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  • Ok, we got the server rendering and everything seems ok, but we have to make sure Content Server is running correctly. We’ll do that Monday.
  • Our production server’s drive bit it yesterday, and as Murphy would have it, there was no backup. We’ve got copies of all the stuff floating around, but we’ll have to completely redo the configuration. Maybe this is a chance to clean up the databases.

(News will be updated after the crisis abates.)

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  • I just heard on NPR news that Bill Gates is resigning his position as CEO of Microsoft, but he will remain Chairman of the Board.
  • I just downloaded NetPresenz and Rumor Mill. I’m going to use Frontier for http, but I needed an ftp server, and wanted an nntp server (but God knows why).
  • I must say, DSL is rockin’!


NEWS:


CNN

Researchers clone monkey by splitting embryo

Yahoo!

Microsoft’s Gates Gives Up CEO Role

The Register

Microsoft Mac man exposes Apple iTools security hole

BBC News

Russian action against civilians in Chechnya amounts to war crimes, say human rights groups

Merc

Britain ends ban on gays in the military Right on!

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  • The PacBell guys came today and hooked up my DSL line. Woah Dude! Five full-time static IPs. I’m stoked!
  • FYI, Jeff Cheney had dinner with me, Sally, Brad Rowe (now former guitarrist for Soul Detour), and a couple of other friends at our house, and we sat on our couches.
  • I find myself in the position of Frontier
    Advocate. Hmmm, I seem to remember numerous threads on the various Frontier mailing lists asking for help with Frontier website management advocacy. I have a sudden sense of Deja Vous…
  • What were the meetings about, you ask? Jeff Cheney, Paul Forrester and the production staff at Mac Publishing had a meeting today to discuss what is working and what’s not. Taking for granted that I’m a MacPub newbie, I understand that people think it was a positive meeting. (I agree)
  • Ok, so I didn’t do any updates yesterday. I was in meetings all day about where the Mac Publishing stes are going…


NEWS:


CNN

McCain offers ‘new fiscal conservatism’ with tax plan

Yahoo!

Private Company Should Manage Space Station-Report

The Register

Taiwan aims 1000 viruses at China

BBC News

New delay for space station

Merc

Ugly death in belly of ship

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  • Dave’s got an adaptation of Alan German’s ftp fileWriter verbs up for review. They’re going to live at tcp.ftp. This is really cool, and it will help me to get pages from the Macworld staging server to the live server.
  • I’ve talked with Jeff Cheney about my change of direction with regard to Macworld content management, and he agrees. The site is just too big to use a linear system to organize it, though there are some features of Manila that got us thinking about cool things we could do if we have our own table renderer with “add a page” and “add a folder” buttons, assuming we left flAllowDirectoryListings set to true on the staging server.
  • Ok, now I’m rethinking the editor for the Macworld Manila site. I’m finding pages on the Macworld site that do things like have multiple ratings in one article. What’s more, the article in question isn’t even a review. It’s a feature… But it’s also a sidebar?!? Hello guys, what are you thinking?
  • Has anyone seen the Dancing Hamsters on TV? Commercialism at its finest.;): Smile!
  • Can you believe the AOL purchase of Time Warner? I wonder what kinds of conflicts of interest this will create.
  • I’d love a way to place the calendar where I want it. Right now, the calendar is in an OK place on this page, but the rest of the column below it is just blank. I’d like to be able to just put
    Macro neutered: “calendar”

    in my template, and place the thing wherever. This would also be great for Jahoo! because I could put the calendar on the page without blasting the Yahoo! look and feel.

  • Now I’m told that I should be able to use the
    Macro neutered: “calendar”

    macro, but I couldn’t get it to work before. Let’s try again:

    Macro neutered: “calendar”

    (Nope, it didn’t work.)


NEWS:


CNN

AOL, Time Warner to tie- Internet giant and entertainment firm to join forces; new firm worth $350B

Yahoo!

100,000 Israelis Protest Over Golan Heights

The Register

Micro$oft loses second appeal of class-action suit

BBC News

Flu could be ‘worst for decade’

Merc

Missile surveillance in Russia misses much

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  • I know I’m beating a dead horse, but I put up some pictures of my living room, complete with couches. There are both before and after shots.
  • We did the first of the third round of recording sessions today. Expect to find some new music on the Soul Detour site in a few weeks.
  • I couldn’t help myself. I bought more furniture today. A CD/video/DVD stand and a couple of lamps.
  • I’ve got the last of the Macworld Expo pictures online.
  • Ok, so I’ve been lagging. I didn’t update yesterday… So sue me!


NEWS:


CNN

FBI told Taiwan-born physicist he failed polygraph exam that he passed

Yahoo!

Years Ending in ‘0’ Are Zeros for Stocks

The Register

Apple Palm-based PDA release real soon now

BBC News

Russian soldiers say they are suffering high casualties as fierce fighting continues

Merc

Telecommuters say they don’t need to lean on government

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NEWS:


CNN

U.S. stocks end sharply higher; Nasdaq recovers amid bargain hunting

Yahoo!

Clinton Proposes Plan to Fight Computer Attacks

The Register

Apple consumed by consumers

BBC News

Russia halts Grozny assault

Discovery.com

Monstrous Dinosaur Found In Texas

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  • I’ve started a page with pictures of the Macworld Expo.
  • There’s another page for pictures I took at the Mac the Knife party:
    mtk00teaser:
  • I got a call for a gig at the Paradise Lounge, and hopefully I’m gonna do it. It’s pending verification that I don’t have a schedule conflict. Update: They already found another bassist, and he brought a drummer with him. Oh well.
  • I’m headed over to the Macworld Expo In a little while with my camera. I’ll put some pictures up here later tonight. I’ll also be going to the Mac The Knife party at Slims late this evening, and I’ll bring the camera there too. Rumor has it that Steve Jobs was invited.
  • I’m going to start mirroring news from Jahoo! on the Brainpan today. It’s not automated syndication, but maybe it will make the Brainpan a little more interesting. Here ya go:


NEWS:


CNN

Gore, Bradley trade sharp words on health care, campaign finance

Yahoo!

Hopefuls Line Up to Challenge Russia’s Putin

The Register

LinuxPPC readies retail release

BBC News

Crash jet contained depleted uranium

Discovery.com

Mars Probe May Have Broken Apart

  • I rearranged the Sally’s Art homepage so that you can see more pictures at once. Its navigation was getting a bit convoluted.

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  • Ok, I’m getting custom data into and out of the discussion group messages. The data is only added when a message is a story, but it’s not deleted if the story is demoted. Next I need to customize the story-reader and message-reader so that they show me the extra info in a reasonable format.
  • The Macworld Expo starts today in San Francisco. Steve Jobs is the keynote speaker.
  • I think I understand how I can make Manila into the editorial system I need for Macworld. I need some extra data associated with each story, like whether to and what to use for a sidebar, and some special bits of data for reviews. I’m using the mainResponder callbacks to get the data into the messages in the discussion group, and I’m overriding the edit message and post message scripts in the websites to get the extra form elements. This seems pretty flexible, though a bit cumbersome. It would be really cool if there were a builtin way to extend the discussion group’s data fields, in a similar way to how user preferences are extensible in a vanilla Manila site. (Are you listening Dave?)
  • I’m watching Instinct right now. It looks pretty interesting so far after the first ten minutes.

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  • Back to work after a four-day weekend. I guess I’ve got to figure out how to keep myself busy today, since the search server seems to have run smoothly all weekend (for the first time ever AFAIK ): Smile!).
  • I know I keep on talking about it, but my living room is so much more homey with something to sit on. I’ll post a picture later today. I think I even have pictures of the room when it was empty, so I’ll be able to do a before-and-after.

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  • I called for DSL today. They’re backordered, so I have to wait until the 12th for them to hook it up, but then I’ll have my own full-time ‘net connection. Hmmmm- what flavor of server to run? Mac? NT? Linux? (How well does Frontier run under Linux right now?)
  • Woohoo!! I the sofa-sleeper and love-seat showed up today! They even carried them up to the third floor for me!!!
  • I spent a large part of the day sorting out old hard-drives. The dilemma at this moment is what to do with 70MB of old email which I’ll probably never look at again, but which I don’t have the heart to throw away. Speaking of which, I found this:

May 24, 1996
My fear is that if I don’t get on that plane, I’ll have missed out on one of the most important possibilities of my life- and that if I do, I’ll just get rejected and feel worse than before. How to deal with this… How to reconcile this kind of inner conflict? Is is possible?

  • JAHOO! made the top 100 ETP sites today. I’m not quite sure why- there’s not much there except a ripped-off look and feel, and my bookmarks list…
  • My couch arrives tomorrow!!! YAY! I’ll finally have something to sit on in my living room!
  • I’m watching Spielberg’s first film on TNT right now: Duel, a great low-budget film from 1971.
  • I can see that my dad hasn’t taken up the challenge of DadMight.EditThisPage.com. Maybe he should be spammed?

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