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Chatroom Link

BrokenLink1 (1k image)Had some problems with the chatroom link. Nobody has been able to get in the chatroom using the link that's there on the right. I would appreciate it if you could take the time to test it and let me know if it works and more importantly--what happens if it doesn't (please try and give me more info than just a "it don't work", heh.) Just leave a comment here please. Thanks.

Here's another comic:

Women

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norseman here - chat seems to work . . .

but i seem to get no answers - maybe because of this?

[CGI154 John @noho] - did it log me on as ???

anyway - at least i can get to the board now without errors - so that seems to be AOK J

PS- how r u doin - everything ok w/ u?

    norseman here - here's a copy of

* CGI781 [~3fd15e69@kacked.com] has joined #kacked

* CGI781 John @noho

eh you all - trying again

r u there?

hal - r u there?

well - goodbye agin

what am i doin wrong here???

    It's working, we're just not staring at the screen awaiting your arrival. It's our chat clients that are sitting there not actually us. This is a recurring problem for people that enter the chatroom. They see someone's name there, type something, don't get an immediate response and then split. Being on IRC is kind of like email. You can have a chat without both people being present at the same time. You say hello and go wash your car, go to the bank, etc. By the time you get back it's possible that you might have a reply. It's also possible that the other person is off washing his car, going to the bank... or you could get lucky and they're sitting right there when you type something in. It's my opinion that they asyncronous nature of IRC chat is the hardest thing for people to get about it. They have a tendency to connect, say something and split without getting a reply. A few of my friends and family are starting to get it though--the only way it works is to connect and hang out.

Thanks for testing. I guess it's working again. I wonder what the problem was. I was just sitting down to repair it and the first thing I did as part of troubleshooting it was to try and get into chat by using the browser. But then, it worked...

    Now that I have a DSL, I could leave the chat connection on as you say, unlike when I had 56K connection.

I recall I had trouble keeping connection to IRC on via a 56K modem, since we have to address incoming/outgoing calls.

--sunil

norseman http://lubrichs.mine.nu it won't work with 56K - simple . . . unless ur there @ that moment - oh well . . . and do u have to 'capitalize' the H in hal? 4 him to respond :-)

oh - & ur welcome sir . . .

    hal is not in the chatroom right now

norseman http://lubrichs.mine.nu bot why not :-)))))))))


Gated Immunity

BillGates (3k image)I get mad when people pick on Microsoft or Bill Gates. I really think we have a lot to thank them for. We're much further along IMO with the computer/information revolution than we would be without them. I constantly see people talking about how "Microsoft stole Windows from Apple". I think that's crap. Don't get me wrong--I like Apple computers, if I could afford one I might run Linux there.

Bill Gates was interviewed for most of tonight's "Charlie Rose Show". Gates was there to hype the new "Tablet PC" (Apple people will be quick to say that this is a ripped off Newton, and... it is!) but they also talked about the court settlement, Gates's unified information/platform concept "Longhorn", and the "threat" of Linux.

Like Gates, I've been waiting for something like this tablet pc for years. I wonder if it's finally ready for primetime?

I think it probably is... course for me, it's going to have to wait till I can afford it, and till it can run the "one true thing".

Here's an excerpt from their discussion about Linux:

Charlie: "Do you worry about Linux as a competition for operating systems?"

Bill: "Yes"

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He definitely sounds a realist. Tablet PC could bring in the next wave in mobile computing

-sunil

i believe Windows were not created 4 anybody in particular + they were not "stolen" from the MAC Platform - those boyz in the garage meant it 4 everyone / anyone / any platform - PERIOD.

from michael- Funny how Adolph Hitler had such altruistic goals for everyone and the VW Bug. It was only a good idea after aftermarket retrofitting. HTML is a good idea, cross platform language. But proprietary goals of M$ are evil. They want the submediocre to reign supreme. Maybe the hackers will be able to make something usable of M$ stuff if the evil empire succeeds in its goals.

But it seems that the rest of the world is getting hip to M$. Linux is the hot ticket now and other countries, like Germany, are starting to excel in it. Pun intended.

norseman http://lubrichs.mine.nu hmmm - "AH" - shouldn't really use that 1 Michael - jest my $0.02

PS - the Mac is Proprietary, is it not?

. . . and btw - i'll stick to my previous comment :<)

norseman http://lubrichs.mine.nu


The Knoppix Report

AnEyeForAHand (4k image)Continuing to experiment with Knoppix. Installed it to the hard drive of two of my computers. Doing so is not without it's interesting problems. Generally I'm very happy with the result though. I think the place where it's leading me is to a true Debian (or Gentoo) install, that will take a bit longer but provide more performance and stability. Meanwhile installing Knoppix to the hard drive (or just using it from the cd) makes for a quicky, high comfort environment. Here's another screenshot of what it looks like with Mosfet's Liquid KDE Theme (since I forgot to show the transparent menu last time.)


Zoned Out

solaris (4k image)Reading "Roadside Picnic" by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky. The novel that the Tarkovsky movie "Stalker" was based on. Man, that was a serious butt burner. Strange movie. Maybe I will get a chance to see it again someday. Caught it years ago at the Fox Venice with my friend Momoko. That was a long time ago... So long ago in fact, the theatre had a smoking section.

Just like I thought, the book makes more sense than the movie. Maybe it was the language barrier but it just seemed like nothing happened for like three hours worth of film. The idea that someone would have the balls to do this and get American audiences to sit through it has intrigued me since then. The jist of the story is that there are these six areas around the planet where aliens landed and "partied" for a number of years. They didn't have any malicious intention toward the human race other than to treat us as though we were the equivalent of cockroaches. After the party, they split and now the "Zones" are forbidden areas that are not legal to enter--because of danger and the fear of contamination. People sneak in anyway--to retrieve artifacts and sell them on the black market. Artifacts that are probably the alien equivalent of candy wrappers or empty beer bottles but that have strange properties and fetch high prices on the black market. The people that sneak in to scavenge "The Zone" are called stalkers. They've learned by trial and error where to step and how to behave inside because one false move usually means death or worse.

Good book. It works on many different levels in a way that reminds me of the book that was the basis for another Tarkovsky film: "Solaris". "Roadside Picnic" is available online if anybody's interested in checking it out.

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    Does sound like an interesting movie. I'll have to check if it is on DVD.

--sunil

I don't recommend the movie. The book is pretty cool though if you like science fiction. Russian films in general are kind of an acquired taste IMO. And that film in particular has it's own peculiar problems/issues. It's about 3 hours long and most of it is about these three guys that are basically crawling around in a junkyard. You have the feeling throughout the whole movie that something is about to happen, but then nothing happens. I would be curious to see the movie again maybe after reading the book, but only as a student of his films and of russian cinema in general.



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