Thursday, October 26, 2006

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PC World - The 30 Products and Services We Miss Most,127507-page,1/article.html

How to Exercise While Sitting at Your Computer - WikiHow

Star Wars: Kids | Trick or Treat Star Wars Style

Humanity and The Pace of Change

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The Dilbert Blog: Good News Day

Animated Knots by Grog

Monday, October 23, 2006

Wirefly X PRIZE CUP - Official Site

11 Killer Freebies for Your Pocket PC - Lifehacker

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Toppling Linux - - Magazine Article

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Battery Free, USB Powered LED Torch

O'Reilly Network -- Open Tools for MySQL Administrators

A Complete History of Tux - so Far.

PC-BSD - Personal Computing, served up BSD Style!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Turning your laptop into HDTV | CNET

ThinkGeek :: LED Light Bulbs

Monday, October 16, 2006

The Big Picture: Dilbert's Unified Theory of Everything Financial'

Keepers of Lists - Top 40 Things To Do When Your ISP Is Down

Ten Mysteries of about:config | Linux Journal

Wikipedia jumps offline and onto mobile devices - Information World Review

Sunday, October 15, 2006

The Bill of Rights (including the Preamble to the Bill of Rights)

YouTube - This Man can Move Anything

Stonehenge? No Problem... ;-)

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Cisco's Triple Threat - Telecom Blog

Cisco's Triple Threat - data - tv - voip

Computers and Cat Litter - Articles / Reviews | TheTechLounge and Cat Litter/

404 Research Lab

20 Things the average person doesn't know about XP

Metal Storm Weapons - Popular Mechanics

Ubuntu Kubuntu 5.04 Newbie Install Guide

Backing up a Unix(-like) system

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Jackfield - Widgets for Linux

DoItYourself! | - blog about emerging technologies, diy, gadgets, and more!

HOW-TO: Adobe Photoshop CS2 on Ubuntu - 10 steps! at PublicidadPixelada

Sending secret messages over public internet lines can take place with new technique

Google Accounts - Sign up for Google Docs & Spreadsheets

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Programming Designs | Community providing source code, tutorials, web design and software

Spotted - The Geekiest License Plates | Geek 24: Gadgets, Technology and Geek

Monday, October 09, 2006 -- New Bush Space Policy Unveiled, Stresses U.S. Freedom of Action

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Remember the DAK catalog?

I was perusing some comments about dubbing tapes to CD and...
I happened on their new site!
DAK Industries 2000 - What Happened to DAK 1?

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 2

WiFi GoogleMaps MashUp

Thursday, October 05, 2006

From the mouths of babes. Dear God...

How to build your own Jet Engine

Like the guy on Digg said: BE CAREFUL... ;-)

Skype for Linux goes public

Slideshare » login

Google Code Search

Quotes for Programmers

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Shooting yourself in the foot in various programming languages

The NABS Gallery of Natural Arches

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Google Gadgets For Your Webpage

Huge 'launch ring' to fling satellites into orbit - space - 03 October

Someday, people will look back on this time and think, wow, our ancestors wanted to get into space SO BADLY, they strapped a giant BOMB on their rear-ends and rode it!

Were they CRAZY!?!

Here is one of several SANE ways:

Programming Designs Forums / Software Horror Stories - Nokia develops a new, short-range wireless

eBay - most expensive items

Monday, October 02, 2006

A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking

PhishTank | Join the fight against phishing - Free Computer Books, Tutorials & Lecture

Useful Free Windows Programs Under 2MB - Revision3 Forums


In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the
anti-American sentiment and negativity,
we should remember England 's Prime Minister
Tony Blair's words during a recent interview.
When asked by one of his Parliament members
why he believes so much in America , he said:

"A simple way to take measure of a country
is to look at how many want in
... and how many want out."



Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:

1. Jesus Christ
2. The American G. I.

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Fw: Ad In the Paper

Expire Date:Sep 6th, 2006

06' Suzuki GSXR 1000
Farmington , UT 84025 - Aug 7, 2006
2006 Suzuki 1000. This bike is perfect! It has 1000 miles and has had its
500 mile dealer service. (Expensive) It's been adult ridden, all wheels
have always been on the ground. I use it as a cruiser/commuter. I'm selling
it because it was purchased without proper consent of a loving wife.
Apparently "do whatever the f*** you want" doesn't mean what I thought.
Call me, Steve.

Fw: Children in Church

A little boy was in a relative's wedding.

As he was coming down the aisle, he would take two steps, stop, and turn to the crowd. While facing the crowd, he would put his hands up like claws and roar.

So it went, step, step, ROAR, step, step, ROAR, all the way down the aisle.

As you can imagine, the crowd was near tears from laughing so hard by the time he reached the pulpit.

When asked what he was doing, the child sniffed and said, "I was being the Ring Bear."


One Sunday in a Midwest City, a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour.

The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle.

Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out.

Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called loudly to the congregation, "Pray for me! Pray for me!"


One particular four-year old prayed, "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."


A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am."


A Sunday School teacher asked her little children, as they were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?"

One bright little girl replied, "Because people are sleeping."


A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, looking at the old pages as he turned them.

Then something fell out of the Bible.

He picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that has been pressed in between the pages.

"Mama, look what I found," the boy called out.

"What have you got there, dear?" his mother asked.

With astonishment in the young boy's voice he answered, "It's Adam's suit."


The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike, and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform, jerking the mike cord as he went.

Then he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again.

After several circles and jerks, a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered, "If he gets loose, will he hurt us?"


Six-year old Angie, and her four-year old brother, Joel, were sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang and talked out loud.

Finally, his big sister had had enough. "You're not supposed to talk out loud in church."

"Why? Who's going to stop me?" Joel asked.

Angie pointed to the back of the church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? They're hushers."


My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?"

I mentally polished my halos, while I asked, "No, how are we alike?"

"You're both old," he replied.


A ten-year old, under the tutelage of her grandmother, was becoming quite knowledgeable about the Bible.

Then, one day, she floored her grandmother by asking, "Which Virgin was the mother of Jesus? The virgin Mary or the King James Virgin?"


A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments.

They were ready to discuss the last one.

The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was.

Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor's wife."

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Of the world's 100 largest economic entities, 51 are now corporations

After reading this list, two things come to mind:

1. On recent walks, My oldest friend and I were wondering whether Wal-Mart
was the new GM. Apparently not, but just barely... ;-)

2. Why do we care what most of the UN thinks as opposed to our corporations
who PAY their way in taxes, plus employ the rest of the tax-paying citizens?

BTW, do you suppose the subtracted the corporate incomes from the US GDP?

But here is the real question:

What is wrong with this list?

Answer: At least the corporations actually provide goods and services to
earn their incomes...

Old Fogey's Guide - AIM Acronyms

The Unix Acronym List: Unix Commands


Unix Commands


Acronym Meaning

adb Algol or absolute or assembly or advanced debugger (see here)
ar archiver
as assembler
atob ASCII to binary
awk Aho, Weinberger, Kernighan (names of program authors)

bash Bourne again shell
bc better or basic calculator (in early Unix versions: B compiler)
bsh Bourne shell (name of program author)
btoa binary to ASCII

c89 1989 (ANSI/ISO-)C compiler
cal calendar
cat concatenate
cb C beautifier
cc C compiler
chgrp change group
chmod change mode
chown change owner
chsh change shell
ci check in
cmp compare
co check out
comm common
cp copy
cpio copy (archive files) in and out (of an archive)
cpp C pre-processor
cron Chronos (greek god)
csh C shell (resembles the syntax of the C programming language)

...d daemon (e. g. inetd = internet daemon)
dbx extended debugger (?) or DBX (=extended decibel, noise reduction system; see here)
dc desk calculator
dd Optinion 1: Dataset Definition (named after the OS/3x0 JCL DD command who's syntax it also ripped off as a joke; see here)
Opinion 2: Copy and convert (called dd because cc is the C compiler; see here)
Opinions 3-n: data, device, disk, dump in various combinations
df disk free
diff difference
diff3 differences of three files
dirname directory name
du disk usage

ed editor
egrep extended grep
elm electronic mail
emacs editing macros
Sometimes: Eight megabytes and constantly swapping
or: Escape Meta Alternate Control Shift
or: Emacs makes any computer slow
eqn equation
eval evaluate
ex extended editor (?)
expr expression

fc fix command
fgrep fixed-string grep
fmt format
fsck file system check
ftio fast tape input/output
ftp file transfer protocol
fuser file user

g... GNU
getty get tty
grep global regular expression print (from the ed subcommand g/RE/p where RE is a regular expression)

id identity
imake interface to make
irc internet relay chat

jsh job-control shell

ksh Korn shell (from David Korn, program author)

ld link editor or loader
lex lexical analyser
lint not an acronym (removes lint from programs)
lharc Lempl-Huffman archiver (algorithm authors)
ln link
logname log-in name
lorder library order
lpc line printer control
lpd line printer daemon
lpq line printer queue
lpr line print
lprm line printer remove (from queue)
ls list

m4 macro processor version 4 (successor of M3)
man manual
mkfs make file system
mknod make node
mv move
mvdir move directory
mwm Motif window manager

nawk new awk
nl number lines
nm names
nn no news
nohup no hang-up
nroff new roff

oclock O shaped clock (?)
od octal dump

passwd password
pax portable archive exchange
pcc portable C compiler
pg pager
pgp pretty good privacy
pico pine composer
pine first pine is nearly elm, later pine is no longer elm and finally program for Internet news and e-mail (see here)
ping not an acronym (named after the sound that a sonar makes, see here)
povray persistence of vision raytracer
pr prepare (for printing)
prs print revision summary
prof profiler
ps process status
pwd print work directory

qdaemon queue daemon

r... remote (e. g. rsh = remote shell)
ranlib (create) random access library
rcp remote copy
rcs revision control system
rlogin remote login
rm remove
rmdel remove delta
rmail restricted mail (see here)
rmdir remove directory
rmt remote magnetic tape
rsh remote shell or restricted shell (sometimes Rsh)
roff run-off (similar program)
rz receive Z-modem

sar system activity report
sdb symbolic debugger
sed stream editor
sh shell
shar shell archive
stty set tty
su superuser (see here)
sync synchronize
sz send Z-modem

tar tape archive(r)
tbl table
tclsh Tcl shell
tcsh Tenex C shell (see here)
tee T pipe fitting (plumbing device)
telnet terminal over network
tex tau epsilon chi (greek letters)
tr translate
troff typesetter roff
tsh trusted shell
tsort topological sort
ttt tic tac toe

ulimit user's limit
uname Unix name (?)
uniq unique
uucp Unix-to-Unix communication protocol

vi visual (from the ex subcommand vi that switches into visual mode)
vim vi improved (previously: vi imitation)

wall write all
wc word count
wish windowing shell
...wm window manager

xargs extended arguments
xdm X display manager
xdpr X dump print
xfd X font display
xmkmf X make makefile
xrdb X resource database
xwd X window dump
xwud X window un-dump

yacc yet another compiler compiler

zip Ziv packer (algorithm author)


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