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enter.net really sucks

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

On one of the anti-spam lists I'm on, a colleague of mine was getting lots of bounces from enter.net in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Not having sent the e-mails that triggered the bounces, he figured he was getting <a href="http://spamlinks.net/prevent-secure-backscatter.htm">backscatter</a> from poorly written anti-virus software, and inquired about enter.net on the list. So I finally had the opportunity to get THIS out of my system:<br /><br /><blockquote><tt>No, but I'm not surprised. When I lived in up in Allentown, I knew<br />folks who worked for and did business with enter.net. All I heard<br />were complaints about unprofessional and rude behavior on the part of<br />the owners. (One of the owners went so far as to try and get a former<br />boss of mine fired when he canceled his company's contract with them<br />because of the affore-mentioned rude behavior)<br /><br />Word also is that their rating with the Better Business Bureau leaves<br />much to be desired.<br /><br />Draw your own conclusions about their level of clue.</tt></blockquote><br /><br />I've also got horror stories from techs who used to work there. Those are available on request. :-)<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/160402.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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The more things change, the more they stay the same

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Anyone who has been following the news is likely aware of the latest virus making the rounds. It password protects files on your hard disk, and then demands that you send money to the author in order to get the decryption key. The thing is, it's not like this is a first. Would you believe that this was done before in <b>*1989*</b>?<br /><br />Straight from <a href="http://www.claws-and-paws.com/virus/papers/history-of-computer-viruses.html#C05">Rob Slade's History of Computer Viruses</a>:<br /><blockquote><tt>The disks contained an installation program and a very simplistic AIDS information "page turner" and risk assessment. The installation program appeared only to copy the AIDS program onto the target hard disk, but in reality did much more. A hidden directory was created with a nonprinting character name and a hidden program file with a nonprinting character in the name was installed. The AUTOEXEC.BAT file was renamed and replaced with one which called the hidden program, and then the original AUTOEXEC. The hidden program kept track of the number of times the computer was rebooted, and, after a certain number, encrypted the hard disk. <b>The user was then presented with an invoice and a demand to pay the license fee in return for the encryption key.</b></tt></blockquote><br /><br />Here are some simple steps for staying virus/spyware-free:<br /><br />Step 1) Make regular backups. The more you have documents that change/are updated, the more frequently they should be backed up.<br />Step 2) Run anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Keep it updated.<br />Step 3) Avoid <s>virus replication factories</s> Microsoft Software. Use programs like <a href="http://www.getfirefox.com/">Firefox</a> for web browsing and <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/">Thunderbird</a> for e-mail.<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/160701.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Those whacky Danes!

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

From <a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=8602961&src=rss/oddlyEnoughNews">Oddly Enough</a>:<br /><blockquote><tt><b>COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The source of the world's biggest sperm bank may soon run dry if Danish authorities decide to tax donors, Cryos International Sperm Bank said Wednesday.</b><br /><br />Denmark, with the world's highest income tax levels, wants sperm donors to pay tax on the 500 crown ($84.59) reimbursement men receive for their services.<br /><br />"It is a special kind of work and therefore the fee cannot be compared to normal working income," Cryos said in a letter to the tax authorities, adding it risked losing donors, most of whom are students.<br /><br />Cryos receives between 30-60 donors a day at its three branches and each year Danish men contribute to around 1,000 pregnancies around the world.</tt></blockquote><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/160858.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Anthrocon announces 2006 venue and dates!

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

Cross posted from the <a href="http://www.anthrocon.org/discussion/viewtopic.php?p=8318#8318">Anthrocon Message Boards</a>:<br /><blockquote><tt>After an enormous amount of deliberating (and sleepless nights), we have signed a contract with the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA, for 2006. After this year, Anthrocon will be held at the David L Lawrence Convention Center (to which the Westin is attached) from June 15-18, 2006.<br /><br />I cannot begin to tell how many venues we have considered and dismissed. We had to find a place that was (a) available, (b) big enough to hold us, (c) laid out in a fashion that was appropriate for our needs, (d) affordable for us, (e) affordable for our members, (f) not so far away that the commute for the organizers would be impossible, (g) easy to get to for the majority of travelers (airfare from most destinations is comparable to Philadelphia) and (h) not a dump.<br /><br />There will be more information later, but we wanted to give a heads-up to the folks who are starting to plan their summer activities for next year. Please note that we are jumping ahead by a few weeks for 2006. We plan to return to our usual early-July timeslot in 2007.</tt></blockquote><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/161105.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Well, I didn't see that coming

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<a href="http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=8680649&src=rss/oddlyEnoughNews>">Bible-belt town bans blasphemy</a><br /><br /><blockquote><tt> AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The name of the Lord may no longer be taken in vain in the Dutch village of Staphorst.<br /><br />Staphorst, in the so-called Dutch "bible belt" of eastern towns where religion holds sway, approved a ban on swearing by 13-4 council votes.<br /><br />But the caveat that swearing is not banned when it is an expression of the constitutional freedom of speech may make it difficult to punish offenders.<br /><br />"A ban on swearing can be seen as a signal," the council's proposal said, adding a change in moral values was needed to address the underlying problem.<br /><br />Past swearing bans in bible-belt villages were declared in violation of the right to free expression in 1986. One other town has such a ban -- Reimerswaal, in the southwestern province of Zeeland.<br /><br />The Dutch association against swearing, which runs national billboard campaigns to admonish the bad-mouthed Dutch, says the Bible outlaws swearing.<br /><br />"Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain," it quotes Exodus 20:7. </tt></blockquote><br /><br /><br />And there I was, thinking that the USA had a monopoly on the Jesus Freaks. Whoops, did I just take the Lord's name in vain <em>again</em>? Silly me.<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/161493.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Whoa!

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

From <a href="http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0517-35.htm">http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0517-3<wbr />5.htm</a>:<br /><br /><blockquote><tt><br />...<br /><br />"Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with their lives; 1600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies; 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies.<br /><br />If the world had listened to Kofi Annan, whose dismissal you demanded, if the world had listened to President Chirac who you want to paint as some kind of corrupt traitor, if the world had listened to me and the anti-war movement in Britain, we would not be in the disaster that we are in today. Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens. You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported, from the theft of billions of dollars of Iraq's wealth.<br /><br />"Have a look at the real Oil-for-Food scandal. Have a look at the 14 months you were in charge of Baghdad, the first 14 months when $8.8 billion of Iraq's wealth went missing on your watch. Have a look at Halliburton and other American corporations that stole not only Iraq's money, but the money of the American taxpayer. </tt></blockquote><br /><br />(Note to self: Brits get PISSED when lied about)<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/161921.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Holy cow, unclekage is 40 now!

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

<img src="http://www.pardine.com/images/stories/from_offsite/livejournal/2005/06/dsc01994_small.jpg" width="640" height="480"><br /><br />Happy Birthday, cockroach. :-)<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/162074.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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Diablo Music is classical?

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So... I'm listening to the Classical MP3 stream from <a href="http://www.mostlyclassical.com/">mostlyclassical.com</a>, and suddenly the "Rogue" theme from Diablo 2 starts playing!<br /><br />I guess this is what old age feels like. o.O<p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/162459.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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More fun at work

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I just had a conversation with employee "M" about a bug he found. It went something like this:<br /><br /><blockquote><tt>M: I just filled out a bug report on what we discussed.<br />M: You got bug 999.<br />M: Next one's the winner!<br />Giza: Cool. I'll go break something...</tt></blockquote><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/162806.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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What a strange day

by dmuth In reply to Douglas Muth's LiveJourna ...

I had a rather strange day today.<ul><li>First, on the way into work, a firetruck overtook me and passed me. Then it turned onto the street that I normally perform my commute on. After I turned onto said street and went about a mile (with no sign of a fire), another firetruck came towards me and passed me. I'm not quite sure where they were going.</li><br /><li>I found out that one of my co-workers helped out with <a href="http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc3888.html">RFC 3888</a>. How cool is that?</li><br /><li>Speaking of work, I discovered a new way in which MSIE really sucks. It seems that one of my PHP scripts, when there is an abnormally large number of records in our application, will take about 15 seconds to load. In FireFox, that's no big deal. But not IE. It will <em>assume</em> that you misttyped the URL and send a TCP RST after about 15 seconds. Then it will display "this page cannot be displayed" with... a DNS error! WTF?<br /><br />Strangely, it only does this when clicking on a link. It does not do it when a form is submitted or a meta refresh is taking place. Very strange.<br /></li><br /><li>Some tractor trailer got in a wreck on 476 Northbound tonight. Not only was traffic backed up for 10 miles+ down the Northbound side, but US-30 and all of the back roads were clogged with people getting off of 476, too. What a pain that was.<br /><br />I'm starting to think that maybe, just maybe, when someone gets in a wreck and backs up traffic for miles, that they should be held liable for wasting peoples' time. A class action lawsuit would sure be an interesting thing to try. If only I went into law...<br /></li></ul><p><div class="blogdisclaim"><a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/giza/163035.html">This post originally appeared on an external website</a></div>

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