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Meet Carla Shroder's New Favorite GUI-Textmode Hybrid Shell, Xiki

dacarr Onions have layers...shells have layers? (176 comments)

So, lemme see if I have this right.

This is a new take on a shell.

...which is run from within my editor of choice, emacs.

...which I run in a shell.

...which I run from an xterm, which I spawn in the gui.

Or, maybe, I run it in a browser.

...which I spawn from an icon in Gnome.

I'm not seeing how this is a Good Thing.

about 7 months ago

'Pop-Up' Bus Service Learns Boston Riders' Rhythms, Creates Routes Accordingly

dacarr Special sauce? (51 comments)

"And through our special sauce, we're able to determine how a city moves."'

I guess this is the only way one is going to get In n Out in Boston. But then there's the word "through", so I don't know if I want to know what they're doing.

about 8 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

dacarr Re:OS/2 PM (611 comments)

Ain't nobody gettin' out of this alive.

about 8 months ago

Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

dacarr Calling a spade a.... (1198 comments)

Look, this is not a nerd problem. This is not a subset-of-men problem. The problem is simplified as "misogyny" and that's it.

Yes, there are misogynist nerds. But to be frank, let's call 'em what they are - misogynist. Because there are misogynist Christians, there are misogynist atheists, there are misogynist railfans, there are misogynist bus drivers, there are misogynist flautists. it does not matter what group they are part of, a misogynist is a misogynist.

I'd say "fuck them", but that would be a lowering of standards. I suggest not fucking them.

about 8 months ago

Which desktop environment do you like the best?

dacarr OS/2 PM (611 comments)

Just to show my age. Get off my lawn.

about 8 months ago

Monty Python To Bid Farewell In a Simulcast Show

dacarr Re:Their next step (86 comments)

I think Salmon Marnier would only work out if they got Rex Stardust, the lead electric triangle from Toad The Wet Sprocket.

about 9 months ago

Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

dacarr Take him to.... (336 comments)

Yanno, I can't help but think of this scene from the Kentucky Fried Movie whenever somebody suggests that something is going to go to Detroit.

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

dacarr Learning curve (452 comments)

Any OS change is going to have a learning curve. Hell, I had to adjust to using Linux in '01 after having used OS/2 for about four years. Ask yourself this: are you willing to put up with every single user asking you every minute of every day how to do X on the new system? If the answer is not 110% "yes", then you had best hit the EJECT button right now.

about 10 months ago

UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

dacarr Re:1c over 100 years != Vacuum of space (987 comments)

The fact that Botswana's issues are caused by politics does not change that they are on a knife's edge.

about 9 months ago

Back To the Moon — In Four Years

dacarr That's great and all... (292 comments)

Look, this is great and all, but if I see some ugly polyester costumes, 1970s hair, and giant pneumatic tubes that carry people to and fro on that base, i'm going to seriously consider researching sustainable and well-lit subterranean shelter to ride out the impending lunar nuclear disaster.

about 10 months ago

Brazil Blocks Foreign Mobile Phones

dacarr Call me jaded, but... (97 comments)

...this line:

"This is not a joke, it's true!"

...in the OP makes my bogometer go to eleven.

about 10 months ago

Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

dacarr Something of note... (829 comments)

I work in technical support for an ISP. One of the things I must know, natch, is what OS they're using. In cases where it's XP, I will inform (or, as the case is sometimes, remind) them that Microsoft will be ending all support for their OS of choice, and that now is the time to upgrade. My one regret is that these users have waited so long, resulting in that they must now upgrade to Windows 8.1.

Well, OK, they can probably get a copy of Win 7 from Newegg or somesuch.

about a year ago

Construction Firm Balfour Beatty Considers Drone Workers

dacarr In future versions... (129 comments)

In future revisions to this, they may have their entire work crews living underground with shaved heads and all white clothing, enforce drug usage, and forbid sexual activity. "What's wrong?"

about a year ago

My favorite season:

dacarr Fall (346 comments)

...because Halloween. Of course, I dress myself funny all the time, anyway.

about a year ago

My ISP...

dacarr Re:Alaska sucks for internet (290 comments)

That's nothing. Here on Mars, I have to wait for the window, and latency is two hours if I'm lucky!

about a year and a half ago

Google Begins Blocking Third-Party Jabber Invites

dacarr Re:TFS last sentence untrue (92 comments)

What you said, DragonWriter. I have my doubts that this is a lazy way out - more a way of stopping it until a better answer is found.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Tell Non-Tech Savvy Family About Malware?

dacarr Re:Uhm... No, it's just spam. (340 comments)

Header check, maybe? The best way to confirm it is to look at the headers and find out where it came from - most people on the 'net these days who know their stuff can read that.

more than 2 years ago

Newly Developed RNA-Based Vaccine Could Offer Lifelong Protection From the Flu

dacarr ...what's the point? (156 comments)

I'll be frank, I've never fully understood the basic concept of a flu vaccine.

Sure, flu season comes around, and a lot of people come down with the $animal plague. A few die from complications, but by and large, we get over it.

Enter into it, here, the current vaccine. It protects against a prior strain, but that leaves any new strain open to attack without reprisal. People get the flu, accordingly.

It's not to say it isn't completely without benefit, as I do know a few people who take it to keep from getting ill, and it's mostly because they have respiratory issues. But really, aren't we just protecting ourselves from something that really is more of a bogeyman that makes us miserable for a few weeks out of the year?

more than 2 years ago

Cloaking Technology Could Protect Offshore Rigs From Destructive Waves

dacarr Ha! You can't see me! (56 comments)

I suppose this would assume that waves have some intelligence, and are attacking these ships. I'm of the opinion that these waves are more like the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal, where you would be better off covering your eyes with a towel to fool them into thinking the ship - or at least, the crew - are invisible.

Well, it would probably just do as much good.

more than 2 years ago

EFF And Others Push For Open Wifi APs Everywhere

dacarr I'm in an apartment complex, you insensitive clod! (253 comments)

I live in apartments in the Seattle area - in fact, I'm a few miles out from the Microsoft campus. We get people who don't use the ILEC or incumbent cable co, the latter whose name sounds like "bombast" - because they're cheapskates ,so they filch off of others' open wifi.

This includes the front office. Which they used for sharing, and that includes file sharing - which poses a risk, in this day and age, for cancelling all internet service for the front office, something they rely on.

Personally, I need to have a notice eating at my mail like I need a hole in my head. It might push security by the openness, but I don't need to be spending too long setting this stuff up - I have homework.

more than 2 years ago



Monty Python to bid farewell in a simulcast show

dacarr dacarr writes  |  about 9 months ago

dacarr (562277) writes "The five remaining members of Monty Python will be performing in the O2 Arena, and their last show as a comedy troupe will be simulcast across hundreds of theaters in the UK, and roughly 1500 more across the world, according to the Guardian. According to Michael Palin, this really is going to be the last time before the Pythons cease to be. Well, at least, before Monty Python, as a comedy troupe, runs down the curtain and joins the bleedin' choir invisible."

SCO 10K provides for a grim outlook

dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dacarr (562277) writes "SCO have filed their 10K with the SEC — and according to this, their own outlook is pretty grim. As usual, PJ of Groklaw has a good synopsis of the highlights of the filing. In short, it boils down to one thing: unless there's a miracle, even SCO doesn't think they're going to come out of this."



dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 3 years ago

So first off, The Sunset Grill is now closed. All the redirects are in place as necessary with a simple index page in place - which seems to be pending load-over from the back-end box to the clone. =O.o=

The image gallery remains in place, as does the contact page, as contact also is relied upon heavily by other pages. This however will change.

Also, I'm dumping GoDaddy for chez-vrolet.net. After the kerfuffle about SOPA, I can't support them - doubly so after backpedaling. That was just brazen on their part - first supporting it, then backpedaling when they realized how bad it would hurt them? No.


dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 3 years ago

So, as far as that goes, I am calling the move officially "done". The photos from the various anime cons that were up on Northarc are loaded to Chez Vrolet, and a new index has been put up in the main tree.

Still to do to finalize is to put up a redirection tree on Northarc, clear out all of the old data, and continue work on items that aren't yet uploaded to Chez Vrolet. The caveat is that I can't actually do this until such time that the server operator turns my filesystem to rw mode instead of ro mode. I do not know why this is, but frankly, I'm not too worried about it.

As to the redirection to Chez Vrolet Secret Labs, the new web page is at http://www.chez-vrolet.net/~dennisthetiger at this time. Sooner or later I will be creating a domain specifically for that page on chez-vrolet.net - not rocket science, just something I haven't gotten 'round to yet. Now, I just need a round tuit. But also, sooner or later (preferably sooner than later), I'll have a list subscribe link for those interested. Expect that around the turn of the year - probably on Jan 1 if I'm not hung over. =^_^=

Northarc's been fun, but time to move onward and upward.


dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 3 years ago So I look, and it's been about seven years since I've updated this thing.

A few of you have something of a tag on here where, if I update The Sunset Grill, I'll post on here. Suffice it to say, though, that there is finally a new update: it is moving.

The whole reason that I hosted the page on northarc.com is because a friend offered the web space back in the 1990s, and I had all plans on migrating off of that machine once I got my hands on a suitable server. That time, effectively, has come:: my own website, chez-vrolet.net, has been in operation since 2002. As of 2007, it has been in a rack mount in the SF Bay area, and as I write this from my home in Washington (yes, I have moved from Orange County to Seattle), I have a replacement 1U rackmount unit, wilth all plans to get new components in it and accordingly ship it down.

In the meantime, I am preparing for the equipment transition by upgrading the code a little bit on the pages. So there will be two final updates on my own page: this one, to indicate that it is moving, and the final update stating it has moved.

As for the Northarc Anime Image Gallery, that will remain on northarc.com. I will likely mirror it on chez-vrolet.net, once the hardware replacement is set. Unfortunately, Usenet's alt.binaries.pictures.anime just isn't such a good resource any longer - so if I have any plans on updating that with new content beyond a recent update, then I need to look elsewhere.

So with all this, then, if you're interested in that site update, yeah, stay tuned. If you're not, though, then there you go. =)


New stuff coming on image gallery

dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 10 years ago I've implemented the new tool (sort of) I spoke of in my last post in the anime image gallery. The only problem is that it sticks everything on one page, so if there are a lot of images, it takes a bit for it to load up the thumbnails. I'll have to fix that. For those curious as to what it looks like, click here for a preview. I"ll be sticking with the usual black background, but I need to create a CSS for the purpose.


New tool

dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 10 years ago Real soon now I'll be running something called uberthumb over the anime image gallery. Biggest problem I've had of late is that my tools - specifically, the perl script that generates the HTML tables for the gallery - don't do their job. They're fired.

The only foreseeable problem is that everything is just stuck onto one table. So if you have a gallery with 800 images, you're suddenly pulling down 800 thumbnails. =O.o= I gotta see if there's a way to fix that.


Website update coming soon

dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 10 years ago OK, so I started up this gallery thing. And it works on Northarc. And there was much rejoicing. (yay)

Now, I'm not going to replace the image archive with Gallery (ugh), rather I'm going to do the con and personal photo galleries in Gallery to make it more manageable for me. It doesn't really look like it'll be too much trouble, based on another project I'm working on over on my system.

In any event, the photo galleries will slowly migrate over to the Gallery setup I now have. Like last year's revamp, I'll keep "legacy" links up for people to continue linking. (BTW, if you link, make sure you update when the time comes - double recursives will slow things down big time.)

Anyway, stay tuned if you're so interested.


Updates to image gallery

dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 10 years ago Gah, I've been deposed by a quizilla?! WTF!

In any case, I've just uploaded a few dozen images to the image gallery.

Also, somebody had sent me a message indicating where stuff in the unsorted directory are supposed to go. Owing to PEBKAC, it got deleted. Dammit.


We're number 1!

dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 10 years ago A quick look on Google has revealed that the anime image gallery comes up as the first result on Google by searching for the terms 'anime images'.

Wow. =O.o=


This time, he's gone TOO far

dacarr dacarr writes  |  about 11 years ago Today I printed a letter to nine parties - my three congresscritters, Senator Orrin Hatch, The Governator, Dubya, McBride, Dept. of Homeland Security, and Al "I invented the internet" Gore. Why? Because McBride decided to write his congressman.

Say what you will about this, but this is one of those few things that I'm passionate about, and I'll be damned if I'm going to let some asshat in Utah try and undermine my right to choose what I want to run on my computer.


Aw, bloody hell... (or, schnidt happens)

dacarr dacarr writes  |  about 11 years ago Mental note, don't moderate comments on a post and then comment on the post. I had forgotten I moderated....


dacarr dacarr writes  |  about 11 years ago Added more images to the gallery. Nothing terrible. Also did some sorting of the unsorted masses. Thanks to those again who do this on a regular basis - I forget who you are atm. (Sorry, having a senior moment. =^^=)


dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 11 years ago It's back. The directory was moved off of the raid, which seems to be flakey anyway.


Northarc Gallery is down

dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 11 years ago The raid that the gallery sits on is going into conniptions and has been down the past couple of weeks. I don't know when it'll be back up, but they're trying to get it back up. Viewers of the gallery will meanwile be treated to a 403/Forbidden message. I'm working on getting the gallery posted elsewhere (thank God for backups), but it's up to the admins at Northarc.

For those who were looking for clues as to where it went, sorry about the delays in posting.


More SCO stuff

dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 11 years ago No response yet per the update, but I sent a letter again. Many thanks to ESR for allowing me to send McBride a copy of the open letter along with it.


My letter to SCO (update today)

dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 11 years ago Hung up here is a letter to SCO, and my own thoughts of what's happening. To wit, the letter has been snail mailed to them.


dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, I did something stupid. I killed my old private keys. They're gone. Means I can't revoke my old public keys. As such, I've rolled new public keys. Get 'em while their hot. Look for the ones without a comment in them that says "(foo) Account".


dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 11 years ago Unfortunately, most of the cons for this year are scuttled. Kind of working on a budget to get this stuff rolling for next year. If we're lucky, we'll be making Animagic here in CA, but I'm not counting on it at this point. Odds are better we'll do another one of the Mile High bits.

In other news, added a handful of new images to the gallery. Enjoy.


dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 11 years ago It's finally done and uploaded. Tomorrow at about this time the new page will be in place - I'll be spending a few hours going over and making sure everything is in order.

Please note it has not yet been posted, so the old stuff remains in place for the next 24 hours.


dacarr dacarr writes  |  more than 11 years ago Yes, kids, you read right, another update!

Nothing big, I just added the stuff for Mile High's Spring 2003 anime promotion, and added a bit of a schedule for upcoming cons we're hoping to hit this year.

Click on the home page URL to meander over thataway.

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