Yam No More

Back in my Amiga-using days, I had an email program called YAM. It was excellent and ubiquitous; almost everyone used it. It had three unique features: You could configure it to embed small bits of personal information in outgoing emails, such as your birthday. When it saw these bits in email that other people sent to you, it could add the information to your address book. It had an option to automatically send a “happy birthday” email to everyone in your address book on their birthday.

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My Ecco Shoes Are Junk

I bought a nice looking pair of Ecco shoes a couple years ago. Actually, they were probably the nicest shoes I’ve bought before or since. I don’t have a reason to wear dress shoes often, but when I did, they looked nice and I was proud to have them. About a year ago I noticed that the soles were starting to come apart. I wrote to Ecco to ask for advice, got a short reply along the lines of “we received your message and will get back to you soon”, then nothing.

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Winning By Any Means

I was walking through our house when I saw Jake. He was watching me stone-faced with eyes open wide and bugged out. In our house, that means one thing — staring contest. I returned the stare as I walked nearer and bent closer to his level. Closer. Closer. Until he reached up and poked me in the eyeball and yelled, “you blinked! I win!” Yeah, he got me: I definitely blinked.

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Becoming Unrooted

So, I forgot my root password. For non-technical types, that’s pretty much the key to the kingdom when you need to get full access to a computer, or install new software, or to make backups, or to fix something in an emergency. I use this little program called “sudo” all the time that lets you do most of the same things except with your own password. I guess it’d been so long since I’d actually needed that root password that it just slipped my mind.

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In our household, a baby just ain’t a baby without an appropriately geeky birth announcement. And since Nick is mostly functional — I mean, he can’t exactly type yet — this one is in Lisp. Share and enjoy! ; This program forks(). That should be plenty for a few years' entertainment ; Copyright (C) 2007 Kirk & Jennifer Strauser ; This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify ; it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by ; the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or ; (at your option) any later version.

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Vapor Rises

Dan Feather, aka “Vapor”, died today after he lost control of his motorcycle. Dan was remarkable for his quiet decency. There were many reasons to like him, but above all else, he was a good man. Goodbye, friend. You leave behind many people who held you in high regard. Rest well.

Down To The Uptown

As our anniversary dinner tradition, Jen and I drive to Stanton to eat at the Uptown Brewery. Each year, we ask each ourselves if we really want to go all the way down there. Each year, we decide that we’ll have a nice meal and that it’s not that far anyway. Each year, we wonder why we don’t go there more often. I don’t want to disparage any of the wonderful local places, but it really is true: the best restaurant in Norfolk is in Stanton.

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I Am Awesome

I got the best fortune cookie ever a few days ago: Your modesty will shame those with lesser knowledge. What can I say? It was right.

You Are A Loser

I do not care whether you drive a Pinto or a Mercedes; a Geo or a Porsche. When you unload your shopping cart and then leave it sitting next to your car rather than pushing it back to the cart corral, you show your contemptible cretinism. There are no excuses. If you have the time and strength to push it through the store and out to the parking lot, you have the time and strength to push it another 50 feet to where it belongs.

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Electronic Survival Kit

So, you’ve made a survival kit to keep you alive until the good guys come to rescue you. Well, now you’re starting life over in a new place. These are some of the things you might want to bring along. References http://ask.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=164176&cid=13709968 How To Carry It Electronically Our primary goal is to make our data as easy to access as possible. This is critically important when you don’t know what kind of machine you may have to use to access your data.

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