01-2007
PermaLink I've been at Lotusphere, of course...01/30/2007 04:52 PM

You can always check Gonzo Lotusphere for details about that.  This entry is about the events afterward.


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PermaLink New year, new ideas, old ideas, and cat poop01/03/2007 12:18 AM

I've cleaned house in more ways than one.


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01-2008
PermaLink The strange task of managing Domino people01/31/2008 08:21 PM
Even in the already-strange world of technical management, Domino people are different, and "managing" them is different.  Not everybody gets this, and even fewer actually know how to do it.  I am, unfortunately, working with some people in this category, and it's starting to eat my brain at a faster rate.


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PermaLink Aha, it's all about the tracking!01/31/2008 03:23 AM
Word comes today that IBM has made the slides from Lotusphere 2008 readily available on the net.  Why?


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PermaLink Chalk up another one for Domino...01/30/2008 12:00 PM
My team just showed off a couple of really cool new takes on features that have been in our system for some time.  The turnaround was spectacularly quick, and you already know why.


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PermaLink Argh! Mac 8.5 Notes client beta...01/29/2008 10:36 PM
Wild Bill kindly gave me the Notes 8.5 beta client for Mac OSX.  The first thing I checked, I was disappointed.


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PermaLink How to circulate the Lotusphere slides around?01/29/2008 03:41 PM
How badly do you think IBM would bruise my ass if I zipped up all 177 sets of slides from Lotusphere and put them out as a torrent?


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PermaLink Lotusphere was amazing. But you already know that.01/28/2008 01:42 PM
If you were there, you know this.  If you weren't there, you wish you were.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, skip this one and read about giant wabbits again.


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PermaLink Lookit the SIZE of that thing!01/17/2008 11:48 AM
The empty throne for Our Flemish Overlord has now been passed to a new sovereign.


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PermaLink Lotusphere is coming very, very soon01/15/2008 09:38 PM
And I feel like I'm completely unprepared for it, worse than in any other year.  Yes, I'll go and do everything, but I am just being terrible about writing.


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01-2009
PermaLink I feel like people are waiting for me to say something about LS0901/26/2009 11:10 PM
Damn, am I full of myself or what?


(3)

PermaLink We are stardust01/19/2009 01:17 PM
Lotusphere has hit the ground running fast.


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PermaLink Switching to Lotusphere Mode01/16/2009 03:47 PM
Here's how to keep up with me for the next week or so.  It's Lotusphere time, hit it!


(1)

PermaLink Coming down to the wire01/13/2009 09:51 AM
Three days till lift-off, five days until I have to shock and awe Lotusphere.  Hhhhhh...


(1)

PermaLink Ten days until liftoff01/06/2009 10:02 PM
When I was in school, I wrote all my reports the night before they were due.


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01-2010
PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary 2010, Part 301/31/2010 08:59 PM
By Sunday, I still had a voice left, but that was about it.


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PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary 2010, part 201/28/2010 03:57 PM
Sleep was in very short supply on Saturday, for all the wrong reasons.


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PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary 2010, Part 101/25/2010 06:21 PM
Gregg Eldred shamed me into it


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01-2011
PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary 2011 - Part 201/31/2011 03:42 PM
In which The Turtle makes it through Sunday


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PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary 2011 - Part 101/30/2011 01:02 PM
Lotusphere Day 0.  Whew.


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PermaLink Improbably, a Lotusphere blog entry01/21/2011
This time, nobody has much of a reason to ask where The Turtle has been.  With an average of 800 tweets a month, I've been on Twitter, mostly causing trouble and occasionally poisoning the well of human knowledge.

While this isn't the place for it, for those of you who militantly avoid Twitter, in the last five months I've gone back to work, raised some wabbits, lost many wabbits, lost some relatives, gained some new friends, gained back a couple of the pounds I'd lost since surgery after Lotusphere 2010, and lost my snowblower to some jackass who decided he needed it more than I did.  There.  You're all caught up now.

So, it's Lotusphere time again.  This will be my seventeenth.  Even writing that number seems pretty odd to me, as I can't think of much of anything major in my life I've done seventeen times.  Haven't renewed my license 17 times.  Haven't taken a mortgage deduction 17 times.  Haven't gotten 17 W-2 forms from the same employer in a row.  Didn't even go to school for 17 years straight.  But here I am, about to load up the bag of technology, charge all the batteries, put the Segway in the back of the TDI wagon, and head south to join the techno-throng escaping the weather in the North for a week.

We'll be missing a few people.  The legendary John Fontana, formerly of Network World, will be doing something else this year, for one, and I have to give him plaudits just for all the years he put up with (and quoted) my ill-advised comments for his former publication and no doubt wasted too much time over those pre-FourSquare years trying to arrange a place to meet up.  Dick Gill -- the very first Spherian I ever talked to, at Lotusphere 1995 -- probably won't be on hand, but he has enough to keep him busy.  I won't even begin to go into all the vendors who've disappeared, merged, or changed technologies and won't be blocking the aisles in the Product Showcase, eager to show us their latest stuff and zap our badges, the better to call us later.  Then again, there are new people always appearing in the Yellowverse, and I won't be expecting to hear the halls of the Dolphin and Swan return a hollow echo from the lack of Sphereians wandering around.

And before I go any further, I would whack myself in the head with a vuvuzela before I'd fail to mention Andy Donaldson's Guide To Lotusphere!  As I mentioned last year, the torch has been passed, and it is in the hands of a veteran who can cover the topic at least as well as I ever could, and in some ways, better.  People have asked me, "when are you going to update the Gonzo Lotusphere Page?  My answer for most of this year has been, "when I stop being sick, tired, occupied with wabbits and wabbit shows, looking for work, working, or trying to sleep."  Andy seems to have solved all these problems, so I encourage you to take a look at his succinct and extremely useful guide.

Another thing:  this is likely to be the most location-aware Lotusphere of all time, thanks to Chris Miller of IdoNotes and the IdoCheckin service he's been setting up.  In the past, this had been done with Brightkite, but it appears they are fading away and everything's been moved to FourSquare.  This is an excellent tool to see where people are, so you can avoid them.

There will be podcasts, innumerable blogs, all sorts of live events at Lotusphere, and of course, plenty of socializing, so if you go and hide in your hotel room or let your spouse drag you to theme parks with your offspring, it's your own damn fault.  We warned you.  Ask Andy about that one, too.

If you don't have a Twitter account, expect to be mocked without mercy.  Go get one now.  I'll wait right here.

And last, at least before I start pontificating, there will be A Lotusphere Diary 2011, just as there has been for over a decade.  It will appear right here, though it's likely I will have to do some work on the underlying code to make it easier for me to post images.  I just don't feel like hosting that shit any more, so I will hand off image-hosting to Flickr.  Oh, yes, and look for images with the ls11, ls2011, or lotusphere2011 tag on Flickr.  There will be hundreds.  There will also certainly be a group, so you don't have to chase all over the place to find them.  If all else fails, just check out my Flickr feed, as I number among my contacts many high- and low-profile Sphereians who have big SD cards in their cameras.  Be sure and admire the wabbits.

Other last-minute things:  yes, I will once again be disrupting the show with The Turtle's Guide To Lotusphere, which has turned out to be a surreal good time and often surprises even me with what happens.  It's Sunday night right before the beach party, and if this is your first Lotusphere, be sure and stop by so we know who to snicker at.  Be sure and read Andy's guide first; we will be having a closed-book test.  And yes, there will be a Totally Unofficial Gonzo Lotusphere Gathering, Saturday, January 29, 2011 at around 8pm in the main room at ESPN on the Boardwalk.  While not truly the start of the Lotusphere social season any longer (the Nerds Meetup at the brewpub takes place earlier in the afternoon and there are other strange events like the Hog Ride and the Penumbra Dinner), it continues to be a place to run into old and new Sphereians, drink a lot of beer and terrorize innocent tourists as we yell at televised sports and take pictures of each other.  As always, this is an as-you-are event, just wander on in, cover your own drinks, and look around for people who, well, look like you.

Now, that's the nuts-and-bolts stuff.  But there are other things we need to talk about.

I have been extremely out of touch this past year.  Emergency surgery after Lotusphere 2010 and the recuperation from it took a lot of energy and focus out of me, and the end of my longtime service to the people of the United States left me a little technically unfocused.  I haven't been writing, haven't been hacking a lot of code, and haven't read that much unless it was brought to my attention through a link off a Twitter post.  But that doesn't mean I haven't heard what's been going on, and been pissed off about it.

So, we will enumerate The Entities At Which The Turtle Is Pissed Off This Year:

IBM, you need to fix your marketing.  I don't know how else to say it.  I've watched not one, but two serious Domino accounts vanish in the last 12 months.  Not because your technology isn't good (it is), but because you seemed to not give a shit if you kept those accounts or not.  After it's too late, we hear crap like "IBM didn't come in and drive the discussion."  I am tired of hearing that stuff, so I want you to get out there and start actually teaching the world what "the cloud" really is and what it's really like to work together using time-, place- and platform-independent computing.  Not bullshit like Microsoft has where people are watching TV at the airport or Photoshopping their family pictures.  I mean, real things.  What the hell happened to the Lotus Knows campaign?  I want you to ditch half of those "I'm An IBMer" commercials (particularly the one where they're talking about counterfeit medicine -- that guy with the wolf eyes really freaks me out) and replace them with commercials for LotusLive, for Domino as a web platform, for XPages as a technology, for Sametime... for anything that looks like a real product people might really buy.  Do it now.  I'll wait right here.

Lotus Software specifically, you need to get your organization straight and get a message together to your BP and ISV community, as well as your customers.  You only love us when you need us, yet every time we talk to you, someone else is in charge, or seems to be, and the message seems to have... mutated a bit... since the last time we talked.  Don't just market to each other, and don't forget that 3000 of your best friends will be with you next week.  All week.  We love you.  Just stop hogging the blankets.

Quislings in the Yellowverse, either shit or get off the pot.  You know who you are, and I'm tired of listening to you.  Think Lotus is a dying brand?  Think IBM is going in the wrong direction?  Love slamming them without offering useful solutions?  Then get the fuck out.  Go do business with Microsoft or Google or Oracle or somebody else.  You'll make your money, and we won't have to listen as your corrosive, non-productive carping saps the energy out of the rest of us who know we're in the right place and are willing to focus on the future and opportunities rather than the past and disappointments.  For me personally, the Lotus world has brought me more than I could have ever asked for, and while I don't blind myself to its faults, I am going to support it and see that it lives on and grows, rather than bitch about it until it withers.  Shut the fuck up or move on.  I'm fed up with listening to you.

Lotus haters everywhere, just eat my ass.  That is all.

Ed Brill.  Nah, Ed, I'm fine with you, I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.

Now, on to The Entities Turtle Wants To Hug This Year:

Florida Hospital and Frederick Memorial Hospital, for starters, for making the pain go away and saving my life.  Good job, y'all, because without you, I wouldn't be here to write about Lotusphere 2011.

LUGgers everywhere.  Whether it's IamLUG, ILUG, UKLUG, MWLUG, Tri-State, or anywhere else, you all have, with remarkably little fanfare, kept the spirit of Lotusphere going year-round and done an amazing job at spreading the word about a terrific set of technologies.  I've seen some world-class organization and presentation at these events and it just blows me away how you keep doing it.

Whoever invented Symbicort (and epinephrine).

Bill and Tom, who have been my sine qua non this year for different but related reasons I won't go into here.

Carlos, Kelly and Matt, who you all don't know.


So, we go on to Orlando.  We see where our collective head is at.  We enjoy the company of people who may not always remember that we actually mostly like each other.  And we receive that little booster shot that keeps some of us going in the bigger, grumpier world the rest of the year.

Come on along, y'all... this could be wild.

Turtle


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01-2012
PermaLink Possibly the worst week of my life, and it may have saved my life01/31/2012 01:14 AM
Horror can sometimes remind you of why you're here and what your real job is


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PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary, 2012 - Day 501/21/2012 02:53 AM
In which we all go back to the places we come from


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PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary, 2012 - Day 401/19/2012 03:51 AM
Do not fuck with the babysitter.  Or the babysitter's friends.  WE will tase you in the yambag.


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PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary, 2012 - Day 301/18/2012 04:36 AM
What are you here for? We're all here to GO!


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PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary, 2012 - Day 201/17/2012 04:22 AM
Where do your friends take you?


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PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary, 2012 - Day 101/16/2012 05:24 AM
Did I ever tell you about the time...


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PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary, 2012 -- Day 001/15/2012 04:10 AM
Have you ever licked a nine-volt battery?


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01-2014
PermaLink Encephalitozoon cuniculi01/17/2014 03:05 AM
None
Or, "Here's How We Collectively Don't Know Shit."


02-2006
PermaLink Not all that optimistic02/27/2006 04:49 PM

Tonight is the second date with the woman from Reston.  I am less optimistic.


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PermaLink I am that much closer to being ASSimilated02/27/2006 02:17 AM


OK, I gave in.  I have settled on a smartphone through T-Mobile which might finally supplant my hallowed Sony Clie UX-50 and Sony T610.  Problem is, it has way to much Microshit in it...



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PermaLink And still...02/23/2006 03:46 AM

Tonight, I got to face a strange chemical truth in America.


(4)

PermaLink Taking your privacy back from RFID02/21/2006 05:42 PM

From our friends at BoingBoing, here's a handy way to kill any RFID chips that might be hidden in goods you have in your home.


(1)

PermaLink Worried about traffic? Look in your back seat.02/21/2006 04:43 PM

I keep scratching my head whenever I hear urban planners and politicians discuss the idea of suburban congestion as if it's some cosmic beam from space about which we can do nothing.  Of course we can!


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PermaLink She actually likes gadgets!02/20/2006 10:26 PM

Well, I had a first date this evening with a nice young woman from Reston.  She admitted she was nervous meeting for the first time, and stupid me, I tried to act like I wasn't.  Naturally, this manifested itself in other ways.


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PermaLink The cat-poop/otter connection 02/19/2006 03:58 PM

As one who has both cats and a strong affinity for otters, the news that a small parasite common in cat turds could be killing sea otters has me puzzled.


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PermaLink Highway 61, which I never visited in the first place02/16/2006 03:01 PM

Have you ever actually listened to the lyrics to Bob Dylan's "Ballad Of A Thin Man?"  It was the first Dylan song I ever remember hearing (probably about 1967) and I've spent almost 40 years trying to understand what the hell he meant.


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PermaLink Or maybe I can...02/16/2006 12:12 AM

I had dinner tonight with a woman I started dating about this time last year.  Sometimes you can go home again, if only to check to make sure the roof hasn't yet caved in.


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PermaLink As usual, I can't get a date02/15/2006 04:37 PM

It's been noted by better (and prompter) brains than mine that Google's awareness of and handling of date-based queries is lame in the extreme.  Other people have pointed this out before... I'm just the latest to slam into it.


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PermaLink It's pretty much official: Palm OS is dead02/15/2006 10:30 AM

I think I'd been sensing it would happen ever since Sony left the PDA market, but still, to hear that Palm OS is being phased out by its new master, Access, makes me a little sad.


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PermaLink Eats, Shoots, and Leaves02/14/2006 11:23 PM

OK, so Dick Cheney shoots somebody in the face, and they don't release any information about it for a day and half so they can miss the Sunday morning papers?  What is wrong with these people?


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PermaLink @Command([IntestinalDistress])02/13/2006 06:36 PM



I don't know what it is, but there's this one piece of code where, if I work on it, I get rather violent intenstinal cramps.  I'll hope that's a design flaw and not a feature.



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PermaLink It's snow, Hosehead!02/11/2006 07:05 PM

It's snowing, and that means it's time to hole up at home.  


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PermaLink Toilet-paper omelettes02/10/2006 03:03 PM

This year, it's taken till halfway through February for the weather to really seem wintry.  With the six inches of snow coming tomorrow also comes a ritualistic trek to the store.  Not for me, of course...


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PermaLink This woman is no longer alive02/09/2006 06:22 PM

Apparently a date originating on MySpace.com went incredibly badly.  


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PermaLink News from the Department Of Are You Fucking INSANE?02/09/2006 03:20 PM


Google will provide a way for you to transfer your data from one machine to another through their servers, or let you allow friends to search for stuff on your machine remotely.  What could possibly go wrong?



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PermaLink No such thing02/09/2006 04:12 AM


There is no such thing as "a Blockbuster night" in my house.


If I like it, I own it.  Often, several versions, in as many media.


When I was in college, I was a projectionist.  One of the films I showed was the original theatric release of Apocalypse Now... the version you saw in theatres might have left some shit out.


The version I now have on DVD is even more majestic and complete, though it's missing one element:  the girl I invited down to one of the Michigan State University residence hall showings with me... I started the third reel, and snuck down front with her... where the tiger leaps out of the green glades intent on eating Chef, the guy who gets his head handed to... well.. someone else... later.


I wonder where she is now.  If it wasn't so damn late, I could remember her name.


She studied Russian.


This was 1981.


Damn.


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PermaLink History was made by stupid people02/08/2006 05:34 PM
I've said this before, but it's pretty damn annoying the amount of time I spend in a given day dealing with problems created for me by stupid people. I managed to depress myself last night by just considering this topic.

"How much time in a day do I spend dealing with things that aren't necessarily things I chose to do, but things that were shoved into my day or my consciousness by people doing dumb things, or by not doing their jobs right?"

I was pretty depressed after I thought about it in depth. I don't recommend this for amateurs. The smallest example I could find, as a matter of fact, was the extra second or two it takes me to get the cap off my bottle of antidepressants... a childproof cap having been put there not to protect me, but to protect nonexistent children against taking the medication "by accident."

That's actually a double-dip, if you think about it. First, that the child will eat an admittedly pretty nasty-tasting medication "by accident," and second, the assumption that I'm too stupid to control what these aforementioned nonexistent children will do in my house.

That's only one second.

Today at work, I was forced to waste a quarter hour taking a truly mind-roasting online course and quiz related to my day job's provision of a corporate Visa for travel purposes... a card said organization forces me to use for travel because they don't feel like doing advances for travel. This isn't all, though: I've been using this card for over a decade, so demanding that I sign an acknowledgement that I know how to use the card properly is beyond idiotic. Over 5,000 people in the organization have these cards, and most of them are slower -- much slower -- than I am at going through online "training," so if you total up the 15 or 20 minutes I spent on this silliness, triple it, then multiply it by 5,000 and adding in the time spent by low-grade droids to tally and make sure all of us supposed professionals actually did this grade-school-quality task... well, I ran out of fingers.

I figured that this whole idiotic effort cost my organization somewhere around one million dollars to perform, just in salary alone, let alone wasted printer paper and ink, costs to have some consultant set up this skull-testing "quiz" and random meetings held by unknown minions to plan how best to annoy us with it.

I will have to look up the source of a quote I read some years ago: I don't want my options in life restricted based on what stupid people might do.


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02-2007
PermaLink The rodents have taken over02/22/2007 04:42 PM

Two different stories about rodents this week.  As if you were waiting for them.


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PermaLink Moving day approaches02/12/2007 06:10 PM

Well, Suzanne and her wabbits are moving into the house in a couple of weeks.  The adventures never cease.


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02-2008
PermaLink This is screwed: SearchDomino using PlanetLotus to drive traffic.02/28/2008 12:11 PM
Pardon me, but I thought this site was to aggregate personal, PUBLIC blogs.  If you haven't noticed, SearchDomino is using it to drive traffic to their site, where in order to read their posts (the latest is an earth-shattering, ground-breaking, never-before-seen-on-Earth "tip" about how to do a simple frickin' cross-cert) you have to register and then log in.  Yancy, between this and their spams telling people how they can migrate AWAY from Domino, I'd like to nominate them to be voted off the island.

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PermaLink Ack! It's a mess!02/27/2008 01:56 PM
We're refinancing the house (mostly to end my abusive relationship with E-Trade), but for the appraisal, they're doing all the interior measurements and all that.  To say that the place is a mess doesn't begin to state it.


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PermaLink The URL says it all...02/25/2008 02:59 PM
Here you go... Gizmodo nailed this one.  The comments are hilarious as well...

http://gizmodo.com/360487/ibm-kittyhawk-to-host-the-entire-internet-eat-the-planet-with-fries


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PermaLink Anybody out there manage a Blackberry Enterprise Server? UPDATED02/25/2008 02:48 PM
Update:  I got hold of a copy of itpolicy.exe and have built a new policy.bin that does just about what I need.  The apps I need to allow to do a split session across the firewall now can do it, though I still cannot disable the firewall completely, and I know that fresh out of the box it wasn't enabled.  Anyone know how to turn it off?  The setting is locked and I could not find a parameter in the policy.inf that would allow me to unlock it so that it can be turned off as needed...  does the BES itself control this, or is this a function of the Blackberry Internet Service?  What's this setting on YOUR Berry?


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PermaLink I guess other people thought so, too...02/24/2008 06:38 PM
Apparently a lot of other industry pundits large and small think Microsoft's new openness isn't real, it's either sandbagging or something being used to distract the industry while MS figures out what to do next.  I guess my instincts are fairly mainstream.  Heheh.


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PermaLink Microsoft's new "openness" -- I call bullshit02/21/2008 12:26 PM
Sorry, Ray.  You know I love you and all, but there's just no way you can steer the Titanic like it's a Z3.


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PermaLink In which Turtle almost bricks his new Blackberry 8800 the first day02/19/2008 11:34 AM
Aside of my being a dumbass about one particular thing, the new Berry is excellent, by far the best wireless device I think I've ever used given all that it's capable of doing.  Here's what I've been doing with it (and doing to it)...


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PermaLink In which Turtle chooses a new phone02/16/2008 05:59 PM
My T-Mobile MDA has pretty much worn out.  I'm tired of Windows Mobile 5.  They reassigned my Blackberry 8700c at work.  Time to get a new phone, I guess.


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PermaLink I think I gave away too much02/14/2008 09:43 PM
Lately I've been handing off so many interesting tasks to my contractors at work that I don't have enough interesting stuff to keep myself amused.  Please don't let this be a sign I'm descending into management, particularly since I don't have the control (or the salary grade) that goes along with it


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PermaLink BLOGGERS: Here's how to decide what to write about!!!!02/14/2008 02:19 AM
PermaLink And it's an ass-whooping for Brak Obama!02/12/2008 10:18 PM
There was snow on my way home last night... today, it was raining Obama.


(0)

PermaLink Does anybody out there deal with SnagIt much?02/11/2008 03:08 PM
We're having a strange problem with Camtasia's SnagIt when dealing with pages output from a Domino server, and as expected, their website is less than totally useful at explaining why.


(1)

PermaLink The Dater's Bill Of Rights02/11/2008 01:27 PM
Saw this article on the website of the Washington Post.  Having been through several years of dating, I was quite amused by it, though I'd add a couple of rights not mentioned here...


(1)

PermaLink Why is this election so interesting?02/09/2008 10:08 PM
We've had some close elections in the United States in recent years, sorta like how we've also had some good Super Bowls.  But this one is interesting even though the candidates really... aren't.


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PermaLink The good ideas tend to hang around a long time. Unfortunately, so do the bad ones.02/08/2008 03:43 PM
I was reading Wired while the entire detailed map of North America was downloading to my new GPS, and I realized that this was an idea I thought out fairly carefully back in 1995 when challenged by a now-retired executive at work to imagine how technology could be applied to improve, not erode, privacy.  And here's the idea again, in a different form, but one that any good Domino theoretician will grok instantly.


(2)

PermaLink Finally, a MacBook Air ad!02/07/2008 10:02 PM
I've finally seen an ad for the new MacBook Air.


(2)

PermaLink Yay, new toys to play with when I get home!02/07/2008 02:38 PM
I have no idea how anyone put up with ordering things from Sears through the mail back in the old days.  Send your order off in a folded-up piece of a torn-up tree, then wait some unpredictable length of time (generally over a month) until a box showed up with whatever you wanted.


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PermaLink Go kick their butts! IBM snaps back at Microsoft over OOXML02/05/2008 03:38 PM
I am actually surprised more companies that are active with ODF haven't taken this route.  IBM didn't "sabotage" OOXML, Microsoft did it themselves by trying to pull a fast one on the international standards community.


(1)

PermaLink Help! need PCMCIA reader for Apple laptop02/05/2008 02:38 PM
I have this crazy dream of being able to use my work VPN on my MacBook Pro.  Unfortunately, it's smartcard-based and my MBP has only ExpressCard slots... and USB.  Does anybody know of a general-purpose USB-to-PCMCIA reader?


(1)

PermaLink A fool's errand02/04/2008 12:12 PM
In a couple of hours, I go into a meeting to try to sum up what my team got out of Lotusphere.  How in the world can I possibly do that???


(2)

PermaLink Where are the ads, IBM?02/03/2008 10:45 PM
That's great.  Watched the whole SuperBowl, as well as pregame stuff.  Not a single IBM/Lotus ad.  Surprisingly, not a single Apple or Microsoft ad, either.  It's not like IBM and Apple have no new cool stuff to advertise... instead, I watched ads for Korean cars, beer, and even Barack Obama.

So much for Emergence.

Maybe "submergence."

By the way, any Space Ghost fans out there?  Do you ever want to call him "Brak Obama?"


(0)

PermaLink Bob and the Binary Booth Babes02/01/2008 03:29 PM
Well, as you probably already know, Balaban jumped ship yet again and is now with BinaryTree.  I am envious.


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02-2009
PermaLink Keep clapping, or she dies02/25/2009 11:31 PM
The resemblance between the Lotus world lately and the stage version of "Peter Pan" is amazing sometimes.


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PermaLink One of our kits is off into the world now02/23/2009 11:31 AM
The first of our kits has found a new home.


(0)

PermaLink Still no love for the 8.5 client at work02/10/2009 09:52 AM
Yes, I've continued to dork around trying to get the 8.5 client to work.  Yes, it's still broken.




(2)

PermaLink Your next market for hosting, SaaS and CMS: Mom and Dad02/05/2009 12:02 AM
Forget Fortune 500, they ain't got the numbers, forget SMB, they got no money.  Go see Mom & Pop.  Now.


(3)

PermaLink Still grumpy about Notes 8.502/03/2009 11:34 PM
When it runs, 8.5 is cool.  When it doesn't, it's a royal PITA.


(5)

02-2010
PermaLink Life with the Blackberry 970002/23/2010 07:14 PM
I've now had the thing a month, so I guess it's time to talk about it...


(1)

PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary 2010 -- Conclusion02/21/2010 01:22 PM
In which things go out with a whine, not a bang


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PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary 2010 -- Part 602/11/2010 08:47 PM
I did the sensible thing on Wednesday morning.  I slept.


(1)

PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary 2010, Part 502/10/2010 11:01 AM
In which my Lotusphere changes drastically.


(1)

PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary 2010 -- Part 402/03/2010 06:26 PM
And then the real stuff started


(0)

PermaLink The dumbest email I got today02/01/2010 08:14 PM
You probably got it, too... but this is what I said.


(2)

02-2011
PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary 2011 - Part 302/02/2011 02:24 AM
In which we rediscover personal branding


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PermaLink A Lotusphere Diary 2011 - extra02/01/2011 04:21 AM
A very Lotusphere moment


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03-2006
PermaLink Your tax dollars at work03/30/2006 03:45 PM

I am currently poking through what I think might be the biggest piece of crap I've ever seen written by a contractor.  Purportedly a Domino app, it... isn't.


(0)

PermaLink Yes, the site has been sick03/30/2006 12:29 AM

A mystery problem with the cable connection here has been resolved, so we're back online.


(1)

PermaLink It was one of those days03/18/2006 10:50 PM

St. Patrick's Day is a very strange thing, indeed


(4)

PermaLink You need to practice03/16/2006 04:36 PM

Sometimes I find it amazing how much Domino stuff I forget I know, merely because the thing is so reliable, I don't need to code all the time.


(3)

PermaLink All wired up for nothing?03/15/2006 11:32 PM

I keep having the feeling that there's something important I have to do this weekend, except that... there isn't.


(2)

PermaLink JamFest was rather addictive03/14/2006 06:29 PM

Since JamFest, I've been bugging myself to find somewhere to play.  And then, I chicken out and make excuses.


(1)

PermaLink Pictures from the MDA03/13/2006 02:56 PM

Here are a couple of sample pictures I took with the T-Mobile MDA


(2)

PermaLink In which I clean out a gigantic mailbox and find...03/13/2006 01:45 AM

I tend not to take mail out of my mailbox unless I need to deal with it in real time.  Periodically, though, I have to do a monumental purge.


(4)

PermaLink T-Mobile's EDGE service03/11/2006 09:46 PM


Some of you know that I dumped AT&T (now Cingular) several years ago.  Recently, I changed up to using a device that makes use of EDGE service, and here's what I've seen so far.



(3)

PermaLink Say one thing, do precisely the opposite, claim you didn't03/10/2006 03:38 PM

Has anyone other than me been puzzled by how the Bush Administration says one thing, then writes a budget that seems to go in exactly the opposite direction?


(2)

PermaLink I am so tired...03/09/2006 01:10 PM

If I didn't have this keyboard in the way, I would be face-down on my desk right now.


(2)

PermaLink Let's reassemble Ma Bell! Yeah! Hy-yeah!!!03/06/2006 02:07 AM


Beavis and Butt-head would like this deal



(0)

PermaLink I already know03/04/2006 11:41 PM

I've done this so long, I can tell within five minutes of meeting a woman whether I'll ever see her again.  Tonight's candidate...


(6)

PermaLink I am incredibly down on myself lately03/01/2006 08:45 PM

I was in a truly incredibly down mood on my way home last night.  I need something to happen to cheer me up.


(3)

03-2007
PermaLink Whale is a pain in the ass03/09/2007 04:07 PM

If Whale doesn't stop pooping in the corner of the hall, There Will Be Trouble(tm)...


(2)

PermaLink $7,841.8503/02/2007 03:48 PM

The red car is officially gone.  Totaled.  Toilet paper.


(0)

03-2008
PermaLink A major Quickr-related festuche is brewing...03/31/2008 03:59 PM
We had an interesting conference call with IBM this morning.  They insisted that support for Quickr atop Domino on Solaris will be ending... well, pretty much last Friday, now that 8.1 is out.  They claim it was "announced around Lotusphere," but the thing is, none of us remember hearing a thing about it.


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PermaLink How to explain to non-Domino people how to back up a Domino server.03/31/2008 01:56 PM
As I've mentioned in earlier posts, I don't fully control my production Domino servers.  Unfortunately, the people who do... don't seem to understand that backing up Domino is often quite a bit different than anything else they know.  If they listened to me, here's what I'd tell them:


(4)

PermaLink Doing a wedding isn't all that hard.03/30/2008 09:10 PM
I'd like to know who thought up the idea that planning and executing a wedding is supposed to be so damn hard and take so much time and money.  I am midway through my second wedding and it's actually gotten easier, if only because now I know even better which people to ignore.


(6)

PermaLink If Lotus Domino ASWs can't pwn this site, nobody can...03/29/2008 09:08 PM
OK, put some creative juice into this instead of into software smoothies for a while:

http://graphjam.com

Common social or cultural issues described in charts and graphs.

(0)

PermaLink The weirdest Notes replication thing I ever had to do03/28/2008 12:52 AM
Hark ye back to the days before TCP/IP was blowing in the wind or sniffing your cellphone's farts.  We still had to connect Notes servers.


(2)

PermaLink Some days it's just nice03/26/2008 09:52 PM
Some days, it's just nice to sit and think about new stuff.  I spent today sketching out a new change-control system we could deploy in about a day.  Nothing huge and fancy, but a heck of a lot more usable than stuff we were shown last week.  Something we can live with.


(1)

PermaLink OK, cut the crap03/25/2008 08:51 PM
OK, end the pissing contest already.  It's boring and just demeans everybody involved.  You know who you are.

(1)

PermaLink XM/Sirius merger OK'd by Department of Justice03/24/2008 03:31 PM
It's about damn time.  Still, until I can buy one radio and get everything on it, I'm sitting on the sidelines.


(0)

PermaLink Still liking NoteMan after all these years03/24/2008 02:47 PM
Jamie Magee slipped me a copy of NoteMan 1.0 years ago at Lotusphere, and all these years later the tool is still pretty much indispensable.


(4)

PermaLink Easter Bunny rampage!03/23/2008 03:46 PM
Sam decided to be the Easter Bunny today, showing up with a small basket of stuff for Nora.





(44)

PermaLink Some skunkworks efforts just... stink.03/20/2008 12:56 PM
Let me say that I am a big fan of people who see a need for something just taking the initiative and doing it.   What I am not a big fan of is having to explain to people why not all of us have that option all the time and are thus sick of hearing about it.


(3)

PermaLink Fear not! Upgrade your own MacBook Pro drive!03/19/2008 10:16 PM
It's finally done, a process made lengthier by being sick for nearly three days solid.  But the MacBook Pro now enjoys more than 300Gb of faster, cooler storage and all my stuff can once again be in one place.  You can do it, too!


(0)

PermaLink What to do on Doomsday03/18/2008 12:45 AM
I finally introduced Nora to my How To database.  Basically, this is a database I started a little while ago that covers How To Do Damn Near Everything I Do In My Life That You Would Have To Do If I Died Tomorrow.

You think last night's pain was a drill?  I didn't think so.


(0)

PermaLink Do you actually have control over your server?03/17/2008 12:34 PM
I have just about had it with the tendency of the powers-that-would-like-to-be at my day job to oversegment administrative and development tasks.  I do everything I can to keep that oversegmentation away from the free-flowing, generalist world I think Domino should be, but am not always successful.  What's your environment like?


(6)

PermaLink Incredibly, I own a copy of this record03/17/2008 05:00 AM
But before you judge me...

http://arts.guardian.co.uk/pictures/image/0,8543,-10505055279,00.html

...understand that I bought it to keep it out of the hands of someone who might actually take it seriously.

This is also why I buy up all the Jimmy Swaggart LPs I find in the 25-cent bin at Goodwill.  I never play them, of course, because I can't afford to get the floors refinished every time afterwards.

(2)

PermaLink Just about every part of me hurts03/17/2008 12:12 AM
You'd think that being able to sleep all I needed to this weekend might cause all this pain to ease.  Well, it hasn't.  That explains why I'm up at midnight, writing about it.


(2)

PermaLink Fark.com: It's official, the US version of "Top Gear" is gonna suck03/15/2008 09:17 PM
Yes, there's a US version in the works of the fun British car program, Top Gear.  Unfortunately, it looks like it'll be hosted by Adam Carolla...

http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=125007

I am kinda annoyed that none of the cable systems I can get actually carry Top Gear any more.  It used to be interesting to watch them go flog all those hyperexpensive paddle-shift cars that will never get sold in the United States.  What's Adam "The Man Show" Carolla gonna cover for NBC, minivans?

I am not even usually a fan of British television.  If the DC public stations rerun Are You Being Served? one more time I am gonna call up during pledge week and puke in some volunteer's ear.

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PermaLink The new hard drive (and IdeaJam) cannot possibly get here soon enough03/12/2008 08:31 PM
The MacBook Pro is down to a mere 1.67 gig, barely enough space to turn around in in 2008.  And way below the empty space Mac OSX would like to have available to run efficiently.


(2)

PermaLink Annoying, or the next great stage?03/12/2008 01:27 AM
I've learned more about the mysterious Osen Komura.  Apparently yes, this whole "let's twit everyone" thing is an "experiment" he or she is doing with Twitter.  Mostly what I notice is that most of the twits he or she connects to are guys, but some aren't.


(2)

PermaLink I am still annoyed about my house appraisal03/10/2008 08:32 PM
This is a placeholder, I'll flesh it out later. The appraiser my mortgage broker hired is a moron. In Maryland, there is no way my house is worth less than I paid for it in 1996. Even if I burned it to the GROUNd, the stone is worth more than that! The 80% Rule is firmly in effect here!.

(1)

PermaLink Gigantism is on the way03/09/2008 11:09 PM
Well, in keeping with my policy of rarely having the absolutely newest stuff, but maybe second-newest, I ordered a new drive for the venerable first-series MacBook Pro so as to extend its useful life way past the Boosh Administration.  I remember when a one-hundred-megabyte drive was enormous, but now, I've finally outgrown one hundred gigs.  We're fixing that now.


(3)

PermaLink Who is Osen Komura, and why is he following me???03/07/2008 03:50 PM
For some reason, a guy in who-knows-where has a truly staggering number of Twits he's following.  I am one of them.  I didn't think anything of it, until I followed a totally random tweet off the public feed, and sure enough, he was following them, too!  This guy or girl apparently has no life.


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PermaLink A faceful of chlorine03/07/2008 01:47 PM
I've been doing a bunch of stuff lately, among them trying to get on BleedYellow.com without success, though I do now have the trial copy of Sametime Connect for Mac OS X.  I have some more observations about the new Blackberry, and in other news, you cannot breathe chlorine.  Don't try it.


(6)

PermaLink It's not over yet, Obama still has work to do.03/05/2008 01:23 PM
I was actually rather surprised at last night's election results.  Yes, McCain finally won his nomination (eight years and a couple trillion dollars and 4000 lives too late) but now he (and we) get to wait around to see what comes of the Democratic side of things.


(0)

PermaLink Something to look out for when updating to 8.01 03/03/2008 02:03 PM
One of my contractors encountered a fun problem when updating our test server here at my day job to 8.01.  Apparently 8.01's corruption-detection is rather more sensitive than 8.00 or previous versions when it comes to checking for possible corruption in certain critical system databases.


(3)

PermaLink Possibly futile03/03/2008 11:50 AM
I talked with the internal medicine specialist who's looking after Mary now.  I am not optimistic.


(44)

PermaLink Mary is very sick03/02/2008 10:10 PM
Tonight we took Mary to the emergency vet.  Four days ago, she seemed fine.  Tonight, she was frail and light, and obviously in some discomfort.


(3)

PermaLink Well, I'm annoyed by the Berry and by rednecks03/02/2008 06:11 PM
For some reason the Berry wasn't accepting the new (shorter, easier-to-type-with-one-hand) password I set on it last night, so I had to reset it.  Since you can't use a Mac to back up or restore a Blackberry, it will be rather factorylike until I go to work tomorrow to my shitty Windows machine.  I did a complete backup last week so all should be well when I restore it.  Still, RIM should come up with a way to use a non-Redmond machine to completely back up and restore a Berry, as well as for installation of software.

But that wasn't the only fun today.


(1)

PermaLink I guess it's time to retire Domino 8b303/01/2008 02:12 AM
The thing I like about Lotus is that going back to 4.5x, even the beta software is solid.  But there are limits.


(0)

03-2009
PermaLink Want to kill Twitter? "Monetize" it.03/24/2009 10:15 AM
I saw a tweet come over the wire from an excited tweep about her friend's Twitter-sponsorship deal.  I almost puked.


(3)

PermaLink IBM and Sun, from a customer and proponent of both03/20/2009 11:32 AM
Finally, an acquisition that makes immediate and complete sense.


(1)

PermaLink Getting over one illness and acquiring another03/04/2009 10:06 PM
I developed full-blown pneumonia.  Now, I'm just sick of everything.


(1)

03-2010
PermaLink No, it's not a sexual euphemism. Really.03/07/2010 12:15 AM
I've finally figured out how to cleave the raw diamond.


(1)

03-2011
PermaLink On being durable03/31/2011 04:08 AM
I have the shell, but the shell isn't me


(8)

PermaLink You should hit BACK right now03/26/2011 03:09 AM
Maybe the hardest blog entry I have ever written


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03-2012
PermaLink I don't give up easily...03/30/2012 12:27 AM
I don't let go of good tech without a fight, but this is horseshit...


(8)

PermaLink I'm still here03/08/2012 03:28 AM
It has been rough for everyone lately


03-2015
PermaLink I'll post just one more here, then move on03/01/2015 11:35 PM
None
Yes, I know that a year ago, I said I wouldn't be posting here any longer. Well...


04-2006
PermaLink It's about sleep04/28/2006 05:53 PM

Calm down, it's about actual sleeping, not sleeping WITH someone...


(0)

PermaLink The phone is back, and better04/27/2006 01:04 PM


I got my repaired phone back from California, and while it's still Windows, at least the screen works again.



(0)

PermaLink I am officially middle-aged04/25/2006 03:30 PM

It's official:  I am now middle-aged, thanks to a new prescription


(0)

PermaLink Cat breath! Yuck!04/24/2006 01:57 PM

Gus had truly horrendous cat breath this weekend, so he's at the vet.  My breath is fine, but I went to the doctor, too.


(1)

PermaLink The music is still in my head04/21/2006 04:05 PM

The show I saw last Saturday in New York, Grey Gardens, has left a nice imprint in my brain.


(0)

PermaLink When do you stop living somewhere?04/19/2006 04:32 PM

I've been following the election in New Orleans with some interest, particularly the part about how "disenfranchising" it is.  When are you considered not to be living somewhere anymore?


(1)

PermaLink The MacBook Pro - a review04/17/2006 02:56 PM



I picked up one of Apple's newest Intel-based machines on Friday, and have lived with it through the weekend.  Here's what I think so far.



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PermaLink I forget about theatre sometimes04/16/2006 01:50 PM

I spent Saturday afternoon and evening in New York.  Whenever I forget how much I love theatre, something always reminds me.


(0)

PermaLink Spam as vengeance04/13/2006 01:50 PM

Looks like the latest thing to do when you're annoyed with someone is to sign them up for all sorts of spam.  Next fad:  beating the hell out of such people.


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PermaLink I survived that one just fine04/11/2006 03:25 PM

Against my initial instincts, I went and did another speed-dating event.  It was much, much better.  This does not mean I had sex, even quickly.


(0)

PermaLink Sik, sik, sik...04/10/2006 03:24 PM

It's sik, sik sik:  the new iBook is going back thanks to a variety of small faults, but it's getting replaced by another just like it... probably


(3)

PermaLink World's best?04/09/2006 03:47 AM

What does it mean to be "the world's best?"


(1)

PermaLink Apple isn't going to the dark side04/06/2006 03:22 PM

Sure, you can run Windows on Apple hardware.  Why the hell would you want to?


(1)

PermaLink Maryland women ROCK!04/04/2006 11:52 PM

The Maryland women's basketball team got the tournament victories they deserved... and earned.


(1)

PermaLink 1949: a good year for toilets04/03/2006 11:06 AM

The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again


(0)

PermaLink George Mason's run to the Final Four was spectacular04/01/2006 10:44 PM

OK, maybe I didn't believe 100% that George Mason would make it to the finals, but it was interesting to think about, and I will miss that in the off-season.


(1)

04-2007
PermaLink It's edible, too!04/26/2007 11:58 PM


I used to write for e-Pro Magazine.  The magazine now has a second life that I am sure we never anticipated.



(0)

PermaLink Fishing with a lawn mower04/26/2007 02:47 PM

Lately it seems like I've been dealing with a lot of non-optimal solutions, and I am getting kind of sick of it.


(1)

PermaLink AppleTV comes to town04/11/2007 03:05 PM

In keeping with my de-redmondization project, I acquire an AppleTV and immediately start investigating ways to hack it.


(0)

PermaLink G-g-g-g-g-g-lll-gg--lll--ah!04/05/2007 12:47 PM

There's almost no day that can't be improved with a little Spike Jones.


(2)

PermaLink Many mouse encounters, and a suckless WinMobile app04/04/2007 02:02 PM

What the hell?  Where are all these mice coming from, in a house with a dozen cats???


(2)

PermaLink Has it really been four weeks?04/02/2007 02:28 PM

I've had a bunch of stuff to do, so it's been a while since I've written.  Lots to talk about, not that much to say, I guess...


(0)

04-2008
PermaLink How much more stupid shit can happen?04/19/2008 11:20 PM
We've had a good weekend, full of chaos and stupid occurrences.  As long as my deep-fryer still works, I'm fine.


(0)

PermaLink Spam, illustrated04/18/2008 01:02 AM
I got this spam, and I don't know... it just seemed to lend itself to illustration, courtesy Google Image Search.


(4)

PermaLink The return of Heather Schein, spammer04/16/2008 09:33 PM
We chased Heather Schein and DominoNews.com off the old Lnotes-L list some years back.  Today, her scheinitude resurfaced in my inbox.  Some morons never learn.


(2)

PermaLink If you haven't seen this, switch to National Geographic Channel04/13/2008 09:49 PM
Nora and I watched (again) a program on the National Geographic Channel called Aftermath:  Population Zero.  Basically, what happens if all the humans vanish tomorrow?


(2)

PermaLink Atlases, and getting over them04/13/2008 03:31 PM
All my life, I've been a fan of road atlases and maps in general.  I always did well on that part of the Iowa Tests Of Basic Skills where they had you decipher maps, usually centered on Crater Lake.  I always had an atlas on vacation, figuring out where we were going and when we'd get there.  When we stopped for gas, I was the guy going into the gas station office and getting whatever free folding maps I didn't already have.  Gulf had the best ones, with Esso close after.  I can still remember when stations stopped giving out free maps.  It was 1973.  The date at which gas station attendants stopped being able to give directions wasn't so specific.

I realized the other day that there hasn't been a single paper map in my car for more than a year.


(0)

PermaLink That wabbit bit me!04/12/2008 09:55 PM
Sam is turning out to be a very willful wabbit.  And, cops need to learn to communicate.  And, go find this record.


(1)

PermaLink Gizmodo: Space Is Full Of Crap04/11/2008 02:48 PM
I hope I'm not the only one wondering what will happen the first time a random piece of space junk collides with something expensive, explosive or fun-producing (like the Space Station, a nuclear-powered spy satellite, or your DishTV sat).

Gizmodo wrote this article about the European Space Agency's analysis of the problem, and the graphics are pretty amazing.

(0)

PermaLink More about Quickr 8.1 on Solaris04/09/2008 04:21 PM
I've obtained more information about what's going on with Quickr and the Solaris operating system.  I'm still not all that happy, but not completely annoyed any more.


(2)

PermaLink My Three Rules For Worry04/08/2008 08:53 PM
Too many people waste too much time and energy worrying.  Here are the rules that will keep you from doing that.


(0)

PermaLink My Four Debugging Rules04/08/2008 08:47 PM
Four rules.  That's all you need.  They work for everything from tractors to software to cats to relationships.


(0)

PermaLink What happens when we all just get sick of each other?04/06/2008 10:07 PM
We're still in a sort of halcyon time with Web 2.0, sort of like the early days of wireless phones and email, where the novelty of knowing exactly what all your friends are doing is new and shiny.

Well, what happens when that novelty wears off?  What do we do then?


(3)

PermaLink Think of it as MySpace... for wabbits04/06/2008 06:29 PM
Our wabbits are the newest citizens on a site I just found this morning.  BunSpace.com... think of it as MySpace... for rabbits.

Yeah

(1)

PermaLink My early days in Notes/Domino04/05/2008 10:00 PM
Since other people have been ruminating about how they got involved in the Notes/Domino world back in the days, I guess I should do it, too...


(0)

PermaLink The old iBook04/05/2008 08:21 PM
I've been mostly using the MacBook Pro lately, mostly because it's bigger and faster than the iBook.  But sometimes it's nice to work with the iBook again.  I'm on it now.


(1)

PermaLink Make your bedroom look like a Lotusphere room!04/04/2008 05:37 PM
Saw a link to an eBay auction for some truly awful banana-leaf wallpaper originally produced for the Disney Polynesian Resort.  For those people who can't get enough Disney, or Lotusphere, this is sort of a strange perversion of the concept of Lotusphere Comes To You.

Update:  the auction ended early... some buyer with 0 feedback named "missportiapoo" went for the Buy It Now.  I bet she lives in a double-wide with paintings of either Elvis or wolves on black velvet hanging on the walls.  In case you were wondering how horrible this stuff was, hit the "read me" link.


(1)

PermaLink Never thought you'd have to diddle with MTUs ever again, did you?04/04/2008 05:22 PM
You know, back in the early days of TCP/IP with Windows... say, 1994, we get used to having to fart around with fairly low-level parameters like MTUs, packet fragmentation, TTL, all that.  It's been years since we've had to fool with it in this era when everything from cars to refrigerators speak TCP/IP, but amusingly, it popped up again at work today.  We all dusted off our brains to remember how to fix it.


(47)

PermaLink Severe sleep problems again04/04/2008 04:30 PM
Those of you who've known me for a while know I tend to be up late and do interesting things then.  It's gotten far out of hand, so time to go talk to doctors and find out why.


(0)

PermaLink This is completely not funny04/04/2008 12:33 PM
And what are those two at the left doing?

(2)

PermaLink Next steps now that Quickr on Solaris is disappearing04/02/2008 03:20 PM
It isn't that often that we have to deal with end-of-life on a major product on a high-volume platform around here, so the last 24 hours or so I've been figuring out what my options are.  In some ways, they're not very pleasant, but it could be worse.


(5)

PermaLink The Moose Meme: how it worked04/01/2008 10:50 PM
OK, now it can be told.


(7)

PermaLink World's First Self-Sustaining Reaction Achieved!04/01/2008 08:55 PM
April 1, 2008:  WEVERTON, MD  (AP)  Weightless Dog Labs is pleased to announce that the world's first full-self-sustaining alcesian meme reaction was achieved at 01:12GMT this morning (5:12AM EDT).


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PermaLink Nope, no lovin' for the Sun Gods on Quickr 8.1...04/01/2008 01:13 AM
After I emailed a couple of Powers That Be after hours at IBM, they nicely updated the following page...


(2)

PermaLink Is it possible for Passport Advantage to suck any worse than it already does?04/01/2008 12:47 AM
Some of you might remember my column in ePro Magazine back in the days, and one column in particular where I tore IBM a new orifice for customer support about the whole topic of "Passport Advantage."  I am delighted to report that seven YEARS later, things are no better.


(4)

04-2009
PermaLink Man, we've had some weird hardware issues lately04/28/2009 03:20 PM
...and not just computer things.



(3)

PermaLink And then he blogs about wabbits.04/21/2009 12:13 PM
Not really about wabbits, per se, but about the low-tech wabbit world


(3)

PermaLink Yes, 8.5 does work on non-Apple Macs...04/20/2009 10:58 PM
This is just a short entry so you know I didn't fall over and die when the installer actually completed.


(1)

04-2010
PermaLink Weird JVM errors on the console after upgrading to 8.5.104/30/2010 12:03 PM
Seem to cause no harm, but have you seen these?


(3)

PermaLink I feel strangely mute these days04/22/2010 07:52 PM
I wonder if we all go through this stage at some point?


(2)

04-2011
PermaLink LinkedIn needs to step up their game04/11/2011 03:38 AM
If I wanted to see MySpace, I'd go to MySpace.


(4)

PermaLink Dust in the wind04/02/2011 02:05 AM
In which The Turtle trusts in Google and the curiosity of humans


(1)

04-2013
PermaLink Domino can still surprise me04/25/2013 12:10 AM
Domino
Yeah, I know that XPages is where it's at, but it still surprises me that...


(3)

PermaLink I don't run04/19/2013 09:45 PM
Social issues
But a lot of people I care about do. This isn't a tech post.


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05-2006
PermaLink Topic overload! Topic overload!05/30/2006 01:34 PM

I have way too much news and comment to catch up on today.  At the risk of sounding even more hyperactive than usual, I'll plop them all into one entry and overload your brains, too!


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PermaLink All sorts of random stuff05/25/2006 03:01 PM

No particular theme to today's ramblings, just feel like dumping my head out for your entertainment.


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PermaLink The new Apple store05/22/2006 02:14 PM

In which our hero visits the new Fifth Avenue Apple Store.


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PermaLink Do you have an annoying ringtone?05/17/2006 05:39 PM

Careful... you may have a ringtone that threatens your safety!


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PermaLink Snot! Give me snot and nothing bot!05/15/2006 03:49 PM


I haven't produced this much snot since my divorce.



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PermaLink Women: don't let guys pick your music05/10/2006 06:38 PM

Ever notice how guys always seem to think they know what music girls will like?  And they're almost always wrong?


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PermaLink Increasingly discouraged05/08/2006 06:35 PM

I am just about ready to give all this crap up.  Can't have the women I want, and the women I can have, I don't really want.


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PermaLink The old Sony finally died05/04/2006 01:03 PM

For the last several years, I've had a little Sony digital camera which finally expired for no apparent reason.  Always carry a spare.


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PermaLink How did I get to where I am in the Domino world?05/01/2006 04:21 PM

A piece the other day on Rocky Oliver's "LotusGeek" site asked us:  how did you get to where you are in your career of working with Domino?


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PermaLink Not online? Not in business.05/01/2006 03:57 PM

In 2006, can there really be any viable, defensible excuse for a company to not allow customers to make electronic payments from any existing account on the planet?



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05-2007
PermaLink I can has cheezburger?05/30/2007 11:01 PM


Hai!  I can has?



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PermaLink Having trouble commenting? Here's why05/09/2007 01:55 AM

I have to apologize if you've tried commenting on stuff here in recent weeks and have failed.  It ain't me, really... it's my cracker ISP.


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05-2008
PermaLink Virtualization rocks!05/31/2008 08:34 PM
I am delighted to have lived long enough to see the current trend in virtualization.  With all the virtual-host products out there, everything from Parallels to VMWare to Sun xVM/VirtualBox, the old fights about what hardware can and should run what OS are becoming pretty pointless now.

I run Mac OSX most of the time at home.  Well, pretty damn near ALL the time, really.  However, I also have three different virtualization products installed on this big MacBook Pro (beefed up with a 320-gig hard drive to replace the anemic 100-gigger it shipped with).  VMWare, Parallels Desktop and now the free Sun xVM/VirtualBox.  I run everything from DOS to Windows98 to XP to Solaris to Linux to ReactOS on the thing, all happily churning away and eating CPU cycles underneath.  Do I really care what OS supports what app?  No.  Not any more.

I don't think anybody should.  Gone are (or should be) the days when you "have to" run Windows just because you think you "have to" run Microsoft Orifice.  Get off it.  OpenOffice/NeoOffice are just as solid, and free.  IBM/Lotus Symphony is legit, and works well.  You can run most of these on a multiplicity of OS platforms, and the old addiction to Microsoft (or anyone else) is just misplaced these days.  Office itself has become a bloated, non-compatible mess designed to generate money for Redmond, not results for users.

Get off it.

Get off anything specific.

Get a beefy machine if you don't already have one, and run whatever the hell works best, not just the thing you've been cowed into using by timid, unimaginative managers or old, dusty habit.

Wasn't this what Java was supposed to bring us?  Write once, run anywhere?

Well, now it's for real.  Go play.


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PermaLink Jeez, these people give me a pain in the ass05/28/2008 10:37 AM
Somewhere, there's a large clock, and it has some sort of recurring alarm set.  When the alarm goes off, regardless of what's going on in the marketplace, the Notes-is-dead people come out of the woodwork, banging their pots and proclaiming the death of the king.  My ass hurts.


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PermaLink I am not my website. My website is not me.05/23/2008 03:03 PM
I don't know if you saw this piece in the New York Times Magazine (may require registration to read) where Emily Gould, formerly of Gawker, wrote about her experiences blogging and how it affected her, negatively and positively.  Honestly, she isn't encountering anything I didn't encounter years before.


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PermaLink Just what we need: another reason not to fly05/21/2008 03:16 PM
This just in:  American Airlines, beyond jumping on the charge-for-more-than-one-checked-bag bandwagon, has taken the asinine step of charging... for the first one, too!


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PermaLink The seasons change, XP still sucks05/21/2008 01:41 PM
For all the talk of how awful Vista is, and how people are wistfully thinking back to the glory days of good old reliable XP, let me tell you:  XP still sucks, too.


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PermaLink And now we're married... with pictures.05/20/2008 10:21 AM
No, I didn't take the time over the weekend to post while we were wandering around Maryland, but not for lack of wanting to.  The server was hung up and refused to restart, so instead, we enjoyed ourselves, and now we have lots of images to share.


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PermaLink And then there was a wedding05/15/2008 11:14 AM
Just about this time tomorrow, I'll be getting married.  Some of you will be there, the rest of you will just have to look at the pictures, I guess.


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PermaLink One of the cooler things you'll see today05/12/2008 09:35 AM
Robert Woodhead (one of the guys who wrote Wizardry, which I played so much in 1983 I wore out the Apple II floppy) has posted some videos of him farting around with his new Casio EX-F1, which has an astonishing 1200-frames-per-second slow-motion mode:

http://gizmodo.com/389348/mo-slow+mo-objects-breaking-or-not-for-the-casio-ex+f1?autoplay=true

The water balloons that don't break are the best part.

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PermaLink Life can be pretty good even if it isn't spectacular05/11/2008 12:20 AM
It took me many years to learn to enjoy cutting grass.


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PermaLink Running Domino Server from a thumb drive?05/07/2008 02:48 PM
With all the talk of being able to run the Notes client off a thumb drive, let me ask this:  has anyone looked into running a complete Domino Server off a thumb drive or some other external portable device?  Here's my idea:  I want to set Domino up to install everything to an external USB device of some sort.  In case of emergency, I want to be able to unplug it, plug it into any other Windows machine, and start the Domino server (as an application if necessary) on that machine completely without having to install anything.  Just plug it in and run it.

Older versions of the installer for Windows had a checkbox allowing you to choose whether you wanted to install Domino as a service or not, but more recent ones don't seem to.  Since it's of course possible to install Domino on a non-boot drive, what I want to know is, can it be run completely independently of the system boot device, including situations where Domino is not installed as a service?  Or do I have to install it as a service to get it to run on that system?

With 4Gb and 8Gb thumb drives becoming cheap, and external bus-powered USB hard drives getting bigger and cheaper all the time, I want the option of not having to rip the drives out of a server frame in case the machine dies or the boot device fails... Windows has a habit of eating itself once a year, and I'd like to be able to, say, put the Domino drive on Nora's XP machine, start Domino as an application, and thus get the site back online while I reinstall or replace the existing server.  Another thing that would allow me to do would be to run the Domino server from my MacBook Pro, either in BootCamp or in Parallels.

Has anybody done this?  Comments are welcome, or email me.

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PermaLink Maybe Mojo Nixon was wrong05/07/2008 11:34 AM
For some reason over the last couple of weeks I've been unable to get my Notes client to talk to my server at home from my office... I ran into some DNS issues and had to diddle with the zone file some.  It's possible not all those changes have propagated, so here I am, posting from the web.

First off, no, I am not dead, though I was off Twitter for a while and the server was having the aforementioned DNS problems.  Even email at home on the Domino server was a bit problematic, which drove Nora nuts just at a time when we need good communications.

Second, we had to change some of the wedding plans, so those of you who are attending, keep an eye on the "Wedding" database at http://www.weightlessdog.com/wedding.nsf.  Nora's mother suffered a recurrence of a long-standing illness and her treatments leave her too worn-out to travel.  She and Nora's father are in their late seventies and even though they have a remarkably-smooth Cadillac to cruise the country in, they felt they couldn't come out to the wedding on the 17th.

So... we decided we'd scale the wedding down a bit and do a civil ceremony (albeit in full-dress, sans wabbit) on Friday the 16th, followed by an elegant lunch for the attendees, and then a nice celebration at the house in the evening.  This solves a few problems and creates a few others, but all in all, we realized that the wedding isn't the point of the whole adventure, it's the marriage that comes after.

Work has been an adventure.  I really don't like situations where I'm forced into playing office politics, and lately that's what I've had to do.  I don't like it, I make it clear that I don't like it, and I fight hard and well.  Like I tell people, if you make me play those silly unproductive games, be prepared to feel my cleats, because all I want is to be left alone to do what I want to do and do it well.  It's odd, because we're actually about to roll out some cool code soon, I'm trying to promote getting IdeaJam in here, we're expanding the things we offer to users, we're upgrading to Quickr 8, and spring is here!  Why fuck it all up by playing dumb office games?  Alas, it seems like some people I work with don't know what else to do with themselves.  I sort of saw this coming.

The latest thing here?  One of our contractors sent out a mass-mailing autogenerated from our Quickr server advising users of our impending upgrade.  We had a long-agreed-to project plan (blah) saying, "notify users on this date."  Well, the other day, apparently management decided that they only wanted to send this notification to Place Managers.  However, did they tell anybody they'd made this change?  No.  So, on schedule and as previously agreed, the notification went out to all of our thousands of users.  I got it.  Matter of fact, it was pretty helpful, in that I got one such notification for every Place of which I was a member.  This helped me to know that in fact, there were Places in which I was a member and I didn't even know it!  But no, management instead decides to get grumpy about it because "you did this without asking us."  Ah, jeez.  If we hadn't sent it out, then they'd bitch about how we missed the target date for sending notifications out!  Same old crap:  we expected you to read our minds, and then it's your fault that you can't.

At least this month I'm getting a scheduled raise.  More money to spend on fuel to come to work and deal with this amusement.

It hasn't helped that up until now, my sleep patterns have been crazy and I used an enormous amount of leave and still ended up tired a lot.  Nice thing is, with the help of nice medical people, I am finally getting a handle on that and have a lot of my old hyper-energy back (those of you who knew me from Lotuspheres past know that I used to be able to go from 7am to sometimes 4 or 5am every day of the Sphere and still have enough energy to drive 900 miles home afterward).  Being able to document this all as a medical issue has helped a great deal, because they really don't wanna make trouble for people whose legit medical problems are affecting their work.  They gots laws about that, y'know.  Anyway, it looks like I'm finally coming out of it with the kind advice of experts in the field, and this time, without the disastrous side-effects of ill-prescribed medication.  Yeah, I had some problems with sleep medications they've given me over the years, but no more of that.  This is all environmentally-managed... change the diet, change the patterns of the day, work on meditative tricks that help me completely relax.  Things will be good indeed.

As long as silly stuff in the interim doesn't rip my leg off.

Speaking of which, Sam is huge.  We didn't get to go up to Cortland and take him to the Flemish Giant show, so he took his annoyance out on us by eating another 30 pounds of feed last month and getting gigantic.  The only thing we asked anyone for as a wedding gift was an electronic scale, kindly given us by my stepmother Kathy, with capacity enough to weigh him (and the other organisms in the house).  Keeping an eye on your pets' weight can be your best weapon in the fight to keep them healthy.

On that note, I have sad news.  We lost Mary early Tuesday morning.  At 3:40am, we heard her in distress under the bed, pulled her out, and realized she was leaving us.  Her weight was less than a quarter of what it had been at her peak, her lips and nose were pale, her bones felt like they were just all coming unraveled.  Leukeumia is an insidious sort of cancer, turning good cells against bad, cutting off growth and the transport of oxygen and nutrients.  Mary fought it hard, holding on and remaining her cantankerous/loving self right up to the end.  But at 3:40am, I could no longer hear her weakened heartbeat, and she was gone.  She was nine.

We'll lose them all someday.  I just thought Mary had a few more years left to be herself.  She did, however, have a good life here, and it was long enough for her to be a presence and an influence on everyone.  Everyone she bit, in particular, which was everybody.  And so, a small box with her ashes in it will come back to us next week, to be placed in the cabinet next to Ben and Nora's late rabbit St. Francis.

Have you checked out Sam and the other wabbits on BunSpace.com yet?  Go to weightlessdog.com (there's a convenient link to your upper right, there) and click the "Sam on BunSpace" link.   It's sort of my MySpace... for wabbits.

This place needs to be rickrolled.  I was listening to Mr. Astley's masterpiece on the stereo in the TDI on the way to work.  That bass cabinet right behind the driver's seat can dissolve kidney stones when it's turned up, so I put "Never Gonna Give You Up" on the iPod and thumped away down I-70 in Eighties glory.

The title of this piece, by the way, is a reference to a Mojo Nixon song, "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant (With My Two-Headed Love Child)."  If you ain't got Mojo Nixon, then your store could use some fixin'.

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05-2011
PermaLink Dear Kathy05/05/2011 04:42 AM
You won't ever read this in this life, but I think you knew it in your last


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06-2006
PermaLink Being The Turtle06/28/2006 07:02 PM

No, it's not a nickname.  Please stop asking.


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PermaLink Marnie is gone06/27/2006 10:11 PM

I've lost my favorite kitten.  She's gone.


PermaLink Unbroken06/22/2006 04:52 PM

Well, it looks like an oil change, flush and new filter cured the Volkswagen, and other things are rapidly unbreaking themselves.  I are pleased.


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PermaLink Still behind06/21/2006 06:18 PM

Things are still breaking left and right, and I am way behind on my cleaning jihad.


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PermaLink Everything I own is busted!06/19/2006 03:28 PM

Does every damn thing I own have to break all at the same time?


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PermaLink One more useful iPod thing06/15/2006 02:14 PM

If you have a hard time finding the time to actually put music on your iPod, this is something you might want to check out.


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PermaLink Linux on an iPod? HDTV? Let's play!06/12/2006 03:49 PM

I've had an amusing few days fooling with new things to do with older objects, among them putting Linux on an iPod and making an HDTV set actually do its job.


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PermaLink Saying "yes" is kinda nice06/08/2006 10:53 AM

You people already know this, but the degree to which Domino lets you say "yes" when other developers have to say "no" is amazing.


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PermaLink Love finds the Turtle06/05/2006 11:14 AM

After a long time in the desert, I really, really have found someone.  Let's watch as I figure out a way to foul it up.


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PermaLink Yes, it's definitely desert-or-jungle06/01/2006 04:57 PM

After months of having nothing to talk about, suddenly I have far too much stuff to talk about and am not sure how to do it.


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06-2007
PermaLink Let this be a lesson06/30/2007 12:15 AM
Don McNally sent me some new code to fix a problem in the ListServ for Domino (LSD) system I'm working on at the OpenNTF site.  As usual, I made a dumbass mistake and learned something.


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PermaLink More free tech advice: Epson Stylus 1400 and Intel Macs06/28/2007 03:46 PM
Epson Stylus Photo 1400This is an Epson Stylus Photo 1400.  Suzanne and I bought one of these, and found that as it comes out of the box, it has problems with Intel-based Macs.  Here's some free advice if you're planning on buying one, or if you have one and intend to use it with an Intel-based Mac (which is pretty much all you can buy now).

DO NOT INSTALL THE DRIVER THAT COMES WITH THE PRINTER!

Now, most of you who are reading this page probably already have the same habit I have, which is when you buy a new gadget, you completely ignore the driver CD that comes with it and instead head to the manufacturer's site and get the most current driver.  Usually this just gets you a nicer, newer driver, but with this Epson, it's vital.

Even though the 1400 was introduced nearly a year after Apple had started making Intel-based Macs, the driver that ships with the 1400 -- even now -- supports only PowerPC Macs.  The driver on the CD will load, and look like it wants to run, and in fact runs just fine with Windows, but it cannot see the printer connected via USB and will sit there and glare at you as your print queue piles up with unprintable jobs.  Don't use it.  Instead, go here and get the current driver from Epson.  As of today, it's 3.6bA.  Install that one instead.  You will immediately see the printer, and everything will work great.

Now, if you've already installed the bogus driver, remove it, since installing the good driver doesn't overwrite or remove certain critical items of the old bogus driver:

  1. Go to /Library/Printers.
  2. Delete the Epson folder.
  3. Go to /Library/Receipts.
  4. Delete any Epson receipts you see there.
  5. Search for and delete any com.apple.print files you find (I didn't do this and it worked anyway)
  6. Empty the Trash.
  7. Restart the machine.
  8. Install the new driver.

You should then be fine.  It's an amazing printer, I just can't figure out why, a year and a half later, and after six months of manufacturing, Epson is still shipping a driver that only supports machines Apple doesn't make any more.

Hhhhhhhhhhh...



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PermaLink eMachines KB-0108 driver here06/27/2007 11:57 PM
In case anyone needs it, here's a driver for the eMachines multimedia keyboard. If your keyboard has KB-0108 on it (the keyboard is a Chicony from a few years ago) and you've been to DriverGuide.com and been annoyed at having to view about a dozen ads to download the damn driver, here. Just download it and use it. run the EXE, it'll install itself and then ask to restart the machine. Once you do that, the keys will then do the following:

Cut/Copy/Paste may or may not work.
Volume and mute will work.
Sleep works.
Calculator works.
Internet will load the system default browser.
Email will load your default mail client.
Search loads the Windows system search, not Google or anything useful.
Backward/Forward should work.
Favorite probably won't work unless you use MSIE.

Be advised that this driver will NOT permit you to reprogram the keys. Poop on that.


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PermaLink This, you must read06/27/2007 03:43 AM
No big words from me, just read this.  It's an interview with Josh Wolf, the blogger who spent 228 days in jail for refusing to accede to government strong-arm tactics and for refusing to cede his Constitutional rights.

http://www.10zenmonkeys.com/2007/06/26/anarchy-for-the-usa-a-conversation-with-josh-wolf/

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PermaLink Just say no to iPhone06/27/2007 01:23 AM
Look, most of you know how much I adore my Apples.  I have two iPods, an AppleTV, an Airport Express, three Apple laptops, and I've given away at least four other iPods over the years either as gifts or as unintentional "gifts" to thieves.  But no, I will not be getting an Apple iPhone, now or at any time in the foreseeable future.


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PermaLink Raspberry beret06/25/2007 11:01 PM
One of the nice things about living here is walkin' around... eating stuff.


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PermaLink Eventually, I'll float away06/25/2007 12:05 AM
For some reason I have lost nearly ten pounds in the last few weeks.  Can't account for it except for not eating, stress, sleep problems, and smoking too much.  Whaddya think?


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PermaLink The Flemish Overlord06/23/2007 08:57 PM
The day approaches when we hail our new Flemish overlord.  We went up and got to meet the baby Flemish Giant wabbits.  One of them will be joining the household on August 4th.  He has to get much larger first...


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PermaLink In depression06/22/2007 08:11 PM
I have to thank Wyeth-Ayerst Labs... Effexor is a good, durable checmical and it's helping me a lot.  I can feel that I've gone into a depressive period the last week or so, but the floor I can feel underneath me is pretty much due to the drugs.  Even at a relatively small dosage, they work and work well.  I should offer to do ads for them.

I am tempted to upgrade the drive in my AppleTV.  It comes with a woefully-small 40Gb drive, and the day I bought it I also bought a Seagate 160Gb drive that's faster and of course much larger.  The aTV has been full for weeks, but I haven't had the initiative to pull the old drive, dd it, and then install the big drive and go forth.  By the way, if you haven't installed the new 1.1 software update, be advised that if you've installed any hacks on your aTV, the 1.1 update (which allows access to YouTube videos) will undo them all.  Be warned, but don't avoid the update, it's just that you'll have to redo your hacks after installing the update.

The update also takes about 20 minutes to download and apply.  Get a beer before you start.


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PermaLink They'll feel stupid06/21/2007 01:00 AM
It's a clear night here in the valley, and I just went out with a cigarette and some soda, and lay down in the middle of the road up near the garage.  Yeah, where I live, you can actually do that... sometimes it'll be three or four hours between cars, particularly late at night.

I lay down on my back and looked out at the sky.  All those millions of stars, of which I can see only a few thousand.  All that space.  All that... possibility.

The thought that occurred to me is that when the asteroid hits, right before it trashes the planet and kills us all, the people who're gonna feel really stupid are the lawyers and the advertising people.  People who spent their adult lives worrying about what gets done to whom, by whom, for what gain, when.

You look out there into the depths of space, and the first thing you realize is, nobody gizzashit.

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PermaLink More maintenance06/20/2007 09:29 PM
Suzanne is up in Frederick with Dorcas, one of the wabbits.  Apparently she has a sore toe because her claw is overgrown and sticking out at a weird angle, so it was decided that a trip to the emergency veterinary hospital was in order.  She went off a while ago, and I finished cutting grass, rassling with the "new" XP machine (the old eMachines T2865 died in a stupid Windowslike fashion) and talking to the other two wabbits.

I can tell I'm in a depressive state since Audrey got sick.  I'm tired all the time, a little detached, and I've been sleeping a lot more.  I can also feel the Effexor kicking in and stopping the worst effects, though, so things are going to be OK.  Tonight, before cutting the grass, I went down and put new marble chips and paving stones on the graves of the recently-departed cats... Tess in 2003, Boris in 2004, Marnie in 2006, and Henry and Yellowcat this past January.  It's amazing how soon things grow over as the earth reclaims things.  It's a constant effort to take back the space.  The cats who died earlier, like Harry and Mao in 2002, and Data back in 1999, have only their paving stones to mark them.  I'll put more marble chips on them as soon as we head over and get a few more bags.  And this year I'll be better about keeping the grass at bay.  Someday I'll be out there with them, and I'd like to think my space won't fade into the earth too soon.

About the failure of the earlier eMachines:  we came home Sunday and found that the circuit breaker for the living room and dining room (yes, thanks to 1925 wiring, they're on one circuit) had tripped.  When I switched it back on, the T2865 didn't come back to life.  The keyboard flashed, the drives spun up, and then... nothing.  No video.  No BIOS POST.  Nothing.  I put another video card in the thing, and still no response.  A quick search on the net revealed that the particular power supply in that machine, when it fails, tends to trash the motherboard.   Thanks for nothing, eMachines.  I went out and got a new one for $269... better specs, a Celeron D instead of an Athlon XP (which means this thing can run Mac OS X).  For another thirty bucks I could have gotten a widescreen LCD and a Canon printer, but I already have two spare LCD displays and we have a metric assload of inkjet printers around here... four Epsons, an HP, and probably other things I've forgotten about.  No sense having to deal with yet another brand of ink

Now, the next part.  I pulled the boot drive out of the T2865 and put it in the new machine, taking out the Evil Drive which was preloaded with shitbag Vista Home Edition Basic.  Never even booted the thing.  Put the drive from the other eMachines in, fired it up, and asked it to boot in safe mode, figuring it would then have a field day installing new drivers to account for the different motherboard, processor and memory controllers.  Nope.  It did start up, and got to the "Windows XP is starting" screen, and stayed there permanently.  No amount of persuasion could get it to boot.

On a whim, I put in my Mac OS X 10.4.1 boot drive, which had previously been in a machine with an Athlon 64.  It of course booted immediately and came to attention, though it didn't start up the D-Link 802.11g wireless card.

Yay, Apple.

Eventually I gutted the old eMachines, although I was completely unable to use the 512M SIMM from it because (of course) the new one uses a completely different type of DDR SIMM and it wouldn't fit in the sockets.  Suck-heads.  Reinstalled XP, and then found it was totally unable to read the RAID stripe set of two 320Gb drives I'd created under the old installation.  Wouldn't even read them as valid drives, let alone tell me "hey, there's a broken RAID array here, wanna fix it?"  Fortunately almost all the stuff on the stripe set was duplicated elsewhere on the network, so I formatted the drives as individual 320G devices and left it copying all the data back from whence it came.  Fuck Microsoft sofware RAID... if you have a brain, don't use Microsoft striping, Yule B. Sorry.

The new machine is faster, but I'll step out here and said, who the fuck designed the SATA data connectors?  Those things are brittle and plastic and they break when there's the least lateral force on them.  Compare and contrast the old 40-pin PATA connectors that have been used in some way or another for more than 25 years.  When's the last time you saw one of those break?  Well, I now have two damaged-but-usable Maxtor SATA connectors on two different drives.  My recommendation?  If you get a SATA drive, before you even install it, plug in a power cord, a data cord, and then epoxy the sonsabitches in place permanently.  Unplug the drive and cables as a unit if you need to, but never, ever rely on that SATA connector unless you're the sort who never opens a PC up once it's installed and running.  And if you are, the odds of you reading this site aren't all that high.

Someone should have their ass kicked for the current completely weak SATA connector design.  Dorks.  Go fish in the toilet.  With a lawnmower.


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PermaLink No title06/20/2007 04:35 PM
Audrey's gravesite, June 18, 2007
Audrey's grave, June 18, 2007


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PermaLink We lost her06/18/2007 12:54 PM
Audrey died today at 11:30am.

We had just gotten to the clinic to see her... she waited until we were there, then moved on.

She was a pretty good kitten.

I think that's the highest thing anyone can say.

We're home with her now.  There are rituals that happen that have evolved over the years... I let the other cats understand that their sister is gone, I brush them and clean their noses...  I clip off a little piece of fur that represents their colors, and put it in a small envelope that goes in the wall clock with their name and dates on it.  If they have a collar, it and the tag go on top of the clock.  Then they get put to rest out with all the others... The Kitten, Harry, Data, Mao, Tess, Boris, Henry, Yellow, all the Othercats.

And they move on.

It's hard not to feel like I failed Audrey.  If I'd noticed her illness sooner, if I'd gotten her treated sooner.  If I'd noticed the weight she lost, the slowing down of her activities.  If I'd sniffed her breath.  A week ago, she was moving around and socializing fairly normally, and a week later, she's gone.  It's my job to take care of them, and there are times like this that I feel like the job is impossible and I'm not up to it.

Audrey doesn't have to worry about that now.  These times and these thoughts are for people they leave behind.


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PermaLink She'll be OK, for now...06/15/2007 03:30 PM
Audrey is doing about as well as can be expected.   She'll be at the veterinarian's overnight again, getting fluids, antibiotics, and hopefully food.  She's still quite sick.


(1)

PermaLink Some people...06/14/2007 01:36 PM
Dork:  somebody who sends you an email, then runs down the hall to "make sure you got it."

Believe it or not, I am now in my third month of a personal campaign to try to be nicer to people.  The effort has actually been minimal, and the results have been good, so I don't see much reason to end the experiment.  I suspect clueless cashiers, inattentive waiters and anyone working in a county office has benefited from this without knowing it.


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PermaLink Suzanne: now playing at a website near you06/10/2007 11:32 PM
Suzanne now has something to occupy her time.  Over the weekend, I've set up a BlogSphere site for her on the server here, on her own domain.  You can visit it at MyRabbits.org.  On it, she gets to go crazy putting up pictures of the wabbits and telling you all what a slug I am on the weekends.  She also has links to my latest short video (yes, it's of the wabbits, and it's not bad).

What have I done this weekend?  I only...
  • Cleaned the dead bugs out of the light fixture in the kitchen.
  • Cleaned the lime and crud out of the showerhead and also reamed out the little orfice in the showerhead fitting so that we can get a little higher water flow through there.
  • Cleaned the bathtub and dumped some Drano down the drain.
  • Changed the oil in her car.
  • Replanted some jalapeno seedlings.
  • Replanted a grape tomato seedling.
  • Found some catnip plants growing out under the peach tree while mowing the grass, and brought it in so the cats can act stupid.
  • As mentioned, mowed the lawn.
  • Grilled two very good steaks Saturday night.
  • Set up her website.
  • Persuaded my T-Mobile MDA to talk to the intertubes through the wireless in the house.
  • Installed new print drivers on her MacBook to use her new Epson Stylus Photo 1400, which arrived this week so she can print pages for a scrapbook she's doing for her parents' 50th anniversay (a couple of years ago).
  • Formatted an external drive on my iMac and copied all my 8,220 MP3s to it.
  • Played the Yamaha keyboard a bit.
  • Grilled some good bratwurst.
  • Wrote a bunch of stuff.
  • Tried to photograph the rabbits jumping over their jumps.  They declined to cooperate.
  • Cleaned the catboxes in the kitchen.
  • Picked some raspberries.
  • Cleared off some vines.
  • Watered things.
She's right.  I am a  complete fucking slug.   I suck.

(0)

PermaLink Nothing is really new06/10/2007 01:39 AM
Here I am, reinventing stuff with new technology again.


(0)

PermaLink The music lives again06/08/2007 11:54 PM
After my venerable Yamaha SY-85 died due to overexposure to cat whiz, I was sort of dreading having to go try to shop for something new and unfamiliar.  eBay, fortunately, came through, and I found a practically-new unit for barely a sixth of what I paid for its predecessor.


(1)

PermaLink Inroads06/07/2007 03:28 PM
It's entirely possible that my efforts in the last six weeks or so have given Domino an entirely new lease on life here.  After 13 years, I was worried it was going to fade out, but now it's definitely not going to do any such thing.


(0)

PermaLink "It was a piece of crap (PIECE OF CRAP!)"06/01/2007 10:47 PM


In which Turtle removes bad digital karma from his house and replaces it with friendly waves of technology.



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06-2008
PermaLink I've been a slug, and I'm sorry06/25/2008 11:11 AM
I haven't been writing nearly as much as usual lately, so if you've missed it, I apologize...


(2)

PermaLink The big cackeroo06/23/2008 01:20 PM
"Some people think 'cacking out' means to sleep.  Nope... you DIE!  The big cackeroo..."  
- George Carlin, 1976


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PermaLink How do you say "ass-kicking" in Gaelic?06/18/2008 12:31 AM
It was very satisfying to watch Game Six of the NBA Finals tonight.


(0)

PermaLink How to fail in business without really trying, Act II06/13/2008 03:41 PM
I had a nice go-round with Best Buy last night.  I really have no idea why big companies seem to work so hard to drive customers away.


(1)

PermaLink In which The Turtle finally fires Verizon06/13/2008 01:54 PM
I've finally had it.  I've been trying to pay my Verizon bill online for more than a month now, and I've finally given up.  We only kept the landline -- for thirty-something dollars a month -- in case we had to send a fax, and because I thought the phone number was cool (it spell MOOO).  Well, it's over.


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PermaLink Some things that will make you look like a dildo06/12/2008 10:40 PM
There are a few things you can do on the net to look like a complete dildo.  Sure, back in 1994 everybody did these things at some time or another, but this is 2008, folks.  Try not to look any more dildonic than necessary, OK?



(0)

PermaLink Wood, metal, oil, and diesel. And iPhone non-envy.06/10/2008 10:59 AM
About half the time, when I start a new post, I have no idea what I'm about to write.  I sit down, and eventually the words start to form some kind of coherent theme, so I go back and reselect the category and reselect the Technorati tags.  And sometimes I throw it all away and start over, or go have some chips.


(1)

PermaLink And the 8.5b1 upgrade has taken place...06/08/2008 07:54 PM
Every time I've updated this server, I've had to do it in some weird way.  The 8.0b3-to-8.5b1 update was no exception.


(0)

PermaLink A bizarre Notes client crash with pasted Word text06/06/2008 01:24 PM
Over the years I've tended to pride myself on the fact that I don't call IBM/Lotus support very often, and when I do, it's for truly bizarre situations.  This... is one of them.


(2)

PermaLink Mac OSX 10.6, or "what to do with the iBook then?"06/05/2008 10:16 PM
If you've been paying attention, it's likely that next week at WWDC, Apple will unveil an early version of Mac OSX 10.6, and the odds are very good that it'll be Intel only.  So, what do I do with my G4 iMac and my G4 iBook?


(2)

PermaLink Well, the cable is out, so you won't see this till later...06/04/2008 08:01 PM
The storms that blew through here and are continuing to waddle around caused the power to flicker quite a bit, so Nora downed the server.  Unfortunately, some trees took out power lines which also hosed the cable, so we have no way to talk to the outside world.


(1)

PermaLink It's official: Solaris x86 runs like crap under Sun xVM VirtualBox06/04/2008 11:40 AM
I wasted an entire evening last night farting around with Solaris for Intel.  Don't do what I did.


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PermaLink How to install Mac OSX from a flash drive06/02/2008 05:01 PM
If you have an Apple with a flaky DVD drive, here's an easy way to install Leopard from a USB flash drive.


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PermaLink Problem with 8.5 beta 1 on Mac OSX... anyone else?06/02/2008 10:45 AM
I'd love to be able to talk all about how grand the 8.5 beta Notes client is on Mac OSX, but I can't.  I haven't been able to get it to run yet.  All you Apple people, have you run into this problem?


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06-2009
PermaLink DC Metro crash06/22/2009
Nora missed tonight's Metro crash in DC by about eight minutes.  Her MARC train would normally have passed the spot of the crash just about that time, but she took a slightly later train that ended up never leaving Union Station.  I drove down to DC to pick her up, and gave one of her trainmates a ride back up here so his wife could pick him up.  There are now six people fewer living in DC.

We got home and found that Barack Obunny has been awarded his first leg of the three he needs to be awarded Grand Champion status!  We also won Best Display at one of the rabbit shows we were at a couple of weeks ago.

More later.  We're still sorting out problems stemming from having to recertify the whole domain.  For some reason the server doesn't believe its own certificate.  Hhhhh...


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PermaLink It's been an interesting month or so06/12/2009
Yes, I haven't updated in over a month.  No, I haven't left the planet.  Yes, there will be a much bigger post later.  No, you can't have the rest of my cookie.


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06-2010
PermaLink He's the size of a Matchbox car06/11/2010 12:39 AM
And I want him to make it.


(2)

06-2011
PermaLink Cleanup on aisle wabbit06/24/2011 04:09 AM
If you follow me on Twitter, you know about 1/30th of the story of this last week. This is another 2/7th. I'll leave you to do the math.


(0)

PermaLink OK, I admit it: I am a social media ho-bag06/15/2011 05:47 AM
..but I'm no worse than some and a lot better than most.


(1)

PermaLink Don't drink the farkin' Kool-Aid. If anyone asks...06/11/2011 03:08 AM
...tell them Turtle said, "eat my ass, Barney!"


(3)

PermaLink Yeah, I'm like this with wabbits, too...06/07/2011 06:23 AM
In case you thought my grumpiness was just about IBM/Lotus, well, you're wrong.


(2)

PermaLink If it seems like I've been grumpy lately...06/03/2011 03:24 AM
...well, you get three points.  Yay.


(3)

06-2013
PermaLink The Turtle's Guide To Steak Places06/16/2013 11:46 PM
None
I have developed a pretty decent instinct for finding them.


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07-2006
PermaLink A spectacular weekend07/24/2006 12:53 PM

The weekends in which Suzanne is here go way too fast.  The weekends in which I have to clean catboxes go way too slow.


(0)

PermaLink In which Turtle gets pissed at his neighbors07/20/2006 05:37 PM

I am the last person to resort to lawyers, but in this case, the neighbors are just being selfish.  Time to make them stop.


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PermaLink Sony dumps UMD movies. Told ya.07/17/2006 02:56 PM

You know, I am getting pretty damn tired of being right all the time.  I found a report that Sony is indeed terminating production and sale of movies on their PSP-only UMD format discs.  I pretty much predicted this when I bought my PSP just after it came out in the US.


(0)

PermaLink Just some random news and stuff07/13/2006 02:38 PM

In which I seek a new car, muse about women, talk about cat hair and other highly amusing topics


(0)

07-2007
PermaLink Caturday!07/29/2007 12:03 AM
We can has kitten!  For the first time in years, there's a new kitten in the house!


(4)

PermaLink Slow-moving power07/28/2007 12:28 AM
We went and watched lots of large, heavy objects move slow tonight.  Every year, I go down to the annual steam and tractor show sponsored by the Shenandoah Steam & Tractor Club, of which I'm a member.  Friday night is their tractor pull, and we go down and watch large 50-to-80-year-old objects pull a rather heavy new pulling sled.


(3)

PermaLink More wrestling with large objects07/24/2007 05:43 PM
You wouldn't believe how many grease rags you go through replacing a suspension bushing.


(0)

PermaLink Wabbits travel well, actually...07/19/2007 12:18 AM
Wabbits took over my Volkswagen.


(1)

PermaLink Google can be very...07/11/2007 11:11 PM
I signed up for Google AdSense for one of the sites I maintain.  Their initial selection of "targeted ads" leaves something to be desired.


(1)

PermaLink Trying to be useful, and E-Shit, Round Four07/09/2007 01:43 PM
Lately I've found that the parts of the site that get the most action are the parts I put the least work into.  Still, if you've used the various drivers and tech tips I've put up around here lately, cool.  Pleased to help.


(0)

PermaLink Need the good, original HP LaserJet 1020 driver for Mac OSX? Here it is!07/05/2007 11:45 PM
I went back through my comments and found a bunch of forgotten people who'd asked for the Mac OSX driver for the HP LaserJet 1020.  Well, here it is.  HP released this driver, then "updated it" to where it no longer supported the 1020 under Mac OSX.  I have the original unscrewed-up HP 1020 driver, and you are free to download its 1.56Mb goodness right here.   Anyone looking for a Mac OS driver for the HP LaserJet 1020: here it is!   I have an original version of the LJ1020 driver for Mac OSX.  Don't dump your LaserJet 1020 just because they have Apple Mac OS X.  The file is called "LJ1022original.dmg," but make no mistake, this is the driver that correctly supports the LaserJet 1020 under Mac OSX.  Hewlett-Packard screwed up.  Is there a LaserJet 1020 fan who hasn't seen this come up in searches already?  If not, get your 1020 driver for Mac here.

This works correctly on my Apple iBook G4 running Mac OSX, my MacBook Pro running Mac OSX, and my fiancee's MacBook running Mac OSX, and all of them can use my Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 1020 laser printer with this driver.  Over the last few weeks this one entry has gotten about 700 hits from people looking for this driver, so I guess there's some demand for it.  I wonder why HP hates Apple?  They haven't been particularly responsive to most users about why they decided the 1020 shall not work with Mac OS, even though it seems to do so perfectly well if you have the driver.

I feel like I'm selling penis-enhancement stuff or something.  Just want to make sure I tickle the search engines so you can find it.

Click "read more" for other information I've found about drivers for the HP 1020 under Mac OSX...

Get the right driver here!


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PermaLink I wonder what she thinks I do07/04/2007 03:32 AM
Anyone who knows me from Lotusphere or elsewhere probably knows I tend to stay up very late and get into jags of working.  At work, I wrote the first version of the website I built in one weekend back in 1998.  I wrote its successor in a week in late 1999, and its successor in 2002 in about five days.  I just wrote a prototype site to replace a massively-flawed alternative system in about three days.  I did all the editing for my first digital video in a month of late nights, and realized the entire score for a college production of My Fair Lady in two weeks.  I write things, I think about things, I toy with code.   Still, I wonder what Nora thinks I do down here all night.


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PermaLink Old enough to buy cigarettes07/03/2007 01:33 PM
Recently at work, at a major federal agency that sucks up a lot of your money, I got a new machine.  Having had my old one only about four years, I was actually surprised to get a decently-current one -- Pentium D, 3.6ghz, all SATA drives, DVI video output, no floppy -- and today we were all poking around on the machines and discovered to our amusement that when they were shipped in, all the machines were imaged with the agency's standard set of software.

We found a directory:  C:\WP

Yup.

WordPerfect.

WordPerfect 5.0 for DOS, specifically.  The file date on the executable was over eighteen years ago.  June 12, 1989.

This software can now officially buy cigarettes.

We also found dBase on there, too, but it appears to be an early-1990s version, not as old as WP 5.0 for DOS.  I fired up old WordPerfect, and even though I used to teach this software, had trouble remembering what function key to hit to get the hell out of there.

It's F7, by the way.


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07-2008
PermaLink Stuff that bugs the crap out of me07/30/2008 02:47 PM
Yeah, it's time for one of those lists.


(4)

PermaLink Yeah, I can sympathize with him, some...07/29/2008 10:53 AM
If you've done admin for a while, you can probably have some sympathy for the guy in San Francisco.


(0)

PermaLink Take a look at my girlfriend...07/28/2008 03:08 PM
Nora, now in improved, newly-cutified form:

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PermaLink Low-tech and no-tech07/28/2008 01:37 PM
I had a good time living in the low-tech and no-tech world this weekend.


(0)

PermaLink Fixing... everything07/23/2008 11:06 PM
Lately everything has wanted attention. Cats, wabbits, cars, computers, websites, you name it.  I can handle it all.


(0)

PermaLink Can't Sleep... Clowns Will Eat Me07/18/2008 11:26 AM
Out of the .me domain melee, I salvaged something useful.  Now, what do I do with it?


(3)

PermaLink SOLVED: SMTP routing problem on 8.5b107/14/2008 10:44 PM
With the kind help of Sean Burgess and some wits, I can once again send email out through my Domino server.


(0)

PermaLink The Band07/11/2008 02:24 PM
Not a lot of people know some of the other things I've done in my life, other than fool with computers.


(5)

PermaLink Bye, Lunksys!07/10/2008 09:22 PM
Well, as expected, the Airport Extreme became a nice citizen on the network and we are happy again.


(0)

PermaLink Is blogging killing debate?07/10/2008 09:50 AM
Lately, I've had a nagging concern that the rapidly-expanding cluster of blogged content is contributing to an incredibly short attention span on the part of online readers and participants.  Are we all turning ADHD because of blogging?


(7)

PermaLink I'm My Own Grandpa07/09/2008 12:12 PM
Sorry, Henry, couldn't resist this one...


(3)

PermaLink Crunchy, spicy and juicy07/08/2008 10:37 PM
It isn't often I get to live cliches, so when I have the opportunity, I take it.


(2)

PermaLink If there was ever a place that needed IdeaJam...07/08/2008 03:03 PM
Every once in a while I have these meetings at my day job that convince me all the more that gatekeepers need to go away.


(3)

PermaLink A fix for the Notes 8 crashing at startup07/07/2008 02:56 PM
As usual, our systems people won't admit they changed anything, but we've found a workaround for the ND8 client crash I documented last week.


(2)

PermaLink My car smells like fries07/07/2008 10:25 AM
The TDI smells like the back of a McDonald's today.  In other news, still trying to sort out the mystery crashes of the Notes 8 client.


(0)

PermaLink I'm trying an oily musical experiment07/02/2008 10:37 PM
I have played clarinet for almost 37 years now.  Eventually, all instruments need serious help.  I... am about to help.


(2)

PermaLink Apple, Google and IBM -- why not?07/02/2008 10:57 AM
We're at a cusp, and it's very possible that the next great leader in the information technology world won't be one company.  And it won't be Microsoft.  So why not an alliance of Apple, IBM and Google?


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PermaLink CRASH! Yet again, MS patches kill Notes 8.0x client!07/01/2008 10:33 AM
Call for wisdumb:  Has anyone encountered fatal problems with the Notes 8.0x Windows clients after applying certain recent MS patches?  At my day job, my contractors started having problems yesterday with their Notes 8.00 and 8.01 clients.  You start the client, and before you even see the login box, the client crashes and reports it has to close.  Nothing particularly notable in the Eclipse dump.

Uninstalling and reinstalling the client doesn't help.  Worse, even rolling back the last two updates my workstation has gotten from our corporate SDS servers doesn't help, so it appears that whatever got "patched" is so deeply embedded that it can't be undone by going back to previous system restore points in msconfig.exe!

As with every problem I encounter, there's something weird about it.  In this case, it's that the 8.5b1 client is unaffected!

If you exit the 8.5b1 client and crash the 8.0x client, and then kill it and try the 8.5b1 client, it still runs just fine.

We are mystified, so if you've run into this, let me know, OK?

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07-2009
PermaLink Twitter hijacks another blogger07/17/2009
Yeah, OK, I admit it... I spend too much time on Twitter and as a result I don't write stuff here.

I will fix that.  Seriously.

It helps that I think I have finally un-fucked the blog after having to recert my entire domain a couple of months back.

I think.


(0)

07-2011
PermaLink Wabbits07/24/2011 03:01 AM
It took me a while to figure out where my fierceness went.


(0)

PermaLink XML ate my homework07/10/2011 02:17 AM



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07-2012
PermaLink And a short addendum to the corollary07/15/2012
PermaLink A corollary to that last post07/09/2012 06:54 AM
Yeah, I should have just edited that one, but here we go...


(3)

PermaLink Maybe we should talk about the wabbits again...07/09/2012 01:52 AM
You get old, you find your real focus. Read this.


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07-2013
PermaLink Mr. Hewlett? Mr. Packard? My apologies.07/22/2013 10:47 PM
Technology
You are both probably doing 5400rpm in your graves


(7)

08-2006
PermaLink Gonzo Lotusphere 2007 is up!08/29/2006 03:49 PM

For the tenth straight improbable year, the Totally Unofficial Gonzo Lotusphere Page serves the needs of people attending, or threatening to attend, Lotusphere in Orlando next January.  


(4)

PermaLink Shifting the torture08/21/2006 09:54 PM

I find it highly suspicious that after ten years of torturing the Ramseys about their daughter's death, Fox News seems almost blithe about shifting the media torture to someone else without so much as a clearing of their collective nasty throats.


(1)

PermaLink More stuff to chew on08/16/2006 04:36 PM

I pick up a few more really interesting and useful things, and learn to make something I like and don't like paying for.


(1)

PermaLink A new digital camera08/13/2006 02:49 AM

I finally got around to getting a decent digital SLR, and it changes my outlook on things.


(2)

PermaLink Useless where it is08/08/2006 01:47 PM

Well, it only took them thirty years to break the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline.  What's next?


(8)

PermaLink Yes, I've been absent08/02/2006 10:41 AM



Has it really been more than a week since you and I last talked?  A lot has been going on, and given the choice between living my life and writing about living my life, I've lately preferred to be out there getting dirty.



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08-2007
PermaLink I've been away08/26/2007 09:47 PM
Life has been on hold this week.  My father died Tuesday morning, just three weeks short of his 71st birthday.  I've been away as a result.


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PermaLink I am so impressionable08/16/2007 11:45 PM
I've made a habit of watching the new series on American Movie Classics, Mad Men.  It isn't helping my bad habits.


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PermaLink Apple rules the world08/15/2007 02:26 AM
Have you noticed that in commercials, even those not actually about technology, more than half the computers you see are Apples?


(0)

PermaLink We're becoming them08/14/2007 11:52 AM
I have a clock running in my head, wondering how long it'll be before other nations start protesting human rights abuses.  Here.


(0)

PermaLink Benjamin Bunny meets the world08/06/2007 03:20 PM
As promise, here he is, the future megawabbit.  He is KC-Benjamin Bunny, better known as Ben when you wanna have a beer with him.  Nora calls him "Benji," which is more like a small, annoying dog who whines until you share your ice cream cone with him.  This wabbit does not whine.

He grinds his teeth a little, though...


(0)

PermaLink 75508/05/2007 01:33 AM
Thirty-three years ago, I watched Henry Aaron break Babe Ruth's all-time home-run record.  The record that Barry Bonds could break tomorrow night -- or the night after that, or the night after that -- is far less well-documented than that shot against the Dodgers back in April, 1974.  So, where do things "end?"


(1)

PermaLink The megawabbit has arrived!08/05/2007 12:41 AM
We picked up the future megawabbit this afternoon.  He's fucking huge already, and when he's done, he'll be four or five times this size.


(0)

PermaLink Almost time for Gonzo Lotusphere 200808/03/2007 07:58 PM
Yeah, here we are in August, and it's almost time to start ramping up for Lotusphere 2008, and of course the tenth edition of the Gonzo Lotusphere Page.  Expect sizable changes.


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PermaLink Max has entered the world08/01/2007 12:12 AM
His name is Max.  Mad Max, really.  He's a true GrumpyKitten(tm) and he'll fit in here terrifically well...


(3)

08-2008
PermaLink More fixing of servers08/31/2008
Just when I thought I didn't have to fool with the Domino server, I was wrong.


(2)

PermaLink Sure, I could be installling 8.5b2, but...08/30/2008 04:00 PM
I tend to watch hurricanes very closely, going back to the first time I could watch one start-to-finish on the Weather Channel.  That was probably Hurricane Hugo in 1989.  So, I'll probably spend the weekend watching hurricanes instead of installing 8.5b2.


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PermaLink Sorry, folks, minor meltdown here ate my last two entries08/24/2008 01:48 AM
Home
You didn't miss that much, just me getting fed up with my day job, and pronouncing success on doing a restoration of the older of my two wood clarinets.  The wabbits are still brats, the cats are still morons.

Carry on.


(0)

PermaLink Ah, vendors...08/05/2008 09:41 PM
I think my most recent project is going to end up being yet another one of those situations where I just have to figure it out myself.


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08-2009
PermaLink Wish you were here08/03/2009
The Day Zero of IamLUG is complete and in the books.  If you're looking here for any great insights into what took place among the combatants, well, why the hell aren't you here?

Nyaaah.

Seriously, this is like Saturday night at Lotusphere, except cheaper, more personal, and less stressful on me personally.

We should have done this years ago.

Tomorrow, the good shit starts.  Or continues.

Check Twitter. 

Nyaaaaah.


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08-2010
PermaLink In 17 Years, IamLUG Will Suck Ass08/05/2010 03:01 AM
...but by then, I will be dead


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08-2011
PermaLink @johnhead, you may be right for once08/04/2011 04:16 AM
Network engineer vs. late-night desk clerks


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08-2013
PermaLink Debugging???08/22/2013 10:23 PM
Technology
You wanna talk about DEBUGGING???


PermaLink Tougher than Lotusphere, but not as long08/06/2013 12:24 AM
Domino
18 years at Lotusphere was an excellent warm-up for wabbit shows


09-2006
PermaLink Another day for random stuff09/28/2006 05:17 PM

I was all worked up to talk about Important Things today, but then I felt like saying, ah, scruit.  So, here I am.  And yes, I bitch about Windows in this episode.  Be warned, things will get extremely coarse.


(1)

PermaLink Feeling a bit mortal09/22/2006 03:17 PM

Lately it seems like my body is accelerating its own degeneration.  Not sure, but there are probably things I could be doing to slow it down some.  They're just not particularly fun.


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PermaLink Forgiveness vs. permission09/18/2006 05:53 PM

Has anyone but me noticed that when the Bush people do something illegal and get caught, they react differently than anybody else has?


(1)

PermaLink Mystery failures! Don't you love 'em?09/13/2006 05:23 PM

Among the things misbehaving these days:  my Blackberry, my TDI, and the plumbing in the bathroom.  That cats are misbehaving is to be assumed.


(0)

PermaLink Playing games while they're playing music09/05/2006 01:34 PM

Suzanne and I saw and heard the amazing Les Paul this weekend.  We're curious where the next generation will learn about people like this.


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PermaLink Rain09/01/2006 05:03 PM

Here I am, about to drive a hundred-fifty miles for sex.  Well, there's more to it than that, of course...


(0)

09-2007
PermaLink I'm a dinner plate09/27/2007 10:40 PM
I watched with a lot of amusement when the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, appeared at Columbia University this week.  For all the hoo-hah that surrounded this, there was a lot of amusement.


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PermaLink The slow repairs continue09/23/2007 11:21 PM
I spent part of today looking for a piece of pipe.  Like everything else in this house, it was a weird size, one I eventually found.  Pretty much everything around here is a little odd... the cats, the wabbits, the land, the weather.  But things improve, slowly.


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PermaLink Ben is getting enormous09/19/2007 12:20 AM
Ben is large, the sound in the TDI is large, the weeds around the driveway are large, the jalapenos are large, the poops in the catbox are large.  Nothing gets smaller over time except my sense of accomplishment and the fuel level in the car.


(0)

PermaLink I didn't want to write about 9/1109/12/2007 10:58 PM
I didn't want to join the usual chorus of people recalling 9/11 this week, so I won't.

But lots of other stuff has been going on, so I'll talk about that instead.  


(2)

PermaLink The first entry after the last09/01/2007 11:16 PM
Something akin to normal life has resumed here.  The kitten and the future megawabbit are larger, the air is cooler, the apples are larger, and I can start to smell fall coming.


(2)

09-2008
PermaLink Why I didn't submit any Lotusphere abstracts09/27/2008 11:22 PM
This year will be my fifteenth Lotusphere.  I didn't submit a single abstract.  Here's why.


(9)

PermaLink Coast-to-coast. One tank of fuel.09/23/2008 01:06 AM
Watch it here.


(0)

PermaLink Do you still play your Wii?09/22/2008 10:41 AM
Interesting question posed today over at Gizmodo.com.


(2)

PermaLink Please completely ignore this post.09/19/2008 03:31 PM
Just claiming my Technorati


(1)

PermaLink AllDocsByID, the pseudo view I never knew about09/18/2008 05:03 PM
It's a pretty poor day when I don't learn at least one new thing.  So, today's a pretty good day.


(4)

PermaLink Revisiting virtualization09/17/2008 11:50 AM
Sorry I haven't written, I've been busy.  It's been worth it.


(1)

PermaLink Black holes, black intentions, and Buckaroo Banzai09/10/2008 10:32 AM
I have a whole collection of odd things to talk about today, so don't look for much of a theme.


(3)

PermaLink The wabbit show09/08/2008 05:01 PM
Sam enjoyed his first big wabbit show, and now he has a girlfriend!


(1)

PermaLink 35 years later09/04/2008 05:41 PM
This is a story about how the internet lets people disappear into the winds of the past.


(1)

PermaLink Announcing the GonzoWiki!09/04/2008 03:29 PM
We are just now taking the wraps off the Totally Unofficial Gonzo Lotusphere GonzoWiki!  That's right, we're finally wikifying almost fifteen years' worth of wit and wisdom about the Sphere, and encouraging you to do the work for us help out!


(1)

PermaLink Gonzo Lotusphere 2009!09/03/2008 10:03 AM
The official Lotusphere 2009 site is now LIVE, so go register and get a hotel, OK?  When you're done, come back.


(3)

PermaLink Chrome and chrome byproduct09/02/2008 03:39 PM
I guess I'll post my initial impressions of Google Chrome.  Try it yourself, I suppose.


(0)

PermaLink Mac 8.5b2 install: much improved!09/01/2008 01:32 PM
This is just a little short one, as I watch hurricane stuff.  Put the 8.5b2 client up on the MacBook Pro (really the only one I can put it on, since it doesn't support PPC Apples any more).  The install went cleanly and quickly, and unlike 8.5b1, it starts up correctly from the icon instead of having to dork around setting up shortcuts.  I did not need to uninstall the beta 1, just installed the beta 2 and let it do its stuff.  Initial impressions:  smooth, much faster, more stable, fewer loose ends.

(2)

09-2009
PermaLink Is this thing on?09/08/2009 09:07 PM
Hoo-eeeeeee! It's been quite a long time since I've written. So, here I am, taking a break from Twitter for a while.


(0)

09-2011
PermaLink Where's MY Emmy Award???09/19/2011 03:27 AM
See also, "Long Eared Soap Opera," September 6, 2011


(3)

PermaLink I live in a very long-eared soap opera09/06/2011 03:13 AM
Have you wondered what I do when I'm away from the Yellowverse? Well...


(0)

09-2012
PermaLink And then, pulling it out of the fire...09/24/2012 01:24 AM
Wabbits
These giant wabbits...


(2)

PermaLink Donkey romance09/20/2012 05:50 AM
None
A tale of 4:30am on highways near every major US metro area


(20)

09-2013
PermaLink 1600 Watts of #FAIL09/13/2013 01:08 AM
Media
There was a time broadcasters in the US had a sense of public duty. And it has made Turtle grumpy again.


(3)

09-2015
PermaLink I know you thought you were done with me09/10/2015 01:49 AM
None
I'm still here


10-2006
PermaLink Comment spam and other amusing stuff10/26/2006 03:44 PM

I spent a few minutes clearing out the comment and trackback spam in this site... I've also had a few amusing spam experiences lately that I should pass along, and commenting on the departure of a friend from the Domino world.


(2)

PermaLink Spell-check10/16/2006 09:11 PM


I find it amusing that Mozilla Thunderbird flags "Thunderbird" in its own spell-check.  But as Arlo Guthrie said, "that's not what I come to talk to ya about."



(1)

PermaLink I pity da foo'10/13/2006 02:02 PM

Take my advice, don't do business with E-Trade.


(4)

PermaLink I haven't vanished10/11/2006 02:48 PM

I've been edging into a depressive phase lately, so it's been a little hard to get up the energy to do much writing.  Still, I'm here.


(2)

10-2007
PermaLink Ben bites!10/17/2007 09:56 PM
Ben is getting to be a very large, very powerful wabbit.


(1)

PermaLink Slime! Slime! Slime!10/07/2007 08:15 PM
There's a certain advantage to working with most computers, in that they basically don't need maintenance.  Mostly, the stuff either works, or it doesn't, but it doesn't need the things other lower-tech items seem to always want.  Though technologically a lot less complex than, say, my MacBook Pro, the house has a near-constant array of things that degenerate whether you use them or not (mostly when you do).


(0)

PermaLink Where are they now?10/03/2007 11:54 PM
10-2008
PermaLink Big bag of random stuff10/27/2008 01:51 PM
A few Domino issues, a few political issues, news from around the house, and a gripe.


(6)

PermaLink War On the Stupid10/24/2008 03:19 AM
This is an old favorite, originally posted on my proto-blog, My Head Talking, in November, 1999


(2)

PermaLink I continue to be astonished10/21/2008 10:08 PM
One of these days, I'll have to tell someone "no."  but in 15 years, it hasn't happened.


(3)

PermaLink The left lane10/13/2008 08:41 PM
I've been compiling this list in my head for a few months now.  I guess I should put it online, which is after all a bigger collective brain than mine.


(4)

PermaLink I got drafted!10/04/2008 08:59 PM
Fear it, y'all... the draft is back, and even overweight 46-year-old rabbit and cat herders are not exempt this time.


(5)

10-2011
PermaLink Steve10/06/2011 04:18 AM
Steve


11-2006
PermaLink Home theatres illegal?11/30/2006 04:58 PM

From the Department of WTF, I ran across a report saying that the MPAA wants to force you to pay them if you have a "home theatre."  Read their hilarious definition of what that is, then puke.


(1)

PermaLink Lots of stuff to catch up on!11/27/2006 02:29 PM

I've been off living my life rather than writing about it, but now I'm back, sated with poultry products, and it's time to catch up on everything.


(45)

PermaLink Well, they're gone...11/09/2006 03:48 PM


The only thing more amusing than watching clowns like Rick Santorum lose their jobs was watching Rumsfeld surrender his.  Don't think that I trust Bush's newfound "spirit of cooperation" though.



(0)

11-2007
PermaLink Google strikes again11/20/2007 05:09 PM
Google's ad-placement comes up with another winner.


(1)

PermaLink Wottapainintheass11/19/2007 01:57 PM
Seems like the code you spend the most time on ends up being the least appreciated.


(1)

PermaLink I understand this completely11/01/2007 03:30 PM
Bruce Schneier has an excellent piece on his blog (it also appeared in Wired) about the complete retardness of an aspect of the "war on terror(tm)" that he calls The War on The Unexpected.


(0)

11-2008
PermaLink I've had it with Linux on Macs!11/26/2008 12:18 PM
I'm done, it's over, I'm tired of fucking with Linux on Macs.  Forget it.


(1)

PermaLink WHAT mistakes?11/17/2008 10:16 AM
Can somebody tell me exactly what Detroit did wrong?  Can you?


(10)

PermaLink I'm at it again...11/14/2008 02:12 PM
Causing trouble where there's none to be caused.  It's what I do.


(1)

PermaLink One less thing to worry about11/13/2008 01:32 PM
As I said a while ago, I've been drafted into the Lotusphere Militia, 2009 Edition.  Here we go...


(2)

PermaLink Now, don't you feel a whole lot better?11/07/2008 09:37 AM
I've been home this week, and it's been a good week to be home.


(4)

PermaLink Still a poor second best11/01/2008 09:11 PM
Macs still seem to be an afterthought in the Notes/Domino world, but it is improving.  I think.


(3)

11-2012
PermaLink Eighteen11/22/2012 12:11 AM
Wabbits
Maybe it's time to hand over the con to a new generation


(1)

11-2013
PermaLink Wait, I LIKE Domino Web Administrator!11/13/2013 12:52 PM
Domino
That's just great, instead of just fixing the problem, throw the thing away. Thanks, IBM


12-2006
PermaLink Better music for Christmas12/25/2006 10:53 PM

I have a truly insane collection of Christmas music, stuff most people don't even know exists.  I pull it out once a year.


(2)

PermaLink Sorry about the outage12/13/2006 04:28 PM

Yeah, it wasn't just you:  the site was offline for several days.  Sorry about that.  I realize how few websites there are in the world, so having mine out of service probably stung.


(1)

PermaLink Sleep is overrated.12/07/2006 04:26 PM

Well, it has finally come to this: drugs to help me sleep.  Yet another adventure on the chemical highway.


(3)

12-2007
PermaLink Do you still have a gramophone?12/31/2007 02:31 PM
After the loss of a lot of images from 2005, I started thinking about the nature of media and its preservation.  If I were you, I'd take the blue pill now.


(2)

PermaLink Yes, it's been ages since I've written.12/27/2007 11:23 AM
But nobody much seems to worry about it, so I guess I won't, either.


(3)

12-2008
PermaLink Christmas, early at the wabbit farm12/22/2008 10:00 PM
The wabbits aren't sure what to do with Christmas, but they like eating the paper.


(1)

PermaLink The MacBook nano has arrived!12/19/2008 10:56 AM
It's white.  It's tiny.  It runs OSX and Notes.  It's... the nano!


(5)

PermaLink WARNING12/11/2008 10:30 AM
I should post the following warning on this site...


(2)

PermaLink OK, so what about Gonzo Lotusphere 2009?12/09/2008 04:42 PM
Read up on what I have planned for 2009 and what you can expect.


(2)

PermaLink Orphaned kit update (positive)12/08/2008 10:16 AM
Just a quick update:  Nora and I got a call back from the breeder from whom we'd gotten Suzette, Wayne Bechdel of Bechdel's Rabbits in Woolrich, Pennsylvania.  He said that he likely had some does who could foster-care the new Flemish Giant kits, and as a result, we loaded them and their nest -- Suzette had built them a wonderful nest, all furry and warm -- into a large round cheese box, put a heating pad in with them, and drove 200 miles up to his place, near Williamsport, Pennsylvania.  We left them off with him, and came home.

This morning, Wayne emailed Nora and advised he'd gotten a Californian bunny doe to foster them, they'd all had something to eat and were looking like they were doing well.  And so, Suzette lives on.

Because the kits are 200 miles away, WabbitCam will not be showing their live video feed.  We've thought instead of putting WabbitCam in the Rabbit Room with Sam (their father), Maddie and Jemimah (their godmothers) but we'll have to sweep up and clean in there so as to avoid grossing you out.

When the kits return, WabbitCam will return to its intended programming of an armload of hilarious Flemish Giant kits, and likely their surrogate mother, who will be on loan.  Until then, we return you to your regularly-scheduled internet.

(1)

PermaLink Creation and loss12/07/2008 10:38 PM
We gained lots of new little rabbits, and lost one.


(2)

PermaLink Forty years12/05/2008 05:20 PM
When I was young, I never thought I could imagine what 40 years was like.  Now I know.


(4)

PermaLink Steinbagged12/02/2008 03:59 PM
Or, what the ITFactory implosion means to you.


(23)

12-2009
PermaLink Where in the hell have I been?12/27/2009 05:44 PM
Three months is an insanely long time for me to be mute on here, so I guess I should write stuff so I don't vanish from the world's consciousness.


(5)

12-2013
PermaLink I've Seen You Spam, and You're Really Good...12/13/2013 11:26 PM
None
Man, these guys think they can slip one past the ol' Turtle!


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