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Monthly Archives: September 2003

Kilts and tartan and sheep, oh my!

On Saturday, we packed up our kids, along with our friend Tammy and her daughter Shelby, and drove to Montgomery for the Alabama Highland Games. The weather was beautiful, with blue skies filled with fluffy white clouds. There was a 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms, but they must have decided to do their thirty percenting over some other area. It was a bit warm, though. I don’t know what the official high for the day … Continue reading

Highland Games

There’s less than a week to go until the Alabama Highland Games. Get ready to pack up the sheep and head to Montgomery!

Happy Anniversary!

Happy anniversary to my wife and I. It’s only been two years, officially, but it feels like we’ve always been together.

Alabama Bloggers

Hey, cool! The Montgomery Advertiser has an article about Alabama bloggers, and it mentions yours truly (along with a lot of other, probably more interesting, bloggers). I was disappointed that PossumBlog isn’t mentioned, because Terry’s writing style leaves me in stitches everytime I visit his site. I’m also surprised that they didn’t mention The World Around You, which is where I learned about the article. Kristopher is a bit more liberal than myself (I tend … Continue reading

Back to being a land lubber

All the piratey goings-on yesterday were great fun. Judging by how slow the Talk Like a Pirate Day web site was running yesterday, it must have been a great success all around. My whole family, from my kids all the way up to my in-laws, spoke like pirates. And our teenaged niece told us that a bunch of the kids at her school were into it. In case you missed the fun here on geek … Continue reading

Avast, me maties!

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day! Just ignore those strange looks that your friends, family, and coworkers give you. If they don’t want to talk like pirates, they just don’t know what they’re missing. And speaking of missing things, you’re missing out on part of the fun if you are reading this from my RSS feed. Visit the site properly for all the piratey fun!

Software Patents from the Inside

Tim Bray has some comments about Software Patents from the Inside. While I disagree with the concept of software patents, in general, his observations are very reasonable. This quote did catch my eye, though: “Patents and Open Source are violently incompatible.”

Versign Breaks DNS

This story has been big news this week, but I was too busy to post anything about it until recently. Read all about Verisign’s latest faux pas over on my War on Spam site.

Problem with comments fixed

Yesterday, my wife informed me that when you clicked the comments links on posts, it wasn’t showing the comments, or the form to enter new comments. Oddly enough, this only appeared to be happening in Internet Explorer 6, which is why I hadn’t noticed it, because I use Mozilla as my primary web browser. I’ve been poking around in the code as time allows, and still haven’t figured out why this was happening. But I … Continue reading


Earlier this morning, XP crashed on me. “No big deal,” I thought. Until just now, when I realized that for some reason, my Mozilla bookmarks are all gone. I should be able to recover most of them from an old copy, but I know that there are a lot of good links that I added more recently.