patrick — Wed, 2008-04-02 02:05
Ok, it's 2am my time so it's past the time for goofy April Fools' jokes. This was the post I mentioned I'd hold off on. Special thanks to jaeger for unknowingly giving this post a title.
patrick — Tue, 2008-04-01 13:08
Apparently somebody got up pretty early this morning... at least at Google they did. First thing I see this morning is Google & Virgin start a new project - Virgle - Mars Colony. Awesome artist renderings of something I really hope happens in my lifetime... Or at least something like it. The years seem off a bit as I've not heard anything about the technology or NASA thinking of doing this lately & haven't heard anything from normal media about the mars rovers lately.
Later, in IRC, somebody posted a link to Flying penguins found by BBC programme.
patrick — Thu, 2008-03-27 17:07
Somebody was talking about ZFS today and I hadn't heard of it, but thought it might be similar to XFS. After pointing me in the direction of some information I'm not sure of the exact differences, but ZFS is more akin to raid... or at least from the information I've read so far.
patrick — Wed, 2008-03-26 16:01
I found this in my inbox from a friend of mine who should know better. However, I guess it was time for an update and some of these are pretty good for the moron list.
1. Will The Real Dummy Please Stand Up? AT&T fired President John Walter after nine months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership. He received a $26 million severance package. Perhaps it's not Walter who's lacking intelligence.
patrick — Wed, 2008-03-26 13:38
I was in the phpc IRC channel on freenode the other day when somebody posted a link to My Server has been Hacked. I suggested he switch an option in the SSH server options to require the person attempting a login to have a key. Hopefully he's done this by now.
Most people that deal with remote servers are usually familiar with FTP and/or Telnet. These are both pretty old technologies and were designed prior to the hostile environment that the internet has evolved into. Considering all the security issues around I can't believe that web hosting companies continue to use it and won't allow customers encrypted alternatives!
Basically telnet and FTP transfer everything between the user client and the remote server as plain text. This includes username and password for logging in and all the files you upload & download will be transferred visibly bit by naked bit.
patrick — Wed, 2008-03-26 09:02
As somebody else put it - Cracked.com is sort of a rehash of MAD magazine online. These are a few I've laughed about and read through over the last couple of days (in no particular order):
patrick — Tue, 2008-03-18 23:05
So I got this weird box in the mail today and started googling for it. I didn't find anything via google, but looking closer at the FedEx & contents stickers I noticed "OLPC XO" on the side! My OLPC had showed up! Somebody asked for pictures so here's the top & bottom... After getting a closer look at what all is on it I'll make another post.
patrick — Sat, 2008-03-15 15:38
I was catching up on my Order of the Stick (aka oots) reading and noticed a In Memoriam: E. Gary Gygax post under their News section. I couldn't believe it so read through it and ended up at a Wired article
patrick — Wed, 2008-03-05 02:36
I got sucked into WoW and something I found was that WoW has a directory for AddOns!
I couldn't find something for a particular quest and started googling for it. As usual, someone was nice enough to list coordinates for the quest. It wasn't until later that I discovered these coordinates are percentages from the top left corner of the map, but even so it's nice to have something that will display these.
Apparently there are lots & lots of add-ons for WoW. One that a lot of people use seems to be QuestHelper. One of the pages for 1 of the quests I was doing pointed me towards Curse.com. Curse.com has a nifty downloader/installer/updater utility that works great on windows... Unfortunately I'm on linux - but I got it working!
patrick — Thu, 2008-02-14 01:25
A couple of years ago my co-workers talked me into playing the World of Warcraft (WoW). I really wasn't excited about this because it seemed to me it'd be yet another EverCrack (nickname for EverQuest - due to it's addictive nature like a drug).
EverQuest was tons of fun... at least at the lower levels. Just like NWNo (wikipedia entry) and UO (wikipedia entry) before it, the major selling point on EverQuest was the social aspect. Unfortunately after a certain level the social aspect in EverQuest seemed to drop off unless you were doing a major guild event. Certain places were easier to find people to group with and others very difficult. In the early days pick up groups seemed to be pretty good, but as any game progresses the quality of the average player seems to decrease.
Back to WoW... So I figured since my co-workers were all playing I'd give it a go and see just how fun WoW was. It was kind of fun in the early levels, but got kind of boring and I got frustrated with certain things. My co-workers were already levels above me and I got some help, but not a whole lot. After a while of going around in circles I gave up and went back to my other games.
Here recently I've been wanting to find a fantasy MMO (in addition to the sci-fi space MMO I've been playing). The other day I got an email to try the new expansion for WoW - The Burning Crusade. I figured sure, it'll give me a couple of days to mess around with a fantasy MMO again for free.
Ten days free trial - count them... 10 days! Once you click this button it will start your 10 day free trial and then you can download the client. Ok, so I click the button and download the small installer (maybe 1-2 meg). I start the installer which now has to download about 2.1 Gig via a torrent-like rip-off of a downloader - 16 hours to download. Great, so the first day of my 10 day trial I spend downloading the installer.