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Monthly Archive for December, 2005

Living in a Busted Home

When you walk through the house you’re going to buy, you’ll take notice of all sorts of minor problems. Make sure you can live with them, taking into account the possibility that they won’t ever get fixed.

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I Still Use My StarTAC

My primary phone is a Motorola StarTAC (ST7868W). This fact gets me the mocking admiration of my peers. “That phone is so old,” most will say with disdain. So what’s wrong with old?

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Working in the Datacenter

Whenever we get a new hire or transfer that’s going to be spending some time in our datacenter, I immediately give the individual two bits of advice when it comes to working on the datacenter floor. The first is to wear comfortable shoes, and the second is to have something warm to wear. Although it […]

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Law & Order Fixation

I think Dick Wolf and his cronies at TNT have it in for me. Dick Wolf created Law & Order. I’m not a huge fan of the original series. I can take it or leave it. The successors are a different story. I’ve got a serious problem. I can’t figure out which series I prefer, […]

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Are You a Preemptive Dick?

Being a “preemptive dick” is a necessary skill for all system administrators, engineers, and technology workers. Alas, Google’s returns on the subject don’t quite capture it. Most technology workers wear multiple hats: the preemptive dick should be one of them.

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Mocking Celebrity Quotes

The “Verbatim” column in Time never ceases to provide absurd quotations from celebrities. Martha Stewart and Britney Spears provide the latest bits for me to mock.

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Fargo is Real

In a quirky moment I discovered two facts. Not only is Fargo a real place, the accents are real too.

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It’s Just the Beats

Hip-hop music isn’t all bad. Despite how bad the lyrics are, we still listen. It hasn’t turned us into thugs yet. It must be the beats… or is it?

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With a few simple changes to a robots.txt file, the daily page impressions on one of my sites have more than quadrupled. The bottom line is this: don’t underestimate the effects of Google’s search results. One of my sites gets steady traffic from Counter Strike addicts (and has for a few years now). In recent […]

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TurnItIn Owes Me Money

TurnItIn is a bitch of a company. Until they pay me licensing fees for my intellectual property, I refuse to sit back and be robbed.

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BSDi is a proprietary BSD Unix variant owned, developed, and maintained by Wind River. Despite the common “BSD is dying” flame wars, the operating system has been found in numerous network appliances. According to their training materials, Secure Computing‘s Sidewinder G2 firewall runs the latest version of BSDi. As with most firewall vendors, numerous patent […]

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Oh My God It’s Snowing!

Snow still inspires wonder and amazement, even in adults. After a four year stint in upstate New York I came to realize how little Maryland knows about snow.

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Shaving Cream Conspiracy

It’s plausible that the makers of razors have been secretly coordinating their product development with the makers of shaving cream. With personal hygiene industry being a multi-billion dollar industry, it is no small wonder that those sneaky shaving engineers have got it in for you.

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