Watching X-Files tonight, I …

Watching X-Files tonight, I realized that it would be pretty cool if a future episode has an X file that involved a Liquid Metal Guy (T-1000 Cyborg), the very character Robert Patrick played in Terminator 2. And with James Cameron doing TV now, an episode directed by him might not be out of the question.

A good friend of mine is addicted to Teen NBC on Saturday mornings. You know, all those young adult shows with pretty actors and plot lines that have strong underlying morals. These shows, while entertaining, are pretty awful and clearly targeted at a teen audience. But, that’s my adult perspective, and I didn’t realize it until my friend pointed out that these shows like City Guys and One World are simply this generation’s version of the shows I grew up with like Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, which I imagine my parents and older siblings saw as silly and awful. Open Source vs. Commercial Software Development

Java Developer’s Journal: Java and Creeping Open Source

I guess what bothers me the most about this whole U.S. election nonsense, is that neither candidate has said anything about what they’ll do if the economy takes a large nosedive next year, as many experts are predicting. The government has tools in its arsenal that can combat a sinking economy and soften the blow for those who will be hit the hardest, but I worry a lot about how Bush and his Republican cronies will or will not react to such an economic downturn. Bush is the candidate supported by the rich, most of who will still be rich if the economy dives. Gore is the candidate for the masses, many of who will lose jobs, go bankrupt, and see hard times if the economy dives. So, if the U.S. economy does bottom out over the next four years, which Presidential candidate is the best equipped to handle it?

Rather shallow article comparing the interfaces of Mac OS X, Microsoft’s .NET, and Eazel’s Nautilus. Singing, “One of these things is not like the others…” Hint: It’s not Unix-based.

Like any fast-growing company in the Internet sector, my employer is hiring lots of new employees. For the past 6-8 months, the quality of the candidates that we’ve been able to attract has been dismal at best — until recently. I think because so many people have been getting laid off at dot-coms in New York City, we’re starting to see more and more qualified candidates. But I also think that because we’re in a hot field right now (open source) we’re attracting the talent that we wouldn’t normally get if we were just another dot-com play with misguided venture capital money.

O’Relly: Han’s Top Ten JSP Tips

I don’t understand how spammers can have the specific Yahoo address I use only for ecommerce purchases. I’m almost convinced that some of the online stores I frequent are selling their customer data to spammers in exchange for monetary funds or something. How else would this Yahoo account get into the spammer databases? I’ve long suspected that Microsoft sells its Hotmail data to spammers simply by the sheer amount of spam I get at those accounts. Furthermore, Yahoo accounts that I don’t use for ecommerce purchases get no spam whatsoever. What’s going on here? Can someone point me to any research done on this? Are ecommerce stores stooping so low as to sell their customer data to spammers and marketing firms? Followup: Some readers are suggesting that spammers are getting the account addresses straight from Yahoo.

Posted by Cameron Barrett at December 3, 2000 07:32 PM