usenet

A couple weeks ago AT&T Internet services decided to globally eliminate all binary newsgroups from their newsserver. This was done with absolutely no advance warning (or any after-the-fact announcement either 1), and was ostensibly an effort to eliminate child pornography.  How that excuse justifies blocking access to audio files takes a stretch of imagination, but… Continue reading

migration

Migrating to a new server (so I can take advantage of the new fetures in WordPress and Typo3 that all require updates to PHP and MySQL), I had my ISP move the contents of muZeo to a tilde directory sandbox.  Works OK, except the .htaccess files were confused.  Then, upgrading wordpress from 1.5 to 2.5:… Continue reading

xemacs redoubt

There are so many little and no-so-little programs out there for Mac that enable one to, say, validate a DTD, perform XSL transforms, or even batch rename some files. For some reason, I often find myself trying them out (the latest candidates were Editix, Oxygen, Renamer4Mac, etc.). At the end of the day, I always… Continue reading

palace museum

In November I got an invitation to teach a one-week workshop at the Palace Museum on two diverse subjects: solubility parameters and anoxia.  We decided that the Christmas holiday would be a good fit with Sean’s school and our other work schedules, and Fall is usually nice weather in Taiwan (and that turned out to be true enough: sitting around… Continue reading