Archive for the 'blather' Category

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Spam to the rescue?

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004

I forgot to plug in the power for my new laptop last night. I worked on it all evening, went to bed, and came down to find it outta juice this morning.

I thought to myself – that’s great, it lasted three hours while I was using it last night, I wonder how long it kept going after that? Not having any logging happening, I wondered how I’d figure it out.

It turned out to be pretty simple. I checked my spam folder (all my spam gets identified by Simplefilter and put in a folder). The steady stream of spam stopped at 4:30am. I deleted them all, and when I retrieved my email again, the first one was from 4:31am.

<sarcasm>Good old reliable spam. </sarcasm>

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Credibility gap

Wednesday, April 14th, 2004

Dubya had his prime time news conference tonight, and what an impossibly unrelenting doofus he continues to be. Waffle waffle. Blather blather. Never wrong. Made no mistakes. We’re winning. We’re all better off.

I don’t feel better off yet, nor do I see it on the horizon. Do the Iraquis? Does the American public? Does the rest of the free world? Are there more or less people bent on the destruction of Western values since these developments?

Discuss amongst yourselves.

Oh yeah, and what a brilliant show of his speaking and thinking skills. Last of the great orators. Master debater.

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New wireless toy

Thursday, April 1st, 2004

Toy time again. FactoryDirect sent a coupon to me (I subscribe to their monthly specials email) for two of these USB Ezonics802.11b/128Mb flash beasties for Cdn$99, so Tim and I got one each. There’s a switch on it that swaps it from being a memory key to being a WiFi adapter. It also comes with a 3ft extension cable.

The cool thing about a USB wireless network adapter is that you can use it on multiple machines, even on a machine you don’t usually use.

The bogus thing about a USB wireless network adapter is that to use it on a different machine, you have to carry around a damn CD to install the driver.

The really neato thing about this toy is that you put the driver install files on the memory key part of it, so you’ve got it with you when you need it.

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Spot the turkey!

Monday, March 29th, 2004

It’s my turn to do my bit to balance the propaganda spin.

Hidden somewhere in this picture is the biggest, most completely baked turkey in the whole wide world. Can you spot it?

photo: PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS / AP

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Midwifery O. Debauchery

Saturday, March 27th, 2004

Here are some of the fictitious email sender names used to spam my inbox lately.

Congest P. Snobbiest
Elitists A. Alabama
Midwifery O. Debauchery
Phobia C. Openness
Garners C. Residence
Pains B. Ostracism
Zwieback D. Steadfastness
Unsound T. Parkas
Geostationary D. Charger
Admiralty B. Demobilizes
Indelicacy L. Horrors
Localize E. Corrector
Convulsions T. Fibula
Temperance A. Apaches

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The shit starts flying.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2004

It’s gonna be a slugfest in the leadup to the US elections this year. No trick will be too low. My bet is that the Republican supporters will be the dirtiest, and they’re starting out nicely with this cartoon of Kerry (detail snippet below) where it’s pretty plain to me that it’s no mistake that his hairdo looks just like a turban and his long face has been drawn out to look like a beard. Just you watch – this will be a theme that sneaks in all over.

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It’s how you play the game.

Tuesday, February 17th, 2004

My 11-yr-old daughter Jasmine started indoor soccer a couple of weeks ago for the first time. Her first game was last week.

You really know your kid has the perspective right when after the game, I say “Great game – you guys won 5-0!” and she says “Oh, was that the score? You were counting?”

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Knoppix and PartImage to the rescue

Tuesday, February 17th, 2004

I finally got around to figuring out how to image some various machines onto a newly installed cheap 5400rpm 80Gig drive I have on one of my home boxes.

I had contemplated tools like Norton Ghost and PowerQuest DriveImage but I wasn’t looking forward to farting around with multiple boot floppies to get network and PCMCIA drivers happening for my laptops and various other machines.

I took a look around for some Open Source stuff and came across PartImage, which comes on the Knoppix 3.3 CD.

I booted up my trusty Knoppix CD, opened a shell, and did the following:

knoppix@ttyp1[knoppix]# sudo su
root@ttyp1[knoppix]# mkdir smb
root@ttyp1[knoppix]# smbmount //myserver/bigshare smb -o username=myname
password: *******
root@ttyp1[knoppix]# partimage

… at which point, I was launched into the partimage program which has a full-screen text-based ui that is easy to navigate.

Within minutes I was copying my NTFS partition over the network with gzip compression at about 40 MB per minute.

I’ll have to do some testing on another machine I have, blowing away and restoring partitions. I can only hope it will be as smooth as it has been so far!

– update:

I just saved, trashed and restored a 250MB QNX FAT partition on a celeron333 machine using the System Rescue CD, following the exact same steps as with Knoppix.

Saved the 250Meg partition without compression in 2 min 38 seconds over the network, resored it in less than 5 minutes.