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April 17, 2003

almost online

Tried to send an email to my mother today. I have Mail.app configured to send mail out through exim running on my Debian box at home on my Comcast (formerly AT&T Broadband) cable modem. This is what I got back in return:

SMTP error from remote mailer after initial connection:
host mailin-02.mx.aol.com []: 550-The IP address you are using to connect to AOL is either open to
550-the free relaying of e-mail, is serving as an open proxy, or is a
550-dynamic (residential) IP address. AOL cannot accept further e-mail
550-transactions from your server until either your server is closed to
550-free relaying/proxy, or your ISP removes your IP address from their
550-list of dynamic IP addresses. For additional information,
550-please visit http://postmaster.info.aol.com.
550 Goodbye

I read about this the other day on /.. This is so stupid. My box is not an open relay and I have had the same IP address for over two years. Dumb.

April 15, 2003

taxes are done

I'll talk more about it later, but for now I'm going to bed.

April 11, 2003

dsp rocks another "house"

Just a quick reminder that the Donner Surprise Party is playing tonight at:

Duke's Roadhouse
6319 W. Roosevelt Road
Berwyn, IL 60402

Its between Ridgeland and Austin, just down the street from Fitzgeralds. DSP goes on second, around 11:30. Also playing, On A Dime. Check out www.donnersurpriseparty.com for more info and merchandise. Hope to see you all there.

April 10, 2003


What is so special about BitTorrent? I'm using it right now to download the latest Matrix trailor. I'm at 32% and in the many several minutes since I started the download the speed has varied between 14KB/s and 40KB/s. So what makes BitTorrent so great? In half this time I have already downloaded it straight from http://whatisthematrix.warnerbros.com/. So why use BitTorrent?

April 09, 2003

easter humor

My friend Savannah sent me this image.

I think I've seen it before, but it's still funny.

you never stop learning

So I have been using Linux systems for over 6 years. I have had at least one Linux box of my own for over 5 years and I have been a full-time professional Linux server administrator for over 3 years. I just learned today how to increase the max open files limit.

echo 32768 > /proc/sys/fs/file-max

How did I never figure that out on my own? And why is it whenever I have searched for the answer I have always found stupid crap about ulimit that never really solved the problem? How was this so easy yet so hard to come by in all my 6 years of dealing with Linux?

this is why i don't play the stock market

So I just bought 20 more shares of Lawrence Lessig's blog on BlogShares and then subsequently watched the the price drop 2 points. ACK! What's even worse is that I already had 20 shares that had already dropped 2 points from what I bought them at. Yeah so I've now lost $100 of the $500 you start out with. I suck. I suck a lot.

so they had guns

Joe Grossberg has a good entry in his blog about people pointing to Iraq and saying, "see they had guns, but that didn't stop them from being oppressed by their government. So why do people use protection from the government as an excuse to have guns?"

April 08, 2003

visualize whirled peas

That's what the bumper sticker on the SUV in front of me on the way to work said anyway.

April 07, 2003

na na na na hey hey hey good bye

So long Jerry Krause.

that rock is hard and cold

I didn't notice it on Sunday, but watching the Six Feet Under encore tonight on HBO2 I noticed that O2 by Sleater-Kinney is playing in the background when Russel is dying Claire's hair. Sweet! This makes what was already a great episode even greater.

I'm having trouble deciding what my favorite scene is. I might be the scene where the big fat guy falls out of the casket and then they drop him trying to pick him back up onto the gurny. Hilarious!


There was Chevy Cavalier in front of me in the Portilos drive-thru tonight. It had the license plate "DRKGRUV" and a "Free Kevin" bumper sticker. I wonder if that is for Kevin Mitnick, of course now he is free though. They also removed the "Cav" and "r" from Cavalier and then put an "N" on the end of it so it spelled "alieN". They knocked off the "Cheve" and "t" from Cheverolet and put "DISCO" infront of it so it spelled "DISCOrole". Google search for Discorole comes up empty. I wonder what it's supposed to mean.

these skates were made for walkin

Finally bought a pair of in-line skates on Saturday. Got a pair of Salomon Preface ALU skates from the Skate Shack in Westmont. They are probably a tiny bit too small (my toes are right up against the front), the next size was just too loose in the ankles.

Went skating around the block a few times on Saturday and Sunday. Feel on my ass a handful of times. I'm sad it snowed today. Now I won't be able to skate for probably several days now.

i think they are trying to kill me

Ate at the Thai Orchid on Friday night as usual. Orderd Pad Sie Ew with Tofu, spicey. Holy shit! I think they are trying to rub me out because that was the most red pepper I've ever seen asembled in a single place at one time. Every piece was covered in it. I ate it anyway. It wasn't really hot in my mouth, but oh boy was it hot once it got into my stomach. I think I have a ulcer now. I wake up in the morning with an internal burning sensation just under my chest. Yikes.

April 03, 2003

4/1 was lame this year

I have to agree with Joe Grossberg here. This was the lamest April Fools Day I can remember in recent history. Every single story I read was so obviously fake that they just weren't funny. Although when I read the title "RotK Delayed Until May 2004" on /. I was fooled for about 5.3 seconds. Of course as soon as I started reading I was like, "oh wait." By the time I got to the article I knew it was fake but I did get a chuckle out of it. I'm sure it got a quite few people. "Gnomemeeting Closes the Source" had me fooled for relatively quite awhile only because I was the very first thing I read that day and it hadn't yet registered that it was April Fools Day. The funniest thing I think was was CmdrTaco posting about the Evil Bit RFC 5 times. I got a good five minute laugh out of that.

Of course I'm not absolved of the blame. I knew it was April Fools Day the whole day, but for some reason it never dawned on me that I should actually try and do something funny to the people at work until after everyone had already gone home. Damnit!

so terrible

Oh man this is horrible. I think it would take more than $10 even if it is 25 cents a beer. Youch!

fuck jag! fuck him right in the ass!

Peter "jag" Annema has made my life utter hell thanks to his check in to Mozilla that now causes new tabs to load your homepage. Fuck jag and everyone who looks like jag!!! Please feel free send hate mail to jaggernaut@netscape.com on my behalf.</rant>

Okay so I don't really hate jag and you probably shouldn't send him hate mail as I'm sure he has already gotten loads. But seriously though, he is the cause of probably the largest dent in my productivity that I can think of in a very long time. Tabs have been around in Mozilla since before October 2001 when they first officially appeared in Mozilla 0.9.5. Tabbed browsing has been a part of my daily routine for over a year and a half. For the behaviour to suddenly change after such a long time is very disturbing and feels earth shattering quite frankly. I guess I will have to resort to Mozilla 1.3 for the time being.


I'd say the April Fools joke is on anyone who calls up that number. Plus what the fuck good is it sending me this spam on the 3rd when April Fools day was two days ago.

From: Tommy <anbabson25@hotmail.com>
Date: Thu Apr 3, 2003 4:45:27 AM America/Chicago

=============APRIL FOOLS PRANK==============

==New Features==

# Voice recognition! (live feedback from victims response).
# 17 Different pranks to play on your mates.
# Call back feature (call back your victim if they hang up).
# Listen in to the prank as your victim is wound up.


1 Dial 0906 664 1901 (Dial 09067 380 080 for the original service)
2 Select the prank
3 Enter your victims phone number
4 Listen to their reaction as the computer dials out to them!

Calls to 09067 380 080 cost one pound per minute. Calls to 0906 664 1901 cost one pound and fifty pence per minute. Service provider: TPX 0871 872 3731. This email was sent from outside the UK. You are not on any distribution list which is controlled by the service provider. Promotion code: bmhanl

April 01, 2003

i'm circling problem purchases on the visa bill

Went to Max Madsen to purchase an extended warranty for my Eclipse. Extended it to 100,000 miles or 5 years with $0 deductible which depleted $1325 from my checking account.

On my way home from work I caught up to an unmarked Crown Victoria with Illinois Sherrif plates on 294. He was going 70 mph and I kept my distance and never got closer than 50 feet. Eventually an Infiniti full of teenagers (btw...how the fuck do teenagers get to drive Infinities?) drove by us at probably 75 mph. I doubt he was going faster than that. I had a train of people behind me not willing to pass but for some reason this chick decided she had the balls to do it. The cop let her go ahead of him for about 2 minutes before he changed lanes behind her and then got right up behind her. Another 2 minutes and then on went the lights. What a dumbass. I was glad though because now I was free to go my usual 95.

Stopped by Galyans tonight. Their new shipment of skates was far from impressive. Didn't really add much to the stock and they still had no Salomons in size 11. I'm beginning to think there is no size 11. I can't think of any rhyme or reason behind it but maybe they only make 10 1/2 and 11 1/2. I guess I'm off to the Skate Shack in Downers Grove afterall. If I don't find something there better, I'm probably going to get a pair of Rollerblade Evo 8 from Sports Authority.