the-inbetween posts categorized as General

Port 1434

When a worm spreads around the Internet, taking down Microsoft products (SQL Server, this time): I shrug. When it goes and takes down Microsoft’s own Windows XP Activation database: I chuckle. When it almost literally takes down all of Korea’s internet access (along with other Asian areas): I think, “alright, less spam.” However, when the same worm takes down bank networks, causing Interac (and ABMs) to stop working*, which, in turn, delays some bozo in line in front of me…

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Crystalline Lake

Driving to work along Lakeshore this yesterday morning, I saw one of the more interesting sights I’ve seen in a long time. No, I’m not talking about that giant wind turbine at The Ex. Even though it did catch me off guard on Tuesday, as the bloody thing sprung up out of nowhere. No. The sight was the lake. That cesspool known as Lake Ontario. The sky was frigidly clear. The only exception was a massive wall of lake-effect cloud…

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All hype, no product.

You do learn something new everyday. Apparently, in Canada, it is illegal for non-cola (and non-coffee/tea related) soft drinks to have caffeine. Basically all citrusy, clear pops — like Mountain Dew — fall into this category. So, while Mountain Dew might have a massive load of caffeine south of the board border; in Canada, it is absolutely caffeine free. That, right there, is even less incentive to drink Mountain Dew (if that were possible). I don’t know what to think…

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Lucky Lucky Five Dollar

Just before going to pick-up my sister from school, I stopped by the old home to grab some left over objects. On the way out of the house, there, on the doorstep, was a perfectly good five dollar bill. The wind must have blown it across the whole complex. I think the old home is trying to bribe me to stay. In a way, I see its point. I’m sitting here on my bed (a mattress on the dirty floor)…

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Possessions

Why do we keep the things that we keep? I’m not talking about the CD collection, or all those old books and games and movies — I’m talking about that stuff that you hide in some obscure place only to rediscover when you’re moving. And even then, you never throw any of it away. You take it with you, only to hide it in some hidden hole for another ten years. While packing over the last week, I’ve found a…

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Rogers sucks

The year 2003 has brought with it a whole slew of connections problems with our Rogers account. So I’ve been offline most of the time. However, I’ve been on long enough to see “How to Write Like a Wanker.” I’m only slightly a wanker.

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Of Interest

Piston Envy: The Sociology of Racing Games. Architecture, Authorial Idioms and Early Observations of the Interactive Drama Fa├žade (not likely an easy read.) If you are using IE on Win NT/2000/XP and are interested in seeing all HTTP headers, ieHTTPHeaders might be useful (unfortunately, there’s no Win98 version so I’m out of luck.) Persistence of Vision… shoes ? Odd and geeky. CBC has an interesting feature about video games: Play Again? The Changing Face of Video Games. It makes extensive…

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The little weblog that could

I jumped on this newfagled blog thing exactly three years ago. The year was 1999 and the world was a wholly different place. There was no Vanilla Coke; the file sharing craze was exposing the masses to the wonderful world of piracy; and dot coms were getting millions of dollars in investment capital for absolutely nothing. That year was my first year online and, really, my first year with a decent computer (the old 486 doesn’t count). The int0rweb was…

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Bah Humbug

I never liked the holidays for a number of reasons that I don’t care to get into. The only redeeming aspect is the arrival of Annual Gift Man, but even that has lost its appeal. Yeah, the spirit of giving is what’s important at this time of the year… but the spirit of a bitter loner is the dominant one now. Let’s just say that this year’s stash is timely: a DVD of se7en and a punching bag. That bag’s…

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tastemakers leave a bad taste

Viral Marketing for Eidos’ Hitman 2. Of interest: Avoid looking like a marketing campaign. Kirby: “These clips are not being judged by TV advertising production values and aesthetics. In fact, the less they have TV production values and aesthetics, the better they seem to do. People don’t want to be part of someone else’s marketing campaign.” I’m seeing more and more of this kind of practice — and I’m positive that there’s more of it going on that I don’t…

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Zebeth

The Futurama DVD is finally coming to Region 1. It won’t come until March, but at least it’s coming. I still don’t understand why this has already been available in Region 2 for months now? Yes, I realize that I could have imported it and played it on a region-free player if I was so inclined — but I’m not about to go and shell out money on a new DVD player (or PS2 mod) solely for one DVD set.…

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witty titles; shitty titles

Some of these, and particularly these, bring back memories. Ever since I moved to Movable Type and started using the title field, I’ve had extra trouble posting things simply because I couldn’t think of a clever enough heading. This difficulty has essentially ruled out a possible career as a newspaper headline writer. Too bad. I think I need to find a new industry to work in, far and away from IT. Sometimes, it’s just not worth it. I was looking…

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Auto-generated post

If I see another Flash-based “page-turning” book navigation for a site, I will be forced to find these designers and beat them over the head with actual books. These interfaces might work with physical books, where you can flip through the pages and quickly browse through the text — but they absolutely do not work with a mouse, with slow page transitions, and with no way to flip ahead quickly. I’d link to a few examples, but I hate them…

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