Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Life #in a cloud of elegant spaghetti

I am slowly but surely moving my life to the cloud. In recent months I’ve begun truly exploring Google, Facebook, and WordPress. I see massive potential for this approach- after all I have 2 smartphones, 4 computers I use on a regular basis, and too much data to keep track of. As part of this […]

DNS Hijacking by ISPs (or: How I Learned to Stop Being RFC Compliant and Love the Paycheck)

Disclaimer: I work for a cable provider, but not one of the ones listed. I speak for myself alone here on this blog, from my own view of professional sysadmin ethics, now and always. Sherman, set the wayback machine! The time? September 15th, 2003.  In 2003, Verisign(since monikered as Verislime I might add) decided they […]

Solaris tar command… I hate you.

Apparently, the tar command on Solaris does not strip leading slashes. Meaning you can clobber original files if you carelessly untar them, which could be disastrous in some circumstances.  Like, say, if you clobbered /etc/ or /var/ or something. Add this to the lack of a z or j option(gunzip and bunzip built in) and […]

CrunchPad dies at the 11th hour?

The CrunchPad was slated to be a cool, sub-$300, Linux-based tablet PC. It was excitedly anticipated by a lot of geeks, myself included. Apparently Fusion Garage, the manufacturing partner of Tech Crunch in the CrunchPad endeavor, has decided they just going to sell the thing themselves without Tech Crunch being involved: But the email went […]

A letter to Google, my Information Overlord

Dearest Google, You are my Information Overlord(term c/o @ncc1701p). You control my schedule, my email, my voicemail and SMS… You control the horizontal and the vertical. I like your Kool-aid, and it tastes better and better the more I drink. That said, there are glaring flaws and gaps in your systems that need to be […]