Saturday, October 25, 2003

Bistro 829 sure is a good restaurant: ambitious food, diverse wine list. Mostly adults in the dining room. A nice upgrade for our neighborhood.

Friday, October 24, 2003

Special Report!

The list of top ranking dead celebrities has been posted!

1. Elvis
2. Charles Schulz
3. J.R.R. Tolkien
4. John Lennon
5. George Harrison
6. Dr. Seuss
7. Dale Earnhardt
8. Tupac Shakur
9. Bob Marley
10. Marilyn Monroe

Way 'ta go Tolkien!


Astonishingly, Emily is 21 years old today. Time has flown by since that day when the doctor said "It's a girl!" and we were so surprised. We were sure glad then, and now.

Happy Birthday, dear one.

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Petrified Truth and other sites managed by Hosting Matters are back up. Thanks to the HM rapid response team.

FYI, the company that hosts Petrified Truth is apparently experiencing repeated Denial of Service (DoS) attacks from Internet hackers, so the site may be inaccessible for short or extended periods of time. That is the case right now; only a very few visitors are getting through.

Many other sites are also affected, including InstaPundit -- the most popular blog around. Naturally, he has an emergency back-up site. That seems like overkill for my site.

According to WorldNetDaily, Hosting Matters is being attacked because it hosts an anti-terrorist site.

A website devoted to shutting down Internet supporters of terrorism has itself been shut down by denial-of-service attacks directed from Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, according to a report in Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.

Internet Haganah, an Israeli-based website that works to uncover and shut down terrorist-sponsored Internet entities, was attacked by hackers beginning Thursday.

Supporters of a number of al Qaida-affiliated forums registered to Saudis and running in Malaysia declared "an online jihad against Haganah" after eight such terror-related sites lost their third-party DNS service, according to a spokesman for the organization. The result was that the sites dropped offline, and four of them remain offline.

GeoCities sites have been used to distribute the attack tools, and a site at Everyone's Internet posted graphics that show not just how to use the tools, but specifically how to use them to attack the site.

Hosting Matters has done its best to keep the site online in the face of an increasing level of hostile traffic, but there's only so much one can do unless you can get someone at the backbone level to block the incoming attacks, explained Internet Haganah.

Monday, October 20, 2003

To everyone interested in student radio, KPNI - SMU Radio officially launched this weekend. Tune in around the world, on KPNI's website. There are varying stream speeds suitable for everyone, starting with dial-up up to DSL.

Sunday, October 19, 2003

This is a very cool clock!