Monday, September 27, 2004


Crap: back at work

My goodness, what a start:

  • I have a several thousand mails to catch up with at work (OWA does a -lousy- job at filtering spam)
  • The Exchange mailbox is full so I can't send mail before I delete some
  • The company I currently work for, IrisCube, has merged with been bought by another company, Reply.  This weekend Reply migrated my mailbox created an empty mailbox and pointed the domain at the new server
  • To save money they created a SSL certificate using an internal Certification Authority. This certificate is of course not trusted by Internet Explorer so I get a warning every time I to read mail with OWA. Even worse: ActiveSync on my Pocket PC doesn't like the certificate either so I can't sync via GPRS at all
  • One of the really cool features with Exchange 2003 and Outlook 2003; HTTP sync, is broken (problems on the Reply server)

The final issue that pissed me off enough to post: both mailboxes will be active so I receive some mail on the old server and some on the new.


Saturday, September 11, 2004


Crap & Crapability on the road in Italy

There are times I wish StarBucks caught on in Italy as well. Not for the coffee though as nothing beats a real Italian cappuccino!

No, I wish I could find a StarBucks in Italy as well so I could get WiFi access for a decent price 'anywhere'. Seriously: who in their right mind (that pay their own phone bill) spends 6 euro for 1mb of traffic? And that is with my mobile carrier! The costs just skyrockets if you try to use GPRS in roaming.

All this to say that there will be no posts for a week or so unless I find cheap WiFi or an internet cafe.

Maybe I should do some WiFi war driving using Mini Stumbler instead:-? Not sure what the Italian laws is on this. Hope I don't get a prolonged vacation paid for by the Italian state...


Friday, September 10, 2004


On the Crap & Crapability bookshelf: Red Rabbit (Tom Clancy)

What I want to know is; who the heck wrote this book?

The book covers the early CIA days of Jack Ryan and takes place been the Patriot Games and The Hunt for Red October books. The plot is very much Tom Clancy like but it looks to me like he wrote a 15 page summary that was given to a copy writer. The human aspect of the book is not bad but it is very weak in the area that has been the strength of Tom Clancy in the past: technical detail. Several of the characters also behave differently compared to the other books: Greer for example constantly repeats: 'this guy will go far'.

What's the story? Is Tom Clancy getting old or does he need some quick cash to pay his ex. I managed to finish the book but I'm glad I bought it used on eBay.


Thursday, September 9, 2004


Russian bounty hunters should be busy these days

First Putin put up a $10 million reward for anybody that neutralizes the Chechen rebels Aslan Maskhadov and Sjamil Basajev.

Then the Chechens doubled the offer

"We offer an award of $20 million to countries, organizations or individuals who give the Chechen republic active help in detaining the war criminal" Putin. The statement was signed by "the anti-terrorist center of the Chechen Republic".

What will they do when they finish playing Poker? Play Russian roulette?

Wednesday, September 8, 2004


Genesis crashed

Crap! Genesis crashed. Guess several people at NASA are trying to hide after the big media coverage of the event. It would have been way cool if the parachutes had worked and the stunt pilots had recovered Genesis. Shit happens I thought, until I had another look at the mission home page:

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Notice the two different stories?

  • The headline says that Genesis may have crashed due to parachute problems (pretty obvious that it crashed if you ask me)

  • The other story says that the satellite returns in a dramatic capture

I clicked on the Genesis dramatic capture link and I was greeted by a "return: not available" page:

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If there are typos it's because I'm still laughing!

BBC has more info on the rough Genesis touchdown


Crap & Crapability video: Plan 9 from Outer Space

Watched Plan 9 from Outer Space a few days ago. It must be one of the most crap movies ever. One of the actors passed away after shooting a couple of scenes as the "Ghoul Man". What did they do? Shoot the scenes again? No, the chiropractor of the wife of the producer takes over the role and holds the cape in front of his face the whole movie. The only "decent" shot of the "Ghoul Man" is repeated at least 5 times.




A stinking story from Netherlands

Guess it's better to drive with the windows closed and the air condition on in Netherlands. Yahoo reports of Dutchman covered by crap

"It was a nice night ... so he probably opened his window when he stopped at a traffic light, and then -- (it) happened," said Dana Kragten, spokeswoman for police in rural Drenthe province, on Tuesday. "The tank had a small window which burst, probably due to pressure ... The man said he had no time to back away his car or close his window."


Eh... it's black?

What do you say when:

  1. You are white

  2. Your wife is white

  3. You are there, in the hospital, for the big moment, doing your best to not faint

  4. and you see a dark head popping out between the legs of your wife?

Corriere Della Sera  reports the fuckup in an artificial insemination lab where the embryos of a white couple went to a dark couple and vice versa. The white couple got two dark twins but the story doesn't say what happened to the dark couple.


Crap PC fixed!

Thanks to hard work by our technical support personnel:

Crap And Crapability, Cool Or What and egilh are now up and running again.  Let's just hope I don't face the same faith as Sony Executive that had to pay $850.000 for enslavement

I was looking for a simple 5 1/4 adapter for one of me 3 1/2 hard disks but I couldn't find any so I  ended up buying the ViPowER 10LSFU. If it works I'll buy one for the other hard disk as well, do their testimonial and post until the disks get full :-)


Tuesday, September 7, 2004


Crap PC case design!

Ok, I admit it: my 'server' is running the cheapest hardware I could find that gives me the performance I need. I can understand saving money on some high performance design details but the PC case?

I really want to me the guy who designed the PC case of my server. It looked OK enough when I installed the parts but I discovered a major flaw last night when the PC went down hard enough to refuse booting again (which explains why this post is 24h late). I opened the case and started poking around, looking for possible problems when I touched the cause ...

The house still smells burned flesh! I made the mistake of touching the 2 hard disks I have mounted in the 3 1/2 inch bay. (2 HD + 1 floppy) After tending to my hand I had a look at the disks again and discovered that they hard disks are mounted so close to each other that they touch. No air circulation between them at all. That explains why I started having bad sectors earlier this month when I did a major defrag on both disks. They heated up and I got a major hard disk thermal problems on my hands.

Prime PC Case designer: Please bend over and accept two hot hard disk in the rear slot

Friday, September 3, 2004



From ShitBegone, the only toiletpaper with its own blog I know about

ShitBegone is the American dream. A young man from Wisconsin made his way to New York City, the Big Apple. There he set out to forge his own future, making his name in the world of toilet paper. ShitBegone is a journey of discovery, an assertion of responsibility, and an expression of joy. It is the embrace of life. It expresses dedication and hope for a better world, for each individual and for all humanity

The page goes on to cover the finer points of wiping:

Some people crumple them, but the better way is to fold them. When you crumple toilet paper, just like if you crumpled a piece of writing paper, it gets sharp edges and corners. Paper feels smoothest when it is flat

Surprised to see that it doesn't mention the international aspects of toilet paper. A friend of mine works for one the largest toilet paper producers in the world. Over dinner (!) he elaborated on the different toilet paper preferences in different countries; soft versus rougher and textured version for better grip.

Via [Cool Tools]


IBM Recalls shocking laptop power units

Better be careful if you use your IBM ThinkPad on your lap:

IBM said on Thursday it will recall about 553,000 AC power adapters worldwide for several models of its laptop computers because of potential fire and electrical shock hazards
The 56-watt adapters can overheat, cause damage to the circuit board and melt through the case, the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said

Via [Slashdot]

Thursday, September 2, 2004


Windows Media Player 10 and Windows 2003

Microsoft just released the new Windows Media Player 10. At the same time they also released a Preview Release of the Music Download service. The Music Download Press release service says:

In addition to the new U.S.-only service, MSN is also working with industry partners in several international markets to offer music services that meet the specific needs and desires of the consumers in those regions. Through these relationships, an MSN Music offering, built on industry partner technology, is currently available in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Korea and Australia.

So far so good; finally a music download service that can be used from Italy as well. iTunes doesn't want to sell songs to me and Rhapsody requires me to buy a subscription. I had a quick look at Wippit but they have few songs.

Now to the crap part. The Windows Media Player 10 download page doesn't allow me to download the player to my Win2k3 laptop. Using the display all link I managed to find the real download link: It downloaded in no time but the setup only runs on Windows XP.  My trick for working around broken Windows XP software did -not- work :-(

  • Extract the files in mp10setup.exe
  • Right click on the extracted file setup_wm.exe and select "Properties"
  • Select the "Compatibility tab"
  • Enable the option "Run this program in compatibility mode for:"
  • Select "Windows XP"

It takes more than broken software to make me give up, so I decided to download "Hey Ya!" by OutKast  from the online store. I don't have the latest media player but at least I should be able to buy and download songs. Or so I thought. I can select the song but as soon as I click on "Confirm", the site redirects me to the Windows Media Player 10 download page (  Bug or Feature?


Wednesday, September 1, 2004


Sugar free crap

I have a bit of allergy/cold at the moment so I bought some sugar free Halls to feel better. I did a major mistake and left the pack of Halls in from of me while I was debugging a GIS system I'm working on. I went in 'debugging trance' and when I came out of it 30 minutes later there was only one Halls left. Boy did they work, but not in the way I expected. Turns out there is a small writing on the side; un comsumo eccessivo puo avere effetti lassativi. In other words; they're a great laxative

I have to learn to RTFM before I do something.