This is a document I cobbled together when I started
hosting my own website about a year ago. It borrows heavily from
the expertise of others. I attempt to give credit and links where
appropriate. Some people have asked me about starting their own
web server. I recommend paying someone else to host it remotely,
instead of setting up your own web server for a variety of reasons:
However, if you're not disuaded by the above logic, I have some
notes you may find useful. The reason I wanted to set up my own
website was that, I already had a high speed internet service provided,
and scads of disk space on my PC that wasn't being used. So, I didn't
see the need to write someone else a check every month and beg for
more diskspace, when I had so much that was unused. Also, IIS is
delivered for free with Windows XP, so I realized that I already
had all the software I needed.
"Jump Start" Perl under
XP and IIS
'Adding a Simple Quote Generator
To Your Web Page' or 'How To Configure Windows XP Pro Service Pack
2, IIS 5.1, and Dreamweaver MX to use Perl Scripts at 4:37 a.m.'
I'm running Windows XP Pro (Service Pack 2) with
IIS 5.1 using DreamWeaver to host my own website locally. I wanted
to add a "simple" random quote generator to my web page.
However, this is a little be more complicated than anything I've
tried to set up using Dreamweaver to date. Up to this point, I've
been basically serving up bland HTML web pages to the servile masses,
but I figured nothing ventured nothing gained and I was off to the
To read the remainder of the technical walkthrough,
click here for a detailed explanation of
how to jump start Perl under XP and IIS.
Posted on 01/17/05. Permalink.
Bud and Alice's Silver Anniversary
Bud and Alice were married on January 7th, 1980.
Tonight, they stumbled into a Suprise Party for their Silver Anniversary
at Bob and Vaunne's. Lynn dressed up like Father Guido Sarducci
and hosted a moch wedding. Ray played the 12 string and sang. These
are the kind of neighbors that you dream about having. Congratulations,
Bud & Alice. Here's to another 25 years in Peaceful Hills!
This slideshow above was put together from a collection
of old family photos surreptiously smuggled out of the house by
Kate. I think the best picture in the lot may be the one of Kate
sitting in the field ambushing doves with a 20 gauge. Click on the
photo above to download the slideshow. Click here
if you need help.
The slideshow above has some shots taken from Bud
& Alice's party tonight. Also, some stock I shot in the Rocky
Mountains last summer, because I didn't get enough decent images
of the party. I love my Canon EOS 20D, but the flash leaves much
to be desired. If I had any cash, I'd get an externally mounted
flash. Click on the photo above to download the slideshow. Click
here if you
Posted on 01/15/05. Permalink.
Updates to My Timelapse Hack
Last weekend, I shot a timelapse over a couple
of hours, huddled down in the Eagle's Nest at Land's End, shuddering
in the shadows like a housewife that just received a well-deserved
pummeling. Somehow, the dew managed to condense on my lens a bit,
so if you see a UFO in the video hovering over San Francisco Bay,
it's probably just condensation on the lens. I'm not part of some
government conspiracy. (I tried to get in on it, but I procrastinated
too long to submit my resume to the NSA and, by the time they got
my resume, the only position left was "TSA Exit Guard - GS7".
Those are the guys that make sure you don't go into the secure areas
of the airport through the airport exits. And how boring is that
job?) Anyhoo, the SF part has some redeeming value. Cool to watch
the cargo container ship come through the Golden Gate and get intercepted
by the Harbor Pilot and escorted into Oakland. (The Golden Gate
is the name of the narrow strait that is the entrance to the San
Francisco Bay. The bridge was named for the channel over which it
was built.) Click on the photo above to download and view the 9
meg file timelapse4.wmv which can be viewed with Windows Media Player.
Posted on 01/14/05. Permalink.
Defense Department Plans Camp 6: Franz Kafka Surrenders
In the classic Kafka book "The
Trial", a man is charged with a crime, but the crime is
so secret, that it cannot be revealed to him. So the man must attempt
to present a defense, although he is never sure of what crime he
has been charged. Even in his most compelling, paranoid, macabre
novel, Kafka fell short of envisioning the machinery of Guantanamo
The Pentagon and the CIA have asked the White House
to prepare prisons for lifetime imprisonment of people that have
never been charged with any crimes. The Defense Department plans
to build "Camp
6" with your tax dollars to house hundreds of people in
perpetuity, that will never have a trial, never speak to an attorney,
and never be charged with a crime.
'That's OK.' You figure. 'They're terrorists, and
I'm not a terrorist, so it doesn't affect me.' and you go back to
your reality TV show while eating Doritos on the couch.
Who says you're not a terrorist? What's a terrorist?
What about Eco-Terrorists? Do you own guns? Do you question the
government? Do you drive an SUV? Remember, once you get tossed into
these modern-day Con
Son Island Tiger cages down in the Black Hole of Guantanamo
Bay, you have no means to communicate with the outside world. There's
no way to prove you're not a terrorist, once you're swallowed by
And just in case you need a little geography lesson,
Guantanamo Bay is in Cuba, an island nation that your government
won't even allow you to visit.
So you may want to hit pause on the Tivo and ask
yourself - are you more afraid of a couple of muslims, or a government
that's just been handed a license to erase people from the face
of the earth?
from Abu Ghraib - These photos seem relevant because, although
no cameras are allowed inside Guantanamo Bay, these show U.S. soldiers
actions against people "presumed to be guilty", without
the benefit of even a show trial.
US Said to Mull Lifetime Terror-Suspect Detentions
from 'The Trial' by Franz Kafka
Held For Four years on 'Secret Evidence'
Posted on 01/02/05. Permalink.
NTSB Pleas Fall on Deaf Ears at the FAA and Department
of Homeland Insecurity
The NTSB is responsible for, among other things,
making air travel safer in the U.S. They have a list of issues that
they feel should be corrected in commercial aircraft, based on previous
aviation mortality. However, the FAA, which is responsible for telling
the regulating the commerical airlines, has a slightly different
charter. Their goal is to keep the planes flying. So, they basically
look at the NTSB recommendations, say they'll cost too much to implement,
and keep the birds in the air. It's a classic example of "agency
capture", whereby a government bureaucracy becomes a puppet
of the industry it's charged with regulating. The FAA is deep in
the pockets of the commercial airlines, and they basically ignore
what the NTSB recommends.
Most Wanted Transportation Safety Improvements
Somehow, the Fear Mongers at the Department of
Homeland Insecurity have decided we need to install missile defense
systems on all 6,800 commercial airlines in the U.S., at a projected
cost of around $10 billion. This would be a collosal waste of money
and cost untold number of lives. It is not unreasonable to assume
that there is a limit to amount of money to spend to save lives
in the United States. Even if we run massive deficits and tax people
up to 100% of their income, there is some theoretical ceiling to
the funds that can be collected and spent. Therefore, it makes sense
to spend those dollars wisely, so that the greatest number of lives
can be saved.
The number of people in the United States is roughly
290 million people. Heart disease kills 700,00 people a year. Flu
and Pneumonia kill 60,000 a year. Alzheimer's Disease kills 50,000
In 2001, when more people died in aircraft related
accidents in the United States than ever before in the history of
aviation, 918 people died in plane crashes. More people choked to
death (3,021) and more people drowned (3,281) than died in plane
crashes. Nor is this likely to change. It isn't like gangs of muslims
will suddenly begin assembling outside the airports with shoulder
fired missiles, shooting down a third of the commercial fleet.
Heart disease and Alzheimer's related deaths rarely
make headlines, unless they affect someone very well-know, like
Ronald Reagan. Although these deaths aren't as fascinaing or as
titilating as plane crashes, the people are just as dead, and every
dollar that is spent on James Bond missile defense systems of commercial
airliners, in direct opposition to the government agency charged
with making travel safer, means less money spent on curing the known
scourge that afflicts our population, and countless premature deaths.
It's my understanding that one of the findings
of the Nuremberg Trials that an organ of the state didn't have to
directly cause deaths to be guiltly. If they could reasonably expect
that their actions would result in the deaths of innocent people,
then they were guilty as well.
Insecurity Decides to Equip Commercial Fleet with Missile Defense
discussion on probability and outcome of missile attack on commercial
for Disease Control - Custom Mortality Queries
Causes of Death in U.S., All races, all sexes, all ages
of dying in any given year
Posted on 01/01/05. Permalink.
Airplanes, Lasers, and Terrorists....Oh My!
I’m not convinced that potential terrorists
are painting planes with lasers, primarily, because I
don’t see any particular value in doing so.
If a “terrorist” wanted to “terrorize”,
planes seem somewhat passé. Historically, terrorists have
shown a propensity to diversify in their objectives and attack softer
Because people are not searched when they board
trains, buses, subways, and elevators, these other targets are much
softer. In the Middle East, terrorists routinely detonate bombs
on buses, in malls, or in outdoor cafes. In Russia, they recently
successfully detonated a bomb at the screening point outside a rock
concert. So, all of these, in theory, would work to achieve the
terrorists goals, if their goals are to “terrorize”
and gain recognition for a particular cause.
If, on the other hand, they really feel compelled
to bring down an airplane, in no way, would that goal involve lasers.
It’s not like there are shoulder fired missiles and rocket
propelled grenades available for sale in the United States. That’s
not reality based thinking. If someone offers to sell you a shoulder
fired weapon, I can guarantee you that it is a federal agent running
a reverse sting.
Besides, the height and speed of the jets during
approach and takeoff is well documented, and readily apparent. So,
for the terrorists to go around all over the country, pointing laser
lights at planes, to calibrate their speed or altitude would not
make logical sense. Plus, it would obviously serve to compromise
Finally, keep in mind that every Muslim in the
country has been interviewed, interrogated, exported, or deemed
an “illegal combatant” and incarcerated deep in the
bowels of Camp X-Ray down at Gitmo. I know because I have Muslim
friends. They’re all too scared to answer the phone when it
rings. So, to believe that there’s suddenly this broad conspiracy
all over the country where terrorists are acting in a coordinated
manner and shooting laser beams at planes that somehow the CIA,
FBI, TSA, State, County, and City authorities all are blissfully
unaware of, seems very remote indeed.
My theory is that it is either:
(a) reflected sunlight (remember, the sun is blinding
if you look directly at it, or if it is deflected into your eyes),
coupled with mass hysteria or
(b) possibly a government ruse along the lines of Operation
Northwoods or MK
Ultra or other government
projects attacking U.S. citizens.
Nothing else makes any sense. Unfortunately, we’ve
allowed the TSA to operate behind a wall of secrecy, so, in all
likelihood, we’ll never know the true cause of these “incidents”.
Certainly, the investigation(s) into this phenomenon by the alphabet
soup agencies (FAA, NTSB, TSA) will not be open to public scrutiny.
Posted on 01/01/05. Permalink.
Archives - 2004_12
Archives - 2004
Free Software That You Should Be Running On Your Computer
Use this browser instead of Internet Explorer due to the known,
documented security problems with Internet Explorer that make
you computer vulnerable.
AVG anti-virus software from Grisoft
(download the free version).
AdAware privacy software from LavaSoft.
Helps get spyware off of your PC.
Search and Destroy privacy software from SpyBot.
Helps get spyware off of your PC.
Starter software from CodeStuff.
This lets you control what programs launch automatically when
you fire up your PC.
image viewer. I use this mainly for resizing pictures in batch.
You can resize all images in a folder, for instance.