Archive for August, 2004

When acronyms go bad (yet again)

Wednesday, August 25th, 2004

RITPO (Resources Information Technology Program Office) is an IT automation agency that is a branch of Tricare, the medical services branch of the Defense Department.  We are working on a project for them and they have configured a server for us to unleash our software upon.  Thusly, they have combined ...

Spam of Oz

Thursday, August 19th, 2004

Sometimes interesting quotes turn up in odd places.  A spam email that somehow escaped my email client's junk filter had this text in the body of the email after the pitch about Vigra: "But a boy takes everything as a matter of course. As the tree of knowledge sprouts and expands ...

Doubting Thomas

Wednesday, August 18th, 2004

In our web application for DESC, we had to build in a "rules of behavior" page that users are forced to look at before they can log in to the system.  On this page are declared the rules under which the users should conduct themselves when using DOD systems such ...

Puzzle hell

Monday, August 16th, 2004

When the company was asked by Josh for potential interview questions for the Junior Systems Admin position, Sean replied with these evil puzzles: Question 1: There are two candles that can light for exactly 60 minutes. You can light the candles from either end, but each candle is not evenly made so you can't ...

good quote

Monday, August 16th, 2004

"The mind commands the body, and it obeys instantly; the mind commands itself, and is resisted." - St. Augustine (354-430)

Get your thesis here

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004

A link of the day for computer geeks: http://www.cs.purdue.edu/homes/dec/essay.topic.generator.html

Phrase of the day

Monday, August 9th, 2004

"Salmonella Salsa" (n) The name of a concoction comprising mostly of salmonella typhimurium.  Term coined by the Rajneeshee Cult in 1984 in their attempts to sway a local election by poisoning the voters as they ate in restaurants. Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain a.k.a. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Text ripped from http://hem.passagen.se/jan.olofsson/biowarfare/history/rajneeshee.html: "As the summer ...

The defense of acronyms

Monday, August 9th, 2004

Back in 1999 when I started at BKA, I began to experience how people in the federal government speak.  It is pretty well known how acronym-heavy the Department of Defense is. If there is such a thing as an acronym email filter that works like a spam filter, it would have ...

Schmeetime stories

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

Part of our nightly rituals, no different from all other parents, is to read to Iris before she goes to bed. During these readings, Iris seems to concentrate on the books, swimming in the images and words. She even helps to turn the pages (with some effort on ...

Link of the week

Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

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