Web 2.0 Rant

... and is your web site going to be Web 2.0?

I just did a google search for Web 2.0 and it came back with 184,000,000 hits for "Web 2.0". That is almost twice as much as the word porn (98,000,000 for porn), which as we all know is one of the driving factors for the web in general.

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My ISP is Comcast, and after years of nosebleed inducing DSL service (which was due to the crappy phone lines in the building I live in, and not my provider or DSL in general) I have to say that I am really happy with the level of service comcast has provided me with so far.

Last night there was a service outage, however, and it told me so when I called their support hotline.

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Comment Spam

Great, now that I enabled anonymous commenting on my site, I drown in a deluge of porn spam comments. I just disabled unmoderated anonymous commenting.

I wonder what next. I mean, web comment spamming is an old hat already, but will this ever stop? Will the spammers figure out a way to attach spam to pictures next? Oops, hope I didn't give them an idea.

Anyhow, the only way to stem the spam tide was if people categorically refused to buy products advertised via spam. That way spamming would become a liability, rather than a viability.

OK, I will dream on ....

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Warning: Flying Out Of Sequence

In case people actually come here to read my blog, I wanted to share the following fact I found out myself recently and wish I had known about.

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Wedged Rosetta

Running into trouble with PowerPC only applications I started researching what this Rosetta thing is all about.

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AT&T decides to bring broadband call center back onshore


Even though I have nothing to do with ATT, or need to access their call center, I am somewhat glad that one behemoth of a company decided, for whatever reason, to bring back (part) of their call center.

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bind9, rndc and iptables

Recently (well, a couple of months ago) I finally decided to rent a server at a large co-location server farm (serverpronto.com) and picked Debian as the Linux distro of choice.

After a while I wanted to setup the new server as a DNS slave, which wasn't as hard as I had expected. But when it came to stoping or restarting the bind daemon on that box, I always got

rndc: connect failed: connection refused

even though I was sure that I had configured my named.conf and rndc.conf files correctly, and the file permissions were correct as well.

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HFS+ and case sensitivity

Yesterday I lost invaluable hours of my life trying to use svn on Mac OS X to checkout a source tree for a project at work. Somehow it took me very long to figure out that it always crapped out at the same file, and that said file. 

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PayPal Fraudulent E-mail

A couple of days ago I received an e-mail that turned out to be not only spam, but a fraudulent attempt to rip off my PayPal login information.

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A year ago I purchased a used Apple 12" Powerbook because I had to do a lot of travel and needed something small and reliable. I have not regretted that purchase since. Those Apple Powerbooks seem a little on the highend if you compare the price to your typical Wintel based brands, but the design is unrivaled and you get a real operating system :>).

Unfortunately the constant [ab]use has drained my original battery to an unusable level, so I am in the market for a new Powerbook 12" Battery. It seems that Apple has the best offer.

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