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Thursday, October 17, 2002
 
Anti-Idiotarian Manifesto

Eric S. Raymond has a draft up for an Anti-Idiotarian Manifesto, which makes some very good points and ties a lot of things together.
I have a feeling this is going to be a very important document, even if only in the blogosphere.
Meanwhile, NZ Bear put up some action points based on it.

 
Yay Linksys router!

Woohoo, installing the latest firmware did the trick! For now, you can admire some pictures I took during the youth camp I was cooking for this summer. More to come soon...

Wednesday, October 16, 2002
 
Damn Linksys router

I have a Linksys Etherfast broadband router at home, which I have been using for over a year now to surf the web. No problem there. But now I have bought a small linux server so I can run a toy webserver from home.
Problem is even with port forwarding set up, I can't seem to be able to reach the damn thing from outside. It makes a connection, sometimes I get part of a page and then it just hangs. Same with remotely logging in on the thing and doing stuff on a command line: it works for a few commands, then the output freezes (especially when running the top, less or netstat commands). Also when I iptunnel a vnc-connection through, I get to see part of my desktop before it freezes completely.
I did some research on google, and found out that this is a known problem. But not on Linksys's site! I guess that's why they only support websurfing with the thing, even though they advertise the other features. Oh, well, I still have one hope left: flashing the router with the latest and greatest update. I'll let you all know how it goes...
In the mean time, try connecting to the thing yourself, and let me know if you receive anything. If I get it to work, it will mean loads of pictures on this blog.

 
Gun for Nepal... continued

As I predicted, Louis Michel, Belgium's foreign minister, yesterday approved the sale of P-90 assault rifles to Nepal, despite objections of the Flemish green party, AGALEV. He claimed that Nepal is a developing democracy, which needs protection.
So when is Michel going to start shipping arms to Iraq? They have referenda too, you know, and everybody votes for the president...
Don't laugh: I see him more than capable of doing it.

 
Democracy

Yesterday evening on the news here on Belgian state radio: Saddam Hussein wins referendum with 100% of the votes, and 100% turnout. The only comment on this was that the government of Iraq had 'strongly urged' the population to vote. C'mon! Do they expect us to believe this was a fair and square election? And Belgian media doesn't seem to be the only one to accept this story without a single question: check Vinod's Blog for more on European Iraqi election coverage.

Monday, October 14, 2002
 
Bombmaking 101

Where do you think kids get learn how to make a bomb at school? Ramallah? Karachi? Baghdad? Kabul?
Think again: of all places, Berkeley, California, USA.