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February 2, 2002

Jim _never_ vomits at home...

Trying to get MS Exchange to do IMAP/SSL properly was really, really painful.


Brian sent me an application a few weeks ago called switcher for making Linux switch between different network configurations. Today, when I found myself painfully switching network parameters when moving my laptop between the three legs of our firewall, I remembered this program.

It rocks!

With a simple, single command, I can switch all my network parameters. It saves much time, and is therefore a Good Thing. If I knew the URL where it came from, I'd cite it here, 'cause if you're in an environment where DHCP is not the norm, this application is fabulous.

I forgot about the Goodness of using pine's threading feature. It's not the greatest threader, but it does wonders when you only see your civilian e-mail once a day and there has been craploads of mail on the OSCAR mailing lists, with several parallel discussions happening at the same time.

OSCAR 1.2b8 has escaped tonight as well. We're really, really close to 1.2 stable. Hopefully 1.2b8 will be the last beta.

Trying to get MS Exchange to do LDAP/SSL properly was also really, really painful.

I don't know if it's a formal part of the LDAP standard, but apparently if the name on the certificate from the LDAP server doesn't match the reverse DNS name lookup, LDAP clients will refuse the connect. I'm not sure why they refuse, because other kinds of clients (http, IMAP, POP, etc.) just give warning messages and then allow the connection to proceed.

Not only do they refuse to make the connection, they give amorphous error messages. I tried this with Outlook, Outlook Express (both of which I assume were using the same LDAP dlls), and some freeware LDAP browser for windoze. None of them said "the name doesn't match, so I'm going to refuse the connection)". No, they just refused to connect.


It took me a long time to figure out that the the only problem was that the name didn't match.

We got a little snow here this week -- much less than predicted (of course), but it did freeze overnight and created slick roads in the morning.

February 9, 2002

Not only do they take pictures silently, they're supa-swank

Saw Enemy at the Gates, a movie about Russian and German snipers during the struggle for Stalingrad in World War II.

It was more of a love and jealousy story than an action story than I thought it would be. But it was still fairly good, and tells an amazing story. So I give it 5 minutes.

I had to update to the CVS version of gaim because something has changed with the Yahoo! IM client; the released version of gaim started refusing to login to Yahoo! a few days ago. <shrug>

So after a little mucking around (I discovered how many 3rd party RPM's automatically install various m4 support files in /usr/share
-- I manually updated my GNU auto* suite of tools into a non-standard directory (because I couldn't easily find Mandrake RPMs for the updated GNU auto* tools), and it didn't automatically suck in all the 3rd party m4 files from /usr/share), I was able to recompile gaim from its CVS tree.

That fixed whatever problem with the Yahoo! IM client thingy was having -- I am now able to gaim with Y! IM again. <shrug>

In mucking around with my GNU auto* suite, I inadvertently discovered an old CVS commit message of mine on the Vorbis tools message. The last line of it struck me as quite amusing:

revision 1.1 date: 2001/08/23 17:39:55; author: jsquyres; state: Exp; <snipped>
- Added HACKING file to all four projects that gives a brief description on how to build the source from CVS. Mainly: "cvs update. ./autogen.sh. ./configure. make. Oongowa."

Last weekend, I went over to my boss's house for a Super Bowl party which was fun. I made a double batch of my famous Hockey Puck chocolate chip cookies, which were a big success. I bought all the remaining cookies to work the next day (there were a lot left), and they were a big success there as well.

Sierra Vista Rocks with Hockey Pucks.

We have a pot-luck lunch in the office next week for all the February birthdays, so I'll probably make more Hockey Pucks and bring them to that.

Brian, Mike, Sean and I bashed out a bunch of ideas for a OSCAR package API on IRC last night during the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Utah. It's far from complete, but we did make a good deal of progress. It's probably all that we want to do for version 1.3.

I'll be writing it up and putting it on the agenda to discuss at our next OSCAR meeting this upcoming Tuesday.

February 12, 2002

Bloody fantastic! Here's to Parks!

I introduced Tim to The Big Hit this past Saturday night.

He was duly impressed. As are all right-thinking people who see that movie.

Tracy found another note today that I left for her hidden in our house before I left last November. This one was between the sheets in the bed in the guest bedroom.

I'm good. :-)

I was running short of time today and actually stopped at Burger King for lunch (first time I've eaten at BK in months, I'm proud to say!). The receipt was so amazing that I had to keep it. The back of it states -- verbatim (not correcting any of their errors):

Refund policy statement:

Save your receipt!

Adjustments made within 14 days for computers and unopened software/peripherals.

Adjustments made within 30 days for watches, jewelry, electronics, unopened prerecorded music, videos, video games, and DVD.

Adjustments made within 90 days for all other items.

So if I have a problem with the burger or any of the fries that I had today, I apparently have 89 more days to return them.

I saw the movie Evolution with David Duchovney and Stiffler from American Pie. It was actually fairly amusing. As long as you expect nothing from the movie, it is pretty darn funny. I give it 10 minutes.

I'm surprised/shocked to find that call waiting works on my cell phone in this analog area. Cool!

OTOH, it's quite annoying that it takes anywhere from 5 to 15 tries (usually closer to 15) to make an outgoing call. The unsuccessful tries yield an annoying fast busy signal instead of connecting. Bonk. :-(

On a side note, it seems that Verizon doesn't offer my cell phone plan anymore (National OneRate). They have a "National" plan, but there's lots of roaming areas. Seems like a pretty weak "national" plan to me! Yay for me for grandfathering that -- yay for me who still has the true National OneRate plan!

Amazingly enough, I saw a van styled up to be a true Mystery Machine today. It was awesome. What was amazing about it was that it was in the parking lot of Greely Hall -- so it belonged to some government employee who was working in Greely Hall.

That rocks!

Who said government employees have no sense of humor?

Tomorrow is the office pot luck lunch for all the birthdays in February. I made Hockey Pucks to take in. Unfortunately, I only had enough Crisco for a single batch -- 9 cookies. I've also found that Crisco doesn't seem to keep well -- even in the 'fridge. It seems to dry out.


Why doesn't some clever engineer invent more robust Crisco?

For those of you who have never had my Hockey Puck chocolate chip cookies, let me just say: they're fucking good. Too bad you'll miss them tomorrow.


I made an appointment today to get new glasses. My current glasses are getting a little dated and things are a little fuzzy. I might as well take advantage of the free medical coverage while I've got it!

February 15, 2002

I think we ate an entire sheep

Surely the apocalypse is upon us.

I saw an ad today on CNN for studio tours.

"Do you ever wonder what she (the CNN anchor) is looking at? Do you ever wonder what goes on back here (behind the anchors, where all the worker bees continually move pieces of paper around)? And where does that weather map come from?"

"Be sure to stop in the Turner Store on your way out!"

We are doomed.

I finally got around to getting real Ft. Huachuca stickers for my car rather than the paper temporary permit that I've had for the past few months.

I've been eyeing various people who wear the black jungle boots lately. My boots are actually the ones that I was issued way back in freshman year. They're really comfortable, have a good base shine, etc., but they're starting to crack and get pretty worn. I'm thinking that they might not last too much longer, especially since I wear them most every day.

MAJ F. loves his jungle boots. The difference between my boots and jungle boots is that my boots are 100% leather. Jungle boots have cloth sides and are designed to drain water, so when you're in the jungle, you don't have water sloshing around in your boots.

So while I was out running around the other day, I stopped at Clothing Sales and checked out how much they cost. I was surprised that they were only about $70! I was expecting them to be about twice that.

I might well go pick up a pair today...

And while I'm on active duty, I might as well take advantage of all this free health care stuff. So I had my eyes checked the other day. My vision actually hasn't changed very much at all since my last appointment (approximately 3 years ago). But I got a new pair of glasses anyway. There wasn't a huge selection of frames, but I found a pair that should be good enough.

The doctor did the eye drops thingy, too. I couldn't see for a damn for the next several hours. :-)

But apparently my eyes are doing well (i.e., they're barely worse than they were 3 years ago), so that's good.

Here's a humorous IRC conversation with Brian:

 <brian_b> new apartment will be supa-swank. <brian_b> and have a gold couch. <brian_b> So, funny thing I realized when signing the lease - I technically do not have an employer right now... <brian_b> IU doesn't employ me and Krell makes it a point we aren't employees of Krell. <brian_b> So, I'm unemployed with a steady income.  God bless this country. 

The days are definitely getting longer here -- when I leave PT in the morning (0645-0700), it's getting lighter and lighter. No sunrise yet, but definitely well into BMNT.

I finally got cubicle walls around my desk at work (actually, it was about 1-2 weeks ago now). They're huge! They're about 5'8 or so, so you can just barely see over them.

It's like my desk is a fortress -- perhaps a scaled down version of Ft. Awesome.

I have a Les Nessman door, too.

More amusing conversations -- this time with Johnney via IM:

 (07:30:56) Johnney S: btw, Giraffes have no vocal chords 
(07:31:12) Johnney S: ...according to my snapple cap!
(07:31:26) Jeff S: good to know
(07:31:36) Jeff S: how do they tell jokes, i wonder?
(07:31:53) Johnney S: in case you ever have a pet giraffe and need it to call for help
(07:31:53) Jeff S: maybe they use hoof beats in binary
(07:32:22) Jeff S: but do they use ASCII or EBCIDIC?
(07:32:26) Johnney S: maybe they do have vocal chords, but they're just really, really long!!!
(07:32:52) Jeff S: maybe there's multiple, warring factions -- the age old Giraffe War, fighting over whether to use ASCII or EBCIDIC
(07:33:08) Johnney S: could be.
(07:33:24) Jeff S: true, true
(07:33:25) Johnney S: I think the ASCII giraffes have much more style
(07:33:34) Johnney S: plus, they wear the red hats!!!
(07:33:36) Jeff S: but they can't count over 127

One final IM conversation, also with Johnney (for those of you not up on IM-speak, "brb" = "be right back"):

 (08:04:52) Jeff S: must go throw some clothes in the laundry... brb 
(08:05:07) Johnney S: poor bastards never had a chance
(08:05:21) Johnney S: convicted without a fair trial
(08:05:51) Johnney S: sentenced to drown in a sea of foaming detergent
(08:06:20) Johnney S: all because they had the decency to keep you from being naked!!!
(08:07:03) Johnney S: oh, the humanity!!! (apparel-ity?)
(08:07:38) Johnney S: at least they will not be sent to their fate alone. They will drown amongs't their compatriots
(08:08:12) Johnney S: plus, they believe in reincarnation.
(08:08:48) Johnney S: They were washed, folded and put away. After three days they rose again to cover his nakedness.
(08:09:05) Johnney S: ... from the book of shirts 3:16

I have really weird friends.

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