Friday, January 31

Plastic: Submissions
More commonly known by their initials, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have long been recognized by the medical community as real ailments that afflict 5% of children - Ailments that can be treated with a high degree of effectiveness with Ritalin. (a link) But to conservative pundits, it's all nothing more than a fraudulent liberal scheme to "redefine childhood as an ailment, and medicate it until it goes away." (a link) The arguments against ADD and ADHD as bona fide ailments coincide well with other traditionally conservative themes: It's not a real disorder; It's just a feminist plot to make boys act like girls; It's a scheme by public schools to shirk their responsibilities; It's an effort by parents to avoid normal child-rearing duties.

Hippos | Metafilter The one aspect not brought up is the *real* reason Escobar had these animals on his ranch: essentially, since smaller animals (i.e., drug-sniffing dogs) are naturally wary of larger animals (i.e., hippos, elephants, lions, etc), they would pack some of these beasts' dung in with the the cocaine shipments. If/when drug-sniffing dogs got near, they would shy away and not alert their handlers to the presence of cocaine.

Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage All that is left of the zoo is a rusty, pocked sign that reads: "Welcome to Napoles Zoological Nature Park." For a while, there were some leftover zebras, but the last one grew old and senile and vanished into the jungle, witnesses said.

Napoles harks back to a time when flamboyant Colombian drug barons flaunted their riches and bombed and killed anyone who got in their way. Escobar, who rose from tombstone robber to one of the world's most famous and feared criminals, had amassed a fortune of $3 billion by age 33.

Wednesday, January 29

CERN Conversion Service LaTeX to HTML
This conversion is done using the LaTeX-2-HTML script by Nick Drakos, (Univ. of Leeds).

vulcanize - Convert LaTeX files to HTML Like many PERL programs, vulcanize is an abominable morass of unreadable cryptica.

WP2LaTeX 2.76 WPtoLaTeX WP2LaTeX is a program, which is designed to translate WordPerfect documents into LaTeX 2.09 and LaTeX 2.0e. The current version is abble to cope with Macintosh WordPerfect 3.x, WP 4.x; WP 5.x and WP 6.x documents. (WP 7.x & 8.x have same binary file format as WP6 so no additional conversion module is necessary.) WP2LaTeX is NOT a text procesor and converted documents will require a LaTeX document procesor.

Google Search: grokosaurus You might be better off starting with, say, wp2latex rather than using strip to get at the text. I'm assuming from your use of tcsh that you're on a Unix system. Normally, awk delimits records using lf under Unix, so cr will be the last character on each record which has a cr/lf. You could deal with this a few ways. For instance, you could examine the last character using substr(): { if (substr($0, length($0) - 1) == "\r") { print substr($0, 1, length($0) - 1) "

\r" } else print } or you could make cr be the field separator, and test to see if the last field on the line is empty, and if so stick

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Google Search: Here in Canada your neighbour is required by law to pay half;-) If a cost can not be agreed upon it is 1/2 of the cost of a chain link fence. We put up used barn boards @ a cost of 200 dollars & alot of our labour. 60ft x 120ft.

Yahoo! Groups : The_West_Wing Messages : Message 29440 of 29484 I was on the set filming for 3 ifferent episodes, I was there season
finale 2001 and then i filmed again monday for the upcoming inagural
ball episode..when rob lowe was on the set the gossip among cast and
crew was that everyone hated his guts, especially martin sheen. They
thought his ego was out of control. During shoots hed hang out by
himself and read his copy of variety while smoking a giantic
cigar..and he didnt fraternize at all with the rest of the principal

For this past mondays shoot, rob lowe was not anywhere to be seen,
and i overheard things like "apparantly hes too good for tv" or
something like yeah..thats what I saw and heard.

nothing, and lots of it Curly: You know what the secret to life is?

Mitch: No, what?

Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that, and everything else don't mean nothing.

Mitch: That's great, but what's the one thing?"

Curly: That's what you've got to figure out.For some, I guess that's super zaxxon.

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Google Search: 008 - How do I create a hanging indent in my document?

You have two basic options, depending on how you want your hanging indent to look.


Using a pre-defined style:

Open the Format Stylist (select: Format -> Stylist from the pulldown menu)

Have the text cursor in the text that you want to format as hanging indent (or have the cursor in an empty text style and enter the text later)

Double-click on the "Hanging indent" choice in the Stylist window. This default style has a hanging indent - but it also has a left margin offset of .19 inches.

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CNEWS Weird News - Students arrested and accused of cheating with pagers hidden in underwear The students and teachers are likely to be charged with illegal use and operation of pagers, which is punishable by two years in prison and a fine of $3,500 Cdn, Komsan said.

Mac OS X Hints - Create a one-step whois lookup script #!/bin/bash
echo "Getting server..."
export SERVER=`whois $1 | grep -i whois\ server: |
awk '{print $3'}`
echo "Searching server: $SERVER"
whois -h $SERVER $1

This is an OSX script.

Simple awk Scripts Simple awk Scripts

Re: Running Scripts To make it so that anyone can execute it, do "chmod x filename". If you only want the file's owner to execute it, do "chmod u x filename".

Dispatches From Davos By Chris Anderson "According to Jewish law," deadpanned Yossi Vardi, an Israeli software entrepreneur, "life begins when the fetus becomes a lawyer."

Tuesday, January 28

Mac OS X Hints - One-line batch file renamer If you want to batch rename a bunch of files (say "foo*.jpg" to "bar*.jpg"), you might think you could just do "mv foo*.jpg bar*.jpg" in the Terminal. However, this doesn't work right since the shell expands each argument before the execution occurs. However, there's a cool way to accomplish the same result with a (more complex) command line argument.

How do I convert between Unix and Mac OS text files? awk '{ gsub("\n, "\r"); print $0;}' unixfile.txt > macfile.txt

Linux Newbie Guide: Learning with Linux 7.1 Linux Advanced Text Processing Tools

Awk/Nawk/Gawk Intro Awk scripts within a shell script

Extract email addresses from incoming mail. The mail would be guided to the following script from within the ~/.forward file. This is not an eficient method, but only an example to show serial processing of text. The next example will do the same thing within awk only and will be efficient. The mail comes in over standardinput into the script.
Between the commands there must be a pipe "|". For continuing on the next line one needs a "\" behind the pipe to escape the invisible newline.

Caltech Astronomy : Tools for munging text files How do I extract a single column from a text file?
awk '{print $n}' infile > outfile will extract column n of infile and put it in outfile.

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This is it.

Google Search: sed replace cr/lf perl -i.bak -e 'undef $/; $_ = <>; s/PS1=\\\n\[.*\n\[.*/PS1='[ \$PWD ]'/; print' .profile Use the right tools for the right jobs. Perl isn't *always* the right solution, but it sure works for things like this. Just another Perl hacker,

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#!/usr/bin/tclsh # The above line is UNIX Scripting 'scenery' # 'newline' on output is cr/lf fconfigure stdout -translation crlf # 'newline' on input is cr/lf fconfigure stdin -translation crlf # While gets does not fail (gets will 'fail' on EOF) while {[gets stdin line] >= 0} { # If the line is not empty (not between a pair of newlines (cr/lf/cr/lf) if {[string length "$line"] > 0} { # Output the line, with a space instead of a newline. puts -nonewline "$line " # ^--- note the space } else { # otherwise, output cr/lf/cr/lf (end current line and add another) puts puts } } - Ants tunneling 'like crazy' in shuttle - Jan. 25, 2003 Hypothesis-reality gap

There were also plenty of "reality checks" during the design of the experiment. The mission with the student experiments was postponed 19 times.

The delays gave students in the United States and other countries time to make design adjustments, and to rethink many aspects of their experiments.

The Fowler students picked an experiment with ants, rather than plants, because they wanted to see some activity in space. They have been following the ants' progress on the web at

The students and their teachers also have learned that sometimes the best thought-out hypothesis does not pan out in reality.

Google Search: convert html sed -e 's#.*#&#' infile > infile.html I've used # as the delimiter instead of / to avoid having to escape the other /'s. You could use a different character than #. the & matches the entire first regular expression (explained on the ed man page)

Google Search: convert html Hi Everyone, > > How can I convert text (ASCII) files to HTML files/documents using > UNIX shell scripting. I know there are utilities out there that use > perl, etc., but was wondering if anyone has used shell scripting.

Sunday, January 26

defective yeti It's important to realize that, despite the sometimes cartoony nature of the animation and the presence of a 10-year old girl in the lead role, Spirited is decidedly not a children's movie. For starters, it's long: two hours of story, with no songs or dance numbers to pass the time. It's also, at times, frightening, disgusting, and bizarre enough to ensure that your kid has months of nightmares featuring giant, walking, obese turnips. That's bad news for the many Americans who automatically equate animated films with "kid's stuff" (pity the poor chump who brought his daughter to this expecting a sequel to Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron), but a godsend to those of us who don't immediately dismiss the concept of "mature fantasy" as oxymoronic.

defective yeti As I see it, college has two distinct advantages over fame.

First, in college you can wholeheartedly believe any stupid idea that comes along and no one will fault you for it. People assume that whatever crazy doctrine you currently subscribe too, you'll soon take another class or read another book that will send you off in new philosophical direction. After reading "On Walden Pond" you honestly believe that, upon graduation, you are going to renounce all your worldly possessions (except for your Phish CDs, obviously) and move to a remote cabin by a lake. And you tell your friends and family this, and they're, like, "That's a beautiful dream! We support you!" But inside they're thinking "Oh well, no need to worry. Next semester he'll take economics and be all like 'Greed is good! Invisible hand, yo!'."

Once Upon Atari Tod Frye was assigned the task of converting the smash hit arcade game, Pac-Man, to the VCS. This was before programmers were paid royalties. It was an immensely important assignment. Towards the end of the project, the Atari Marketing people made the mistake of emphasizing just how many millions of dollars were riding on his timely completion of the game. Realizing his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Tod put a gun to the head of his managers: pay me royalties of ten cents per cartridge for this, or I walk. You'll have to start all over with a new programmer, and the game will be delayed by months, costing you millions in wasted marketing expenses. Atari was caught in a terrible position. They had presumed that, having agreed to take the project, Tod would finish it in good faith. Now they were caught in a trap. They had no recourse -- they had to cave in to Tod's demands. His ploy gained him several million dollars.

Henry Kloss Model One Radio Where performance and simplicity are paramount but space is sparse, the Model One mono table radio fits the bill. With just three knobs, it is the antithesis of today’s ever more complex electronic products. But behind the Model One’s simple, innocent appearance, hides a multitude of technology facilitating higher sound reproduction and better reception over anything else near it in size or cost. The furniture-grade, handmade wood cabinet is not just for appearance sake, but also doubles as an acoustically inert housing. A heavy-magnet, long-throw 3-inch driver is allied with a multi-stage frequency contouring circuit that adjusts the speaker’s output over half-octave increments. The result is musically accurate tonal balance and bass response. Instead of a standard, off-the-shelf integrated circuit, the Model One uses a state of the art, discrete-component FM tuner featuring GaAs MES-FET mixers.

Scooters for Technophiles "It's got this redolence of New Economy foolishness," said Thomas Frank, a social critic and the author of "One Market Under God" (Anchor Books, 2001), which skewered the dot-com heydays. Even the Segway's playfulness, its appeal to the inner child, he finds galling. "It's as though being a responsible adult is a burden of the working class," he says, while the more fortunate "get to posture as special, exalted beings of wonder and innocence."

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Yahoo! Groups : macosx-support Messages : Message 14529 of 14568 I had a problem with ssh recently and I believe it occurred after one
of the software updates.
Check /var/log/system.log for error messages from sshd. In my case,
the permissions for my home directory were set to allow write access
for anyone of group "staff". To fix it, I opened a Terminal window,
then used the command "chmod 740 /Users/login_id".

Saturday, January 25

Connect, They Say, Only Connect "We like to think of our world as full of atomized individuals," he said. "But decisions people make and the actions they take are so hopelessly entwined with the behaviors of everyone else that it's difficult to draw the boundaries around the individual." When it comes to choosing a CD or explaining the success of Harry Potter, your preference may matter less than the network's.

But some scholars dismiss the network hypothesis altogether. Judith S. Kleinfeld, a psychologist at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, prompted a flurry of media attention last year when she published an article questioning the validity of Milgram's small-world findings. Given the prevalence of networks

Yahoo! Groups : macosx-support Messages : Message 14525 of 14556 >I finally bit the bullet and upgraded to Jaguar. Now I can't ssh into
>my machine from home. Did anyone else experience this?

Unlike our Windows brethren, MacOS tries to be reasonably secure when
installed, disabling anything that might be exploited.

After a clean install, you need to go to the Sharing System Preference and turn
on remote login.

Antipixel | Blog | Spam Assassin * In step 2 of the instructions, it says to open your ~/.cpan/build directory. Although the installation of CPAN did create the .cpan directory, it also created a CPAN one. This in turn contained another .cpan and it was inside this .cpan that I found the build directory. If things aren’t excatly where the instructions suggest they’ll be, don’t worry. Hunt around a little, find what you need, and everything will still work just fine.

CronniX Samples/Hints Cronnix for os x. Cron for dummies! Yeah!

sa - Installing Spam Assassin This document describes the process of installing SpamAssassin on OS X. It assumes that you are using a POP mail server (it could be tweaked to work IMAP, but if you're using IMAP, the popread script won't work). It also assumes that you are using a mail client that can read from mailbox-format files.

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Friday, January 24

A quick guide to writing scripts using the bash shell
A simple shell script
A shell script is little more than a list of commands that are run in sequence. Conventionally, a shellscript should start with a line such as the following:

chaotic intransient prose bursts: Sendmail in OS10.1.5 Sendmail in OS10.1.5

After installing the new OSX upgrade, 10.1.5, sendmail will fail to run. Apple updated sendmail to 8.12.2, but did not upgrade some sendmail related files, nor did it do the permissions properly on some directories. A manual update of /etc/mail/ will do the job (alternatively, you can follow directions in /etc/mail/README and regenerate Su to root, do a pico or vi on and replace the line
and the line
Finally, replace every occurence of "A=IPC $h" by "A=TCP $h".
Save your changes and then do a:
sudo chgrp smmsp /var/spool/clientmqueue
and restart sendmail, by doing a 'kill HUP' on it's processID.
Why, you ask? Why? Well, I don't know why Apple forgot to do the permissions and be more verbose on the changes, but upgrading sendmail was necessary. Previously, sendmail ran as root, but it doesn't actually have to and constitutes a security hole. Version 8.12.2 fixes this by having sendmail run as a "submission agent" to add mail. For this purpose, 10.1.5 added a new user named "smmsp" to the passwd database, and created a directory for submitted messages called /var/spool/clientmqueue.

Google Search: Tom Ingham wrote: : I did a : sudo chmod 4555 /usr/sbin/sendmail : And it's working great now, my masquerade leaves a little bit to be : desired, but it's all good and working from local and remote. I guess I'll go with this solution until Apple fixes things... Yes, it's not exactly a desired solution, but for now it gets things working. I figure that since I'm behind a firewall and don't allow connections to that port except locally, and since my laptop is really only a single user system the implications of doing such aren't that big a deal. If I'm wrong, someone please correct me. PS - I tried compiling the latest sendmail myself, but it wasn't as easy as just doing a "sh Build" and end up with an executable (yes, I do have the latest developer tools installed). The other solution I've seen is to enable the "DontBlameSendmail" option and then chmod your mqueue directory to 777. PPS - Anyone know how to submit a bug report to Apple?

Google Search: I did a sudo chmod 4555 /usr/sbin/sendmail And it's working great now, my masquerade leaves a little bit to be desired, but it's all good and working from local and remote. ( Thanks Manon Goo )

OSXFAQ :: View topic - % telnet localhost 25 Error Nov 20 08:37:09 AUTOMATIC- sendmail[342]: File descriptors missing on startup: stdin, stdout, stderr; Bad file descriptor
Nov 20 08:37:09 AUTOMATIC- sendmail[342]: gethostbyaddr( failed: 3
Nov 20 08:37:09 AUTOMATIC- sendmail[342]: NOQUEUE: SYSERR(root): No local mailer defined
Nov 20 08:37:09 AUTOMATIC- sendmail[342]: NOQUEUE: SYSERR(root): QueueDirectory (Q) option must be set
Nov 20 08:37:09 AUTOMATIC- sendmail[347]: File descriptors missing on startup: stdin, stdout, stderr; Bad file descriptor

Did you install your own copy of sendmail previous to the 10.2 upgrade?

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No, I only began the Sendmail activation AFTER upgrading to Jaguar.

Any idea where these configuration perimeters can be properly assigned?

File descriptors missing on startup: stdin, stdout, stderr; Bad file descriptor
Nov 20 08:37:09 AUTOMATIC- sendmail[342]: gethostbyaddr( failed: 3

errors when starting sendmail:

554 5.0.0 No local mailer defined
554 5.0.0 QueueDirectory (Q) option must be set

10.2 is gobbling sendmail up.

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Blosxom (pronounced "Blossom") is a lightweight yet feature-packed weblog application designed from the ground up with simplicity, usability, and interoperability in mind.

Blosxom goes 1.0 - QuickTopic bulletin board touch -t 200201020628 filename.txt means "set the last modified time for filename.txt to 06:28am, January 2nd, 2002

Google Search: On Sep 26, 2002 Christopher W Aiken wrote in > Where did you get "exim"? I got a tarball off of For Jaguar you mysteriously need

Yahoo! Groups : osxhack Messages : Message 193 of 194 #!/bin/sh
for file in `ls *.doc`
strings $file > /Library/WebServer/Documents/blosxom/$file.txt

Sendmail 8.12.2 on Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) Sendmail 8.12.2 on Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar)

Mac OS X Hints - Execute shell scripts in the Finder I'm not sure if this has been reported before, but there is a simple (and quite slick) way of running shell scripts from the finder.

Simply append '.command' to the script name,e.g. test.command, when the script is double clicked from the Finder a terminal window will open and the script is excuted.

The script will of course need execute permissions (chmod ug x will do the trick) in order to run.

Ranchero Software: Big Cat Scripts Plugin (beta 2) Writing shell scripts

As with AppleScript scripts, shell scripts take a parameter

The Mac Observer: Mac OS X Command Line 101 - Working With Variables In The Shell csh and tcsh also provide modifiers that allow you to extract parts of the variable's value without a lot of rigmarole using things like sed, basename, dirname, and so on. They can be used by either $variable_name:x or ${variable_name:x}, where 'x' is one of the following values:

How to write a shell script How to write a shell script

Jon's Radio Reserve me a stake next to Leslie's. Meanwhile, of course, helper apps are what we have. Here are two that Leslie relies on:

My most used OS X apps are:

* Searchling
* LaunchBar

Both of these give me lightning fast access with keyboard-shortcut finger twitches to what's on my mind and what I want to do. I want to find more things like this.

Thursday, January 23

NBC Scrubs - Music "Waiting for my Real Life to Begin" Colin Hay, performed by the cast

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Wednesday, January 22

ProSoundWeb Recording Forum A tear came to my eye. This was exactly how I felt! I was filled with pride on my accomplishment of transforming a veritable vacuum of anti-vibe into an overflowing waterfall of warmth and beauty. Every square inch of the drab walls was covered with gorgeous unique tapestries. Icicle Lights were dangling all along the borders of the ceiling to the wall. Hand-made candles sat atop beautiful metal candle plates. Incense boxes stood ready for their ash collection abilities. Pillows and a blanket transformed a cold leather couch into an oasis for listening in absolute comfort. This was NOW a Womb -a place that I could die in, and from the sounds of it, Willy too.

285480 - How to Remove Windows 98 When It Is Part of a Dual Boot with Windows 2000 MORE INFORMATION
To remove Windows 98, start Windows 2000 and then delete the folder that contains Windows 98 (by default, this is the C:\Windows folder on the local hard disk).

NOTE: If there are any programs installed in Windows 98, you may want to uninstall these programs before deleting the folder.

You also need to manually edit the Boot.ini file to remove Windows 98 from the list of boot options.

To edit the Boot.ini file:

1. In Windows Explorer, click Folder Options on the View menu.
2. On the View tab, click Show All Files, and then click OK.
3. Click the root folder of the local hard disk, right-click the Boot.ini file, and then click Properties.
4. Click to clear the Read-Only, Hidden, and System check boxes, and then click OK.
5. Open the Boot.ini file in Notepad.
6. Remove any entries that no longer point to valid installations of Windows.
7. Save the changes to the Boot.ini file, and then restore its attributes. To restore the file's attributes, repeat steps 3 and 4, but click to select the check boxes.

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Yesterday, I saw a hearse driver peel out and flip someone off. That has to be in direct violation of the employee handbook.

Tuesday, January 21 Comments Thingee (413783) Six months ago, I'd have been on the movie people's side but now that I've read Lawrence Lessig's "The Future of Ideas" , I say to hell with them.

Let the people make the changes they want to the version they view.

Maybe you should have to sell it in it's unadulterated form, but you shouldn't be allowed to prevent other people from applying patches in a clearly fair use.

Sanitizing Hollywood The current lawsuit is a harbinger of exactly what could be precluded if

Sanitizing Hollywood As the best-selling author and screenwriter Michael Crichton has said,

Sanitizing Hollywood Until last year, all of these companies

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Monday, January 20


CrossBrand - How to copy a file greater than 1.44 MB to multiple floppies. Solution #1
IBM has created a utility program called CHOPPER, which will split a large file into smaller files that will fit onto multiple floppy diskettes. These diskettes can then be taken to a target system and using the same CHOPPER utility, recombined into the original single file. When CHOPPER splits a file into smaller files, it will COPY itself onto the first diskette as UNCHOP.EXE.

Palm/Palm Pilot: Personal Experiences and Tips After years of failure I actually got IR HotSync working with a laptop. To say the least the industry's litany of problems with implementing the IRDA spec bodes ill for Bluetooth!

It is working with a Micron TransPort ZX PIII running Win2K SP2 with HotSync Manager 4.0 and PalmOS 3.5.3. This laptop was configured with COM2 disabled, I had to enable COM2 in the BIOS (auto) and restart. Windows 2000 then installed the Wireless Link control panel.

There are two important things to remember with Windows 2000 IR support:

* In the Wireless Link control panel you must disable the Image transfer (from camera) function. Otherwise the IR port is not available.
* Beam receive should be set to off on the Palm, otherwise the Palm reacts to a signal emitted from the laptop IR port and interprets in incorrectly.

Memory upgrades from - Upgrade information for the ThinkPad 600 2645-41U System: IBM ThinkPad 600 2645-41U

These 144-pin SODIMM modules are compatible with your IBM ThinkPad 600 2645-41U Help Me Choose
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Motorcycle Safety Statistics 7. The failure of motorists to detect and recognize motorcycles in traffic is the predominating cause of motorcycle accidents. The driver of the other vehicle involved in collision with the motorcycle did not see the motorcycle before the collision, or did not see the motorcycle until too late to avoid the collision.

8. Deliberate hostile action by a motorist against a motorcycle rider is a rare accident cause. The most frequent accident configuration is the motorcycle proceeding straight then the automobile makes a left turn in front of the oncoming motorcycle.

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Sunday, January 19

Google Search: To use numbering in XP, first define a style for each level of numbering you want. You will need nine of each (actually, you do not need any more than one more than the number of levels you intend to use, but to keep it simple I will assume that each list is being defined with nine levels). If you use the built-in styles, half the work is done for you. In a document, the styles won't appear unless you have used them in the document, so set your Task Pane to "All Styles". So, for example:


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Friday, January 17

Setting Windows 95/98 to Auto-Disconnect

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Cons of Quitting Coffee

Total inability to write anything of consequence, but who really cares what a mediocre drivel a sad, small mind like yours might churn out anyway?

Total inability to write anything funny, and there's nothing funny about it

Pit of despair stretches to encompass entire day

Death of ambition, vision, enthusiasm, energy, generosity

No good reason to get out of bed, leave house, answer phone, etc.

When I told my exboyfriend Jake that I was quitting coffee, he was furious at me. He was more outraged than he would've been if I'd said I was cheating on my taxes, or that I ran over a few dozen schoolchildren on the way home from the In 'n' Out Burger. I was patient, though (OK, maybe quitting coffee made me a little more patient - but that's not surprising, since I barely had a pulse). I explained about the pit of despair, in the afternoon. He said, "That just means you need more coffee!"

Eric D. Snider - Snide Remarks - Merry, Merry, and Quite Contrary
But giving is important, regardless of what you give, or to whom you give it. Some people get into the Christmas spirit by giving to the less-fortunate. It sounds crazy, I know, but it's true. At Village Inn, they are urging people to donate Village Inn pies to an organization that will give them to homeless shelters, because if there's one thing homeless people need, it's pie.

This guy is funny.

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Eric D. Snider - Snide Remarks - Sundance Report: The Ten Commandments Sometimes, the decision is easy to make. For example, this year's festival includes a movie called "Love in the Time of Money." It is not a very good movie. If someone gave you a video of it, you would tape over it. "West Wing," maybe, or "Friends." But this plucky little film had something working to its advantage: Its executive producer is Robert Redford, the leathery midget who founded Sundance and who I'm sure exerted no pressure whatsoever on the selection committee. (With each passing year, it becomes less likely Mr. Redford will ever submit to an interview with me.) - work info
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I bought a laptop from this guy and his email address is bouncing. I'm getting nervous.

Slashdot | Apple Smacks Down iCommune
However, combine this with Eric his mod_rendevous and then it gets interesting... rendezvous/

As that will dynamically announce your web server to the local network.

In Safari; just go to bookmarks, rendezvous - and here we go. Sharing as it should be.

Thursday, January 16

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Peter V Sundwall Jr, (801) 768-1699, 680 E Main St, Lehi, UT 84043

Vim 6: A Great Linux Outliner Vim 6: A Great Linux Outliner Books: The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1) How much of this do you think you can take? The 10th book is coming out soon; are you that patient? Will you really be able to stand seeing these cinderblock-sized lumps taking up more and more space on your bookshelf, nudging out more deserving titles? Will your wallet stand up to being burdened with a never-ending book series you're obliged to read because you've got too much invested to quit? What about when people come over, notice that massive row of "Wheel of Time" novels, and ask, "Oh. Robert Jordan fan, eh?" Will you be proud to turn them on to this series... or embarrassed? Give ya' a clue: Mine are boxed.

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* Download and install Apple's X11 beta (about 40M)
* Download the latest installer (about 200M)
* Run the installer (you can leave out Ghostscript)
* Launch X11
* Add an entry to the X11 Applications menu -- path should be something like "/Applications/OpenOffice.org1.0.1/program/soffice"
* Launch the app by selecting it from that menu (ignore the "Start" script

WKRP's Thanksgiving Fiasco

The New Republic Online: Weighting Game (1 of 2)
A moderately active fat person is likely to be far healthier than someone who is svelte but sedentary. What's worse, Americans' (largely unsuccessful) efforts to make themselves thin through dieting and supplements are themselves a major cause of the ill health associated with being overweight--meaning that America's war on fat is actually helping cause the very disease it is supposed to cure.

Wednesday, January 15

OS/X Installation Tips - ASK Wiki OS/X Installation Tips

As of 10.1.X, OSX standard sendmail install isn't what it could be. First, make sure you can send and receive mail normally. Once you do that:

1. Make sure you run ASK from /usr/adm/sm.bin instead of from /usr/bin (or whatever). You will need to create this directory, as Apple failed to ship with it. Or you will need to figure out how to configure smrsh (the secure shell sendmail uses to deliver mail (man smrsh)). Make sure you are invoking ASK from the correct location in your .forward file.
2. Note that all root mail is forwarded to /dev/null on MAC OSX (look at your /var/root/.forward file) -- probably because there is no valid root login account. This means that all mail errors get tossed away. You will probably want to change that to a real user so that you can see if anything is going wrong.

Please let us know if you have any problems installing ASK on OSX.

Digital Archive Project I have the attention span of a small rhesus monkey, and am easily amused by bright, shiny objects. Can mIRC provide me with a good alternative to flinging my own feces at friends and coworkers?


TCS: Tech - Content Is Crap The public water system is somewhat unpleasant to think about. Basically, the stuff you flush down the toilet gets sent through a filtering system. That system "treats" the sewage until what remains is sufficiently pure to send back to you as drinking water.

As content intermediaries, publishers perform an analogous function. Individual software writers, authors, and musicians produce something close to raw sewage. The computer programs, books, and music that people buy are closer to drinkable water.

What Creative Commons lets you do as an author is label your stuff before you flush it down the toilet. If you don't want the sewage treatment plant to filter your stuff and sell the water on its usual terms, Creative Commons lets you have your way. If you think that publishers are stealing your crap, you can stop them. - projects - toasterpc Technology | Radio Free Software Turning hardware problems into software problems is, of course, an old trick. Since the days of Univac, computer programmers have written software to mimic the functionality of everything from mechanical calculators to videocassette recorders. Wireless communication devices -- radios, cellphones, televisions, etc. -- are merely the latest target, especially now that most carry sophisticated microprocessors. With device manufacturers jealously guarding hardware specs, however, the challenge to an independent programmer is stiff. To get the GNU Radio project started, Blossom has set his sights on a simple target: PC-based AM/FM radio.

BBC News | SCI/TECH | Taxi drivers' brains 'grow' on the job Cab drivers' grey matter enlarges and adapts to help them store a detailed mental map of the city, according to research.

Taxi drivers given brain scans by scientists at University College London had a larger hippocampus compared with other people. This part of the brain is associated with navigation in birds and animals.

Apple - Downloads - Productivity Tools

Tuesday, January 14

Hit & Run Good stuff by Feed expatriates.

Monday, January 13

[NEC] 2.1: Customer-owned networks: ZapMail and the Telecommunications Industry Jon Udell has hit the quadrafecta, having written a wonderful piece that touches four issues close to my heart: collaborative filtering, Web Services, the LazyWeb, and reputation systems.

I, Cringely | The Pulpit Mystery House was a spreadsheet, intended to kill VisiCalc -- the original spreadsheet program that made the Apple II such a success -- because everyone who worked on Apple II software decided en masse that they hated Terry Opdendyk, president of VisiCorp, and wanted to hurt him by destroying his most important product. - howard co. news At Furlough's bail review hearing Monday, his family and lawyer said he suffers from depression and has been under psychiatric care. His mother said he began having problems after a ninth-grade essay assignment in which she and the family attorney said he was told to write from the viewpoint of a murderer.

Saturday, January 11

Of the more than 30 responses I've gotten so far, less than 1/3 have even followed the directions to apply. (Those that have though look really great and I'm looking forward to talking with them.) So here's my other theory: if you're currently looking for a job, you have a tremendous advantage over other people out there if you just do a few simple things:
Address your cover letter to the person who will read it
This is an easy one and should only require a bit of your time. Simply call the company and find out the name of the person who's responsible for handling applications for the position for which you're applying. Often the receptionist will be able to give you a name. It shows you've made a little effort and care about the job.
Write a cover letter
Writing a cover letter is the easiest way to distinguish yourself from another applicant. If you've got a standard letter you like to use, spend some time and enhance it for each application you're submitting so the person who's reading it can see, again, that you care about the position and have some knowledge and qualifications for it.
Quality is much more important than quantity
Rather than whip off thirty generic emails to any job listing that might be right for you, take the time to craft five quality responses for the five best listings you've found. Write those cover letters, address them to real people, triple-check your message before you send it (so

William Gibson
Someone was wondering about this.

Well, you might try keeping mind that behind whatever mediated projection of “William Gibson” we’re both, in our different ways, complicit in, there’s a guy who once sat on the cold kitchen floor in his bathrobe, trying rather unsuccessfully to squirt disturbingly black fluid down the throat of a small, intensely uncooperative dog. Getting off the grid
Getting off the grid
I enjoyed the most productive couple of hours of work in a coffee shop yesterday. No, this is not another of those tedious paeans to Wi-Fi. The converse, actually: I got work done precisely because I wasn't connected to the internet. Coffee shops ought to sell themselves, not on boundless connectivity, but as places to disconnect from the grid.

Thursday, January 9

AppleCare Document: 24613 Question 3: Why aren't both expansion bays the same size?

Answer: The 5.25-inch expansion bay on the right side of the computer can accommodate either 5.25-inch or 3.5-inch devices. There is a small door that folds back when you insert a 5.25-inch module, such as a CD-ROM drive. The left bay can accommodate only 3.5-inch modules, such as a battery or a floppy disk drive.

AppleCare Document: 30967 New enhancements to the player in version 1.1 include support to play movies designated for any one DVD-Video Region you choose, the ability to play DVD-Videos discs that use the PAL video standard, and the ability to pick up viewing right where you left off in a movie. This last feature will function even when you shut down your system, but you must not eject the disc.

For ideal DVD playback, disable Virtual Memory and set the Energy Saver control panel to maximum performance.

For best results when setting up the PowerBook to show DVD-Video on a television, set the resolution to 720x480 NTSC or 720x576 PAL from the Control Strip.

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Wednesday, January 8

I, Cringely | The Pulpit 5. Meanwhile, China, which will eventually be the largest computer market on earth, will standardize on MIPS processors and Linux, much to the dismay of both Sun and Intel. This bodes well, by the way, for AMD with its new MIPS-based Systems-on-Chip that will be the major component in many of those el cheapo Chinese computers.

Tuesday, January 7

William Gibson
The string he tied
Has been unravelled by years
and the dry weather of trunks
Like a lady's shoestring from the First World War
Its metal ferrules eaten by oxygen
Until they resemble cigarette-ash

William Gibson
Having ridden out the crest of the Sixties in Toronto, aside from a brief, riot-torn spell in the District of Columbia, I met a girl from Vancouver, went off to Europe with her (concentrating on countries with fascist regimes and highly favorable rates of exchange) got married, and moved to British Columbia, where I watched the hot fat of the Sixties congeal as I earned a desultory bachelor's degree in English at UBC.

William Gibson
So, really, the world below, the bridge and its culture, all grew down from that, called into literary being to support what would become Skinner’s room, Chevette’s home, and the core of three novels.

Google Search: macworld
> Safari - Apple's new web browser, which they proudly point out renders
> pages three times faster than MS IE. It's based on the Konqueror open
> source HTML renderer, has a Google search field in the tool bar, and an
> option to block pop-up windows. I've just downloaded the public beta. It
> _is_ fast, and it's the first web browser I've seen that has a good
> bookmark editing system.

Google Search: macworld
rapid adoption of Rendezvous� continues with TiVo, Brother and
Aspyr today announcing new products incorporating Rendezvous
networking. Rendezvous is Apple's innovative networking technology
for automatic discovery and connection of devices over
industry-standard IP networks such as Ethernet and 802.11 wireless
networks. Using Rendezvous, consumer devices such as stereos and
digital video recorders can automatically find and "talk" to any Macs
on their local wired or wireless network, making it possible for users
to stream audio from iTunes® to their home stereo and display
iPhotos on their TVs.

ActiveWindows -- Don't Forget The Debit Card
When you enter the amount withdrawn by a debit card, Quicken suggests that you select EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) in the Num Field's drop-down list to help you keep track of how the money was withdrawn.

Montana Cameras

Monday, January 6

The Droves of Academe But as Mr. Greenblatt tried to demonstrate the warm fuzzy openness of a field long written off for its remote, abstract self-absorption, fear still rumbled under the surface of the convention. Much of it stemmed from the fact that academic presses, the profession?s organ for self-expression?and for anointing the next generation?are in serious danger. Funding cutbacks have taken their predictable toll. Inter-library loan systems now mean that libraries buy single copies of academic books, while professors routinely Xerox course pack materials rather than asking their students to buy expensive volumes. And after decades of steadily increasing expectations about scholarly productivity, there?s a glut of books about the narrowest and most specialized of subjects?books that might professionally appeal to only a small handful of an author?s colleagues. Some presses are cutting their humanities lines, leaving fewer and fewer spots for which prospective scholars must compete.

The Droves of Academe Their friend Tom Harris said that he?d dropped out of the Rutgers program to become a private investigator, a job which he characterized as "involving long periods of boredom punctuated by terror." Mr. Koslow, looking calmer now that most of his beer had disappeared and his tie was looser, agreed with The Observer that this description also applied to the academy, except "there?s less terror, more despair."

Google Search: grokosaurus Microsoft stopped issuing the converter, basically because they could never get it exactly right: the structural differences between Word and WordPerfect mean that there is not enough information in a WordPerfect file to enable a fully correct conversion into Word. However, in versions of Word since Word 98, you have the ability to open a file in "Recover Text from Any File" mode. If you do that to a WordPerfect document (any flavour) you get the whole text out of the thing perfectly. You then need to make a macro to race through and strip the WP formatting commands from the result. You can use many of these commands to apply Word styles, so you end up with a document in Word that is mostly correctly formatted. If you have to do a lot of this, post again and I will show you how to do it.

nothing, and lots of it A year or two ago I read an interview with Groening, and when asked about any regrets he had, he mentioned not delivering on ideas, not completing things he started, and generally leaving good ideas aside until he completely forgot them.

Because in advertising, mendacity and manipulation are raised to the level of internal values for the advertisers. Interruption is seen as a necessary concomitant to marketing. It used to be that a 7- or 8-year-old could read consecutively for an hour or two. But they don’t do that much any more. The habit has been lost. Every seven to 10 minutes a child is interrupted by a commercial on TV. Kids get used to the idea that their interest is there to be broken into. In consequence, they are no longer able to study as well. Their powers of concentration have been reduced by systematic interruption. Add to that our present-day classrooms. Does anybody ever say that one reason our education is in such a blighted mess is that just about all schools now use fluorescent lights? Why? Because they cost a little less. I would say that in the final count of dollars and cents they cost more. What characterizes fluorescent light is that everybody looks 10 percent plainer than they do under incandescent bulbs. Fluorescent tubes offer an unhappy livid light. Skin looks washed out and a bit sickly. If everybody seems uglier than they are normally, why, then, everyone grows a little depressed. They begin to think, what am I doing with all these plain-looking people? Aren’t I worth more?
That contributes to the deterioration of the powers of concentration. Bad architecture, invasive marketing, ubiquitous plastic—these deleterious forces bother me much more than immigration.

"I Am Not For World Empire"
You see, behind flag conservatism is not madness but logic. I’m not in accord with the logic. But it is powerful. From their point of view, America is getting rotten. The entertainment media are loose. They are licentious. The kids are getting to the point where they can’t read, but they sure can screw. Morals are vanishing. The real subtext may be that if America becomes again a military machine that is huge in order to oversee all its new commitments, then American sexual freedom, willy-nilly, will have to go on the back burner. Commitment and dedication will become necessary national values (with all the hypocrisy attendant on that.)

"I Am Not For World Empire"
I don’t think flag conservatives give a real damn about conservative values. They use the words. They certainly use the flag. They love words like “evil.” One of Bush’s worst faults in rhetoric (to dip into that cornucopia) is to use the word “evil” as if it were a button he can touch to increase his power

"I Am Not For World Empire"
NM: I have to redefine the term for myself every day because on its face, we have an oxymoron. But, it does have meaning for me. I think there are elements in the remains of left-wing philosophy (which has not had all that many new ideas for the last 30 years), that are worth maintaining.
AC: Such as?
NM: The idea that a very rich man should not make 4,000 times as much in a year as a poor man. On the other hand, I am not a liberal. The notion that man is a rational creature who arrives at reasonable solutions to knotty problems is much in doubt as far as I’m concerned. Liberalism depends all too much on having an optimistic view of human nature. But the history of the 20th century has not exactly fortified that notion.

Sunday, January 5

Road Penn All of a sudden Mac bolted into the bathroom. He stood there, reading something (I didn't get the reading thing) and Zeke was right there with him. All of a sudden, mid- sentence, he turned and just became a white volcano. Some of the braver ones among us ran into the bathroom for the full Jackass experience.

Saturday, January 4

Books I Highly Recommend Second Chances, (the only longitudinal study about growing up in divorced families and how it affects us over time,) by Judith Wallerstein and Sandra Blakeslee * * * *


You Just Don't Understand; Women and Men in Conversation, by Deborah Tannen


An Anthropologist on Mars, Oliver Sacks * * * *


A Poetry Handbook, Mary Oliver

VirtualPC 6 (MacInTouch Reader Report) Can somebody explain to me why Virtual PC 6 runs so much faster on my 500MHz Tibook with 1GB ram than it does on my 800 MHz iMac with 768Mb ram? I know there's more ram in the book, but come on, the iMac should have a 60% CPU advantage. It runs half as fast on the iMac as it does on my year and a half old PB, way too slow to get any real use out of it. Running 10.2.3 on both machines.

I think the answer to that is likely that the iMac has a significantly smaller L2 cache (256k vs 1mb), and no backside bus. Connectix has stated publicly on numerous occasions that Virtual PC's speed is affected by availablity and size of cache, and the more you have the better off you are. That's why, for instance, Virtual PC performs much better on my 667 (DVI) TiBook (which has an L3 cache) than it does on my roommate's original 667mhz TiBook (which has NO L3 cache).

Infovision Technology - eMac Specifications 256K on-chip level 2 cache at full processor speed

Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome - Scientists have found that exposing the subject to artificial light strong enough to resemble daylight can alter circadian rhythms. The reason that light therapy works as well as it does is that light affects the pineal gland. The pineal gland secretes melatonin which helps us sleep. When light is taken away, the secretion of melatonin increases and we begin to get drowsy. It is thought that in people who have ASPS, the connection between light, the pineal gland, and melatonin secretion is so strong that almost immediately as the sun goes down, melatonin production starts up and the poor ASPS sufferer immediately begins to think that it

Advanced Sleep Phase Syndrome Advanced sleep phase syndrome is a disorder in which the major sleep episode is advanced in relation to the desired clocktime, that results in symptoms of compelling evening sleepiness, an early sleep onset, and an awakening that is earlier than desired.

Pioneer Press | 01/03/2003 | Ventura ends term with veiled threat to media, appoints judges
Gov. Jesse Ventura's final tangle with the Minnesota media ended with a veiled threat that his next pursuit will bring vindication. "As of Monday, you will fear me," he warned reporters at his last news conference today.

Friday, January 3

Yahoo! News - Human Foot Found in Laundry STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Staff at a laundry washing hospital linen found a human foot, a Swedish newspaper said on Friday.

The foot, with painted toenails, was found on December 10 at a commercial laundry in Eskilstuna, west of Stockholm, which washed linen from several hospitals, Eskilstuna-Kuriren said on its Web site.

A local police officer told the newspaper police were waiting for a medical report on the foot and how it had been separated from the leg before deciding whether to open a criminal investigation.

O'Reilly Network: Setting up a Site Server with Jaguar [Aug. 24, 2002] Setting up a Site Server with Jaguar

Shop Talk

Best of the year recommendations from ShopTalk:

So, what media and technology made your lives a little more livable in 2002?

Here are a few of my faves:

When I was Cruel, Elvis Costello (My fave of the year)

Richest Man in Babylon, Thievery (even tho I'm obviously prejudice, I think this is a really great record)

Love in the Time of Science, Emiliana Torrini
(again, I could be prejudiced by the fact that I am MADLY in love with this woman -- ya know, in a way that's entirely healthy and in no way threatens my marriage to my lovely wife -- but I think this too is a wonderful record).

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, The Flaming Lips


Junkbots, Bugbots and Bots on Wheels, Dave Hrynkiw

There are no Electrons! Electronics for Earthlings, Kenn Amdhal
(This book has been recommended for awhile, and after reading it, I know why. It's hysterical! If you have a hard time staying awake through books about electronics, but still want ta basic .edu in the subject, check out this book. If Dave Barry wrote an electronics book, it would look something like this.

Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem
(Incredible. He's the new Don DeLillo. If you haven't read his sci-fi (such as Gun, With Occasional Music), you must. This is just as impressive. This guy's a major talent.

Soldat, Siegfried Knappe
(This is the amazing wartime diaries of a German soldier. Just as Easy Company ended up being at nearly every major engagement in WWII, Knappe was too, from the Nuremberg Rallies to the invasions of France and the Soviet Union to the Battle of Berlin and Hitler's bunker. Really gives you a sense of how an intelligent, worldly, stand-up guy could get sucked into the madness of Hitler's Germany, and then, once it the military, feel duty-bound to follow orders, even as he started to see the insanity of what was going on. Moving. Scary. Enlightening.)

Thursday, January 2

The best week to listen to the radio this year. | Metafilter
the best music i "discovered" this year was the books, songs: ohia, Lambchop, ms. john soda, the constantines, cuff the duke, electric birds, thalia zadek, Detroit Cobras, the von bondies, bright eyes, m. ward, lift to experience, sonny rollins, hochenkeit, and the much talked about Interpol and Wilco. my vote for best label goes to three gut records, which released about a half dozen cds from various genres, everyone of them great and with beautiful packaging.

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"Kick his ass and get the gas" was apparently a bumper sticker issued by the Republican party in California

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Wednesday, January 1

AlterSlash ~ the unofficial SlashDot digest
It took longer for the Ph.Ds to “boot up”, as it were, to become familiar with the development environment, to learn the finer points of C etc. But once that happened, they started outperforming the rest so much that it was not even funny. They delivered faster, their architectures were so much better designed, and their code had far fewer bugs.

Finally, when the product deadlines started slipping, the same Ph. Ds (whose component had less than 1% of all the filed bugs) were put to work to help the others pull their shit together

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The fact was that Spielberg was rejected because USC cinema had nothing to offer him. He was already a talented film maker. He didn’t want to learn the craft, he wanted to direct films. Film school would have done nothing for him.

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