Technical, Technology

Dumbest Update Ever

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/12/dumbest-update-ever/

Dumbest Update Ever, brought to you by Microsoft.

Apparently, NT will have trouble if it is installed on a disk that is too large, or, it’ll just completely lose its nut at a date in the future, when a Microsoft update will destroy the ability of the system to function, without wiping and reinstalling it. (more…)

Feedback Welcome

FreeBSD, Technical

Latest Firefox Port on FreeBSD

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/14/firefox-1-port-freebsd/

From the bleeding edge — get it working thusly:

  1. portupgrade
  2. Backup your bookmarks.html
  3. Remove your .mozilla directory
  4. sudo firefox to set things up
  5. chown -R `whoami` .mozilla
  6. Put your bookmarks.html back
  7. Run firefox under your own UID. :)
  8. And reinstall your preferred theme and all your favorite extensions.

At least it works well under Windows.

1 Comment


C’est tout! Au revoir, dannyland.org!

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/15/au-revoir-dannylandorg/

[English version available further below]
Cher client,
Vous recevez ce message car vous êtes contact des domaines listés
ci-dessous (voir tout en bas de ce message).
Ces domaines sont arrivés à échéance il y a 30 jours et aucun payement
n'a eu lieu pour leur renouvellement.
Aussi, ces domaines viennent d'être définitivement détruits, et sont
donc maintenant disponibles à l'enregistrement au public.
Merci d'avoir utilisé nos services.
Dear client,
You are receiving this email because you are contact of the
domains listed below.
Your domains have expired 30 days ago and no payment has been received
for their renewal.
Thus these domains have been definitively destroyed and are now
available again for anyone to register.
Thank you for using our services.
Liste de vos domaines / List of your domains:
Expiration           Creation             Domain(e)
2004-09-15 04:00:00  1996-09-16 00:00:00  DANNYLAND.ORG

My incoming spam has been reduced considerably in the past month.

But 1996 is pretty respectable for a domain name. :)

1 Comment


MPlayer Keyboard Shortcuts

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/16/mplayer-keyboard-shortcuts/

Yesterday we were abuzz on IRC because Jon Stewart appeared on Crossfire, and castigated them for doing a disservice to the people. Pretty funny to watch — if you watched it. Which I had not. And not even my TiVo could offer any help, because unlike Comedy Central, CNN doesn’t rebroadcast each show they do fifteen times a day.

Necessity being the mother of invention, I was shown the ways of BitTorrent, which distributes piping hot digital warez of all flavors through distributed bandwidth, and when Microsoft Media Player proved useless in the presence of a DiVX CODEC, I found that there was a Windows port of MPlayer, invented for Linux weenies who for a long time had limited video capabilities. Forced to fend for themselves, MPlayer now surpusses what ships with your Windows OS. So much for the value added retail price of $500 or whatever Windows costs these days. (more…)



Marriage House Party 23 October Saturday

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/16/marriage-party/

What follows is an announcement for the benefit of the hopefully small minority of my friends in the greater Chicago area who did not receive an e-mail from me or Yayoi. In which case, you should drop me a line to make sure you live in my address book properly. Thanks! (more…)

1 Comment


Yuppies versus Hooligans

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/18/yuppies-versus-hooligans/

I was brought up to believe that gentrification is kind of a sad thing. The old-time working class families are pushed out by young, clean-cut, materialistic people who don’t know how to keep it real.

Brian told me there was another car fire this Saturday by Ekhart Park. I made a Republican face and said “Mark my words — we will gentrify you out of this neighborhood! You can run, but you can’t hide. Your people will be moved out beyond Aurora!” (more…)

Feedback Welcome

FreeBSD, Technical

Dovecot: IMAP Server Sounds Good (So Far)

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/19/dovecot-sounds-good/

I’ve done UW-IMAP, Cyrus imap and Courier. Dovecot sounds like it took the best of all three:
(Thanks, Photo Matt)


Feedback Welcome


Cleaning Up

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/27/cleaning-up/

On Friday I got married. There will be more on that later. News has been delayed considerably because at about the time I was getting married, the server hosting this web site went kaput.

After much reinstalling, and recovering data (there were no system-level backups, but my web site files were undamaged, and I had a database dump for the blog data to October 1, and I was able top pull the latest October entries off a cached RSS feed, but anyway) I’m back online! Yay!

Props to Andrew, who has been doing a lot of the recovery legwork here, and to Joe, who brouht the hardware back online.


Feedback Welcome

Technical, Technology

Better Unix Through System Graphs

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/27/unix-viz-good/

Unix people tend to be comfortable in their non-visual command-line world. But sometimes a picture says an awful lot:

Nice Delivery Flood

Read that as “around 11:40, someone sent a mass e-mail through the server. It took twenty minutes to process, peaking at 916 deliveries per minute.”

What’s more, the vast majority of the deliveries were successful, and some failed. That looks like a legitimate bulk mailing to a fairly well-maintained list, and not some random virus or brute-force spam attempt. Server resources are not being wasted on nonsense.

Feedback Welcome

Jokes, Politics

George Bush’s Next Job?

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/27/george-bushs-next-job/

<junta> Baer has come up with the perfect answer: “like all confused job
seekers, Bush should follow his passion, which is clearly bringing
freedom and democracy to Iraq. That is why if John Kerry is elected
president, he should appoint Bush to be his ambassador to Iraq.”

Well, I got a chuckle out of that.


FreeBSD, Technical

PostgreSQL Database Restored from Filesystem

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/28/postgresql-database-restored-from-filesystem/

lnk.to is back online. I was even able to restore the database. I was skeptical, at first, because I could not understand quite how the Postgres database was laid out, filesystem-wise. And the install provided was different in layout than the install that had preceded it. How much fighting with Postgres would be required? (more…)

1 Comment


Management Strategies: The Body Meeting

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/29/management-body-meeting/

Forwarded to me from a colleague: (more…)

1 Comment


Four More Days

Link: https://dannyman.toldme.com/2004/10/29/four-more-days/

It just occurred to me . . .


. . . and if that dork does get re-elected, I can flee to Japan now. :)

And, per an e-mail from John Kerry, I send him some dough.

Feedback Welcome

Arrr! . . . Avast!
Site Archive