Monthly Archives: July 2005

How big of a place setting did you say you need?

I just got off of a weekly conference call for a biggish project we’ve been working on. We’ve had some unfortunate changes lately that have impacted the scope of the project in a fashion that would not be exaggeration to call “dramatic”. One of those changes dumped a fairly involved and possibly gnarly piece of […]

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Down with Love!

One of the joys of Netflix is that you get some nice surprises in your queue. Steph and I are watching the credits roll on a fantastic movie, Down with Love (Widescreen Edition), starring RenĂ©e Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. This movie is an absolute blast of a romantic comedy, cast in the mold of the […]

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Uh, okay….but SEVEN?

I’m running the kids through the shower while Steph is off running a favor for a friend. I’d hoped to have a nice surprise for her when she got back — kids both showered. Along the way, Treanna managed to use seven separate washcloths. For a five minute shower. (I know it was five minutes; […]

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Miscommunication

I hate it when I blow a deadline. I will point out, however, that it’s hard to keep a deadline when one’s editor fails to inform you of it. Looks like I’ll be writing another magazine article this weekend. The last one was for Exchange anti-spam tools; this one will be on mitigating Exchange directory […]

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Must-see SF: Doctor Who

While all of my friends and LJ contacts (or so it sometimes seems) wax lyrical about Joss Whedon and Firefly, I decided to step ahead into what’s new in SF. I got the opportunity to watch the new season of Doctor Who, the classic camp SF show from the BBC. For those of you who […]

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Exchange and 64-bit support

The Exchange development team has given us the authoritative word on using current versions of Exchange on 64-bit versions of Windows. In short, that word is “No.” However, the way the worded their response left one slight ambiguity, so I used the comments to ask — and receive — the answer. Summarized: You cannot use […]

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A bit of this and that

Did some much-needed housekeeping on my website, which mainly involved generating a new image, updating the content, and tweaking the CSS. The main-level thecabal.org site is now consistent in feel with my personal site (I do not consider thecabal.org to be my personal site, as I use it as the launchpad for all sorts of […]

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As if I needed proof

I’ve bragged once or twice about having the best bosses ever. Here’s proof from Paul’s personal blog: Paul’s response to an ambulance chaser.

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London hit by explosions

Thoughts and prayers to the dead and wounded in London (and their friends, families, and fellow countrymen) after this morning’s series of explosions on the Underground and bus network. The blasts, which are almost certainly the work of organized terrorism, brought London’s transport grid to a standstill during rush hour and prompted Tony Blair’s early […]

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People Whose Asses I Need to Kick #2: Followers of natal horological astrology

I think Robert Heinlein said it best in “The Happy Days Ahead”, an essy from his 1980 collection Expanded Universe:

Heinlein may have been a opinionated old fart, but he usually put a lot of thought into his opinions, and he draws a completely valid distinction between what he called natal horological astrology and […]

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Brainlet: Is Peter Jackson poison or venom?

I was reviewing the difference between venom and poison with Alaric and Treanna earlier: Me: Okay, so if you got stung by a bee, is that venom or poison?Treanna: Venom!Me: Right! If you got bit by a snake?Alaric: Venom!Me: Very good! What if you drank a jar of formaldehyde?Treanna: Poison!Me: What about eating toadstools?Alaric: Poison!Me: […]

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