Month: June 2000

“Those mysterious private eyes who allegedly bribed janitors for the trash thrown out by Microsoft allies turned out to be financed by the Redmond software giant’s most bitter enemy.

That’s right: It was Oracle Corp.”

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Today, I’ve been working on one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time ever!

Just wanted to say that… More later.

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Sally has a friend over who’s a Mr. Bungle fan. She asked me if I liked weird music, and I said I did, and the next thing I know she put a CD in my CD player, and out came “It’s not funny, my ass is on fire!”

Seriously though, they’re a really teriffic band… Whose CDs I’ve purchased before… and whose music can be found on Napster… ;): Smile!

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Athena: “Now my kids are on their own, married or not, working past midnight, grocery shopping past midnight because its the middle of their work day. I’m encumbered by an elderly aunt who keeps up the kitchen but has never cooked, a puppy named Sam, 4 aging cats, and, for the moment, a Down syndrome 21 year old man. So I’m grocery shopping before midnight. I’m tired nonetheless. My legs are heavy, feet tired. I have done less than I ought to have done today. There are always patients to care for, manuscripts to review, letters to Deans and Chiefs explaining the obvious.”

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Frontier 6.2 has been released!

This is why it’s been so long since I posted any news. ;): Smile!

The last two days were extremely busy for me, testing, fixing last minute bugs, and working on documentation. We made it! And nothing is majorly broken… At least nothing we’ve found yet.

I’ve found a couple of small bugs which I’ll be fixing soon, but in all, I think it’s been a successful release. It’s certainly more solid than some releases in which I’ve participated in the past, though I won’t name any names.

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Selected quotes:

“Tomorrow, unless Murphy objects, we will ship Frontier 6.2.”

“This version will boot as EditThisPage-in-a-Box. A top level site where your users can create their own sites.”

“All sites come with free syndication features, and XML-RPC interfaces so you can hook them into your legacy apps and databases.”

“Frontier 6.2 is Europe-friendly, even if your users don’t speak English, or prefer to work in their native tongue.”

“And with 6.2, we’re going to launch our “Trial Window” program. You’ll be able to download and install a fully functional copy of 6.2 onto your server and use it for 60 days at no charge.”

“We want lots of people to experience the new power and ease of use of the Two-Way-Web, and we know of no better way to do that than Frontier 6.2.”

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In the last section of MSNBC.com’s article covering Graham’s execution:

“In a newly published poll Thursday, 57 percent of those surveyed think Texas has executed an innocent person.

Nevertheless, the Scripps Howard Texas Poll found that Texans continue to support capital punishment, with 73 percent favoring the death penalty. Sixty-four percent believe the death penalty deters crime, up from 60 percent last year and 50 percent in 1998. Twenty-five percent disagreed.”

People who believe that the death penalty deters crime should do some studying. Report after report has concluded that the death penalty has little or no effect on crime rates, including the rate of violent crime.

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“The state of Texas executed Gary Graham by lethal injection Thursday for a 1981 murder of a man outside a Houston grocery store — a murder Graham insisted he didn’t commit.

The execution came after a federal judge rejected a civil suit filed at the last minute by Graham’s attorneys against the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Graham’s attorneys did not appeal that ruling.”

I just watched part of the press conference outside the prison. Mike Graczyk of Assoc. Press, and a reporter from Fox News (whose name unfortunately I didn’t catch) were witnesses, and described what they saw and heard. Here are some selected quotes I jotted down:

Graczyk: It was obvious from the way he looked that he had put up a struggle. He was restrained with black velcro. He was covered for the most part with sheets. I didn’t see, though some of my colleagues did see that he was handcuffed to the gurney. He claimed that he was being murdered, and he said to the family that he did not kill Bobby Lambert.

FOX News reporter: He said that Martin Luther King and Malcom X stood up and died for what was just. He said that this murder has to be avenged. He said, “I die fighting for what I believe in. The truth will come out.”

Graczyk: He urged that they take his case to an international court. And he said, “You can kill a revolutionary, but you cannot stop a revolution.” He said that there are tapes available depicting his abuse by prison officials, and said that he had been sprayed with pepper spray.

FOX News reporter: He said, “This is nothing more simple than murder. State sanctioned murder in America. This is what happens to black men in America.”

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CNN: “The Supreme Court Thursday evening rejected an emergency appeal to stay the execution of convicted murderer Gary Graham, clearing the way for his death by lethal injection.

Officials at Texas Governor George W. Bush’s office said earlier Thursday that the execution would take place at 6:30 p.m. CDT if the high court rejected the appeal.”

Bush in a press conference: “I’m going to uphold the laws of the land, and if it costs me politically, then it’ll cost me politically.” It will if I can help it.

Gary Graham from behind bars (seen on Larry King): “If there’s one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that it’s the whole process that failed.”

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