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a time for change


update: new template + modified settings to allow non-members to comment.

step2 will be an attempt at original banner creation. time to see how rusty my photoshop skills really are...

new books!


...back to back releases from Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin - oh yeah! I'm preparing myself for 2000 pages of raw self-indulgence.



At 15 years old, I was pretty good with computers. I worked as the assistant to a net admin for a multi-branch lumber company. It was good stuff, lots of problem solving - and I already had my own office.

Now a little over a month away from 25 years of age, I'm nearing the mid-point of my final year of law school. I've learned quite a bit, matured at least a little, and lost more than one hair along the way... As a law clerk for a state agency, I see a few interesting issues and a whole lot of mundane regulations cross my desk. I have felt generally appreciated. However, today I was informed that due to space limitations, I would henceforth be SHARING MY GODDAMN CUBICLE...

Now I feel like that strange little guy in the movie Office Space, when they took away his Swingline Stapler...


a subtle indication of my concern, heard by the right ear, has solved the problem - and my dignity restored.

drm or digital intrusion?


Today on slashdot:

Sony's most recent attempt at digital rights management, on it's line of "copy protected" CD's, has been revealed to contain "rootkits" which automatically install registry level security flaws on Windows computers.

It is, in fact, time to be afraid. Rootkit hacks, formerly only associated with serious "malware," are far beyond the reach of the best spyware tools and virus checkers. Installation takes place without notice or consent, and the mere discovery (much less removal) of these cloaked files poses serious difficulties for even skilled IT professionals.

I am frankly shocked that Sony would stoop to this level of illegal and intrusive conduct, and I seriously hope that consumers will repay this violation of trust with a boycott that brings the consumer electronics giant to its knees.

Link to Slashdot Story - (click link "rootkit from Sony Music" for full discussion)

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