New domain name

Tue 16 December 2003 by Kevin van Haaren

Well I got a new domain name, a whole bunch of them actually, but this is my new favorite for the time being.


Werid Things I've Seen (3)

Tue 09 December 2003 by Kevin van Haaren

Just remembered this from my trip to Mississippi a few weeks ago (must’ve blacked it out of memory).

When I travel I end up spending lots of time in hotel rooms, and if said hotel room is sans fast internet connection the concept of hooking up the ‘ole laptop ~~to search for pr0n~~ to read the news is just a bit too much to bear. So I read. A lot.

In Mississippi I was bored out of my mind at nights so I read 3 or 4 books that week. I usually only bring a few with me, so ...

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I know what hell will be like

Fri 05 December 2003 by Kevin van Haaren

I’ve found out what hell will be like. In hell you will have a Tivo with the best setup imaginable — plasma screen tv, surround sound system, digital cable AND satellite tv — but no remote control.

This isn’t “too lazy to get up and hit the button” issue, the Tivo has no front controls! Did you hear that? THE TIVO HAS NO FRONT CONTROLS!

Worst 2 hours of my life looking for that damn remote. I’m just glad my mind isn’t so far gone (yet) that I can proudly say it was NOT in the refrigerator.



Sat 29 November 2003 by Kevin van Haaren

Thanksgiving is my favority holiday. Christmas is my least favorite. Thanksgiving is so much more low key. Not all the stress of presents and all that. Just a good time for families to get together for a big ‘ol honking meal.

Of course with the good must come the bad. I refuse to buy a single thing the day after thanksgiving. People are freaking insane on the friday after. I didn’t even buy gas or go to the grocery store today, it’s my way of resisting the peer pressure.


Weird Things I've Seen (2)

Thu 20 November 2003 by Kevin van Haaren

So I was in Mississippi for a weeking fixing things. While there I was driving behind a Ford Explorer, you know an SUV thingies supposedly designed for off-road driving. The lady driving was dodging all the pot holes. What the heck is the point of owning an SUV if you’re scared to drive through a few pot holes?


October Sucks

Mon 13 October 2003 by Kevin van Haaren

October officially sucks. Of the 4 accidents I’ve been in since getting out of college 3 have been in October. 3 accidents in 3 years was bad (2 of those in October, 1 in August) but this month officially takes the cake.

Here it is not even halfway through the month and I had 3 cavities drilled and filled. A week of intense tooth pain after that, go back to dentist and get a root canal.

Now to top things off, I was driving down the road and some moron decides to make a right turn from the center ...

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Finally, secure e-mail connections

Thu 09 October 2003 by Kevin van Haaren

Took me a few days to figure out what I was doing but I’ve now got my external server offering pop3 and smtp over ssl connections. Since I don’t use FTP (hmmm, need to look into SFTP next) I’ve eliminated all cleartext password passing from my server (well, except for the password for this web site. Guess I’ll work on that in a couple of months)

My smtp server has always used CRAM-MD5 authentication so that password was never cleartext, but my pop server has been.

An added advantage of moving to SSL connections is that ...

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Weird Things I've Seen (1)

Sun 31 August 2003 by Kevin van Haaren

55-65 year old lady, all gray hair, in front of me at the grocery store buying 6-24oz cans of Icehouse beer. Guess the tall boys need fewer trips to the 'frig.


GPS Rocks

Sun 24 August 2003 by Kevin van Haaren

I’m in Dallas having all kinds of fun. Driving in Dallas is very (very) frustrating if you’ve never been here before. So when I picked up my rental car and they gave me an option of upgrading to a slightly bigger car with free GPS I did it.

This kicks. You pick your destination, usually by address or intersection. They have other options such as a Yellow Pages lookup but that sucks (we had get a replacement part from a computer store. We looked up CompUSA in the yellow pages and the closest it found was in Louisiana ...

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Well let's give this a try

Wed 20 August 2003 by Kevin van Haaren

My hard drive started having intermittent problems. I couldn’t get it to be stable long enough to recover everything, although I can seem to recover individual files.

I decided to rebuild everything from scratch. In rebuilding Xoops I decided to use this weblog module instead of the old News module I was using. Not sure I’ll be able to recover my old entries or not. I’ll try for that later.