BLOGical Thoughts Archive

October 2003

Thursday, October 30, 2003

It is cold enough here that if it rains, it will come down as snow. If it doesn't snow here tomorrow, I will try to do a last of the season dutch oven pineapple upside down cake. if it comes out ok, I will post the recipe.

Lots to do tomorrow. The Stealth is overheating, so the car dealer is first on my agenda. I guess I'll have to make a list of stuff to do. Including the web pages and computer tune-up.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2003

I still haven't tried to get my Win2k machine to work correctly again. Other activities keep getting in the way. I guess I'll have to do it tonight. I really need that machine working to do web page updates for Beaudry Motorsports.

Only 102 spam emails out of 103 yesterday. Come on, spammers - what's the matter? Penis too short? Not enough Viagra? No high school diploma? Run out of pornographic pictures? Or are you just plain inadequate at everything in life?


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"It makes sense to me. But then, I'm the guy that originally proposed it."

-- Larry Wall

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

I have several email addresses at various mail servers. The oldest address is for Rimrock Software. It also appears to be the most visible. Yesterday I got 141 emails on that account. Every single one of them was spam. The only time I ever got more was when someone used my account as a relay and I was getting bounce messages from AOL at the rate of 800 per hour. The ISP had no clue that the way they set up the account was causing the problem. That's when I switched to PHP Web Hosting. I have been very pleased with them.

The current email situation is not as annoying as the relay problem, but is a whole lot more insidious. Do we all have to go back to snail mail so that these brain-dead ammoral scumbags will get a clue?

The only thing I can think of that will kill this flood is to change the base email address to be one of its aliases. That kind of defeats the purpose of email, though. Like having a private phone number defeats the purpose of having a phone.

I am taking Friday off, so don't expect to see any postings on that day. I always take a personal day off for my birthday.


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"Well, you know, [L. Ron] Hubbard had a bunch of people sworn to commit suicide when he died. So of course he never officially died..."

-- Larry Wall

Monday, October 27, 2003

Well, I have screwed up my Windows 2k machine, and it is all my fault (or Microsoft's, as they let me do something I shouldn't have). I turned off one too many services. Now I can't turn it back on, because the property dialogs no longer pop up. Hard to change properties when you can't get to the dialog. I guess I will have to do it the hard way, in regedit. Failing that, a full re-install. Ain't that P.O.S. Windows wonderful?

I really need to get the machine running again, as I need to update a mess of web pages. I have all the update material, I just need to make the changes. I suppose I could do them on my Linux box, but I didn't write Bluefish, so it isn't nearly as much fun and easy to use.

If I have my way, the next version of rsEdit will be executable on both Windows and Linux. That way I won't have to put up with someone elses idea of an editor.

It's starting to cool down here. I heard a rumor that we will be expecting snow on Thursday. That's bad for the Washington state crowd, as they can't put snow tires on their cars until Saturday. In Idaho, our snow tire day was October 1. Doesn't mean I've done it yet, though.


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The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools."

-- Herbert Spencer

Friday, October 24, 2003

Now Available: rsEdit V2.5.0, A Free Notepad replacement for Windows

rsEdit V2.5.0

New Features:

rsEdit V2.5.0 is available for download here.

Can-You-Believe-This Dept: "Making a bid for a piece of the emerging desktop Linux market, Mattel, Inc. announced the immediate availability of downloadable beta ISOs for BarbieOS 0.99..." Full Story


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Thursday, October 23, 2003

I nailed down another rsEdit bug. I'm hoping that's the last one. I really want to get this done with and just use it.

Groklaw is a great blog about legal things concerning Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) - mostly SCO right now. Today, they have a good article responding to Steve Ballmer's ill-considered remark that commercial software is better because someone's rear end is on the line.

Don't confuse this site with GrepLaw, which also deals with geeks, laws and everything in between.


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The thing is, at least to me personally, Microsoft just isn't relevant to what I do. That might sound strange, since they are clearly the dominant player in the market that Linux is in, but the thing is: I'm not in the ''market.'' I'm interested in Linux because of the technology, and Linux wasn't started as any kind of rebellion against the ''evil Microsoft empire.'' Quite the reverse, in fact: from a technology angle, Microsoft really has been one of the least interesting companies. So I've never seen it as a ''Linus versus Bill'' thing. I just can't see myself in the position of the nemesis, since I just don't care enough. To be a nemesis, you have to actively try to destroy something, don't you? Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect.

-- Linus Torvalds, 2003-09-28

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

I cleaned a couple of small bugs out of rsEdit. Seems like the little ones are the ones that take the longest to fix. I will probably be ready to upload this tomorrow.

I will be doing lots of web pages today, but not for Rimrock Software. It's harder to do them when your web page machine no longer has an Internet connection. I guess that's why they invented pen drives.


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"More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly."

-- Woody Allen

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

I have completed work on rsEdit, including the documentation. After a bit of beta testing, I will post it. I will announce the post here and, hopefully, on an updated Rimrock Software web site.


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Since I hurt my pendulum


Monday, October 20, 2003

Instead of doing the documentation for the newest version of rsEdit, I moved rsEdit's Find in Files output from MDI windows to a pane at the bottom of the main window. The pane will hold as many separate search results as you care to make. You can remove search results by right-clicking on the pane and choosing either 'Delete Results Page' or 'Delete All Results Pages'. You can change the size of the pane by dragging the pane edge up or down. You can remove or restore the pane by using the View menu item 'Search Results'. Now I can get busy on the documentation.

I also added a File menu function called 'Unlock File'. If you have a read-only file displayed, you can click on Unlock File to turn it into a read-write file. Thanks for the suggestion, Sean.

I found a cooking table for my dutch ovens. I looked all over Coeur d'Alene and finally found one at Tri-State Outfitters. It is the Camp Chef Camp Table CT-32LW. A bit pricy but very well made. It even has a wind screen.

I used my new camp table last night and experienced my first dutch oven disaster. When you get a recipe for a peach/orange upside down cake, don't try it. There is way too much liquid in both peaches and oranges for the cake to come out as anything but a liquid peach topping suitable for use over vanilla ice cream.


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"The only really good place to buy lumber is at a store where the lumber has already been cut and attached together in the form of furniture, finished, and put inside boxes."

-- Dave Barry, "The Taming of the Screw"

Friday, October 17, 2003

I worked a bit on rsEdit. I have moved the new Lock File function from the File menu to the Window menu and renamed it Lock Window. This more accurately describes what the function does. I have a request to allow this function to change a file from read-only to read-write. I'm thinking about that one.

I also looked into creating a Search Results pane in the editor. Instead of separate windows, the results would go into the Search Results pane as separate tabbed pages. As much as I don't like this, I think I don't like the separate windows more.

Copy protection of DVDs has been pretty much universal. The movie companies use a copy protection system devised by Macrovision.

Warner Brothers recently released Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets without copy protection, so they could make an extra nickel per movie. This move seriously pissed off Macrovision, which changed their contract to say if you use our copy protection on one movie, you have to use it on all your movies. Warner retaliated by releasing The Matrix Reloaded unprotected. I guess all of Warner's new releases will be unprotected. Which means I will have no trouble playing them on any of my Linux machines.

I am forced to update my machine constantly at work, since I have to use Windows 2000. The latest update was yesterday, and it caused a problem with Internet Exploder Explorer when IE v6.0 is looking at web pages with simple Javascript programming on them. For those of you who have this and all the other numerous problems with IE, I suggest you get the FREE web browsers Mozilla or Mozilla Firebird at They actually fix bugs for their browsers.


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I was always taught that lying, stealing and cheating was wrong. In today's world, though, it seems to be the best way to get ahead. That's a pretty sad state of affairs, isn't it?

Thursday, October 16, 2003

I took my teardrop trailer to work with me yesterday, so a local Spokane teardrop builder could take a look at it and flesh out some of his own ideas. The weather was fine during my demo, but when I went to drive home the rain was coming down in buckets. I now have a mud-drop trailer sitting in my garage, waiting for better weather so I can clean it up.

This is pretty much bad weather for dutch oven cooking, unless I can build a steel table to cook on. The table could be used under shelter and you could put hot briquets directly on it, with the dutch oven sitting over the briquets. It would have to be at least 1/8" steel and possibly 2 ft by 3 ft. The trick is finding a steel sheet like that. The table might look like the one in the left rear corner of this picture.

Now Bill Gates claims Microsoft invented personal computing. Talk about a swelled head! How can they have invented personal computing, when Ed Roberts of MITS created the first microcomputer kit before Microsoft Basic was even an idea? And IBM came to Microsoft for an operating system for their personal computer, before Microsoft even had an operating system (Microsoft had to go out and buy someone else's O/S)?

Microsoft always attaches itself to the latest fad and makes the most of the ride. About all Microsoft ever invented was Clippy and Bob. They bought or 'appropriated' every other idea they ever marketed.


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"During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet"

--Al Gore in an interview on CNN, March 9, 1999

Todays moral: When it comes to listing your accomplishments, never let your tongue get ahead of your brain.

Wednesday, October 15, 2003

rsEdit is coming right along. I have fixed or added everything I ran across in yesterday's testing, except for saving/restoring information for the Find in Files dialog. I have added a couple of buttons to the Preferences dialog that let you erase the Find in Files history and the Recent Files history. They might come in handy.

If I end up with no bugs to fix at the end of today, I will work on updating the help file. I hope to release everything by next Monday.

Forbes ran an article the other day entitled "Linux's Hit Men", which was about the Free Software Foundation and their defense of GPL Open Source Software. It was about as fair and balanced as the Army-MacCarthy hearings in the early 50's. The author, Daniel Lyons, must have gotten an ear full from the Microsofties, because he is spouting their propaganda verbatim.

There have been several responses to this unwarranted assault, which are summed up in an OnLamp article.


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  • SCO Stock Price: $20.81 !!! See below
  • Companies: Linux a go, SCO or no
  • From Linux Weekly News: "Those who watch SCO's stock may be wondering why it is up 30% today (as of this writing). There are two interesting things going on. One is this SEC form describing the sale of another 131,000 shares held by insiders. This includes stock held by Vultus, Inc. ("substantially all" of whose assets were acquired by SCO in June), Angel Partners Inc., and four others. All of those selling will be left with zero shares when they are done. On the same day, Deutsche Securities has started "covering" the stock, saying they think it will go to $45/share. What a happy coincidence for those doing the selling."

"Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose."
-- Andy Rooney

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

I have finished work on rsEdit. I will be using the next four days to test the editor and fix bugs. I have already found six things that need fixing/adding/changing, so the time won't be wasted.


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"Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together...."
-- Carl Zwanzig

Monday, October 13, 2003

Cooling down here. I was going to test a recipe for an upside down cake cooked in my dutch oven, but it rained all day yesterday and I had nowhere to test it. Too bad - I like pineapple and cherries.

I picked up some more CD-Rs and a paper shredder at Big Lots on Saturday. I got tired of tearing up all those offers that have way too much information about you on them. Now I let the shredder do it. It's one of those shredders that makes small pieces instead of long strips. It was $22.99, and the strip-type shredder was $14.99. Good deal.

I am nearly done with the rsEdit upgrade. I have finished the hard part of the Find in Files function. Now all I need to do is to hook up a cancel mechanism and get the 'double click to load a file' mechanism working properly. Then I will beta test it at work and release to an unsuspecting public. It'll be nice to only have to use one editor again.

I updated my RIAA deny-access list today, so even fewer RIAA people can get to this web site. Another step forward in my 2-year-old RIAA boycott.

All hail the Patriot Act, that 'Protector of American Freedom'. It's doing a really good job of keeping out all that terrorist riffraff.

I wonder what the average I.Q. of the Internal Homeland Security moron is?


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"After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut."
-- Texas Bix Bender

Friday, October 10, 2003

I added more code to my Find in Files component for the rsEdit text editor, but more needs to be done. Looks like next week for a working model. Any beta testers out there, besides me?

Here's one I just love. A Princeton student discovered that the music industry's latest attempt at copyright protection could be defeated by holding down the shift key on your Windows machine, and he told us all about it. So now the company that create this so-called copy protection software is suing the student for $10 million. Their excuse? The student violated the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) when he disclosed the existence of the software on the music CD. What a wonderful law, the DMCA, eh?

Late Update: It seems that now the company has backed down on their threat to sue. Just like Adobe and Intuit - sic the lawyers before you realize how bad the publicity could be for your business.

I looked at the FTC's Do Not Call web page yesterday. What I would like to know is, does the FTC have some kind of backdoor deal with one of the country's most egregious telemarketers? The Do Not Call web site home page has a 1 x 1 pixel image with a URL (with arguments) that leads to, which is a server owned by the San Diego, CA, division of AT&T Network Marketing. If this is the government's idea of freedom from telemarketing, I'm glad I never signed up. (I'm signed up for the State of Idaho's list.)


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"Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it."
-- George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, October 9, 2003

I am working on the Find in Files component for rsEdit. I have the component fleshed out and have tested the creation of a component object. I will be adding actual search code today.

I also need to figure out how to cancel a search, and how to make sure everyone involved knows which window to send text lines about matches to. So there is still quite a bit of work to be done.

SF Writers on Schwarzenegger

Harlan Ellison: To all the other 49 states — with the exception of Minnesota, whose election of a mountebank transcends even ours — the coronation of Ahnuld seems phantasmagoric. But not to us. We've done it at least twice before: George Murphy to the Senate, and Reagan to the White House. So, been there, seen that, done that. I thought, early on, that it was a great slate with Gary Coleman and Schwarzenegger both running: remember in MAD MAX: BEYOND THUNDERDOME, the behemoth called "Master Blaster" — this seven-foot-tall brain-damaged, muscle-bound giant, with the midget strapped to his shoulders? Wow, what a terrific Governor we'd have if we just cranked Gary Coleman down onto Ahnuld's shoulders!! As long as nobody blew a high-pitched dog whistle, we'd be in sweet milk an' honey. So what do I actually think about all this foofaraw? To quote Thomas Jefferson, who was rewording Joseph de Maistre: "People get pretty much the kind of government they deserve."

And this is the last time I'll comment on the election.


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On This Day

Jackson Browne is 55 today. Not running on empty yet.

John Entwhistle, the bass guitarist with "The Who", would have been 59 today.

Wednesday, October 8, 2003

I'm still working on rsEdit, my Windows Notepad replacement editor. I have done quite a bit on Find in Files, and have come to the conclusion that I need to create a Find in Files component, so I can more easily interface it to the editor. Not a big deal, but it'll take more time to do.

Never underestimate the stupidity of the California voter. I guess I'm supposed to admire all those local politicians who got California into trouble in the first place, then spun it around so that the only politician who didn't cause the problems got blamed when he couldn't fix them. Bravo, guys. Even though you can't hold a candle to the slime in Washington.

Those of us who had the misfortune to be born in California and have left 20 years ago, are heaving incredible sighs of relief that we aren't anywhere near that place.

By the way, we would like to thank all those California politicians for driving such nice businesses as Buck Knives out of their state and in to Idaho. Even as your economy tanks, ours is improving.


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"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first."
-- Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, October 7, 2003

It never ends. Now I found a bug in rsEdit that has to do with the highlighters. I need to fix that before I can release the new version. While I'm at it, I think I'll add a Default button for highlight colors in the Preferences dialog. That will make it easier to reset the colors.

I have also moved the file history in rsEdit, and have increased its size from 5 to 10.

The code I found to help with Find in Files crashes. It was originally written for Delphi 2 and I am using Delphi 5, so I'm not surprised. I guess I'll have to write this code from scratch.

There's a great article at The Register about Windows versus Linux viruses. The lead-in says it all: "To mess up a Linux box, you need to work at it, to mess up your Windows box, you just need to work on it".


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"WINDOW: What you heave the computer out of after you accidentally erase a program that took you three days to set up."

Monday, October 6, 2003

I got quite a bit done on rsEdit over the weekend. I added a Lock File function, which allows a user to tell rsEdit that this particular file should not be edited. This is done by telling the program the file is read-only. If you execute the function again and the file is really read/write, then it will go back to being read/write in rsEdit. The Lock Files function is not operative for actual read-only files.

I also finished the indent/unindent functions. These functions will indent or unindent a marked block of text, using either spaces or tabs.

I added hot keys to the Print and Printer Setup functions, since these functions may be used quite a bit.

I added code to the InsertCommand function to keep marked blocks highlighted after text has been removed from or inserted into them. This affects not only the indent/unindent command, but also the Insert Comments command.

I also spent a lot of time trying to find some code I had acquired to help me with implementing the Find in Files function, which is the last thing to be done for this upgrade. I couldn't find it on any of my computers, so I went out to the Internet to try and find it. I was unsuccessful until this morning. So I guess I will be working on rsEdit again today.

Did a lot of chores around the house on Sunday, and I never found the time to take the trailer out. Oh, well.

At the request of ICANN, Verisign has stopped its abuse of its Internet position. This is a good thing - even though it's ICANN that's done it. Verisign exhibits all the symptoms of the same marketing disease that has afflicted Microsoft since its inception. They may call their practices 'sharp business', but I call them illegal and detrimental to normal commerce.

I transferred my final domain from Verisign to GoDaddy last week. I will do no more business with those sharks - that includes any web transactions that show the little Verisign logo in them.


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"Why is it that there are so many more horses' asses than there are horses?"
-- G. Gordon Liddy

Friday, October 3, 2003

It just goes to show I should never try to plan what I'm going to do. I started to work on rsEdit and ended up trying to connect my notebook to the server.

I got the notebook talking to the server using ftp, but ftp objects to downloading 3.9gb files for some reason. So I tried to connect again using Samba. I am closer, but still no home run. I can now get into the server, but I can't get into the proper home directory. It's a password thing. I will have to read up on the Samba password stuff.

Last try at overnight camping this weekend. I will not let all the other stuff I have to do at home get in the way of a little fun.


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"Outside of a dog, a book is probably man's best friend, and inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
-- Groucho Marx.

Thursday, October 2, 2003

I am updating rsEdit, my Windows Notepad replacement editor. I am adding block indent/unindent, file locking and Find in Files capability. I have finished the block indent and plan to finish the block unindent today.

It does seem a bit weird doing programming on a Windows machine again. In Delphi, instead of Perl. I spent 1/2 hour looking for an equivalent to the C strndup function. Doesn't exist in Delphi.


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Reporter (to Mahatma Gandhi): Mr Gandhi, what do you think of Western Civilization?
Gandhi: I think it would be a good idea.

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Big news day today for the 'watchable' organizations. SCO found its stock price falling steadily, so they issued some more FUD. Guess what happened to their stock?

The fab 3 have all had big news days, too. Seems like everyone is out to piss off their own customers today.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989). Horowitz was considered one of the world's greatest pianists - with good cause.

Continuing with the Year They Died theme, we lost 4 more in the last few days. Donald O'Connor, Althea Gibson, Robert Palmer and George Plimpton have all passed away in the last week.


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"Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect."
-- Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux