Dolly the cloned sheep dies

Submitted by jbreland on Fri, 02/14/2003 - 15:49

Wow, I hope this isn't indicative of the cloning process in general...

LONDON - Dolly, the world's first mammal cloned from an adult, has been euthanized, scientists said Friday.

A veterinary exam confirmed the six-year-old sheep had a progressive lung disease. Her cells had started to show signs of aging faster than a typical animal.

Complete story

Latest wireless networking standard nears - thank goodness

Submitted by jbreland on Fri, 02/14/2003 - 14:18

Known as 802.11g, the specification increases the bandwidth of wireless networks from 11Mbps, under the 802.11b standard, to 54Mbps. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers said Friday that a consensus had been reached to establish the latest version of the 802.11g specification, version 6.1, as the standard to be used in the industry

Now maybe we wont have the same problems like we did with 802.11a and 802.11b...

Link to Article

Counting the cost of Slammer

Submitted by jbreland on Fri, 01/31/2003 - 18:42

According to this c|net article, on Thursday, London-based market intelligence firm Mi2g said that the worm caused between $950 million and $1.2 billion in lost productivity in its first five days worldwide. That puts the worm at No. 9 on the company's list of the most costly malicious code, behind the likes of the Code Red worm, with its average of $2.6 billion in productivity loss; the LoveLetter virus, with $8.8 billion; and the Klez virus, with $9.0 billion.

And you wonder what systems the majority of these viruses are infecting :P

E-mail update

Submitted by jbreland on Fri, 01/31/2003 - 15:55

I've been customizing the webmail client, and I've added a LOT of functionaility and other miscellaneous options to it. Anyone with an e-mail account should check out the new options next time they log on.

Let me also just say that in general I'm not a fan of webmail clients. I've yet to find one with an interface I really care for, features all the options I expect in a good mail client, or that just plain doesn't suck. Squirrelmail (the webmail client used for, though, is truly a great e-mail client that impresses even me. For those of you who don't know me well, that's quite an endorsement. :-) You can check it out for yourself at Enjoy!


Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 01/29/2003 - 17:41

I just wanted to send a big "thanks" to Steve over at He created the majority of graphics used on this site, as well as the theme. He also helped numerous times with the many problems I've run into getting PostNuke configured correctly. So, thanks Steve, and be sure to visit his site.

E-Mail now available

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 01/29/2003 - 00:47 e-mail accounts are now available. E-mail me to request one. E-mail accounts are only available to registered members.

E-mail access is currently available through both a webmail interface and POP3+ssl connections. Additional features, such as spam filtering, will be added in the near future. Updates

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 01/29/2003 - 00:39

Good news: Most of the problems with the site have been worked out, and most of the content is now back online. Fully functional modules include: PostCalendar, DailyStrips, Downloads, News, Query Tools, Photo Gallery, Powered By, Server Information, SSH Applet, Submit News, Topics, WeatherCenter, and Website Statistics.

Bad news: Web Links are still down (argh!), and it'll take a long while to get everything back up. Open Directory is still completely down. Still have no clue what the problem is, but I'm working on it. Also, as I mentioned before, my photos are back up, but I still have to comment everything. Won't take too long once I get started.

Changes: I've added some security to the site. The Members List, Query Tools, and SSH Applet modules should now only be accessible to registered users (free to join, register here).

As always, suggestions are welcome.

Site Status

Submitted by jbreland on Sat, 01/25/2003 - 22:36

I've made a good bit of progress towards rebuilding this site. All of the previous modules are available again, as well as a couple new ones. Some cavets, though:

DailyStrips has been giving me trouble for the last week or so by only downloading about half of the strips it's supposed to. I've finally traced the problem to a perl upgrade I performed last weekend. I got the main problem worked out, but it still won't download the last two strips. I'm looking into it.

The Open Directory module isn't loading correctly. Working on this, but in the meantime it's unusable.

I uploaded all my pictures back to the photo gallery, but I still have to go back and comment all of them.

WeatherCenter seems to be still acting a bit flakey. The problem appears to be DNS-related, and since the root DNS servers are currently being DDOSed, hopefully that'll pass soon.

Finally, all of my Web Links were also wiped out. I'll be reentering them, but it'll take awhile to get all 156 or so back online.

As a final note, I'll soon start restricting access to certain modules (such as the SSH Applet and Query Tools) to registered members only, for security purposes. If you'd like to continue using this tools, please register.