Hil-ariousness

This is just too funny. Microsoft just launched a new Internet Explorer Security Newsgroup. 4 years too late!!!

The comments posted are just too funny. Here are a few choice ones:

“This blog is a great metaphor for how well Microsoft understands the full implications of everything it does. ”

“I found a security flaw where IE accidentally loses massive amounts of market share every time I launch it.”

” Hi, can you make IE as secure as firefox?

Shouldn’t be too hard right, since you guys have like 30 billion dollars? … and mozilla has … 2 … million?

Thanks.”

(link via waxy)

Crain – Speed

So I got my 25 advanced copies of the new Crain Speed LP on CD the other day. The official release date is April 5, 2005.

I was completely blown away by how good the CD sounds. John Golden took the original 8-track tapes and remastered them. The sound is full, wide, and for lack of a better word…rocking!

I set up a web site at CrainSpeed.com that has all the details. There are a few downloads of the new tracks too! Check it out.

I still have a hard time believing that 13 years after the original record was released, there is still enough interest to make something like this happen. Thanks to Jeremy and Temporary Residence for spearheading this project!

Le Bien, Le Mal

The bad news is that my Forum got borked during my recent server move. The good news is that I reinstalled it from scratch.

The bad news is Louisville is playing Marquette tonight, who always finds a way to beat them. The good news is, Lousiville is up 13 at the half.

The bad news is I was getting pounded by referrer spam in my visitor logs. The good news is I found a method of using .htaccess to stop the spammers cold and waste their own bandwidth.

New Kids on the Block

Let’s give a big welcome to Chris and Chris, two guys I work with, who recently started blogging at the urging of yours truly. It took a while for them to come around, but they finally saw the geek light, got their domain names, and established camp on the World Wide Web (on yours truly’s server).

Elsewhere, I heard the other day that the re-release of Speed, the first record by Crain, the band I was in back in 89-92, is ready to go. I set up a site for the occasion at CrainSpeed.com, where there will soon be some of the remastered tracks available for download. I am supposed to be getting some advanced copies of the discs soon. They put three unreleased songs on there too, and it allegedly sounds excellent!

And how about them Looeyville Cards?

Firefox Flourishes

Firefox Downloads
This image (borrowed from Asa) shows us the number of times Firefox has been downloaded over the last two weeks. As Asa speculates in his post on why the spike around New Years occured, it all seems to be attributed to yours truly. Well, maybe.

It’s good to see Thunderbird taking flight as well, with over 2,000,000 downloads since it was released last month. Go smart people, go!

And for those non-smart people remaining, check out the latest “Extremely Critical” Internet Explorer flaw and think about changing your browser.

Welcome to 2005

We just got back from a 5 day weekend in Louisville. Gray had a ball with my parents, running around their carpeted house like a madman, and they seemed to have had an equally sized ball with him. We took an afternoon and went to the zoo, where Gray was more interested in the melting snow and puddles of water than the animals, but you can’t blame a 19 month old for that.

The highlight of the trip for me also turned out to be the lowlight. My dad pulled some strings and found someone with an extra ticket to the UofL basketball game on Thursday night. After scouring eBay for three days with no luck finding tickets, I was elated to have a chance to go to the game.

Now, you might think that the lowlight was because the Cardinals lost, but they didn’t. The lowlight was because when I got to the parking lot at Freedom Hall, the ticket was no longer in my pocket. I never found it. It fell out somewhere between where Alicia and I ate dinner, got coffee, and the car. I even went back and looked. So close was I, and yet, so far.

I got to see my buddy Simon, whom I have known since I was 4, which was good. Alicia and I went to the Kentucky flea market, a huge, 1800 booth indoor event at the fairgrounds, and ran into Joey Mudd, which was cool. He and I used to go there a lot, and somehow I had a feeling I would see him.

At the flea market, I picked up some great deals on Magic: The Gathering cards. Yes, in case you didn’t know, I am that kind of geek too.

I will post a new photo gallery up here soon, with pics from Christmas in Charlotte and New Years in Louisville. For now, just use yer imagination.