Archive for September, 2004

SQL Mail, and why Integration is Bad

Wednesday, September 29th, 2004

I’m pretending to be a DBA at work, and I’m setting up a SQL Server instance. This is a machine that’s going to be sitting all by itself (not in a domain) doing stuff, and I want it to be able to send email alerts to operators when it detects things that operators should know […]

Storm damage photo

Sunday, September 26th, 2004

This one really tells a story.

Home Computer of the Future

Saturday, September 18th, 2004

Here’s a past vision of what a home computer would look like in 2004. My question is what’s the huge steering wheel for?


Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

I got an email from a fellow named Daniel Smith who seemed to agree with my idea that RSS needs to become more RSS-like.. here’s the response I wrote him, which is a little more fleshed out than some of the other stuff I’ve written on this. Yes, my thinking is reviving NNTP and making […]


Wednesday, September 15th, 2004

Sometimes it’s good to get away.

HTTP Compression != scalability

Saturday, September 11th, 2004

“This is becoming a broken record. Every couple of months some web site that hasn’t properly prepared for the amount of bandwidth consumed by having a popular RSS feed loudly complains and the usual suspects complain that RSS is broken. This time the culprit is Weblogs @ ASP.NET and their mistake was not providing HTTP […]

Online photo hosting

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

Looking for a place to put your photos?  Here’s a page that lets you search for sites that host photos.  Seems comprehensive.

RSS and Polling, again

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

Don’t forget that there are drawbacks to the common methods of reducing RSS bandwidth. Method #1 is to reduce the polling frequency – but if CNN tells my aggregator to poll every 4 hours (because they don’t like paying for 50 million hits on their server every 15 minutes or even every hour), there’s a […]

Windows Firewall configuration

Monday, September 6th, 2004

I had a problem with a Cisco VPN client after installing Windows XP SP2. According to Cisco the fix is: netsh fi add port UDP 62515 “Cisco VPN Service” enable all The netsh command is cool – I’ve never had the need to experiment with it before but there’s a lot you can do with […]


Monday, September 6th, 2004

You’re driving home from work, and someone rear-ends your van. Exception. A friend of yours is driving to meet you at a campground. He gets a flat tire. Exception. While getting towed back home, a lady tries to kill herself by running out in front of the tow truck. Nested exception.