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Posted: Wintermute @ Tue May 30, 2006 2:30 pm

Just a quick reminder that Thursday, June 1 (actually, the 1st of every month) is Blogtipping Day. My post is ready to go, it yours?

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Guest blogging
Posted: Wintermute @ Fri May 26, 2006 2:29 pm

Over on the Linux World Net blog network, we are in need of a writer for Linux Security. In the meantime, I’ve decided to provide a few guest entries. If you’re interested, check out my first entry on establishing a baseline and let me know what you think.

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Happy Towel Day!
Posted: Wintermute @ Thu May 25, 2006 2:27 pm

Happy Towel Day, everyone! Due to continuing troubles with my firewall at home, I nearly forgot my towel today. I remembered it at the last minute, though! I did forget to wear my “42” shirt 🙁

Luckily, I have caught most of the crashes and rebooted fairly quickly. But I think I have a replacement ready to swap in. I apologize again for anyone who has had problems with the site. The troubles are nearly over 🙂

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Save Nazanin
Posted: Wintermute @ Wed May 24, 2006 2:24 pm

From the website Save Nazanin:

Save Nazanin According to the Iranian daily Etemaad, then 17-year-old Nazanin and her niece had been spending some time in a park west of Tehran with their boyfriends, when three men started harassing them.

The girls` boyfriends fled from the scene, leaving them helpless behind. The men pushed Nazanin and her niece down on the ground and tried to rape them, and to protect herself, she took out a knife from her pocket and stabbed one of the men in the hand.

The girls tried to escape, but the men overtook them, and at this point, Nazanin stabbed one of the other men in the chest, which eventually killed him. According to the newspaper, she broke down in tears when she told the court: “I wanted to defend myself and my niece. I did not want to kill that boy. At the heat of the moment I did not know what to do because no one came to our help.” Nevertheless, the court sentenced her to death by hanging.

And a little further down:

Another point worth noticing, is that if Nazanin had let the men rape her, she could in the worst case have been arrested for extra-martial sex, which carries a maximum penalty of 100 lashes.

I understand that the culture is one that values men’s lives more than it does women’s. I have a separate issue with that. But this is clearly more than a culture difference. This is not only a miscarriage of justice, but a human-rights violation.

There is not much time before her execution is carried out. Please go to the page to see how you can help.

[Update – 06/01/2006] There are unconfirmed reports that Nazanin’s execution may have been overturned. I’ll update this entry as I find out more.

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Towel Day is the 25th!
Posted: Wintermute @ 2:22 pm

That’s right! Tomorrow is Towel Day 2006! And this year, I will *not* forget my towel!

My previous employer was big on sponsoring a lot of local teams and events. One of the teams that the company sponsored was a softball teams. When they had their shirts made up, they ran a few extra, which my boss gave some of us senior staffers.

What’s that got to do with Towel Day? Everything! It has, in great big letters across the back, the number 42! So I will be wearing that shirt on Thursday and carrying my towel! 🙂

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Posted: Wintermute @ Tue May 23, 2006 2:20 pm

Apparently, the firewall machine is suffering some hardware issue which causes it to lock. I will swap it out this evening, but in the meantime I apologize for the intermittent problems with the site.

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We’re back
Posted: Wintermute @ Mon May 22, 2006 2:18 pm

The website is (obviously) back up after a brief outage. Sorry ’bout that. The firewall decided to take a brief vacation this morning.

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Usage Statistics
Posted: Wintermute @ Fri May 19, 2006 2:15 pm

Over at Successful Blog, Liz mentions “One truth about blogging is that you can never know for sure where a post might take you.” I thought I’d comment here, because I recently discovered how true that is.

It all started not only with my May 10 entry on Links, but with the discovery of Successful Blog. When I discovered it, I did what I always do when I find something interesting; I added it to Bloglines. This, in turn, caused it to show up in my blogroll (which displays the 20 most recently updated blogs that I read through Bloglines via a PHP script I hacked together). Liz graciously acknowledged her addition to my blogroll and promptly heaped a ton of much-appreciated attention on that May 10 post.

In case you’re wondering where I’m going with this ramble, I was starting to wonder too. But to get back on track, after the initial flury of hits to the site and everything has calmed back down (I was up to 10 times normal trafic for awhile!), it appears that my readership has doubled! Looks like I had excellent timing for the site redesign 🙂

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The Eternal Value of Privacy
Posted: Wintermute @ Thu May 18, 2006 2:13 pm

Bruce Schneier has a great article over on Wired titled The Eternal Value of Privacy. It’s an excellent read for all of you who strugle to articulate their answer to “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?”

Thanks, Bruce, for putting it into words that I couldn’t 🙂

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Posted: Wintermute @ Mon May 15, 2006 2:11 pm

OK, I’ll admit it. I’m addicted to reality TV, especially Survivor. This season’s finale was a letdown – I was realy hoping Terry would win. But he didn’t, and was gracious enough to vote for his biggest rival.

But, you might be saying, this isn’t a TV blog. And you’d be right. The reason I bring this up is because I am seriously considering sending in a tape and seeing what happens. My wife planted the idea in my head, and then began encouraging me to go for it. And not for the money (who couldn’t use a million? Minus taxes, of course.) but because she believes in me, and that I could do well at it. Having someone show that much confidence in you really inspires confidence in yourself 🙂 So, when I get home tonight, it’s time to make a three minute video and fill out some paperwork 🙂

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