CAN HEAR YOU! HE'S TWO FEET AWAY!!!" Ahh Ray, what memories... have a case of shorties on me Ray... and get your own walkie talkies... or build your own walkie talkies...

    When I do a search for "toy 200" at Google, Apple Computer comes up at the top!

    Oh, it's DEC1 now, we have a tape drive we call DEC1... for a while I called it 'failure' because it sucked... damn Digital Equipment Corp deck...

    I'm thinking about introducing some people to the world of 'weblogs' even though, technically, this site is not a weblog...

    And Psychotherapy was never a 'fanzine' (zine sure, but not 'fanzine')

    I got a brochure for some conference called Web Design 2000, one of the sessions has these bullet points "The right way to take advantage of newsgroups", "Promoting through directories and E-zines" - both of those sound a little questionable to me...

     

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