There’s an essay up at

There’s an essay up at Freshmeat by David Burley from Marblehorse that’s a result of a comment that I made in response to a previous essay, Jacob Moorman’s "The Importance of Non-Developer Supporters in Free Software." Burley’s essay, "Inroads to Free Software Development," is about the challenges of non-developers getting involved with free software. Although I may be a developer (PHP and other web-related languages), I really don’t have any C or Perl (or Python, or Java, or Tcl, etc.) skills that are useful for creating applications. So I see, for now, that my role in free software must be limited to non-technical assistance. But how in the world do I get into these projects? Well, David Burley helps answer that question in his piece. Give it a read.

I’m leavin’ the afternoon of

I’m leavin’ the afternoon of the 7th on a much-needed vacation to Paris. Yay.
My flight leaves Dulles at 7ish, but I’ll be at the airport way early. I want
one of those seats by the fire exit, or maybe the bulkhead. The one where you have
lots of legroom and you’re all by yourself. I want to look out of the window, but
I want an aisle seat. Maybe that will work.

Anyhow, I’ll be there for a week, staying with family friends. I’m just going
for the heck of it. ‘Cuz I want to go to France. My main regret about going is
that I’ll miss the David Gray concert
at Trax on the 10th. I was pretty psyched up
for that. Oh, well.

If I’m feeling frisky, I might take that hellacool chunnel over to London for a day,
too. I figure I’ll do all of the usual touristy stuff, the café thing,
and hopefully spent lots of time just exploring. I’m bringing my ‘blades so that
I can explore in style. I think the part that I’m most excited about is that all of
my stuff (barring the Rollerblades) fits
in a little 1900 cubic inch pack. All that backpacking
taught me a few thiings.

If you need me, you can e-mail me at waldo(at) I’ll be checking that
on the go and ignoring my other accounts. I’ll be back on Wednesday the 14th. See y’all

How random is this? It’s

How random is this?

It’s a mention of me, as best I can tell, in the Romanian version of Computerworld. Anybody read Romanian?

I’ve found some other randomish links. One about the Forbes interview, and that’s also in Romanian (Scroll down ’til you see my name, and continue to see my name appear in the same paragraph as ESRs. That’s so cool…my name appears in the same paragraph as ESR’s! :), and the transcript of an interview that I did while on the AT. (Again, scroll down or search for Waldo.) Oh, and this German guy that has me listed under his favourite quotes.

It’s a weird web. I ask again: Anybody know Romanian?

In Wired.

Wow, it looks like I haven’t touched my site for a while, based on the dates on here. But, in reality, I’ve just been updating my cphack page.

Anyhow, I’ve got a mention and a little quote in Wired. It’s in Elisa Batista’s 2nd-ever article for Wired, "Vendors Overwhelmed by ‘Love’." (Top of the 2nd page of the article. It’s one of a handful of articles on the ILOVEYOU virus that Wired has produced in the past 2 days. I’d just e-mailed a link to Wired:


There's already a patch for Sendmail.

I'm sure Microsoft will have a patch out within the month.



I just wanted them to provide a link to this simple little fix. The phone rang a couple of hours later, and there was Elisa, looking for some quotes. Unfortunately, due to this being an audio interview, the quotes didn’t come out quite right. My mention of became, and my reference to client-side technologies became "client-site." And it looks like I’m insulting Symantec and McAfee, but that’s my fault — those words did come out of my mouth. I like these companies, for the most part. Peter Norton’s snazzy duds suck me in every time.

Anyhow, it’s just another piece where I insult somebody’s product and say how Linux rules. Yup, I’m a opportunist lamer. :)

Eddy Jansson and Matthews Skala’s

Eddy Jansson and Matthews Skala’s
cphack program,
which exposes the serious problems in Mattel‘s
CyberPatrol censorware program, is being cut
off. Mattel has filed a federal lawsuit to get the website shut down. So some of
us have started to mirror that website in
order to keep the program and the information out there. Mattel is only doing this
because they don’t like people to know about the flaws in their program. So
they can shut down the main cphack site, and they’ll probably even shut me down,
but they can’t shut all of us down. Join in — it’s easy. Simply copy the HTML and,
if you’re feeling generous, the 4 source and
binary files
. Upload, advertise the mirror on
Slashdot, and you’re up and running.

For more information, see
and Declan McCullagh’s
article in Wired.

So, I went out to

So, I went out to try and rain on
Microsoft’s parade today, as it’s
their big release date for
Windows 2000.
At FeO2 last night, we made a whole mess of
RedHat 6.1 discs and printed up liner
notes and handbills, as well. We figured we’d go to the stores here in
Charlottesville that would be selling W2K
Office Depot and
Babbages) and hand out flyers and CDs
to people waiting to buy W2K, or people that just looked interested.

Well, we showed up for the game, but our opponents forefited. Staples didn’t
have it — just a few empty promo boxes by the registers. Office Depot said
that they’d sold "a couple copies" — this is at 1:30pm — but
didn’t even have it on display. I had to ask for it. At Babbages, the clerk
didn’t know anything about W2K, but was happy to point me towards RedHat 5.2
in the Office Productivity section. So, we’ve got lots of copies of RedHat
now, which is good, I guess, and W2K is selling quite badly, which is great.
65,000 bugs,
it ought to sell badly.) It wasn’t as satisfying as standing on a street corner,
tossing out CDs and shouting "Linux! Getcher Linux!" But it was

There’s this company,, that

There’s this company,,
that lets people attach advertisements to their outgoing e-mail as a
way of making money. That way, other people — presumably friends and
family — are subjected to ads so that their supposed friend can make money.
This smacks of Tupperware parties and
Amway. So a little note: If anybody,
good friends and close family members included, ever sends me mail with an
ad attached, I’ll block your address at a server-level. (For that matter,
I’ll block your address if you try to get me to buy Tupperware or anything
from a MLM organisation!)

After long last, there appears to be a real Charlottesville news website.

After long last, there appears to be a real Charlottesville news website. We’ve had The Daily Progress‘s extremely weak attempt at a site for about a year now, and The C-Ville Weekly does what they can, I suppose, but it’s not really a news website. And, to be fair, The Cavalier Daily does a bang-up job, but it’s mostly UVa-related. Yep, WINA, 1070AM, has gone on-line. They’ve got a good story selection, not-ugly design, and the site appears to be updated frequently. The downside is that the site is poorly-assembled. No database, no scripting, and what appears to be about 5 advertisers. Worst of all, they’re using Micro~1 Frontpage. Blech. But they’re doing it — they’ve got a solid website — and it kicks the pants off of any other local media offerings. Yay WINA. Now, when they want a manly website, they can come to us.