On Spam

My self-selected quote from an email to a University mailing list:

I think at some point we have to depend on the recipients to use his/her
most powerful computer of all, and apply the same critical thinking and
reasoning skills that we demand of them in their University pursuits to
determine the legitimacy of online communication.

I am beginning to believe more and more and more that people turn their brains off when using the computer. Why is that?

CherryOS, PearPC, Duel!

It looks like CherryOS is a cherry bomb

I love intarnet drama.

And for the record – I always use Spiro Multimax 3000 in my code – don’t you?

“There are some functionalities that can only be done a certain way,” he said. “Names are going to be similar or identical because there are only certain ways to do things.”

A thousand monkeys materialized out of thin air to type this post.

They Broke The Intarnet

It looks like the internet is broken at “level3.net”

Not being able to google puts a certain crimp in one’s development activities.

traceroute to www.google.akadns.net (, 30 hops max, 40 byte packets   1  poehub-6509msfc-1.ncstate.net (  0.942 ms  ...   2  cmdfcore-6509-1-vl900.ncstate.net (  0.528 ms  ...   3  ncsugw2-gi2-1.ipt.ncstate.net (  0.575 ms  ...   4  ncsu7600-gw-to-ncsu7609-1.ncren.net (  0.662 ms  ...   5  rtp7600-gw-to-ncsu7600-gw.ncren.net (  1.464 ms  ...   6  rtp1-gw-to-rtp7600-gw.ncren.net (  1.644 ms  ...   7  ge-6-1-101.hsa2.raleigh1.level3.net (  2.239 ms  ...   8  so-6-0-0.mpls2.raleigh1.level3.net (  2.19 ms  ...   9  * * *

Cyradm for Mac OS X

(alternatively titled “things that make a sysadmin happy”)

It’s really, really, really nice to have cyradm available for Mac OS X – thanks to the fine contributors to the fink project.

(hint: I had to reinstall XCode with every darn compiler it has to get it to compile – I think it really needs gcc3.1)

I now can way more easily manage shared mailboxes without shelling into the IMAP server.

Maybe I’ll finally write the perl script for mass update of shared mailbox permissions that I can’t seem to find at all that anyone has written previously. Though I know that they just had to have done that by now.

So much for security

Well, I remember reading all the recent hype about the bike locks you could defeat with a ballpoint pen.

I’m just catching up with news this afternoon – because apparently the laptop locks are easily defeated too (via engadet).

I just proved this by ruining the little Fellowes barrel-lock thing I bought for my office at work (and successfully unlocking the lock in about 5 seconds).

Hooray for technology.

Well, it *is* Friday Afternoon

Received at our support address mailbox today:

Dear Web Manager,

I visited your Web site at www.itecs.ncsu.edu and would like to let you know that your Web site could also be presented in other languages for broader recognition.


We specialize in Website Translation and URL Submission in 10 languages – Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Our Web translation package includes:


I just had to pull this one out of the trash queue for an appropriate response:

Dear Unsolicited Commercial Email Sender,

We have received your offer for website translation services. You do support an impressive number of translations.

However, you do not offer Pig Latin. We feel that your language translation offering is therefore incomplete and we must reply to say that we are not interested.

Should you offer Pig Latin translation service in the future, perhaps we will lengthen the time we take to reject your spam offer.


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Little joys my friends, little joys

Thursday Post

Hmmmm…. It seems like Thursday is “post day” Thursdays are relatively unappreciated days. In fact, back in May, I went searching through the iTunes Music store for all songs that have the day of the week in them and found that Thursday is clearly under-appreciated.

  • Sunday: 680
  • Monday: 274
  • Tuesday: 107
  • Wednesday: 38
  • Thursday: 37
  • Friday: 190
  • Saturday: 280

So it’s back at work for the first full day of work for the week. I was on Vacation on Monday, and Tuesday and Wednesday were spent in prep and travel for the 2004 UNC-CAUSE conference – where I gave a presentation about the VCL Project that Engineering and ITD are involved in.

It was one of the very rare presentations that I have felt positive about. Which is not terribly bad considering that the epiphany I had about how to structure what I would say came at 8:30pm the night before. That’s an improvement over most of my College presentations though.

There’s something to be said for presentations for the effect on the presenter. My vacation was spent camping with my girlfriend in the Shenandoah mountains in Virginia. Some of the more amazing overlooks are those of Shenandoah valley – you literally get a bird’s eye view of the farms in the valley below, almost like they are a model train set:

Presentations often give you the chance to step back and look at the project that you are involved in, day after day after day, and see it with new eyes. Our next generation Eos project is two years now in the making, and sometimes progress seems to get lost in itself. It’s good to see things from the outside sometimes

But the best part of the day for me came at two points: 1) I had the opportunity to sit in on a presentation from Jason Austin, a web developer over in ITD working on a part-timer tracking application. If Jason is any indication of the future of ITD and Computing Services, it’s in good hands. He had quite the posse of co-workers there for moral support (i.e. good-natured harassment). I had the chance to sit between Susan Klein and Bill Padgett, and I couldn’t help but feel a bit honored and nostalgic to be sitting between the person that hired me into the University community, and the gentlemen that served as both management and mentor for the first several years I was here.

The second came at lunch where I got to sit down with Steven Jones and talk with him about what’s happening in CNR. Steven is a good guy. We talked about technology – but more about the important things like family and people. Also had the chance to meet ITD’s “new guy” – on the hook for the rather challenging LITRE project for the G108 classroom. Greg seems like a good guy too.

I think it reminded me for a moment of something that I hold as a core value – people make the difference in technology. I’m sure I’ll be writing more about that in future binarypage posts