Monthly Archives: June 2006

Are you prepared?

I had the oddest experience at the grocery store today.

I was running some errands, and stopped in at Dominicks to pick up some stuff.

I approached the checkout lane, and the cashier said “Are you prepared?”

Not knowing what she was talking about, I said “For what?”

To which she replied “The end.”

I figured she was probably a religious nut … and said “What are you talking about?”

At this point, she just started scanning the items I had and nothing more was said about it.

mod_auth_pam and flatfile

The other day I found myself needing to restrict access to a web site to only users who had logins to a system … while also allowing other users, who didn’t have logins, to access.

mod_auth_pam was the solution for the users with a login … and standard ‘htpasswd’ access was the answer for the other users … but getting the two to work together was causing problems.

A bit of Googling turned up this technique that solves the problem quite nicely.

AuthPAM_Enabled on
AuthPAM_FallThrough on
AuthAuthoritative Off
AuthUserFile /path/to/htpassword
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Secure"
Require valid-user

[tags]apache, authentication, htaccess[/tags]

Auction for Bosses Birthday Card

A rather unique group of developers out in Baltimore have decided to go with a different route to collect money for a birthday card & gift for their boss.

They are running an auction … the winner of this auction will get their name and website signed on the inside of the birthday card in big letters. The card will also be prominently displayed in their office lunch room.

Update: Apparently eBay pulled the auction because they thought it was for a charity … which it was not. The auction has been reposted.
[tags]ebay, birthday, boss, auction[/tags]

Fighting Wolves

Someone on one of the lists I run posted this today … I thought it was worth publishing:

An elder Cherokee chief took his grandchildren into the forest and sat
them down and said to them, “A fight is going on inside me. This is a
terrible fight and it is a fight between two wolves. One wolf is the
wolf of fear, anger, arrogance and greed. The other wolf is the wolf of
courage, kindness, humility and love.” The children were very quiet and
listening to their grandfather with both their ears. He then said to
them, “This same fight between the two wolves that is going on inside of
me is going on inside of you, and inside every person.” They thought
about it for a minute and then one child asked the chief, “Grandfather,
which wolf will win the fight?” He said quietly, “The one you feed.”


Watch Links

No, I’m not saying pay attention to hyperlinks … I’m referring to the links in a watchband. 🙂

I recently purchased a new watch from … it is a Casio Men’s G-Shock Atomic Solar Watch.

The watch arrived last Friday without incident … but the watchband, which is metal and has removable links, was far too big. No big deal, all I had to do is remove some of the links to make it the right size.

Problem is, there’s no instructions on how to remove the links… and it’s not immediately obvious how you do it. Clearly you have to slide the pin down (I’ll add a picture of the link later) to get it out, but without a really tiny screwdriver, it’s impossible.

I checked the Casio website to see if I could find anything … but there is nothing but a PDF of the watches manual available.

I find their support number and give it a call … the guy I talked to indicated that they could email me the information on how to remove links. I say great … I’ll keep an eye on my inbox. He replies that it probably won’t be until Monday that the email is sent … because the person who sends email is out of the office today.

<sound of a jaw dropping>

I reply (with an appropriate level of incredulity): “What? You can’t send the email? Doesn’t your system just have the ability to send email directly?” I’m informed, that their system does not have that ability … and the only person with email access won’t be back until Monday.

Ok, I say, but I really think you guys should move into the 20th century.

After I hang up, and play with the watch a bit more, I’m able to figure out how to get the links out … and the watch is comfortably on my wrist right now.

To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever had a situation where a technologically oriented company (as I’m assuming Casio is) wasn’t able to send email on demand. IBM, Dell, Compaq, even Yakima, have all been able to send me information immediately via email.

Update: Tuesday, 6/6/06 (auspisius date, to say the least).

Casio finally sent me the instructions … they sent a file named “RESIZING” … and informed me that I could open it with Adobe Acrobat or any Word Processing program. Of course without a file extension, it will be hard to open the file with any program.

[tags]Time, Watches, Casio, Watchband[/tags]