Month: January 2001

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Shortly after 9:00PM Tuesday, an 18-wheel truck/trailer crashed into the California State Capital building and exploded. One witness reports that having seen the truck circle the building twice before intentionally ramming into it, and exploding. It’s unknown at this time whether the incident is a suicide attempt, terrorist act, or mechanical failure. Sacramento police have cordoned off the entire area surrounding the building.

CNN.com (AP): “Smoke and flames billowed from the truck, which was rammed up the Capitol steps and nestled below the state Senate chambers.”

Local news reported that the driver of the truck was killed in the crash, and that there were no other known casualties.

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The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) works to keep the world’s coral reefs alive and healthy. The site was recently converted to Manila and is edited mainly with Radio Userland. We now have our own news channel and multiple site editors. Go Userland. Go Jake..!..The more y’all hone your product the better my site gets. I love it.

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Dave Winer: “Jake is a smart dude and tells a good story. In case you don’t know, he works at UserLand. And we’re proud of that fact.” Thanks Dave! Your kind words are much appreciated.

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Leander Kahney of Wired News wrote an article about how I used Google to recover my website after an unfortunate incident of sudden drive death: Cache at the End of His Rainbow

Dave says, “Jake, you make UserLand look smart. You can quote me on that.” (So I am.)

I just got a call from c|net Radio — I’m doing an interview with them at 2:15 this afternoon…

Update: Here’s the archived audio in RealAudio or Windows Media Player format. They’re good for 24 hours. The interview starts a little less than 7 minutes in.

I thought my 15 minutes of fame were over when the band split up! ;): Smile!

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Apple’s upcoming operating system promises to solve many long-standing problems for every-day Macintosh users, most notably introducing pre-emptive multi-tasking, and procted memory spaces…

But what do you think of the name MacOS X? When you see it, how does it sound in your head?

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“New York Times Co.’s Internet division is laying off 69 employees, or about 17% of its work force, the company said.

The layoffs are expected to affect the company’s Internet properties including NYTimes.com, the Web site of its flagship New York Times newspaper; Boston.com, a regional site linked to its Boston Globe paper; and Abuzz, a network of sites where users can ask questions and join discussions.”

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While taking a break from work, I had a little fun with taglines tonight. Here’s the tagline for a new site inspired by today’s Scripting News:

Bionic news feeds from Jake’s desktop, through Manila, to you!

(Remember Lee Majors?)

Jake’s Brainpan has a new tagline too…

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Mini-rant:

Hardware sucks! As you may know, I had a drive die on November 12th. What you probably don’t know is that my server’s drive kicked the bit bucket a couple of weeks later. It had been my backup drive, but (stupidly) I hadn’t backed up the backup…

Among the things I lost was the database containing my first weblog, J-Space.

I sulked for a week or so, telling myself that it was OK. It was all in the past, and who would be searching for it anyway, so why bother… Then I got an email from an aquaintance who knew me in a past life – my life as a rock-star. He wanted to know what had happened to my site, and why he couldn’t get to it anymore. Whoops!

I sent a conciliatory reply, saying that the site was gone, and that there wasn’t much I could do about it. I thought it was over… I was starting over, that is.

Then a couple of days later, while doing a search for some totally unrelated information using Google, I had an epiphany – maybe my whole site is still cached on Google’s servers! Sure enough, doing an advanced search for the word Jacob on the domain jspace.org, I found all of my copy! Google saved my ass!

I downloaded all of the content to my new drive as insurance against Google’s cache expiring. It’s all there – except the pictures, which I’ll have to re-scan to replace the missing ones… But the text – the stuff that’s most difficult to recreate – is saved!

Thank you, Google!

Ok, now all I have to do is to re-assimilate the content so I can put the site up again. (This may take a little time, and I have so little these days!)

My story of the recovery of J-Space is the opposite of a story I hear all too often: “But all of my data was on your server – what do you mean there’s no way to get it back?!?!?!?”

(P.S. I backed up the backup this time!)
(P.P.S. Apparently I’m not the only one to have done this.)

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