crossing the atlantic on cogent wire is like traveling on a Zeppelin

February 28th, 2007


sad traceroute:
5 ( 375.207 ms 375.056 ms 377.128 ms
6 ( 429.681 ms 481.387 ms 481.802 ms
7 ( 57.307 ms 56.128 ms 55.016 ms
8 ( 61.937 ms 59.841 ms 56.989 ms
9 ( 230.387 ms * 247.512 ms
10 ( 234.125 ms 230.982 ms 230.780 ms
11 ( 237.025 ms 239.146 ms 237.933 ms
12 ( 315.621 ms 315.980 ms 316.001 ms
13 ( 319.648 ms 316.373 ms 316.045 ms
14 ( 314.054 ms 317.387 ms 315.319 ms

Dear Cogent, if you don’t have the connections to do things, then please don’t pretent that you can.


February 25th, 2007

If I would be in charge of tourism for a city I would spend as much money as possible to make the restrooms of the local airport as nice as possible. Sitting in a A330 waiting to take off to Amsterdam, the restroom is pretty much all I remember from Memphis. Those 15 minutes I had on the ground could have been better used to the advantage of the town.

Speaking of travel restrooms: On the first leg the flight attendants had put a bag of coffee on the coat hanger in the bath room. The smell of the room was better than usual. Funny how those bags are usually not more than 5 feet away from the bath room. But it took years before some smart flight attendant had that idea. It was probably that cute deadhead sitting one row behind me.

looks like what it is

February 25th, 2007

drive that looks like a drive

uncle festers bluf: called

February 25th, 2007

simple, yet powerful

cingular sucks ass

February 22nd, 2007

Phone companies. Now they call Cingular AT&T. Whatever that means.
I realized that I picked the wrong minutes plan. Too high. Trying to change it.
Of course the web form get’s stuck when you try to submit your information.
The Cingular site is the worst orange thing I ever saw.
It will not help if they make it blue again, and call it at@t.
It should work, and it does not:
The autopay feature somehow stopped working. That’s the only
thing that it has to do: pay my bills. The card is right, still works, is still valid and covered.

debian NO_PUBKEY apt-get update error

February 22nd, 2007

W: GPG error: etch/updates Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
W: GPG error: etch Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

get’s fixed by

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
apt-key add /root/.gnupg/pubring.gpg
apt-get update

as stated here

Substitute the missing key for XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

genesis assembly

February 22nd, 2007

The genesis of a Genesis slightly edited

some links

February 19th, 2007

list of things that improve customer relations
book about linux programming
video about journlists in Iraq
a way to clean up your desk from tech stuff
uncle fester threatens to throw a chair at a pirate

zodiac articles

February 18th, 2007

about the Camera
Local news in Napa Valley
the NY Times

Saw it today in it’s final form. Well, as a 35mm print. Which was kind of sad. On a projector that has serious focus problems. I liked it. It will be interesting how the general public will react. It is certainly not what people expect when they mention “Fincher” and “Serial Killer” in one breath.

the long last throws

February 18th, 2007

eighteen Months ago the vice president predicted that the Iraq war would be over soon

What is ridicolous is that this administration is still been taken serious by some. Their track record of mis judgements is pretty stellar.

the future that had none

February 17th, 2007

nice images Not sure why it needs the girls in them.

from above

moving building

February 17th, 2007


February 15th, 2007

back in the day when electronic games were set in space, since a plain background looked only ‘real’ when it was black

move your cursor - Nero style

nerd humor

zodiac screening

February 15th, 2007

There will be 2 screenings of ‘Zodiac’ on 2/18 in Los Angeles. The movie opens on March 2nd.
The flyer from Camera House who organizes the screening since they provided the camera and capture system. You will have to rsvp I believe. Angus, Wyatt and myself will be part of the panel discussion at 4pm.

nice multi touch interface

February 12th, 2007

just turn the crappy music off

This interface sure demoes well, but could also be used in real life from something.

osama does boston

February 12th, 2007

the real story

new tech

February 12th, 2007

good review

February 12th, 2007

good review for Zodiac

The posters are all over LA. It is kind of weird, not having a credit. But I had enough time to get over that. More important is that it did work: All frames ended up where they should be. Which makes me very happy.

run obama run

February 9th, 2007

this could be the next President

And that would make America the great country that it can be.

guitar hero + Wii

February 8th, 2007

Guitar hero is a very popular PS2 game. It seems that Activision wants to put in on the Wii.

Gaming consoles and game publishers always existed in this mutual interlock: Lots of consoles sold means lots of publish develop games. That’s the positive feedback loop. Then there is the negative one:
No games no sales for an ailing platform. There is no middle ground in this.

they should have called it ‘tubes’

February 8th, 2007

Poor yahoo. They have a great idea. Get great reviews, and then the darn thing breaks:

Our Pipes are clogged! We've called the plumbers!

is all you see when you click on Yahoo’s pipe project

It does not really matter though: Now the idea is out. The idea is great. There will be 20 other implementations, and some of them will even be working. Should I add one? Nah, busy with other things. I think that ‘pipes’ is one of these things that everybody wants but then gets rarely used. I imagine that 80% of all mechanical tools get sold to the idea of “oh with this I could do that”, but then the urgent need to actually do “that” never arises.

It is kind of sad for Yahoo: The one moment they launch something that people actually care about and it breaks. Good engineering does matter. Even if it looks sometimes as if people could buy their way out of that. In the end they can not.


February 7th, 2007



command line airport application

February 6th, 2007

/System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/Current/Resources/airport --help

beat’s counting bars.

nice video

February 4th, 2007

In four minutes this video shows how we got here

Nice. And #1 @ right now. Which is nice, since neither tailrank, nor techmeme nor nor Digg have picked this up yet. They will, eventually. Nice to see that
BlogsNow is still the best source for non maintstream items. Those other tools seemed to skewed towards
the big mainstream and established blog themes and news. BlogsNow just ‘brute forces’ it: All links count,
all blogers do. If it matters to enough real people to link to, then it will make the list. No matter what it is.

just to clear this up

February 4th, 2007

what google said

February 2nd, 2007

Amazingly dumb rip off of Simon Robslons “What Barry said” .

At first I thought it was a tongue in cheek homage. It seems though that these kids trying to get away with their blatant, uninspired and unwhelmingly rip off act. How lame. And how emberrassing for the University of Ulm.