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My Archives: March 2003

Monday, March 31, 2003

It's not SARS
Posted by CKL @ 08:58 PM PST
That subject line sounds a lot funnier if you say it like Arnold Schwarzenegger says "It's not a tumor!" in Kindergarten Cop. Go on, try it. I'll wait. What? You don't know what SARS is? Oh well.

I caught some kind of flu virus last week-- probably from one of the guests at last Sunday's Oscar Party; there were a lot of people here-- and spent most of the past weekend (not to mention Thursday and Friday) in bed. That was pretty miserable. Next year, I'm definitely getting a flu shot.


Tuesday, March 25, 2003

What do you want? Information.
Posted by CKL @ 04:20 PM PST
Is Google News too pre-digested for your taste? Check out Today's Front Pages at the Newseum-- 217 newspaper front pages from 29 nations, updated every morning by 9:30 AM Eastern Time.

I love the Net.


Cisco to Buy Linksys for $500 Million
Posted by CKL @ 04:10 PM PST,3959,942342,00.asp
Looks like Cisco is getting into the home-networking business. Does this mean we'll soon see more souped-up equipment for the SOHO (small office/home office) market? Or will Cisco just skim off the top and let Linksys keep on truckin'? Neither company is in trouble, as far as I know, so I guess this is just a forward-looking move.

JavaScript Toolbox
Posted by CKL @ 01:35 PM PST
I hate re-inventing the wheel, and I love sites like this:

Monday, March 24, 2003

TiVo wins... for now
Posted by CKL @ 12:01 PM PST
SONICblue has announced that it's filing for bankruptcy and negotiating to sell its ReplayTV and Rio divisions to D&M Holdings, the Japanese parent company of audio equipment manufacturers Denon and Marantz. The SONICblue web site assures users that "the ReplayTV service you have come to love will not be affected or interrupted in any way." Right. [more]

Thursday, March 20, 2003

War: what is it good for?
Posted by CKL @ 11:33 AM PST
It's good for pre-empting programs I actually want to watch in favor of pseudo-news that I really don't care about. What good is having different "channels" if they're all showing the same damn thing?

I had set my PVR to record Angel last night, and since I have satellite TV, I cleverly told it to get a 6:00 PM broadcast from a Denver station, since the 9:00 PM local showing would interfere with The West Wing. Well, West Wing wasn't on last night, and the Denver station (a WB affiliate) broadcast a full hour of CNN's (like The WB, also owned by AOL Time Warner) live coverage of absolutely nothing happening in Baghdad. I swear, they were showing video images that could have been postcards. Bad, uninteresting postcards.

Look: I know what I want, and I know how to get it. I'm free to choose. Don't try to stop me.


Tuesday, March 18, 2003

That Old Time Religion
Posted by CKL @ 01:45 PM PST
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"
-- Mark 8:36

Yes, I'm an atheist, but I don't have to believe that the Bible is the word of God to appreciate its meaning. The concepts of Good and Evil have been with humanity for a long time. Depending on your definition of "humanity," these ideas may even be essential to our nature. We must, however, distinguish between "Good and Evil" as moral judgments and "good and bad" as survival instincts. [more]


Saturday, March 15, 2003

Lamest. Hoax. Ever.
Posted by CKL @ 01:26 AM PST
Yesterday was Albert Einstein's birthday, and this hoax brings to mind a quotation commonly attributed to him: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former." [more]

Friday, March 14, 2003

I successfully built and installed GCC!
Posted by CKL @ 05:06 PM PST
Doing my small part to help the Free Software movement...

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Yeah, I got yer freakin' broadband right here!
Posted by CKL @ 10:45 PM PST
We've had AT&T Broadband Internet (ATTBI) service for a couple of years, but now that Comcast is buying ATTBI, our cable modem cost is increasing from $45 to $57 a month-- a more than 25% price increase. They sent us a very nice letter explaining how we could continue to get the same service for "just $42.95 a month..." if we also sign up for cable TV, which costs us another $40 a month... for the first four months. After that, it goes up to Ghod knows how much; the Comcast web site certainly won't tell me. [more]

Legacy Lingers
Posted by CKL @ 10:11 PM PST
So I was dumb enough to try Mozilla's "Address Book Palm Sync" function, which actually steals registry settings from the Palm Desktop software and copies your Palm user folder into the Mozilla folder. Not that it tells you any of this, or restores your original settings after you "uninstall" the Address Book Palm Sync. Sigh. It took me about a day to realize that my data wasn't going to the right place (thank you, Showtimes conduit, for breaking), and another day to figure out how to fix it: I had to look under "U.S. Robotics" in my Windows registry, then go into "Pilot Desktop" and "Core" and restore the correct value for "Path." How's that for a blast from the past?

Monday, March 10, 2003

Sony's CEO Unplugged
Posted by CKL @ 11:27 PM PST
"In a rare and incredibly candid interview, Nobuyuki Idei, Chairman and CEO of Sony Corporation, tells AlwaysOn what he really thinks...

"[Question:] What about your relationships with Palm and Symbian?

"[Answer:] In terms of our OS strategy,... I really want to own either Symbian or Palm—I want to buy them. Three years ago the Palm was so simple, but it is getting better and better. My problem now is that as Palm licensee we have to pay them lots of money. Palm is like Apple—we don't know if they are a software company or a hardware company. But they have now split in two. [my links -CKL]

"[Question:] You would buy Palm's software business?

"[Answer:] Yes, if they want to sell."


Friday, March 7, 2003

World of Ends: What the Internet Is and How to Stop Mistaking It for Something Else.
Posted by CKL @ 10:35 AM PST
Thanks to /. for this link to World of Ends, an excellent article by Doc Searls and David Weinberger about "what the Internet really is. It's not hard. The Net isn't rocket science. It isn't even 6th grade science fair, when you get right down to it... just remember one simple fact: the Net is a world of ends. You're at one end, and everybody and everything else are at the other ends." Even if you don't read the whole piece, make sure you burn the Internet's three virtues into your mind:
  1. No one owns it.
  2. Everyone can use it.
  3. Anyone can improve it.
...especially the first one! No one owns the Internet. It's not anarchy, it's cooperation, and the greatest social experiment in the history of the world. It can work. Let's make it work. Together.

Thursday, March 6, 2003

Word Bursts
Posted by CKL @ 09:43 AM PST
So says the introduction to "Word Bursts are heightened usage of certain words in weblogs within the last couple days. They are indicators of what webloggers are writing about right now..."
(Thanks to Tim Harms for putting me wise to this.)

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Joss Whedon's PEANUTS
Posted by CKL @ 03:34 PM PST
Pretty freakin' funny, as imagined in this Monkey Man comic... and here's another link for those of you who, like me, didn't immediately get the Corky Thatcher reference.

Monday, March 3, 2003

Posted by CKL @ 10:45 AM PST
The latest rumor about the new Superman film is that David Boreanaz, star of the Buffy spin-off Angel, has been signed to star in three movies as the Man of Steel. My immediate reaction was: No. No... no. No, no, no. But who knows? It may not even be true. We'll see.
UPDATE (05 Mar 2003): Boreanaz Denies Super Rumor (Sci Fi Wire)

thumbs down for Palm
Posted by CKL @ 10:38 AM PST
"Palm on Monday warned of lower-than-expected sales for its third fiscal quarter... The handheld maker said revenue for its quarter, which ended last month, will come in at $205 million to $210 million, compared with its previous expectation of $230 million to $250 million. Palm blamed the revenue warning on lower-than-anticipated sales in the United States of its high-end Tungsten handhelds..."

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