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February 29, 2004

Bear stamps!

The Bearcom are now in possession of some cute 90 cent Malayan Sun Bear stamps from New Zealand Post! Alas, no $1.30 Red Panda stamps were obtained, however. Must get some. The committee, anyway.

New Zealand Post's recently issued, and very cool, 90 cent Malayan Sun Bear postage stamp.

February 28, 2004

Upgrade time!

Another 'upgrade' time for Windows soon, I suppose. Argh. Let me guess... it will cost me an arm and a leg, and maybe half my torso.

February 26, 2004

Big Fish

Seeing Big Fish last night with a lovely group of friends provoked me. I've often thought no matter how wacky a story, there's always some element of truth in it. As it is too often said, truth can be stranger than fiction. (That and the Big Fish site takes forever to load. Pity. Maybe I need to get around to moving and finding a place with CityLink connectivity to live in.)

February 25, 2004

Argh! Keywords!

Nooooo! AOL-style keywords on the TVNZ website, referenced on station identifier clips on air! I'm not sure what is worst, the keyword thing or the nzoom.com website.

On another side of life, I didn't know medical textbooks could cost $800. Yikes. At least in this case they're going to a really cool cause.

February 24, 2004

Conversation in the Willis Street Starbucks

Well, I've decided with two friends this: I want a housecat!

February 22, 2004

Necessary bear food reviews

Nikster wishes to announce that the Bearcom are now reviewing good food. First up are Honey Mustard Grain Waves and SPAM. That's right, there are photographs. (Curiously, the Australian SPAM site appears to have some ColdFusion trouble right now. Ha.)

February 21, 2004

A 2004 diary, finally

On the more dull subject of life, I have finally obtained a 2004 (paper) diary for me to write in. It's even a 'pocket size' that will actually fit where it supposedly does (and with hopefully not so much blank space at the end of each day). :)

February 20, 2004

Another InternetNZ council meeting

Yep, I'm at another InternetNZ council meeting. Unlike other InternetNZ meetings, this month's meeting, it seems, will be pretty uncontroversial.

February 16, 2004

Still at home...

I'm still at home. While I'm missing classes, I'm not complaining too much, though. You get odd weather living in greater Wellington. Interestingly, from what I can tell, having not ventured outside, the street I reside in is being used as a detour street. Overall, there's still not much change in the weather.

[Listening to: We Do (The Stonecutters' Song) - The Simpsons - Songs In The Key Of Springfield (01:19)]

And, just as Linda Clark played on National Radio's Nine to Noon this morning...

[Listening to: Weather With You - Crowded House - Recurring Dream: The Very Best of Crowded House (03:45)]

Stuck in Lower Hutt

While I'm stuck in Lower Hutt unable to get into Wellington due to the weather after advice from traffic police not to attempt travel, here's some articles I've been holding out posting for a few days.

Firstly, in Germany, one city council has decided Linux is so easy even a woman could use it. Elsewhere, Kuro5hin doesn't seem to like Movable Type. (I'd stick with Blosxom, but like with the previous software, it just took too long and I as of now still don't have the time to rectify it. Maybe in a month or two I will.)

Onto technical things, I'm looking at installing a comments filtering system. However, it seems I get few enough comments one side of me is saying I don't need it. But then I wouldn't have to look at my diary so often for people desperate for Google rankings. Personally, I'd rather not use things to defeat PageRanks. Mumble. And Nikster really does need to get her GnuPG key signed eventually, after one aborted attempt. That and I am for now using Firefox as my usual browser for personal interest. It seems kinda funky, though I'm not too keen on the second name change. Oh well. Reminds me of the naming problems for some characters in the Tintin comic strip series.

February 13, 2004

Let's buy just the blank and extraneous tracks!

Is it me, or will North Americans buy just about anything, even blank bits from digitised CD albums from online music stores?

Yikes. Some have even been thinking of buying just the blank bits (thanks to automated ripping processes) from albums if I've read the article correctly.

Cute... and mucky... and leaky...

Awwwwww... stories of diaries of love and love beyond death are always sooooo cute...

Continuing in the muck of education-related stories from the New York Times, at another university in the US, they're trying to do anything for a few more dollars. Yikes. I wonder if VUW would try this one? (I'd say it's unlikely though, as they're filling international student places like crazy, it would seem.) And as for muck itself, seems like New York schools have, uh, toilet [quality] problems.

[Listening to: Candy - Mandy Moore - I Wanna Be With You (03:55)]

At least they haven't got, shock horror, their monopolistic IP leaking and floating around on the Internet... but then, it's only Microsoft's closely guarded Windows code. Or so they claim. On the other hand, what did they expect, letting selected customers look at the code? It was bound to come out eventually. From the BBC write up:

Hackers with the code could exploit the operating system and access machines running Windows.

Exploit? Sure, but open source stuff does open its code and by logic assumes that sorta thing would happen... and I think it strengthens it. However, Windows is a commercial product and all that. Still...

Cute, mucky and leaky. I like it. Now, for some appropriate music...

[Listening to: Into Temptation - Crowded House - Recurring Dream: The Very Best Of Crowded House (04:34)]

February 10, 2004

Telecom, TelstraClear and the $10,000

Telecom's customer of the month is... another InternetNZ councillor (not me, alas), Grant Forsyth, in their monthly $10,000 draw -- but he's one of TelstraClear's top people. :)

Crazy fortune cookies

One thing (assuming greta is up) I know is that I'm going to get at least one (readable) e-mail message each day. Okie, so it's just a cron script that sends me one with two cookies from Debian's fine fortunes packages. But sometimes they're just a little to ironic for me, for example today's first one, which was Never let your schooling interfere with your education. With that followed by Server depressed, needs Prozac, I'm wondering why I didn't think of either earlier. :)

[Listening to: No More Cry (acoustic) - The Corrs - In Blue: Special Edition Bonus Disc (02:53)]

February 8, 2004

Another random banner ad

I wonder how effective for the taxpayer is this banner ad I have gotten lately now and again in (shock horrors) the MSN Messenger client imploring me to apply for certain things early to avoid certain people certain amounts of grief. I wonder if the Ministry of Social Development would actually tell me how many clicks per billions and the cost per click for the advertisement. Maybe if I could be bothered using the Official Information Act 1982, I suppose. But I can't. :) Anyhow, here it is for some free impressions on this site, all three kilobytes or so of it.

StudyLink banner advertisement from MSN Messenger.

February 7, 2004

/me wants a webcam

Maybe it's about time I got something like a cheap USB web camera, if only for finding annoying people have been snooping where I live.

On the subject of photographs, the promised snapshots from a certain birthday party back in mid-December did actually get uploaded, but passworded. No, none of the photos were dodgy -- privacy paranoia on my part, that's all. :)

February 3, 2004

Cool library databases

One good thing about enrolling at a tertiary institution is the nice databases most private and public sector organisations probably wouldn't subscribe to, with the odd exception of a government agency. The problem is when they don't subscribe to the more popular ones, but hey, it's better than nothing. :) On a related subject, it may help being prepared when one randomly visits a university. :) Hehehe.

[Listening to: Good Morning Baby - Bic Runga - Beautiful Collision (Bonus Disc) (03:29)]

February 1, 2004

Dead letter boxes

Oh, the pleasures of killing off an e-mail address. Personally, I wouldn't do it, but then I have too many addresses to have to check to see which is being flooded the most. Too much time with little payoff for me. At least most of the virii that in the end doesn't go through greta gets filtered off.

Unfortunately, the false negative rate on my double Spamassassin install (one has Pyzor, and the other has DCC) has been going up with mostly the virii getting through; greta does have a virus scanner (clamav) installed, but I haven't thrown it in the mail chain yet. Must do that.

On more cheerful things, right now I'm listening to MPR's Saint Paul Sunday on Concert FM. Mmmmmm. :)