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Site of the Week: a short essay and an open letter.

I kind of forgot to write this and I’m going to through it together now. Too make up for it I’ll give you two interesting things I found sometimes ago. The first is:

Inside the Monkeysphere

here is excerpt:

Picture a monkey. A monkey dressed like a little pirate, if you wish. We’ll call him Slappy.

Imagine you have Slappy as a pet. Imagine a personality for him. Maybe you and he have little pirate monkey adventures and maybe even join up to fight crime. You’d be sad if Slappy died, wouldn’t you?

Now, imagine you get five more monkeys. Tito, Bubbles, Fluffy, Marcel and ShitTosser. Imagine personalities for each of them. Maybe one is aggressive, one is affectionate, one is distant and quiet. And so on. They’re all your personal monkey friends.

The second is:

Why Can’t I own a Canadian

and an excerpt:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

ok I’m out of time (stargate is about to come on). See you later internet.

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Posted by on March 7, 2008 in site of the week, Uncategorized

 

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Site of the Week: Picking a Linux Distro

This weeks site of the week will have to be cut short as I have some pressing issues I need to attend to.

My pick this week is zegenie studios’ Linux Distribution Chooser. I doubt this will really be of much use to you if you already know how to use Linux, but if you don’t it might help a bit. it just asks some questions about yourself and gives you a list of distros that you might like.

If you are new to linux, and don’t know much about computers, I suggest that you start with Ubuntu and then when and if you learn to use it (a.k.a. learn to hate Ubuntu) you might try this chooser to see what is out there that you might want to use. Don’t settle for the first thing you find though, try a bunch and see what you like the most.

now for a bit of an aside. That Gentoo “review that I promised is still coming when I get around to it. Also I will download FreeBSD 7.0 as soon as the servers cool down a bit and let you know what I think of it (like you care :)).

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2008 in linux, site of the week

 

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Site of the Week: High Security Passwords

I usually post the site of the week on Friday but I will be out of town this weekend and thus unable to post site of the week at its normal time. Because I know the thousands of people that read this blog desperately want to see a site of the week and since I didn’t post one last week I will post it today.

This weeks site of the week is Ultra High Security Password Generator. This site is really pretty simple. It generates a pseudo-random 64 hex character string, a 63 ascii character string, and a 63 alpha-numeric string for use as passwords. 63-64 characters is a really long password to remember. If you can do it, go for it; if you can’t, just cut it down to 20-30 characters. It won’t be as secure but it will still take hours upon hours to brute force.

I just noticed today that this site is a product of the Gibson Research Center (I wonder if its hosted on a gibson? 😛 HACK THE PLANET!) as in Steve Gibson of Security Now. I haven’t actually listened to Security Now yet, but I may in the future. However Mr. Gibson has been on the Screen Savers back in the day and on TWIT several times.

Enjoy your internets and remember:
“Seldom do those who are silent make mistakes.” – from the Havamal.

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2008 in security, site of the week

 

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Site of the Week: The ZBB improbable Dictionary

blarg, its time for site of the week again. I’m running out of stuff here people. Please for the the love of Odin if you know of any good sites let me know.

My Brother likes to frequent the ZBB, a language board. There was an epic thread where people suggested word and then someone came up with a definition for it. Its a lot like the meaning of lif. Some of them are even useful. My brother made this site so that the words could be easy found.

you will find things such as:

condry n. two dimensional figure with two straight edges and one curved. -cal adj. shaped like a condry. “The branch that smashed his window was pretty condrycal.” Contributors: Åge Kruger, ghur

ophile n. one who loves or admires round things. ophilic adj. like or prone to being an ophile. [o (-shaped) + phile] “He’s such an ophile, he lives in a round house with round doors and round windows.” Contributors: Neek, WurdBendur

forkel v. to immerse a fork in water that is attached to a snorkel. “He forkelled to the depths of the bowl. Contributors: Grath, aanimo

halp n. the technical term for what people really mean when they say ‘the bigger half’, eg, ‘do you want halp this mars bar?’. Also v., denotinog an inaccurate halving, usually purposful, eg, “You’ve halped that penguin!” Contributors: Circéus, graig

 
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Posted by on February 1, 2008 in site of the week

 

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Site of the Week: Cygwin

Have you ever been stuck using the-OS-which-mustn’t-be-named without the most basic of utilities, bash!? How are we supposed to actually do anything with that thing they call an OS? Well the answer may be Cygwin..

So what is Cygwin?

The Cygwin tools are ports of the popular GNU development tools for Microsoft Windows. They run thanks to the Cygwin library which provides the UNIX system calls and environment these programs expect.

With these tools installed, it is possible to write Win32 console or GUI applications that make use of the standard Microsoft Win32 API and/or the Cygwin API. As a result, it is possible to easily port many significant Unix programs without the need for extensive changes to the source code. This includes configuring and building most of the available GNU software (including the packages included with the Cygwin development tools themselves). Even if the development tools are of little to no use to you, you may have interest in the many standard Unix utilities provided with the package. They can be used both from the bash shell (provided) or from the standard Windows command shell.

(from Cygwin’s FAQ)

I played with Cygwin a while ago; I can’t say much about it because I really didn’t use it that much. It seemed to be pretty cool and from what I remember it even has a packager of sorts. Hopefully, if you are forced to use Windows occasionally, like me, and have permissions to install stuff, unlike me, this may just make your computing experience almost bearable.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2008 in site of the week

 

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Site of the Week: Jamendo

This weeks site of the week is Jamendo. Jamendo is a French indie music site(no worries it has an English version). All of the music is available in some form of the creative commons license. Unfortunately only mp3s are available via HTTP, but both oggs and mp3s are available via bittorent(If you have a ISP, like mine, that blocks bittorent you may be out of luck). What I would really like is flac.

I’ve only looked for metal so I can’t comment to much on their selection. I will say that there are some good bands on Jamendo and some not so good bands. While the audios production of every band I listened to was really good most of them seemed to lack something that non-indie metal has. This might have just been because of the style of music is different between indie and non-indie though.

Jamendo has bands from all over the world, but being a French site many of the bands were French. It is a little strange to listen to French death metal(a really good band by the way). The only complaint I have about the selection is that I couldn’t find any viking metal. I do have a complaint about the site itself. You are supposed to be able to listen to music directly on the site using their web-based player. The only problem is that I couldn’t. It probably works with Windows but it doesn’t work with Linux or Mac OS.

If you like music and you like freedom you may like Jamendo. However don’t expect to find a 3 inches of blood(there is a clear disproportion of hair in this band) or Amon Amarth here.

May your beard grow ever longer (unless you’re a woman).

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2008 in site of the week

 

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Site of the Week: Dragon Go Server

Its been a little while since I did a site of the week so I thought it was about time to do one, and this week I’ve got a good one for all of the people out there that don’t have time to play their favorite game, Go.

If you don’t know what Go is, don’t worry your not alone. Go is a strategy board game; I think wikipedia can do much better job of explaining it than I can so I’ll let it

Go is played by two players alternately placing black and white stones on the vacant intersections of a line grid. The standard size of this grid is 19 × 19, although the rules of Go can be freely applied to any size: 13 × 13 and 9 × 9 are also popular choices for simpler and more tactic-oriented games as well as a way to introduce Go to new players. The objective of the game is to control a larger part of the board than the opponent. To achieve this, players strive to place their stones in such a way that they cannot be captured, while mapping out territories that cannot be invaded by the opponent without being captured. A stone or a group of stones is captured and removed if it has no empty adjacent intersections, the result of being completely surrounded by stones of the opposing color. Generally, placing stones close together helps them avoid capture, whereas placing them far apart allows a player to surround more territory. Part of the strategic difficulty of the game stems from finding a balance between these two conflicting interests. The game ends, and the score is counted when both players consecutively pass on a turn, indicating that neither side can increase its territory or reduce its opponent’s.
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Enough about Go itself lets talk about about this site itself. That site is Dragon Go Sever (DGS). DGS lets you play Go in a turned based manor, meaning you can play over a long period of time maybe making a move a day. Its just like playing chess through the mail. This is very nice is your like me and don’t have an hour or more to play a a real time game. The only downside to this is that it will probably take you a month or two to finish a game ( so play more than one).

If your interested but don’t know how to play go there are plenty of tutorials online that will teach you the basics (if you go to the FAQ section of DGS you will be able to find a list of some good one).

My user name is gorthaur (as in Sauron) so you’re welcome (encouraged) to play a game with me 🙂 if you want.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2008 in site of the week

 

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