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The Last Jihad

Read The Last Jihad when I was in New York. Might write a longer review later, but for now - it was excellent! Should be read by every one who thinks the US shouldn't have gone into Iraq. Yeah, I know - it's just fiction. Right, that means the ending might have been worse.

In comparison to, say, Clancy - because he's been compared to him - let me say that in my opinion the writing is much better. Much better. And Rosenberg don't rely on 'strong' language to seem 'authentic'.

Can't wait to get my hands on 'The Last Days' - as soon as I find a local library that has it.

[Rosenberg was at a screening for 'The Passion'. Seems he was pretty impressed. It'll be interesting to see what it's like. From the negative press about it - I'd say it could turn out to be real good. :-)]

Tim Lytle [10/28/03 22:00:54] | 0 Comments | Point

Wish You Where Here

[Okay, so I'm not really 'here' anymore. It's the thought that counts. 'Twas nice to be at the lake. It warmed up a bit (the fire also helped in that area) and we had a pretty nice couple of days.]

Tim Lytle [10/26/03 22:35:53] | 2 Comments | Point

New York

Well, it's off to New York. Should get some nice photos at the lake. And should be relaxing. And should be cold. Ahh, guess I won't be swimming.

And for those interested in the server move - things seem to be falling into place quite well. The new server is up, running php and MySQL, and the mail server is working fine.

But won't be (hopefully) bothered with that stuff for the next few days.

[Note: The new server is running, but the site hasn't been transfered yet. That should happen early next week. I say this like it's importaint. Oh, and it's cold up here. Real cold. :-)]

Tim Lytle [10/23/03 11:32:53] | 0 Comments | Point

Toto? We're not in...

Ah...the sweet smell of secure shell in the evening.

Have just started transitioning my site from my current server to a new one. Decided to go with two servers. One allows some pretty advanced ssh access, the other has much more (and cheaper) space, and supports IMAP access.

Unfortunately do to the way each host wants to be keeping the DNS for hosted domains I can't use the same domain for both. So I got a new domain name for the IMAP server.

www.fldn.com

Go ahead - guess what it stands for. :-)

Just waiting for the DNS records to get updated - then things will start to move faster. (Although I am working on getting PHP/MySQL and the API I use installed on the web server).

Oh, and I do mean guess. Someone thought fldn stood for:

"flying legions of demonic nerds"

So take a stab at it. What's fldn stand for?

Tim Lytle [10/21/03 22:19:56] | 0 Comments | Point

Arg!

Lost power a few minutes ago - came back on after a couple of seconds. The wierd thing is that the phone lines are dead. Now tell me, how many times have you had your phone lines go dead? I can remember maybe one time (other than this). Even if the power is out - the phones usually work.

I can get a dial tone sometimes if I hit the 'flash' button on the phone then a number. But after two seconds the tone goes away. I plugged a 'real' phone (ya know - one with a cord) in, bit there's no tone. I can dial a few numbers, but the power fades away.

Oh, so how am I connected to the internet? He he he . My laptops connected to my cell phone over the infared port, and the cell phone is acting like a standard modem to dial into my ISP. Well. It's like a standard 9600 modem. But it's a steady 9.6. I think. Hey - that's like half of what I usually get, so I'm not complaining. (At least not about the cell phone connection - my normal connection, that I'll complain about.)

The amazing thing is that this is the longest post in a least five posts. And it's about...well...nothing. And I'll bet I get a few comments too. (Don't fail me Lloyd, Harry, and Peety.)

And if you're wondering what the 'flash' button is, and why your phone has or doesn't have one of them. Too bad. Do a google and figure it out yourself.

(Hey, and while you're googling check and see if you're one of the few chosen to test out their new 'how many searches you do per day' counter thingy. It'll be at the bottom of their main page - I think.)

Okay, the 'flash' button stands for 'flash hook' which basically means you really quickly 'put' the phone 'on the hook' and then 'take' the phone 'off the hook'. Like hanging up and the picking up in less than a second. That's a way to get another line. And like start a conference call. I think. Or if you have call waiting to answer the other call. But since flash hook works on all phones (I think) maybe you could answer a call even if you didn't have call waiting. Of course you wouldn't know when the call was coming in. Of course I really don't know what I'm talking about, that's why I told you to find out. :-)

'Course one of them old time phone hackers (the ones that use pay phones for free since they have the dial tone pattern generator thing) - they'd know all about 'flash hook'.

Now the phones were set up for call forwarding before the line went dead. I wonder if it's still forwarding. I wonder if that has anything to do with the problem. I wonder why I'm up this late wondering about these things.

Major Update:
Just tried the phones again. Have a better chance of getting a dial tone now - but it's a wierd dial tone. Like it doesn't go away. You know how it's supposed to go away when you start dialing? Well it don't. And I can really dial out anywhere.

I guess tomorrow I'll go outside and see if I can get a tone at the box where the phone lines come in. That'll be exciting. I once hooked my laptop into that to see if the reason I get very slow internet connections was because of the house wiring. It wasn't. Still got a slow connection. Oh well.

Major Update 2:
Tried again. Still not working. Will update tomorrow. Maybe.

Tim Lytle [10/15/03 00:22:59] | 6 Comments | Point

Don't Rush Judgment

"You know I have always...

Don't have time to write down my thoughts on this, but this is worth reading.

And while you're there, take a look at what this man thinks about this topic.

Tim Lytle [10/10/03 17:23:00] | 0 Comments | Point

Got Google?

Google has found my site. I am happy. Site search doesn't work, but maybe 'twill happen in time. (nor does link to, or similar page functions)

[Arg! Just rememberd that google doesn't crawl get vars (the part of a URL past the '?') so my blog archives won't be indexed. Must change that. He he he.]

Tim Lytle [10/10/03 00:20:44] | 0 Comments | Point

Rush on Slate

Wow, at least one media outlet isn't overtly transparent when fairly criticized.

Tim Lytle [10/03/03 09:56:59] | 0 Comments | Point