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agedwards.com: A G Edwards or Aged Wards? Updated 11/28/09: A.G. Edwards has been acquired by Wells Fargo. The domain is still active but redirects there.
powergenitalia.com: Powergen Italia (the Italian subsidiary of European energy giant Powergen) or Power Genitalia? (This domain has been "parked" and is no longer in use by the original owner.)
therapistlocator.net: Therapist Locator or The Rapist Locator?
whorepresents.com: Who Represents or Whore Presents?

Updated 1/2/2010: From the comments:

expertsexchange.com: Experts Exchange (a site for consultation with experts in personal computing and info technology) or Expert Sex Change? (Since renamed "experts-exchange.com"; the original domain is "parked".)
fourpointsexpress.com: Four Points Express (a delivery company) or Four Point Sex Press (a combination bondage device and genital mutilator)?
penisland.com: Pen Island (a seller of fine pens) or Penis Land? (This site has also been "parked". The original retailer appears to have changed their domain to "pen-island.com" but that site too appears to be "parked", leading to the conclusion that Pen Island is out of business.)

And personally observed over the holidays:

catstix.com: 'Cats Tix (tickets to University of Cincinnati Bearcats athletic events) or Cat Stix (use your imagination)?
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Default)
Just set up the new Clearwire modem with my old router and Sun workstation (actually, I used my work laptop to set it up but decided it would be better not to surf LJ with it). We get great reception up here on the second floor with the modem perched in a south-facing window; all five signal lights are consistently lit (like having five bars on your cellphone).

House is still chilly; I'm going to camp out here tonight to meet the furnace tech at 8 tomorrow morning. Catch y'all later.
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Default)
As it happens, Solaris (Sun's version of Unix) provides something called the Platform Independent Control Library (or PICL for short), which has a component that runs as a system service (or daemon in Unix terminology). I kept getting dinged at work because when many of the systems I work on were built, PICL was not installed because at the time it only supported the newer systems from Sun. So after asking what this PICL daemon was, I thought I'd draw a cartoon of it. Behold:

A Cartoon )

By the way, the other text at the top refers to another Solaris feature, Flash Archives (or flar's for short). It asks simply, "Where have all the flar's gone?"

OK, I'll stop.
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Default)
In a recent post I recounted the difficulties I had in bringing back a Sun Ultra 5 workstation I bought "as-is" from the local computer recycler.

As it happens, persistence has paid off. I replaced the serial cable not once but twice, and re-seated the CPU module. This has brought back the system enough that I am at the moment loading Solaris 10 onto the hard drive, using a serial connection to my laptop to monitor the process. Woohoo! Next step will be to hook up a video monitor and keyboard and put it on the network.
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Default)
So I got this bright idea, and... )
bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Default)
Heard this morning on KOMO radio that Microsoft wants to patent what it is calling "Immortal Computing", which the folks at KOMO described as a system whereby, for example, a grandmother might set up a service to send birthday greetings to her grandchildren long after she herself has passed away.

Two points on this:

1. I think there's more than sufficient prior art; cron (the Unix standard job scheduler) has been around for decades and can be used to do exactly what is claimed here. There's no reason this patent should be allowed.

2. It seems creepy. I know there is a certain beauty in converting the online presence of one who is deceased into a tribute to his or her memory ([livejournal.com profile] handlebear comes to mind), but automated greetings like the ones described seem more than a little artificial. Sort of like John Denver's "Forest Lawn" says:

My likeness cast in brass
Will stand in plastic grass
While hidden weights and springs
Tip its hat to the mourners as they pass

bigmacbear: Me in a leather jacket and Hockey Night in Canada ball cap, on a ferry with Puget Sound in background (Default)
Friday evening I finally got my old computer ready for Gary [livejournal.com profile] gmjambear to use. Long technogeekery, in case you're interested )

After all this work I can now, at last, see the surface of my desk. Next step will be to sort the piles of paperwork and shred up or recycle anything that isn't needed. Gee, by the time I get this all organized the way I want it, it will be time to move again. ;-)

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