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I got a new toy today.

Well, actually, I got it on Friday, but Verizon screwed up on the provisioning, so Earthlink couldn't get it running until today.

It's a Sierra Wireless AirCard555, and it uses Verizon's CDMA 1xRTT data network to hook my laptop(s) to the Internet, wirelessly, at about the speed of a 56K modem...

almost anywhere.

Believe me: 56k at Denny's is cooler than a cablemodem in your livingroom. :-)

But I do have one small problem with it: on my friend Alan's Dell, it runs at the higher 1x speed. On my Linux laptop, it will connect at the slower QNC speed (about 12kbps), but when I try to connect at the higher speed, pppd gets the link all up and gives me the IP and DNS addresses in the logs... and then the remote requests an LCP Disconnect... and gets it.

Anyone got any ideas what's up with that?

[ UPDATE: what was up, as it turns out, with that, was that I didn't read the damn instructions closely enough. :-) I didn't have the authentication information in the chap-secrets file; fixed that, and now it works. ]

Monday, October 20, 2003 @ 10:59 p.m. - Comment


Ok.

This may be the ultimate You May Be A Geek If: this guy is the shit. Except for the whole 'too easy for the cops to spot you' angle.

[ Thanks to Flutterby, and to Dave, for noting that you can not use single quotes to wrap parms in HTML. ]

Tuesday, October 7, 2003 @ 07:29 p.m. - Comment


Welcome to...

Amerika.

Tuesday, October 7, 2003 @ 12:44 p.m. - Comment


Thanks to one of my West Wing newsgroupers

(hey, that sounds like a fish, doesn't it? :-)

A link to a very nice table of military ranks and insigniae.

[ Thanks to Steve Bartman. ]

Friday, October 3, 2003 @ 06:01 p.m. - Comment


Starting a new company?

Need a cool name?

[ Courtesy of Tom Duff, late of Bell Labs (I think), via Dan at Flutterby. ]

Friday, October 3, 2003 @ 10:28 a.m. - Comment


Well, damn

I say one little thing at LWN...

and my traffic quadruples. :-) I guess that one got the "thoughtful" prize.... Well, if there's anyone left yet to come, welcome aboard; hopefully you'll find something else interesting...

[ reads down... wow, that looks like I watch way too much television. Wait. I *do* watch way too much television. Oh well, blame my sister. ]

Thursday, October 2, 2003 @ 06:02 p.m. - Comment


The Best Guilty Pleasure

you're not watching this season, is the retooled Good Morning, Miami, which, chuckle, snicker, is about the retooling of it's eponymous morning TV show.

I think Dylan fell for Jake a little harder than is really indicated, but she's so damned adorable, I really don't care much. They're ponging the language pretty hard this season, but they're doing that everywhere, and it's in the rocking chair between Frasier and LO:SVU, so maybe it'll survive.

So, if you aren't a big Kiefer Sutherland fan, and you have a *sane* hairstyle (subtle Mullets/Dylan is a stylist joke, there), check it out: 9:30pm Tuesdays on NBC.

*Please* watch it. So I still can....

[ The link is to the (pretty, but useless) network website; I'd have linked to gmmfan.com, the top Googled fansite, but it has these miserable "Your computer might be malfunction" FUI popups, and I simply can't condone that sort of idiot bullshit, no matter *how* adorable Ashley Williams is. ]

Tuesday, September 30, 2003 @ 09:57 p.m. - Comment


Ok, folks; break's over.

The West Wing is back, sans Aaron Sorkin, who basically told John Wells, oh, no, I couldn't possibly deprive you of the pleasure of writing the first couple episodes yourself.

While watching notes:

Teaser -
They're right; they're gonna deal with the issues. Driving While Arab, indeed.

Act 1 -
Yeah, C.J.: Break's over.
Game the fuck on, guys...

Act 2 -
Leo will know what to do.
Sit. "Woof!"
"your agreement" Can you say "gauntlet"?
Apparently, CJ can say "gauntlet", yes.

Act 3 -
Polling? Joey?
Molting? Yeah, Wells can bring the dialogue.
"Look at the cameras." You tell 'im, C.J.
No confusing flashbacks, huh? I *assume* that was the kitchen in New Hampshire.

Act 4 -
Duct tape futures, eh, Garrison? Defcon Alpha. Aaron, we hardly knew ye. Guess it's not New Hampshire. Love that Star Wars incidental music... Nice song... you couldn't credit it on the CC? Isn't that the church he stubbed out the cigarette on the floor of?

Fade to black.

Not bad, John. A-, maybe an A after that final segment.

Wednesday, September 24, 2003 @ 08:24 p.m. - Comment


Have you forgotten?

They're not playing the Daryl Worley song on country much these days, nor the Toby Keith song, and you don't have to listen to the Star Spangled Banner every day at noon, and no one replaced the flags on their cars (or, alas, some buildings -- c'mon people) when they wore out...

But *have* we forgotten... even though we said we'd "never forget"?

Go grab your favorite G-net client, and snag the 29.7MB mpg of Mariah Carey doing the national anthem at the 2002 Super Bowl in New Orleans on Fox. It's only 3 minutes.

You'll remember.

Love your country. But never trust it's government.

Monday, September 22, 2003 @ 07:06 p.m. - Comment


I should have known...

that this site was out there, somewhere.

[ Courtesy of Dave. ]

Monday, September 22, 2003 @ 01:07 a.m. - Comment


I need you to make me

two sets of promos for our season premiere on Wednesday:

One in case we win...

And one in case we don't.

Monday, September 22, 2003 @ 12:07 a.m. - Comment


Microscared, indeed

I've been asserting for some years now that Microsoft is going to commit suicide, and that the major thing that will kill them is the fact that they still have monopoly reflexes even though -- now that their "stock price climb due to rising stock prices" scam has fallen through -- they're *obviously* not really a monopoly anymore.

This LWN story about the licensing of Office 2003 -- and how much it will cost you to, oh, *share documents with your business partners* -- is just the latest proof.

I invite you to imagine how *hard* an 800-pound gorilla falls.

Sunday, September 21, 2003 @ 11:50 p.m. - Comment


The Academy

aren't quite the fools I thought they'd be. They couldn't quite bring themselves to give Fred Rogers an Emmy, even posthumously, but they did wrap the annual In Memoriam segment with him...

and he got the largest ovation of anyone in it, including Kate Hepburn, Johnny Cash, and Charles Bronson.

Fitting, I think.

We miss ya, Mister.

Sunday, September 21, 2003 @ 10:54 p.m. - Comment


Boston Public is Back

with a vengeance.

Tonight's plotlines: a possible rape victim -- who claims she wasn't *being* raped -- and it turns out she doesn't want it prosecuted, in part, because she happens to be transgendered, and doesn't want anyone to find out. Duh.

A new teacher who hasn't quite got it clear whether she's teaching physics or Spanish... or maybe *meta*physics.

A school band who get bitched out because they chose the name "The Stuttering Fools"... until Guber discovers that they picked the name because they all... stutter. He then expels one, after discovering unprescribed anti-stuttering medication in his locker. More later.

And the 'D' plot... Harvey Wallbanger, er, um, Lipshitz has decided to "take up sex". And almost scares the new girl off.

Guber takes the case when the stutterer files for a temporary restraining order to avoid getting expelled, under the school's zero tolerance policy. His soliloquy in court (oh yeah, it's a DEK season premiere) makes me guess that David E. Kelley reads my stuff. :-)

Friday, September 19, 2003 @ 09:48 p.m. - Comment


Ok...

if you were wondering, again, if you were *way* too geeeky: if you think this is cool, you are.

Or your boss is an asshole.

Wait. That's a tautology.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003 @ 10:57 p.m. - Comment


Ok...

if you were wondering, again, if you were *way* too geeeky: if you think this is cool, you are.

Or your boss is an asshole.

Wait. That's a tautology.

Wednesday, September 17, 2003 @ 10:57 p.m. - Comment


First a new book

then this.

All I can say is... oooof.

Monday, September 15, 2003 @ 01:00 p.m. - Comment


Rah, rah, R.A.H.!

There's a new Heinlein novel!

Robert James, Ph.D., Heinlein Society member and Heinlein scholar, had been researching Heinlein and his life, focusing on Heinlein's second wife Leslyn, when he came across a vague mention of an early novel, a copy of which one-time Heinlein biographer Leon Stover was supposed to have. Robert James went searching, and after serious hunting, finally located a forgotten copy in a box in a garage that had changed hands at least once since Heinlein himself had given it to a friend to be read. This copy had annotations written in the margin by Heinlein himself, with some in a second hand that was probably then-wife Leslyn's.

Robert James presented the manuscript to the Heinlein Society's secretary, David Silver, who promptly contacted Arthur Dula, the representative of the Heinlein literary estate. As they told the tale, they only informed Art that they had a "surprise" for him. When they picked him up, and the three of them were alone in the car, they handed Art the manuscript of this never before seen "new" Heinlein novel. "...when I regained consciousness," Art Dula said, describing the moment, he knew at once this treasure needed to be published for the benefit of us, Heinlein's readers. Through Eleanor Wood, agent for the Heinlein estate, they arranged publication of For Us, the Living the first truly new Heinlein novel since To Sail Beyond the Sunset published shortly before his death. Heinlein's last novel is now his first.

Friday, September 12, 2003 @ 10:36 a.m. - Comment


They *ghod* they've caught her...

Brianna is down.

Thursday, September 11, 2003 @ 02:36 p.m. - Comment


Without Comment

Thursday, September 11, 2003 @ 12:33 p.m. - Comment


Ok...

they've managed to make the Enterprise theme music *even worse*... which I didn't think was humanly possibly.

Apparently, Paramount is being run by Vogons.

Oh, fruddled gruntbuggly, indeed...

Wednesday, September 10, 2003 @ 08:03 p.m. - Comment


I can't even describe this

but it's funny as hell.

[ thanks to American Comedy Network. These bastards are also responsible for Not the American Top 40, posted here mostly for my sister's benefit; the show is hosted by... Kasee Deecee. ]

Tuesday, September 9, 2003 @ 05:30 p.m. - Comment


It was twenty years ago

well, this month, that the federal goverment completed what the subtitle of one of my favorite books on the subject calls "the criminal wrecking of the best telephone system in the world".

But wait!

Is Ma Bell coming back?

We might only hope...

Tuesday, September 9, 2003 @ 04:57 p.m. - Comment


Schadenfreude

It's a German word, meaning, roughly, taking pleasure in someone else's pain.

It's a popular feeling in Tampa Bay today. :-)

Last night, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did something that's probably never been equalled in the history of professional football. Sure, we became one of 4 teams to beat an opponent on opening day in a new stadium. But we'd also beat them in their *final* game at their *old* stadium.

Oh, and won the Super Bowl in between; did I mention that? ;-)

So the folks in Philly aren't real happy with us right now.

But y'know what? After the crap Donovan McNabb put us through all those years, I find I really don't mind all that much. Sorry, guys.

Tuesday, September 9, 2003 @ 03:37 p.m. - Comment


David E Kelley...

"has a deal with the Devil that I was never offered..."

Aaron Sorkin, commenting on the fact that Kelley has written three network drama series *simultaneously*. Nice invu.

[ Thanks to Pam ]

Friday, September 5, 2003 @ 12:58 p.m. - Comment


Not feeling old enough?

Check out this year's list of Things Incoming College Freshmen Just Know, courtesy of our friends at Beloit College ("Making you feel way too old for almost 20 years")

Friday, September 5, 2003 @ 12:41 p.m. - Comment


I think I forgot to mention

the world's only open *encyclopedia*.

Know something?

Go fill it, and us, in.

Thursday, September 4, 2003 @ 05:01 p.m. - Comment


So, y'know; here's a weird thing...

Several month back, with little fanfare (here, at least, cause it makes me sound real stupid), I discovered that I'd lost my Toshiba laptop -- little tiny thing; CT3010; weighs about 2 pounds (so you can see how I might lose it :-).

I wasn't sure it hadn't gotten lifted out of the front of my van, or what had happened to it. 3 months later (spent a lot of time in the office at a desk that quarter), I finally gave in and replaced it with the laptop I'm typing this on now, a Compaq Armada 4220T; really nice unit as well -- most notably, with it's main battery in a *pivoting handle* at the back, which also serves as a prop for typing.

Well, my boss sent me to a client's the other day to set up a new printer... and there the bag was in the corner, propped against a file cabinet. "Oh yeah; that's been there for months", they told me. "We didn't know what it was." Cause they... didn't open the flap, whereby they'd be able to *see* both the laptop... and my name and number on a piece of paper in the flap. <sigh>

So now I have a problem.

Rarely are the two sides of a cost-benefit analysis so close to one another that I have to actually *write the stuff down* to decide which one to keep...

Thursday, September 4, 2003 @ 11:45 a.m. - Comment


Yeah, Pam...

It was the mayor, alright. [ Scroll down ]

Wednesday, September 3, 2003 @ 06:39 p.m. - Comment


Heeeeeeeellllllppppp!

Could someone look at my source, and try to figure out what the hell I've screwed up that the feature story subtable is landing at the bottom? <pout>

Wednesday, September 3, 2003 @ 06:03 p.m. - Comment


Heeeeeeeellllllppppp!

Wednesday, September 3, 2003 @ 06:03 p.m. - Comment


Wow.

Now, let me get something straight.

I don't much like Alternate Universe fan fiction -- at least not in *my* West Wing. (:-)

I'm not really much, either, for big long opuses that get so far off the usual track of the ficton that you can't follow them anymore unless you start at the beginning.

The last thing I don't like is long stories that ignore most of the characters in favor of whichever relationship the authors likes best. (A problem this one didn't, in fact, succumb to).

Those things said, Further to Fly, by Nomad, is one of the top 3 pieces of WW Fanfic I've ever read... and I have read *a lot*.

My ultimate compliment is "this is shootable"... and while Further doesn't quite stand up as a teleplay, it wasn't trying to, either. And as what it does, it is exceptional, really. Sorkin is quoted as saying that the priorities are 1) characterization, 2) dialogue, 3) plot... and Nomad (I wanted to use a personal pronoun here, but Nomad's website carefully doesn't disclose gender) has all three *down*.

[ update: no, maybe not so much. Nomad is apparently, as I had actually surmised, female. ]

I'm not surprised zie is about to become a published writer, and that zir publisher is very happy with what they've turned out so far. This story -- actually, these *8* stories (and I read *entirely* too fast) -- are *wonderful* stuff; picking up just the right amount of stuff that rewards regular viewers of the series, in at least one case, paying homage (so far as I can tell) to another very popular piece of fanfic I've read, and -- most importantly -- doing the thing that makes fanfic work:

putting the characters in *their* milieu while telling your stories. So many fanfic writers forget that much of the personality of the characters they have to write to comes from the way that those characters interact with their peers, cow-orkers, and environment, and, like fish out of water, those authors' writing tends to gasp and die.

Nomad doesn't have that problem -- all the locations are exactly the way you remember them, all the characterizations are damned near perfect (in almost 140 chapters, I've lifted my eyebrows... maybe 4 times)... and the dialogue?

I can only say one thing: please come over here to the US and get a job with John Wells Productions? Pretty please?

[ If nothing else, you can infer my reaction from the comparative length of this review. :-) ]

Wednesday, September 3, 2003 @ 02:44 p.m. - Comment


Ghod, I live Alternet

A Queer Girl's top 10 Gay Myths.

Tuesday, September 2, 2003 @ 01:30 p.m. - Comment


$330,000... or $50Million?

What's really happening in Baghdad.

Tuesday, September 2, 2003 @ 11:24 a.m. - Comment


ATTENTION returning service members:

(no that is not a pun)

The Moonlite BunnyRanch in Nevada is offering you a freebie..

So far, 13 men and 3 women have apparently taken them up on their offer.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003 @ 09:45 p.m. - Comment


Brother, can you spare a

penny?

I'm about due for a career change; perhaps I should try this.

Wednesday, August 27, 2003 @ 09:00 p.m. - Comment


GhandiCON

There's a thing called the GhandiCON, as a putative analogy to DefCONs; it's a play on the quote Ghandi is known for: "First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win."

It's proven accurate in many environments, not the least of which is that thing we like to call "The Linux Comunnity", where we're widely considered to be very firmly at GhandiCON 3.

Some example of that comes from the current lawsuit by (the remnant of) old line commercial Unix vendor SCO (formerly Linux vendor Caldera).

They're suing IBM, asserting that IBM "leaked" code from SCO into Linux, and they've amended their complaint this week. Linux PR guy Eric Raymond has taken full advantage of "fair use", and presents this annotated version of the amended complaint, which he's dubbed "Halloween IX", to analogize the document to a collection of earlier papers, most of which were Microsoft internal memos on the open source movement, the first of which came out around Halloween.

[ UPDATE: I've read most of this, now, and these guys at SCO are smoking crack. ]

Wednesday, August 27, 2003 @ 01:39 p.m. - Comment


Computers in the future...

may weigh no more than 1.5 tons. -- Popular Mechanics, 1949

Our Plans for World Domination<tm>...

Wednesday, August 27, 2003 @ 01:09 p.m. - Comment


Why I Like Impact better...


from
DribbleGlass

Couple other links for friends: Joanna, Jessicca, Shelly

Wednesday, August 27, 2003 @ 11:34 a.m. - Comment


Well, it's almost the beginning

of the political, er, um, I mean *television* season, and for those of you who didn't get *enough* of The West Wing when Bravo launched their syndicated stripping this month, don't forget the West Wing category at fanfiction.net. Lots of crunchy political goodness over there...

Yes, I'm diving back in the pond again; pointers to the Good Stuff as I find it.

[ UPDATE: starting now.

Here Again.
The Senior Staff return to the Newseum for another speech. No one's really happy about it. ]

Tuesday, August 26, 2003 @ 01:18 p.m. - Comment


It's Coming

September 10th, 2003.

Season 3 of Enterprise.

2 minute promo here [7MB DivX4].

Monday, August 25, 2003 @ 05:01 p.m. - Comment


For your convenience, Joanna...

that story is here.

Saturday, August 23, 2003 @ 06:50 p.m. - Comment


I guess that's how a cowgirl says

goodbye.

Veteran horsewoman and instructor Connie Reeves, dead from a fall off her favorite horse.

She was 101 years old.

Saturday, August 23, 2003 @ 06:47 p.m. - Comment


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