The bad news is my Internet was down most of the day. Storms tend to do that to DSL, but it turns out the line was just unplugged. Doh!

The good news is this thing somehow completely missed Orlando.. the strangest prediction route was actually the most accurate. But.. you know even if it had hit us, I still wouldn't have cared. It's not even a hurricane yet (it's supposed to strengthen and come back way north of us). I'm totally desensitized after the 2004 season. Charlie knocked out our power for a week, Francis for the better part of a day, and Jeanne actually did a complete loop in the Atlantic before nailing Orlando for the third time in six weeks. I just slept through that one. pfft.. don't even tell me unless it's a Category 4. Seriously.

8/12/2004 - Charlie
 
 

8/12/2004 - Charlie

 
8/12/2004 - Charlie
 
 

9/1/2004 - Francis

 
9/24/2004 - Jeanne
 
 

9/24/2004 - Jeanne

In other news, President Bush made a statement today that because of the diversity in America, all nations should be rooting for the US in the Olympics. "When we win, you all win!" (ok not really, but it would be amusing)

ps: I forgot that I had set the site slogan to "cones, cubes, spheres, and more!" from Cheesy Invaders. "It's the cheesiest!" I think it's funny though, so it's staying on my news feed.

1) I uploaded a lot of my California trip pictures. You can view them here:
http://dwm.cc/v/trips/2007california

Unfortunately its database is corrupt so a lot of pictures won't show. I decided the easiest way to fix it is to start over once Gallery 2.3 is released, so you'll have to wait a while. There's a number of reasons, but I won't bore you with details.

2) I had upgraded Cyrix with two 750 GB hard drives (RAID-1) with the intention of putting its two 500 GB drives in my computer. My existing drives were a disaster waiting to happen as they dated back to 2000 and I had no backups..

Anyway I just replaced the three IDE drives in my computer with one of the SATA drives. The other 500 GB drive is in an external enclosure I bought for $21 after rebates. This has several advantages:
a) My old drives combined were still smaller than 500, so I have more space.
b) My system is much quieter (two of the old drives were noisy)
c) My boot time is cut in half. Half. Stupid Grub.
d) There's less heat, and it uses less power (one drive instead of three = ~20W)
e) The disaster-waiting-to-happen has been averted - I have backups!
f) The SATA 1 port is a dedicated 150 MB/s link to the Northbridge - no longer do my three hard drives share the limited 133 MB/s PCI bandwidth with my 100 mbps full duplex network connection to Cyrix. This might improve performance under heavy load..
g) The drives themselves support SATA 2, so they are forward compatible with a newer Core 2 MB upgrade if I go that route (I considered this when I originally bought them for Cyrix)

Short version.. I updated my contact form to include an anonymous feedback mode that doesn't ask for your name/email:
http://dwm.cc/node/58

Long version.. sardonic Facebook commentary. Read more if you want.

For those who didn't know, I went on a road trip in California last December. We took many pictures which I still mean to post (this doesn't count!!), so here's one I was just working on (ps my picture to the right on the home page was taken in Death Valley as part of this trip):

imgp3883_reconstructed_gallery2
 
 

The problem was that my friend accidentally covered part of it. This was disappointing because it was the best version available, so here's the procedure I used to fix it.
(click the picture or keep reading to see the fixed version)

These are just quick links to help me maintain software on various computers, some for business and some personal. Sorry if it's a little cluttered, but it's helpful to have it all in one spot. The version numbers are for personal reference and not frequently updated- expect newer versions to be available. All software is free and most is Open Source.

I love how something can be critically wrong with my website.. since June 7'th.. and no one notices. An update to the access control module hid all the content.. however the website likes me, so gave me full access and I never realized it was down. Apparently neither did anyone else. Anyway it's fixed now.

It's always nice to know that illegally exporting weapons to Sudan carries a similar sentence to running a bittorrent tracker. I mean it's unfortunate that the Janjaweed are committing genocide and have driven millions from their homes, but it would be simply intolerable if they also saw a bootleg copy of Star Wars that didn't cost the industry anything.

Introduction

Before I begin, understand that it's illegal to break into computers without authorization. Laws vary by location, but it's at least a third degree felony in Florida, and it's a second degree felony if you cause harm. Don't do it. That said, there are plenty of legitimate reasons to reset a password, and the same approach can also be used for data recovery and making other configuration changes when normal access methods fail. I actually messed up my boot config yesterday and had to do something like this to fix it. Just don't be an idiot because you can lose data or worse - I'm not responsible for how you use this information.

You might recall that I restored my web mail form a few months ago. Unfortunately, even though it's a custom script used only on one other website, spammers will stop at nothing to ruin every communication feature on the Internet. The guy managing ACM's website added a CAPTCHA to theirs, so I thought it would be a good idea to do the same to mine after getting a few unwanted emails. Check it out:

http://contact.dwm.cc

It looks the same as the CAPTCHA used elsewhere on this site. Registered users won't see it because there's no need. I also enhanced the email confirmation page so you can't keep refreshing it to send multiple emails. It gives the same confirmation, but with a notice that the email was already sent. Hopefully these changes will prevent further abuse.

In other changes, I recently took over 1 KB off the main style sheet for this site. You shouldn't notice any speed changes, but it's more efficient and easier to maintain.

Alt title: "Little Me"
a poem about how I feel and my disgust at others apathy.

This poem is an attempt to convey how I feel about everything and has been inspired by my life so far. Everything in this is true, though edited for style. I got the idea about a year ago by writing a few lines, and the rest just kind of came together. It's been a work in progress since then. It could still use minor work, but I'm pretty proud of it. Enjoy!

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