Day: November 2, 2002

  • Slashdot covers Ghost for Linux.

    Hubert Feyrer released the latest version of g4u (“ghost for unix”), a NetBSD-based bootfloppy/CD-ROM image that allows one to easily clone PC harddisks by using FTP. Since it reads the disk bit by bit, it can create an image of any operating system and any file system. Besides, it’s free (under BSD style license).”


  • ExtremeTech/Rami Khater: KDE and Gnome Must Merge. [via Newsforge]

  • Simon Fell:

    Job for today, read the Basic Profile Version 1.0 draft. Congrats to Keith and the rest of the folks for getting this out.

  • Phillip Windley:

    This report from Reuters describes Microsoft’s efforts to block the sale of KMart’s ISP in bankruptcy proceedings because of the terms of the software licenses on the servers and other gear.

    Sticky licenses…

  • Congrats to Greg Klebus, I hadn’t realized that he had thrown the switch on his self-hosted blog.  Actually, I think I tried to go over there a few days ago, but the DNS entry hadn’t made it to my part of the world yet…

  • If I bought a warship, I’d probably call it Badtz Maru too.

  • MUDs and MOOs

    K5: Dirty MUD:

    Before EverCrack and after Adventure, there was a time when weekend wizards and warriors could gather online to rid the world of evil (or good), battle monsters (and sometimes each other), collect treasure and artifacts and rise in fame, power and glory.

    While some may naively think the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games phenomena is a new thing, the idea actually goes back quite some time. While there are many differences (pro and con) between the newer graphical games and the original text adventures, they share a common ancestry.

    I thought I’d take this time to share a little about my past.  When I was in middle school, I was an operator/moderator for the Science & Technology section of CapAccess, a DC area freenet.  It was great to have access to usenet newsgroups, gopher sites, and local content long before the graphical internet was upon us.  Yes, even before the Trumpet Winsock days.

    I digress.  I also spent a ton of my time at ViBES: the Virtual Interactive Blair Environment System.  ViBES was/is a virtual environment, a MUD (multi-user dungeon/domain) or MOO (object oriented multisomething).  It was massivly multiplayer before the term was coined.  It was text based but sucked hours (and hours) from me each week.  Eventually I hung around enough that I was an operator of ViBES, which allowed me some control over what happened.

    My name was Prometheus.

    Here’s the only mention that I could quickly find on Google:

    VIBES – ViBES (Virtual Interactive Blair Environment System) is set at Montgomery Blair High School (though you can leave to go to place in the DC area). Most activity centres around the computer labs or people’s own areas. Access is open to all. You must first get an account on CapAccess. Dial 202-785-1523 or telnet log: guest passwd:visitor. Once on cap, type go vibes to get to the vibes area. Dan Sandler is the account manager.

    CapAccess and ViBES was a significant part of my middle school experience, therefore it must be blogged.  You may start laughing at me now, if you haven’t started doing so already… 🙂

  • LibraryPlanet: Linux and the C3:

    Ever since I got my new Microtel computer, I have been wanting to install Mandrake 9.0 on it. Every time I tried to install it, I would get error messages. At first, I thought I downloaded some bad isos but eventually I found others had the same problem which Mandrake has identified. The problem is that the solution identified, if I understand the rather cryptic message, would seem to involve making a boot floppy. One of the aspects of the Microtel: no floppy drive. Oh well, until someone determines another solution, I have found it runs Windows and Lindows pretty well (and even Mandrake 8.2).

    Here’s my comment on the comments page of this blog entry:


    I just wanted to let you know that I know a few people that have installed Red Hat 8.0 on machines running C3 processors without a hitch. Greg Klebus is running a RH8 server on a shuttle cube computer with a C3 processor: I’m also running RH8 with Gnome and KDE on a Via Eden board/processor, which is a fanless compact motherboard/CPU combo similar to the C3.

    Good luck,


    Yesterday (and this afternoon), I banged out some code that makes implementing RESTful web services a bit simpler (not too much right now). Basically using a pattern, it will dispatch a specific URI to a specific method. This pattern is of course a regular expression. Each verb may have 1 or more patterns. If you don’t want to handle a specific verb, don’t put it in the verbs section of the config file. When faced with this situation the handler will return Method Not Allowed to the client. [via Scott Hanselman]

  • Tiki (the wiki) 1.1 (Capella) is out today.  The new version features file galleries, comments, featured links fixes, permission fixes, and general bugfixage.  Allow me to reiterate how clean the Tiki website is.

  • CNet/David Becker:

    After years of research, development and marketing hype, Microsoft is finally set to take the wraps off its latest attempt to change the way people use PCs.

    As long as it’s not a couple of grand…