Went to the COPA Commission hearing. Here’s what I saw.

I spent yesterday in Richmond (motto: “Armpit of Virginia”) at
the morning’s sessions for the COPA Commission.
The hearings are actually still going on today, for a total of a day and a half of
testimony and eight panels. Because I have to work,
I could only go for the first two panels, "Client Side Filtering Technologies"
and "Server Side Filtering Techonologies." It was weird, interesting, and fun.
I’m not sure that much was accomplished, though. It was really cool to see how many people
smiled in recognition at "Peacefire"
on my nametag. Bennett and Peacefire have worked for so long fighting against Internet
censorship, but it’s easy to think that you’re in your own little world, not making much
of an impression on your adversaries. So to see how many people were familiar with Peacefire
(and, creepily, me) was exciting. I guess this means that we’re getting somewhere!
If you want to read my full writeup, see it on

Just for kicks, I took

Just for kicks, I took an extremist position and replied to
Pitch Your Tent and
Log On
" (yeah, half of you know where this is going, don’t you?) explaining
that individuals that bring their own technology (GPS, laptop, whatever) into the
great outdoors aren’t missing out on anything. They’re just people that treat technologically-
advanced materials the same as their more simple counterparts. Why carry a map when
you could carry a GPS with a map database in it? Why carry a pencil and paper when
you could carry a laptop? Don’t even try to explain to me why the older things are
better. I’ve done it. I know that sometimes simpler things are better. My point is
just that it’s stupid for people to accuse others of failing to properly appreciate a
wilderness experience for the particular type of technology that they choose to adorn
themselves with. Gore-Tex is really about as advanced as a GPS. Yet one is OK and
the other is not? Anyhow, read my
devil’s advocate letter
and have a laugh. I knew that if I wrote "bullshit" in a letter, Wired would
print it. :)

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)brodie.waldo.net. 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 freshmeat.net became freshmeat.com, 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.