Recent blog entries for benson

Welcome, Jeremy Allison! You are a master, because you know stuff about Win 2K that would make Bill Gates lose sleep at night...if he gave a shit about his software.

Anybody who turns over a dozen patents royalty-free when used in conjunction with GPL software is a Master. Nice one, Raph.

Poor Brian took a tough hit in school. Hang in there: I completely flunked out once, gritted my teeth, and finally finished in 9 years. That's like 63 dog years or something. It was 7 years before the light at the end of the tunnel actually looked larger. I'm coining that the '7/9 ratio', as a lot of things seem like a plod until right at the end.

And yeah, I reinstalled the kde-corel-blah.deb and my box is back up like it used to be. I had to force the install. Now apt complains that the kde-corel package can't see my libapt-pkg2.5 version, because I upgraded apt (libapt-pkg2.7). I think maybe the kde-corel package is not being smart. Anyway, I can't use apt to do anything until I resolve this. I wish apt had a switch for 'forget this one thing and move on.' It doesn't help that Corel did their KDE as a single 20-some meg .deb. You think they could maybe break that one up into some littler pieces.

Another caveat for Corel users: You need to stick with the gpm_1.14-3 that comes with Corel for now. If you upgrade to gpm_1.17.8-16, the mouse doesn't work in X anymore.

Some good folks I respect think Corel isn't giving the Debian project a proper reach-around, but it's put together pretty well. Correction: It's got some very nice newbie features, and is slick on the front end. But doesn't hold up to being repointed at Debian too well. That distro may have a shot at some almighty market share. Not _the_ shot, mind you, just a shot. If they navigate the rought waters OK.

I got the long shot money on flek. You heard it here first today. : )

Oh hell yeah I had to run straight to ESR's bio and rate him as, not because of some economically inflammatory paper he wrote. ...'cause he's a pretty good shot with a M1911! My man kills bugs dead with a 45.

Now who else is on this site....'s the damn diary entry page....

Welp, here's where I'll try out a random rant for a while. A place to dump stuff too inconsequential to actually put in an email to people. I remember BITD when the HS English teacher _made_ us write private diary entries every single day. She'd glance at the entries once a week to make sure the content was flowing. Now that was a helluva lot more revealing than discretionary posting to a public mailing list.

Maybe someday I'll do a private diary where I encrypt the entry each day and toss the daily key out, and post it somewhere. The key length is set to be somthing that technology 100 years from now can crack in 1 day. In the hopes I'll never be around when the entries are cracked, and therefore I'm enticed to make truly private entries. Once a year, I upgrade the key length for my daily key. Nah, those qubit machines will be around soon enough. What the hell do I need to pour my heart out for anyway?

BTW, I am here in the 'observer' category. I have no aspiration to achieve some kind of standing here. If you endorse me, I'll assume you're saying 'yeah, I know that guy. He makes hardware gadgets that run linux.' And there's not much more to it than that.

Nice an hot today in sunny Silicon Valley.

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