Monthly Archives: December 2004

Why can’t this be easy?!?!

I run a Debian box at home. It runs a web/mail/file server. I have been having problems with sendmail. Well, today, I have finally become tired of hacking sendmail to get it barely running each time I upgrade it. I reinstalled Debian. I copy some important configuration files over from my backup. I switch to using Exim. Is it quick and seamless? No!!! But I think I finally have it running. I hope. We’ll see…

Update: Well. I woke up on New Year’s Day and was greeted with a dead system. On the console window I found disk I/O error messages. Argh! So, I broke open a spare 60 gig hard drive and installed Debian from scratch. After that task, I shutdown and plugged the old drive back in as a slave. I then booted up and checked to see if my data was still there. Fortunately, it was and I copied it all off.

My system is back up and running. I will see if it holds up. The only good thing about this experience is that I have documented exactly what changes need to be done to convert a fresh install into my configuration. I have already learned to perform backups.


America is not a Christian nation link

Piano punk link

Barge flips over in Texas as partygoers crane to spy nude beach link

User complains on creator’s blog link

Japanese snowball fighting link

How societies can destroy themselves link

Katamari Damacy comic link1 link2

blog written by a Perl script link

Goatse rescue floppy link

Pepsi can-fu link1 link2

Elementary school students photograph the alphabet link

Impossible objects link

Skinhead family tree link

TinyURL roulette link

My dear neighbor link

Cyber Claus link

Blogging system written in Bash and Unix tools link

Tsunami pictures from satellite link

How to fix Mom’s computer link

Environmental collapse and the end of civilization link

a system for capturing multi-thousand frame-per-second (fps) video using a dense array of cheap 30fps CMOS image sensors link

David Blane operates on himself link

Ways to fix your life: quit your job link

Child’s bedroom cleaning technique applied elsewhere link



Got in my truck tonight and was greeted with this display in my temperature guage. I didn’t even know it was possible! Fortunately, my truck wasn’t really covered in ice. But it was 29 degrees Farenheit out. Brrrrrrrrrr!


Casting SPELs in LISP link

Gingerbread laptop link

Someone purposely parks their car to annoy others link

Gollum is diagnosed by medical students link

Lego Thriller link

The Olestra detox diet link

The Graphing Calculator story link

Raspberry Gummi shot glasses link

Floral swastikas for a Jewish celebration link

Digital designs on ceramic tiles link

How the eye evolved link

Use mimes to mock bad pedestrian/driver behavior link

Help save the endangered tree octopus link

Buddha Brot link

That’s why cupholders are absolutely crucial for safety. If there is a car that has no cupholder, it is not safe. If I can put my coffee there, if I can have my food, if everything is round, if it’s soft, and if I’m high, then I feel safe. link

The way we eat now link

The bagel man correlates theft link

The bellcurve for doctors link

Food without fear link

Pioneer space craft may be experiencing a new force link

Gingerbread Kama Sutra link

Japanese idol cars link

Birds steal quarters from car wash link


How to brainwash your kids link

Flaming organ link

Cartoon character skeletons link

LOTR Monopoly link

Rumsfeld Fighting Technique link

ASCII cows link

Forcing drivers to slow down by putting bikes and pedestrians in the mix link

Filming by candle light link

Starbucks Does Not Use Two-Phase Commit link

1000 photographers vs 20 models link

Presidential Medals of Failure link

Knuth’s open letter to Rice link

The IE team should not allow comments on a posting on why they like Windows link

We live in Perilous Times

Why your code sucks link

Computer quotes link


I went to see Alexander today and what an adventure it was! During Friday, Dan had mentioned that he was interested in seeing Alexander at the IBM free movie day. I had read some not very encouraging reviews of the movie and thought that, since it was free, it would be worth watching.

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Round Rock celebration


Stopped by Main Street in Round Rock tonight after dinner at Rios. There was a celebration going on. Santa, Carriage rides, Chestnuts roasting by an open fire, and other booths.