solarbird: (molly-computer-all-lit-up)
Anybody have an old Win98 USB mass storage device driver? I've set up an real Win98 box on the machine that used to be - it's a P166 from 1996 and accordingly hilarious. I have USB running on it, but not drivers for USB disk drives, and I want that working, in no small part because the non-lulz non-vintage-games part of this project is having a (the?) last working 5.25" floppy drive for PC-DOS/MS-DOS diskettes.

(I like having the ability to read all antique media. Need anything off a Commodore PET floppy? In theory, I can do that for you, as long as it's double-density or less, and yes, they had a 1mb PET floppy at one point.)

The machine is named Blue, drive D is named Purple, and it's registered to Amélie Lacroix and the password is oneshotonekill because of course it had to be. Also, the desktop starts out with weapons and such but turns into widowtracer art because we all know what's really going on here.

It's also much quieter now, particularly for a machine from 1996, as I've replaced all the fans and improved the venting. Two of the fans were outright dead - the CPU and GPU fans, so that's terrifying. (I think the CPU fan may have worked occasionally, but don't hold me to it. Also I had already improved the venting some, even with the old fans - I just improved it more now.)

A couple of power supply capacitors should be replaced too, they're bulging a bit, and I had to order them - VetCo had none of the right caps in stock. Ah well, I tried.
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Okay, so, I have a couple more old CRT monitors that I haven't tested.

Mostly what goes bad from disuse of these things is the power converter boards, and there, it's the capacitors. BUT.

I have seen video of someone using a variable AC power supply to slowly bring power up on such a vintage monitor, thereby reconditioning the capacitors. Or so I presume that's what they were doing; they didn't explain it.

Building one of those is expensive, but old-style dimmer switches (and other variable resistors) aren't, so much. Particularly since I already have them.

For, oh, two-time usage, can I just put that in-line with the AC power and do something akin to the same thing? Or would this approach damage other components?

Anybody know?

(The NEC Multisync (original) and Multisync II (1988), both of which worked when last turned on (some 10+ years ago) died almost instantly after being turned on. am 90%+ sure that the quick death was due to high voltage power supply board capacitors, and the LCM wanted them anyway, probably just for the CRTs themselves but the original's case is in good shape so maybe for that too, so that's fine.)
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Anybody using gnome3 know what I need to set to get rid of these stupid little failed-clips/failed-transparancy handles on the upper left and right corners of every window? It's an extremely minor thing, but still annoying.

(This is the same problem I blogged about here, only I now know that gnome-tweak-tool doesn't address this problem.)
solarbird: (shego-rule?-you?)

Seagate and LaCie make wireless external hard drives for mobile use, so you can ‘expand your phone’ and carry around whatever external data you’d like to carry around without blowing your phone’s storage. I guess that’s useful. I imagine people also use them as ‘personal cloud’ devices, whatever the hell that’s supposed to mean, and other things.

But I don’t care, really, because THEY SHIP WITH AN UNDOCUMENTED TELNET SERVER RUNNING WITH ROOT ACCESS. You can read and write anything and everything.

This is… amazing. How do you let this happen? It’s another case where I need an Industrial Espionage Inside! logo sticker. Here, have a first draft.

On a related note, this talk at Black Hat 2013 on hacking z/OS mainframes is pretty cool, and tells me that back in my part of the problem days that I could’ve been a goddamn rock star in this admittedly-small field at Black Hat, because the shit I was doing on IBM mainframes was way more complicated and subtle than this.

There are mainframe people in comments telling the presenter not to be so glib about mainframe security because they know exactly what you’re doing via their monitoring systems. I heard that shit then, too; it was bullshit at the time and I’m pretty sure it’s bullshit now given the sploits he’s outlining. Hell, I submitted some reports through trusted third parties because they were just too easy – easier than these, even, and some of this is pretty damn easy.

I mean, seriously, ever seen a security patch for an unpublicised exploit released in one day? I have. That was caused by one of my third-partied reports. (Arbitrary access to any account in 19 keystrokes, completely unlogged. It was hilarious. But also too easy, so, reported. I knew exactly what they were doing wrong and how to fix it, so it’s not like they had to work at it.)

But enough of the past. Go play skeet shooting with your wireless Seagate and LaCie drives now. It’s probably more effective than trusting them.

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OS X has started heading towards that point I hit in Windows where I switched architectures - specifically, where all sorts of WOW ISN'T THIS GREAT LET ME FORCE IT UPON YOU architectural changes make me rageface and want to throw the machine out the window.

Example: autosave. I've turned it off, but it's turned itself back on before and fucked me, because all of my workflow in the world relies on making changes I don't know whether I want, then doing save-as if I like them. Now? NOPE IT'S SAVED FOR YOU NOW MOTHERFUCKER and if I want to undo it, I get to scroll back through who-the-fuck-even-knows how many autosaved revisions to get back to what I actually wanted. And save-as? NOPE. But I've enabled export! Which it occasionally un-enables! And once you do export, you don't always get to go back! At least, not without going into the hellishly awful Time Machine document reversion interface, where you can't see enough of the document to make a good decision!

And so far it's not predictable. So today I found myself staring at a spreadsheet in Office going, "okay, want I want to do is delete these rows here, then move some things around, then save the result in a different file, but I don't know if I can do this, because I have no idea what OS X will do now.

Also today, I was trying to delete several related bookmarks. Delete no longer deletes a selected bookmark, it deletes your (not selected!) search and moves you back to another window! BUT WAIT I'M WRONG IT DOES IT ALSO DELETED THE BOOKMARK. Good? I guess? I just couldn't tell because it took me back to a completely different view! But then I get to reenter the search because it deleted that too and I didn't want to delete just one. I have to select all the matching ones, then delete them all at once, and then since it deleted my search and my view I have to search again to make sure it actually did it, because there's no feedback, you're suddenly in a completely different view.

Steve was a asshole. But his machines did not do shit like this. Not as regularly; not to me.

This is the kind of bullshit that made me abandon Windows. Simple tasks became inordinately difficult because Some Random Thing would happen because Some Goddamn PM had to get their feature in your face.

AmigaDOS, where are you when we need you the most?
solarbird: (molly-computer-all-lit-up)

I may have spent my Sunday off – my first day off in like three weeks – debugging UNIVAC Star Trek game code that was ported to TRS-80 Level II BASIC some decades ago. That may be a thing that happened.

(Well, I found some bugs. No, I did. One crashing! That doesn’t happen anymore. Also, now if you enter your name wrong, instead of hanging, it names you Captain Dunsel. It seemed appropriate.)

Here, have a copy of the audiocassette. Or a printout, if you’d prefer that. 16K required.

Did you know Level II BASIC’s built-in programme editor was based heavily on TECO? I feel a bit like Scarf Doctor stumbling across Shemp Doctor’s TARDIS console room and tin whistle. Or maybe it’s kind of like I spent Sunday afternoon flossing out my brain. For SCIENCE! Or something.

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solarbird: (molly-thats-not-good-green)

It’s my birthday! At least, my legal one. There’s another date which is candidate for Actual Birthdate, but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

And I’m spending it moving boxes and files and hard drives. YAY. I can’t entirely believe I’m still moving files around from the techsplosion and Ubuntu upgrade farce, but I am. No, no additional hard drives have failed, we seem to be past that for the moment. But new drives mean larger drives mean the old backup drives aren’t big enough anymore means moving things around means playing Towers of Hammurabi with archives.

And y’know, moving a few hundred gigs at a time over USB2? That’s… not the fastest thing ever.

Home stretch, tho’. Home stretch. I should set up a Hall of Remembrance for all the dead drives. The Lord of All Drives could preside over it.

17 Years Good Service

Seriously, that’s the weird little what-is-this-doing-here 2G hard drive from lodestone that was serving as lodestone’s swap. I looked it up. It’s seventeen years old. And in fine working order! I figure that makes it RULER OF ALL HARD DRIVES, because damn.

And on a not-entirely-dissimilar note, what do I do with 160 and 40 gig EIDE hard drives in good working order, anyway? The small one is really slow, to be honest – it’s a total dog – so it kind of sucks and I’m not unwilling to drill it, but the 160g is reasonably fast and low milage and everything! What do you do with stuff like that?

I also have three dead drives, and one 500G EDIE drive that got yanked but which I’m putting into a housing and back into service in a new capacity. (Archives.) That’s six hard drives I’ve had to pull out of machines to get this all back together.

“Digital is forever,” they say. “Once it’s online, it’s eternal.” What a load of crap. Reality? Everything is super fragile and needs constant maintenance.

Even if you’re not a supervillain.

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solarbird: (korra-grar)

I was going to write more about Victoria and the trip – I talked about a open mic appearance on Friday already – but my Macbook drive is more fucked up than I feared.

Anybody know how to make Time Machine skip past files with read errors and not just bail out?

See, I currently have no backup because Time Machine last week decided the backup was damaged and that it needed to start over with a new one. It’s done this before over the years so I said sure, go ahead.

It deleted the old backup and refused to make a new one. It gets about 1.7 gig in, then fails due to what it calls probably-transient network errors.

What it’s actually failing on are read errors on the laptop drive. Read errors disk utility can’t find. Read errors fsck can’t find either. Read errors SMART says aren’t happening.

But there are a whole bunch of files that if you try to copy them generate read fails. dd sees them too, and fails, if I try to image the disk. I went through and generated a massive list of bad files – and there are many – by having the system cp -pr them all indiviually while I was in Victoria.

I’ve currently added all of them to the Time Machine exclusion list and am trying to get a backup that way. I rather suspect this, too, will fail, due to a previously-undetected bad file.

Does anyone out there know whether there’s a way to make Time Machine not bomb out on these read errors? Or failing that, have another, good solution? Because I really need a better backup than the results of a big tree of cp -pr.

But at least I now have that. Before I set up that job, I didn’t even have that. Not after Time Machine’s lies.

eta:: With a bunch of exclusions added, I have a time machine backup of most of the drive. But it could be better with fewer exclusions if you know how to make Time Machine skip files with read errors instead of failing out. Can this even be done?

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solarbird: (korra-on-the-air)

Tonight’s the night for The Cosmic Ray Show and our guest appearance! I hope you can make it. 8pm Cascadian/Pacific, 11pm Eastern. I’ll be dragging along a couple of hostages as backup chorus, too, which I need to do much more often.

I was doing some testing last night and my shiny new hidef webcam? It’s a Logitech, and seems pretty cool so far. Except Google+ DISABLES IT INTENTIONALLY ON STARTUP. Along with all other Logitech webcams on OS X. They say in their FAQ that it’s just on 10.6.7 and earlier, but I have a later version of the OS than that, and they’re doing it here, too. I just want to punch them.

(Seriously, I have to unplug it and plug it back in. I can’t even turn it back on unless I do. I don’t know what the hell they’re doing to it.)

So, yeah, mmmmm standard definition, because Google Hates Macs And Also Logitech. I get the former, given the whole Maps kerfluffle, but not the latter. OH WELL.

But if anybody knows a workaround, fill me in.

See you tonight!

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So the key takeaway is that backing up over the net works fine; restoring over the net, not so much. At least, not for me. Here's the thread on all of it on But to sum up:

0: Go ahead and back up over the network. That's okay. Then, when you need to restore later:

1. Shut down the server with the external HD backup disc. Unplug that external HD.

2. On the machine to which you wish to restore the data, create a new admin account with a different name than previous user accounts represented in the archive. Then plug the HD containing the time machine archive into that machine with the new admin user logged in.

3. Mount the sparsebundle archive as a local drive. (A gui mount works fine, command line not necessary.)

4. Run Migration Assistant which, once steps 1, 2, and 3 are completed, should see the Time Machine backup. Tell it to migrate everything in that Time Machine backup to the new machine.

Then life is good and you have ponies. Or at least files. Note that files in weird places (e.g., /usr/local/bin) will NOT be recovered this way. I didn't have much there (tf, mostly) so this was good enough, but keep that in mind.
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Time Machine won't acknowledge the backup. Migration Utility also won't acknowledge the backup. The sparsebundle is visible, and the package contents can be viewed, but it doesn't mount, reporting "no mountable file systems." Disk Utility says it's not a valid filesystem. Migration Assistant doesn't present it as a source, and neither does Time Machine, including via the "Browse other Time Machine disks..." ctl-click menu option.

The backup was working fine when I didn't fucking need it, or, until the HD on the laptop it was backing up actually crashed.

I'm freaking out a bit here because the only reason this is only a little over a year's worth of lost data so far is because I kept the original 60G HD I replaced in late 2007, and that's still good. So that's only a year's worth of photos and music elements and ideas, and it's a fucking good thing that I at least have some fucking printouts of some of my sheet music that I can type back in, assuming I ever trust any of this crap again ever.

Oh, and in case you think I'm insufficiently paranoid, keeping the old 60G HD around was my third level backup. Time Machine was the first. The second level backup was drag-and-drop of important files to a separate (Windows XP) server with separate harddrive, all on separate hardware, a backup which is also fucked, thanks to that HD developing physical sector errors en masse. (That backup was also old, but WHAT THE FUCK?!)

Good thing I kept four to five copies of everything or I'd really be fucked! More than I am, I mean.

eta: go go gadget finder text wrapping
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Neither Migration Assistant nor Time Machine itself can see my backup, and the backup disc image doesn't want to mount. It is possible that installing all the various patches and service packs will fix this. I sure hope so. I will be extremely upset if I'm just, you know, fucked.
solarbird: (molly-thats-not-good-green)
So the Mac Store called, and as expected, the HD is toasted, unrecoverable. That set it close to the $350 flat rate anyway. So since that hit the flat rate they said it's much better to ship it off to Apple and let them fix everything including the case at that same flat rate.

But then I got nervous because as I made a big point of telling them when I dropped the machine off, it has 1G RAM and 160G hard drive, not the stock 512M/160G. So remembering [ profile] cow experiences, I called them back to see whether they remembered that. And no, of course they didn't. And yes, it'd bump it up a teir in the flat rate, a big jump. And The Mac Store's solution involves putting back in my old 60G drive (that I still have; it was kinda-sorta working but dying hard), letting Apple "repair" that, then charging me to upgrade it to replace the 60G with a 160G drive, or rather, a 250G drive, since they don't stock 160G, for an extra $240.

To wit: fuck you guys. Seriously.

The one remotely good thing that came out of it was that the 160G I have is under warranty, as it turns out. This unfortunately makes some things cheaper but many things worse, as it means a two-extra-week-or-so wait while the old drive goes to California for replacement.

To wit: Well, fuck me.

So I'll go pick up the machine and dead drive tomorrow morning and ship it off to California and generally be without useful computer and non-crappy shell-account email and hello no calendar and hello h8. Then I'll presumably install the fucker myself and reinstall OSX myself and hope the Time Machine restore works, because pay to replace the drive twice = fuck that. I'll deal without a CD burner. And with case cracks.


Oh, I found out why WinXP install disc wouldn't boot repair on kimo. kimo's optical drive decided it didn't like DVDs. No reason; just decided to say fuck 'em.

I hate computers.


Feb. 23rd, 2009 06:06 pm
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No MacBook means no calendar. Clearly I should start posting my calendar somewhere. Anyway, if I'm supposed to do something involving you in any way in the next week, you need to tell me, 'cause until I can get this fixed, it's gone.

Except anime night. That's Thursday. I remember that. And I have an open-mic on Saturday, because that calendar, I do keep online, and it's always right.
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So my Macbook just fell over ded. The HD is some variety of toast, I don't know what exactly but while Disk Repair (booted off CD-ROM) can see it, it can't touch it in any way. So, I'm kinda fucked on multiple levels, since this is also my recording machine. Anyway, this means you probably won't see much this week.

At least I have Time Machine backups. Yay.
solarbird: (molly-content)
[ profile] spazzkat has been buying "guilty pleasure" songs with his iTunes card gift and he was playing one earlier and I really liked lots of it but wanted to reach through the computer and scream at the dummer, "NO, WRONG, IT'S NOT LIKE THAT, IT'S LIKE THIS!" I really want to fix it - but not enough to cover it. At least not now. So I contented myself with playing the right drumwork on my fingers. Maybe once I'm better at all these things I'll do a cover. ^_^

I didn't send out a card this year. I want to feel worse about this than I do. But I've hardly drawn anything lately and mostly I'm kind of relieved that I didn't bother worrying about it. I don't want to lose the skills, but I care much more about music now. I think I'll still send out a new year's letter, but it feels rather odd not to have any art going out of my own. I mean, sure, I could scavenge an old piece, but that feels lame, and I think I'm glad that even after everything that's gone on the last few years - I don't do lame.

There were several awesome things about 2007. Lemmie list 'em: Japan and everything in it. Everything. 4.0ing my first-year (which is to say, really baby but still) singing jury. 3.91ing a year of undergrad didn't suck either, but the one I care about most? The singing course - no doubt. PAX. Flutemaking. Music. One or two I'm less public about. Norwescon, to a degree not normally encountered. Approaching silly Bio assignments from a fabric arts viewpoint. Kittens. Writing my own damn music.

There were also things that sucked such ass as has never been sucked before, chief being [ profile] annathepiper's "big fucking nuisance," as she puts it; having to come back from Japan; institutionalisation of torture; instutionalisation of the imperial executive; a real sense of being kind of adrift, particularly with people leaving and such; Zoe (parrot) and Polly (cat) both dying. Brutal, brutal, brutal politics (such as this and awfully scary economics (such as this and this and many others). Housing, though not for us in particular.

[ profile] spazzkat and [ profile] annathepiper jointly bought me a new HD for my laptop! Yay! Now I'm not running out of HD space every day! (VM expansion and all that.) And [ profile] spazzkat helped me make an image of the old drive and get it onto the new drive, so I'm using it now. I also upgraded the machine to Leopard, which I like and is so far working fine. (Paul had some problems with it but it looks like that's a computer hardware problem now. I suspect power supply issues. ;_; ) Also, I got re-SFXed Star Trek DVDs from Anna and [ profile] risu, which was quite the surprise. It's neat watching 'em without all the commercial cuts. (51 minutes original down to 44 minutes for syndication is a 14% of the show. I think they specialising in cutting out character development. :-p ) So this is many yays. ^_^

I'm starting to write occasionally in chords. It's quite different than writing in melody and yet awfully similar at the same time. Presumably this will resolve itself over time, but maybe it won't; that's okay too. I woke up with a bit of song I haven't transcribed yet and which I still need to get off the digital recorder - that's important to do tomorrow, early.

And here, have a flower picture. It's kind of big, but it wanted to be.

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Microsoft needs to get better at its "test drive" nagware. Copied from the MurkMUSH:
[ profile] solarbird sends openly ** _wow_. **
[ profile] solarbird sends openly ** _One_ attempt to use the "test drive" install of
Word 2k4 on my Macbook has convinced me that I want to uninstall it RIGHT NOW. **
[ profile] solarbird sends openly ** honestly. i double-cliked on a Word document. the Test Drive came up instead of my licensed version. it then installed crap automatically. then it bugged me about a license agreement, and asked me if I wanted to buy it now or be reminded again later. then it told me I had 30 days of use and do I want to buy it now or be reminded again later? Then it didn't open my document. Then I opened my document again and this time it opened. Then I tried to print, and it told me no printing allowed in test version, and do I want to buy this now or be reminded again later? Then I closed it, and it asked me if I wanted to buy this now or be reminded again later. **
[ profile] solarbird sends openly ** Then I found the uninstaller and ran that instead. **
[Redacted] says "Jesus God."
[ profile] solarbird sends openly ** _That_ didn't ask me whether I wanted to buy _anything_. **
At least it didn't screw up my purchased copy of Word X for the Mac. Of course, I still have no Excel for the Macintosh, because Excel has this known bug where it doesn't like some fonts and crashes on startup if you have them. The published solution to this is to remove all your fonts - from anywhere on the system - and then add them back one at a time until you find one it doesn't like. Then delete that one. Continue until drooling from insanity. Or, in my case, install OpenOffice for the Mac. It isn't great, but hey, it actually runs.

Saturday's token: 0.2
Monday's miles: 1.6
Miles out of Hobbiton: 1468.6
Miles out of Rivendell: 1011.6
Miles out of Lothlórien: 556.6
Miles past Rauros Falls: 138.7
Miles to Isengard: 328.0

Green and White and Red All Over

meemage )
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Two finals down, one to go - the big one being chem on Friday, which is my make-up final from this summer. That's my biggest worry, since I haven't done any actual chem homework and such all quarter. O BOI!

Also, this powerbook-chained-to-a-desk-and-monitor thing suxx0rs. But [ profile] annathepiper has a deal through work where she can get an employee discount on a refurbished MacBook (refurb by Apple, full warranty, all that) so we're spending money we shouldn't and getting one. I wasn't sure about that with all the hospital bills coming in (and with making real progress on the Visa card paydown) but then this one locked up twice in a day, which it's never done before, and that's scary and sounds like it might be a logic board problem instead of just the backlight, which is one of the ways these screens fail. So, um, yeah. Poor powerbook, you have been to hell and back a couple of times but it's finally taken its toll, apparently.

I know, I know, no CWUs for a week and a half. I feel bad too. I have a bit I want to talk about regarding the Sea-Tac kerfuffle. However, finals week puts the Worst Webcomic Evar on hiatus, I guess. Good news, though: no finals week next week! Yay!

I still have flowerpics queued up. This one was from Shoreline campus:

Little Purple Surprises

Someone asked about this last year; Here's a nice graph that shows how much seasonal demand change there is in gasoline. This is one of the reasons why the price of gas changes so much within a year. Check out the units on the left side of that graph; it's in billions of miles driven per day. To wit: damn.

Anybody know much about thorium reactors? I'd like this article to be more or less accurate. Wikipedia is less sanguine about it than this article, but it still sounds like a technology to explore vigourously.

Monday's miles: 1.9
Tuesday's token: .4
Wednesday's miles: 1.4
Miles out of Hobbiton: 1445.3
Miles out of Rivendell: 987.3
Miles out of Lothlórien: 533.3
Miles past Rauros Falls: 115.4
Miles to Isengard: 346.3

Memes are stu00pid )
solarbird: (vision)
Physical therapy update: the p.t. people consider my balance to be at about 98% of normal. I'd say more like 80, 85%, but that's for my normal, not theirs. Regardless, they're very happy with how things are going and really put me through a bit of a wringer today. Very zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz now.

Friday will be about stamina and strength; no idea yet whether it'll be the last day, we'll evaluate that then. Since we have co-pays and stuff all the way through, and money is an issue, it would be nice if it was. They also want me walking up and down the hill every day - at least to the bus stop, tho' down to the shops is also reasonable. On Friday I may likely walk down to p.t. and then get a ride back from [ profile] lyricae who has been shuttling me around for days now and who I owe many thanks. (To wit: thanks! Many times! ^_^)

Today's (Wednesday's) miles: 0.9
Miles out of Hobbiton: 1314.0
Miles out of Rivendell: 849.0
Miles out of Lothlórien: 394.0
Miles to Rauros Falls: 15.0

I've been looking over some LJ entries from the last month and wow I was way more fucked up than I realised I was at the time. And reading other peoples' journals, the whole time while I was out sounds pretty, um, awful for everyone concerned. So thanks to everybody who helped [ profile] risu and [ profile] annathepiper and [ profile] spazzkat and who sent mail and flowers and stuff. And I promise I will do my best not to do anything like that ever again.

However, I do have to note with a bit of surprise, a bit of amusement, and a small but slightly larger degree of pride that while semi-conscious, on paranoia-inducing painkillers, and hallucinating, I managed to get my laptop to piggyback on top of Harbourview's wireless network through ssh tunnels and post to LJ. Not to brag or anything, but holy crap, maybe I actually am l33t - at least, you know, when heavily sedated and insane.

Mmm. Now that I think about it, that sounds somewhat like Science Related Mimetic Disorder. Note to self: do not try to take over Venus with robots.

Here, I thought this tulip was really pretty:

Varigated Tulip
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It looks like I get to go home this afternoon. Yay! ^_^
annoucing solarbird alpha release candidate

solarbird alpha release requires constant operator supervision as this is an alpha release and bugs are likely. Further patches will be forthcoming to upgrade to RELEASE CANDIDATE, and eventually to FINAL. Application should not be used for critical applications. Only limited amounts of operating platform support is currently provided, and multi-tier application support is experimental only and should be thoroughly tested before rollout. Solarbird alpha should not be considered a core systems product; those needing full systems workload should remain at current versions pending more later releases of the 4.0.x.0 product line. Key features currently not supported in alpha include multi-teir applications and moblity-enabled feature set applications, particularly bicycle- and automobile-targeted applications. Support for these feature sets will return before the release candidate, hopefully within two to four weeks (calendar, depending upon beta response).

Dawnstar Graphics have worked to ensure that even in alpha release, solarbird alpha is as stable and high-quality a product release as possible, despite the fact that it kind of looks like the application badly lost a fistfight. Users interested in adopting the solarbird alpha release candidate should contact the company through their usual channels.

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