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Archive for September, 2003

20 Questions

From the 20 Questions site: You win, but the computer did guess it eventually You were thinking of a computer mouse. Is it a common household object? You said No, I say Yes. Does it bring joy to people? You said No, I say Yes. Would you use it in the dark? You said Irrelevant, […]


Great tip! cat /usr/share/calendar/* | grep `date +"%m/%d"` I've added that to my .tcshrc file. Good stuff. FWIW, my birthday is a pretty damn boring day: [10:51pm iacas@Gaia:~] % cat /usr/share/calendar/* | grep '03/23' 03/23* Maundy Thursday (3 days before Easter) 03/23 Pakistan Day in Pakistan


I was attempting to set up a client's email account today, and he was having trouble. He connects via MSN dial-up, and though he could receive mail through his account (at his own domain, hosted on a server of mine), he could not send email. He kept getting a message about the server terminating the […]

QotD: Weather

Question: How often do you check the weather forecast? My Answer: Almost never. My years of outdoor activities have honed my forecasting abilities beyond those of weathermen on television. You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Unanimous Weather Forecasts


Abbott and Costello

From a mailing list I'm on: Abbott: Hello.  Ultimate SuperDuper Computer Store. Can I help you? Costello: Thanks. I'm setting up a home office in the den, and I'm thinking of buying a computer. Abbott: Mac? Costello: No, the name is Lou. Abbott: Your computer? Costello: I don't own a computer. I want to buy […]

QotD: Computer Languages

Question: How many programming languages do you know? My Answer: About fifteen. "Know" is a loose term. How many do I know really well? Two or three. How many can I get by in comfortably? Eight or nine. However, I "know" enough of others to at least be able to read and write simple applications. […]

Survivor 7.01

Survivor - the original, the most truthful, the best - is back, and so are my weekly updates. I debated not doing them, but I get a kick out of them, and I don't care if anyone reads them. Besides, I know people will, and I enjoy the discourse. So one tribe this year is […]

Ed Without a Carol

I too have felt like I am somewhat like Ed of the show, uhhhh, Ed. Now someone else says it too. I too am "Carol-less." I'm also "time-less." I don't have much time for a girlfriend. I find myself wishing I had one around 12:30 at night, when I have about 15 minutes before I […]

Fishing Forums

Guy 1: What do I do if my wife leaves me because of me fishing too much !!!!!! Guy 2: If she does, that will leave even more time for fishing. Problem solved. Guy 3: Dude, use your brain, who is going to clean your fish. Give her some shopping money and send her to […]

QotD: Radio

Question: How often do you listen to the radio? What do you listen to? My Answer: Never. Nothing. Easy. I used to listen to the radio all the time. I used to record stuff I was too cheap (hey, I was seven) to buy. I used to listen to Pittsburgh Pirate broadcasts on 1330 all […]

Wrong Turn at Albuquerque

I woke up at 5:30 today, ready to hit the freshwater nearby (i.e. "Lake Ida"). Why? Because I was skunked yesterday and I knew that I could get some fish in there, even if they're the "mystery fish" I've written about before. I put in at 6:15 or so, rigged up, and paddled to "my […]


Frankly, I'd have expected Dean to know better. I've read countless stories of bloat - and read many before I got my Flint - and am well aware of the harm (i.e. death) that bloat can bring. In case Dean hasn't stumbled across this tip yet, here's another: buy food dish "elevators" to raise the […]

Wireless Mouse

In light of recent announcements, I'd like to reiterate again how much I like my wireless mouse, the Logitech MX-700. I've got no less than eight buttons and a scroll wheel on this thing (the scroll wheel doubles as a button, of course). It's wireless. It's optical. It uses rechargeable batteries and has a recharging […]

QotD: Pets

Question: If you could make any animal a pet, what would you keep? My Answer: I'd like to have a pet kangaroo. I wonder if they can swim… (Answer: yes!). You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.