PIPA / SOPA / PROTECT IP Act – A horrible, terrible, awful, no-good idea

I know I haven’t posted here in a while. A long while, actually… But I feel this is vitally important and I am more than a little disturbed by the possibility that America, home of free speech and purported bastion of personal expression, is coming as close as it is to a horrendous, wholesale miscarriage […]

Good night, Sun.

This has been a long time coming… To be fair, we all saw it coming when the merger happened. Ironically, this will be the best thing to happen in FOSS for a while now. At first I was concerned by the purchase- Oracle was wrapping their squeeze-happy hands around OpenSolaris, MySQL, and Java? Oh no! […]

TED talks and biomimicry in IT

Today at lunch I sat down with Cherry 2010 at Subway, had a sandwich, and watched a TED Talk on biomimicry by Janine Benyus and what science can learn from the natural world. I came away thinking furiously about it, which I think is why TED opened up their talks recently.

Geeking out /dev/car – QR codes and plastic widgets

A few months back, I bought a new car. It’s a 2010 Kia Forte SX. In black. In Phoenix. Hey, pimpin’ ain’t easy! It starts out geeky, with a 6 speaker stereo that supports MP3 CDs, audio input jack, and a USB input (for USB sticks or, less elegantly, iPods). It has Bluetooth speakerphone/voice dial […]

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 […]