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Friday, June 23

The spam I get…  


Hi Bryan,

We are contacting you regarding your property 77 S High St Fl 23 in Columbus, OH 43215

As you may already be aware, the demand for and prices of Columbus homes is on the rise. Bryan, our mission is to put property holders, like you, in control by allowing you to choose from different programs. We then provide the fastest and most convenient way to reduce your monthly dues from the comfort of your own home.

Bryan, APR is as low as 4.90%

http://Price.ihomeimprovement.net/index_db.asp?id=xxxxxx

Application for: Bryan Price

I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Patricia Shingler

Account Services

To be taken out:
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This is from a spam email I got today. I have to laugh. The location on Google maps is 77 S. High St, Columbus, Ohio. It's the green roofed 40 story office building, otherwise known as SOT II (State Office Tower) or the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts. More information here.

Basically, they are offering me a mortgage on the office building where I used to work at. And that was about 7 years ago that I last worked there. Evidently I used the email address for some tech publication that associated my email with that address, which had to be some time ago, before we had email that was connected to the Internet. It's also funny that they assume the location is a home.

Your spam *coughcough* dollars at work!
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Tuesday, June 20

Mayor fines himself for personal e-mail - The mayor of Newark, Ohio, has fined himself $368 for using ...  


UPI:
NEWARK, Ohio, June 19 (UPI) -- The mayor of Newark, Ohio, has fined himself $368 for using city computers to send 15 personal e-mail messages about his son's business venture.
Via Techdirt

Ah, the county seat of where I grew up in. Nice to see Newark getting some exposure.

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Friday, June 16

CNN.com - Hawking: Space key to human survival - Jun 14, 2006  


Stephen Hawking:
"We won't find anywhere as nice as Earth unless we go to another star system," added Hawking, who came to Hong Kong to a rock star's welcome Monday. Tickets for his lecture Thursday were sold out.

Hawking said that if humans can avoid killing themselves in the next 100 years, they should have space settlements that can continue without support from Earth.
Nice to know I'm in such good company.

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Thursday, June 15

I have a headache?  


I've changed the subtitle. A little more fitting.

Big blow up tonight. The_Rose caught the Daughter's boyfriend in her room. Again. It's The_Rose's rule that no friends of the opposite sex in the bedroom, door opened or close. He got caught. Big deal? Not really. Trouble is, The_Rose opened her mouth to a good one. "It's not him that I don't trust! It's you that I don't trust!"

That has set the Daughter off. She's been crying and she's pissed. Not over what happened, but what was set.

15 hours later, I'm now back.

Had a ride with the Daughter. Very interesting. She's feeling better now.

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Monday, June 12

Windows 98 Windows Update - Cannot update  


Sky King:
First, you may be able to resolve the certificate issue by installing the 98 SE "fixes" for this that MS supplied some years ago. In no particular order:
Click here 1
Click here 2
Click here 3

If that doesn't work, suggest you install the latest version of IE (6.01), or if already installed that you do a Repair (select IE 6.x in the Add&Remove Programs list, then click Remove, which should then give you the option to Repair the install).

If you do not have IE 6.x installed, grab that one from here:
Click here for IE 6.x
This fixes the problem of a fresh install of Windows 98 SE. Tested.

*** Update
This entry doesn't display well in IE with Windows 98, not even the latest 6.x version. Works fine with Firefox. Go figure.

It seems that my links may be too long. Firefox handles it gracefully, but IE doesn't. The links are good, but the link text has spaces in it to try and show gracefully. Maybe time to try out that conditional hyphen? Eh.


Well, the spaces made it work. Renaming them.

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Friday, June 9

Feds refusing to release flood water maps of Lake Okeechobee if dikes breached: South Florida Sun-Sentinel  


AP:
WEST PALM BEACH -- The federal government is refusing to make public maps that show detailed diagrams of where flood waters would extend if Lake Okeechobee breached specific points of its earthen dike, citing concerns about a terrorist attack.
I was suspect of the phrase "Just think of the children!" That has now been replaced with "Just think of the terrorists!"

Burn the constitution. Burn the voting machines (or keep them corrupt, whatever). The terrorists have already won this war it seems.

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Blogthings - What's Your Dosha?  


Your Dosha is Pitta

You have a quick mind, a gift for persuasion, and a sharp sense of humor.
You have both the drive and people skills to be a very successful leader.
Argumentative and a bit stubborn, you have been known to be a little too set in your ways.
But while you may be biased toward your own point of view, you are always honest, fair, and ethical.

With friends: You are outgoing and open to anyone who might want to talk to you

In love: You are picky but passionate

To achieve more balance: Be less judgmental of those around you, and take cool walks in the moonlight.
What's Your Dosha?

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Thursday, June 8

And how was your day from hell (6/6/6)?  


I got out of bed that morning, and before I got out of the bedroom, I heard a transformer blow. We still had electricity, so it wasn't ours.

I get to my computer to find out that AIM is now retrying to connect, and I've got one light blinking on the cable modem. Cable is out. I try the TV next. Yep, cable is out. I call it in to Comcast and get a recording that they already know there's a problem. Fine.

No Internet, no TV. Over 7 hours later, I call back. No recording, I get somebody from India (sorry, but it helps to lose the accent, or at least tone it down), who says that there's absolutely no problem. He says he can schedule a tech out there. OK. I wait. He can't get it scheduled, so he puts me on hold. He's still having troubles getting it scheduled, can I hold for about 5 minutes? OK. He finally comes back and tells me that a tech has been scheduled between 11AM and 2PM, and even though it's past 11AM, they will be there before 2PM. Interesting as the time is now 3:45PM. I didn't say a word about it, because I knew that I didn't need a technician at my house, that tech needed to be where the problem actually was.

I called around 6PM, only to hear the recording that they are again suffering problems in my area.

Around 11PM, Internet started working, but the TV was still down. It has occasional problems, but it's fine. That is, until 11:30PM, where it drops out again. Cable modem is showing a good connection, and I ping 4.4.4.4, I get the cable modem response, and I get one further hope. That's it. I check the TV. Interestingly enough I've got a working channel. I go through the channels and find that over half are missing, mostly the non-local channels.

I call Comcast again. This time there is no recording, and I menu to the point that says that I'm having connection problems and I am put on the queue. I have no idea how long the queue is at this point, but I'm waiting 15 minutes before I get somebody on the line. No Indian accent, actually a Southern accent, and she immediately tells me before I get a word out that the whole state is out, due to an unscheduled/unpublished upgrade going on. They were replacing some cards she said. Must not be hot-swappable was my thinking. I told her thanks, and she told me that they had over 150 calls waiting in the queue at that moment.

The next morning, I had a working Internet again, but the channels were still screwey on the TV, but later that morning they were all there.

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WP: Therapy targets ‘at risk’ troops - washingtonpost.com Highlights - MSNBC.com  


Jonathan Finer:
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Over the course of a year in Iraq, the 3rd Brigade of the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division saw action in some of the country's most violent places, insurgent strongholds such as Ramadi in the west and Baqubah in the north.
This was the first hit for news today on Baqubah. I'm not real impressed.

Sparx will be deployed the 22nd to Baqubah. He's looking forward to it. I'm not.

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Monday, June 5

To be looked at  


SustainLane | Overview

This has my current city and my home city listed, with the home city listed as last. I'm curious about why Columbus did so bad, not that Jacksonville did a lot better.

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Sunday, June 4

Complete List of Civil Rights Violations Regarding The Pirate Bay Raid | xMule.ws  


Complete List of Civil Rights Violations Regarding The Pirate Bay Raid | xMule.ws

This whole thing sounds like the US has become such a bully police state that it can force another sovereign country into executing it's will, even if it is against that county's constitution.

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Saturday, June 3

Goose stepping towards a police state…  


In the 6/1 USAToday:
Top law enforcement officials have asked leading Internet companies to keep histories of the activities of Web users for up to two years to assist in criminal investigations of child pornography and terrorism, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller outlined their request to executives from Google, Microsoft, AOL, Comcast, Verizon and others Friday in a private meeting at the Justice Department. The department has scheduled more discussions as early as Friday. Last week's meeting was first reported by CNET, an online news service.

The meetings reflect a new approach by law enforcement in anti-terrorism efforts. Previously, the Justice Department had invoked the need for data retention only to battle child pornography. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, Internet traffic has become increasingly critical to terrorism investigations, too.
Via Ed Bott's All your browsing history are belong to U.S.. I especially like
Honest to God, these people piss me off.
Pretty much my way of thinking too.

And from the IP list that I subscribe to, and Ed also lists this email from Brett Glass, which points out stuff from an ISP's point of view.
The belief that everything and everyone must be monitored in the hope of preventing possible criminal activity is a hallmark of a police state. Is this what the US is coming to? If so, the 9/11 terrorists have won. By killing fewer people than died in the recent earthquake, they have given an irresponsible government an excuse to destroy our freedom, and have successfully cowed the populace into allowing it to happen.
This indicates that they had talks about this past Friday.

This indicates that the talks have fallen through.

I also like Techdirt's coverage and The Head Lemur's assignment of the Idiot of the Internet as well.

Which should mean that, if the DOJ actually goes through with their threat, that we will be seeing legislation introduced to force this. If this gets any kind of public discussion, I plan on putting my 2 cents worth in to both senators and my representative. Reminds me of the night I set up the computer to fax a senate committee on the DMCA. I might have gotten through about 10% of them, as I kept getting busy signals, and a couple of bad phone numbers.

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Hurricane.StormReportMap.com — An Interactive Look at Hurricane Tracks  


Hurricane.StormReportMap.com — An Interactive Look at Hurricane Tracks
To be used. More than I want it to be I'm afraid.
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Friday, June 2

Catblogging in the hurricane season  


I present Kitto up close and personal.

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Interesting cartoons.  


Here's the first one (click on images linked to original site):
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and a modification:
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And an update:
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Comics courtesty of Too Much Coffee Man.

This is also a test for allyoucanupload.

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Rolling Stone : Was the 2004 Election Stolen?  


Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

To read later

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Thursday, June 1

Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook  


National Hurricane Center:
Today Marks The First Day Of The Atlantic Hurricane Season...Which Will Run Until November 30Th.

The List Of Names For 2006 Is As Follows:
NamePronunciationNamePronunciation

AlbertoAl Bair- ToeLeslie 
BerylBer- IlMichael 
Chris NadineNay Deen-
Debby Oscar 
ErnestoEr Nes- ToePatty 
Florence RafaelRa Fa El-
Gordon Sandy 
HeleneHe Leen-Tony 
IsaacEye- ZakValerie 
Joyce William 
Kirk 

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Article Index

The spam I get…
Mayor fines himself for personal e-mail - The mayor of Newark, Ohio, has fined himself $368 for using ...
CNN.com - Hawking: Space key to human survival - Jun 14, 2006
I have a headache?
Windows 98 Windows Update - Cannot update
Feds refusing to release flood water maps of Lake Okeechobee if dikes breached: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Blogthings - What's Your Dosha?
And how was your day from hell (6/6/6)?
WP: Therapy targets ‘at risk’ troops - washingtonpost.com Highlights - MSNBC.com
To be looked at
Complete List of Civil Rights Violations Regarding The Pirate Bay Raid | xMule.ws
Goose stepping towards a police state…
Hurricane.StormReportMap.com — An Interactive Look at Hurricane Tracks
Catblogging in the hurricane season
Interesting cartoons.
Rolling Stone : Was the 2004 Election Stolen?
Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook
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