Monthly Archives: August 2003

Sunsets

Excellent sunset this evening. Lots of purple and orange on the eastern horizon, with the glassy waters of the Pacific reflecting the clouds. Very nice.

And here’s proof.
Last sunset of August 2003

Netflix Retooled

Blog Entry “netflix retooled” from IA? EH.

Interesting post at elegant hack about the big site redesign at Netflix. I must admit I am ambivalent about the new look at Netflix, and this post hits it on the head: I struggle to locate the search box on the new page. It’s lost over there on the right side of the page, and it isn’t accessible from the queue page, so I have to backtrack to find a new movie or actor. It’s annoying. I hate it when people take away features I use.

Speaking of Netflix, I got Besieged loaded into the DVD player, probably watch that tonight. Then it’s time for Waking Life.

Difficulties

I upgraded the firmware in my broadband router last weekend. Everything seems normal, but for a couple annoying problems. Several websites won’t display correctly now – it’s like the CSS is broken or something, and Seti@Home no longer retrieves work units from the central server. I cannot figure it out. Everything else works just fine. What’s the deal? I’ve monkeyed around with settings for days, scoured the web for answers, and come up empty. I am running out of options. Anybody got an idea?

Test Post From Archipelago

I am testing Archipelago:

Testing

Testing

I hope this works. I am trying to post to my blog using Archipelago. If it does, cool. If not, well that’s not so cool.


It seems to work, with a couple caveats (problems with the title, and uploading files). Not bad though. I might actually start using Archipelago to post from my G3.

Serious Time Lords Only Need Reply

A good article from Wired News: Turn Back the Spam of Time. I got the time travel email the article is based upon over a year ago. Seems the author of that spam really was a bit touched in the head. He really is looking for time travel equipment. I wonder if he wants my old TARDIS? It’s an old Type 40, slightly burn damage by Cybermen and Daleks, barely worthwhile at this point, but if the guy wants it…

Fried Sugar, Fried Salt

My friend Chris and I often have a discussion about opening a business on Guam. We think we found the surefire formula for success on Guam:

  • The product has to be salty,
  • It has to be fried
  • It has to be sugary
  • The portions need to be large
  • And it must be cheap

Looks like somebody beat me to it. The hot item at the Yona Friday Night Market this week, a new vendor, Twinksters: deep-fried Twinkies, deep-fried Oreos, deep-fried Snickers. I can’t believe somebody is actually doing this. I think I will head up there next weekend to try my hand at selling deep-fried salt.

Deep-fried Twinkies, for Christ’s sake. That’s just wrong on so many levels.

I See Venus, I See Mars

I ogled the red planet last night, like most folks. Funny. I spend a good deal of my free time stargazing, yet this doesn’t particularly interest me. It’s big, it’s bright. So what? I am more interested in what those probes will find when they get to Mars. In the meantime, I will just keep picking out cooler stuff in the night sky. Jupiter is exceedingly cool, which many moons and dark bands. Mars is positively stodgy in comparison. And the planets pale in comparison to nebula and globular clusters.

And yes, I am an APOD junkie. It’s the best spot on the internet.

ZAP

Japanese Tourist Struck By Lightning – an 18 year old Japanese tourist died yesterday afternoon after being struck by lightning in the waters just offshore of the Hyatt Regency Guam. The last couple days brought lots of lightning to Guam, an unusual occurrence in this tropical paradise.

Getting Away From It All

Police locate Bogolepov. This Russian guy disappeared over a week and a half ago, freaking out his friends and employer. Seems he was holed up in a cave up near Tanguisson. The cops let him go; he broke no crime. Dude just needed a vacation. I understand completely.

Corked Off

So my Macintosh is acting strangely. Nothing terminal, just odd behavior. I am getting errors booting up, web pages won’t display properly in Mozilla, I can’t get streaming audio to work in Audion. A lot of little quibbling problems, the sort of stuff that plagues five year old G3’s I guess.

Time to run a Norton Utilities, maybe defrag the hard drive. Probably have to reinstall some odds ‘n ends that have gone sour. Hope this doesn’t turn into a major production, I don’t need that right now.

Oh yeah – picked up an old Pentium Pro machine to play around with yesterday. I shrugged off the offer of a keyboard and mouse. “I’ve got a KVM switch,” I casually replied. “No worries about that for me.” Of course the keyboard and mouse jacks on the old PC are DB-9 serial and DIN-5 connectors, and my KVM switch is PS/2 type plugs. Lovely. Guess where I am going for lunch? A computer store, like PC Outlet perhaps? Looking for plug adapters perhaps? Just what I wanted to do, go fishing for a hodge-podge of adapters and cables. Hooray…

The Return of the Nachi

No it’s not Clym Yeobright

Today saw a sudden resurgence of the Nachi Worm at work again. It was so bad our Exchange server’s antivirus software went into “Outbreak” mode and stripped all attachments from email. Of course the network couldn’t handle the stress and went down – again. Those servers are played out dude. Christ, we’ve had the same servers since 1996, they’re a little long in the tooth. Somebody takes those old machines out back and put them out of their misery.

With the network so unreliable these days, I am burning through floppies like mad the past couple weeks, pouching diskettes in interoffice envelopes and sending out files to their destinations via sneakernet. Remember those days? Feels like it’s 1989 all over again.

The IT monkeys got everything under control by noon though, so my hat’s off to them. Good job guys. Hopefully this nasty virus upsurge is coming to an end.