Quote of the Day - All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.
Does "B" Stand for Backup or Blue Screen of Death?You've undoubtedly experienced the dreaded blue screen (yes, the link is safe, it will not [independently] cause the blue screen of death).
Right, as I am sure, you are ready to hit either the print or save button.
Somehow, your computer knows. Deep down inside, it knows when you have finished your masterpiece, and when you are done. Actually, I believe that computers come with a sigh of relief sensor. When it hears you sigh, it crashes.
For me, it has happened just after I finished a brief at 2:30 p.m that has to be filed by 4:30 p.m. later that afternoon. I'm sure you can sympathize.
What can be done to prevent this inevitable misfortune?
Well, there are several things, and most of them start with a "B."
That's "B" for backup. And also for backup. Because not only can the computer itself crash, so can power.
And again, it's a "B" for backup. Not only your files, but also your operating system.
So, where does that leave you?
Here are ten tips:
1. Set your word processor to backup the file you're working on every two minutes.
2. Backup your data files every night on a tape drive. I recommend the grandmother, mother, daughter (a.k.a grandfather, father, son) tape rotation system.
3. Backup your operating system along with your data files.
4. Print out versions of documents you can't do without.
5. Put a power backup on your workstation.
6. And your printer.
7. And your server.
8. And your copy machine.
9 And your fax machine.
10. Finally, and perhaps most important, develop an off-site backup option to restore your computers and data to in the event of a disaster.
Otherwise, don't complain if this is the next thing you see, even if it is just a practical joke.
Technology Outstrips Wiretapping LawThere's an interesting development occurring in the wiretapping arena. There's been a big flap about dialing into an existing conference call as wiretapping.
But is it really wiretapping, asks Becky Dale in the Virginia Lawyer's Weekly?
While it may not be under the strict definition of the rules, it won't take courts long to make it fit. If you're listening in on a conversation where the callers expect it to be private, it sounds like wiretapping to me, even if the law hasn't yet caught up with the technology.
Perhaps it's time to watch where your fingers are dialing.
Bhopal Turns Twenty (Part 2)B>II. Safety Devices Were Inadequate or Turned Off
Moreover, safety standards and maintenance procedures at the plant had been ignored for months prior to the accident. A listing of the defects of the MIC unit runs as follows:
-Gauges measuring temperature and pressure in the various parts of the unit, including the crucial MIC storage tanks, were so notoriously unreliable that workers ignored early signs of trouble;
-The refrigeration unit for keeping MIC at low temperatures (and therefore less likely to undergo overheating and expansion should a contaminant enter the tank) had been shut off for some time;
-The gas scrubber, designed to neutralize any escaping MIC, had been shut off for maintenance. Even had it been operative, post-disaster inquiries revealed, the maximum pressure it could handle was only one-quarter that which was actually reached in the accident;
-The flare tower, designed to burn off MIC escaping from the scrubber, was also turned off, waiting for replacement of a corroded piece of pipe. The tower, however, was inadequately designed for its task, as it was capable of handling only a quarter of the volume of gas released;
-The water curtain, designed to neutralize any remaining gas, was too short to reach the top of the flare tower, from where the MIC was billowing;
-The alarm on storage tank # 610 failed to signal the increase in temperature on the night of the disaster; and,
-MIC storage tank # 610 was filled beyond recommended capacity, and a storage tank which was supposed to be held in reserve for excess MIC already contained the MIC.
To add insult to injury, nobody outside the factory was warned because the safety siren had been turned off.
See Part 3, Wed., 12/8/04
Two Towers, Three Decisions And CountingWill the third time be a charm?
So far, Larry Silverstein is one for one (subscription needed for second link).
The insurance companies have indicated they're going to appeal.
The twin towers decision, that is. The big question in this second trial is the same as the first: were there two occurrences or one?
Yesterday, the second jury answered it soundly: two occurrences, so Silverstein, the owner of the two buildings will be able to collect twice.
Perhaps as much as $7 billion instead of $3.5. Silverstein lost the first trial, and some insurers only have to pay once. Why would some insurers pay once and some pay twice?
That will make for an interesting appeal. The Second Circuit which decided against Silverstein the first time, will be able to decide either way and be justified in doing so.
Hiding Behind The Curtain - It's The Wizard Of OzWhat?
I may not be able to argue in front of a judge anymore? Admittedly, there may be a good reason, but I don't know of one.
What's the matter, can't take the heat?
Judges apparently think they get all they need to know from the lawyer's brief, and don't need attorneys to appear in front of them.
"A waste of time," some judges have said.
But an argument answers questions. Perhaps more important, however, is that argument allows the lawyers to correct the judge's thinking. Certainly judges typically get it right. But frequently, lawyers have to bring a motion for reconsideration to straighten out a judge's ruling.
Very frequently, opposing lawyers agree that the judge got it wrong and the ruling needs to get straightened out. I wouldn't have a problem with the "no argument" rule if judges got it right all the time. But they don't.
That's the problem when you put on a robe. Sometimes it goes to your head.
Deleting Comment SpamMIPTC is getting splogged. No, it's not really a word that I know of. It's certainly not in the dictionary.
But there is plenty of comment spam on the blog posts.
So much so that we took our Dreamweaver kit (that was used to build MIPTC), and developed a weapon.
I can now look at just the comments that are posted everywhere on MIPTC and the two channels. Check the box and hit delete.
So, comment spammers beware. You will be deleted.
The Grinch Stole? Arrest Him.Florida cops are trying to prevent the Grinch from stealing Christmas.
They're looking for Deadbeat dads and moms (audio plays). They don't want kids to go without Christmas presents.
Not everyone who fails to pay is a deadbeat according to some. They simply can't pay without a job, without money and when they're homeless.
New Mexico wants to find these people who are not paying.
Who's right? Both sides. Some dads and moms don't pay, and some can't because they can't afford to, not because they don't want to.
If you want to get toys into kids' hands for the holidays, I know of one sure way: Toys for Tots.
Wireless or Broadband? Dock It, and You May Be WirelessThis is the second in a continuing series of occasional posts about the hardware and software we use at WLF.
I'm writing this post from a tablet computer. In its dock, with a wireless keyboard.
But now, I know what I almost want for Christmas. This keyboard, but with the split, ergonomic configuration. Apparently not made yet.
On the tablet, I've learned that when it's in its dock, I need to disable the wireless connection. Apparently, a computer that has both a wireless and a hard-wired connection to the internet doesn't automatically default to the faster, hard-wired broadband connection.
A really, really dumb design flaw.
So, when I'm docked, I rely on the broadband connection. When the tablet's out of the dock, I have to reconfigure the wireless connection.
Anybody got a batch file?