Monthly Archives: November 2004

Transcendent Experience

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Last night’s Bond Concert was . . .

Well there is no other appropriate word than transcendent.

I was a little disappointed that a few people didn’t show, but when you have a 90 minute concert that felt like it was only 4 or 5 minutes long.

And I have never seen Vivaldi bring an entire theatre of people to their feet.

I want to do it again!

More soon I promise but I have a drive to Kerrville before me.

Somebody get me an Axe!

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Texas school district nixes ‘cross-dressing day’

Note to boys in the tiny Spurger, Texas, school district: Put away those high heels and pleated skirts. Instead, wear black boots and Army camouflage to school Wednesday.

A parent’s concerns prompted the district 150 miles northeast of Houston to scrap its annual “TWIRP Day” — when boys dress like girls and girls dress like boys– in favor of “Camo Day.”

TWIRP stands for “The Woman Is Requested to Pay,” and for years Spurger schools hosted the day during Homecoming Week to give boys and girls a chance to reverse social roles and let older girls invite boys on dates, open doors and pay for sodas.

“It is outrageous that a school in a small town in East Texas would encourage their 4-year-olds to be cross-dressers,” Liberty Legal Institute attorney Hiram Sasser said in the release.

Tanner T. Hunt Jr., the school district’s attorney, called Sasser’s statement “inflammatory and misleading.” Hunt said the district never planned or conducted a “cross-dressing day.”

“They are a tiny little East Texas school district,” said Hunt, a Beaumont attorney. “It never occurred to them that anyone could find anything morally reprehensible about TWIRP Day. I mean, they’ve been having it for years, probably for generations, and it’s the first time anybody has complained.”

Delana Davies, a 33-year-old mother of three, said she contacted Superintendent Angela Matterson on Tuesday after reading a school notice about “TWIRP Day.”

Davies, whose 9-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter attend Spurger Elementary, said she viewed the day not a silly Homecoming Week activity, but as an effort to push a homosexual agenda in a public school.

“It’s like experimenting with drugs,” said Davies, who also has a 2-year-old daughter. “You just keep playing with it and it becomes customary. … If it’s OK to dress like a girl today, then why is it not OK in the future?”

In Spurger, Davies said she will dress her son in camouflaged overalls and her daughter in a camouflaged T-shirt and denim skirt for “Camo Day.”

“I’m happy that it’s turned out like it has,” she said. “But I don’t want them pushing it on me again in a few years.”


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Words fail me.

Oy

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Well, after my first day of having one of my new customers on a site visit where I can actually sit down with him and ask questions while I document the bitflow of his application through a maze of 28 servers is behind me.

I’m actually more ahead of where I thought I would be at this point.

What I really need right now is a good/bad movie to watch and someone to snuggle with to purge my brain.


Like I’m really going to get that – I know I am invisible.

Dear Symantec, pls die. kthnx.

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Norton Antivirus 2005 just went to the EVIL column.

They are touting a new feature – the Norton Internet Worm Protection. It is really yet another firewall. And frelling hard to configure.

So basically if you install it, it goes in and tries to disable any other firewall software you are running and replaces that with itself. The problem being that since it has a very primitive (read practically nonexistant) interface for configuring it, it kills a lot of tools that I run. And not only that but if you disable it, it will go along behind you and try to re-enable itself. It took three attempts for me to “convince” it that I really did want it disabled.

Symantec, I am not impressed, nor am I even remotely amused.

This is directly from their support site.

What Internet Worm Protection does
Norton Internet Worm Protection is a firewall that protects your computer from incoming Internet traffic. If you have a program that receives data from the Internet, then by default, Internet Worm Protection blocks the incoming traffic, unless you create a rule to allow the program.

Yes, that is true, but I have software that runs as a service under the generic svchost.exe service, and here are the steps that they give for “Creating a Rule to allow a program to function”

  1. Start Norton AntiVirus. If Norton AntiVirus is installed as part of Norton SystemWorks or Norton Internet Security, then start that program.
  2. Click Options. Click Norton AntiVirus if you see a menu.
  3. On the left pane, select Internet Worm Protection.
  4. On the right pane, click Program Control.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Locate the program executable for the program that is having the problem.
  7. At the next dialog box, from the dropdown menu, click Permit.
  8. Click OK.

Ah yes, so let’s just designate svchost.exe as being allowed to do anything it wants, so if some nefarious person were to somehow slip a trojan into my system it would be wide bloody open.

Note also that there is no way to lock things down at the port level. This “feature” does not allow for that. That makes this other article even more laughable.

Differences between the Windows XP Firewall and Norton security programs

Situation:
You want to know the differences between Norton Personal Firewall or Norton Internet Security and the Windows® XP firewall. Also, you want to know whether or not there are advantages or possible problems with using both Norton Personal Firewall or Norton Internet Security and the Windows XP firewall at the same time.

Solution:
Symantec strongly recommends against using Norton Internet Security or Norton Personal Firewall and the Windows XP firewall at the same time. Although it is possible, due to the superior technology used by Norton Personal Firewall and Norton Internet Security and their additional features, there is no benefit in additionally running the Windows XP firewall.

Norton Personal Firewall and Norton Internet Security provide the following important firewall features that Windows XP does not

  • Program Control automatically determines which applications can safely connect to the Internet.
  • Web assistant lets you block ads and access other program options from Microsoft® Internet Explorer.
  • Privacy Control prevents data from being sent out without your knowledge in email, instant messages, Microsoft® Office attachments, and Web forms. Protects your confidential data, such as credit card, social security, and bank account numbers.
  • Automatic Network Detection defines firewall settings for different networks, then automatically switches to the proper settings for the network you’re using.
  • Intrusion Detection System automatically blocks Internet attacks. Provides the ability to scan and filter inbound and outbound network traffic.

I would like to point out that is what the damn linux box on my network does. Why should I want a program trying to do this (badly) and actually making it more difficult for me to do my job?

I fear that this is the last time I will ever purchase a Symantec product.

Oh my

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A friend of mine messaged me with this.

Possibly the most useless knowledge base article ever created

I’m thinking that someone at Apple had an end of quarter deliverable and was really reaching.

Without further ado, I give you: How to pick up and carry your Mac G5.