Jacob's Chatter
Friday, January 30, 2004

Oh MyDoom --
Be ye written by a child?
You've been released in the wild
The countdown commences
Let SCO raise their defenses
It's futile

Oh MyDoom --
The MCSEs prepare
Behold! ‘seems none are aware
That microsoft.com
Has been set up the bomb
Funny, Win32 viri are not rare

Wednesday, January 28, 2004
  Browser Night

Wednesday's browser night here at Jacob's. Every Wednesday evening I head over to mozilla.org for the nightly build of Firebird. 2004-01-28-08 is looking solid. Once the final version is released, I expect Firebird to utterly obliterate Internet Exploder's market share in six month's time, maximum. Good riddance, the Internet is a safer place without IE.

Speaking of Exploder, Microsoft has released a knowledge base article that says, and I quote:

The most effective step that you can take to help protect yourself from malicious hyperlinks is not to click them. Rather, type the URL of your intended destination in the address bar yourself. By manually typing the URL in the address bar, you can verify the information that Internet Explorer uses to access the destination Web site. To do so, type the URL in the Address bar, and then press ENTER.

I do not think Microsoft is familiar with the HyperText Transfer Protocol. At the very least they seem to have forgotten the HyperText portion of the name. Typical Microsloth idiotry at it's finest, just like this.

Anyway, if all goes right, in one year's time IE will be a thing of the past and even Windoze loonies will be running Firebird (although not the full speed us Linux users enjoy).

I must apologize. It's been over two weeks with nary a Macintrash comment. I really need to head back to the mall and go at a lemming in the Apple Store again. It's just too darn cold out right now to leave the house. In good time, in good time.

Well, I am off to recompile this build of Firebird. Now that I have ensured it's stability it's time for some major compiler optimizations.

Monday, January 26, 2004
  You Got MyDoom

Copy of Gentoo Linux: Free
Copy of Mutt: Free
The ability to ignore hundered of emails containing the "document.scr" attachment: Priceless

Yes, once again Bill Gate$ and his legions of clueless Windoze users are being hammered by yet another idiotic email worm, most likely written by a 12-year-old child. Today's the day MCSEs get to test their salt, so to say. Work whipping boys, work! Get your company's money worth on that useless slip of paper known as your Microsoft certification.

The US Government should really fine M$ every time this happens. The amount of bandwidth being wasted today with this latest virus is undoubtedly astronomical. If the world just used Linux this sort of thing would never happen.

Oh well, I am off to delete some more rogue emails. Jacob out.

Saturday, January 24, 2004
  Back With A Vengence

Blogger has restored my account. As many of you are aware, a prankster who goes by the nom de plum "PLeX" obtained my password and defaced my web page. This is undoubtedly a conspiracy of the highest magnitude. My opponents in the Microsoft, Apple, and RedHat camps have obviously joined forces in a meager attempt to censor the mouthpiece known as Jacob’s Chatter. The mouthpiece that threatens their very existence.

Let it be known, I shall not censored. You may have got to me once, but that is where it ends. "PLeX" I shall smite you, sir. Mark my words, you and your "JMZ" fellowship shall certainly pay for your actions. Rest assured gentlemen, you will not enjoy a decent nights sleep for the remainder of your pathetic collective existence. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

I shall resume with the regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004
  Back and Very Tired

There have been no updates recently because I have been very busy. I attended a 24-hour Warhammer marathon at a friend of a friends place on Sunday through most of Monday. I am quite upset because at the end of the session I found I was missing both a Champion of Nurgle and a Tyrion, Defender of Ulthuan. Needless to say, I suspect thievery was at play. I dare the thief to show his cowardly face at any fantasy shop in downtown Milwaukee or Wauwatosa. I can spot my custom paint job 10 meters away.

I have 2.6.1 installed on half of my arsenal. I have a few machines that have an uptime of the 2.6.0 release and it is my wish to keep it that way for a year or 2.6.5, whichever comes first. I have boxes running 2.4 with well over a year uptime. Try that with Windoze or crApple.

I have ensnarled a hacker in my tightly weaved web of security it seems. Someone from Germany attempted to scan my network. Not only was he logged by Snort and my firewall logs, I have his full ip address and ISP name. Let that be a lesson to those who attempt to hack my arsenal, you will fail. That goes to you (you know who you are -- rodent), lest you ever attempt to test me.

Thursday, January 08, 2004
  Jacob's 2004 Predictions

1) Windows market share will continue to dwindle.

There is nowhere to go but down for Microsoft. As more and more people come to realize the excellence that is Linux, more and more will jump ship from the past to the the future. I also predict Bill Gates will commit suicide (much like Hitler did as his regime crumbled) before the year is out. I personally will be among the first to fly to Redmond and spit on his grave.

2) A major Windows virus/worm will devastate the WINternet.

A given, of course. Being any simpleton who owns a copy of Vbscript for Dummies can write a devastating Windows virus it's bound to happen multiple times in 2004. Those of us smart enough to be using Linux will of course sit on the sidelines laughing as idiot Windows admins scramble to patch their systems. I bet you wish you had emerge -- lemmings.

3) Redhat will go out of business. Gentoo will dominate.

Greed is one of the seven deadly sins. Oh, Matthew Szulik, greed is the beast that shall slay yee. Repent! Repent now my friend for your demise is imminent. All Redhat defectors will clearly hop over to the far superior Gentoo. This will of course cause a schism in the hardware industry being you will no longer need a P4 3.2Ghz system to run your software at full speed, because code optimized for YOUR processor will run just as fast.

4) All McDonalds locations will be fully staffed by ex-Windows admins.

As Linux eats up Windows on both the server and desktop, more and more MCSEs and Microsoft trained monkeys, I mean professionals will seek employment in the fast food industry. The cream of the crop will land jobs at McDonalds and Taco Bell, while the bottomfeeders will end up at Roy Rogers and Popeyes.

5) The year of Ogg, OpenOffice, and The Gimp.

You know the formula by now; A better OPEN solution versus crapola CLOSED solution. Ogg Vorbis will kill MP3, AAC, and WMA. OpenOffice will kill M$ Office. The Gimp will kill Photoshop.

Tuesday, January 06, 2004
  What A Joke!

Verizon Corporate Services Corp.
1515 North Courthouse Road, Suite 500
Arlington, Virginia 22201

To Whom It May Concern:

I called Verizon customer service yesterday,
01/05/2004, at exactly 12:27pm CT inquiring
about the availability of Verizon DSL in my
area and spoke with a Mr. Phillips.  I had 
to explain to Mr. Phillips no less than three 
times that I am not running a M$ operating 
system, therefore I would most certainly would 
NOT be interested in the free MSN 8.0 service 
your company is offering with its DSL service. 
Perhaps he does not understand what Linux is, 
but I would assume an institution as large as 
Verizon would.

To add insult to injury, it seems that Verizon 
DSL service is not available in my area after 
all.  I am writing just to say thanks, for 
nothing.  Please, for the sake of those of us 
running open solutions (as opposed to operating 
systems sold by convicted monopolists), keep 
your whipping boy customer service reps trained 
and on their leashes.

It goes without saying that whether service 
is available or not, I will be taking my 
business elsewhere. 

Thank You,

Jacob ******
** ******* **
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Friday, January 02, 2004
  The Return of the Crapola

To only momentarily leave the subject at hand (the excellence of the Linux operating system, Gentoo in particular) let me be the first to say, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (or LotR:TRotK) is utter rubbish. Having read the original novels close to two-dozen times in elementary school and another dozen or so times since, the only word that comes to mind is bastardization.

Oh Peter Jackson, welcome to my bad person list. To your left meet Darl McBride, to your right Steve Jobs. JRR Tolkien is undoubtedly tossing in his grave over this debacle. I am off to re-read The Silmarillion while listening to Rush's rendition of Rivendell to cleanse my eyes and ears of the garbage Mr. Jackson has bestowed upon them.

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