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1 March 1999

Cerebus: "Something's wrong."
Astoria: "To be sure...the widest imaginable shifting of political forces in the shortest possible time with the maximum degree of impact on the greatest number of individuals could, with some justification, be summed up as 'Something's wrong.' Might one inquire as to how you arrived at so strikingly insightful an observation?"
Cerebus: "No one brought Cerebus his breakfast."
-- Cerebus: High Society by Dave Sim

Sorry 'bout the lack of updates, I've been out getting a life. :)

Yes, yes, yes:

  • All IT workers want is time off [CNN]
    ...many workers would rather get the time than the money. "We've seen people walk away from significant bonuses rather than deal with the continued stress of long hours."

    But no one is going to balance work and life for you. "You have to determine what is important -- whether it's your boss or some customer that says, 'How dare you not spend 20 hours of extra time on my problem?'"

Even the Gartner Group is starting to be openly skeptical about whether Microsoft can deliver anything close to what it's promising:

  • Many users won't need Windows 2000 [CNN]
    Gartner will not recommend Windows 2000 to its clients until at least the release of the first service pack. ...[probably] sometime in 2001.

    Gartner will not recommend WinCE to its clients either, because of its incompatibility with other Microsoft applications

This has to be one of the strangest shows I've ever seen:

It took me a bit to twig that it was a parody of crap daytime shows, because it looked so much like an actual crap daytime show. For a parody it didn't improve much on watching the real thing. Why spend that much energy (not to mention money) devotedly imitating horrible, horrible TV? Yuck.

Very silly:

  • Security Alert: Bug found in GNU acronym [Gnudist, seen on Slashdot]
    "The stack problems that are endemic in the computer industry today are a direct result of the widespread adoption of English as the language of choice," said one Dothead. "English is a fine tool for low-level descriptions and expository writing, but it offers too many inconsistencies and is far too unstable to use in production environments. It's time to move to languages like Esperanto that feature built-in stack protection."

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