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A Blackberry Turned Me Green

Friday, October 27th, 2006 - Comments (5) in Life, Nerd Stuff, Work

Over the summer when Harley's new head came on board he got a Nextel Blackberry. It's a neat little device. I had to setup a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) on the network so it could do mail/calendar/contacts/everything else over the air instead of having to sync it manually with your computer. After I played with it for a while I decided I really wanted one. After I got all working I handed it to him, haven't seen it since and learned to live without one.

Now our CFO just got one today. It's sitting on my desk while it "activates" with Nextel and my BES. Now that I'm playing with her's, I totally want one again!

Boring Babysitting

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006 - Comments (3) in Life

I'm not really babysitting right now, but I am home from work because we're getting a new furnace today. I don't trust anyone, so I'm here to make sure these guys don't eat our food or steal our crap. I thought it would be a good day but it's starting to get really boring.

I've already done 2 loads of laundry, washed the dishes (and by "washed" I mean run the dishwasher) and put them away, cleaned the down living room and the office upstairs. I'm actually considering cleaning the bathrooms but maybe I'll save that for when I'm really bored.

Since I haven't been to work yet today, all sorts of problems have popped up. I've gotten a few calls about so-and-so's password not working anywhere but on the computer in her classroom (which makes me think she's had caps-lock on for the past few years), and then like 3 other computers are "acting funny."

I'm hoping these guys are going to go get some lunch or something soon so kimosabe can have some flavor, but I'll probably just get have left-over pizza from last night. Oh well.

Mouse Master

Thursday, October 19th, 2006 - Comments (5) in Life

I am the mouse master! Yesterday morning after I got out of the shower, I had to run down to the basement to get my clothes out of the dryer. When I got to the bottom of the basement stairs I saw 4 baby mice scatter in all directions. So I got dressed and set a bunch of traps right where I saw them. I waited about 15 minutes and went back down to check the traps. All of them were empty...but I heard a little rustling over by the dryer. I crept over there and saw 3 of the mice frolicking around in a clear shopping bag. I grabbed the bag by the handles and captured all 3! I hung the back on the doorknob while I put my shoes on and got all my crap ready for work, and then took it with me to Harley. I let the mice go out in the back soccer field.

There was still one of those little bastards left down in the basement so I expected it to be in one of the traps when I got home from work. While Rachelle was napping I went down and checked. When I set a mouse trap I put it in a brown paper lunch back. This way I can just pick the bag up without having to touch the mouse. So I picked up the first back and looked inside. The trap was still set, the bait was gone and the little sucker was in the bag running around trying to get out! I don't know what he was waiting for, maybe for me to refill the trap with peanut butter.

All in all it was a good day for mouse hunting.

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The Pitts

Tuesday, October 17th, 2006 - Comments (1) in Life

Dude1: "Did you hear Tony got fired from his job at Heinz for having sex with a pickle slicer while everyone went to lunch?"
Dude2: "Hey that's too bad. What they do to the pickle slicer?"
Dude1: "Oh, they fired her too."

That was the best Pittsburgh joke I could find online this morning, pretty lame huh? Yeah so Rachelle and I went to Pittsburgh this past weekend to visit Manda and JR. They were having a party (housewarming I think) and had a bunch of people over. Drove down Friday afternoon and met up with them for dinner in the city. We ate at Joe's Crab Shack where I had my first crab cake sandwich; it was really good.

When we first go into the "shack" I was pretty surprised to be asked "smoking, or non?" by the hostess. It's been a long time since I've eaten at a place where you can still smoke inside. The whole smoking thing was really annoying actually, every place we went ('cept for the party) smelled like smoke. The hotel room we had was a non-smoking room, but it was obvious it had been smoked in before. And the rooms on the other side of the hall were smoking rooms. By the time we left, every article of clothing we brought needed to be "warshed."

When we weren't hanging out with Manda and JR we were with Kelly and her new man Cliff. We went to a townie bar Friday night after dinner at the recommendation of Stoner Steve, the guy manning the desk at the hotel. Then Saturday for lunch we ate at a place called The Church Brew Works. It's a church that was converted into a restaurant and brew pub. They cut the pews and made booths from them, classy.

I took a few pictures of our excellent adventure; I'll tweak those tomorrow and put them up.

Spam++;

Monday, October 16th, 2006 - Comments (0) in Computers, Email, Life, Nerd Stuff

I've been meaning to update this site for weeks, but I just haven't had the time. Every time I start at work someone calls me with some "catastrophe." Then when I get home I can't seem to do anything but sit on the couch and veg. I found a story on slashdot recently that I couldn't ignore.

This story is about the spam blacklist site spamhaus.org. They are currently having legal problems with an Illinois court. Apparently a spammer marketing firm called e360 Insight brought a lawsuit against Spamhaus because they listed e360 in their database. They lost the suit and basically thumbed their nose at the judge because they feel he has no jurisdiction over them since they are a UK based company. In his infinite wisdom and candor (</sarcasm>), the judge told ICANN to pull the DNS records for spamhaus.org! Now I realize this judge is just annoyed that Spamhaus basically said "FU", but taking Spamhaus offline is going to cause big problems. It isn't going to hurt the company anywhere near as much as it's going to hurt the millions of email systems that use it to filter spam

I personally use spamhaus' blacklist on Harley's email server and my own email server at home (yeah I know, I'm a nerd). They predict if ICANN actually pulls the records, the amount of spam ending up in mailboxes will increase 4-10 fold within seconds. Some even say such a load increase would push many large systems (ISPs and Universities) over the edge.

The other big issue with this situation is over the control of the internet. If some dumbass judge can order a non-US site removed from the internet, who's to say some Chinese official can't order the removal of wikipedia or CNN because it some of their content violates Chinese law? This could set a very bad precedent.