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On nice, closed numbers

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 10/25/2005 - 09:38
Wouter: I also remember finding it shortly in the future and missing it. It sucks. Anyway, try to be creative: gwolf@mosca:~$ LC_ALL=C date -d '1978-05-06 + 10101 days' Sat Dec 31 00:00:00 CST 2005 Yes, I know this looks like binary but is decimal, but... Well, looks nice :) I think the sanest for me will be to wait ~11 more months: gwolf@mosca:~$ LC_ALL=C date -d '1976-04-27 + 11111 days' Thu Sep 28 00:00:00 CDT 2006
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Conference backgrounds revisited

Submitted by gwolf on Thu, 08/25/2005 - 15:50
Mako: So you thought you couldn't be surpassed Well, you should talk with Nadezhda... As this background image she gave me is still the winner in my book. Erich: IMHO, the problem with your suggestions is that they distract you from both your work and the conference.
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It's not Panama, y'know...

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 08/22/2005 - 10:26
We do have some land between our two oceans! Steinar: It seems you want to travel ~3hr to the beach when you will have a voleyball court just behind the hotel? Hmm...
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Meme time, once again

Submitted by gwolf on Fri, 08/12/2005 - 19:26
Well, what can a honest geek do when he is challenged? My computer geek score is greater than 98% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out! And you? (now, go back to work before anybody notices)
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Needlessly wearing out my keyboard

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 05/18/2005 - 17:45
I have been asked to write the Linux column for Mexico's version of PCMagazine - Definitifely not a deep technical publication, but a magazine that reaches thousands of readers every month - And I have a couple of things to tell them. I hope I can make good use of this space they trusted me. Well, I have been struggling a couple of days with my first article. The title? Bringing security to your network with Linux. A simple topic, specially if it is targeted at relatively newbies - But the requirements had baffled me: 7000 words?! Hell, that's much more than what I expected. I had filled up around 1000 words of senseless, repetititve introduction to the current state of affairs in personal and small-business computer security - Reading my draft only made me cry. It is B-O-R-I-N-G. Then, out of desperation, I re-opened the file where I had taken the notes during my phone interview. 7000 characters. Shit. Scrap it all. Start over. Given the average word length in Spanish, I'll have to write only about a fifth of what I originally thought. Anyway, I just mercilessly erased a couple of hours of work :-/
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What is peje?

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 04/20/2005 - 11:38
Warning: This will make so little sense for most of you non-Mexicans that I'll post in Spanish. Me comentaba mi esposa que se asomó al diccionario de la RAE para averiguar qué significa el apelativo que le dan -aparentemente en tono despectivo- al Jefe de Gobierno del DF, el Peje. Sí, yo sé que el apelativo viene del pejelagarto, pez de su natal Tabasco. Sin embargo, el Diccionario de la RAE nos indica el significado de peje:
peje. (Del lat. piscis). 1. m. pez (vertebrado acuático). 2. m. Hombre astuto, sagaz e industrioso.
...Eso explica algunas cosas, para bien o para mal :)
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New element found!

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 03/30/2005 - 20:04
I tipically oppose reposting this kind of stuff... Today I won't ;-) The heaviest element known to science was recently discovered by investigators at a major U.S. research university. The element, tentatively named Administratium, has no protons or electrons and thus has an atomic number of 0. However, it does have 1 neutron, 125 assistant neutrons, 75 vice neutrons, and 111 assistant vice neutrons. This gives it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by a force that involves the continuous exchange of meson-like particles called morons. Since it has no electrons, Administratium is inert. However, it can be detected chemically as it impedes every reaction it comes in contact with. According to the discoverers, a minute amount of Administratium causes one reaction to take over four days to complete when it would have normally occurred in less than one second. Administratium has a normal half-life of approximately three years, at which time it does not decay, but instead undergoes a reorganization in which assistant neutrons, vice neutrons, and assistant vice neutrons exchange places. Some studies have shown that the atomic mass actually increases after each reorganization. Research at other laboratories indicates that Administratium occurs naturally in the atmosphere. It tends to concentrate at certain points such as government agencies, large corporations, and universities. If can usually be found in the newest, best appointed, and best maintained buildings. Scientists point out that Administratium is known to be toxic at any level of concentration and can easily destroy any productive reaction where it is allowed to accumulate. Attempts are being made to determine how Administratium can be controlled to prevent irreversible damage, but results to date are not promising.
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Meme, meme, meme time! / My language of mine / Driving++

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 01/17/2005 - 10:50
I am 87% loser. What about you? Click here to find out! I am nerdier than 94% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out! What is your weird quotient? Click to find out! So it turns out I am a big loser, a VERY big nerd and quite a weird guy. Does not really surprise me - Well, I feel happy about being that nerdy (and, yes, I answered with the truth) - How the hell did Steve, Alexander, Per-Arne and Martin make it? My hat off to you guys! (OTOH, it should not surprise me having that many über-nerds in Debian ;-) )
Isaac blogged about lack of a way of not using possessives in English, and he says that he thinks that Spanish has the same problem - In theory, yes. In practice, it is even greater. It is very common to hear people say, for example, su mamá de él (his mother of him) instead of simply su mamá (his mother), as there is ambiguity between formal-second-person and third person. Yes, that's a mistake and cannot be tolerated in educated circles - but nevertheless, it is very common.
My [term]coccyx[/term] still hurts badly since last Wednesday's fall. Yesterday I went to have some X-ray shots of my whole column (at US$200, they'd better be worth something!), I'll get them today to a doctor. But at least something good came out of it: I was not in shape to drive there, so Nadezhda took the car for the first time into the wilderness of Mexico City. Congratulations, Cosa! :-D She was so happy and confident she even gave a ride home afterwards to her sister and nieces, who dropped by to visit us.
[friend]ion[/friend]: You are insane - But your ideas rock!
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Forget your keys

Submitted by gwolf on Fri, 01/14/2005 - 16:33
Amaya's post made me remember one of the most stupid, boring, frustrating days of my existence. Yours, at least, doesn't sound _that_ bad. About two years ago, one Saturday morning, the Debianmexico crowd scheduled its first meeting - 10AM, some 20 minutes away from my home. As the only DD in Mexico, it was my task to prepare the material for the meeting. What was I talking about? A simple introduction on making .debs. By then, we were renting the lower half of a small house in San Pedro de los Pinos. The house split was strange: We entered through the street door to a very little garden (about 4 square meters) and a little room (about 5 square meters); to the right there were the stairs to our neighbors' half, to the left there was our apartment door. About 8:30, Nadezhda left - I don't remember what she went to, some course about something... But at about 8:45 the doorbell rang - I thought it was her, forgetting something. I put on my pants and went to open the door. Just after I closed my apartment door, I realized the keys were on the table. And the person outside was not Nadezhda. It was just someone passing by. Well, to make things short, I was stuck. I managed to open the house's window, but there were security bars, and I could not get in. My keys were four meters away from my hands. I was shoeless, moneyless... A neighbor kindly tried to help, but with no luck. Darn... I would have easily traded my five cats for a single chimpanzee able to understand and give me the keys. I was late for my talk - no, wait, I didn't get there at all. And I told Nadezhda we'd meet at her office - She was waiting for me there until she got pissed. Around 18:00 she got home. I spent one of the most stupid, worthless days of my life waiting for her to appear, waiting for my cats to give me the keys.
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Mexican governement and telco against *BSD use?

Submitted by gwolf on Thu, 11/18/2004 - 14:24
This is surprising... It seems that the Mexican government, together with Telmex, our main phone company, have decided not only not to use but to fight *BSD installations everywhere. [update] Some people have told me that I have to be fair... Well, I will. In Mexico, we call diablito (little devil/demon) the unauthorized connections to the electric network - If you are not paying the electricity bill but you still have service, you have a diablito. This phone cards are sponsored by Luz y Fuerza del Centro, the state agency that brings electricity to central Mexico.
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I am flattered!

Submitted by gwolf on Sat, 10/16/2004 - 20:14
You are Amiga OS. Ahead of your time.  You keep a lot of balls in the air.  If only your parents had given you more opportunities to suceed.
Which OS are You?
I have always been an AmigaOS fan... And now the infinite wisdom of Internet tells me it is not just causal.
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