The wonders of editing (12 Sep 2002)

I'm still not sure if this is a spoof or not. If it is, it's a very good one. Quick summary: US lawyer (IP lawyer, naturally) finds his mail server is listed as an open relay, denies that it is one (while giving enough of the story to show that it is) and immediately talks of legal action against the anti-spam group without a thought to fixing the mail server. A good laugh, spoof or (tragically) not.

Via JWZ:

Senator Clinton was booed when she walked on stage last October at a rock concert in Madison Square Garden to benefit 9/11 victims. It was shown live by VH1 but, as ABC's John Stossel illustrated in a July 20/20 special on media distortions, when the Viacom-owned cable channel replayed it sound technicians replaced the booing with cheering and applause. And that version is the permanent record VH1 put onto its DVD of the event.


RedHat 7.3 Install

(all of the following section is tounge-in-cheek )

Installed RH7.3 on a spare drive last night (long story involving odd hardware and a friend needing it) and I'm shocked how easy the install was. Gosh darn it! I can still remember when installing Linux was no mean feat and I'm so young that my first Linux distrib (Slackware) had a 2.0.0 kernel.

In those days an install was a maze of quirks and hardware problems littered with dire warnings about how X would fry your monitor if you got the frequencies wrong. Heck, you were damm lucky if today's kernel managed to exec /bin/sh. In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women, and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.

The damm RH install was graphical (even has a graphical GRUB menu) and picked up all my weird hardware first time and even got X going with DRI. The only thing it didn't detect is that I have 2 monitors. No wonder there are so many Linux lusers on /. if the install is this easy!