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August 31, 2005

There are too many people accessing the Web site at this time

IIS is driving me nuts, because I can't figure out why it keeps limiting my connections. Out of desperation, I have installed MetaEdit 2.2. I'm really struggling with the maximum number of connections allowed by IIS.

IIS on XP is configured by default with Maxconnections set to 10. You can bump it up to 40. MetaEdit will allow you to set it higher, but if you set it to more than 40, then the max connections defaults back down to 10.

The funny thing about the maximum number of connections to IIS is is that, when you think about it, it's really just blasting data through the router in response to an HTTP request, so what really is a "connection" anyway?

Well, as it turns out, with HTTP 1.0, this was initially the plan. That data would be regurgitated through the ubiquitous Port 80 on request. However, it soon became apparent that this was a less than optimal solution. With HTTP 1.1, the Keep-Alive property was introduced. So, between connections, IIS tries to keep the connection alive. Keep-Alive should always be enabled in IIS to improve performance.

Start - Run - Inetmgr. In IIS, find your web site and click on the Properties icon. Under "My Web Site Properties" - "Web Site" tab - Connections, verify that "HTTP Keep-Alives Enabled" is checked. I also set "Connection Timeout" to 300 seconds. I assume that this is the amount of time before the connection is dropped, if you're using "Keep-Alives". Mine was set to 900 seconds, which seemed too long.

I've always suspected that IIS wasn't dropping the connections promptly, and this is probably what was causing it.

Update: I believe that Microsoft has patched IIS 5.1 for XP so that it restricts connections to 10, even though Maxconnections is set to 39. I haven't seen this posted anywhere, but that's what I think has happened. To get around it for now, I turned off "Keep-Alives", and set connection timeout to 10 seconds, which essentially drops a connection as soon as it is established. I'm not sure what this means from a "performance" perspective, but performance wasn't my problem. My problem is that IIS won't allow people to connect to my web site, which sucks.

Update 2: I finally installed Apache under XP and put a bullet in IIS. IIS sucks and should never be used under any circumstances. It's a joke. Apache is simple to use, and a much better web server than IIS.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on August 31, 2005 at 11:39 AM | Permalink

August 30, 2005

Publication of Photographs: Is A Release Required?

Publication of Photographs: Is A Release Required?

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Katrina coverage - Man drops the F-bomb on live TV

Death to the talking heads. Death to the FCC. Power to the people. Here, some average idiot in the street is placating interviewer's insatiable, but predictable, questions about Hurricane Katrina, when, without warning, he drops the F-bomb on the pretentious, elitist, talking-head, sound-bite spiv at Fox.

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Hurricane Katrina: Exposing the stupidity - Part II

They just interviewed the Louisiana Attorney General Charles Foti on Fox News. He was blabbering on about how it's OK for the blacks to be raping New Orleans because they're hungry. Never mind the fact that they're stealing televisions, clothes, and everything else that isn't nailed down.

But I know this criminal Foti. He was Sheriff of Orleans Parish when I used to live in New Orleans. While he was Sheriff, he ran a redlight in his patrol car while he was snot-slinging drunk in the small hours of the morning. This wouldn't be that bad, but some poor b@stard was coming the other way in a cab, and Foti T-boned him, nearly killing the cab driver. Foti, drunk, but uninjured, ran from the scene on foot, and hid in an apartment building.

When his deputy arrived on the scene, Foti convinced him to lie and say that the deputy had been driving. Eventually, the truth bubbled to the surface. Foti ran for re-election the following month, and ...are you ready for this? He won by a landslide. They have a saying in Lousiana that "We don't expect our politicians to be corrupt - we demand it."

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Posted by Peenie Wallie on August 30, 2005 at 7:55 PM : Comments (4) | Permalink

Hurricane Katrina: Exposing the stupidity - Part I

One of the contributing factors to the horrific devastation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is an idiotic law that the casinos must float on, and be built over, the water. It's an absurd law that sets the stage for disasters like this. The mindless talking heads keep bleating that the casinos "crossed Highway 90". Well...yeah. Big surprise there. The casinos are basically pontoon boats, chained in place. When hit with a 20 foot wall of water and 140 mph winds, they broke their moorings and floated across the road. Go figure. It's not like they were brick structures built on a cement slab.

The casinos should be built on cement slabs, and designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Mississippi should change their idiotic laws so that these hundred million dollar casinos don't have to float because:

It's one of the only things NOT regulated by the federal government. It's only a state law, so... change the state law you mindless dolts.

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Updated photos of Hurricane Katrina

Fishing boat 'Luna Sea' rests in detritus left by Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi(pronounced Buh-LUCK-see), Mississippi.

The Kids Quest building sits in the middle of the route 90 next to the Grand Casino in Gulfport, Mississippi.

The Hard Rock Casino, scheduled for its grand opening Sept. 8, is badly damaged.

Shattered residential homes in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Three boats tied together were forced on shore at this marina near Pascagoula, Mississippi.

The Palace Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi lies partially submerged.

Boats damaged by Hurricane Katrina are stacked on top of one another in a New Orleans marina.

A casino barge sits on land across highway 90, in Biloxi, Mississippi.

A section of damaged I-10 bridge in New Orleans.

An oil platform ripped from its mooring in the Gulf of Mexico rests by the shore in Dauphin Island, Alabama.

Large vessels and a container cargo ship carrying automobiles are swept inland in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

A looter carries a bucket of beer out of a grocery store in New Orleans

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The cost of Katrina vs. Camille

I'm going to try to get out in front of the talking heads on this one. I predict that they'll start trying to assess the total cost of the storm, and then they'll compare it to past hurricanes without bothering to factor in inflation. Trust me on this one. The talking heads are mental dwarfs on parade.

Let's take the low-hanging fruit - Hurricane Camille. Hurricane Camille was the worst hurricane to ever make landfall in recorded history. It erased civilization from the Mississippi Coast with tidal surges 22-25 feet above mean tide and 200+ mph winds. It reduced brick hotels to concrete slabs and completely destroyed 6,000+ housing units. Estimates of the damage vary from $1.42 billion to $5 billion dollars.

But those were 1969 dollars, and that was 36 years ago. Because inflation changes the value of the dollar over time, dollar amounts need to be adjusted to compensate for inflation. Dollar amounts that aren't adjusted for inflation are referred to as nominal dollars. Once they're adjusted for inflation, they're real dollars.

So, let's attempt to adjust these dollar amounts for inflation. If we use this Inflation Calculator based on the Consumer Price Index, we see that the $1.42 to $5 billion range of 1969 dollars equates to $7.54 billion to $26.55 billion in 2005 dollars.

However, it's worth noting that this uses the Consumer Price Index, which is an average based on a market basket of economic goods and services. This basket of economic goods such things as hamburger, bread, and asparagus. However, much of the damage from a hurricane is to real estate, not asparagus. So, it might make more sense to use a rate of inflation more closely tied to real estate.

According to this site, the average U.S. home value in 1969 was approximately $26,000.00. In 2005, the average U.S. home value was approximately $260,000.00. So, if the majority of the damage from Hurricane Camille was due to damage to real estate, it is not unreasonable to assume that the damage in today's dollars would be between $14.2 billion to $50 billion dollars.

You can debate the original estimates, the rate of inflation used, etc., but look for the talking heads to ignore the fact that inflation exists. In short order, they'll be claiming that this is the most expensive natural distaster to hit the United States, etc., because Camille was only $1.42 billion, etc.

Katrina may, or may not, end up causing more damage, in terms of U.S. dollars, than Camille did, because the coast is (was) much more developed today, than it was in 1969. But, at least let's try to use "real dollars" when we compare the damage estimates to Camille.

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Hurricane Katrina vs. Camille

Hurricane Camille - August 1969

Hurricane Katrina followed a track eerily similar to the worst hurricane ever to hit the contintent of North America in recorded history - Hurricane Camille. Both made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi river and ravaged the state from one end to the other. We still have heard very little from the three counties on the Mississippi Gulf coast, and I expect the death toll of Mississippians to rise significantly from the current estimate of 80.

Hurricane Katrina was a devastating storm that has left the Gulf Coast without power, water, or fuel from Florida to Louisiana. However, it pales in comparison to Hurricane Camille. Although Hurricane Katrina was a category 5 hurricane in the Gulf, it had weakened to a Category 4 by the time it made landfall. Hurricane Camille made landfall as a Cat 5 with 200 mph winds and a storm surge "22-25 feet above mean tide". It erased civilization from the coast of Mississippi, from one end to the other. Brick hotels were reduced to concrete slabs. 6,000 housing units were totally destroyed. Camille washed ships onto the shore so large, that they were subsequently converted into bars and restaurants.

Although the eye of Katrina sported an impressive 902 millibars of atmospheric pressure over the Gulf, it weakened before making landfall to a Category 4 hurricane before making landfall.

When the Category 4 hurricane made landfall, it had a central pressure of 918 millibars, making it the third most intense tropical cyclone to hit the U.S. since records of hurricane activity were initiated. Hurricane Camille is the second most intense storm at 909 millibars at the time of landfall in 1969. The number one storm is the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 (which occurred before storms were being named) with a landfall central pressure of 892 millibars.

Hurricane Camille was a Category 5 hurricane when it made landfall.

Due to Camille's extreme intensity at landfall, meteorological conditions (winds, tides, pressure...etc.), were impossible to obtain. The National Hurricane Center estimates Camille had sustained winds of 190 mph with gusts in the 210 - 220 mph range. A Transworld oil rig platform tower that was abandoned as the hurricane approached, recorded gusts to 172 mph until failure. It has been estimated that from Biloxi to Gulfport, wind gusts were in excess of 180 mph, while from Long Beach to Waveland, winds likely exceeded 200 mph.

The lowest barometric pressure recorded on land in Camille was 909 mb (26.85) at Bay St. Louis. This is the second lowest barometric pressure ever measured in the United States. Only the 1935 Hurricane produced a lower pressure in the middle Keys of 892 Mb (26.35). Several reports of pressure under 915 Mb (27.00), were reported by survivors near the eye.

Hurricane Camille - August 1969

More images of the wrath of Hurricane Camille.

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Gulf Coast descends into chaos

The levees around New Orleans have been breached, and the city is beginning to flood. The rising floodwaters have forced lethargic criminals from their dens, like Formosan termites, swarming on a still summer night. These subsidized vermin have emerged from obscurity to loot and pillage the city, setting fire to warehouses and homes.

As the city deteriorates into anarchy, the U.S. Army National Guard has moved into the city in a belated attempt to restore order. Unfortunately, they're a day late and a dollar short. Although New Orleans initially managed to duck the worst of Katrina, critical mistakes in the immediate aftermath of the storm allowed conditions to deteriorate exponentially.

The situation on the coast is out of control. There are an unknown number of deaths. Millions are currently without electricity, potable water, and air conditioning. Fuel is practically non-existent on the coast. The relief efforts currently underway are negligible.

Critical Mistakes:

We are facing a full-scale disaster, Bush is relaxing at his ranch in Crawford, and our National Guard troops are stuck in a desert half way around the globe. This is the kind of tragedy that fuels civil wars. The president would be wise to wake up and attempt to gain control of the situation.

Update: Bush did come to his senses and decide to cut his vacation short today, something he should have done yesterday, but better late than never. Look for Bush to dispatch troops to the ravaged areas of the gulf coast promptly.

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August 29, 2005

Hurricane Katrina did not hit Bye-Lock-See

Hurricane Katrina did not hit the city of Bye-LOCK-see, Mississippi. It DID hit the town of Buh-LUCK-see, Mississippi. It's spelled Biloxi. It's pronounced Buh-LUCK-see. Please, Dear God, get it right. These talking heads on television make me sick. Is it too much to ask someone that lives there how to pronounce the name of their town? Isn't it elitist, pretentious, and presumptious to just guess at the pronunciation of a place you're reporting from? Biloxi was the name of an indian tribe that our forefathers so proudly annihilated. Please learn how to pronounce it.

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Hurricane Katrina kills 50+ people in Harrison County

Fox news just reported that "an emergency official has confirmed to the Associated Press that there have been 50 hurricane related deaths in Mississippi's Harrison County". Most of the deaths happened in this collapsed 30 unit Sadler Apartment complex, and the collapse an adjacent 100 unit condominium complex.

Jim Pollard, spokesman for the Harrison County emergency operations center, said 50 people were killed by Katrina in his county, with the bulk of the deaths at an apartment complex in Biloxi. Three other people were killed by falling trees in Mississippi and two died in a traffic accident in Alabama, authorities said.

30-unit Sadler Apartment complex leveled in Biloxi, Mississippi(pronounced "buh-LUX-ee").

Man stands on former site of the 30-unit Sadler Apartment complex in Biloxi, Mississippi(pronounced "buh-LUX-ee").

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Hurricane Katrina photos (more)

Cars buried under collapsed building walls in New Orleans.

Clothing store in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Gulfport police rescue woman from rubble of collapsed apartment.

This drilling platfrom broke loose from somewhere out in the Gulf of Mexico and got stuck underneath the Cochrane Bridge in Mobile, Alabama.

Evacuating people from their rooftops via boats in a New Orleans suburb.

Powerlines are down in Gretna, Louisiana, a gross suburb of New Orleans on the West Bank.

This building in downtown New Orleans lost a lot of glass.

The Hyatt Hotel in New Orleans didn't fare too well in the storm.

A TV station lost its broadcasting tower in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Towboat and shipyard workers walk away from the Mobile Bay after an oil rig tore free of its moorings as Hurricane Katrina lashed the Alabama coast.

Submerged I-10 sign new New Orleans.

An overturned car in New Orleans, with Superdome in the background.

Canal Street, which used to be a canal a hundred years ago, is now littered with debris.

Yahoo News - Hurricane and Tropical Storm images

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Latest Katrina photos

A man wades through floodwaters on Rampart Street in New Orleans.

Katrina shreds an American flag in New Orleans.

From F. Daniel, Navarre, Fla.: You are looking over the Intercoastal Waterway toward the Gulf. ... Wind (was) gusting up to 70 mph but overall, the weather was not that bad. ... (There) is a boat named the Island Belle that is sitting in someone's front yard.

Flooded parking lot in Mobile, Alabama.

Curtains dangle from windows blown out by high winds Monday at the downtown Hyatt Regency hotel in New Orleans. The hotel's guests rode out the storm in windowless conference rooms.

Severely damaged building near Vieux Carre in New Orleans.

Debris from a collapsed building covers several vehicles in downtown New Orleans on Monday.

New Orleans police, temporarily unable to shake-down and murder innocent citizens, abandon their patrol car on Canal Street.

People peek out of a doorway to look at a car crushed by the front of a building in downtown New Orleans.

Firefighters launch a boat into Katrina floodwaters at Pascagoula, Mississippi.

A Red Cross truck sits flooded with other vehicles in front of a hotel just off Interstate 10 in Pascagoula, Miss.

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Hurricane Katrina photos, updates

Update: Hurricane Katrina is tracking straight up the Pearl River, headed for capital of Mississippi.

Vehicle flooded by hurricane storm surge waters on Alabama coast.

Ford truck with generator navigating storm waters on Gulf coast.

Photos of Superdome with leaking, compromised roof.

Windows are blown out of a downtown New Orleans office complex.

Leeves Compromised, Flooding Begins: C. Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans reports on MSNBC that "numerous fires" and "building collapses" have been reported around the city. Levee system in the 9th ward has been breeched and water is spilling over.

Hurricane damage on the North shore of Lake Ponchartrain.

Flooding on a street in uptown New Orleans.

Hurricane Katrina pushed this boat onto Highway 90 in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Katrina, closely following Camille's path in 1969, slammed into the Mississippi gulf coast. Downgraded to Category 3 with winds at 125 mph. Link to NOAA Hurricane Loop. However, this hurricane doens't come close to the destruction of Hurricane Camille. Camille beached ocean-going container ships. Camille beached ships that could not be returned to the ocean and, as a result, were subsequently converted into bars and restaurants.

Debris from fallen building covers vehicles in downtown New Orleans.

Superdome roof is ripped and leaking. Hurricane Katrina ripped two holes in the curved roof of the Louisiana Superdome, each about 15 to 20 feet long and 4 to 5 feet wide, as thousands of storm refugees huddled inside Monday.

Superdome and government emergency officials stressed that they did not expect the huge roof to fail because of the relatively small breaches,

Damage to a building in Gulfport Mississippi.

People fleeing New Orleans before Katrina.

Michelle Malkin has a roundup of links.

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Katrina skirts New Orelans - Slams Mississippi Coast

Photos of Superdome with leaking, compromised roof.

Windows are blown out of a downtown New Orleans office complex.

Leeves Compromised, Flooding Begins: C. Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans reports on MSNBC that "numerous fires" and "building collapses" have been reported around the city. Levee system in the 9th ward has been breeched and water is spilling over.

Hurricane damage on the North shore of Lake Ponchartrain.

Flooding on a street in uptown New Orleans.

Hurricane Katrina, closely following Camille's path in 1969, slammed into the Mississippi gulf coast. Downgraded to Category 3 with winds at 125 mph. Link to NOAA Hurricane Loop.

Debris from fallen building covers vehicles in downtown New Orleans.

Superdome roof is ripped and leaking. Hurricane Katrina ripped two holes in the curved roof of the Louisiana Superdome, each about 15 to 20 feet long and 4 to 5 feet wide, as thousands of storm refugees huddled inside Monday.

Superdome and government emergency officials stressed that they did not expect the huge roof to fail because of the relatively small breaches,

Damage to a building in Gulfport Mississippi.

People fleeing New Orleans before Katrina.

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August 28, 2005

Hurricane Katrina upgraded to Category 5

Hurricane Katrina has been upgraded to Category 5 with hurricane force winds extending 105 miles out from the eye. The maximum sustained winds are now reportedly at 175 miles per hour. Millions flee coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. This one looks like it's going to be nearly as vicious as Hurricane Camille in '69. Here's a link to the NOAA hurricane loop showing Katrina's massive size and well-defined eye.

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August 27, 2005

Hurricane Katrina bears down on New Orleans

New Orleans is in grave danger from Hurricane Katrina. If the levees break, the entire city will be washed away. Keep in mind that the entire city is below sea level. It's so low that they bury people above ground. When it rains, they have to pump water out of the storm sewers up into the river or into Lake Ponchartrain. If the pumps can't keep up with the flooding, then the city will drown. Larry Stanley was one of the men responsible for putting together New Orlean's hurricane plan. When I asked him what he would do, he told me "I'm on the first plane out of here."

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August 26, 2005

U.S. Mint steals gold coins worth millions from citizen

The U.S. Mint robbed a U.S. citizen of 10 double eagle gold coins worth approximately $79,000,000.00. The coins are so rare that a single 1933 double eagle gold coin auctioned by Sotheby's in 2002 went for $7.59 million dollars, the most ever paid for a coin. Upon learning of the existence of the 10 coins, the U.S. mint asked to authenticate them, then confiscated them and stashed them in Fort Knox. The legitimate owners are suing the mint for the return of their coins.

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Men are smarter than women

They're now reporting that men are smarter than women. There's a big surprise. Next they'll be reporting that women can't drive.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on August 26, 2005 at 3:05 AM : Comments (0) | Permalink

August 25, 2005

Flocks of robotic seagulls will soon be spying on U.S. citizens

The Air Force has the University of Florida developing a companion to the Predator and Global Hawk drones, a shape-shifting robotic seagull.

"The plane is a step toward tiny military drones that can soar over cities and dive between buildings to shoot surveillance photos, test for chemical or biological weapons or perform other tasks."

Yikes. An Air Force seagull-bot drone designed to fly though alleys and parking garages, spy on innocent citizens, and perform other duties as assigned. Hmmm. How should I feel about this? Are droids subject to the Posse Comitatus? (Bird flies overheard)...I, for one, welcome our new Gull-bot Overlords.

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AOL Sucks

When I tried to cancel my AOL account last year, AOL actually refused to cancel the account. I couldn't believe it. They kept trying to convince me to change my mind and I was like "We are not having this conversation. Close my account and stop billing me." They wouldn't ever agree to close my account so I finally hung up on them. It took me about a week to get my account closed. Apparently, I wasn't the only one they were treating this way.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on August 25, 2005 at 1:22 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

Hawaii caps gasoline prices

Following a long line of other communist countries, the socialist republik of Hawaii has set price controls on gasoline. Price controls are the foundation of socialist economic theory. They certainly worked well in the former republic of the Soviet Union. Stay tuned for long lines of people at gas stations and gasonline shortages. Aloha.

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August 24, 2005

Mike Lane's accident site

After talking to Park County Search and Rescue tonight, I think that the following happened:

Mike came up from the Middle Fork of the Swan River and drove South-West on a closed trail following the contintental divide for a few hundred yards. He then drove down (off-trail) into a basin/bowl on the South side, but was unable to make it back up the divide. When he was turning around, he got cross-ways on the hill and it started rolling. (I photoshopped in the path I'm guestimating he took in a purple/pink color.)

I believe he was in a basin above Gibson Lake (below Whale Peak). However, you can't drive to Gibson Lake. It's a hiking trail. So, if he was truly above Gibson Lake, I'm not clear how the Gecko Jeep Club would have gotten his jeep out without a helicopter, as it's only a foot-path going up to the lake. Unless they winched it back up and across the divide?

I don't really give a rats @ss that he went "off trail". The soil up there isn't fertile enough to grow bushes, and I always see the most flowers on the sides of the trails anyway. So, please don't flame me for pointing out that he went "off trail". I think it's sad he's gone. I just wanted to point out, for the record, exactly how the accident occurred so that none of us will make the same mistakes Mike did. He was, by all accounts, an excellent driver.

I still plan to drive up to the top of the divide and look down to shoot some images of the bowl from above.

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August 23, 2005

Outlook Error Message: The operation cannot be performed because the message has been changed

I'm getting error messages lately from MS Outlook. I've noticed the folliwng errors so far:
1. When I try to send a reply to an email, when Outlook attempts the send, I get the error message "The operation cannot be performed because the message has been changed."
2. When I receive an email into my inbox, the incoming message plays twice,about with the second message starting about 2 nanoseconds after the first message so I hear this eerie echo effect to the incoming mail message.
3. When I click on the little incoming email notification popup link in the lower right hand corner, I get a message like "link failed" or something.

So, Outlook is definitely hosed. Possibly I need to do something to my Outlook mail folders. From this site, I decided to try running "Help - Detect and Repair", but it's prompting me for some SKU011.CAB file, which I can't find anywhere. I HATE MicroSoft. Bill gates should have his skin peeled like a grape and be dipped in turpentine.


So, I performed the registry edit described here, in hopes of making the dreaded SKU011.CAB error message go away. Went back into Outlook, clicked on Help - Detect and Repair.

Now, I get a different error message. Bill Gates - may the fleas of a thousand camels infest your arm pits. Message is:

Error 1311: Source File Not Found. E2561410.CAB.

I found the E2561410.CAB file here.

etc., etc.,
until it got to ZD561402.CAB, which i couldn't find at this url. So, I decided to give up for the night. I despise MicroSoft more than I can say. And,it isn't because I don't have the installation disks. I have them. It's that MicroSoft sucks so bad, that, even though you do a full-on complete never-bother-me-again install, they still want to prompt you for the installation disks and for files that aren't even on them. MICROSOFT SUCKS A$$!!!! I pray you rot in H3ll, Bill Gates. May you rot in H3ll.

Update: Rebooting the server fixed the problem. (For now, anyway.)

Posted by Peenie Wallie on August 23, 2005 at 9:18 PM : Comments (4) | Permalink

Computer Stupidities

People are always saying things related to computers that betray an obscene level of technological confusion. For instance, my daughter explained to her friends that "My daddy works for computers". When I asked someone for her email address, she explained that "We don't have email here at work. They haven't brought it to us. They're delivering it this afternoon." Someone else recently said "I am installing an ethernet port on my harddrive..." If you find these comments amusing, you may want to check out Computer Stupidities.

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August 22, 2005

RIP Mike Lane

Five years ago, on August 12th, 2000, my neighbor Mike Lane lost his life 4 wheeling on the continental divide. As best as I can tell, he was riding on or near Whale Peak or Glacier Peak and went off trail to drive into a bowl somewhere above Gibson Lake. He was trying to drive up out of the bowl, but the ascent was too steep, and, after making several attempts to get the jeep to ascend the hill, the jeep cartwheeled off the face of the continental divide and "rolled for nearly 1/4 mile and was almost completely disintegrated". A hiker witnessed the event, but was unable to save him. Park County Search and Rescue had to string a 1200 foot rope to get him out. A local tree-hugger named Dick Reese intially trivialized Mike's death by claiming that "The scars left on the fragile mountain tundra may be there for decades". Fortunately, Dick was promptly and justly humiliated and castigated for for his heartless indifference to Mike's tragic demise.

It's odd going back and researching this tragic accident. Googling is almost useless in this case, as it occurred 5 years ago, and most of the links I found were broken. I have re-created broken links to the story using the Wayback Machine.

Mike is gone, but not forgotten. Rest in peace, Mike.

Update: I'm trying to determine exactly where Mike was when the accident occurred, and exactly what happened. By all accounts, he was an experienced off-road enthusiast, so I'd like to learn as much from this accident as possible, as I find myself riding on the same trails. If anyone has information about exactly where and how the accident occurred, please post comments. I've included a USGS topographical map of the general vicinity below.

Update 2: I've identified Mike Lane's Accident Site.

(Click on photo below to enlarge.)

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Anyone But Hillary 2008

Are you sick and tired of seeing the Kerry stickers on the Subarus of the unwashed tree-huggers? Don't get mad. Get even. Be the first on your block to get an "Anyone But Hillary 2008" bumpersticker.

Posted by Peenie Wallie on August 22, 2005 at 6:08 PM : Comments (0) | Permalink

August 21, 2005

Jennifer - Summer 2005

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August 20, 2005

S.O.B. Hill

The drive from the Middle Fork of the Swan River across Georgia Pass and down into into Jefferson, Colorado would be a cake walk if it weren't for S.O.B. Hill. S.O.B. Hill, also known as "Rocker Knocker" is short, but brutal stretch of boulder-strewn path. I wouldn't refer to it as a road really. It's roughly equivalent to the Spring Creek trail(Family Fun Trail) in Clear Creek County.

If you don't know where your differentials are, the rocks will smash them open for you like an Otter eating a Abalone. This trail is rated "VDL" (Vehicle Damage Likely). Don't try it alone. Don't try it without a winch. I've seen people drive up it and make it look easy, but I'm reasonably sure that you could build a few jeeps from the parts that have been knocked off of rigs attempting the hill.

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Georgia Pass

Georgia Pass isn't very well marked. You get there by turning North at Jefferson, Colorado. Go about two miles to where the paved road ends. The signs steer the city slickers to Jefferson Lake and entry-level tree-hugger campsites to the right. You just keep straight on. About a mile on the right you'll see a sign for the Georgia Pass Ranch. Turn right . Then, it's about nine miles to the top of Georgia Pass. It's basically a gravel road that you should be able to drive a rental car up without any problem.

Going down(North) from Georgia Pass, you have a couple of options. You can hit the South Fork or the Middle Fork of the Swan River. Be forewarned, however, if you go down to the Middle Fork of the Swan River, you have to go down "S.O.B. Hill", also known as the "Rocker Knocker". This is an advanced expert-only 4wd trail. If you don't know where your differentials are, S.O.B. Hill will feed them to you.

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ATV flips climbing St. Mary's Glacier

Here's some photos from when my ATV flipped over backward last year. I was climbing up St. Mary's glacier right about tree line, and it came over backwards on me. Fortunately, it got caught in a little tree. If it had missed the tree, it would have cartwheeled down the mountain for a few hundred feet.

More photos of accident posted in extended entry.

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August 19, 2005

Polaris bites the dust

This one isn't pretty. It's resting in the Colorado Rocky Mountains of Summit County, in a bowl off of a spur from the Middle Fork of Swan River. This is what an ATV looks like when you're climbing straight up the face of a mountain, it rolls over backwards, and then cartwheels down the mountain. Looks to be a total loss. You might could possibly salvage the engine I guess. Hopefully the owner is still among the living.

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Radical Jeep Hill

I went over Webster Pass last night, then up Radical Jeep Hill. Radical Jeep Hill is not all that difficult, if it's open. It's snowed in most of the year as is Webster Pass. In the summer, the snow lingers for a long time on the south side of the continental divide. The last time I tried to climb Radical Jeep hill was in the middle of July and it was buried in snow. My guess is that it opened some time in August.

Radical Jeep Hill gets a little hairy right at the top. It's steep and rocky, but only about medium difficulty. After that, I went down the Middle Fork of the Swan River. I was going to try to make Georgia Pass, but it got dark before I found the turn off to Georgia Pass. I did find a couple of guys around a campfire, too wasted to communicate. I learned of a Polaris ATV that had caterwalled down the mountain, disintegrating in the process. I'm keen to go up there and photograph it, as I'm led to believe it was a total loss. Hopefully the rider survived.

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August 18, 2005

Our court system is a joke

Man puts sign in his front yard that reads "Our court system is a joke" Judge has him shackled and incarcerated. Citizen resorts to drinking toilet water before he is released. So much for freedom of speech.

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August 16, 2005

Red Cone

FYI, I'm headed up 285 toward Kenosha Pass, where I will park and attempt to summit Red Cone Mountain (12,801 feet), follow the continental divide along Webster Pass, and return. (My neighbor died on this route five years ago. His jeep fell a few thousand feet, separating the frame from the jeep and the engine from the frame.) I may attempt to hit Georgia Pass, if daylight permits. I'm assuming that Webster pass is open, as there was still a significant accumulation of ice on the south side of the pass in July. I'll post a photo when I make it back tonight(before midnight MDT).

Update: I made it back alive (9:30 p.m. MDT). I've updated my 2005 ATV video with my new images from the ATV trailride over Red Cone Mountain and Webster Pass.

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He who would like to have something he never had

He who would like to have something he never had, will have to do something very well that he hasn't done yet. - Unknown

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August 15, 2005

Hacking a Proxy Server

A student in our class today hacked a hole out through the firewall of a proxy server pool for the training class. The training was set up so that all of the students in class connecting to one proxy server in a proxy server pool. The PC's that we're using were locked down pretty well. They're running Windows 2000, and you can't get out to the internet at all. We don't have administrator priveleges, and can't install software.

All we can do is connect to Citrix Winframe farm, which is essentially a specialized Terminal Services connection. When we sign onto the remote proxy server, we have internet access from the remote server, but still dont' have administrator priveleges, and can't install software. They were, however, able to email the windows terminal service files and retrieve them using a web mail client to download and execute them on the proxy server. From the Proxy server, they established a terminal services connection to a home server. So, they effectively established a daisy-chain of proxy servers running terminal services, which allowed them to control a third server from the classroom.

It seems like a lot of work just to hack out though. I would think it would be fairly easy to recover the administrator passwords on any of the computers if anyone was so inclined. You should be able to configure the PC to boot from the CD ROM or 3 1/2" floppy drive. Then, recover the passwords with a free password recovery utility.

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Summer's Death Rattle

Fall is just around the corner. Here's some cool photos that people took of the fall colors in the Colorado Rockies.

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August 13, 2005

The September 11th Records

Here's a link to all of the accounts taken from firefighters on the scene of the 9/11 disaster in NYC. Also includes mp3 audio files from the fire department dispatch centers in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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August 12, 2005

Pensacola Beach

I was shocked when I drove out to Pensacola Beach today. I knew they'd been hit by Hurricane Ivan last year, and then again by Hurricane Dennis this year, I just didn't realize how badly Santa Rosa Island was hammered. Basically, it looks like Hiroshima in September of 1945, or the city of Nanking, China after the Japanese raped it in 1937. OK, so I'm exaggerating a little, but it's bad.

Like, pretty much every sign is bent or broken. Most of the homes on the island were seriously damaged or demolished. They've been plagued by a shortage of pretty much everything, from electricity to gas to plywood. The toll road onto Pensacola Beach has been opened and the toll has been suspended.

A gas station on the beach where I filled up yesterday had a sign that read "We now have gas", which kind of gives you some insight into how bad things have been.

The sides of the roads are all piled high with debris from the storm. Decks, trees, and various random detritus from some vicious hurricanes. The odd thing is that there doesn't appear to be much construction going on. Just a lot of roofs covered with blue tarps, boarded up windows, and houses conspicuously missing walls.

Front end loaders scurry reluctantly down the soft sand shoulders. But people are either waiting on checks from their insurance company, or trying to decide if they'll rebuild at all, I guess. It's a big mess out there.

The Flora-Bama was severely damaged, as was Peg Leg Pete's and Bamboo Willies. The 7-11 I used to get slurpees at is basically demolished. The two beach cottages where I spent my summers growing up are both total losses and will probably be razed.

I'll post some of my photos when I get a chance. In the mean time, here are some links to photos of Pensacola Beach after Hurricane Ivan(04) and Hurricane Dennis(05).

Hurricane Ivan aerial photos

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The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

There's a movie playing here locally in Gulf Breeze, Florida called The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. Apparently, some guy out in San Francisco discovered a ferral colony of parrots living on or near Telegraph Hill, and spent some time feeding them, studying them, and subsequently wrote a book about the birds and his quest for meaning in life. The book has apparently been made into a movie, and I don't know jack about it, but it got 3 stars out of 4 in the Pensacola News Journal.

The true story of a Bohemian St. Francis and his relationship with a flock of wild parrots. Mark Bittner, a former street musician in San Francisco, fallis in with the flock as he searches for meaning in his life.

I didn't know there were wild parrots in San Francisco, but there were countless wild parrots in Austin. It was cool to see them flying around, as their plumage is somewhat brighter than your average sparrow. If anyone has seen this movie, please post comments.
Update: You can download the movie trailer here.

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Pensacola Beach

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August 10, 2005

Swimming Holes

I googled for the Merit Water Park and found a pretty cool website that has some local swimming holes documented. The swimming hole in Merit, Mississippi is WAY off the beaten path. Not sure how they discovered that one. But it is a cool swimming hole. The website covers many U.S. states and parts of Canada as well.

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August 8, 2005

Canadian Victoria Cross winner Ernest (Smoky) Smith, dies

Ernest (Smoky) Smith was as tough as nails. Rest in peace, Smoky.

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Ibrahim Ferrer of Buena Vista Social Club

I remember sitting in a nightclub in Havana one evening and just being totally blown away by the music. I'd lived in New Orleans, and I'd occassionally find myself in Preservation Hall or some little dive off of Bourbon street when you'd walk by and think "man...who is that guy on the trumpet?" and stop in for a hour or so. So I was really surprised to be sitting in Havana, listening to music that was so familiar.

What I learned was that, before Fidel drummed out that criminal Batitista, the cities of New Orleans, Key West, and Havana had been inextricably linked in this fusion of jazz-afro-caribbean music.

Ibrahim Ferrer was a classic starving artist. He'd sung his whole life in obscurity, fronting for traditional Cuban polyrhythmic "son" bands. I'm not sure what he did when he wasn't singing, but you have to do something to keep the local CDR(Committee the Defense of the Revolution) man at bay. I've seen people refilling disposable lighters for a peso, if that gives you an idea what it's like down there.

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August 7, 2005


I'm going on vacation for a week, so blogging will be taking a back seat until I get back.

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Russian sub rescued

The 7 sailors trapped on the bottom of the ocean off the Kamchatka Peninsula have been rescued. The San Jose Mercury news has more details.

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August 6, 2005

Russian sub snared by submarine monitoring antenna

7 Russian sailors are in grave peril, trapped under 625 feet under water off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Far East. Ironically, their submarine is described as a "rescue submarine".

Although the Russians initially claimed their submarine was snared by "fishing nets", they are now admitting that it is ensnared by an "undersea military antenna", part of a larger "coastal monitoring system" Russia operates to track American subs.

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August 5, 2005

US Police to aim for lethal "head shots"

Say Anything is covering a Reuters story indicating the an international police organization has urged U.S. police to aim for the head when shooting at people acting suspiciously. Brilliant. We saw how well this plan worked when British police nurdered an innocent citizen and then lied to cover their tracks. The problem with the shoot-first-ask-questions-later policy is, that, if police do start shooting to kill people that might be terrorists, they'll kill far more innocent citizens than the terrorists ever would. Besides, the police don't have a stellar record to begin with. I'm not just aching to give them more power.

In the final analysis, I think this is a case where the cure is worse than the disease.

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August 4, 2005

Field Guide to North American Melungeons

I was watching the "I-Can't-Believe-He-Killed-Her-Channel" the other night and they were talking about the Melungeons of the Appalachian Mountains. Somehow, I had managaged to struggle through my insular existence up to this point blissfully unaware of their existence. Apparently, this group of people was living in the Appalachian mountains when the European settlers of North America migrated westward through the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia, they discovered a mongrelized race of European people already living there, but thoroughly mixed through miscegenation. There's actually a Field Guide to the Melungeons. Pretty wild. It wasn't in any of my history books, I can assure you of that.

Update: Apparently, another group of people known as the Ginger Kids, is sheer fiction. I saw it on SouthPark, so I figured it had to be true, but, as it turns out, Wikipedia claims it's fictitious. The International Ginger Kid Foundation(IGKF) is funny, but fictitious.

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Air France Flight 358 Airbus A340 crashes and burns in Toronto

Get a load of this guy walking across a field away from a burning plane with his suitcase. Reminds me of Michael Douglas in Falling Down.

After aborting their first landing attempt, the geniuses decided to try again and, in a raging thunderstorm with lightning, high winds, rain, hail, and a potential for wind shear and microbursts, attempted to land an Airbus A340 at Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Somehow, they managed to overshoot the runway, landing about halfway down the runway on 24L, west of D2.

The plane landed going 140 knots, and left the end of the runway going 84 knots. The plane traveled about 200 meters before breaking apart and burning in a ravine just shy of Highway 401, Canada's busiest highway.

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Mind The Bombs - Game of suicide bombers in the Tubes of London

The Sun is reporting a new video game where the goal is to stop suicide bombers from blowing up the subway trains in the London Tube. Predictably, Mind the Bombs has caused a sensation in London. I personally think the game sucks. Suicide Bomber is much more fun.

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August 3, 2005

Master Card requiring fingerprints for credit card transactions?

I recently ordered some ATV tires through RPM Motorsports and had them put them on my ATV. I showed up to pay for everything in the pouring down rain. Four hundred eight dollars and fifty six cents. OK. Fine. Swipe the credit card. Showed my photo ID. Signed the transaction. Good enough, right? Wrong. They wanted my fingerprints on the recepit. I'm like "Well, that's not going to happen." They're like - "Then you can't have your ATV back". I'm like "I'm not a criminal. I'm not giving you my fingerprints. You can fark off."

I know MasterCard stipulates certain conditions to their "merchants" when they assign a "merchant id" to a business. Like, for instance, the business can't have a "minimum charge amount" for a credit card purchase. And, they can't charge you more for using a credit card, than if you paid by cash or check. If a business does this, you can report them to MasterCard, and they'll revoke their merchant id. At least, in theory, any way.

So, I called MasterCard, but I got transferred around a lot and no one really was able to answer my question, as to whether this was actually against MasterCard's policy or not. However, when I searched for it on the web, everybody and their brother seemed to think requiring a fingerprint to verify a credit card transaction is the greatest idea since sliced bread. The only debate seems to be centered around which is the fastest, cheapest way to collect, finerprints, store them, and turn them over to the police.

Turns out that Jefferson County, Colorado thinks it's a great idea. Like - has the whole world gone mad? Do people not see the obvious potential for abuse?

On their web page explaing how to prevent fraudulent charges, Mastercard does not recommend collecting fingerprints. This Merchange Abuse page appears to imply that the following are violations of their merchant agreements:

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August 2, 2005

Jihad Jane - The Age of Treason

Hanoi Jane is at it again. Not content with her treasonous actions during the Vietnam War, Jane Fonda is now taking her show on the road with a bus tour to protest our involvement in the Iraq war. Michelle Malkin reports that TigerHawk likes Jihad Jane better than Hanoi Jane. Fonda was infamous for visting North Vietnam during Vietnam War and posing on the seat of a Russian anti-aircraft gun. Well, it looks like the soldiers in Tikrit, Iraq are holding her "regular seat" for her. (Hat Tip: The Donovan)

Thanks to http://www.1stcavmedic.com/jane_fonda.htm for Jane Fonda's Mug Shot.

Update: Welcome Instapundit viewers!

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August 1, 2005

High School "Sex Map"

This is pretty wild. It's a graph of sexual relationships based on the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a 1995 survey of students at an unidentified Midwestern high school.

The study was detailed in a recent issue of the American Journal of Sociology. Peter Bearman of Columbia University and Katherine Stovel of the University of Washington participated in the research.

Click on the chart above to see a funny video someone created from the graph.

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Carlton Draught Big Ad

This "Big Ad" for Carlton Draught is pretty cool.

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New Orleans cop puts a hit on innocent citizen

This is the kind of story that really gives you an idea of the corruption in The Big Easy. It's in the news because one of the cops involved in the New Orleans Police Death squad, Len Davis, is up for sentencing, yet again.

In 1994, Len Davis, a corrupt black New Orleans cop, was under surveillance by the FBI. Davis was taking bribes from coke dealers to protect their cocaine shipments with uniformed police in marked squad cars.

Kim Groves was targeted for assassination because she reported an incident to Internal Affairs where Davis' partner Sammie Williams pistol-whipped an innocent teenager. Internal Affairs was so corrupt, they outed confidential informant Kim Groves to Davis on the same day she filed the complaint. Once he knew her identity, the uniformed police offer ordered a local drug dealer to kill Groves. The FBI, eavesdropping on the conversation, waited until she was murdered before they stepped in. Nice.

The FBI sting resulted in the conviction of 11 police officers. In other words, they barely scratched the corruption.
The same year, a NOPD officer killed a man suspected of breaking into his apartment.

The next year, in 1995, Antoinette Frank, a black female NOPD police officer, along with her accomplice Rogers Lacaze, robbed an oriental restaurant in New Orleans while in uniform and on duty, executing the two siblings that were operating the restaurant. But what do you expect from a state where the governor was gunned down in the state capitol?

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Awesome wipeout video

This video shows lots of painful wipeouts on skateboards, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, and trucks and several stunts gone wrong.

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The Demise of the Cent sign

This is sort of funny. Over the years, the cent sign went away, and I never even noticed. Doh!

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