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My Archives: February 2003

Friday, February 28, 2003

Buffy Quits
Posted by CKL @ 12:04 PM PST
That's Entertainment Weekly's cover story this week.

the old one-two punch
Posted by CKL @ 11:57 AM PST
No news is good news:
Palm lays off 19 percent of employees
Palm's wireless disconnect

Tuesday, February 25, 2003

What is CKL's HotSheet?
Posted by CKL @ 02:20 PM PST
This is my blog. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

The HotSheet is not a diary. It is not a journal of my innermost thoughts, my hopes and dreams, or my darkest fears. The HotSheet is not a dumping ground for my personal demons. It is not a place for me to vent my frustrations about my job, my insurance company, or my life in general. It is not a stream of consciousness. It is not secret.

The HotSheet is what I share of myself. This is what I want the world to know about me. This is what I want to say to the world. This is what I wish to leave behind.


Monday, February 24, 2003

"TiVo is God's machine"
Posted by CKL @ 04:49 PM PST
That pretty much says it all, doesn't it?

It's Almost Like Being a Commuter
Posted by CKL @ 12:10 PM PST
Even though I live in Mountain View, I was in San Francisco every day this past weekend, including Friday, and I'll be there again tonight and on Wednesday. Sure, commuting is a bit of a pain, but it's worth it-- I can't take voice acting lessons in Mountain View, there's no circus school nearby, and ILM isn't coming to town anytime soon. Besides, I used to live in Los Angeles, and traffic around here is downright pleasant by comparison.

Posted by CKL @ 10:12 AM PST
Yesterday, I flew. Without wings, without engines, without mind-altering substances. I went flying on a trapeze. [more]

Friday, February 21, 2003

Die, Enterprise, Die!
Posted by CKL @ 02:59 PM PST
This is almost, but not quite, the last straw: TrekToday reports that "The Borg [Will] Appear On 'Enterprise.'" My Ghod, people, if you really want to ignore continuity and write a new history, just do it. Don't pussyfoot around and claim that you're adhering to the established Trek universe when what you really want to do is tear it down and build a new one. It's clear that you don't want to produce a Star Trek show, so don't even pretend to try. [more]

The Linux Uprising
Posted by CKL @ 02:35 PM PST
I've only skimmed this Business Week article, but it seems mostly accurate. Of course, the Slashdot commentary is much more amusing.

Everything I Know About Linux...
Posted by CKL @ 11:01 AM PST
...I learned from watching the documentary Revolution OS last night (no, not really):
  • Richard Stallman is a bit of a kook.

  • Don't call Eric Raymond a Communist. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.

  • Bruce Perens looks a lot like Brent Spiner, especially when he's enunciating.

  • Free Speech != Free Beer != Free Kevin (okay, this wasn't in the movie; it's my pithy distillation of the debate between "Open Source" and "Free Software").

  • Linus Torvalds has cute kids.

  • There are, apparently, no females involved in the development of Linux. The only woman featured in the movie was Susan Egan, the narrator, who never appears onscreen.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Posted by CKL @ 02:07 PM PST
I'd rather not believe this, but I guess I have to:

Look. Charity begins at home, but so does self-sufficiency. There are genuinely destitute people out there who want to work but can't, for valid reasons, and if you've set up a web site to collect "donations" via PayPal just so you can pay off your credit card debt, I'm sorry, the only help you need is a reality check. [more]


Wednesday, February 19, 2003

the speed of Dell
Posted by CKL @ 06:59 PM PST
I came home tonight to find a large package waiting for me: my new computer from Dell. This was a pleasant surprise, since I hadn't expected to receive it until next week. But the delay notification I had received did state that it would ship "on or before 2/24/2003." So, cool! I'll set it up... soon. It'll be annoying, I'm sure, but at least I'll have the option of blaming someone else if it breaks.

Friday, February 14, 2003

Send your Valentine a form letter!
Posted by CKL @ 03:31 PM PST

Palm OS for crime scene investigations
Posted by CKL @ 02:29 PM PST
NBC has made a TV movie from Jame's Patterson's book, 1st to Die, and the preview includes a very clear shot of a Palm OS device being used to photograph a crime scene. They've cleverly painted over the SONY logo (that's what the U-shaped, black stripe is covering), and they're using non-standard software (possibly faked in post-production), but the device is definitely a Sony CLIÉ, either the NR70 or the NX70. [more]

Dude, you're getting a Dell... eventually!
Posted by CKL @ 10:53 AM PST
This morning, Dell Computer Corporation tells me: "We have reviewed your order. Although we had anticipated being able to ship your order sooner [today, in fact -CKL], we are experiencing an unexpected delay. We will not be able to ship your order until, on or before 2/24/2003. We apologize for this inconvenience and are doing everything we can to get your order out to you as quickly as possible." No problem, dude! I'm going on a computer-free weekend getaway tonight, I received my new copy of Red Hat 8.0 yesterday, and I can sync my PalmPilot to my girlfriend's WinXP box, wirelessly. Come to think of it, do I really need another computer? Maybe I'll just cancel my order, dude! Huh? What do you think of that, dude? Okay, I have to stop saying "dude" now.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Mark Morford can't do math
Posted by CKL @ 11:12 AM PST
Apparently, the record companies who are to pony up several hundred million dollars in The Antitrust Settlement That Wasn't have revved up their public relations engines to deliver misinformation in the guise of helpful consumer advice. And the San Francisco Chronicle's Mark Morford has fallen for it, as demonstrated in his column Celine Dion Owes Me 20 Bucks (which, by the way, contradicts its own headline: Morford himself states that "the actual artist sees only about 38 cents [per CD sold]," and the "record [company] execs" are the ones making all the real money). A lot of what he says about business practices and stickin' it to The Man is valid, but he keeps hitting the spurious "get your $20" button, which is so unlikely to actually happen. Sigh.

Monday, February 10, 2003

I am... Palm Powered(TM)
Posted by CKL @ 11:18 PM PST
Allow me to geek out for a moment: because of the aforementioned computer trouble and the consequence that I don't currently have a working Wintel box, I can't HotSync my PalmPilot (actually, it's a Sony CLIÉ PEG-NX70V running Palm OS 5, but nobody knows what I'm talking about when I say that). But wait... I can HotSync it! Because I also have the Sony wireless LAN card, and I can set up a Network HotSync through my Orinoco RG-1000 wireless gateway to my girlfriend's Windows XP box. It took less than fifteen minutes, and worked like a charm. Or, at this point, a freakin' miracle. I'm just happy my data's backed up.

Fuck you, Microsoft. Fuck you very much.
Posted by CKL @ 02:31 PM PST
I spent way too much time this past weekend trying to rebuild my 5-year-old PC. Yeah, I know, it's an antique. (For those who care, it's an Intel PD440FX motherboard -- pre-AGP -- which maxes out at 128MB of RAM. The BIOS won't even boot from CD.) Why did I have to do this? Because Windows doesn't play well with others. Fucking Windows. [more]

Friday, February 7, 2003

Lay Off, Man
Posted by CKL @ 12:04 PM PST
Well, I guess it's public now:
PalmSource cutting its staff (San Jose Mercury News)
PalmSource cuts 18 percent of work force (CNET)
Palm software units sets 18 pct job reduction (Reuters)

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

VERITAS: The Big Stinkin' Lie
Posted by CKL @ 10:20 AM PST
I made the mistake of watching VERITAS: The Quest, the new ABC television series, and let me tell you, it stinks like nobody's business. It's bad enough that nobody seems to think actual archaeology is interesting enough for TV, instead preferring to make up crap like ancient temples beneath Paris and a gi-normous pyramid buried under Antarctica. But this was the last straw: in the second episode, when the protagonists find the latter artifact, the writers go so far as to insult the memory of explorer Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance by suggesting that they couldn't possibly have survived two years on the ice without some kind of mystical assistance. Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit. Not even Arnold Vosloo, who made the Mummy remakes watchable, can persuade me to waste more time on this garbage.

Monday, February 3, 2003

It's a Wonderful Life
Posted by CKL @ 03:25 PM PST
Saturday: The Space Shuttle Columbia is lost during re-entry. Seven astronauts die. (BAD)
Saturday: I attend my first voice acting class. I cry. I have talent. (GOOD)
Sunday: My girlfriend has a really bad migraine. (BAD)
Today: I take my girlfriend to the hospital. Her doctor prescribes new medication. (GOOD)
Today: My best friend at work gets laid off. (BAD)
Tomorrow: I'm hoping for something really GOOD.

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