Although my first “Internet Archive” archival was not until December, 1998, I’ve had this domain for 20 years.

Created Date: 1998-03-11

I suddenly feel very, very old.

For what it’s worth, the old procmail (yes, procmail) recipe asking for my resume hasn’t worked for quite awhile. I’m not planning on bringing it back, either.

I have, however, brought back my old signature.

If you’re old enough to have worked on computers in the early 90s, today is a special day.

Michelangelo was probably the first, globally (mis)reported viruses, which was set to activate today, March 6th.

TV and cable were still the form of news for most, and once “Big Television” picked up on this fairly benign thing (It’d make your life difficult, but unlike most nasty viruses, it only wiped your partition table, but didn’t destroy your data- unlike everything else since).

Norton, , and many others dogpiled onto this, offering a free AV tool to remove Michelangelo for some free press. You couldn’t go ANYWHERE to get away from hearing about it. John McAffee said something similar to 5 million computers would be infected (and most users devastated) by it. In the end, it ended up being a couple thousand.

Much like the Y2K bug, there was plenty of press, incredible misinformation, and far, far too much hype.

I’m not the sort of person to read LifeHacker, since it’s of relative use for myself at best, most of the time, but I just stumbled upon this clickbait:

Ahem.. I’m possibly late to the party, but: Capacitors are not batteries.

Replacing capacitors with batteries is not going to end well, even if you try to align the numbers, er.. somehow. It’d certainly make the package smaller, especially when you throw things away after they go bang.

I doubt that many of us here in the US knew of this.. It’s called “The Year of the Sex Olympics”. It projects the ideology of reality TV, and may things, which now are considered normal.

The author, Nigel Kneale, died 12 years ago, so he did get to experience the initial “Survivor” shows, but I wonder what he’d think about how far we’ve regressed since then.

I’ve been a fan of renting my own servers, rather than renting space on someone elses- for various reasons. Security, sustainability, et al.

Well, recently it became less than ideal to manage my own node just for this (and a few other) sites. So, I went looking around, and found some great NetCup deals.

Today, Hetzner has entered the ring. They’re starting off with a 2GB, 20GB storage, 20TB KVM service for about $3/mo.

That’s about half what I paid for managed hosting just a few years ago! Being a KVM, that means the entire virtual system is yours- whatever OS you want (not just a Linux setup with an ancient kernel, as is the case with OpenVZ). They’re supporting FreeBSD and OpenBSD out of the box.

The administrative interface is very rudimentary, but it already allows you to (sub)group them for different tasks. Brilliant.

I was always a fan of Hetzner’s hosting, but their network topology is a little strange (and it still is). I’ll probably post a few “this is how you make it work” notes.