eMusic Downloads

eMusic has special introductory deals where they lure you in by offering a month's worth of free downloads. It's a commercial service, not a filesharing system. You buy legitimate files that are licensed for download. I'm a big fan of downloading. It's not the highest quality sound, but then neither is CD. A 256 bit sample (mp3) is a pretty good substitute if you can't listen to the analog version (live). eMusic offers an interesting selection of music at a deep discount to buying cds.

Behold, the Podcast

The bloggers took over alt.news services during the 2004 election. The ever strengthening army of indulgent genXers have proven Andy Warhol to be the twentieth century's Nostradamus. Everyone who wants it, literally does have his very own fifteen minutes of fame. First we saw the text bloggers, photobloggers, the audiobloggers, even a few video bloggers. Now the podcasters step up for their slice of the fame pie. Poor traditional media.

Unix Help Blog

I had a problem with sshd, and found lots of useless theories about what it might have been, many worded as though the writer had a clue and wasn't just throwing darts in the dark. Someone pointed me to raditha.com, or as he calls it "The Site with the Lamp". He just outright answered my question immediately with no garbage. Neato!

Charter One EMail Scam

Another email attempting to collect bank information, claims "is obligatory to follow". Hey, someone gave the esl criminals a thesaurus.

This spam attempted to elude spam filters by using an image instead of text, and it worked. It slipped right through my Gmail spam filtering.

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Gas Prices and the Economy

There's no question that substantially higher gas prices will impact the average consumer's wallet. The economic debate is how high is real bad and how bad will the impact be? Think about it in tangible terms. If you know that all your basic goods: food, clothes, business supplies, arrive in trucks that use fuel, then it's not a big leap to understand that if fuel goes up substantially then the cost of those goods must go up as well. Add to that the reality that most of us travel great distances to get to work, school, and the myriad of places we go to conduct our daily lives. So, you slow down your consumption, because you strive to limit your travels and things cost more. You consume less and therefor participate in depressing the selling market. End result: recession.

SuSE Linux Mounting a Windows Drive

Working on my in-law's Dell, I decided to take out the harddrive to glean their personal files before I blew off the data. Their drive was heavily corrupted with viral software, including some written by criminals. It was rather easy in SuSE. I've done this in command line before in BSD. But, this was a nice little GUI process. I intended to use this tool to modify the drive before I finally load Windows on it again.

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QMailRocks and the Challenges of Open Source

I'm going to update this article SOON! I'll shortly be talking about my communications with, and trials using the documentation available at http://www.goodcleanemail.com and http://www.freebsdrocks.net

Before I begin, let me tip my hat to the work done at qmailrocks.org. They have tried their best to make qmail work for a varied multi-domain email systems. That said, there's still a funkiness about that's all too common to "Open Source" products.

Warning, He's Geeking Out!

From time to time, I have to "geek out", as some call it. It's just a period where I'm enthralled with nerdy technical stuff that most people don't like to hear about at dinner tables, or luncheon booths in loud eating establishments for that matter. If you find my blog entries and articles relatively difficult to follow during those times, fret naught! I will soon return to the more "normal" world you live in soon enough.

For those of you that enjoy learning, rock on!