June 30, 2002
While working on the arcter-resume this evening, I came across resumania
, an archive of shall we say, "poorly worded" resume items. Also, lets not forget about the classic, this McDonalds
Posted by Arcterex at 11:29 PM
Pre-emptive Happy Canada Day!
Well, I know it's still a few hours off (for this side of the world anyway), but a very happy Canada Day
! Mucho thanks to my buddy illiad
for the cute Oh Canada Dust Puppy that will grace the top of this page for a few days!
So how is everyone going to be celebrating?
Posted by Arcterex at 09:03 PM
Mondo Backup under Gentoo
Mark has written up his impressions
of using the mondo backup
software under gentoo.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:24 AM
June 29, 2002
Mitnick Testified Against Sprint
This should really be in the "funny" section, but... Anyway, there's a great article on securityfocus
about how Mitnick (Free Kevin!) is testifying against Sprint in a hacking case, saying that their network is exploitable, how he exploited it, and they are arguing back that it's not, trying to prove his innocence as it were. It's a great read, with a few surprises towards the end :)
Posted by Arcterex at 03:44 AM
Gnome 2 Review
OSnews has a review
of the new GNOME 2 environment. I hate to say it, but I agree with him on a lot of his points. I'm in GNOME 2 right now, and while it's usable as a desktop, it's nowhere near as nicely integrated or mature as KDE, and feels far less featureful than the GNOME 1.4 release. Hopefully now that it's out there, the developers, users, and usability people will fix all the silly little bugs that are there (ie: applets not obeying Fitts' law (though the menus on the panel do), lack of decent config options for many things, and letting go of the "less is always better" mentality towards preferences, as well as adding some better tools to use within the GNOME environment (I can configure my kernel from withing KDE3, but I can't even control a sound server or pretty much any system stuff from the stock gnome2 tools).
Anyone else have any opinions on the new release?
Posted by Arcterex at 02:20 AM
June 27, 2002
Robin passed this on.... an amusing FOCUS Magazine Interview with Bill Gates
and the whole "Microsoft Code Has No Bugs" thing. Worth a guffaw or two.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:12 PM
June 26, 2002
How to Disappear
How to Disappear
, a tutorial via wired.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:52 PM
Geek Humor Page
Mike's Geek Humour Collection
is worth at least a glance or three. The origin of /dev/null was particularily amusing.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:55 AM
New Key for Secure Web Server
Just FYI, if you head to this site in https
, or it the old
webmail, you'll see that the server key has changed. This is due to the admin (that'd be me) being a bonehead and only creating a year long key originally, and then that same guy (that's me again) not knowing how to extend the cert's expiry date (someone care to enlighten me?). Anyway, just to let you know it's all good. BTW, I'm following these instructions
to create the cert, and if there's a way to make it so I don't have to change the key/cert but extend the expiry date, please let me know
(Pssst... the root CA for ufies.org (for OE users) can be found here)
Posted by Arcterex at 10:31 AM
An article on linuxandmain.org
that has a new review of GNOME-2, and what is wrong with KDE3. I don't totally agree with him on the problems with KDE3, but I haven't used it as long as GNOME.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:57 AM
happens to be my latest. I noticed it in a LJ article where it mentioned a bug
filed against it. Damn them! Course, it gives me something to do instead of lying in bed and wishing it wasn't so damn hot I couldn't sleep.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:46 AM
Two Towers Trailer
Well, I'm sure you've heard it already, but Tig happens to have a local copy
of said trailer.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:43 AM
June 23, 2002
Ogg to do Video
Well, kinda. According to this newsforge story
, Ogg Vorbis will be teaming up with On2
to use their open source V3P video compression software to create an open source solution to rival MPEG-4. Good stuff, something predicted (and bitched about) by others
long ago :)
Posted by Arcterex at 10:15 PM
There is a great article
and their little stint with the RIAA. I didn't realize that to comply with the 3000lb gorilla^w^wRIAA they have to block all
songs, even the ones that have no copywrite violation, such as geeks in space
, and pretty much anyone who is sharing their own music
. So basically here is a great example of the RIAA fucking over everyone. Hope I don't sound too bitter :) AG is/was a great system.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:06 PM
Webby Award Winners
is a list of the winners and nominees in the latest webbies. Congrats to all!
Posted by Arcterex at 11:41 AM
June 22, 2002
is a pretty cool site, with some nice full size wallpapers for your enjoyment.
Posted by Arcterex at 04:55 PM
Neverwinter Nights Review
Found a review of Neverwinter Nights
that gives it very high marks. Might want to check this one out....
Posted by Arcterex at 08:58 AM
June 21, 2002
.mov comes to Linux
Thanks to Christophe for throwing me this tidbit. The sorenson codec, available before only under mac and windows, is available native via Xine .9.11. Here is the slashdot story
. Xine is in debian unstable/testing for your enjoyment!
Posted by Arcterex at 02:02 PM
It's been a while since I wandered over to PerlMonks
, but I did this monrning, and in their Obfuscated Code section I found a fantastic program
that outputs it's own code in a continuously spiraling.... erhmm... spirale. It's very cool, well worth the cut and paste to watch.
Posted by Arcterex at 07:43 AM
Chamber of Secrets Trailer Online
Seems a trailer for the second Harry Potter movie, the Chamber of Secrets has snuck online
. There's a teaser and a 30s teaser, in windows media, quicktime, and real. Just FYI, the 30s teaser is just the first 30s of the teaser, so don't worry about downloading it.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:15 AM
June 20, 2002
Next from the RIAA
Random funny that I found via ars, the next big thing
coming from the RIAA!
Posted by Arcterex at 08:57 AM
Just FYI, I threw a review of the Bourne Identity up on the movie review
page. It's got lots of spoilers, but they are hidden by text color (white on white). Go have a look.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:46 AM
June 19, 2002
Typical Male Robots
Caught this this morning through staticred
, it's a 30meg divx avi (works through aviplay or mplayer under linux) that is wonderfully animated and hilariously funny! He also has an earlier animation, The Geek and Loaf-fu
Posted by Arcterex at 02:09 PM
June 17, 2002
Some Movie Reviews
Just wandered over to PWOT
and found a couple of movie reviews, done in the distinct... erhm.... "style" that we're familiar with from PWOT. Here's one for Episode II
and Scooby Doo
Posted by Arcterex at 01:20 PM
Best 404 Ever
thew me this one, and I have to say, best 404 ever
! (flash btw, and there is a naughty word at the end, but other than that it is safe for work)
Posted by Arcterex at 10:31 AM
As my fiends will tell you, this is a favorite subject of mine. However, I found something that is even more
over the top, curtesy of alltheweb
(via the /. story
). Anyway, go check out this story
Posted by Arcterex at 10:21 AM
June 16, 2002
Openoffice.org 1.0 Review
OSNews has a review of openoffice.org 1.0
. It's got a good look at the features, pros and cons, as well as the differences to staroffice. I've heard at least a couple of people say that it works just fine as an office suite, and at if someone like say, Apple
, were to include it on their systems, in addition to or instead of MS office, and if it were to become the defacto standard on Linux systems, people might begin to see that they have an alternative to microsoft
. Take into account the recent changes in licensing from microsoft, and you may see a shift. I'm not saying it's great, or fantastic, the only choice or even a perfect
alternative to the "standard" that microsoft office, but from what I've seen, it's good enough.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:12 PM
Vipul's Razor 2 Released
A new version of the spam reporting and analyzing software Vipul's Razor
has been released. Version 2 of the software has many funky new things
to offer. Now if only the .deb was updated!
Posted by Arcterex at 02:28 PM
June 15, 2002
The latest issue of the brattiest academic 'zine on the net, nasty
, has hit the stands. Lots of articles, poetry, and fiction for you to sink your nasty
Posted by Arcterex at 11:50 AM
June 14, 2002
Bad Blonde Joke
I know it's bad, but kudos to H for passing this along. I'm allowed to post it because I used to be a blonde
. Read on for more...
A blonde, wanting to earn some money, decided to hire herself out as a
'handy-woman' and started canvassing a nearby well-to-do neighborhood.
She went to the front door of the first house, and asked the owner if he
had any odd jobs for her to do.
"Well, you can paint my porch," he said, "How much will you charge me?" The
blonde, after looking about, responded, "How about $50?"
The man agreed and told her that the paint and other materials that she
might need were in the garage.
The man's wife, inside the house, heard the conversation and said to her
husband, "Does she realize that the porch goes all the way around the
The man replied, "She should; she was standing on it. Do you think she's
"No. I guess I'm guilty of being influenced by all the 'dumb blonde' joke
emails we've been receiving."
A short time later, the blonde came to the door to collect her money.
"You're finished already?" the husband asked.
"Yes," the blonde replied, "and I had paint left over, so I gave it two
Impressed, the man reached into his pocket for the $50.00 and handed it to
"And by the way," the blonde added, "it's not a Porch, it's a Lexus."
Posted by Arcterex at 11:08 PM
Computer Myths Revisited
has a fun look back at the propaganda and paranoia that was around the Michelangelo scare of 1992. I remember this as well, and saw a couple of newspaper stories on it. I think I even let my dad convince me to leave the computer turned off that day, as he knew we had some..... "aquired"
software installed on our system. Found via the slashdot story
Posted by Arcterex at 09:44 AM
Stoyan Zhekov has started a page entitled Gentoo Frequently Unanswered Questions. Anyone out there who is using, or interested in, the gentoo linux distro may find this interesting.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:18 AM
June 13, 2002
Getting Ready for GNOME
Written by firstname.lastname@example.org
, an interesting article
for developers on getting ready for GNOME-2.
Posted by Arcterex at 06:17 PM
E2 Softlinker for Windows
Saw a C!'d post on e2
today about a auto-softlinker for windows (it's a VB program). Go read the node
or just go and check it out
Posted by Arcterex at 01:00 PM
Look back at Doom
There's an article
with a cool look back at the game that changed the face of video games, Doom.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:21 AM
June 12, 2002
Blogging in NYC
Interesting project over at http://www.nycbloggers.com
trying to get a map of the bloggers in the area.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:34 PM
June 11, 2002
Nautilus 2.0 Released
Not sure what the changes are yet, but I got the following from the gnome-announce list:
The Gnome hackers and a cast of thousands proudly present, after years in
the making, the final Gnome 2 releases of:
- Nautilus, the Gnome file manager
and the sidekick helper library:
- Eel, The eazel extension library
Availible for download now at:
Posted by Arcterex at 11:56 PM
Internet Pr0n and You
] Apparently internet porn is considered cheating
, according to some quack from Oprah
. Wonder if all the pr0n spam I get every day is enough to get me divorced (and no, I did not sign up to them or one of their "associated sites
Posted by Arcterex at 11:32 PM
June 10, 2002
Yup, it's all in.... hopefully ya'll will see a difference :) The one thing that didn't go in was the new hard drive (as a hot spare for the raid array), due to driver problems. I'm going to be upgrading the kernel to 2.4.19pre-something tonight and see if that fixes it. I'll also need to do some more hardware stuff in the next few days (ie: putting proper brackets on the HDs and moving things around so the cables aren't stretched. I'll post when I take the box down again for hardware, but be expecting a reboot or two tonight. Huge thanks to Fred and his people for making this possible!
Posted by Arcterex at 08:09 PM
Yup, time for some more downtime. This time, however, it's planned
:) I'll be installing some new hardware (thanks to fred
) to make this box a hoss-box, wonderfully fast, and more importantly, stable (all components are server quality). Around 3:30pst (that's in a bit over two hours from now) the box will go down, hopefully for no more than an hour max, for a bit of sugery.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:31 PM
June 09, 2002
New Debian Based Distro
is a new distro out there, based on debian
. It has a few interesting features. You can run it live from CD to test things out without touching your hard drive, and boots up (apparently) full configuration (via webmin) over a browser. It also claims to have "...network diagnostics, X and complete gui, E-mail server, list server and firewalling functionality all bundled together for easy installation" (blatently ripped from this debian planet story
Read on for more of my tale....
I'm currently waiting for telemetrybox to finish installing under vmware, but I have played with their system running from CD. It has some problems, like being unable to configure X as the XF86Config is a symlink to a file on the CD, and no idea where the webmin link is. The default web page has some interesting things built in though, squirrelmail, mantis (bug tracking system) and mailman are all there built right in. They also have a nifty configuration system to do pretty much all the config right in the browser. This includes (as advertised) things like ACID, nessus, snort, netsaint, ipaudit, a port and ip scanner using nmap, with the ability to dump results right into nessus' config, and other nifty stuff.
They have some problems in the vmware drivers, so I had to fake out the webserver by adding the IP as "testbox.telemetrybox.org" in my hosts file before it would recognize the admin user properly, but after that happened, it was much easier to deal with. End result, it's woody with a nice admin interface, but still worth a look, if only to be able to mess about with nice preconfigured stuff :)
Posted by Arcterex at 12:12 AM
June 08, 2002
MFS (Mozilla from scratch)
Want to build a fully optimized mozilla, built for your hardware? Check this article out
. Via an osnews article
. I finished compiling mozilla 1.0 for my athlon with gcc-3.1 only to get "unresolved symbol" errors. Bah. Maybe you'll have better luck.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:26 PM
Build Your Own South Park Character
comes a page where you can build your own south park character
using a nifty little flash thing.
Posted by Arcterex at 07:57 PM
June 07, 2002
comes a couple of hilarious videos. The first is a flash that is great for an early morning giggle (if you get up a 11:00am that is). http://hellsgate.online.ee/~mait/fahrschule.swf
The second is (yet another) mastercard spoof (has naught words in it though) that can be found here
(it's in .asf form, so linux users will have to use mplayer or aviplay to see it).
Posted by Arcterex at 11:31 AM
June 06, 2002
Not Exactly a "bug"
(spelling intentional) makes me really really
want to secure all the sides of my computers back on!
Posted by Arcterex at 12:14 PM
June 05, 2002
New Webmail (BETA)
Hey all you webmail
users, there's a new version of IMP out that looks quite nice, and I have installed at https://ufies.org/horde2
. This is not the final address, but I'd like some feedback from users on if it sucks/rocks and should it stay/go? I don't know if old address books can be pulled over to the new system or not, which is a potential major sticking point.
Oh, another mail related note. I have a system called pop-before-smtp going now. The way it works is as follows. The system will watch for people authenticating themselves with pop or imap (or pops/imaps) and when it sees that, it will open up their IP as a valid relay for SMTP for a limited amount of time. End result? As long as you get your mail first via pop or imap, you can use ufies.org as an outoing
smtp server. This is new, and will be removed if there's any abuse (which I don't expect there will be), and feedback is appreciated :)
Posted by Arcterex at 02:57 PM
Perl - Apocalypse 5
The perl weenies in the crowd are sure to already know that Apocalypse 5
from Larry Wall is out, so you can ignore this.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:44 AM
Just in case anyone was wondering, yes, I did it
Posted by Arcterex at 02:14 AM
Had an inspiration for a search
and found a decent page of cat quotes
Posted by Arcterex at 02:06 AM
June 04, 2002
Cool Program of the Week: Earthviewer
My good thanks to Yohimbe for introducing me to Earthviewer
, quite possibly the coolest program I've seen in a long time. Sadly it's windows, but on the upside, it's extremely cool. Basically it's a GL program that allows you to zoom in from the point where earth is just a marble to street level. It uses a combination of different satallite photography and terrain information (make sure you hit the "terrain" button to get the moutains popping up) to give you images of the earth for pretty much everywhere. The really highly detailed stuff is only really in the US, Japan and Afganistan (go figure), and not all
terrain is high high high detailed, but you can zoom in on cars in london or Tokyo. Combine that with handy "bookmarks" of points of interest, the ability to just type in an address and have the program zoom there, the ability to show or hide details such as roads, bars, hospitals, lodging, and countless others.... oh, and a cool tilt function, in combination with full 3d (zoom, move, tilt, pan, rotate) control. The program is a 14 day trial, but man, it's cool. Due to the GL it is very
smooth as well... seems to have a big memory leak unfortunatly, I left it running while watching Slap Shot
on DVD and found it had consumed about 400 meg of memory! Anyway, enough babbling, go check it out
Posted by Arcterex at 11:10 PM
Doom III Interview
Just some link propagation about the doom III interview
over at the Daily Telefrag.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:45 AM
June 02, 2002
25 Sexiest Movie Moments
, the 25 Sexiest Movie Moments
(safe for work).
Posted by Arcterex at 09:33 PM
June 01, 2002
Free Space Sim
Wow, how cool is this
? A free, high quality space similuator that allows you to orbit a shuttle, see mars, the moon, earth, all in beautiful high res, 3d accelerated glory! Granted, the driving can be a bit complicated
, and it's a bit crashy, but still well worth a download or even just a look
Posted by Arcterex at 10:49 AM