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Slashdot ID's by year

OctaneZ 73357 FP on 9:52 13 August 1999 (18 comments)

I know I started lurking in late 1998, don't remember when exactly I registered.

But my ID is 73357 and my first port was on 9:52am 13 August 1999.

more than 2 years ago

End of another distributed hack attempt...

OctaneZ Two Ideas (10 comments)

I personally swear by DenyHosts but there is also Fail2Ban. It is at least a place to start.

more than 5 years ago

Kite 1.0b8 released

OctaneZ Wow (1 comments)

You Live!

more than 5 years ago

Black Cyber Weekend Days Ultra Sales!!

OctaneZ Buy Nothing Day (9 comments)

Well I guess it is four days now, but still, I bought nothing. Wait no, that's not true, I bought a new vinyl insulation strip for a storm door; it wasn't on sale.

more than 5 years ago

2 thus-far annoyances of Ubuntu on the Eee

OctaneZ Re:Evolution starting (4 comments)

This was my first idea as well, granted I don't use ubuntu.

about 6 years ago




Ask Journal: Make OS X Default to PDF Printing?

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Does anyone know how to make OS X Default to making PDFs instead of Printing? I would love to be able to hit the "Print" icon in Office! Googleing was unhelpful so I turn to you!


Need some javascript help

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Okay, I need some web help! Googling for javascript help yields tens of thousands of seemingly unhelpful tutorials and guides. I have a webform with 3 select boxes:

[Select #1] [Select #2] [Select #3]

I would like to "chain" the boxes, such that values for boxes #2 and #3 are selected based on the value of the option selected in box #1; for those curious the first box is the maximum depth the Spray glider should dive to, the second box, is the maximum glide time, and the third field is the number of points it should average when telemetering data back to shore. I've tried a b8unch of onChange's; and tried hard to make selectedIndex work, but there must be someway that uses the value of the option rather than it's place in the index right? There are a couple hundred options in the menus. Any ideas?


Cell Phone Hunt Update

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Well I went and played with phones at VZ.

I like the LG VX8550 (Chocolate Rev.2) thought the scroll wheel feels a little chintzy, I wish they had added more weight/resistance to it. A lot of people are comparing the scroll wheel to the first gen iPods but I am not sure I ever had the opportunity to play with one.

I also like the LG VX8700, it's a nice clamshell design, supports more Bluetooth features like Bluetooth File Transfer, however it isn't free. :-\

Any advice?


Cell Phone Help

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 6 years ago

So I am in the market for a new cell phone. I am eligible for a deep discount on the Verizon network starting Tuesday. I currently have a MOTO RAZR V3c which I have never been to enamored of, it works, the form factor is okay, the battery sucks.

I've never had a slider before, a friend has one of the shiny 2nd generation LG Chocolate VX8550 that she likes so far.

I'm not a big texter, and until phones start coming with SSH clients I don't anticipate needing a QWERTY keyboard. I have no interest in the VZ TV or Navigator thing. Bluetooth is a must, I love being able to sync my address book and have the phone plugged in while I wander around my kitchen on a bluetooth headset. I'd also like a phone that did OBEX (unlikely on VZ from what I can tell) or had removable media so I can actually use the camera in the phone, but this is not a requirement as I generally carry my little ELPH with me.

Any recomendations, horror stories, etc?


Apache and mod_rewrite

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 6 years ago I wish apache had a mechanism to use mod_rewrite without having to have a vhost for each domain that you want to redirect. At the moment I have this defined in each vhost I want to redirect:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} domain.org$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://server.domain.edu/$1 [R]

Am I missing something obvious?


What's with the little /. icons next to some nicks?

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Well they must have pushed out new code, some nicks now have little "/." icons next to them. Is this to point out who is an editor or something?

see these linked pages: (sorry http links as I am not sure how to make referential links for these)
Taco Himself


last.fm borked? [Working now]

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Is last.fm borked? I tried two clients with a couple of different options, but nothing appears to be getting updated today. Anyone else seeing this?

Edit: not sure what it was, but arount 1720EST my entire days backlog filled in. Go figure.


"Opinion Center"

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

So slashdot has replaced the "Vendors" section pushing AMD with an (uncollapsable) section called "Opinion Center" pushing Intel? And what's with making the section in the navigation bar a different color? And why's it at the top of the bar.
Seriously "Vendors" was at least forthright about what it actually was, a slashvertisement.
Ugg, annoying.


Linux Wireless help - Half-Height Card Selection

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I need to find a PCI wireless card that will work with linux (OpenSuSE 10, not my choice). Now normally this wouldn't be THAT hard, except it is a Dell Optiplex GX240, you know the slim black ones that probably sit on all of you secretary'sadministrative assistant's desks, thus I need a so called "half-height" card.
So anyone out there have suggestions, I am NOT looking to use NdisWrapper. Any suggestions?
Has anyone used mad-wifi recently? They list the "3Com® Wireless 11a/b/g PCI Adapter" as the only supported half-height card.


[programming] Help learning Fortran

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Okay, I need to pick up Fortan, 70, 90, 95, doesn't matter, need to pick up Fortran in some form to maintain and adapt some code. (it too is a mix of code from different standards)

Any suggestions? Someone out there must still be playing with this stuff!


New Options for posting?

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

When did we get 3 options for posting?

Publicize: Submit this story to be posted to the Slashdot front page
Publish: Share this with other Slashdot users
Post: Pay no attention to my musings

"Pay no attention to my musings" is this how we post to our journals now?


rsync for Windows?

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I am looking for an rsync client for Windows, any suggestions? This is for family members who I have yet to convert to the Cult of Mac. I know about cwRsync, but I am looking for something more akin to WinSCP which I currently have them using. Some are on flaky DSL connections so a protocol that could resume would be preferable to straight SCP.


Journal Cirlclers in Iceland?

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Well I have landed in Vestmannaeyjar, got the ferry across from orlákshöfn at noon GMT. Flew in from Boston to Keflavik overnight. Rented a car and drove to the south coast. We didn't even get lost once. We looked at the boats for hire and have decided to use a tugboat to recover our glider, rather than the 8m research boat we had planned on.
It looks like we may have caught a break in the weather, we should be able to get the glider tomorrow, although it is now west of the island where we had wanted to bring it up east of the island, it's in very shallow water right now, and his hit the bottom a number of times. In any case we may have a little time to kill on the end of our trip, we fly back Sunday. Any journal circlers in Reyjavik, or recommendations on things to do?


Firehose? Did I miss this

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  about 8 years ago

So went to the /. front page and saw a new button in the header; FireHose. Is this new, did I miss it? Did I miss dozens of JEs about this?
For those that can't see it, it appears to be a look into the story queue that allows tagging and primitive voting "thumbs up"/"thumbs down". I "printed" a PDF of the page, and here is a screenshot for everyone else. Funny the 5 page PDF is half the size of the PNG screenshot.

Oh, and you gotta love "hose@cmdrtaco.net"


Plan B OTC

OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 8 years ago The FDA has finally approved Plan B as an over the counter medication after more than 3 years of debate! You have to be over 18 to buy it, but it's still a step in the right direction, fewer abortions and more choices here we come!


OctaneZ OctaneZ writes  |  more than 8 years ago

So I noticed my Apple Addressbook was empty today when I went to much with iChat. No problem I thought, I'll just sync it off my phone, I've added a couple entries to it recently, no problem! Fire up sync, let it turn through everything, and lo, it decided to keep seven!!!! Yes SEVEN!!!! of my addresses and delete everything else off my phone!!!

WTF! How did that happen! It didn't even zero out everything, it kept SEVEN contacts!! Grrrrr.... Too tired to type them all in again right now. Guess I need to pull out the old phone again. So pissed.

The "addressbook.data.previous trick" won't work for me, as I didn't know about it, until I had already added my parents back into the addressbook, so the .previous file was overwritten.

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