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Monthly Archives: November 2004


Does anyone know if WMI in the Metro Atlanta area (specifically: Woodstock, Cherokee county) actually recycles anything? Anything at all? Because the last few times the recycling truck has come by our house, the guy has dumped the contents of our recycling bin into our trash can. And we get charged a $3/month fee for that privilege. Needless to say, we are not happy. We make an effort to segregate our recyclables, only putting in … Continue reading

New Job

Received in my email this morning: Dougal, Please find attached the formal offer. Sign a copy and bring it with you on Dec 6th, but for now just indicate your acceptance via email and I’ll start the paperwork rolling. Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll be a Senior Software Engineer for a small-but-growing tech company that survived the dot-com bust. From what I know so far, my primary responsibility will be to … Continue reading

Netcraft: SCO “own all your code”

Netcraft: SCO “own all your code” SCO’s web site now proudly proclaims “We own all your code” and “pay us all your money”. On the one hand, I definitely don’t endorse attacks like this. They only serve to hurt the image of ethical programmers who support open source projects. But on the other hand, that is funny as hell. If you don’t know what all the hubub is about, you can find lots of links … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Tally

4 days 13 mouths to feed (9 adults, 4 kids) 3 blocks of cheese 2 boxes of crackers 1 very large summer sausage 1 bag of baby carrots 1 bag of broccoli florets 1 bag of cauliflower 1 pint of ranch dip 1 pint of shrimp dip 1 pint of spinach dip 4 turkeys cooked (2 baked, 2 smoked) 2 potato & sausage dressing casseroles 2 cans of cranberry sauce 2 batches of gravy 1 … Continue reading hook up a cloud

Extreme technical blogging geekout zone ahead! hook up a cloud the old cloud service that operated via rebroadcasting pings over HTTP is being phased out. it is no longer documented here, and will be shut down at the end of 2004. (also, the changes.xml files will also no longer be available after 2004.) I’ve been using the changes.xml file for a while to track recently updated sites in my blogroll. So now I … Continue reading


I managed to get a little computer time today after all (everybody else is watching movies and/or in Turkey Coma). I could write paragraphs and paragraphs about all the little things I’m thankful for. But really, there are only a few things that really matter. In particular there are two rather big things worth mentioning here now. The first one is a new job. I’ve really enjoyed the contract work that I’ve been doing since … Continue reading

Gobble, gobble, gobble

I don’t know if I’ll get to fire up the computer tomorrow (or the next day, or the next day…), so I’ll take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We’re going to be baking one turkey and smoking another. Plus we’ll have some sausage/potato stuffing, corn casserole, brocolli casserole, green bean casserole, spinach dip, shrimp dip, pumpkin pie, and assorted other goodies, stretched out over three days (we’ve got relatives coming in on … Continue reading

Another Ping-O-Matic Update

I’m back. Did you miss me? I didn’t think so. Anyhow, ever since Feedster announced their new ping interface earlier this month, we’ve been getting requests to add them to Ping-O-Matic. Matt contacted them to make sure that they wanted us to start bombarding them with our pings, and they said ‘okay’. So a short while ago, I flipped the switch. We also got the word that A2B was ready for us to step them … Continue reading

Ping-O-Matic Update

Over on the Ping-O-Matic blog pinger, I’ve added the A2B Location-Based Search Engine as a new service on the ping form. This will replace the old GeoURL service, which has been AWOL for quite some time now. I also did some other minor maintenance, mainly adding NewsGator to the manual ping form, and updating the sidebar links to reflect the most recent service changes.

Firefox Turns 1

The official Firefox 1.0 version is out. The Mozilla site seems to be overwhelmed at the moment. But I downloaded via BitTorrent, and I’m doing my part to contribute to the network (at least for the US English Windows version). Firefox 1.0 torrent