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  • South River and Catfish skin cancer
    01/25/2006 9:57PM
    A very disturbing article from the Washington Post:

    "Catfish from Maryland's South River have a skin cancer rate as high as any found in the nation and the second-highest liver cancer rate in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and both are probably caused by polluted runoff, a study released yesterday says."

    You can read the full article here.
  • When you need to move IP addresses - rinetd.
    01/19/2006 11:51PM
    If you ever have the situation where you are transitioning from one block of IP addresses to another because you are changing ISP's and you want to keep all of your services up and running while your domain name changes propagate check out:

    rinetd - http://www.boutell.com/rinetd/

    I tried for hours to see if I could get iptables to work but in the end the learning curve proved prohibitive for an single evening's investigation.

    However, rinetd does exactly what's needed. You set up a box and bind your old IP addresses to it. You move your servers to the new IP addresses. Then you set up /etc/rinetd.conf to list out addresses and port mappings. It's the only port forwarder that I've been able to find that handles forwarding of separate IP addresses to different hosts from a single machine.  If I hadn't found this I was going to break down and write it.

    The config file looks like

    a.a.a.a XX b.b.b.b YY

    where a.a.a.a. is the old IP address bound to your forwarding box, XX is the port, b.b.b.b is the destination server and YY is the port you want it forwarded to. It took seconds to set up and seems to work like a champ in light testing.

    We'll find out how well it works in production as this server (and many others) are going to have all their existing traffic moved through it.

  • UK Judge: Who needs software patents?
    01/16/2006 1:41PM
    As reported by slashdot:

    "C|Net has a surprising story about a seminar given by a top judge at the U.K.'s Court of Appeal who specializes in intellectual-property law. According to the article, he has "questioned whether software patents should be granted, and has criticized the U.S. for allowing "anything under the sun" to be patented." Is the tide turning?"

    Read the full article here.
  • Examples of how NOT to treat clients . . .
    01/13/2006 11:58PM
    This is one of those, "Wow, aren't clients stupid" websites, and contains not only a ton of example of exactly how not to treat your clients but also illustrates a number of ways that you can miss opportunities to upsell and make more money.

  • Warming Tied To Extinction Of Frog Species
    01/12/2006 12:10PM
    As reported by the washington post:

    "Rising temperatures are responsible for pushing dozens of frog species over the brink of extinction in the past three decades, according to findings being reported today by a team of Latin American and U.S. scientists."

    Amphibians are the earths canary.

    Read the full article at the Washington Post.