Archive for September, 2004

6 Google gmail invites Sep 30 2004

I have 6 google gmail invites. Let me know if you would like one and I’ll hook you up. They are very smart. Very. πŸ™‚

Leave a comment for one, or email me, or call me, or whatever.


UPDATE: Sorry, I don’t have any left right now. I’ll repost if I get any more.

Just ordered my iRobot Roomba Discovery 4210 Sep 26 2004

iRobot Roomba Discover 4210

Ordered it from this Yahoo Store, best price found via Froogle, based on this Engadget review and others. We’ll see how it performs once it arrives. Kind of exciting to see if this will help with the dog + 2 cat fur on the floor problem. Total price shipped, including special 5% additional off code SEPTEMBER : $232.18.

iRobot Roomba Discovery 4210

iRobot Roomba Discovery 4210


  • Cleaning Intelligence
  • Remote
  • Max Mode
  • Wall Mount
  • Spot Mode
  • Virtual Wall
  • Proprietary Cleaning System
  • Edge-Cleaning Side Brush
  • Multi-Surface Cleaning
  • Automatic Surface Transitioning
  • Automatic Stair Avoidance System
  • Bagless Debris Bin (3 times larger!)
  • Wall following (improved!)
  • Air Filter
  • Advanced power system
  • 3 hour Charger
  • Active Dirt Response
  • Docking
  • Stasis Sensor

Order your’s here

Update: looks like it’s on backorder. Doh.

Update Update: 10/1/2004 in transit!!! [like you care.] πŸ™‚

Governor signs Internet piracy bill / E-mail address required to share movies, music online Sep 25 2004

SACRAMENTO / Governor signs Internet piracy bill / E-mail address required to share movies, music online

I have a suggestion for those file sharers located in CA who now must supply a valide (working???) email address, although not sure if it woudl be prohibited: use the governer’s email:

But, IANAL, so you should probably read up on the new law to see if that would even be legal. Heh. πŸ™‚

Sacramento — Aiding the industry that helped him gain worldwide fame, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation Tuesday aimed at discouraging online piracy by requiring anyone disseminating movies or music on the Internet to disclose their e-mail address.

California file sharers who trade songs or films without providing an e- mail address will be guilty of a misdemeanor, under the first-in-the-nation measure that could make it easier for law enforcement to track down people who illegally download copyrighted material.

The bill is the latest attempt by film and music trade associations to combat the hard-to-police use of file-sharing software.

The signing was hailed by the bill’s sponsor, the Motion Picture Association of America, whose president, Dan Glickman, noted in a statement that Schwarzenegger had “a unique understanding of the powerful impact of piracy.”

The governor remains a member of the Screen Actors Guild, which supported the bill.

Opponents, including the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, say the measure infringes on privacy rights of computer users and would turn casual file-sharers into criminals.

The measure, SB1506, was carried by state Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Los Angeles, at the behest of the Motion Picture Association of America, which says it loses $3.5 billion annually to piracy and is concerned that online trading of films is a burgeoning problem for them.

Vans Stevenson, a senior vice president for the trade association, said the new law “will be another tool” used to combat piracy. He said the group hoped to work with state and local law enforcement officials on enforcing the measure.

Schwarzenegger did not comment on the signing.

But he has made no secret of his opposition to the online sharing of copyrighted material. Last week he signed an executive order prohibiting state employees from using software designed for file sharing.

Link via Waxy

Synergy – mouse and keyboard sharing Sep 25 2004


This looks really, really neat. Thanks for the pointer, Matt… πŸ™‚

Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It’s intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).

(Via Matt.)

GNU arch – GNU Project – Free Software Foundation (FSF) Sep 24 2004

GNU arch – GNU Project – Free Software Foundation (FSF)

Introduction to arch

GNU arch is a revision control system, similar in purpose to tools such as CVS, SCCS, and Subversion. It is used to keep track of the changes made to a source tree and to help programmers combine and otherwise manipulate changes made by multiple people or at different times.

GNU arch has some features that make it particularly useful for public free software projects: it’s easy to learn; it’s inexpensive and easy to administer; it’s a distributed system so there’s no need to give write permission to every project participant; it has excellent support for the kinds of branching and merging that can make a free software project team shine.

It is somewhat well known, these days, that some of the core developers of the Linux kernel are using a revision control system which is not free software. There is a need to create a free software alternative to that system and to do so is one of the goals of the arch project

Another goal of the arch project is to help free software development projects work better: migrating from CVS or another system to arch should help your project operate more effectively. If you maintain a GNU or other free software project, please consider joining the gnu-arch-users mailing list and exploring how arch can benefit your efforts. WebCalendar Sep 24 2004 WebCalendar

WebCalendar is a PHP-based calendar application that can be configured as a single-user calendar, a multi-user calendar for groups of users, or as an event calendar viewable by visitors. MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, DB2, Interbase or ODBC is required.

Going to give this a try.

Kevin Sites Blog – Live from Iraq Sep 23 2004

Kevin Sites Blog

Dateline: Jabella, Iraq %u20139.21.04

We’ve been up since 3am–waiting for Hilla SWAT. It’s now 4:30. Despite their annoyance–the Force Recon squad from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit seems extremely patient–at least around Kuni Takahashi, a photographer for the Chicago Tribune and me. Instead they look at their watches–bullshit each other about their individual depravities–like masturbating in sweat socks. Typical life details at a military FOB or forward operating base in Iraq. These marines at FOB Kalsu still sleep in tents, shit in porta-johns, live in the dirt. This is no Camp Victory green zone paradise with guys chilling in air-conditioned trailers and eating at the Bob Hope Dining Facility–a zeppelin hangar of a building just down the road from Baghdad International Airport. Everyone here has heard the stories–or maybe, been on a convoy through the green zone, briefly glimpsed the way that other half lives. They piss and moan about it–but don’t denounce its existence. They are, after all, Americans–it’s about aspirations–still believing that hard work and perseverance may someday get you to the Promised Land.

Via BoingBoing.

Just placed my order for 2 pairs of Blackspot sneakers from Adbusters Sep 23 2004


Blackspot Sneaker

Be part of the experiment in grassroots capitalism.
No more hype.
No more sweatshops.
No more corporate cool.
Step into blackspot sneakers and kick Nike’s ass.
(Organic hemp, 100% vegan, hand-drawn anti-logo.)

USD $47.50
Plus shipping: $13.50

So, I blogged about these before, and now finally placed an order. I think originally they weren’t shipping yet. Anyways, was just looking through some of my previous archived posts and noticed this again, and whammo, shoes made in Portugal by well-paid friendly shoe-makers on the way. I’ll write them up when they arrive (in 3-5 weeks, apparently…) πŸ™‚

And, feel free to leave a comment if you have a pair, or have seen them, or whatever.

Order your pair here. – SEF urls, the right way (I think) Sep 23 2004 – SEF urls, the right way (I think)

SEF urls, the right way (I think)

I’ve seen a few sketchy little SEF implementations floating around, that still leave a lot of crap in the URL. I’ve been thinking about how to get past that for a while now, and finally came up with this.

I developed this against 4.5.1beta4, but it actually works with 4.5 1.0.7 (and i’d assume .8 and .9) as well (haven’t tested extensively).

This method uses a database, and effectively just caches the various urls and references them with a string. There are a few modifications to sef.php, a new table, a slight change to index.php, and a change to the mod_rewrite rules (.htaccess). I was trying not to touch the core stuff as much as possible, but it was a bit unavoidable.

You can see an example of this working on my temporary site: 4.5 install is at

Working on using Mambo (catually xMambo for it’s table-ripped-out-of-the-core-code-so-I-don’t-have-to-do-it aspect, and this is the sef code that seems to be the best free implementation for Mambo that I could find so far. By the way, WordPress has way better URL structure, one of the reasons I was initially attracted to it. Also posting it to bookmark it since I had to google for the author’s id from the CVS $Id:$ tag in the sef.php file to find the instructions again… heh. πŸ™‚

Danga Interactive: Home Sep 21 2004

Danga Interactive: Home

A Little Bit About Us

Welcome to We’re a group of programmers, sysadmins, and designers developing and running community-centric online services. While our company office is based in Portland, Oregon, we have employees throughout the United States.

We’re responsible for the popular website which features online journalling (“blogging”), forums, social networking, and news/content aggregation for several million users.

And check out the presentation given at OSCON about the Open Source backend system used in the site. Pretty neat stuff. Ahh, to have to scale to 50 million requests per day. Now that’s a problem you want to have! πŸ™‚

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