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Bing Translator Adds Klingon

680x0 Borg? (103 comments)

I dunno... somehow Borg seems more appropriate for a Microsoft product. :-)

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Current State of Linux Email Clients?

680x0 Re:no love for mutt? (464 comments)

Or, you can run mutt/alpine on your local machine, talking IMAP to your mail server (just like Thunderbird or another GUI mail client would).

more than 2 years ago

Linus Torvalds Says Linux 4.0 Could Be Out In Three Years

680x0 Re:Firefox (174 comments)

I'm installing KDE version 1066 tonight. It comes with William the Konqueror.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Documenting a Tangle of Network Devices?

680x0 Re:Version control (165 comments)

You can solve the last 2 problems by working with csv (comma-separated-values) files. Just about any spreadsheet app (Excel, OpenOffice, Gnumeric) can edit them, and you can even edit them in a text editor if need be. As text, they'll diff easily, so you can merge, etc. in your VC of choice.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Linux Telecommuting Tools?

680x0 Re:Skype (212 comments)

Everywhere I look I see businesses using Cisco, Tandberg and Polycom video conferencing and that means real H323 protocols and software. Of which there is NOTHING for linux.

Have you tried Ekiga (formerly GnomeMeeting)?

more than 2 years ago

FOX To Host New Cosmos

680x0 Re:How long? (206 comments)

And Venus will be a paradise planet according to them, because CO2 couldn't possible cause it to be hotter than Mercury. :-)

more than 3 years ago

Signs of Ozone Layer Recovery Detected

680x0 Re:Too little too late (363 comments)

Hope your plane doesn't crash from all those flying Christians getting sucked into the jet engines.

more than 3 years ago

US House Subcommittee Votes To Kill Net Neutrality

680x0 Re:Enjoy. (607 comments)

That drunk guy asleep at the park bench - We don't know his name or damn would he get our vote.

I think you mean Alvin Greene.

more than 3 years ago

Does Syfy Really Love Sci-Fi?

680x0 Re:Fantasy is now king (742 comments)

And it's still what I think about wrasslin on a Sci-FI channel. They don't mix.

You're right... It certainly is fiction, but nothing to do with science.

more than 3 years ago

Nautilus-X: the Space Station With Rockets

680x0 Re:Neat (121 comments)

I suppose given some windows and some pantless astronauts it could be. :-)

more than 3 years ago

Nautilus-X: the Space Station With Rockets

680x0 Re:Neat (121 comments)

You do realize that despite the resemblance, this thing is not actually a Space Station. It's a space vehicle designed for interplanetary travel.

more than 3 years ago

SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Rocket

680x0 Re:Most important launch in decades (190 comments)

ATK's Rockets that are used for shuttle launches are called "Reusable Solid Rocket Motors"

Kind of an oxymoron there considering they are lost into the ocean and gone forever - reusable?

See this page for pictures of NASA ships doing the impossible: towing recovered solid rocket boosters back to Kennedy Space Center.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Will Crowdsource Its Photos of Mars

680x0 Re:First Priority (66 comments)

What a bunch of losers! NASA is spending my tax dollars on crap that relies on M$ Silverlight.

about 5 years ago

Lawmakers Voice Support For NASA Moon Program

680x0 Re:If we could only get the gov't out of the way.. (206 comments)

There was no money in the internet either until the 1990s. I guess building it before then was a waste of time and money.

And who was developing the Internet until the 1990's? The government. Specifically, DARPA and NSF. And a bunch of universities, probably funded by government grants.

more than 5 years ago

Database Error Costs Social Security Victims $500M

680x0 Re:$500M/80K = how much? (299 comments)

Sounds like Rosa Martinez might be getting back more than $870/mo worth. Even going all the way back to 1996, that's an average of about $40,000/mo per person.

What are you smoking? $500 million, divided by 80,000 people is an average of $6250 per person, total. Assuming they were all getting $870 per month, they were being paid for an average of a little over 7 months.

more than 5 years ago

NSA Wages Cyberwar Against US Armed Forces Teams

680x0 Re:OpenBSD? (219 comments)

but isn't it all about the userspace, which is pretty much the same?

In general, you're correct. Apache (on, say, NetBSD)is generally as secure as Apache (on Linux). However, OpenBSD has reviewed a lot of the ported applications, and so Apache (on OpenBSD) should be better than other versions of Apache. That review may be done by other operating systems (e.g. the RedHat/Fedora version of Apache, if you get the RPM), but OpenBSD is famous for it.

more than 5 years ago

What Do You Call People Who "Do HTML"?

680x0 Re:Screwed? (586 comments)

I suspect neither of those would be desirable if you consider yourself a Web Intelligent Designer. :-)

more than 5 years ago


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Live Journal Sucks

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago If Live Journal keeps failing to let me post, I may just give up on them and go back to posting here.


Teeeeeeeeeeeee Woooooonnnnnnnnn

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Our new T1 has been installed and we've now got web and email service using it (as well as 1 of 2 DNS servers). Pretty sweet. Now I just need to get more hosting customers to help pay for it. :-)


Damn lightning...

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago ...took out 3 ethernet switches. I only had 1 spare sitting around... Not sure how it zapped them when I had surge suppressors on all the computers and switch power supplies.

So, it turns out, WalMart is the only place open at 10:15pm on a Sunday night with computer equipment. They had some 10/100 hubs (not switches, but good enough for now).

When we get home, it turns out we also need a new dial-up modem (WalMart only had internals, which I intend never to buy). But at least our LAN is back up and running.

But once again steeds.com and our other domains are down for a while (until sometime tomorrow).

Update: I forgot I had a modem in my IBM Thinkpad. It's one of those crappy "WinModems" that almost never work under Linux, but in this case, IBM released drivers. Go IBM! :-) So, for the time being, my plucky little Thinkpad is our gateway to the Internet. (Well, for the static IP addresses, anyway.)


More suckage

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Well, now that Crosslink has reconnected us, they have a major network outage themselves (between their outlying POPs, and their main HQ - tried dialing their HQ access, but got BUSY signals, suprise, suprise).


I'll be glad to be rid of them. I liked them a long time as they were flexible and gave me the features I needed without requiring me to buy a big fancy plan. But they have entirely too many outages between their POPs and HQ.


Becoming a Hostess

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Jenny and I found a pretty darned good price on a T1, and so far we've lined up enough customers to almost cover the cost of service (subtracting the cost of our existing service).

So, if anyone wants good, Unix-based web/mail hosting (we'll be using some mix of Linux, FreeBSD and NetBSD), go to steedshosting.net to see prices and sign up.


Things are looking up.

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago In the future, someone needs to continue to remind me how easy IP addresses are to mistype. Yeah, ok, most of the time you use hostnames, and therefore avoid typing IP addresses. But when you are setting up DNS files, sometimes having to type an IP address.

I found two different places where I'd mistyped my IP address when reconfiguring DNS for my domains (one was in DNS zone file, and the other was at the domain registrar (GoDaddy rocks!)) which had prevented me from being back in service probably a day or two ago.


So, I'm getting email again, and I presume our web sites are back online again. Even mail which was queued up at our ISP on their backup MX host is coming through. Yay!


Weird Network Status

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago It seems that some of my changes from last night are working (e.g. you can send email to, and view web pages at, staubly.net), but others aren't (for example, staubly.org, steeds.com).

I thought it was just because staubly.net was the first domain I changed over, and others hadn't propogated yet. Or, it was less widely used, therefor wasn't in local DNS caches.

Gaaa... sometimes I hate networks.

Update: For the next week or so, please use the address vicky at staubly dot net to email me.

Update: Nevermind, my email is back.



680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Ok, I control most of my domains' DNS, except steeds.com, of which I should have taken control a while ago. So, with judicial use of DNS updates, port forwarding, and a temporary abuse of Comcast's TOS, I may be able to get us up again within a day or so (allowing for DNS cache TTL).

If I manage it, it will be through the supreme goodness of GoDaddy and Comcast. And fuck Crosslink for cutting me off without some warning.


Steeds down AGAIN

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago I suppose that's to be expected when you don't pay your ISP for nearly 5 months.

I am not a poor person. I make enough to satisfy most people. However, I have some expensives I have no business having. And I think it's time to make some changes in my life to lower the occurance of unexpected expenses (and other drama).

Steeds will be back up on April 7th, if not before. I apologize for any inconvenience.


Newsom for President

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago You have to admire someone who clearly puts personal principles above political gain.

Now, this fall, I'll vote for Kerry, just because he isn't Bush (I'd have preferred Kucinich). But I think Kerry is just as much a "political insider" as anyone. Sort of how I supported Clinton, even though he lied, cheated on his wife, etc. He simply agreed with more of my positions than his opponents.

Unfortunately, what's popular in this country is just as likely to be morally wrong (in my view) as morally right. The phrase "tyranny of the majority" wasn't just some theoretical ramblings. It's a real danger in this country. One need only look at the quality of popular television shows to know a little something about the intellect and wisdom of the majority of Americans (and, lest anyone think me "anti-American", the majority of humans). But, fortunately, in the case of television, niche shows and networks are available which allow minority tastes and interests to be satisfied. This is not the case when the majority of people in a region (state, country, etc.) try to legislate the behavior of everyone.

Ok, rant over.


Another Concert

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Ozzie! and Priest!

That's right, I'm going to Ozzfest this summer (July). Should be a blast. I was afraid I'd never get to see Rob Halford perform with Priest, but they reunited this fall. There's some uncertainty about whether Ozzy will really be performing (after his recent ATV accident), but I can live even if he's not there (after all, I did see the original Black Sabbath line-up they had at a previous Ozzfest).


Oh yeah, and Iced Earth is playing at Jaxx this spring, and I'd like to see them too, money permitting.

Update: (next day) The tickets arrived. Yay!


Updated Ultra Update

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Ok, I got all my goodies compiled from pkgsrc. In particular, I installed:

  1. tcsh - I like csh syntax and tcsh has great command-line editing features.
  2. wget - the must-have program for downloading
  3. emacs - the programmers editor
  4. jove - emacs-like and a bit more light-weight, if only I could remember the key bindings for query-search-and-replace... (ok, it's M-q, not terribly hard to remember, but I get used to M-%).
  5. Apache - the 1.x version, as I wasn't able to compile 2.x (not sure why, the NetBSD/sparc64 pages make reference to compiler problems, but that's not what this seemed to be).

So, all in all I have it running and doing what I want. Pretty cool, eh? Now, I just have to tear things apart so I can put it at the base of my "tower of sparcs".


Ultra Update

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago Generally speaking, the Sun from RetroBox is in good shape. I had two issues with it, neither of which I think are worthy of trying to get an exchange or refund (I got more than my $75 worth).

  1. Sticky keyboard. Some of the keys stick, and the "/" key doesn't work at all (but the one on the keypad does). Fortunately, I'm generally logging in remotely via ssh.
  2. The machine came with 2 hard drives. A 9GB main drive and a 2GB second drive. The 2GB drive seems to have excessive bad sectors (at least according to fsck).

I was able to get NetBSD installed and configured last night. Today, however, I've been trying to add packages (tcsh, emacs, all my favorites). It seems NetBSD doesn't have the sparc64 versions of its binary packages (if it does, and I just haven't been looking in the right place, let me know). Instead you have to download the pkgsrc.tar.gz archive, and install all your packages from source (I feel like I'm running "Gentoo BSD").

At least it's a fairly fast Sun (compared to the 40MHz SparcStation-2's I have), so the compiles go reasonably fast.


Yay! More computer stuff!

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago This morning (before I left for work) a big box arrived via FedEx. As expected, the box contained a Sun Ultra 1 from RetroBox.

I haven't yet plugged it in to see what (if anything) is already on the disk drive. It doesn't matter much, as I'm planning to install NetBSD for sparc64. Hooray for "Sparcy Goodness". :-)


My horse is moonlighting?

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 10 years ago A quote from this CNN article:

a romantic sleigh ride interrupted by a flatulent horse

Is Bess moonlighting by acting in beer commercials?


Server Update

680x0 680x0 writes  |  about 11 years ago Well, to keep you up to date: I got a WD 80GB drive for our server, and a NEC DVD+/-RW drive, from Advanced 2000, a local (to DC) computer store. It turns out the WD 80GB drive is the same as the one in my main home workstation (WD800BB). So, I'm comfortable that it will work fine. And I did manage to restore almost all files from the old drive.

The NEC DVD drive works with the Linux dvdrecord command. However, so far, I haven't been able to read the discs I created with DVD-RW media on either of the two other computers I use which have DVD-ROM drives. I'll try DVD+RW, and if that does not work, DVD-R and then DVD+R...


Steeds.com down

680x0 680x0 writes  |  about 11 years ago Not sure who (if anybody) knows to look here, but here's the scoop:

Due to a failing hard disk, I've had to shutdown suffolk.steeds.com until I can get home, run fsck, install new hard disk, and try recovering as much data as possible. Suffolk is the main server (mail and web) for the following domains:

  • steeds.com
  • ncaug.org
  • staubly.net
  • thesingz.com
  • theaquinos.com
  • expectingchanges.com

I apologize for the inconvenience, but I'd been pretty broke and was putting off buying a new HD for as long as possible.


RH9 to Fedora and back again.

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 11 years ago

So, expect a mini-review of Fedora here soon.

Well, I'm not sure if I gave Fedora a fair trial. Maybe I'll try it again, when I have more free time. I did like the graphical startup screen (when it switches to runlevel 5 during startup, a GUI pops up with a progress bar, and a button on which you can click to see the detailed startup messages).

I didn't like the problems I had getting logged into X/Gnome when I had my left-over home directory (with left-over .gnome directories and other stuff which dates back to RedHat 7.3). In some cases, X would lock up, to the point where I couldn't even switch to a virtual console. I had to ssh in from another machine, and run "shutdown".

I suspect that wasn't all Fedora's fault, as when I switched back to RedHat 9, I had some of the same problems. I really only got running again after mv'ing my home directory, and creating a new one from skeleton files.

Who is to blame? I dunno. Gnome? Metacity? Not sure... But I think the problem is that some stored setting (in a config file in my home directory) specifies something that no longer makes sense (non-existant window manager, background image that moved or no longer exists, etc.). Software should be robust enough to substitute some default setting for one that is (now) incorrect.


Crappy Update from RedHat

680x0 680x0 writes  |  more than 11 years ago So, like many RedHat users, I use the RedHat Network (and it's associated little taskbar applet) to keep my home Linux workstation updated for security and bugs. This past week, an update came out for glibc.

This is basically the main C run-time library on a Linux machine. So, just about all programs depend on it. I updated my workstation and my home server (see previous journal entry). However, that evening, I noticed my machine was back at the login screen (gdm). The machine hadn't crashed, but X had reset (logged me out).

Ok, I think, some programs may be having trouble since I swapped glibc versions out from under them. I'll reboot. I logged in again, and went off to do other stuff. I came back later: same problem. Grrr.

A day or so later, RedHat comes out with an updated version of that errata, although it says it's only for people running "non-RedHat kernels". Well, can't hurt to try, right? At the least, it didn't help.

So, I think, I'll just revert to the old glibc. I don't remember any other updates coming out, so I should be safe going back to what's on the RH9 CDs. I copy off the glibc RPMs, and reinstall them (using "--force" so it won't complain about going to earlier versions). Oh, good, now X won't even start (let alone let me log in and stay logged in).

Well, I'd downloaded the Fedora Core 1 ISO files a while ago. I'll just try that out. Looks very similar to RH9. But it didn't give me the option to install individual packages (at least not from the text-mode install).

Well, the install ran smoothly. But when it first starts, X won't run. I didn't expect their install to find and configure both graphics cards. But apparently, having 2 cards confused it enough so it couldn't get either working. When I get home tonight, I'll reinstall my XF86Config which I had before with RH9, and see how it looks. So, expect a mini-review of Fedora here soon.

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