September 29, 2003
Back Online If you're reading this either the DNS issues have worked out, or you are coming by IP :) Either way, welcome back. The move went very smoothly, and aside from the fact that the world doesn't know this server at this IP exist yet, everything is just fine! If you want access to our fine, fine domains, you can also add the IP to your list of DNS servers in your /etc/resolv.conf or under TCP/IP properties in the networking area in windows.
Posted by Arcterex at 06:16 PM
September 28, 2003
New IPs for the Server Move Monday Greetings again folks. It looks like Monday Sept 29th will be the big moving day. At approximately 2pm PST the server will go down and at sometime past that, hopefully soon after it will be back up with the following new IP:

The above will be the new IP for, so if you have a nameserver or a registrair that needs this information there it is. I've reset all the DNS settings to have a timeout of 10 minutes, so changes should hopefully happen relatively quickly once things are in motion.

Again, there will be a day or two of turmoil, but hopefully things will settle down soon.

Some here it is again:

Fred's servers will be at:

These changes will take effect on Monday, Sept 29th.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:47 PM
September 26, 2003
Things to Fix in WindowsUpdate A good list of the things that have to be fixed in windows update. As someone who has just spent the last week or so doing three separate installs of XP from scratch on various computers, the hour or more spent each time downloading, waiting, installing, rebooting, downloading more, waiting, installing, rebooting, going back to windows update yet again, etc etc gets a bit.... "tiring" after a while. Hopefully someone will see that list and think about fixing things.

I know that not having to download patches off an install would require a new CD for each patched version of Windows, and that's not that realistic, but just running one update once would be nice.

Some of his other suggestions I'm not sure I completely agree with. I don't trust Microsoft to install software without my approval. I don't trust anyone to install stuff without my approval, so having your system patched and having things installed in the background without my consent doesn't make me all warm and fuzzy. On the other hand I cleaned off about 500 virii and infected files (via AVG and ad-aware) off a system not that long ago. When I asked if the user ever updated she said "oh, that think I always hit 'later' on?". *sigh* Maybe a "I am a techie" button somewhere that will convert from a "do whatever you want MS" to a "ask me before doing anything" schema.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:04 AM
September 25, 2003
What it's Like to Be a Pawn Cool link from juliebug regarding a human chess in an urban setting. Very neat read of what it's like to be a pawn.
Posted by Arcterex at 02:06 PM
Funny Cartoon A funny cartoon from the new yorker, posted in a /. discussion on the whole SCO thing.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:17 PM
Half Life 2 Delayed *sigh* Well I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. Apparently Half Life 2, touted as "coming out on Sept 30th" and "on track for the original release date" has been pushed back to sometime in the holiday season. This completely sucks. I was hoping that they'd be able to do it, and while I don't like the idea of a company pushing out a buggy or incomplete game, I'm not sure if that's worse than getting lots of publicity on the fact they had a firm ship date (instead of "when it's done") and were going to hit it, and then dropping the ball (unless you believe some people :)

Oh well, not much we can do but move on and hope that they don't end up like Duke Nukem WhenForever! The game is still going to kick ass when it comes out though from what I've seen. Or at least if it comes out in a reasonable timeframe.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:37 AM
September 24, 2003
Ban Huxley and Heinlein Books Who are these wierdos? Some folks down in the great state of Texas have decided that they want to ban books, specifically Huxley's Brave New World and Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. Now I admit it's been a couple of years since I read these books, but I have read them, and I don't recall them being "pornographic literature" or causing "inappropriate sexual arousal". Of course, in high school pretty much everything else cause sexual arousal, but for a teen male I'm pretty sure that was normal (right?).

I'd go into a big bitch session about people being stupid, over-reactive, scared of things they don't know, free speach, the fact that I thought both books were great (as do most other critics), and that people shouldn't be scared of books, but I don't have the time. Of course, that's just my opinion, feel free to attend as many book burning parties as you want, that's your right. My thoughts are let the kids read the books and ask them how they feel about it. If they feel it's pornographic, or offensive, let them say. Course, if I was a parent I'd just be happy my kid was reading.

Again, thanks fark.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:57 PM
About Anime Nerds Some funny stuff about the sort of people who wish they were Japanese entitled Wearing a Japanese shirt doesn't make you Japanese. From a thread on fark about train molesters. Most amusing. I'm sure a couple of the anime nerds here will find it funny at least :)
Posted by Arcterex at 01:45 PM
September 23, 2003
Doom 3 Interview and 2 New Shots Computer and Video Games has a short interview about Doom 3 including two wicked looking screenshots. Can't wait!

Because of their stupid system that doesn't appear to allow you to link directly to the page, try going to the main page and clicking on the "Doom 3: id speaks out, new screens!" link in the top left corner.

Posted by Arcterex at 07:28 AM
September 22, 2003
How Netscape Beat Microsoft Interesting article entitled how Netscape Beat Microsoft, via scoble. Good read, makes you think and.... stuff.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:34 PM
September 19, 2003
Looking for Co-lo Hosting in Vancouver Greetings folks. Some things are changing around here, and hopefully someone out there can help out. Since the Userfriendly servers moved from New Westminster to some far away place, the box no longer falls under their realm of influence. IE: No more free hosting for me. I can live with that. However, today I got an email from the dude in charge of the Paralynx/Parasun/Cablerocket (or whatever they are calling themselves) saying that they are no longer doing any co-lo hosting :(

So I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations for places who do co-lo hosting in the vancouver area. I'm not looking for a whole lot, basically

  • Vancouver area
  • Access to get in for reboots or hardware changes (after hours access a bonus)
  • Competant support people or admins
  • Not getting completely screwed over for the price or for extra traffic (sadly I don't have my bandwidth stats here right now, so I don't know what I'm looking for per month yet)
Hopefully this will go smoothly. I've been told I have to be out by Sept 30th (nice short notice huh?), so the quicker the better. I'm hoping that I can sweet talk the Paralynx guys into giving me a bit of extra time if I need it, but most likely it'll be quick. The biggest thing will be a change in IP address, so all the hosted domains will have to be updated, DNS records, MX records, secondary DNS servers, etc etc etc. Bit PITA.

Hopefully I can find something good though, and quickly. Thanks for any advice or pointers anyone can give me. Thanks for hanging in there with me.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:37 PM
September 14, 2003
Stupid People I'm really wondering how stupid people really are. Long ago I posted a story entitled How to Kill MSN Messanger, all about how to stop messanger from loading on boot, and if you run outlook express, or IE, or pretty much anything. Somehow some people started posting to get passwords for hotmail accounts. And them more, and more and more and more. I get one or two every few days, and I just wonder if anyone reads anymore.

The last one, from "Lord BlueKnight" says "i dont know if this is a hoax or not". Erhm.... where is the hoax? The story clearly states "... how to prevent it from loading automatically". Not completely clear maybe, but they obviously didn't follow the link.


I wonder if there are a bunch of @msn, @hotmail and @aol peole just sitting waiting anxiously for someone to send them hotmail email addresses.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:48 PM
September 12, 2003
Extreme PC Makeovers Wow, these systems are pretty extreme. My favorite is the shiny aluminum one.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:47 AM
September 10, 2003
GNOME 2.4 Actually Released In a day of GNOME lovin', the actual release appears to have finally happened. Congrats to all the devs out there. Now where are those ebuilds?
Posted by Arcterex at 03:44 PM
GNOME 2.4.Almost Well, it's almost out. There is a nice review on arstechnica here showing off some of the design philosophies and giving a good look at the desktop environment for those who haven't looked really hard at the 2.3.x development series.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:02 AM
Escher in Lego Escher's "Relativity" in LEGO from Epona. Possibly old, but cool.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:32 AM
September 09, 2003
Longhorn Screenshot?

This screenshot shows what appears to be a crashing version of Longhorn. Interesting look. I'm going to ignore smarmy comments about the bug as it is a few years from release :)

Posted by Arcterex at 09:24 AM
September 07, 2003
Lost and Found Bits Some random lost and found bits (mostly linux/unix related) including some howtos, funny images, etc. Basically an online version of what we all have somewhere, be it physically or digitally.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:20 AM
September 06, 2003
Buying a SCO License Apparently it's quite a challenge to buy a license from SCO.
Posted by Arcterex at 04:42 PM
September 05, 2003
Rules To Live By Channel Rules, expressed as only Bart can. Thanks (again) foot_note!
Posted by Arcterex at 09:43 AM
New Filesystem Methodology This is pretty cool (linked from /.) GNOME Storage is a module that allows file access through a) sql and b) natural language. So not only do you get to access files in a way such as "is file type of MP3 and artist = 'U2'", but you do it in natural language... "songs by u2". Very more "star trek" than "id3 -l *mp3 | grep -i U2" wouldn't you say? They have some other really cool looking features as well. I'm looking forward to see where this is going, and how similar it is to the all new wonderful doubleplusgood filesystem in the new Windows (Longhorn). I'm thinking that GNOME Storage will be out first though :)
Posted by Arcterex at 09:41 AM
September 04, 2003
Acts of Gord - The Comic How cool is this... Acts of Gord (a great site in itself) has an online comic for it! Very nifty.
Posted by Arcterex at 03:40 PM
Backup Solution I need this system to backup my mp3 collection. Thanks for the pointer foot_note!
Posted by Arcterex at 10:19 AM
September 03, 2003
Underworld Full Trailer Very cool, the full trailer for Underworld is now available. I've been slacking in my checking of the apple movie trailer site lately, so this might be old news but it's a new (to me) and kickass trailer that makes me want to see the movie. Opening Sept 19th.
Posted by Arcterex at 04:54 PM
On Filesharing and Artists Downhill Battle is a site dedicated to makeing people aware that when you buy a CD legitimately you are indirectly hurting the artists by supporting the RIAA, and so on and so forth. An interesting site, with some interesting flyers. I'm not sure if this is conspiracy theory or good sense. Is the push to "be legit" the RIAA trying to guilt people into giving them even more money and perpetuate their monopoly or the desire for honest people to get their music from legitimate sources, and not be pirates? What do you think?
Posted by Arcterex at 04:43 PM
Bad Astronomy If you think [someone] is bad to watch a movie with, imagine how bad this guy would be.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:37 PM
Complaints about Entertainment Some random bitches and complaints about things from tv and movies can be found here.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:17 AM in Wired Very cool! My good buddy Fred, of (hosted on this box by the way, and accounting for most of the bandwidth, disk usage, and of course, hardware improvements), was profiled along with his site in Wired! TDIs Fuel Diesel Obsessions is the article, and basically says what I've suspected all along. "You Volkswagon guys are crazy." :)

Congrats dude!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:13 AM
September 02, 2003
Transformers Movie Info AICN has some details on the Transformers Movie, which is still in the planning stages.
"The plan with the movie is that it will combine live action with CGI. I think it's going to be something the audience has never seen before. In all the years of movie-making, I don't think the image of a truck transforming into a 20-foot tall robot has ever been captured on screen. I also want to make a film that's a homage to 1980s movies and gets back to the sense of wonder that Hollywood has lost over the years. It will have those Spielberg-ian moments where you have the push-in on the wide-eyed kid and you feel like you're 10 years old even if you're 35. That's the energy I want to go for."


DeSanto says that the film will be based on Generation One and set on Earth and that he's been rewatching all the cartoons and reading all the comics.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:12 PM
The Matrix Online Comics Cool, a bunch of Matrix Comics online. Via /.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:08 PM
Linux Media Box Options
Posted by Arcterex at 09:28 AM
September 01, 2003
Women = Evil Finally, proof for what I've long suspected!

(Just kidding, it's a joke ok?)

Posted by Arcterex at 10:16 PM