Archive for December, 2004

You’re coming to the New Years party!

Tuesday, December 28th, 2004

Joseph, Donald, and I are having the biggest party Auburn has ever seen for New Years, and YOU are coming. Yep… whatever plans you had are officially canceled. This will be much more fun anyway.

Click here for directions from anywhere… Ignore the estimated time — it’s usually only takes a fraction of the time it says. Kegs, indoor hot tub, and heated pool will be provided… bring a sleeping bag if you’re gonna crash here.

That’s all you need to know… Oh, my cell is (205) 401-4081 in case you get lost. Seeya Friday.

Friday, December 24th, 2004

Just finished watching The Terminal with the family… I thought it was awesome. Spielberg is the man.

Yeah, so anyway, I’m in Birmingham for the holidays. Hung out with some old friends last night… that was alot of fun, even though it was like negative 70 degrees outside.

I’m not sick anymore. I went back to work Thursday…

So, yeah, tomorrow is Christmas… So Merry Christmas!

Jesus, this sucks

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

So yeah, I’m sick as a dog… Starting at 3am I’ve spent about 5 hours in the bathroom hugging the toilet. I can’t keep anything in my stomach. I ate a damn pop sickle and promptly puked it all up… a fucking pop sickle! I mean, come on.

I’m hoping I’ll be able to keep things down soon so I can go back to work tomorrow. =/

SuprNova Dead, list of alternatives

Sunday, December 19th, 2004

Well, as many of you may already know, SuprNova is dead. But fear not, here’s a list of alternatives:

  • http://isohunt.com
  • http://torrentspy.com
  • http://thepiratebay.org
  • http://uk-torrents.com
  • http://torrentreactor.net
  • http://filelist.org
  • http://newtorrents.info
  • http://demonoid.com
  • http://elitetorrents.org
  • http://lokitorrent.com
  • http://www.bi-torrent.com

Whelp, enjoy them while they last.

O’Reilly Network Safari Bookshelf

Sunday, December 19th, 2004

Woah, this is a cool gift idea for nerds like myself…

The O’Reilly Network Safari Bookshelf basically allows you to gain access to O’Reilly’s massive online library of tech info for a nominal monthly fee. Incredible.

Auburn Update

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

Alright, I’ve finally got some spare time… So, I moved to Auburn last weekend, and I love it here so far. I love being on my own. I love this house. I love my new job. My roommate is cool. Life is good.

I think I’m going to like working for my current employer. I’m enjoying work a little more than I expected, now that I’m finally getting a better handle on the computer language I’m using. My boss is pretty cool, too. He’s younger and a little bit more laid back than my last boss, which is a welcomed change. He also has a background in I.T., which means he’s more likely to understand what it takes to make things happen. A realistic view of things is a welcomed change. Of course, people at the office don’t know I’m here yet – so, I haven’t had to deal with the, uhm, well, let’s just say people aren’t coming to me with questions yet. I’m afraid that could turn into a strain on my productivity, not to mention that I’m not exactly the most patient person in the world, but if you’re reading this, you probably already knew that. Maybe I’m just worried about nothing; I hope so. We’ll see.

Anyhow, Donald left for Birmingham today, so I’ve got the house to myself for a week. Auburn is vacant right now. I hope it doesn’t get too boring.

Brittney is coming visit tomorrow. It’s been a while since I’ve seen her, so it’ll be nice to catch up.

The thought of spending my New Years with a certain someone makes me happier than all of the things listed above combined. We haven’t called each other yet tonight, but I hope that wherever she is, she’s enjoying herself — I’m thinking about you. =]

So, whether you wanted to know or not, that’s what’s on my mind. I hope all is going well for everyone else too.

I’m gonna go try to find something to do in this ghost town. Later.

Moving to Auburn Tomorrow!

Saturday, December 11th, 2004

I’m way too tired to say much about this right now, but tomorrow I’m moving to Auburn for a semester of work, for those who didn’t already know. I’ll be living with Donald and Joseph, and I’ll have the house with a hot tub, heated pool, and big screen HDTV to myself for two weeks while they’re in Birmingham for the holidays. =] You should come check it out.

Best. Pic. Ever.

Monday, December 6th, 2004

Mary-Kate and Ashley

Anyone agree?

Lycos pulls anti-spam campaign, better idea

Saturday, December 4th, 2004

Damn. Looks like Lycos gave into outside pressure and pulled the spam-fighting campaign that I blogged about earlier. It’s a shame. This was probably the best way so far to end spam, and it was working before they pulled it.

No worries. I have a better idea anyway. Someone (me, if I get time) should write an Open Source cross-platform stand-alone app that starts with the same functionality but adds some new tricks:

  • The program should be capable of running all the time with idle-priority instead of just running as a screensaver. The user should be given the option of letting the app run all the time instead of just when the screensaver is active.
  • The program should have the ability to minimize to the system tray.
  • The program should allow the user to select the level of aggressiveness. Some users, like myself, would be willing to dedicate a great amount of resources. This might allow the program to be effective with as few as a couple dozen users.
  • The program should be completely decentralized. Since almost everyone receives spam, an email client plugin could be created to keep track of URLs, and if you wanted to take it even farther (maybe to far) you could use a peer to peer network to vote on URLs. Decentralizing would alleviate some of the liability issues and could be more effective at catching all spam instead of just some.

Since the program would be open source, it would be almost impossible to stop. There’d be no one group or campaign to put a stop to. Once people have copies of the source code, anyone could pick up the torch and run with it. Also, since it would be open source, anyone could contribute features.

Anyway, just an idea. If anyone is interested in coding such an app, I would be very willing to provide free high-speed hosting for it.

A few gripes…

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004

Okay, don’t get me wrong… Life has been great lately for the most part. But… I would like to take this opportunity to get some things off my chest.

Gripe 1:
As many of you know, I’m moving out soon. So, I switched my house from DSL to Cable for our broadband pipe… It’s cheaper, a little faster, and tends to be a little less reliable. The reliability makes DSL worth it for me, but my family will never know the difference. So yeah, I made the switch about three days ago, and like clockwork Charter started having city-wide outages. Every fucking 15 minutes the cable TV will go out and, unlike before, take my internet connection with it. I can’t begin to explain how annoying this has been.

Gripe 2:
Silence is Defeat is a free shell project that I co-founded and have been running with a friend in California since the year 2000… The primary server has been up for over a year now without any major security breaches, which is *incredible* to those who completely understand the technical side. Basically, there are hundreds of very talented active users, some of which who are aggressively trying to take over the box, and to this day no one’s been able to do it. Since we haven’t had any problems, I started to get a little lazy and forgot to set certain file permissions back to the way they should have been set. So, some douche bag decided it’d be fun to abuse apache’s file permissions and delete everything apache had write access to. He or she ended up deleting all of the PHP files on chrisbrunner.com, silenceisdefeat.com, and wordsfromiraq.com/forum. Naturally, the latest backups from silenceisdefeat.com are a month old and I hadn’t yet backed up chrisbrunner.com or wordsfromiraq.com… That *REALLY* sucked. I was ready to break something. I thought everything was gone. I was so pissed.
It sucks even more for the idiot users who chmod‘d their entire home directories to 777 out of ignorance…
Well, I (obviously) ended up being able to recover chrisbrunner.com since very few files had their permissions set incorrectly. We are in the process of recovering silenceisdefeat.com from backups, and I was kind-of able to partially recover the WordsFromIraq forums. Anyway, I’ll live.

Gripe 3:
For those who don’t know, most of my programming experience is with C++ and PHP. I knew BASIC when I was 6 and learned QBASIC pretty well at some point in elementary school, but I haven’t touched those much since. I love C++ and PHP. They’re excellent languages in my opinion. Well, I agreed to learn ASP.NET for a new job that’s coming up. In all honesty, I don’t really want to touch ASP. I like PHP a lot and would much prefer not to learn a language that was invented by Microsoft. But, I figured, no big deal. It’s just a language. I’ll pick up a book, spend a few days on it, and add it to my list of experience. The problem is that in order to use ASP.NET, I need to learn either VB.NET or C#. C# has a good bit of support in the OSS community, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. Since I already know and dig C++, C# would be an easy next step, and it seems cool that I’d be able to develop stand-alone apps with the same language that would enable me to code web apps. In addition, there is lots of support for C# in the OSS community. So, I could code apps for both Linux (my primary OS) and Windows with the same language.
But, the people that I’m going to be working for already stated that all code must be in VB.NET. As a C++ programmer, this really sucks. Instead of being able to spend my time learning the “next step” that would be ultra-advantageous and of interest to me, I’m going to have to take time to learn an inferior language. It feels unnatural… like I’m taking a major step backwards… I want to puke.
Of course, I’m going to do it anyway. I’m sure it’ll pay off. I’m sure it’ll be easy, so it won’t be so bad, and it never hurts to have another language and more experience on your resume.

Gripe 4 (Bonus!):
I’m starting to question the merits of a CS degree thanks to slashdot articles like this one.

Wow, I hope you’re not still reading. If you are, thanks for listening. That had to be boring as hell. Anyway, that’s all for now. Later.