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Sunday, October 14, 2001

Nostalgia Lane

If you're older than 25 or so, you may remember the Mad Scientists' Club series of books. We had them in our school library and I read them many times. The books tell the adventures of the Mad Scientists' Club, a group of kids who use science for fun and profit--pulling pranks, saving lives, all kinds of fun.

For the last 10 years or so, the books have been scarcer than Microsoft competitors. Not any more! The first book, The Mad Scientists' Club has just been reprinted by Purple House Press and will be shipping by the end of the month. I ordered my copy yesterday and look forward to reading it again.

NFL Week #5

Here's Eeyore's picks since A.T. is late putting them up this weekend: 49er's, Panthers, Browns, Packers, Steelers, Vikings, Chargers, Rams, Bucs, Bears, Dolphins, Broncos, Raiders, Cowboys.

A.T. Hun comments: And sneaking in at the last minute (again), here are my picks: Bears, Rams, 49ers, Ravens, Saints, Browns, Chargers, Bucs, Chiefs, Vikings, Dolphins, Broncos, Raiders, Cowboys.

Saturday, October 13, 2001

Broadband Is Dead?

So says Cringely. With Excite@Home scrambling to survive, I'm not feeling so secure about my nice fast cable modem. Are the good times almost over? I hope not, but Cringely makes some good points.

A.T. Hun comments: There has to be sanity at some point. Selling (theoretically) near-T1 access for less than $50/month is not a sustainable business model. Cable subscribers should expect to see their bandwidth throttled back to 512K or even 256K. This is not entirely A Bad Thing. Cable access is flaky at best due to systems being overtaxed. If the lowered speeds enable companies to survive and make access less flaky, it sounds like A Good Thing in my book. I'd be interested to know what the folks at EZ-Net think . . .

The Master comments: All I ask of cable companies, is they deliver the service they promise in their ads. I get to watch all these wonder-ads from TW about how awesome their service is compared to other ISPs, and all I can say about their service is they make phone companies look customer-oriented, user friendly, and immediately responsive. They make politicians look unbiased. They make . . . I won't go on.


Was surfing around checking the news today, and I saw a picture over on Yahoo! News of a woman protesting the bombing of Afghanistan. She was carrying a sign that read "Fund Schools of Education, not Weapons of Destruction" -- and behind her is a man carrying a "Peace Now" sign.

This kind of peace, love, understanding attitude really bothers me considering the situation. The terrorists that extinguished 5,000+ lives are not worthy of America to fight? Come ON people. These people would change their tune as soon as some airplane carrying their children augering into a building-it wouldn't be the people in the building they'd give two s$!ts about, however. Just their own narrow self-interest.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight: nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety: is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions and blood of better men than himself.
-- John Stuart Mill
A.T. Hun comments: Some people's complete and willful ignorance of the world around them never fails to astound me. The scary thing is that they actually believe we would do nothing and offer bin Laden a great big hug, everything would be all better. They have the freedom of speech in our country to say whatever they would like. I'm thankful for that. But I also have the freedom to point out that they are idiots.

Mozilla 0.9.5 Released

Version 0.9.5 of the Mozilla open source, cross platform, web browsing suite has been released. Read the release notes for all the fine print. Almost to 1.0! If you haven't checked out Mozilla yet, what are you waiting for?

UPDATE! I haven't had a whole lot of time to fiddle with the new Mozilla today (I'm way behind in my work) but from what I've seen it seems faster and loads some "problem" pages better than before. Definitely worth the download. I'm going to check out the mail and news stuff later and see if the speed has improved at all.

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