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Microsoft’s Longhorn Failure Is Linux’s Chance August 31, 2004

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What a fricking idiot, if Steven J. Vaughn – Nichols knew anything about what he was talking about i think he would be dangerous. first, Microsoft is cutting out one feature, WinFS. More, “Now is the time for the Linux desktop” rhetoric from a half-baked, non-researching journalist. If he would bother to research the state of the industry, Sun is shipping Solaris 10 with ZFS, their new filesystem but using their traditional UFS as the default and they have told customers, ZFS is an experimental Filesystem and they dont recommend ZFS for production use. Why? because its fricking unstable and there is that possibility you will lose your data. why is the master of MS FUD here not bitching about that? What would he like for Microsoft to do? Ship WinFS, so that if the thing screws up then he can write “Microsofts Longhorn is a failure, now is the time for the Linux desktop?”


Red Hat Employee blogs August 30, 2004

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Red Hat like Sun has followed in Microsofts footsteps and are now letting their employee’s blog

Red Hat People
Red Hat Executives

Im still waiting for their Channel 9 equivalent, what are they going to call it? Channel 8

40 Things you would like to say at work August 29, 2004

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1. I can see your point, but I still think you’re full of shit.
2. I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce.
3. How about never? Is never good for you?
4. I see you’ve set aside this special time to humiliate yourself in public.
5. I’m really easy to get along with once you people learn to see it my way.
6. I’ll try being nicer if you’ll try being smarter.
7. I’m out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message.
8. I don’t work here. I’m a consultant.
9. It sounds like English, but I can’t understand a damn word you’re saying.
10. Ahhhh .. I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again.
11. I like you. You remind me of myself when I was young and stupid.
12. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
13. I have plenty of talent and vision; I just don’t give a damn.
14. I’m already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.
15. I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had about you.
16. Thank you. We’re all refreshed and challenged by your unique point of view.
17. The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.
18. Any connections between your reality and mine is purely coincidental.
19. What am I? Flypaper for freaks?!
20. I’m not being rude. You’re just insignificant.
21. It’s a thankless job, but I’ve got a lot of Karma to burn off
22. Yes, I am an agent of Satan, but my duties are largely ceremonial.
23. And your crybaby whiny-assed opinion would be?
24. Do I look like a people person?
25. This isn’t an office. It’s Hell with fluorescent lighting.
26. I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left.
27. Sarcasm is just one service we offer.
28. If I throw a stick, will you leave?
29. Errors have been made. Others will be blamed.
30. Whatever kind of look you were going for, you missed.
31. I’m trying to imagine you with a personality.
32. A cubicle is just a padded cell without a door.
33. Can I trade this job for what’s behind door #1?
34. Too many freaks, not enough circuses.
35. Nice perfume. Must you marinate in it?
36. Chaos, panic and disorder…my work here is done.
37. How do I set a laser printer to stun?
38. I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted a salary.
39. Who lit the fuse on your tampon?
40. Oh, I get it…like humor…but different.

Thanks Darci

Internet Explorer Community August 27, 2004

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Microsoft has started a Internet Explorer Community this is a fan fare site where users can get pretty good tips and content for IE. My motto has always been, friends dont let friends use IE but whatever they wish to do. Im a closet IE user because there are some sites that only work with IE

HP Launches new HP iPod August 27, 2004

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HP has launched their iPod technology that they licensed from Apple last year. Scroll down and you will see the flower childe designs that HP is using they look rather nice. Im contemplating buying one. Oh yu still need FireWire for these puppies. HP had said earlier that they were going to add a USB 2 jack since USB2 is the standard for PC’s but for some reason changed their mind.

HP iPod (Click to Enlarge)

MIT names first woman president August 27, 2004

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Meet First woman president.

HP Extreme Makeover contest August 27, 2004

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HP is running a contest to promote their HP Designjet 130 Printer nice damn printer, xpensive too. But what I find so interesting about this is that as Prizes, HP i giving away Apple PowerBooks, Apple Imacs and Apple G5’s and not their own desktops and portables.

Mac OS vs. Linux: Who’s #2? August 27, 2004

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The Mac Observer is running a running debate on which is the #2 OS in the world. Some analyste say Mac, some say Linux. Wanna know what I say?

Who the hell cares, they are both losers.

Cmon now seriously, Microsoft has over 90% of OS marketshare. Who in the bloody bluest blazes of hell cares who has 3% of the marketshare and who has 2% of the marketshare.


Quit fighting over the measly 1% of the marketshare. Put away your overinflated ego’s, quit writing Mac and Linux users are smarter articles and do something creative and meaningful. Walk a puppy, kiss a baby just geez guys give it a rest already.

PWC for Linux Discontinued August 27, 2004

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Apparantly the kernel maintainers have decided that they will no longer support binary modules for Linux and will no longer ship binary modules for Linux. So the PWC, Phillips Web Camera driver for Linux, has been discontinued. From now on any drivers that ship with the Linux kernel must be Open Sourced. hehehehe, how long do you think that will last. I dont give a crap anymore, the Linux community is going to neuter itself because it has yet to learn to cooperate with the commercial world. Linus and his crew are going to have to quit trying to strong arm vendors into open sourcing their code. If a vendor wants to Open Source a product thats fine but if they dont want to, hey its their property. Linux has yet the clout, and or the marketshare to try to change the rules.

Security Watch Special: Windows XP SP2 Has a Dangerous Hole August 27, 2004

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More SP2 FUD from PCMagazine no less. They have published a report about a “security threat” with the Windows XP security center feature in Windows XP SP2 thats reminicent of the 1942 “War of the Worlds” scenario where in a radio parody they made it out that Martians were attacking earth and many people believed it. What PC Magazine wants us to believe is that an attacker or virus writer can turn off the Virus protection, Firewall and Automatic Update scripts by hacking into the WMI through the security center. This was my favorite part, they are calling this a “crator” not a flaw. hehehe. I have a couple of questions because this kind of ignorance kind of ticks me off, is this a joke? I sure hope so, if not a joke, puh-lease tell me these guys dont work as security experts because they obviously dont know crap about seurity. they know just about as much about security as I do of hair-dressing. First of all it has to be a helacious virus to do this because it requires too much interaction from the user level in order to access the WMI, the database where all the information form the Windows Security Center and MMC is kept, this type of attack would have to take place at a system level. This means you would have to have access to the system in question. For a virus to do this first you have to download the sucker, then it has to break the Windows Attachment service in WinXP SP2 and somehow get the permissions changed for the file to run in a trusted security zone. Then it would have to Open CMD.exe and strip its own permissions and rename itself to a file that can be executed on a trusted security level, and while doing all this keep the Data Execution Prevention feature in SP2 (DEP) from shutting it down because accessing the WMI call procedure connects it to which the SP2 firewall picks up as network traffic. DEP prevents the execution of code in memory regions that are marked as data storage. This feature is also known as No-Execute and Execution Protection. When an attempt is made to run code from a marked data page, an exception immediately occurs and prevents the code from executing. This prevents an attacker from overrunning a data buffer with code and then executing the code this shuts down Buffer Overun errors and stops DoS attacks and memory errors and it will shut down viruses that try to access data in that page. The newer AMD procesors have DEP built into the firmware of the processor so it cannot be shut down, Older processors that do not have DEP built into the firmware rely on the DEP from the Windows XP SP2 kernel and that can be shut down. Is it impossible to write virus like this? No, just highly improbable but if I was to do it, i would write a smaller virus or worm and have it open a backdoor and download the major payload. I personally think that they are giving the virus writers way to much credit. Until I see a working example and some code on how this can be exploited as easily as PC Magazine says then i may give it its street cred. And of course they also make a point that they advise users to upgrad to SP2 because its a much more secure Service Pack. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR would they please make up their minds, its either insecure as hell as all these anti-SP2 stories say, or its secure. All flaws that have been brought to light by these “security experts” have been debunked by Microsoft and other security advisors.