12 Apr 2001 cmacd   » (Journeyer)

The economy must be down

I was driving in to work today, listening to the Local radio and noticed that instead of the normal ads trying to hire ASIC designers, there was instead someone saying that you don't need to put up with depresion and anixety, and their concerned folks were waiting at 1-800-ANIXETY who would be glad to send you a free tape about someone's miracle program.

Esso gives folks gas pains

Long weekend coming, so gas is sudenly up to 78 cents CDN a litre. ($1.85US a US Gallon) it had gone back down to 68 cents 2 weeks ago.


I notice that Corel CEO Derik Burney now has a BMW in his laneway to go along with his big Ford SUV. I bet he would get back some creativity if he went back to driving his 73 Javelin. Perhaps when the salt gets washed off the roads.

Has anyone noticed that the new Corel Logo looks like a penguin when you hold it upside down?

Good Regulation

Looks like there will be a ban on smoking in Bars and such in the mega city. Perhaps I will be able to attend LUCK meetings again, the discusion was interesting, but the smoke in the bar where the meeting is held was too much for my system.

Regulation that might not work

The new city is going to start requiring that RAVES have a permit, security, and stop admiting folks under 16.

I can understand the concern, but wonder if that will be enough to push them even more underground than they have been, perhaps with unintended results.

I am an old f**t

I have bought myself an old CONAR tube tester. I get nostalgic sometimes for the times when Radio and TV was exciting technology. Back in the 1930's RCA was so much like Microsoft is now it is a fascinating comparison. (Employment of patents and licening to ensure that only RCA approved/compatible equipment was producted). Sure enough the new (made in the 1970's) unit does have settings for some of the old "computer triodes" and it looks like my two "Remington Rand" computer tubes are still good. (even if they probaly won't fit anything that is outside a collection.)

Strange Security advice

Seems that Alcatel makes a DSL modem with a security bug. Someone on the internet can change your settings remotely. Advice in the media is to put it behind a firewall. How does one put a firewall between a DSL line and a DSL modem? Am I missing something? Has a firewall become a magic token that solves all problems? Is this trying to tell me to stick with my old RACAL 28.8 modem?


Had my car in for service. Brakes now work for the first time in a year. (they used to stop the car but with great effort, now they take a feather touch). Last shop to fix it must have put in real cheep parts. Shocked when the guy tells me that I had a bad motor mount, Car is now MUCH less noisy. Even let them do an oil change, first time I years I did'nt do it myself.


Strain at work is getting to me. On Wendsday morning rembered about my Tuesday night swim lesson. Guess its too late to go! I have got to get a job where I can work with/on software or documentation. My curent position is becoming more emotionaly draining, and I don't get satifaction from my work. I don't want to head for burnout. Weekends have been only a time for rest, not for projects in a while now.


Perhaps one reson for folks only sending the .PNG/.JPG is that bitmaps are much larger than the compiled format, and the PNG or JPG is a portable format, while the source may be an internal format of some sort of rendering program.

Perhaps it is just that the creator never thought of making the raw version avalable, or in fact may have purged the raw format to save disk space.

rupert's Song (Holding Out For An Inode)

That one is good.

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