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Research In Motion To Be Sold, Possibly To Samsung

baptiste CENSORED (218 comments)

If Slashdot won't do anything to speak out against SOPA/PIPA, we users have to matters into our own hands, so instead of reading this extremely insightful comment about this old news story (its censored!), please take action and speak out against these terrible bills: http://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

more than 2 years ago
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Twitter Comes Out Swinging Against Google's Personalized Search

baptiste Re:I don't see the problem at all! Am I just dumb? (186 comments)

Not if the competitors are blocking Google from crawling their data. Twitter won't stand a chance of making a case when Google can just say 'stop using rel=nofollow and your info will get indexed for Personal Search too'. Same with Facebook.Twitter and Facebook want $$$ for Google to index their content. Google chose not to pay and so now Google coverage of Twitter is significantly less.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Google Is Disabling Kids' Gmail Accounts

baptiste Re:Who's fault is it? (228 comments)

I wonder how they are getting around the age limitations...

more than 2 years ago
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Asus Unveils Quad-Core Transformer Prime Tablet

baptiste Re:Intruiged (274 comments)

One funny thing I forgot to mention is with my Acer Netbook and Transformer Tablet being pretty much the same size, I've caught myself reaching to touch the Acer screen way too often, so I guess I'm getting used to using 'touch' vs a 'touchpad' a bit more than anticipated!

more than 2 years ago
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Asus Unveils Quad-Core Transformer Prime Tablet

baptiste Re:Intruiged (274 comments)

I have the Transformer as well and it's been an interesting fight between my trusty Acer Netbook and the Transformer... Short story? I still have and use both and still haven't really migrated to one or the other. My Netbook is great. 2GB mem upgrade makes it usable for my tons of tabs, occasional Google Doc or LibreOffice runs - even can manage to edit the occasional Picasa photo without too much pain. It's a great form factor, the 9 Cell battery means long run times, and the screen is crazy bright (LED) - at night the dimmest setting can seem to bright. I may throw an SSD into it for fun. This has and continues to be my main 'away from the desktop' computer. I take it with me everywhere, bouncing WiFi off my phone when needed. The tablet is interesting. First - the keyboard is not perfect. The keys are too far apart and I find myself having a lot of trouble typing on it, but that may be me. Either they require too much travel to 'tick' or my hands just don't fit it well. The touchpad is RIGHT under the space bar and I found myself clicking with my thumb ALL the time - I turned it off the first week or two and haven't turned it on since. All that said, I leave it in the keyboard almost all the time. I hate touch typing on the screen. But when I need the tablet mode, it's SO easy to just pop out and keep going. The biggest adjustment (at first) was how many apps had no keyboard shortcuts. I'm a shortcut type - the less I need to touch a mouse the better. Simple Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V were foreign to many apps, which makes sense for an OS rooted in phones with no keyboard. The lack of support for some Google apps and other big ones on Honeycomb was criminal (No google voice? No netflix?) But to their credit the apps have gradually gotten better and better. More and more adding keyboard shortcuts they always should have had, battery life improving, and overall unlike most 'upgrades' anytime apps get updated you often notice the improvement. To me the tablet is fun. LOVE watching full length movies and not seeing the battery meter drop in realtime or have the device almost too hot to touch. Playing Angry Birds is, of course, much more fun using your finger vs a touchpad. Email is just fine using the GMail client and web browsing with Dolphin is decent (too many other browsers default to mobile mode which is crazy with a 10" screen) Google Docs on Android is an abomination, but hopefully will improve. So the tablet can take the place of my netbook for the basic email/web stuff and media viewing. Beyond that though? Not seeing it. At all. I'm just more efficient on my NetBook. Maybe that will change, but for now, I still find myself picking a device based on what I expect to do after work. Not sure that's bad, but seems inefficient.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?

baptiste Re:Don't you want it to just work? (554 comments)

Also, it gets you a few bonus geek points in sysadmin job interviews (not a joke).

Well - that's what maintaining an XBMC box is for :) Till Google does that... But my own server went away along with my static IPs and much else. Life is so much simpler now!

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?

baptiste Re:Spam filtering (554 comments)

I think the whole exercise is short sighted. I've been there, done that. The amount of effort to keep everything running, updated, configured, etc is a PITA. Setting up a solid spam filter is a huge undertaking because it's a multi layered approach. SA or equiv, various milters, and more and you still won't come close to GMail. When I finally gave in and decided to switch to Google Apps I was floored by the improvement in Spam filtering. Are there quirks with Google' stuff. Sure. But they are improving it. I finally today got most of my stuff tied to my personal count migrated to my Apps account. The family enjoy using their apps accounts too compared to what we used to have. We've used IMP, Squirrel Mail, ROundcube, and others. Roundcube is the best in that group interface wise, but is still very buggy. Was Horde fun to play with way back before Google's services existed? Yup - because they were something not easily done elsewhere. But now? So good luck - it certainly can be done, but to be done right requires a lot of effort that's only worth it if you have nothign better to do or are a internet services admin at work and like to tinker at home. And even then... I can spend all that time spent screwing with my internet 'stack' and apply it to better things now that Google just handles the day to day stuff. Am I concerned about them 'owning' me - maybe a little. But so far, they've not done evil to me. Plus even if I wanted to migrate all my stuff back to a personal server again, Google Voice is the deal breaker for me. Can't live without it.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Businesses Move To the Cloud: They Hate IT

baptiste Re:Of course (538 comments)

Exactly - because if the IT department explains the risks, but goes ahead anyway because 'they said so' and then it blows up - who gets blamed? The brain dead manager that wouldn't listen or the IT department because it was an 'IT project'. Even if you have extensive documentation backing up the warnings you gave, it's too technical' and at the high mgmt level all they hear is 'IT screwed up' and it was an IT project. One of the main reasons I got out of corporate IT management - chronic lack of funding and not being listened to when you gave realistic cost and time projections for what was asked for and you never could achieve 'success' only 'not failing'. Nobody cheers for the power company because they keep the lights on day in and day out, but when the power goes out, they're public enemy #1.

more than 3 years ago
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Beta For Thunderbird 5.0 Released

baptiste Don't knock it before you've tried it (75 comments)

I've used TB forever. Every once in a while it would bug me and I'd switch to something else, then find myself coming back to it. Even after moving to Google Apps - I stuck with TBird on my desktop. Feels more natural - I can't get used to GMails concept of tagging everything - I end up deleting sent mail all the time trashing a conversation (yeah I know PEBKAC). So I've generally stuck with TBird and though 3.x was a decent upgrade and has worked well with multiple IMAP accounts tied to it. I use GMail's web interface on teh netbook and in a pinch elsewhere and it's fine too. 5.x is intriguing. If you've tried Opera's browser based email client, you'll see some similarities. It feels like a web browser more than ever, and not in a bad way. That said - I wish I could hide the menu bar and drop down to just the buttons and tabs. Beyond that - whoever suggested the Conversations plugin above - great suggestion. Give it a try - it does some cool things inspired by Mac Mail like unified inboxes and more (At least I *think* that's conversations - might be TBird 5) Whichever - you can flip between folder views - All Folders, Unread Folders, Unified Folders, and much more. Try it if you haven't. It's pretty sweet. Took a while for it to sort through the gobs of email in various accounts - but this is like a whole new email client. Tbird 5 and Conversations 2,0 is absolutely worth a look.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

baptiste Re:Market Share? (765 comments)

It absolutely works. The PayPal shipping stuff is all written in Java - it's browser independent. The problem is it also uses popups which Chrome and FF block. Once you set an exception for PayPal and the other external domains it uses (pitneybowes or something), you'll get the shipping windows and everything will popup and load the Java applets like it is supposed to.

more than 3 years ago
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Some Hotmail Accounts Wiped

baptiste To The Cloud! (298 comments)

This makes their new marketing slogan for Windows Live all the more humorous! 'To The Cloud' indeed! More like POOF!

more than 3 years ago
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MegaUpload Dares RIAA To Sue Them

baptiste Re:Wikileaks (255 comments)

Shown how? In the US, that generally requires a court of law proceeding and decision. I don't get my license taken away unless I'm convicted of DUI - not right after the breathalizer. The scary part of all this is MC is acting a judge and jury arbitrarily. Imagine if the local power utilities started cutting power to groups they felt were 'questionable'. This is a watershed event, and opens up the very real possibility of using private companies and the withdrawl of their critical services to punish groups that, while distasteful or even possibly illegal, have not been deemed such in a court of law. Chilling does not even begin to describe this.

more than 3 years ago
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AVG 2011 Update Causes Widespread Problems For 64-Bit Windows

baptiste Re:Ask a friend (318 comments)

If your computer had McAfee or Norton installed at one point (like when it was new), they leave parts of themselves behind which can sometimes fight with MSE. Download and run the removal tools for each and then reinstall MSE. See if that helps. I've installed MSE for hundreds of clients and have only seen this behavior with a couple and was always an interaction with another AV program or remnant.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Adds Security Suite To Update Service, Antivirus Rival Objects

baptiste Re:No need to fuss (324 comments)

Agree 100%. I deal mainly with residential clients and almost every infected box I deal with has a current Norton or McAffee subscription. We remove them, run their removal tools since, like a virus, they leave crud behind, and install MSE and ensure the firewall is properly configured. The speed up can often be significant, especially on older boxes, and it's free. I have no problem with MS offering as an OPTION the installation of MSE. I am NOT an MS fanboi by any stretch, but MSE has been great. But it's an AV program and virus writers work to get ahead of them. I've certainly had a few MSE boxes return infected again with scareware. Only so much you can do. One part of MSE I really like is the ultra simple process for submitting things it did not detect (right in the Help menu) and how they provide you with ongoing status updates as they analyze your submission. Only thing about MSE is it uses a decent amount of memory (90-150MB) So any box with 512MB is going to struggle and we often encourage clients with 1GB to upgrade to 1GB anyway, even with XP, given the expanded memory footprint of browsers, AV, office, etc. The only clients we don't encourage to switch are those that actively use Norton's backup service if they have a stout enough computer to handle running N360, etc. Sure they could use MSE, MS Firewall, and an online backup service like Backblaze, but that's just more stuff to deal with and we'll encourage them to go ahead and stick with N360 until such a time that they decide to backup some other way or hit 2GB and don't want to pay Norton for more space. This is VERY rare. So hats off to MS. Don't care if you bought the technology. MSE is a great tool and I hope they continue to keep it lightweight and easy to use.

more than 3 years ago
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Geolocation XSS Tracker Proof of Concept

baptiste Re:Or, maybe it doesn't (102 comments)

Yup - same here. I live in a relatively rural area and the location was exact. Like posters above said - matters not about encryption as the MAC address is sent clear (all my APs are WPA2 only)

more than 3 years ago
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Drunk Driver Mugshots Featured On Facebook

baptiste Re:Um..... (321 comments)

The key thing is if you're arrested, right or wrong, it's public record. Published in newspapers, etc - so why is publishing it on Facebook any worse? Because it's 'more' public? Currently the laws don't split that hair, so bottom line is - it's public record and can be made public as the police see fit. As for my name, address, etc - again, if I was that worried about it I'd take steps to try and conceal it. But I'm not. The point is - the statement made by that professor was silly. It's a public record, and until laws are enacted which differentiate manners in which such information is publicized, hard to see how anyone would have recourse for it.

more than 4 years ago
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Drunk Driver Mugshots Featured On Facebook

baptiste Re:Um..... (321 comments)

You're joking right? There are hundreds of sites that let you do reverse phone to name lookups. If it's not unlisted (ie its in the phone book) you can reverse it.

more than 4 years ago
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Drunk Driver Mugshots Featured On Facebook

baptiste Um..... (321 comments)

Bernard Bell, Rutgers University law professor and Herbert Hannoch scholar, said it could be argued the Facebook posting of photos and arrest details is a privacy violation, even though such information is part of the public record.

How can you say that with a straight face? If the mug shots are part of the public record - that's that. How they're made public is irrelevant. If you don't liek it - get the law changed to make arrests NOT part of the public recored - but nobody will want that will they?

more than 4 years ago
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Where To Start With DIY Home Security?

baptiste Re:Do you really want to build your own? (825 comments)

DSC alarms are fantastic. Many places online sell them at good prices and while the manuals can be intimidating at first, they are VERY detailed and VERY informative. They have a wide range of modules for access (X-10, ethernet, Digital I/O, etc) and use a simple 4 wire communications bus. That said - if you install your own system - DO RESEARCH. Simple mistakes can render a system useless and in some cases dangerous. If you install smoke detectors - READ the whole manual - something as simple as looping wire around the screws without cutting it can result in a potentially fatal malfunction. Also - many dealers have their own monitoring services. You don't have to pay $40/month. You can often find UL listed and certified monitoring companies for $10/mon.

more than 4 years ago
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Dell Settles With the SEC For $100M

baptiste Re:To a large extent, you get what you pay for (239 comments)

Have to agree. I bought an X1800 the day they came out, violating my never by v0 rule, to get Win 7 and a Quad. Has been a great machine. Think I've got 7 Acer displays in my shop. And the AMD Nero nettops they were selling with nice 20" flat screens for $300 this Xmas - bought two and they've been great for bench PCs and systems for customers to use in the shop. They run circles around the supposedly 'equivalent' Atom based Nettop (I picked up up on sale for a bench PC) That said, I've often worked in Dell shops and found the support and overall experience worth it. Everyone knew Dell and Intel were in bed and I hated it. But when Dell stuff broke, they had parts in your hands the next day or a tech out to fix it. Sure, this may have been special consideration for working for a huge company (at the time - RIP Nortel) Everything worked well from end to end. But that's for a huge enterprise. Once that one year warranty runs out - where are most consumers taking their PCs to get fixed? Best Buy - so the manufacturer support becomes less of an issue. I've recommended Acer's often to friends and clients, and, yes, also eMachines which are just rebranded Acers now. Not talking gamers - just your run of the mill computer user.

more than 4 years ago

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Poison Ivy SUCKS

baptiste baptiste writes  |  more than 12 years ago Man - I take two days off to spend a long weekend getting caught up on house repairs and other projects. What a disaster!

#1 - our poor lab has been on a long chain for about a year. I've got a radio/underground fence but haven't gotten around to installing it. Well I have about 1200' of fence (we have 8 acres) though only about 300' is buried (the rest is under leaves) Well I had hoped to do it before any poison ivy, etc, sprouted and I didnt' see any, but I must have hit a root. Ugh - My left eyelid is covered in it, the back of my ear, my left temple, bridge of my nose, left wrist, and 'elsewhere' OK - What a fun weekend - then it rains! GRRRR

So I try to attack some other projects like replacing our agign water pipes - had truoble getting pipes through the basement walls. SO that went undone - so many projects so little time.

So 2 vacation days plus a weekend and I still didn't get much finished and I'm itching like crazy :) Sigh

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Damn time flies!

baptiste baptiste writes  |  more than 12 years ago Wow - pretty sad that my last entry was 9/11 Ugh - So much has happened - the new job is rocking and it isn't so new anymore!

Too much to do - not enough time. Got the family site going with Postnuke - pretty cool (http://thebaptistes.net/) Now I'm workin to move all my websites (and those of lots of friends, non profits, etc) off our old server (K62-300) to a new 1GHz Athlon - well, its not so new - its been here for almost a year doing only MySQL for the sites on teh K6-2. All along I've meant to move the web sites to teh Athlon - let the K6-2 do email, CVS, etc. Damn I need 100 hour days.

Oh well, figured I'd get a short entry in - I need to post more often (or put a blogge ron my server - yeah like I have time to post every day LOL)

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A day of sadness and anger...

baptiste baptiste writes  |  about 13 years ago They say during tragic events, you can always remember what you were doing when you found out. JFK's assasination, the Challenger explosion, etc. Today is one of those days... I know I will remember - I'm setling into a new job (finally) and was just about to interview someone for another job here. Amazed at how all the major news websites were crushed by the load and how CNN went to a nice simple text format ala 1995 to reduce band - it was refreshing (under tragic circumstances)

The press will sensationalize this of course, but I believe this will be a day where we'll look back and realize 'things changed' The funny part is I don't think anyone knows HOW things will change. We know this will have a huge effect on Americans. But there is no telling HOW they will react beyond the initial outrage and sorrow. What will people call for? How will it effect what WERE the big news items: the faltering economy, missle defense, the balanced budget, etc. There is NO telling. Attacks on America, a declaration fo war on America is not a partisan event. WHile soem zealots on both sides will resond it expected fashion, the effect on everyday Amercians will be based less on political beliefs and more on patriotism. At least that's my hope.

Personally, I think we need to strike hard and fast. All thsoe terrorist cells we track and wish we could prosecute - screw it - flatten them. Countries that continue to stand in the way of apprehendign known terrorists who may have had an indirect involvement - they either shape up or hurt. We'll be called bullies, etc - too bad. For too long we've stood by allowing groups to build their courage and finally pull off the big one. This poster sums it up well. Its time to show all those terrorist groups even thining about doing this - there WILL be consequences, evne if you weren't directly responsible. Maybe next time you think twice. As one slashdot poster said - 'Lets glaze the motherf**kers'

I sit here in an office, in front of a laptop with radio broadcasts streaming in and tons of 'Cannot find server' pages as I try to gather info. I appreciate the way the Internet has allowed us to stay so informed. Kudos to Taco for filling a need (a site that responded) and to JonKatz for a moving writeup but in the end...

I just want to go home and hug my kids.

God Bless America...

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4 days and counting

baptiste baptiste writes  |  about 13 years ago Well, its official - the dotted line has been signed - I start my new job on Tuesday. Its gonna be a blast. But man is it gonna be strange going back to 9-5 after 'working' at home for 2 years in boxers and old T shirts LOL. But it'll be good to be back in the thick of things. Gotta wear a tie, bt it could be worse!

Its gonna be a challenge. I'm now the Director of IT at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. Its a small engineering school, but the new Dean is driving forward to improve the quantity and size of the school. Lots of needs for clusters (imagine a Beowulf.... never mind) and all sorts of other high end IT technology which will be cool. Each department has IT guys but from a school level, its a greenfield and theres a new building in teh works - should be cool. But I'm gonna start out small. Wanna get my hands on a couple 1124's and start deploying some school wide services. Going to be interesting! I'll keep you all posted!

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Very cool indeed

baptiste baptiste writes  |  about 13 years ago So I noticed on Mozilla.org they are pushing an add-on called Multi-zilla which allows you to have all your browser views appear in one window and you switch between them using tabs. You can still open up new windows too - and those can have tabs in them too. VERY cool idea and it's all done using Javascript and XUL/RDF, etc. Pretty slick. And so far it seems very stable - install the latest nightly (1.049 right now) on top of 0.9.3 - very cool interface - one I hope gets included by default (since it hangs in teh background unless you specifically create the tabs in a context menu choice or keystroke) Try it out today!

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Cooooool!

baptiste baptiste writes  |  about 13 years ago OK - small things do get me excited - just posted a story and it posted at +3 Bug or feature? I vote for feature! And no someone didn't mod it up after i posted it - when I posted the comment and got the screen showing the comment as submitted it was already at +3 Rock On!

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GAME ON!!!!!!

baptiste baptiste writes  |  about 13 years ago Well, its been a long and shitty year. Bill collectors calling, being sick, no job, you name it.

Well, perhaps my luck is about to change. A job I applied to in November! has finally come through! I finally interviewed in July and they have decided I'm their top choice! I meet the Dean of the school next week and if all goes well, I'll be the next Director of IT there. This was the best job I'd applied for all year but it took them forever to finally get interviews going. Should be lots of fun. Needless to say I'm major psyched - will I make what I did at NORTEL?, doubt it - but it'll be a HECK of a lot more than I'm earning now! The bonus is that working at a University generally means you are encouraged to use Open Source - which will be sweet. Working at NORTEL where they think Bill Gates is some kind of God was a nightmare.

Man - today has made up for a completely shitty year - we'll see what happens. Back to coding..... Yeee HA!

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Man - talk about pain....

baptiste baptiste writes  |  more than 13 years ago Well, my life's death spiral continues. Still waiting to hear about my dream job - interviewed a couple weeks ago and they interviewed I think 2 others. Now they have to 'meet' and decide on the top pick who will then meet the big boss before an offer is made. I expect since I haven't heard from them, I'm not the top choice and they are waiting to tell me 'Sorry' until the top choice meets the boss and accepts the offer. Keeps their options open. Oh well. Back to flipdog.com

But I digress. To make things worse, I noticed a blister on my face early last week. Looked like something you'd get after being badly sunburned. Well then they started to spread - neck, shoulder, forehead. Went to doctor - and its shingles. Nasty! But it wasn't really that big a deal. I looked like an alien with these welst all over, but they didn't itch much and didn't hurt (yet) Till I got home - that night the pain kicked in. I'd heard shingles was REALLY painful. I always figured "yeah but it can't be THAT bad" Well, let me tell you - its awful. I've broken bones, sprained ankles so bad I was on crutches for months - cut tendons in my hand, you name it. Nothing compared to this. Its a 'deep' pain along your nerves - feels like someone is pulling your nerves out of your body. I didn't sleep a wink Friday night - the pain was worse when lying down. Had to watch TV all night to try and concentrate on something other than the pain. Needless to say I went back to the doc's Saturdya morning begging for mercy. Nothing like a little narcotic action! I've been popping pills (anti-viral, anti-bitotic, and painkillers) like mad. I feel much better now! Amen for controlled substances!

Its only supposed to happen to older folks, I'm 31 - turns out 1/3 of all shingles cases hit folks under 50 years old. Man I know it may not compare to being shot or cancer, etc. But needless to say - my whole concept of pain changed quickly! All I knwo is if I ever see a blister like that pop up again, I'll be in teh doctors office getting Percocet (sp??) pills in a heartbeat!

Good news is the drugs are doing their thing and this shit's almost gone. But damn! What the hell else is gonna go wrong? :) I tempt Murphy cause he's an asshole :)

Oh well, back to my PHP coding.

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I've waited this long....

baptiste baptiste writes  |  more than 13 years ago Well, I've put off starting a journal. K5, and dedicated journal sites have been around, but since I spoend lots of time (too much probably) on /., I guess I'll start mine here now that /code 2.2 is running.

Will this be exciting? Probably not - my life has been pretty average. :) Though this year has been a bitch. So I figure I'll start my journal while at the bottom and see if I can work my way up - shoudl be more exciting or intersting for users to read!

So, lets see... Quit a 6 figure income job to start my own business. Business went bust late 2000. Started looking for work (Senior IT tech/mgmt with experieince in just about anything including Micro$oft clusters, Linux (run my own small ISP), the web (since NCSA days), lots of Perl and PHP experience. Can build a web server from teh ground up in my sleep. VPNs, IDS, you nam eit.

Well, its now going on 9 months with no job :( Sent out hundreds of cover letters. I'm stuck where I am (can't reloacte) due to family issues, but I'm in NC's Research Triangle Park. But everyone is laying off, not hiring.

Things are pretty tight. But I've had some spare time. A buddy and I revived an old Internet classic Keepers of Lists That has been lots of fun. I also developed a Webmin module for Snort that seems to be catching on (More info here

Current projects include a new Snort Rules database allowing user comments, profiles, custom rulesets, user submitte drules, etc. Should be ready in a month or so. A buddy and I are also working on a new Linux doc site which is database driven to allow massive customization for users, grabs docs directly from RPMs/packages. Backend of PostgreSQL will be new - I've only needed MySQL up to now.

So I've kept busy - just ain't makin money doing it!

So stick around - who knows what will happen. But I think I'll enjoy posting it here. I'm a geek at heart and am a total /. addict!

L8R!

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