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A collection of opinions, rants and writings by a grouchy old cynic. Any facts contained within are accidental. Feedback should be addressed to grouch at edge-op dot org. (Spam bots should have trouble with that, you shouldn't). Except where noted, all writings are my own. Commercial use is expressly prohibited without prior written approval. This includes, but is not limited to, copying to any personal website for which you receive any monetary compensation for click-throughs, counters, referrals or any other means. Duplication for distribution in Adobe PDF format is explicitly prohibited. (PDF does not belong on the web; it's a proprietary format. It's also owned by the company responsible for the arrest of Dmitry Sklyarov under the DMCA. See The Electronic Frontier Foundation .)

As for personal use, hey, go for it, I hope it helps somehow.

Just to start this off right . . .

I will not order goods or services from any website which presents any Microsoft software to the Internet. There is ample evidence in the news that such software is insecure, untrustworthy and easy prey to vandals of all skill levels. There are even commercial websites out there still running MS Windows 98, fer chrissakes! What kind of lame-brain leaves their customers' data that exposed?

So far, I have managed to get by with only 3 exceptions to this rule. Alternatives have been found for 2 of those. I'm still searching for an alternative, online or brick-and-mortar, for the 3rd.

Linux related:

The Debian Developers dedicate Debian 2.2 to Joel 'Espy' Klecker

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"As I always say, people who know Windows *don't* know about computers and operating systems - what they've learned is an arbitrary set of Microsoft abstractions that are subject to change by fiat and have little to do with what the computer is really doing." -- Les Bell

Microsoft's security chief uses Firefox
Shouldn't you?


Some scripts and things I've written to satisfy my laziness. Maybe some of them will help you, too.

I hesitated about letting anybody see these things, but it was pointed out to me that (a) someone with a problem one of these scripts will solve doesn't care about the "elegance" or lack thereof, (b) someone looking for examples probably wants simple ones, and (c) those wanting more elegant solutions can write their own.

There is NO WARRANTY of any kind, either expressed or implied. Use these at your own risk. If you don't edit them, they will most likely damage something.

If the Patriot Act is patriotic, then war is peace, slavery is freedom, ignorance is strength,
and George Orwell was off by 20 years.


Vanity (some of my stuff scattered on the web):

<tomas> Toddler Property Rules:
<tomas>     * If I like it, it's mine.
<tomas>     * If it's in my hand, it's mine.
<tomas>     * If I can take it from you, it's mine.
<tomas>     * If I used it a while ago, it's mine.
<tomas>     * If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
<tomas>     * If I was thinking about using it in the future, it's mine
<tomas>     * If I am doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
<tomas>     * If it looks like mine, it's mine.
<tomas>     * If I think it's mine, it's mine
<tomas>     * If I ... Sorry, wrong file. I got Darl McBrides business plan. 

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