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Content posted in August 2003
Pass the Sunscreen, Linus
Commentary  |  8/29/2003  | 
We asked our readers to submit their top signs Linus Torvalds needs a summer vacation for our upcoming September 4th edition of Las Mile. As usual, we were not dissapointed. Here's the full list of submissions. And with that, we...
Tee-Hee Bytes
Commentary  |  8/29/2003  | 
In our upcoming September 4th edition of "Last Mile," we publish a snippet of the following article by Der Dorn. Submitted for your approval is his complete missive....
Brother can you spare a dimensional warp generator, take two
Commentary  |  8/29/2003  | 
Ok, we thought this guy was kidding, when he asked us for a "Acme 5X24 series time transducing capacitor." As it turns out Robert "Robby" Todino is dead serious. Sorry Robby. Still, we have no AMD Dimensional Warp Generator module...
These Ain't Your Father's Video Games...
Commentary  |  8/28/2003  | 
Chances are, they may be your wife's, your sister's, or dare I say...your mom's? A poll by the Entertainment Software Association indicated that that more women over 18 than young boys are playing games and the average age of players...
And the uber-geek award goes to...
Commentary  |  8/26/2003  | 
While rummaging through the submissions for our upcoming Top 11 list, "Top 11 lame excuses for holding a LAN Gaming Party in your office," I simply couldn't resist publishing a couple of entires. Call them my "uber-geek" awards. First place...
eBay = eBlackout
Commentary  |  8/25/2003  | 
So there I was last Wednesday, getting ready to jump online around midnight to take a last crack on an eBay auction (for the inquisitive, I was bidding on the Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets "God Phoenix" spaceship. Yes, I'm a...
New Issue Online
Commentary  |  8/25/2003  | 
We must have taken a long winter's nap in the middle of summer last week, because we neglected to tell you that we'd published the first part of our August 21st issue. Now that we've just published the second half,...
Snort Visualization
Commentary  |  8/21/2003  | 
Not since Jurassic Park's UNIX flyby have I seen a visualization tool as cool as Daniel Clark's scanmap3d, which takes Snort alerts and creates a three dimensional world of network traffic. All you need is Java and MySQL, and you...
The Segued Segway
Commentary  |  8/20/2003  | 
You know about the Segway right? Those clunky, oversized and overpriced scooters that are supposed to revolutionize pedestrian travel? So far, I haven't seen too many of these things rolling around the streets of New York. But maybe that's because...
It just isn't my month...
Commentary  |  8/20/2003  | 
Well, the fixes are not fixing things. I've been able to confirm with IBM that the specific problem that has cropped up is indemic to WebSphere 3.5 and 4.0.1. WebSphere 5.0 does not have this problem, so we'll be migrating...
The "Case Mod" Squad
Commentary  |  8/18/2003  | 
Another issue, another Last Mile. We asked you for your reasons to perform a "case mod" on your corporate mail server. The Top 11 that tickled our funny bones went to print. But we still wanted to share the rest...
Don't Be Chilled by Linux Lawsuits
Commentary  |  8/18/2003  | 
SCO's posturing ignores the fact that no court has yet recognized its claims to the Linux code--and likely never will.
Next-Generation WLANs: Version 1.0
Commentary  |  8/18/2003  | 
Why is more than $100 million flowing into WLAN start-ups in this post-bubble era of cautious tech speculation?
Oh, and by the way
Commentary  |  8/18/2003  | 
Oh, and by the way That new Windows Update server at Microsoft, the one that's worm-DoS free? It's running Linux. From Netcraft The site v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com is running Microsoft-IIS/6.0 on Linux . Impossible you say? Just ask the kind folks at...
If thy arm offend thee
Commentary  |  8/18/2003  | 
Microsoft spokesperson Sean Sundwall on Microsoft's decision this past Friday to just "kill" Windowsupdate.com: "One strategy for cushioning the blow was to extinguish the Windowsupdate.com. We have no plans to ever restore that to be an active site." So now...
Frisbee of Death be gone
Commentary  |  8/15/2003  | 
Well, my hat is off to Cory Doctorow who pointed out on the "Fair and Balanced" boingboing yesterday that there is a way out from the hell that is Apple's Mac Mail client for OS X. Don't get me wrong,...
The Continuing Saga ...
Commentary  |  8/15/2003  | 
Well, it's still freaky. So now we're using WebSphere's clustering to see if we can keep consistently alive. What a week....
Bullet Bonanza!
Commentary  |  8/15/2003  | 
Here are some of the headlines I'm staring at in mild disbelief. Blackout CameraPhone Blog -- because someone had to do it. Car Ships Collide at Sea -- somehow it was inevitable Amazon Light v2.0 beta -- 5 mill items...on...
ARCNet baby!
Commentary  |  8/15/2003  | 
Typically, we strive for the absurd in crafting our Top 11 List question and select our published answers. So I was a bit surprised at the following letter from reader Dan 0'Barr. I just had to laugh at your "Top...
Still acting weird
Commentary  |  8/14/2003  | 
When WebSphere freaks out, it's because of an exception caused by: com.ibm.ejs.sm.active.ActiveEJBServerProcess. Apparently it's unable to ping the default server and decides it's time to restart it. I've got two different machines installed with WebSphere and both exhibit the same...
I fixed it.
Commentary  |  8/14/2003  | 
Well, I think. The control database in DB2 had tablespaces in an inconsistent state. A shutdown and reboot caused it to sync up and it's happy again. For now. Time to do some reading and figure out why DB2 is...
I broke it.
Commentary  |  8/14/2003  | 
Or maybe Bruce's testing broke it. Or maybe a network gremlin came along and decided to be mean and break it cause they thought we needed even more excitement. Regardless of who's to blame, NWC Inc. is broken. Not everything,...
New issue online
Commentary  |  8/12/2003  | 
Hi folks. We've just published the final installment of our August 7th issue, featuring a review of budget but stat-of-the-art servers by Steven J. Schuchart Jr. and a workshop on federating identities by Lori Macvittie. As always, you can grab...
So if you use the right port ...
Commentary  |  8/11/2003  | 
I have forever had problems getting a TCP/IP connection to DB2 to work correctly. It just never works so I've been using named pipes for remote connectivity. Today I was configuring remote access to DB2 for some product testing and...
Anti-anti-sco
Commentary  |  8/11/2003  | 
Proving that at any given time, anyone can have an opinion... Kuwan.net SCO Anti Protest And to think this guy writes code on/for an open-source platform....
New Site Navigation
Commentary  |  8/8/2003  | 
You are cordially invited to an ongoing launch party for our newly remodeled site navigation UI. In an effort to cut down on unnecessary JavaScript and other Web-unfriendly elements, we have created a tabbed menu system that basically presents site...
What did you do this summer?
Commentary  |  8/8/2003  | 
Each summer, our crack team of editors sojourns across the globe in search of a faraway destination, where they can put their collective brain cells to the task of setting down our editorial calendar for the following year. This time,...
You mean People Buy This Stuff?!?
Commentary  |  8/6/2003  | 
If you've got an email account or two, you've been bombarded by SPAM. No question about it. And there's a good chance that in recent months, you've been slammed a few times (if not more) by one particular SPAM, touting...
Operation Homelink
Commentary  |  8/6/2003  | 
Lori MacVittie brought to my attention recently a very worthwhile charity, Operation Homelink. We usually don't mention items like this on the blog, but I think this charity deserves some attention and hopefully support from you, our kind readers. So...
Cutting the Cord
Commentary  |  8/5/2003  | 
Ma Bell must be spinning in her grave. More and more people are dumping their regular phones in favor of going cellular full time. In fact, the number of folks saying bye bye to ATT, MCI, Verizon et al has...
Legacy Connectivity
Commentary  |  8/4/2003  | 
Has anyone heard lately from Rabbit, Wollongong or TGV ('three guys and a VAX')?
Business Certs, Part Deux
Commentary  |  8/4/2003  | 
How can we expect corporate execs to take our tech proposals seriously if we can't explain our reasoning clearly?
Mesh Networks: Too Little Too Soon
Commentary  |  8/4/2003  | 
Mesh network managers must contend with all the typical bridging, routing and security challenges.
New issue online
Commentary  |  8/4/2003  | 
Hi folks. We've just published the first installment of our August 7th issue, featuring an in-depth cover story on Enterprise Application Integration by Don MacVittie. We've also got the following stories and site specials you may find interesting. Sneak Preview:...
Greetings, Mr. Anderson
Commentary  |  8/1/2003  | 
We asked you faithful NWC readers to give us your "Top 11" signs your co-worker thinks he's Neo. Faster than jacking into the Matrix, you responded. As usual, we couldn't fit all the responses in our August 7th issue's Top...
Dear Microsoft, What the ...
Commentary  |  8/1/2003  | 
For a company so prepared to employ the best and the brightest in the service of innovation, it's startling how much Microsoft relies upon aging code (work done a decade ago). Take, for example, Windows XP's dialog boxes, which strangely...


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