Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Blog Searching

I use Icerocket for most of my blog searches until today. I just found out (I'm a little late) that google has a blog search function in beta.

Now don't get me wrong, Icerocket has some really cool features. They have trending of topics which is kind of cool. But Googles search engine just seems better. Only time will tell at this point. Don't dump your old search tools just yet, but things have gotten really interesting.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

So much water under the bridge

Well, it's been over a month now since I last posted. Lots of things have happened, the vast majority of them where good. This I can't complain. Hopefully things will start to settle to down for me.

So, to let you know. I'm still here and kickn

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Steve Ballmer says...."We would have gotten away with it too if it wasn't for those meddling kids!"

"...Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confessed the software giant's .NET strategy has come to a standstill, says he's accepted SQL Server's shortcomings, and vowed to keep fighting search giant Google. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer confessed the software giant's .NET strategy has come to a standstill, says he's accepted SQL Server's shortcomings, and vowed to keep fighting search giant Google...."

http://zdnet.com.au/news/software/0,2000061733,39199269,00.htm

Monday, June 27, 2005

So it's been a month

Well, It's been a month since I have blogged anything. It's not because I have nothing to say. It's because life has been taking most of my time. But I promise to do better in July.

Speaking of July, it's the week before the 4th. Everything will be business as usual until about Wednesday. Then everyone starts cutting out early and taking some vacation time. This signifies a smooth run into the weekend. To top it off, I get to work from home on Friday. Can't get much better than that.

Later...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Who wants to steal movies on the Internet? I don't...

I saw a story today over on wired http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,67645,00.html?tw=rss.TEK about the U.S. shutting down a torrent search site in the Netherlands. This comes after the MPAA slammed bittorrent creator for the stealing of last installment of the Star Wars series.

I don't know if any of you have ever looked at a movie stolen from the Internet. I have (it was a friend, I swear). They suck. The quality sucks, viewing it on a computer monitor sucks and trying to figure out what crazy ass codec someone used is a pain in the ass (that's what my friend told me, I swear).

Here is the irony of the whole Star Wars return othe the Bittorrent thing. This movie is going to break an all time record for money earned. Also, everyone needs to realize that bittorrent is a protocol and not an application. It's not like Napster, eMule, etc. This would be like trying to outlaw smtp (email).

Monday, May 23, 2005

CNN: Bank security breach may be biggest yet -- Packetman: Time sharing scam avoided

CNN is reporting "Account info at Bank of America, Wachovia sold by employees; more arrests expected, N.J. police say." Here is the catch, it had nothing to do with computers. Oh, someone will say something like "there was a computer error...blah...blah....blah". But it wasn't. The one thing you start realizing the more you look at things like this, it has nothing to do with technology. People are the weakest link. It's just the way we are wired.

While I was on vacation in Mexico a couple of weeks ago I was almost sucked into a time share scam. We had just finished a day of shopping in Cozumel and we had our child with us. I was lugging all the child associated survival gear with me back to the dock so we could take the ferry back to Playa Del Carmen and catch a taxi back to the resort. When I looked up my wife was talking to some guy in a semi-official looking shirt. He asked to see our tickets for the ferry so I produced them. He then procedded to social engineer his way into finding where we stayed and then hit us with the sales pitch for his employeer. As all of this was happening before my eyes and ears I became very pissed about the whole thing. Not at him, but at myself.

The moment I showed the tickets to him, my mind screamed "What in the hell are you doing!!!!" You just gave a total stranger (who has very good english) in a foreign country a foot hold into your personal business.

The lesson, I'm always very careful about how I conduct my business online (for the most part, this blog excluded). I made a mistake with something much bigger, our lives.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

New Goal for myself

I think I will try and see every movie on the AFI 100 Years 100 Movies list.

So here is the list with the ones marked that I have already seen:

1. CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2. CASABLANCA (1942)
3. THE GODFATHER (1972)
4. GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) - SEEN
5. LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
6. THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) - SEEN
7. THE GRADUATE (1967)
8. ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
9. SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)
10. SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)
11. IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) - SEEN
12. SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
13. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) - SEEN
14. SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
15. STAR WARS (1977) - SEEN
16. ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
17. THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951) - SEEN
18. PSYCHO (1960)
19. CHINATOWN (1974)
20. ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975)
21. THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940)
22. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) - SEEN
23. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941)
24. RAGING BULL (1980)
25. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982) - SEEN
26. DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
27. BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
28. APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
29. MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
30. THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
31. ANNIE HALL (1977)
32. THE GODFATHER PART II (1974)
33. HIGH NOON (1952)
34. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
35. IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
36. MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
37. THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES (1946)
38. DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
39. DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
40. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
41. WEST SIDE STORY (1961) - SEEN
42. REAR WINDOW (1954) - SEEN
43. KING KONG (1933) - SEEN
44. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (1915)
45. A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (1951)
46. A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971)
47. TAXI DRIVER (1976)
48. JAWS (1975) - SEEN
49. SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) - SEEN
50. BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
51. THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940)
52. FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
53. AMADEUS (1984)
54. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
55. THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965)
56. M*A*S*H (1970) - SEEN
57. THE THIRD MAN (1949)
58. FANTASIA (1940)
59. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)
60. RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981) - SEEN
61. VERTIGO (1958)
62. TOOTSIE (1982) - SEEN
63. STAGECOACH (1939)
64. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977) - SEEN
65. THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991) - SEEN
66. NETWORK (1976)
67. THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)
68. AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (1951)
69. SHANE (1953)
70. THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
71. FORREST GUMP (1994) - SEEN
72. BEN-HUR (1959)
73. WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)
74. THE GOLD RUSH (1925)
75. DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990) - SEEN
76. CITY LIGHTS (1931)
77. AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
78. ROCKY (1976) - SEEN
79. THE DEER HUNTER (1978)
80. THE WILD BUNCH (1969)
81. MODERN TIMES (1936)
82. GIANT (1956)
83. PLATOON (1986) - SEEN
84. FARGO (1996)
85. DUCK SOUP (1933)
86. MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935) - SEEN
87. FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
88. EASY RIDER (1969)
89. PATTON (1970) - SEEN
90. THE JAZZ SINGER (1927)
91. MY FAIR LADY (1964)
92. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
93. THE APARTMENT (1960)
94. GOODFELLAS (1990) - SEEN
95. PULP FICTION (1994)
96. THE SEARCHERS (1956)
97. BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
98. UNFORGIVEN (1992) - SEEN
99. GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

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100 Movies of which I have already viewed 26. So I will start with 100 and work my way up. Don't know when I will start this but I will let you know.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

You know what this blog needs....

a little something, something. I don't know. I need to break out of this template. It feels confining.

PS. this is how to post something when you can't think of anything to say.

PSS. Mother's day is Sunday (May8th). You've been warned.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

When the concept of residual self image goes bad...

In the move The Matrix, Morphius talks about "residual self image" when he and Neo load themselves into the training sim program. Neo realizes that the plugs in his head and body had disappeared.

Throughout the whole movie, every time someone goes into the Matrix they are dressed in ultra cool clothes and look just sharp. What if you have a bad residual self image? Would you end up in the Matrix looking like Elton John in golf pants?

Just a thought.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Monday, April 25, 2005

Michael Jackson - I can't help it

OK, let me lay the ground work here. I have never watched an entire episode of Survivor, American idol or Desperate Housewives. The Network TV shows I watch are Scrubs, The Office, CSI and sometimes CSI: Miami. I guess I just wanted to say that I'm not a reality TV person.

But dam it, I can't help but read everything I see about the Michael Jackson case. I don't know if judges are allowed to write memoirs about there days on the bench. But I wonder what goes through the head of a judge during this trial.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Ephedra Ban overturn

Just a quick thought. While we all get upset and up in arms over Ephedra and how to "protect the childern". Just consider this. There where 2,443,908 deaths in the US in 2004. All the news stories about Ephedra us the "linked to more than 150 deaths" claim. If all 150 deaths happened in one year that's only 0.006% of total deaths.

It is estimated that Cigarette smoking and "effects of" claim an estimated 390,000 per year in the US. That's about 15.9%.

Show me the money....

I got the fever for the flavor of some cow bell

The Disco era has long since left us. But yesterday on my drive home I was sampling some tunes. I stumbled upon one of my favorites by a group named Lipps Inc. Funky Town has perhaps the best use of a cow bell that I have ever heard. And trust me, it's not just a steady thump, there is someone working that thing over.

So the next time you catch it. Just sample the honey dripping sounds of that cow bell.

PS. This song was also performed in 1987 by the group Psuedo Echo

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The El Camino of my generation

The Chevy Avalache is the El Camino of my generation without the racial overtones.

Billie Jean Invaders

I'm a big fan of XMRadio and this morning as I was driving in I was listening to the 80's channel. The song Billie Jean came on and I noticed something. The bass line of that song sounds like the march of the aliens in Space Invaders.

Friday, April 08, 2005

DNS cache poisoning is BAD

For those of you who do not keep up with the latest computer security events here is a "New Flash". It seems that some of the folks who run DNS on Windows machines have been having issues over the past couple of days with DNS cache poisoning. For those who don't know, DNS is like a phone book of the Internet. As we all know computers like numbers and we like names. So DNS translates those cool Dot-Com names to a number (IP address). Some vulnerable NT machines (NT and 2000) have a setting left on by default that allows someone to feed it bogus info and corrupt the DNS cache.

So if you wanted to go to American Express website you redirected to another web site.

Anyway to read the details check out http://www.incidents.org

Monday, April 04, 2005

Note to myself

Here is a cool blog: http://thelastnail.blogspot.com/

I need to add this to my RSS reader.

I'm friggin tired of being sick

Let me recap the month of May:

Strep Throat

Stomach Flu

Cold

In fact, I've been to the doctor more times in this last month, for appointments, followups, etc., than I have in the last 2 years combined.

Not to mention the fact that I had to get 1 filling repaired and another put in from the Dentist. Needless to say, I'm a little tired of feeling like crap. I'm hoping April will be much, much better.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Random Thoughts

First I would like to say that Paul Graham has one of the best sites going. As a matter of fact, I would venture to say that Paul's essays have felt like a college course for me. If you need to read something non-work related and really want to learn, check his site out and send some love by getting a copy of his book Hackers & Painters.

Second, I would recommend Mark Cubin's blog, Blog Maverick. It never hurts to read about what's bouncing around the head of a millionare.

In closing, I know everyone including myself seems to be worked up over Terry Schiavo's life. I understand it and I can't believe that we are letting her starve to death. But also keep something in mind. This is a bigger issue than one life. If the Federal government is allow to over turn a state ruling without due process, we open a whole can of worms over states rights. If you read your history, that is really what the Civil War was all about.

Friday, March 18, 2005

It's for the childern...

I, like everyone who is interested in sports, sat yesterday in a little bit of disbelief at the Congressional hearings on steroids in baseball. Big Mac committed PR suicide and everyone else read from their prepared statements. So, what did I take from all of this?

I already knew that drugs where bad. Mr Macky taught me that. Ok

But what I learned is that we need to do everything for the kids. What if you child finds out that a hero did something wrong or bad? What does that mean for the kids. It means that someone should tell them that people make mistakes.

The congressman or senators or whatever where outraged that MLB players union gave someone 5 chances to clean up before they where thrown out of baseball. They shouldn't be. If you work for a medium to large company, look at their drug policy. As long as your not stealing from the company to pay for your drugs more than likely they will try to put you in some type of treatment center to help you. But back to baseball. There is one ex-met player who repeatedly had problems with cocain. Did they kick him out after the first problem? No so why should steroids be treated any differently? The last time I check cocain was illegal.

Why don't we ask a congressman or senator this: Should someone who holds public office be thrown out the first time they do something illegal?

Lets say that baseball changes the policy and bans someone after the first offence. Then that player commits suicide because of that. What now? How many people would say "They should have helped this person."?

MLB and the players union are in a no win situation. Why? Because they put themselves there.

I feel congress should be working to continue to help Iraq get back on it's feet again not beat MLB over the head.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Hey Martha Stewart doesn't like the bracelet

So Martha finds the electronic bracelet she has to wear on her ankle "uncomfortable". Well tough!!! I read this article and the thing that really got me was the fact that Martha found prison restful.

Monday, March 14, 2005

The best technology is also the worst...

The best technology requires the least amount of configuration, care and feeding. The worst technology requires the least amount of configuration, care and maintenance.

The idea that something is easy to deploy and "set it and forget" lures you into a false sense of security. The day that device starts causing a problem, either through it's fault or some other change elsewhere is when the stuff hits the fan.

While the payoff may be in the time saved when deploying something, the knowledge gained during that learning curve pays off later.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Wifi WPA and You

I've been working on a WiFi deployment for the last month and it's getting close to a rollout. But just let me say one thing. WPA is a bitch. Not that it's a bitch to setup or even get working, but it's a bitch in the sense that what is considered a success or failure depends on the workstation. And let me tell you, if you've done IT stuff for any lenght of time you know that workstations/laptops are a lot like used cars. It may look nice on the outside, but you don't really know how the vehicles been treated until you start wrenching on the thing yourself.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Long time no hear from

Well it's been a long time since I've added anything to the blog. All is well and I should be able to update you on stuff in the near future.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Happy and Sad on the same day

Well, yesterday 1/23 was my daughter's second birthday. I think she really had fun. She probably recieved the same amount if not a little more than she got for Christmas.

It was also the day the Johnny Carson died. Rest in Peace, you will be missed.

Monday, January 10, 2005

Where is that talent we had in the 80's

I mean, Tone Loc and Funky Cold Medina. Makes you want to break out the baggies...