Swimming with the Razorfishes

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Jill Greenberg, celebrity photographer, is taking portraits of monkeys.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Senator Ted Kennedy's name appeared on a terrorist watch list or no-fly list, preventing him from boarding a Washington Shuttle.

Oh, well done, DHS.

Dance, Voldo, dance!

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Ah, organized religion. It is about giving us a moral structure. It is about teaching love and tolerance. And it is about EAT SOMETHING THAT WILL KILL YOU OR YOU'RE GOING TO BURN IN HELL.

Something has gone terribly wrong here.



You have bad taste in music.

DPReview has some good details on Canon's new 20D. Overall, looks like a great update to the 10D. I'm not terribly tempted to upgrade, though, for a few reasons:

  • It has an 8.2 megapixel sensor -- less than a 2 megapixel increase from the 10D. I think I'd be more tempted by a 50-100% increase.
  • It isn't a full-frame sensor; still the same dimensions (1.6x crop).
  • Still no spot meter (~9% center)
  • 95% viewfinder coverage.
  • Same small-ish LCD panel.

I think I'll hold out for more of the above.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Also exciting in the world of photo, the Leica Digital-Modul-R was announced. This puts Leica in the strange position of having Hasselblad making digital backs for its cameras. Or maybe Hasselblad is in the odd position. One or the other.

Some Canon web person apparently wasn't paying attention during workflow day in Vignette training, and let slip a photo of the Canon 20D, presumably a replacement for the 10D.

Wow -- Art van Hoff now works at TiVo.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Apple: "Check this out."

D-Link: "Me too! Me too!"

It seems to have started.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Sitting in a Starbucks, getting some work done. A woman sits down next to me. She pops open her laptop. Desktop photo: Ellen Degeneres.

I know not to chat her up.

Look at this passion about calculators and floating point math! Who says we're not an intellectual nation?

It appears that Windows XP SP2 removes the ability to send data over SOCK_RAW type sockets. Previous versions of XP restricted access to accounts with Administrator privileges. Because almost all accounts on Windows systems end up getting admin privileges, most accounts were able to access raw sockets. This was something about which Steve Gibson went bonkers a while ago, and was then the target of much derision when the internet didn't grind to a halt with DOS attacks.

The irony of Microsoft's move to remove raw support is that it makes the OS a less-capable platform for launching attacks, but also makes it a less-capable platform for defending against attacks. Tools that use RAW sockets for scanning and detection (nmap, parts of Winpcap, certain firewalls) will be broken under SP 2. Passive tools (sniffers, monitors) still have access to RAW sockets; tools that need to send data are broken. Most broken tools should be able to work around this removal.

An interesting choice.