July 2004


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Well, that was a surprise

Posted in Geekery on July 6th, 2004

There’s been alot of updates coming out lately for Linux users, and SuSE has been really good about keeping up with everything. Their YOU program (Yast On-line Update) checks a local mirror for updates and lets you know when one is due, or it can be configured to do everything on it’s own.

Saturday night, I ran into a problem. A new update was indicated – a kernel update to handle some security issues. Everything looked to be fine, and I rebooted as instructed. Only it never came back. What I got instead was “waiting for device /dev/302…not found.” At which point it locked up. Same thing in the ‘failsafe’ boot option.

Not good, sez I.

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The past is ahead again

Posted in Geekery on July 3rd, 2004

As a cable guy, I’ve seen some pretty odd arrangements in apartments. Most people don’t realize this, but most of the apartment towers downtown were constructed before cable tv was invented, so they had to retrofit it into those buildings in any way they could.

In most of them, it was a simple matter of running the cable down an elevator shaft and branching off at each floor. Others were forced to bring it up in a column through each apartment from the basement all the way to the penthouse. Many have their cable outlets in starnge places – not out of choice, but out of necessity. There’s only so much you can do with concrete construction.

One of these buildings can come slightly back into fashion now. You see, the only place they could get a cable outlet was in the kitchen, roughly behind the refridgerator. Well, LG Electronics has the perfect solution for them now: a ‘fridge with a built-in LCD TV. This device serves mainly as the display for the built-in internet capability of the unit, but you can hook a DVD player up to it and watch movies instead of streaming something from the cooking channel.

The device hosts a slew of other functions as well. It has a photo album, capable of storing images downloaded from your digital camera. I suppose you no longer have to worry about what to do with your child’s lovely fingerpaintings – now you can scan them into the fridge and display them as a screensaver. It can take memos, shopping lists, etc. etc.

Not a bad implementation of tech, but I know how bad I get sucked into the tv when I’m in the living room. Do I really want that to happen while standing next to a hot burner? And what happens when I drop the remote into the stew?


Posted in Humor on July 2nd, 2004

Well, today is a special day. (Short-bus kinda special to be sure, but I’ll take what I can get.) This is the 100th post on this blog!

I was tempted to delay for a couple days to hijack the upcoming fireworks for my own celebration, but was too impatient :) So instead, we’ll just throw some out right now.


That’s right, folks, we here at the Diary spare no expense when it comes to our celebrations.

(We now return you to our regularly scheduled boredom.)

Gee, didn’t I just say this?

Posted in Geekery on July 2nd, 2004

Yahoo! News – U.S. Steers Consumers Away From IE

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team touched off a storm this week when it recommended for security reasons using browsers other than Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer.

The Microsoft browser, the government warned, cannot protect against vulnerabilities in its Internet Information Services (IIS) 5 server programs, which a team of hackers allegedly based in Russia has exploited with a Java script that is appended to Web sites.

There ya have it folks.

Trial and error

Posted in Work on July 1st, 2004

Well, I wrote in and cancelled the contract today for the telephone tech support job I have been (theoretically) working for the past two weeks. In that time, I have spent 56 hours on the phone, but was only able to bill for less than 5 hours. As I said before, I would need to be averaging that amount of time daily before it would be worth the effort.

Now, this isn’t the fault of the company I was working for or a lack of skill on my part – there simply weren’t enough inbound calls. There were times every day where the phone simply didn’t ring for over an hour. (And that call was likely to be a hang-up or other no-bill.)

So, back to pimping my own business and looking for a regular 9-5 job.