1. Misfortune strikes, and the call for assistance goes out.

    22 March 2007

    No, not for me. For Ashran and Summer Gildowan and their children, whose home was taken from them by a fire on the 20th of March, just a couple of days ago. Ashran was in the house while it was on fire, in the shower, as coincidence would have it. Still, he is hospitalised at this time, and burned over 20% of his body. He's not going to be in shape to start his new job in April, and due to the slightly mangled state of his shell he can't work at his current job.

    Camp Cambodia has put out …

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  2. "You have some accessory enervation there, my friend!"

    22 March 2007

    Translation: "You have an extra nerve that I didn't find last time!"

    Yes, once again Gallifreyan physiology strikes, and I wound up rolling sour cherries in the dentist's chair.

    Last week I had the first stage of a root canal done, and I've been in a holding pattern ever since while the last of the nerve tissue dried up and was flushed away, so that the core could be implanted and sealed.

    Well, as it turns out, things are never quite that simple... Just like my last root canal in Pittsburgh, stage two involves the endodontist taking a set of …

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  3. Tor has been accepted as a Google Summer of Code project!

    21 March 2007

    Tor, The Onion Router is a well-known net.privacy project that has been the subject of a grassroots development project for a couple of years now. The EFF has made room for a couple of student developers through Google's Summer of Code programme and posted an official announcement to the NoReply wiki. To apply for a position in the project you have to have a code sample and be at least somewhat familiar with how Tor works and how the code works. Knowledge of crypto is a major plus, seeing as how it encrypts traffic between nodes for privacy. You …

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  4. Let this be a lesson to everyone...

    20 March 2007

    Always double-check what machine you're working on. And always, always make sure your backups are good!

    In the state of Alaska, a sysadmin at the department of revenue accidentally reformatted a hard drive that contained information pertaining to a oil fund account worth roughly $38bus.

    Yep - billions of US dollars.

    For an encore, rather than restore the data for the account from a backup hard drive, he then reformatted the backup drive on top of that - he probably hit the up arrow, changed the device name, and touched it off again. By this time, any sysadmin worth the name would …

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  5. Let this be a lesson to everyone...

    20 March 2007

    Always double-check what machine you're working on. And always, always make sure your backups are good!

    In the state of Alaska, a sysadmin at the department of revenue accidentally reformatted a hard drive that contained information pertaining to a oil fund account worth roughly $38bus.

    Yep - billions of US dollars.

    For an encore, rather than restore the data for the account from a backup hard drive, he then reformatted the backup drive on top of that - he probably hit the up arrow, changed the device name, and touched it off again. By this time, any sysadmin worth the name would …

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  6. Death and distruction! Fear and loathing! Ketchup is a vegetable... but go on with your lives, as if we didn't say anything.

    20 March 2007

    Fnords about as the FBI announces that terrorists might be getting jobs as bus drivers because foreigners, some with ties to extremist groups, are getting licenses to do so. They also say that they have no information whatsoever about a plot, and so we have nothing to fear.

    Which is it, guys? Should we start driving our kids to school because They are getting bus drivers' licenses, or should we "go on with our lives"?

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