02 Mar 2001 @ 4:47 PM 

There’s yet another story about Linux PDAs, this one from the venerable Hewlett-Packard, possibly moving the Jornada line to Linux or Palm since WinCE blows.

There are plenty of other examples of such promises or hints, including some actual physical devices, yet nobody has brought one to market yet. What the hell? Here are the examples, can someone tell me why they aren’t done yet? Yopy has been hyped on Slashdot and elsewhere since February 2000, supposedly to ship in the summer of 2000. Still nothing. Agenda‘s VR3 has been discussed since August, but still not shipping except to developers.

Of course, Gateway is shipping their AOL webpad thing running Linux, but c’mon, it’s America OnLine! Besides the fact that it isn’t portable, it’s not much use except to check AOL email. And, really, if you are buying an internet appliance for your home, you probably don’t use AOL. AOLers don’t know what “internet appliance” means, for crying out loud.
current_music: Prodigy – MindFields
current_mood: bored

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 28 Feb 2001 @ 1:40 PM 

Those silly silly people running the music “industry” (like there are factories and stuff?) just can’t figure out how to not blow themselves up. Napster offered them 200 million dollars per year for the next 5 years, if the RIAA would just not try to destroy Napster, and maybe even try to play nice with them.

The RIAA, being the old greybeards they are, couldn’t bring themselves to approve such a scheme, so they’ll probably end up winning the court battle and shutting Napster down. Of course, since Fanning and Co. have a deal with BMG records, they’ll stick around as the front end for ONE record company’s electronic distribution system.

Meanwhile, the other companies in the RIAA are working on their own systems, which they’ll probably screw up royally. Anyone else remember the awesome Personics systems from the 80s? You could go to a record store kiosk, choose your personal favorite songs from the playlist, and have a cassette created with only music you wanted, with a nice laser-printed jacket and labels. The record companies made royalties, and the consumer got a product they truly wanted. Of course, the industry let that system die from lack of attention, and it was too late anyway, with the CD revolution in full swing.

This past week, the RIAA started going after OpenNap servers, which are equivalent to Napster, but without any company to sue. Next, I’m sure they’ll attempt to sue the users of Gnutella, who are individuals operating out of their own homes. This is basically the music companies suing their own customers. I wonder how they justify that business model.

Really should have made that deal with Napster, RIAA. It was the best chance of getting any money at all without suing your own customers. This should be an entertaining year.

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 30 Dec 2000 @ 10:23 AM 

Strange how different technologies can change how you approach daily life. I have a high-speed, always-on internet connection at home. So, I don’t get the paper and rarely watch TV news at home.

When I need a phone number, if it’s local I’ll grab my phone book. If it’s anywhere else, I just open Infospace or Yahoo and find it.

TV guide? Don’t need it, got Gist instead.

When asked what time the mall opens, my first instinct was to jump online to see their website. Everyone has a website, right? That’s where I run into problems living here in BFE: not every major company HAS a site. It’s inconceivable!

When I was running Linux fulltime, I didn’t even have to “check” my email: it was downloaded in the background every 5 minutes. Then, the little Gkrellm program showed me who had sent me the mail before I even had to open an email program to see.

Using a dialup connection now seems so quaint.
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 28 Dec 2000 @ 3:49 PM 

OK, now 70% of the hits on my site are on the Lianna XXXmas Archive. I’ve noticed a few things about LJ users while looking at my weblogs…

You are some Apple-using fools! I usually get more Linux users than Mac users, but today I’ve got about 20% of my hits from Macs. That’s odd.
You like 32-bit color, apparently, and 800×600 resolution. Don’t know why that is, except maybe the aforementioned Mac users being artsy-fartsy types. But, 800×600 res? Ick. At least use 1024×768. Geez.

Anyway, I’m well on my way to getting more traffic in the past 2 days than in the previous 2 weeks, so I hope you all like the rest of my little corner of the web too, and aren’t just looking for nekkid parts. If all you want is nudity, check out Daily Smut once a day (probably could have figured that out from the name, eh?).

Apple Nude Year…
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 23 Dec 2000 @ 9:36 AM 

OK, I’ve had a few people now ask me if I’ve got a copy of the infamous “Brad the Cad” email from Britain. Oddly, I hadn’t looked for it until they asked. But, naturally (I’m so smoove), I was able to acquire a copy (thank you DejaNews). So, without much further ado and such, here is the email in question, with a whole shitload of forwards.

Isabel Lilley on 14/12/2000 11:05:09

Subject: Eureka

poor girl !!!
13/12/2000 10:54

———————- Forwarded by Isabel Lilley/LON/GB/JHMarsh/MMC
on
13 December 2000, 10:54 Wednesday —————————
Memo from Simon Woodward on 14 December 2000, 10:45 Thursday
Subject: Eureka

thought you lot might be interested in this ………………….

———————- Forwarded by Haley Penneck/TD/GB/SUMITOMO on
14/12/2000
10:13 —————————

Jon Seaton on 14/12/2000 10:07:49

Subject: FW: The Search for Claire Swire

Forwarded by Jon Seaton/TD/GB/SUMITOMO on 14/12/2000 10:16

Subject: FW: The Search for Claire Swire

The long awaited reply

> —–Original Message—–
> From: Doyle, Mike
> Sent: 12 December 2000 16:18
> Subject: FW: The Search for Claire Swire
>
> More yet
> —–Original Message—–
> From: Casben, Tim
> Sent: Tuesday, 12 December 2000 15:58
> Subject: FW: The Search for Claire Swire
>
> —–Original Message—–
> From: Claire Swires [mailto:Claire@sssh.freeserve.co.uk]
> Sent: Monday, December 11, 2000 10:46 PM
> Subject: Thought you guys might want to see this rather splendid
> rejoiner. What a girl!
>
>
> You may be one of the people who has been ‘privileged’ to receive a rather
> childish e-mail which has been doing the rounds from my time at Norton
> Rose.
> For the record: yes I exist; yes I used to work at Norton Rose; and yes I
> told a guy his cum was “yum”. But for God’s sake, grow up! It was yum!
> I’m not ashamed of that. And for all you guys who thought this was all a
> hoot, let me ask you this: which one of you has never told a girl that your cum
> tastes great or that its full of proteins/good for your hair/excellent
> skin conditioner etc etc or basically any old lie which gets your girl for the
> night to take it in the mouth? So don’t laugh at me, but rather laugh at
> yourself for the pathetic lengths to which you are prepared to go in order
> to get yourself a lousy blow job from some syphilitic ridden piece of scrag.
> Have a great day. And by the way, working for Norton Rose sucks more than
> I could ever manage!!
>
> —–Original Message—–
> From: Quinlan Harriet
> Sent: 12 December 2000 15:22 PM
> Subject: FW: The Search for Claire Swire
>
> This is awful but I feel compelled to send it on to the very few in my
> address list who may find it funny. You need to read beyond the crap joke
> at the bottom.
>
> Does anybody know a Claire Swire?
>
> —–Original Message—–
> From: Byrne Claire
> Sent: 12 December 2000 14:45
> Subject: FW: The Search for Claire Swire
>
> this is your worst nightmare
> (but quite funny)
>
> ps caroline – spotted Vic Man somewhere below! (don’t know if the same one)
>
> —–Original Message—–
> From: Levell Katie
> Sent: 12 December 2000 14:11
> Subject: The Search for Claire Swire
>
> when you have a moment check this out – poor girl!
> scroll down and start from the bottom and all read comments on the way
> up…..
>
> —–Original Message—–
> From: Tim Levell
> Sent: 12 December 2000 11:48
> Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires – this is hilarious; anybody
> know her?
>
> no comment
> > —–Original Message—–
> > From: Rachel Evans-CHILDRENS
> > Sent: 12 December 2000 11:10
> > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires – this is hilarious;
> > anybody know her?
> >
> > This is the kind of filth my friends send me of a morning – it gets really
> > long but is very funny! Scroll up from bottom…
> >
> > —–Original Message—–
> > From: Cockerill Chris
> > Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 10:23 AM
> > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires – this is hilarious;
> > anybody know her?
> >
> > Scroll up from the bottom. Very funny. This girl will die if she is ever
> > found.
> >
> > Chris Cockerill
> >
> > ———-
> > From: Jane Yates
> > Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 10:06 am
> > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires – this is
hilarious;
> > anybody know her?
> >
> > > start from the joke at the bottom and scroll up – warning to all girls,
> > > never admit anything on e-mail!
> > >
> > > ———-
> > > From: Simon.Hamill
> > > Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2000 9:20 am
> > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires – this is hilarious;
> > > anybody know her?
> > >
> > > Scroll down to the bottom and work your way up. There’s a moral to this
> > > story….
> > >
> > > —–Original Message—–
> > > From: mathew.kelsall
> > > Sent: 12 December 2000 08:54
> > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires – this is hilarious;
> > > anybody know her?
> > >
> > > ———————- Forwarded by Matt Kelsall/Audit/Guildford/GB/PKF
> > on 12/12/2000 08:58 AM —————————
> > >
> > > Simon Taylor
> > > 11/12/2000 02:13 PM
> > >
> > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires – this is hilarious;
> > > anybody know her?
> > >
> > > ———————- Forwarded by Simon Taylor/Audit/Guildford/GB/PKF
> > on11/12/2000 14:17 —————————
> > >
> > > Andrew.Kocen on 11/12/2000 12:08:57
> > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires – this is hilarious;
> > > anybody know her?
> > >
> > > Read the joke at the bottom, then messages from the bottom up….poor
> > > lass. And some of the recent people it’s been forwarded to make
> > > interesting reading.
> > > —–Original Message—–
> > > From: Nicholas.Walmsley
> > > Sent: 11 December 2000 11:31
> > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires – this is hilarious;
> > > anybody know her?
> > >
> > > Read from the bottom and see the number of people who have read
> > > this…….
> > > —–Original Message—–
> > > From: Oppenheim, Doug (London)
> > > Sent: 11 December 2000 11:16
> > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires
> > >
> > > most amusing – worth spending some time sifting through this
> > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > From: Mark Gill
> > > > Sent: Monday, December 11, 2000 11:16 AM
> > > > Subject: Fw: The search for Claire Swires
> > > >
> > > > Anyone know Claire Swires?
> > > >
> > > > If not, still worth reading this from the bottom, and do be careful
> > > what you send people in future!
> > > >
> > > > —– Original Message —–
> > > > From: Jamie.Thomas
> > > > Sent: 11 December 2000 10:35
> > > > Subject: The search for Claire Swires
> > > >
> > > > > start at the bottom and read up –
> > > > >
> > > > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > > Does anyone know Claire Swires? – she has become a little infamous.
> > > I think she may be at Norton Rose. Read from the bottom up.
> > > > >
> > > > > For everyone in the UK – its stinking hot in Sydney at the moment.
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Georgiou, Andrew
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 2:22:PM
> > > > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Mallesons Stephen Jaques
> > > > > Confidential communication
> > > > >
> > > > > Classy stuff, read from the bottom up.
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Curran, Jeremy
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 1:24:PM
> > > > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > > absolutely tremendous – this chick is copping an absolute
> > > international
> > > > > pizzling… all in the space of one weekend
> > > > >
> > > > > start from the bottom and work up. SHE MUST BE FOUND
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Marshall, Simone
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 1:38:AM
> > > > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > > Must say, I hope this girls hair is looking good cause her
> > > reputation is
> > > > > certainly in tatters! And as for her taste in men – its almost as
> > > bad as her taste in….
> > > > > Start at the bottom and scroll up!
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Fisher, Heath
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 12:24:PM
> > > > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > > Read from the bottom up.
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Maasland, Tom TCIM
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 10:30:AM
> > > > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > This is great! Read the joke at the very bottom and then the ones
> > > > directly above. Claire Swires must be found…
> > > > >
> > > > > NZ’s underway how about Australia as well… get it moving boys!!
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Bishop, James JIB
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 12:13
> > > > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > > Read joke at the bottom and read up. What a great chick.
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Horner Blair (SGLAW)
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 11:55
> > > > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > > read the joke at the bottom and read up – poor girl.
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Richardson Hannah (SGLAW)
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 11:42 am
> > > > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Sarah Udy
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 11:29 am
> > > > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > > How terrible is this? Worst nightmare.
> > > > >
> > > > > Start at bottom and read up.
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Christopher Flatt
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 11:20
> > > > > Subject: FW: The search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > > this is very funny read the joke at the very bottom and then scroll up
> > > > > ….the search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > > then forward it on…..so it finally gets back to her
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Nick Lodder
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 10:35
> > > > > Subject: The search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > > this is funny read the joke at the bottom and then scroll up
> > > > > ….the search for Claire Swires
> > > > >
> > > > > then forward it on…..so it finally gets back to her
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Mike Clayton
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 10:30 am
> > > > > To: Suzanne Westgate; AKL Grads
> > > > > Subject: RE:
> > > > >
> > > > > Butler, do you know this girl?
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Suzanne Westgate
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 10:25 AM
> > > > > To: AKL Grads; AKL Summer Clerks
> > > > > Subject: FW:
> > > > >
> > > > > start at the bottom of this email then scroll up for some serious
> > > > > cringe material. You dear wee summer clerks, let this serve as a warning
> > > > > of the perils of emailing your secrets!
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Nicholson Alex amn
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 10:15
> > > > > Subject: FW:
> > > > >
> > > > > Oh dear.
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Baker Miranda MAB
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 10:05
> > > > > Subject: FW:
> > > > >
> > > > > oh dear this poor girl – why some things should not be sent in an
> > > > email…
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: King, Matt MQK
> > > > > Sent: Monday, 11 December 2000 9:21
> > > > > Subject: FW:
> > > > >
> > > > > Start at bottom with the joke and then check out the confession
> > > > > from Claire Swires. This has gone all over London. Now let’s make it NZ.
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Sarch, Patrick
> > > > > Sent: Saturday, 9 December 2000 5:58
> > > > > Subject: FW:
> > > > >
> > > > > check this out – worth the effort…start at the bottom
> > > > > Norton Rose is a ruthless place to be
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Stephens, Sarah
> > > > > Sent: Friday, December 08, 2000 4:48 PM
> > > > > Subject: FW:
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Alison Bunting
> > > > > Sent: 08 December 2000 16:25
> > > > > Subject: FW:
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Jonathan Parry
> > > > > Sent: 08 December 2000 16:12
> > > > > Subject: FW:
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Jonathan Parry
> > > > > Sent: 08 December 2000 16:10
> > > > > Subject:
> > > > >
> > > > > Watch what you confess in your e-mails. Scroll down read the joke
> > > > > followed by “Claire Swires'” frank confession (which is now being thrown
> > > > > all over the information super-highway). Anyone ever heard of her?
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Nick Jefferson
> > > > > Sent: 08 December 2000 15:38
> > > > > Subject: FW: Where is Claire Squires?
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Paul Armstrong
> > > > > Sent: 08 December 2000 15:38
> > > > > Subject: FW: Where is Claire Squires?
> > > > >
> > > > > Read the jokes and then scroll up to see the unfortunate response from
> > > > > claire swires and begin the hunt to return the Email to it’s owner
> > > > >
> > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > From: Paul Hinton
> > > > > Sent: 08 December 2000 14:12
> > > > > Subject: FW: “yours was yum”
> > > > > Read the jokes and then scroll up to see the unfoirtunate response from
> > > > > claire swires and begin the hunt to return the Email to it’s owner
> > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > From: Poole, Charlotte
> > > > > > Sent: Friday, December 08, 2000 2:09 PM
> > > > > > Subject: FW: “yours was yum”
> > > > > >
> > > > > > amusing scroll down
> > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > From: Malhotra, Samidha
> > > > > > Sent: Friday, December 08, 2000 1:55 PM
> > > > > > Subject: FW: “yours was yum”
> > > > > >
> > > > > > I know its mean, but v funny…poor girl!!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: David.Clark
> > > > > > > Sent: 08 December 2000 11:26
> > > > > > > Subject: FW: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > scroll – the jokes are at the very bottom, but the real value is
> > > > > > > the e-mails from Ms. Swire a bit further up
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Nicholas.Coddington
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 17:22
> > > > > > > Subject: FW: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > This is good.
> > > > > > > It’s Loreal, but I’m worth it
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Marshall, Joanna (TR)
> > > > > > > Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2000 6:16 PM
> > > > > > > Subject: FW: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > This has apparently been going round Norton Rose. Very funny!
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Ferri, David
> > > > > > > Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2000 6:07 PM
> > > > > > > Subject: FW: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > one of the best emails i’ve seen in yonks!!
> > > > > > > HUNT HER DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Falkner, Claire
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 19:56
> > > > > > > Subject: RE: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > and she just doesn’t look like that type of girl – you can’t
> > > trust anyone, can you?
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Hames, Joel
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 16:55
> > > > > > > Subject: RE: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
> <
http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:community.icollector.com/++%22clair
>
> >
> > > e+
> > > > > > > sw
> > > > > > > ire%22&hl=en
> > > > > > > found her
> > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Ferri, David
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 16:50
> > > > > > > Subject: RE: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > what a top lass
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > let’s start a campaign to find her
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Falkner, Claire
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 19:35
> > > > > > > Subject: RE: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > just found the same thing – still, how many swires are there in
> > > this city?
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Drummond, Edward
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 16:34
> > > > > > > Subject: RE: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > she isn’t NR actually now I’ve looked for her name on internal
> > > directory.
> > > So we don’t know her email address.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Falkner, Claire
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 16:33
> > > > > > > Subject: RE: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > has anyone else been tempted to forward this back to her?
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Drummond, Edward
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 16:31
> > > > > > > Subject: RE: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > they are all NR
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Driver, Robert
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 16:31
> > > > > > > Subject: RE: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > who are these people? do they work at NR
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Drummond, Edward
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 16:28
> > > > > > > Subject: FW: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > beggars belief. I feel honour bound to circulate this.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Chait, Bradley
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 16:25
> > > > > > > Subject: “yours was yum”
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > now THAT’S a nice compliment from a lass, isn’t it?
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Claire Swire
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 16:12
> > > > > > > To: Chait, Bradley
> > > > > > > Subject: RE:
> > > > > > >
> > > I hadn’t swallowed for years but yours was yum and very good for me too!
> > > Apparently it’s very good conditioner for your hair too…getting a
> > > funny picture in my head, giggling out loud and now having to explain
> > > to Dave what’s so funny!
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Chait, Bradley
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 16:10
> > > > > > > To: ‘Claire Swire’
> > > > > > > Subject: RE:
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Not ALL the time I hope
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > (or so you would have me believe)
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Claire Swire
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 16:07
> > > > > > > To: Chait, Bradley
> > > > > > > Subject: RE:
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > lucky I swallow so that wont be happening to me!
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Chait, Bradley
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 16:06
> > > > > > > To: ‘Claire Swire’
> > > > > > > Subject: RE:
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > cute
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > —–Original Message—–
> > > > > > > From: Claire Swire
> > > > > > > Sent: 07 December 2000 15:53
> > > > > > > To: Adrian James (E-mail); Benny Shipley (E-mail); Chait, Bradley;
> > > > > > > Caroline
> > > > > > > Scotson (E-mail); Chris May (E-mail); Ellie Thorneycroft (E-mail);
> > > > > > > Mark de st croix (E-mail); Matt Metos (E-mail); Pete Kenyon (E-mail);
> > > > > > > Toby Clarke (E-mail)
> > > > > > > Subject:
> > > > > > >
> > > A guy walks into a sperm donor bank wearing a ski mask and holding a gun.
> > >
> > > He goes up to the nurse and demands her to open the sperm bank vault.
> > > She says “But sir, its just a sperm bank!”,
> > > “I don’t care, open it now!!!” he replies.
> > > So she opens the door to the vault and inside are all the sperm samples.
> > > The guy says “Take one of those sperm samples and drink it!”.
> > > She looks at him “BUT, they are sperm samples???”.
> > > “DO IT!”.
> > > So the nurse sucks it back.
> > > “That one there, drink that one as well.”
> > > So the nurse drinks that one as well.
> > > Finally after 4 samples the man takes off his ski mask and says,
> > > “See honey – its not that hard.”

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 17 Dec 2000 @ 6:08 PM 

How’s this for surreal…

My best friend lives in L.A., where there is a radio station named KROQ that put out a rather peculiar Xmas CD that is only available at Wherehouse in the Los Angeles area. Naturally, as a misplaced Angeleno, I downloaded the KROQ Slim Santa CD when it was posted on Usenet.

Now, the CDs are sold out in L.A, and I have burned a copy to send to the city of origin, and I’m in Texas. The CD isn’t available here, but I’m the source of Holiday Joy.

Damn, I’m smoove.
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 16 Dec 2000 @ 2:37 PM 

My new Pine MP3 player showed up today, only 1 hour after I got the email telling me it had shipped. SWEEET! Very nice toy for me.

And, in other news, my computer is a steaming pile of waste that is about to explode. When I hit the power switch the other day, it took 10 seconds before the power actually came on. That can’t be good. So, I ordered a new machine from Micron today. More power! Merry f-ing Xmas to me!
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 06 Dec 2000 @ 11:47 AM 

So, I got the check for my first commission as a graphics designer this week. Woohoo! Something else to put on the resume, besides “dumb army fuck”.

And, if you aren’t a Slashdot reader (aka, a cretin), the fine web browser Opera is now free for Windoze users, with an ad banner. Add this to Eudora‘s ad-supported new version, and you have two great programs that will allow you to do email and web stuff much faster than the Microsoft equivalents, and not open yourself up to MS-specific bugs (or are they features?). Choices are good.
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 22 Nov 2000 @ 7:37 PM 

Finally, my domain has been migrated to VirtualAve! Now my email will forward, my website will not 404, and all is right with the world.

Oh, and the cheesecake I’m baking smells AWESOME! 🙂
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current_mood: relieved

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 19 Nov 2000 @ 5:43 PM 

Anyone looking for AndySocial.com, please wait a day or so until all the Domain Name Servers have been populated. I’m changing to a new server, one with a good track record.

Freeservers sucks.
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 18 Nov 2000 @ 12:16 PM 

Here’s a first: the Error404 page on my site has more hits than the index page. I know that MY links are all good, but I guess some folks can’t type…
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 11 Nov 2000 @ 9:23 AM 

Vs lbh pna ernq guvf, lbh’er n trrx. Fbeel, ohg vg’f gehr. Jub xabjf nobhg EBG13 rkprcg trrxf?
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 07 Nov 2000 @ 8:11 AM 

OK, now that I’ve committed to remaining in Windows for a while, it decides to get flakier than usual on me. At completely random times, generally when I’m talking to someone online so they get really annoyed at me, the computer will simply hang. No movement of the mouse, the NumLock and CapsLock keys don’t even change the little lights on the keyboard, NOTHING.

I love being nagged by Windows that I should always shut down properly, when I would if I could.
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Work

 
 15 Oct 2000 @ 9:34 PM 

Hey, I got my first commission! Thanks, Shawn. Assuming I complete the job satisfactorily, I’ll have something else to add to my resume.

Only 106 days until I take off my uniform for the last time. Woohoo!
current_music: Waterboys – When Will We Be Married?
current_mood: hopeful

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 09 Oct 2000 @ 3:02 PM 

I think my scanner overheated. Way too many photos for a one-day project, I guess. 🙂
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current_mood: tired

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 09 Oct 2000 @ 10:54 AM 

Scanning in photos from the previous 15 years. Do you realize how tedious this can be?

Who are these people, and why, if they were important enough to take pictures of, haven’t I kept in contact with them?
current_music: Lou Reed – New York
current_mood: apathetic

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New

 
 07 Oct 2000 @ 1:45 PM 

Just checking out this new system. Let’s see how this looks.
current_music: Asia Alpha
current_mood: blah

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 13 Aug 2000 @ 4:21 PM 

Sunday –

Alicia Witt

Just showing off how much stuff I can have running on my machine without a slowdown. A friend was comparing his Windows experience with my Linux one. He has to reboot about every 8 hours or so. As I took this screenshot (and the 800×600 mini one), I had gone over 5 days since rebooting. And, the only reason I had reset then was because I had to do some audio editing in Windows, not because Linux crashed. Damn, I’m smoove.

I promised a big site re-write in June, but I ended up postponing my leave until July, and then leaving town instead of playing with my website. Sorry, but such is the pull of a new girlfriend in another state. 🙂

So, I may get to a reorganization in September, but maybe not. Deal.

I’m down to 8 months until I finish my indenture to the Army. I suppose that’s too early to be looking for a job, but I can’t wait!

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 29 May 2000 @ 4:23 PM 

Monday –

Alicia WittWell, here’s another screenshot of my Linux machine (and the 800×600 shot). Not much has changed in a while, which is a pretty good indication that I like it the way it is. I took this capture for two reasons: Alicia Witt is hot, and LICQ has a new version, which supports the floating window seen above Alicia’s head. Oh, and the skins for GKrellM now can skin the GKRellMMS buttons, as this cool Aliens skin shows.

I’ve been working some very very strange hours lately, so if you see me online, I may have just left the ICQ or AIM window open and gone to work or sleep. I’m not responsible for my actions of late. 🙂

Still looking for a purpose after the Army lets me escape next year. Anyone with a cool job in Central California (or San Diego I guess), for someone with my obvious talents in graphics, audio, web design, and just all-around geekiness?

Stay tuned for a big site re-write in the next month. I’ve got a few ideas for cleaning things up and making the site easier to navigate. Maybe I’ll even formally set up Linux and SIGINT sections.

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 03 May 2000 @ 4:38 PM 

Wednesday –

I’m using Linux pretty much exclusively these days, but sometimes there is a glaring lack in the Open-source world.

I enjoy burning CDs to listen to in my car, rather than making cassettes as I did 15 years ago. No biggee, right?

I can burn audio CDs very easily in Windows, and kind of easily in Linux. Here’s where it gets weird. I took a series of tracks that came from old cassettes or CDs or even (heaven forbid) MP3 files, and wanted to make a themed audio disc for the drive to work. I wanted all the songs to be nearly equivalent in volume, and some of them had been recorded at much reduced volume levels than others. So, I ran them through the "equalize volume" feature of Spin Doctor (a feature of Easy CD Creator in Windows). Then, since I was in Windows, I had Easy CD Creator make the disc. I surfed the Net while waiting for my burner to finish, and then played the CD on the way to work (great lunch break, eh?). It sounded like crap in places.

I had forgotten one of the primary rules of Windows: it sucks at multitasking. After making several data CDs in Linux, I’d forgotten that Windows doesn’t want you to do ANYTHING else while you’re burning a CD. So, although there were no errors reported by the CD-R program, and no apparent buffer under-runs, the CD was a coaster.

Fast forward to the next evening. I rebuild the tracks, all in Linux. I used MPG123 to convert the MP3s to WAV files; I used CDParanoia to rip the CD tracks to WAVs, and I eventually used cdrecord (at the command line even!) to burn the tracks to CD. The glaring omission in all this is the audio editing. I can’t find a decent audio editor for Linux. I’ve looked, and found a lot of half-finished projects that may turn out to be worthwhile someday. But, nothing to compare to CoolEdit or SoundForge is available for my favorite OS yet. So, I put together my pack of WAV files, booted into Windows, equalized the volume with CoolEdit (sweet program) as well as chopping out some dead air. Then, I rebooted into Linux to make the CD.

Seems like a waste of two boots, eh? I wish I had a Gigahertz machine so VMWare didn’t seem so damned slow…

I’m outta here. Surf well.

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Last Edit: 05 Jun 2004 @ 07:54 AM

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