- Vote early, often (I'm from Chicago)
- work on web services tutorial
- upgrade pittsburgh to OS/X Jaguar
- Vote again
Bill Gates Views What He's Sown in Libraries (NYT): Gates' foundation is giving away computers to libraries in every state. While a laudable goal, I'm sure that there's more than a few strings attached to the "gifts". I suspect the libraries don't get to pick whether they want a Mac or PC, and I'm doubt they get to install anything other than Microsoft products on the donated systems.
Linksys vulnerability puts home users at risk (IDG.net via Yahoo!). Appears that if you (duh!) turn on remote management (meaning anyone from the Internet can access your router), it's possible to crash the router. Solution? Don't turn on remote management! or upgrade the firmware. In English: You live in a high crime neighborhood and have a very secure door which protects your home. Your door has a "feature" to allow someone without a key to enter your home. This "feature" is disabled by default. If you choose to enable it, then someone can enter your home. Why would anyone ever do this? Argh...
Briefly.... The Leonid meteor shower is supposed to be spectacular this year. Unfortunately we'll be in Philly.
I dumped my Yahoo! stock earlier this week, not at the highest but I got a decent return. Turns out to be prescient given that Softbank also dumped its shares (they had a few more than I did) according to c|net: Yahoo slides on downgrade, Softbank sale
I suspect there is no one remotely interested in this, but I found the site for The Affordable Floors, a Pittsburgh area college band that briefly flared in the 1980s before getting squished by a major label. The cool thing is that they have some of their songs available online (I doubt you can buy the CD anywhere, including their site). (Somehow I came across this while looking up information about Billy Corgan's new band Zwan).
Update: 9 Nov 2004
The floors now have an online store. Buy Buy Buy!
Update @ 10:22 a.m.
The darn thing seems to have fixed itself, though we're taking this as a warning shot (it's been on continuously for 3+ years. Somehow I doubt it's as robust as a hardcore computer server). Must have fsck'd all the filesystems. (Um, no, that's not an obscenity, it's an ancient unix command, short for filesystem check, kind of like chkdsk but for a real operating system).