pre-dawn blog alarm

Lor's leaving on another business trip. Her flight out of BWI is at 7 am, so her shuttle pickup is at 5 am, so she got up at 4 am, so I got up at 4 am, and now I'm writing this. Woo.

Slashdot: Why Bother? Why indeed. Near as I can tell, every web-based discussion board is attempting to re-create Usenet, for an audience that (for what ever reasons) can't handle actually participating in Usenet. Not only that, but they're doing it badly, and failing, to boot.

In an intentional juxtaposition, has anybody noticed a lot of negativity in the Open Source/Free Software/Linux communities lately? Mozilla's getting slammed by all and sundry, the above article, lots of flames on kernel-traffic. Maybe it's just a self-evaluation phase everybody is going into at the same time -- that would put the Perl 6 stuff in this same phenomenon as well.

It would be really nice if Advogato had some way of tracking certain diary pages, so you'd know when people updated. For example, I'd really like to know when Ewan Birney puts up a new entry. I suppose I could just set up some sort of spy... Oh! Or, if some kind soul wanted to, they could write a generic Sitescooper frame-work that you could plug a user name into.

From the latest RISKS digest, MSIE is re-writing HTML source to remove various non-kosher Microsoft-isms like the use of '\' in path names. The problem is, it's re-written even when you do 'View Source'. This is exactly the type of thing that (a) makes spec-minded techies foam at the mouth and rave uncontrollably and (b) gets your company broken up by anti-trust regulators. On the other hand, I suppose it's nice of MicroSoft to keep reminding us why they should be disassembled. has a tutorial on CVS.

Polymorphic resume (hit reload...)

If you've been to Ikea, you should find Mandrake's 7.31 entry fairly funny. If you haven't been -- well, pretty much everything's accurate. Except he left out the mind-numbing effect of caused by over-exposure to Danish modern design, and the hangover-like cognitive static that occurs when you stumble back out into the world, and are forced to deal with objects that haven't been designed by a team composed of half Finnish architects and half Swedish semioticians.

Incyte is trying to get into the BSP business (that's bioinformatics service provider, in case you didn't know). The hook is that basic things are free; I guess they think people will then be willing to pony up for increased access. It'll be interesting to see if this plays; I think this is the move that Celera should have been making for quite some time. (Watch out for pointless Flash intro on the Incyte page, BTW.)

Spam report HOWTO. I've been getting a lot less spam since I started reporting it back to abuse@FOO and postmaster@FOO. Oh, and black-holing the domains that bounce mail to those addresses.

Bookmarking for later use: the U. of Iowa alumni finder. Are these types of services getting to be pretty universal, or do people just not lose touch anymore? I'm only in touch with a couple of people from my college days, and I think one of the reasons is that email and 'Net access didn't really start to peak until the year after I graduated. If you knew me when I was at the UI, drop me a line.

Too cool! Mutant bacteria from space that live off of human waste products (skin flecks, exhaled moisture) and other substrates found in space habitats, like quartz glass and enamel-coated titanium.

For later reference: " is a Yahoo-like Webdirectory for bioinformatics."

The RIAA doesn't want you to have those mp3 files, so maybe you should just give 'em back.

Boy o boy, is it going to be a long day -- see y'all back here tomorrow...