Last Updated on September 30, 2010 by Dave Farquhar
You are my addiction
My pleasure and my pain
You’re my infection
Disease, you burn my brain
That song was either talking about a girl or about cigarettes. I’m not sure which. But my addiction is something else. You’ll understand in a minute.
Conversation with Gatermann. “Something big came out this week,” I told him.
He took a few shots in the dark. Ridiculous things, like Windows XP.
“What are the necessities of life?” I asked.
“More important than women,” I said.
“More important than women!? What’s more important than the advancement of mankind?”
“You’re getting warm,” I said.
He stumbled around a really long time. He even said the settlement with Microsoft, which really got me going. Microsoft deserved to be run over by a steamroller. Very slowly. What they got wasn’t even a slap on the wrist. It was more like a warm caress. Excuse me while I gag. I dropped hints so he’d quit saying such repulsive things. It involves a computer but not an operating system. It’s not hardware, it’s software. Unfortunately, it only runs under Windows for the moment. Finally he started getting warm.
“Something to do with Railroad Tycoon?” he asked.
“Railroad Tycoon is indeed one of the necessities of life,” I pontificated. “You’re getting close.”
“More important than women and Railtycoon…”
“No, on par with Railtycoon,” I said. “And I’ll give you another hint. It’s not Baseball Mogul.”
He stumbled around some more.
“C’mon, Tom! What other games do I play?”
The answer is, of course, Civ3. I remember when I bought Civ2. The cashier was female, a year or two younger than me probably. “I love this game,” she said as she checked me out. Er, as she rang me up. I don’t know if she checked me out or not.
But because I’m a real dipstick, I didn’t propose to her on the spot. I didn’t even ask her out. Yeah I know. I coulda dated someone whose idea of a good time was a Civ bingefest.
Other stuff. If you ever put a parallel scanner on an NT4 workstation and run into all sorts of problems like bluescreens and service/driver failures at startup, check to make sure your parallel port and your sound card aren’t using the same interrupt. Better yet, get a real–I mean SCSI–scanner and use parallel ports for what they were designed. That’s printers, not Zip drives. If the interrupt’s free, the scanner will work, but you can forget about any other process getting any CPU time while you’re scanning.
I found a nice groupware app at www.phprojekt.com. It requires PHP, Apache, and MySQL. Not quite an Exchange killer but the price is sure right. And Exchange sure hurt Notes, because it’s cheaper, even though Notes is completely in another league.
And if someone complains about banner ads on your corporate intranet, check and see if Gator is installed. Then slap the hand of the dolt who installed it. (Probably the same dolt who went and bought a parallel scanner at CompUSA for 25 bucks and came in and told you to make it work.)
David Farquhar is a computer security professional, entrepreneur, and author. He started his career as a part-time computer technician in 1994, worked his way up to system administrator by 1997, and has specialized in vulnerability management since 2013. He invests in real estate on the side and his hobbies include O gauge trains, baseball cards, and retro computers and video games. A University of Missouri graduate, he holds CISSP and Security+ certifications. He lives in St. Louis with his family.
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For what it’s worth, Zope (www.zope.org) is excellent for groupware type stuff. In fact it’s easy enough that even I could figure it out. Lots of extensions to it out there already so you don’t have to write your own. I’m supprised your not using it for your site Dave.
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