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January 10th, 2003

pretty warez sites

Hunting down and shooting hacked campus machines where the scr1pt kiddies have set up their pirated software sites is a pretty thankless job (although I've mentioned that I do get a perverse sense of satisfaction out of it, when I'm not depressed at the hundreds upon hundreds of hacked machines on this campus). But at least this one had a pretty cool bit of ASCII art in the banner message.

Although is there such a thing, even fabulously, as a winged unicorn?

Feel free to steal this. I'm sure whoever took it upon themselves to set up the pirate FTP site did.

220-Winblows Update Server Ready...
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on power and age and stuff

Yesterday I went to my first senior management meeting. I'm allowed to go to them now because they selected me as the spokesperson for the middle managers, a role I said I was willing to do but did not campaign for as several of the other middle managers did. I have no idea how or why I was selected; my boss would say only that the discussion was "the most interesting one they've had in a while." Hmm.

The meeting was kind of instructive. I probably will not go to them all, since often they're talking about accounting and budgets and top-level procedure things that aren't of any use to me (or any of the other midmgrs). I was impressed by the politeness of the discussions, and how strictly they held to their own agenda, covering the entire thing in only five minutes more than they had allocated. Nothing was very technical, of course, but I didn't get the impression that the content was "fluff" either; even the parts I didn't quite understand.

But I already wound up on an action item... to take the recommendations of a committee to the midmgr group to get their input, and then return that to the senior management meeting next week. So, more work for me. There's a Dilbert cartoon in which he's promoted to management and then gets taunted by his co-workers. "You're becoming a generalist! Feel the technical details draining out of your skull! Here's a suite of office software in which all the components work together as one!" I'm a little worried about this but in the long path of growing up, I wonder if most people don't just naturally generalize as they get older and become able to integrate more and more things into their world view.

In any event, it didn't suck, I guess.

on the inscrutable poodle

About 90% of the time, Ajay is completely content to lay on the couch next to me and sleep while I work, read, or watch TV. But sometimes, like tonight, he'll dig one of his big rawhide chews out of the box where I keep all his toys, and gnaw on it avidly. Like for an hour or more. What makes him decide that tonight is the night to be active instead of sedentary is beyond me.

It is neat to watch him work on the rawhide, though. He's one of those dogs that really likes to use his paws a lot to hold things, so he will turn the rawhide around in his paws to change the angle of gnawing to best optimize his sawing off slices that he can then chew up and swallow. It's really cool to watch because it makes him look really intelligent.

This fails him, though, when it comes time to play catch, because when he tries to catch a ball, it's with his paws, and without thumbs or palms, it just doesn't work out too well. There's a reason most dogs catch things in their mouths.

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