Whoa. Novell buys SUSE. I wonder if they'll put something together that would be a tempting replacement for Red Hat Linux on small servers (like the ones I run)....
November 4, 2003 (Tue)
A new book club without many of the evil traits of traditional book clubs is publishing Manna from Heaven, a short-story collection from Roger Zelazny, including five uncollected Amber shorts along with a bunch of other short fiction.
One of the cheesiest bits
of animation I've ever seen, explaining why everyone should
license software. Beware, children—steal software, and you, too,
might be sucked into your computer and forced to play old Atari 2600
video games to recover your design portfolio.
Via Bruce Sterling.
November 5, 2003 (Wed)
Verified Voting has information and links to petitions to encourage Congress to pass legislation requiring a paper recording of votes for backup and verification of the electronic results.
The bill in question is H.R. 2239, “To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require a voter-verified permanent record or hardcopy under title III of such Act, and for other purposes.” (Summary and Status)
November 7, 2003 (Fri)
November 13, 2003 (Thu)
I check the “what's new” list at ThinkGeek pretty regularly. They often have wacky little techy things that are fun to look at (if not actually buy). Last night, though, I found a really cool toy that someone should buy me for Christmas—Cuboro.
Cuboro is a set of 5 cm-a-side beechwood cubes. Some are plain, some have tracks gouged out one one or more sides, some have tunnels bored through them. By piling up the blocks, you can create a path for a marble to roll along, through, and under. There are various supplemental sets that include new blocks with new features (doubling-back, dual tracks, etc.).
They also have some links to other sites, including various marble tracks, rolling-ball sculptures, and the company that manufactures the Cuboro cubes (and does a lot of other woodcarving work, as well).
November 23, 2003 (Sun)
Today is the first day since Monday that I've been reasonably functional. Various digestive things started to make themselves felt on Tuesday, and took over pretty thoroughly on Wedneday and Thursday.
As such, we spent much of the day shifting books around. We finally got a tall bookcase, put it together, moved it into place, and fastened it to the wall. And managed to pretty much completely fill it.
To be fair, we emptied one shelf in the bedroom (replaced with a CD rack) and close to another shelf on one of the smaller bookshelves in the living room. Still, what little slack there currently is probably won't last that long.