April 1st, 2004

run the fuck away

In which I assault you with information...

We'll lead off today with a first: Open Source Hardware. That's right, IBM is opening the design for their Power PC line, so that people can customize it for use in specific systems. Very cool. Build a chip to order.

In the near future, you may stop deleting your email. Google is offering a free email service with enough storage space to hold a decade's worth of email (1GB). Compared with the 2-8MB you get anywhere else- that's amazing. They'll also be offering search features for your email to index and find what you need in that massive pile of data.

RIAA may be having a field day here, but CRIA, it's Canadian cousin get's told that file sharing isn't illegal.

Darth Vader wasn't a bad guy after all- it's the Rebellion that you've got to watch out for.

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Last but not least, astronomers make an important discovery on Mars, perhaps even more earth-shattering than water.

Oh, that explains it...

...still banging on that script- I have had to pull some _nasty_ hacks.

For example, it sometimes decides I'm not logged in anymore. So I actually have to logout and login repeatedly, which is fairly nasty, but it ensures proper function.

Secondly, I found out why I'd get 403/Forbidden responses- Google, quite intelligently, saw rapid requests and screamed "BOT! KILL IT!". Tack a few sleep() commands in however, and all of the sudden your bot looks a heck of alot more like a person.

The download now works properly. The upload should involve maybe ten lines of new code. Damn, I'm cool.

BTW- I didn't touch the script at all yesterday. It's hard to keep this kind of motivation up for a project I'll never use and $25 in cashmonies. Still, I like showing off my sexy geek brain.

In other news, someone uploaded "Black Panther v1" to suprnova. For the uninitiated, BP is a Marvel superhero who... well... think about the name, and then realize that the character appeared in the sixties. ::snicker:: From what I understand, it was much better than DC's attempts at racial diversity.

Speaking of contracts...

I just scored one that pays crap, but is _supposed_ to! Three 600 word articles. Puhleeze. I can bang 600 words out in a matter of minutes. Those of you who read this blog _know_ that.