To sell a car

In the process of moving to another state, we decided to sell my car to some friends. This turned out to be much harder than anticipated.I admit that this is entirely my fault and I deserve to be made fun of for it, but we couldn't find the title. It could be that the bank which financed the loan never sent it to us. It could be that it's in our safe deposit box in our last city and that I'll find it next month when I go back for the rest of our stuff. Or maybe I'm just a...

AppleCareless

While I almost never buy extended warranties, conventional wisdom is that youshould always buy AppleCare for an Apple laptop. You have up to a year afterbuying your laptop to purchase the extended coverage. At a high level, you'rebasically buying an insurance policy for a piece of hardware with a specificserial number. Why does Apple make this so difficult?I bought my MacBook Pro directly from Apple's website. Here's how AppleCarepurchase should work:I log in to their store website.I view my order history and find my laptop.Apple has my MacBook Pro's serial number on file with this order, and they also have...

Mesothelioma, Plavix, and Yaz, oh my!

We've all seen the commercials:You have mesothelioma! Our lawyers are here to help you!You took Plavix and had a bleeding problem. We'll get you the money you deserve!Your birth control wasn't perfect? Call our trained counselors!This is why we can't have nice things. It sucks when bad things happen to nicepeople. Still, certain actions have known, unpleasant, predictably frequentconsequences. When you work in a hazardous environment, those environmentalhazards may eventually harm you. If you take medicines, it's quite possiblethat you'll experience some of the listed adverse reactions. Someone elsealready did, after all; that's how they know what the bad effects...

Omaha World-Herald makes school remove Christmas message

The Omaha World-Herald published a story about a Lincoln public high school who wrote "Remember the Reason for the Season" on their electronic bulletin board in front of the building. The ACLU contacted the school's principal to request that the message be removed, and the school complied.I can understand why some parents might not want that sign above the school. While I don't personally have a problem with it, I'd feel uncomfortable if my kids' school ran a similar sign that appeared to endorse Islam, Hinduism, or other religions. And as it turns out, the high school in question does...

More on migrating from Drupal to Blogofile

I wrote an earlier post on converting a Drupal site to Blogofile. I couldn't be happier with how that turned out as it allowed me to immediately start using Blogofile while still keeping my old Drupal content online. Sweet! But who wants to continue running the two systems in parallel forever? I certainly don't, and after a code sprint I came up with a way to completely transition off Drupal.First, I manually converted the most popular nodes on my Drupal site to Blogofile. I moved all of my Project content to GitHub, and wrote a Blogofile photo album that replaced...

On generated versus random passwords

I was reading a story about a hacked password database and saw this comment where the poster wanted to make a little program to generate non-random passwords for every site he visits:I was thinking of something simpler such as "echo MyPassword69! slashdot.org|md5sum" and then"aaa53a64cbb02f01d79e6aa05f0027ba" using that as my password since many sites will take 32-character long passwords or theywill truncate for you. More generalized than PasswordMaker and easier to access but no alpha-num+symbol translation and only(32) 0-9af characters but that should be random enough, or you can do sha1sum instead for a little longer hash string.I posted a reply but...

Migrating Drupal to Blogofile

I have a Drupal site with nearly a thousand nodes, several having over 100,000 hits. I wanted to migrate to Blogofile but absolutely did not want to start over or make this a major hassle. Instead, I used some Apache RewriteRules to gradually and seamlessly switch from Drupal to Blogofile one post at a time. Here's how I did it, using my site's real name of http://honeypot.net/ to give concrete examples:Migrated my comments to Disqus. Drupal's own disqus module has built-in export functionality to make this a snap.Set up internal DNS to add a new A record, drupal.honeypot.net, for my...

Stop the E-PARASITE Act

This is the letter I just sent to my representative, urging him to vote against Hollywood's E-PARASITE Act:Congressman Fortenberry, please vote against the appropriately-named "E-PARASITE Act" being proposed by Rep. Smith, TX. It's the counterpart of Senate Bill S.968, the "PROTECT IP Act".This flawed legislation seeks to criminalize civil offenses and reverse our Constitutional presumption of innocence for the benefit of a tiny - but very vocal - coalition of Hollywood special interest groups. The Internet has brought untold billions of dollars to our economy and democracy to distant shores. Let's not discard these advances for the benefit of a...

Making DOS USB images on a Mac

I needed to run a BIOS flash utility that was only available for DOS. To complicate matters, the server I needed to run it on doesn't have a floppy or CD-ROM drive. I figured I'd hop on the Internet and download a bootable USB flash drive image. Right? Wrong.I found a lot of instructions for how to make such an image if you already have a running Windows or Linux desktop, but they weren't very helpful for me and my Mac. After some trial and error, I managed to create my own homemade bootable USB flash drive image. It's available...

On the Socialization of Advocacy

A proposal to socialize the legal profession:Whereas it is unconscionable that Citizens granted financial privilege by Society enjoy more expansive access to legal representation than those of lower station;Whereas a single malignant prosecution may cast a well-lived and productive life into ruin;Whereas the noble career of navigating legal waters has suffered damage of reputation by those seeking profit rather than the greater Good;Whereas Citizens of and visitors to this Country are entitled to equal representation under the Law, such guarantees not being subject to the tides of fortune and circumstance but to the currents of Fairness and Justice;The above being...
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