O’ReillyNet: Open Source …

O’ReillyNet: Open Source Tools and the Process of Programming

IHT: Bush tries to cool Iraq war speculation. Bush made his bed, now he must lie in it. I fear that the administration is going to think they must “save face” and proceed with some kind of military action. This is morally wrong on so many levels I don’t even know where to begin. Another point of view is that perhaps this is exactly what they had planned all along; realizing that they’d never receive the national and international support they need, so they ‘talk big about war’ so that no one is surprised when the U.S. launches an attack. It’s exactly the kind of sleazy, back-handed thinking we should expect from our current administration.

The Privacy Act of 1974, a companion to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), allows most individuals to seek access to federal agency records about themselves. Very interesting. I am tempted to find out what the Feds know about me.

NY Times: Mac OS 10.2 Reviewed

Furthermore, Apple is not Microsoft – that’s the understatement of the year – and isn’t nearly so Big Brotherish. There’s no 25-digit serial number to type into a new Mac before you can use it, as on a new PC. Mac OS X imposes no copy protection, no Windows XP-style activation process and no risk of being locked out of your own PC if you upgrade too many of its components. Nor does Mac OS X ever interrupt you with little balloons that nag you to sign up for Passport, .NET or some other Microsoft database.

I really like the new TV ad campaign from Saturn, the one that shows people in place of cars walking/running down the highway, backing out of a garage, stuck in highway traffic, etc. It’s a very clever campaign that is surely to win some awards.

Mr. Freeze: Last night I dreamed that my freezer was talking to me. I woke up in the middle of the night to disassemble the fan unit that was making too much noise. Screwdriver in hand I went back to bed and dreamed that my freezer was angry with me. So I put the fan unit back together at about 4:00 AM and today the brand new gallon of milk I had bought two days ago turned sour. The fan unit no longer makes as much noise, but at least my Gatorade is ice cold. Yeah, I need a vacation.

Congratulations to Genehack John and his wife on their new arrival.

Dang, my Amazon Gold Box disappeared again. I hate it when that happens.

I am a huge fan of the movies Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi and am happy to see that Naqoyatsi, the third and final movie in this amazing trilogy is almost finished. Scheduled to be in theaters on October 18th. Apple is hosting the Naqoyatsi trailer. I’m so excited about this!

Posted by Cameron Barrett at August 22, 2002 04:17 PM

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