Get the Facts

This is actually a really old post that never made it to my webpage, but I'm going to post it now.

Well, as some people know, Microsoft has released a Get the Facts on Windows and Linux advertising campaign explaining why Microsoft Windows is better than Linux in the server arena.

(Please note that said servers - a lot of people have managed to misunderstand that and keep on bringing Internet Explorer into the conversation, which as absolutely nothing to do with Microsoft Windows as a server platform. From now on, whenever anyone talks about Internet Explorer security holes when talking about Linux vs. Windows as a server platform, I'm going to bring up spatial Nautilus and explain how that proves that Apache sucks.)


World of Warcraft Chat Command List

Update 2005-04-06: The previous list was completely wrong. The new one is correct.

This is a list of chat commands (or slash commands). Some of them even include a list of what they do!


I was reading through the upcoming World of Warcraft patch notes, and saw:

Added /golfclap.


Stargate SG1 Replicators: Kekekekekekekeke

Anyone else think that the Replicators on Stargate: SG1 are like the Zerg from Starcraft?

They attack in swarms of small numbers, and a couple of marines with machine guns can hold them off.

Plus, their leader is a copy of one of the leaders of the crack military squad of the Terrans, just like the Queen of Blades.



It's Snowing! Stop Driving Like It's Not!

Accident count for the trip in today: 3.

One two car accident (I think).
One single car accident (drop off the road).
One accident across the median that had backed traffic up (didn't see details for this).

Guys. It's snowing out. The roads are slippery.

Drive safely, please!


Slashdot: News for Nerd

Shit People Make Up

If you haven't read it, it's a story someone posted about how Microsoft AntiSpyware detects Mozilla Firefox as spyware. Except, of course, for the fact that it doesn't.

The story notes that the screenshots are "likely" fake as an update. "Likely" fake? The person who posted the shots says they're faked. People have run AntiSpyware and noted that it doesn't detect Firefox. Likely fake? They are fake and Slashdot knows it.

This is just yet another reason why I don't subscribe to Slashdot and likely never will. This is something that's so obviously unlikely and so obviously fake that there's no way the editors should have fallen for it. Until CmdrTaco and that crowd decide that they want to show they're willing to provide a service worth paying for, I'm not going to pay for it.


Stupid... freaking... program...

Quick background:

We have this program, that handles database connections and returns the data for us. We're using it to query multiple databases at once. (No, I don't know why we can't do that ourselves.)

It doesn't support dates. If you try and pull a date value out of a database, it will return with an "undefined" value. But we need dates.

So I come up with a plan. I can write a JDBC wrapper that wraps around the actual JDBC drivers and "mask" the existance of dates in the results. That way the data can be in a format that actually works.

Except that it turns out this program is smarter than I thought it was and actually had the database do queries for it instead of just pulling in the data and manipulating it itself. (Although now I'm left wondering why it's so slow to do so.)


Upcoming Firefox Vana'diel Clock Version

I might as well try and hype up what's coming, even though it's not quite there yet.

The biggest addition is alarms. The last version laid the ground work, this version includes the actual implemention. Sort of.

There's still quite a lot of work I need to do to decide exactly how the alarms are going to work. Right now they successfully get created and persisted across browser sessions.

I'm still working on the UI for creating them and managing them once they've been created.

I'm also going to look into adding a Balista calendar or (more likely) a "next x matches" schedule.

Slashdot Whines About Gilsellers

Apparently someone on Slashdot has gotten fed up with gilsellers (actually, in-game item sellers period) because we've recently gotten several stories about them:

Square-Enix Bans Over 800 FFXI Accounts
MMOG Currency Seller Owns Media Network ?
President of MMOG Currency Seller Grilled

My basic opinion is "who cares about item sellers?" and "if they're disrupting the game, perhaps the game developer should, oh, I don't know, be doing something about it!"

Car's fine

Well, I got the car back a couple of days ago, turns out the problem was "it's cold out and you're parking in a snowbank."




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