So there’s this organization that I’ve been part of starting, called FeO2. It’s sort of a hacker collective, in the spirit (and footsteps) of notwork, of NYC, and The L0pht, of Boston. I’ll get into more detail about this later, probably through the form of putting up the website. The point of this is that The Daily Progress, Charlottesville’s daily paper, has a story on us today. Now, since the Progress, for no readily apparent reason, doesn’t archive the stories on their site, just check out this archived version. But don’t bookmark it—I’ll move it over to the FeO2 site as soon as it’s up.
The Angle, a University of Virginia (which is here in C’ville, for those who don’t know) on-line publication, apparently ran a story on local music that quoted me. It was in there nearly a year ago — and I just got my very first hit on Waldo.Net as a result. Popular piece. Anyhow, check out the article. (I’m the one referred to as “Waldo Jacobs.” I also like the reference to the Hogwiler Ramblers.) The site that the author refers to in his article is cvillemusic.com which still — yes, still — is not up. But not for lack of working hard on it.
What an incredible woman. I’ll miss her. The Post carried her
Wow, what a cool trip. Because I used a film-based camera, I have to wait
to get the film developed. Also, I didn’t carry a laptop this time, so I have
to type this stuff in. It’s so much easier to just carry a computer. Anyhow,
for the impatient, I didn’t get all the way to the CT border, for logistics reasons.
But I got within spittin’ distance. Kinda. :)
Also, on a random note, I just received an order that I placed from
Bluefly. In case you haven’t heard of ’em,
they’re pretty much your average on-line shopping place. But they have a good
variety of stuff, more than more places. Also, their site is clean and functional,
which is more than I can say for most commerce sites. Anyhow, I though I’d
place a test order to see if they’re any good. They’re not.
It was an easy order: two pairs of boxer briefs (Calvin Klein, button fly, black, if you
must know) and a pillow. I had to get a Ralph Lauren one, because they didn’t carry
anything not fancy-schmancy brand name. I was going to get a pair or two of
jeans, but they only had one size of every type of jeans, and it was always something
like 24/45, or something equally useless.
So, I get a confirmation of my order saying that they’ll be shipped. And, "as
you know," they’re in the process of moving, so my order was to be delayed.
As I know? I had no idea. So the order didn’t come for 12 days. And when it came?
No pillow. The enclosed invoice made no mention of the pillow, nor what they’d be
charging my credit card. So I double-checked my e-mail. No note saying that the
pillow wouldn’t be coming.
So I call them — 877-BLUEFLY. "Sorry, the mailbox that you’ve called is
full. Please call back later, or dial ‘0’ for help." I hung up and called
back, just in case. Same message. So I hit ‘0’. An operator directed me to a
customer service rep. He informed me that they must have been out of pillows.
So why, I asked, didn’t they tell me? He said that they don’t do that. Such a
useful answer. So would I be getting the pillow? Nope, not unless I ordered
again. But how would I know if I’d get it that time? I wouldn’t. See, there’s
really no relationship between something being in stock and appearing on the
website. But I could e-mail them with the exact specifications of the pillow
that I’m looking for, and they’d special-order it. I said that I wanted
something to put my head on, and that perhaps this wasn’t the place to get such
a thing. He offered me 15% off, but I pointed out that would require me placing
another order from them, which wouldn’t be happening.
Moral: Skip Bluefly.
I left at noon to hike from the Hudson River to the Connecticut border along the AT. I’ll have my journal updated when I get back Tuesday, and I’ll also unveil a new databased journal system. It kicks ass. :)
Well, I’ve switched this site over to the new server. It was over at
Community Computing, on an NT box. Although
the hosting situation was great, I certainly don’t feel at home on Windows. So I switched
over to my Linux box here at WAM!,
which seems to be going well. http://waldo.net still goes to CC’s NT
box, but that ought to propagate shortly and fix itself. Now I get to start upgrading everything
to run on PHP and mySQL. Yay!
We’ve been working a lot on
cvillemusic.com. Like, a whole lot. Many late nights
of developing mySQL and PHP.
But after 14 months of work, it’s actually starting to look (and function) really good. But now
we have to be cautious not to rush to the finish line and end up with a poor product. We’re actually
looking for beta testers. Interested?
Also, WAM! has been doing really well. We just bought a bunch of much-needed software. (If anybody
thinks that Indesign is worth getting,
let me know, will ya’?) We’re waiting on the
Ikea 2000 catalogue to order some desks, so we can stop using
these secondhand ones. And, my favourite, we’re getting a
Windows box, just a little
eMachines, so that we can test our pages on it. It’s not like we
don’t already test ’em on Windows machines, but we’d like to be able to test more during
the development process.
Oh, and I’m moving this site over to my Linux box, and not a second too soon. I don’t think
that there will any downtime. I’ll keep the MX records at Red Light,
and just run all of the other services from here. That way I can back this site up with some databasing,
so that I can get the AT journals up to spec.
I saw Beetlejuice again last night. What a great
As if Friday hadn’t been enough, I’m in Wired again. This time, the print version 7.09, the September issue. Actually, it’s just a little letter to the editor. The funny thing is that it doesn’t really apply anymore. The letter, which is about digital phone service, was written a couple of months ago, when I used Intelos. That was before they moved me from unlimited time to a 700-minute plan, with no reduced cost. They just ignored their contract and said that I couldn’t have unlimited anymore. Ungrateful bastards; I spent many, many hours on the phone with their tech support, helping them debug their lousy implementation of CDMA. So, I switched to SunCom, a division of AT&T, with whom I have a dual-mode TDMA / analog phone. My SunCom phone, the Nokia 6162, is not nearly as sexy as my Intelos phone, with whom I have the Sony D-Wave Zuma. I’ve switched to the $20 / month plan at Intelos and given the phone to my father. I couldn’t bear to give it up. :)
Anyhow, that’s the background behind the letter.
So, Max was going to EBay‘s site this morning, and it didn’t come up. He asked me to try. It didn’t work. I did a traceroute, and it pretty much spun out after it got past ebay-2-gw.customer.alter.net. The next machine identified itself as “10.1.2.3”. That didn’t look right. So I did a whois on ARIN‘s site. That IP was registered to the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, presumably making it an unused IP. In any case, it wasn’t EBay’s. So I did a little pinging, and Max did an address scan of EBay’s actual IP range. Of a couple hundred machines, only half-a-dozen replied. (A few gateways, a switch, and one, lonely, machine.) So I e-mailed email@example.com and Adam Penenberg. The phone rang a few minutes later.
Max: Hello? [pause] Um…yeah. Just a minute. [covers mouthpiece] Waldo, it’s James from Wired.
Waldo: Hello? James Glave? Wow. Yeah, sure, I’d be happy to.
So I talked to him, not knowing whether I was being interviewed, or if he was just looking for help on the story. Either way seemed cool. Well, he asked how to spell my name, and I knew that we were in.
And that’s pretty much all there is to it.
Wow, a new Waldo.Net! The old design was put up in January of 1998, 19 months ago, and it looked it. Rather than continue upkeep, I let it go to pot for a bit. Now it looks better than ever, IMHO. This is a preliminary version, run on a WinNT server. (Blech.) Soon, it’ll all be run through MySQL and PHP3, and is be hosted on my own in-office Linux server. What I’m hoping to do is come up with a few different site designs and let the user choose which one interests them. (Or maybe we’ll all read that statement in 6 months and laugh.) Anyhow, let me know what you think of the new look!