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.NET User Group

.NET User Group

Tonight, the North Jersey .NET User Group meets up and tries a new “birds of a feather” meeting concept. I hope they’ll be giving out free t-shirts. Computer people are nuts about free t-shirts. I don’t know what it is, but whenever there’s always a frenzy when there’s free shirts...

Spam Turns 10

Spam Turns 10

Most ten years olds are not this loathed and despised, but last week, Spam (the email kind) turned ten years old. While the first series of junk adverts promoted a green card lottery, Spam has since diversified into Nigerian money making scams, pills for enlarging various parts of one’s body,...

Gas Price Outrage!

Gas Price Outrage!

Gas prices in the US are set to go up here. It’s already at near record highs in some places. I realize that US$3 for a a gallon (3.8 liters) might sound cheap to our European friends, but keep in mind the US isn’t Europe. For example, I drive 100...

Shake Up at Disney

Shake Up at Disney

Now that the dust has cleared from the Disney shareholder meeting, analysts are trying to make sense of the move to both keep and get rid of Eisner. With both sides, declaring victory, this is going to take a while to figure out who has won and who has lost....

So Happy It’s Thursday

So Happy It’s Thursday

Today, is S.H.I.T. day, better known as “So Happy It’s Thursday.“ Smoothium.com is functional again. So is Ottoland and LimeLackey. Turns out the virtual directory settings were not configured properly to match the new server install. Oops, my bad. The weather in NY is a bit gloomy, but it is...

Dueling Banjos? Nope, Dueling Hackers

Dueling Banjos? Nope, Dueling Hackers

Some security analysts think that the recent worm outbreaks are the results of hackers (or groups thereof) duking it out and using the internet as a playing field. Technically speaking, these people are crackers (bad hackers). Despite what you hear in the news, not all hackers are evil miscreants looking...

Cubicle Madness!

Cubicle Madness!

I’m self-employed, so I have a great deal of freedom as to my working conditions (hours, etc). Sometimes, though, I’m required to be on a client site. Actually, my current client requires me to be on site much more often than not. I have a regular desk I sit at,...

Irony Can Be Pretty Ironic

Irony Can Be Pretty Ironic

Yes, I do realize the irony of my chastising open source programmers, while I, myself, am doing so on an open source blogging engine. The point I meant to make was that Open Source developers have to understand their motivations for coding and donating their time. The point that Clemens...

The Awful Truth About Open Source

The Awful Truth About Open Source

I learned very early on that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Now, you can extend that wisdom to software. A German blogger writes an Open Letter to a Student, that’s sure to be a literary classic. It’s already caused quite a stir amongst the usual suspects. The...

Spring Weather Arrives

Spring Weather Arrives

Thankfully, it looks like we’ve been given a reprieve from the cold weather. Spring is thankfully around the corner.