I have my computer at home setup so that when I'm online, I'm at redpoint.dyn.ml.org This is using the free dynamic DNS project at www.ml.org, a great project! You can (when I'm online) ftp, telnet, or surf there. Soon I'll setup a page for this, with more information about it. Next on the list of projects is to setup diald, which is a linux program to keep you online when you want basically. You can set times when it keeps you online, and if you are offline and try to connect to the net, it dials in and connects for you, then disconnects after a certain time period. Also I want to get procmail setup to d/l my mail to my local server, where I can do that mail thing with it. Re-doing my web page is also on the list.
Any other computer based news..... oh yea. I killed IE4b2 off my system... because of this:
When I selected all my cache files (trying to save disk space), with CTRL-A, I watched the status bar, and it counted the files it was selecting, and also calculated the disk space they were using. A cute feature, but on a P75 with 16 megs ram, taking 20 seconds to select 1000 or so files is too long. So I switched directories.... and watched the number of files count down, and the disk space count down!!! I reselected the files in my cache dir, and it did the same thing. I deleted the files and it sucked so much CPU power doing the calculating for "disk space freed" that it crashed the computer!
Let me repeat that in case you don't understand. IE4b2's explorer calculates the number of files it selects as well as calculating the space used by each in every operation! If you don't get it, just take my word for it that this is a slooooooow way of doing things, and (obviously) a crappy one. Another example of Microsoft shafting the user with a cutesy upgrade that just slows down the computer more.
Speaking of which, have people forgotten that computers are for work? What about people who aren't netting (is this a new word? should I copywrite it?) all day? People do actually use computers for things other than the Internet you know, though you wouldn't know it from the software people are putting out. Hey Microsoft! How about making Visual C++ faster and better, instead of adding a bunch of Internet/ActiveX stuff to it. Ditto Borland, et all. Fix the bugs, make it faster, then add new stuff. Anyone seen any software get smaller lately? no. Anyone seen any software get faster lately? no, unless you buy a new processer.
I'm looking for a webfilter like the one that linux has, that blocks any information from certain IP addresses (ie: ad.interlink.net). This means no more banners. Wish I could find a win95 equivelant though.
I'm alone at work too, which means I'm bored out of my skull. It's a Friday so the calls are at a minimum, and there is no one to talk to. My news server is down too, so I'm doing this update :-).