28 Apr 2000 topher   » (Master)

Fun with colors...

Props to Ankh for recognising that you can slip color in by using style="color: #123456" inside of other tags. Being someone who generally sticks with basic and simple HTML, I find this rather nifty. Thanks for the idea. ;-)

Update: I just talked to Ankh, and he told me he wasn't the first one to use this, although he was the first one I noticed doing it. Whoever it is that first realized you can do this, thanks for the idea. ;-)

Toons...

I just discovered some excellent news. There is a Warner Brothers cartoon exhibit at a local museum near me. They're featuring a number of original animation cells, as well as character and cartoon information. A number of my favorite cartoon characters are old WB Loonytoon characters, such as Bugs, Foghorn Legnorn, Elmer, Wile E. Coyote, Porky, Taz, and all the others. This looks to be really cool, and I can't wait to check it out. It sounds like it's a nationally travelling exhibit, so I'll prolly post a review after I see it.

My Search Continues...

I've spent the past few days searching video rental stores for one of my favorite old movies, Flash Gordon. Unfortunately, my searches have so far proven fruitless. I'm actually rather amazed at that. Does anyone else remember that movie? It was just so cool. One of my childhood classics. I think I might try a little calling around tonight, see if I can find it anywhere.

Backdoors...

I read more in depth on the Red Hat backdoor security problem. I've been hearing about it for a few days now, but since I don't use Red Hat, I haven't taken the time to investigate it much. For all the publicity I've seen, I expected some kind of majorly nasty backdoor that would give instant root on any Red Hat 6.2 install or something. Imagine my surprise when I find out this backdoor only leads into the cellar, and it's one that most decent admins will have locked up without a second thought.

I agree that this is an annoying bug, but I don't think it's that big of a deal. I think the people who will be hit worst by it will be home users. Any professional admins who are enabling software, especially some tipe of remote administration software, without investigating it thoroughly and making sure they understand it should look for a new line of work. And anyone who enables a service without changing any and all default passwords should look into some security classes.

Especially when this only affects a small class of people, those who installed clustering software (a very interesting area of research, but definitely not something your average person would play with) this hole becomes even less relevant. Overall, I chalk it up to more hype than anything.

New Toys...

I'm considering buying a laptop soon. I don't plan on getting anything super hot top of the line, I'm looking more at the sub-$1500 range, something nice but not state of the art. My minimum requirements are 300 mhz, 64 MB of RAM, and a 13" TFT screen that will do 1024x768. I don't care how thin it is, how much it weighs, or much of anything else. However, while I know desktop machines and manufacturers like the back of my hand, I have very limited experience with laptops....and laptops are very different beasts from desktops. You can't just pop it open and swap out something if you have problems. Therefore, anyone who has suggestions, recommendations, or anything else, I would greatly appreciate what manufacturer and/or laptop models you would recommend.

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