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Opting out of phone books

[music | The Velvet Underground - All Tomorrow's Parties]

This reminds me of a Seinfeld episode which had Kramer bricking over his mailbox to try and opt out of mail, but I'd like to never receive another phone book again. Is that possible? I can't find anything on Verizon's site with a link to "call us and we'll never send you another phone book" or anything like that.

I can't remember the last time I actually opened a phone book to look for anything.

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Mongol Rally

My brother-in-law is almost finished taking part in this year's Mongol Rally. They have made it from London to Mongolia, though their car and one of its occupants did not. There are several posts below that were pretty interesting along the way:

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Think Different

[music | Glenn Frey - Smugglers Blues]

Just as long as your Different doesn't differ from our largest ISV's Different

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For very small values of "genius"

[music | The Prodigy - Charly]

It just took 3 technicians 17 minutes to pull a drive from my Mac Pro and slide in a new one. That includes (4 days plus) 7 minutes looking for a new one.

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Big as a Fucking Really Big Brick

[music | Shriekback - Nemesis]

From what I gather, my Mac Pro is shortly to become a doorstop, according to S.M.A.R.T. in Disk Utility. That makes me sad. I think I have all the critical stuff backed up to a second internal drive, it gets one more startup tomorrow to try and get everything else onto an external drive. Then I guess it's a trip to a repair shop.

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Cisco CSS Toy

[music | Bauhaus - Dark Entries (Live)]

This is the first of a few tools I have to release in the coming couple of weeks, mainly involving Cisco's CSS product. The purpose of me writing them is that Cisco's web interface to the CSS is both a terrible user experience and has shown itself to be vulnerable to trivial attacks in the past (in a security sense). I don't want to run the web gui on my CSS's, and most of our admins were terrified of the command line. So I wrote a bunch of tools to help do their jobs, without the possibility of screwing up the load balancers.

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Chris Isaak @ the Casino

[music | The Stooges - T.V. Eye]

Chris Isaak and Nicole Atkins

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Come on Apache...

[music | Sleater-Kinney]

Today's been fun. Yesterday a site run by one of my friends (wolfeboro.net) was shut down by its ISP because they got a large influx of traffic, and the ISP panicked.

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B.B. King and the accidental racist

[music | Public Image Ltd. - Like That]

Wrote a story about it, like to hear it?

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Egads, more tickets

[music | Switchblade Symphony - Wrecking Yard]

So now we have, in the next week, BB King and Chris Issak (that show stopped me going to DEFCON, but such is life). And then The Cure, and Tori Amos upcoming.

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