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Sunday,  04/06/08  09:16 PM

A day of coding, and of recovery...  feeling pretty good actually.  Physically anyway.  There is a mental recovery which make take longer...

Tomorrow I'm going to Vista for day one in Aperio's new building!  Very exciting.  The team pulled together and the move went amazingly smoothly.  We had our critical servers back up within hours of taking them down, last Thursday night, and had pretty much everything running by Friday afternoon.  The logistics of moving all the furniture etc. then took over, and our IT team was in over the weekend testing phones and hooking up everyone's computers.  I have no doubt there will be some problems tomorrow but given the potential for disaster it couldn't have gone better.  Whew.

So UCLA lost!  Badly!  I was otherwise occupied Saturday so I Tivo'ed the game, and began watching it this morning.  Within five minutes I could tell Memphis was going to win, and they did.  So be it, my bracket is a shambles, and I have no rooting interest tomorrow night.  I'll take Memphis just because they beat UCLA, I guess.  Go {had to look it up} Tigers!

Mars - 3D picture of Herbes ChasmaThe Daily Mail features some stunning 3D photos of Mars.  Hard to even imagine a five-mile deep chasm, isn't it?

Pink Slip Nation?  Well...  "Actually, the unemployment rate in November 1996, when Clinton rode a soaring economy to victory, was 5.4%, three tenths of a percent higher than the 'grim picture' of a 'pink slip nation' painted by this month's unemployment report."  [ via Instapundit, who notes "that was different, because back then a man from Hope promised Change" :) ]

Powerline on the Mark Penn fiasco: A Good Deed Punished.  The more you read about how Clinton runs her campaign, the more you realize she is not qualified to be President.

Tristan and Two IsoldesA fantastic opera review: Tristan and Two Isoldes, from Alex Ross in the New Yorker.  I don't even really like opera, but I like opera reviews.  Go figure.  This one is notable for recounting one of the best lines ever in an opera, ad libbed; Leo Slezak missed the swan boat in Lohengrin, turned to the audience, and asked "when does the next swan leave?"

There's a great new cancer resource: cancer.net, from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  It is amazing how great the Internet resources for medicine have become.  [ via Learn to Live ]

Forbes: Dial D for Disruption.  "Mark Spencer, who is all of 29 years old, is poised to disrupt the $7 billion market for office telecom switches much the way the Linux open-source computer operating system crushed the price of business computing and brought woe to established leaders such as Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.  Since Spencer released Asterisk to the world in 1999 as a phone operating system, it has been downloaded 500,000 times, and it continues to be downloaded 1,000 times per day. Some 350 contributors have taken it from a rocky voice system to one with clear calling and more than 100 features."  I love it.

I'm trying an experiment.  I have a 15-year-old email address, ole@pacbell.net, which is now run by Yahoo.  (Pacbell was bought by Airtouch, who were bought by Southwest Bell, who became SBC, who sold their internet business to Yahoo.)  It is a total spam magnet; I get about 2,000 spams a day.  Fortunately SpamBayes deals with them, but it takes time and bandwidth to retrieve all that crap, and it makes the account unusable from my Treo.  So I've configured GMail to retrieve mail from Yahoo via POP, and then I retrieve my mail from there, using GMail as a server-side spam filter.  So far it is working quite nicely, although I'm spending time manually checking the Spam folder on GMail to make sure I'm not getting false positives...

Microsoft has posted a detailed overview of Windows XP SP3.  This is far more interesting and relevant to me than anything Vista-related, I'm afraid...

Engadget reports XP will remain available through 2010 for Eee-class ultraportables.  That's excellent, because that means it will be around for all sorts of other computers as well.  I wouldn't be surprised if this back-door is deliberate.

Slashdot reports 40% of us may be paranoid.  I'm worried that I could be one of them.

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