1. Jayne vs. Spike?

    05 March 2007

    A couple of years ago, the comic book community was abuzz with news that the character of Superman, the Man of Steel would be killed off. The event came and went, and of course they resurrected the Man of Steel a couple of months later, but at the time, many a fan was deeply saddened.

    On 18 September 2007, a direct to DVD animated movie based upon this story arc called Superman: Doomsday will hit the streets. The voice of Superman/Clark Kent will be supplied by one Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Serenity), and James Marsters of Buffy and Buzzy Multimedia …

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  2. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and public enemy number one.

    05 March 2007

    One Robert Daniels has been in enforced quarantine in a Tuscon, Arizona hospital for almost a year now because he is a carrier of what they are calling an 'extreme' version of tuberculosis (gods, how I hate that buzzword) which is resistant to so many antibiotic compounds that he could easily be kept incarcerated until he dies. He is kept in a negative-pressure isolation ward to prevent air from escaping in the event that the seals are broken, and he's never met his lawyer - he's being kept in forced quarantine by a court order because he's so infectious that his …

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  3. Webloggers be warned: Wordpress v2.1.1 is compromised!

    05 March 2007

    A recent emergency bulletin from Matt of the Wordpress weblogging software project is highly distressing to say the least: someone cracked one of the project's servers and inserted a pair of backdoors into v2.1.1, which make it possible for a malicious user to remotely execute aribitrary code on the server hosting a Wordpress blog.

    What I want to know is this: Why wasn't the Wordpress project at the very least posting hashes of the distribution archives, or PGP/GPG signing the archives and posting detached signatures for the files? Looking at the Wordpress download page shows a pair …

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  4. Podiobooks make it into the New York Times.

    02 March 2007

    These days, just about everyone has heard of audio books - people read books (or abridged versions therof) and are recorded, so that you can listen to them in the car, at work, or whenever you can't sit down with a real book but your ears are free. Many people also listen to podcasts, which are recordings similar to radio shows that are released periodically that cover a variety of topics, from science fiction to medicine to politics, and just about everything in between. But not many people have heard of podiobooks, a synthesis of podcasting and audio books. Many authors …

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  5. Podiobooks make it into the New York Times.

    02 March 2007

    These days, just about everyone has heard of audio books - people read books (or abridged versions therof) and are recorded, so that you can listen to them in the car, at work, or whenever you can't sit down with a real book but your ears are free. Many people also listen to podcasts, which are recordings similar to radio shows that are released periodically that cover a variety of topics, from science fiction to medicine to politics, and just about everything in between. But not many people have heard of podiobooks, a synthesis of podcasting and audio books. Many authors …

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  6. Welcome to root canal city, population me.

    01 March 2007

    After a day at work stoned out of my mind on Motrin and fighting the aftereffects of a power failure, I left the office and headed for home for the appointment at the endodontist's.

    As the title of this post implies, I'm due for a root canal in about two weeks' time. The botched crown my last dentist installed somehow allowed something nasty to swim down into the tooth (which wasn't hollowed out, incidentally, just capped) and eventually take up residence.

    I've started antibiotics and I've got analgesics out the yin-yang.

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  7. "Here's the secret of the signal, Mal - you can't stop the signal."

    01 March 2007

    He might not be Mr. Universe but Ken Jones, a volunteer at UHF television station 45 South in New Zealand is just as determined to make sure that an uplink signal hits the airwaves. Because the station either wasn't able to purchase a $20kus microwave uplink to get their signal to a full-sized broadcast station, Jones constructed a parabolic antenna to broadcast their signal using a $10us wok from a housewares store.

    That's right, a wok. As it turns out, if you work the math behind parabolic reflectors, the particular kind of wok he bought works just as well as …

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  8. Changing the IP address of a Solaris 10 machine.

    01 March 2007


    1. Edit /etc/hosts, change the IP address corresponding to the system's hostname.

    2. Edit /etc/netmasks, change the network and subnet mask.

    3. If required, edit /etc/defaultrouter and set the new default gateway of the system.

    4. Edit /etc/inet/ipnodes, change the IP address of the system's hostname. This file trumps all of the other TCP/IP config files, so if you miss this file everything else is pointless. Alternatively, you can delete or rename this file, and this will trick the Solaris 10 SMF subsystem into thinking it's an IPv4-only system.

    5. shutdown -i 6 -y -g 5 to reboot the …

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