Category Archives: Humor

Oklahoma Man asks The Register to turn off the Internet

A couple of days ago, I mentioned the Register article about the Tuttle, OK city manager that threatened to call the FBI on a Linux developer because his webhost misconfigured their server.

Now The Register has a great followup. Apprently people all over are justifiably upset at the city manager.

There are also some great reader comments over at The Register.

Also, that city manager has removed his e-mail address from But fortunately, we all remember that it’s

Mail Server Comparison

After my mail reader comparison, I’ve been fortunate enough to have a few mail server troubles. So here, to help you with your mail server decisions, is my mail server comparison.

  • Postfix: Your mail can now have the distinction of being deleted by 53 individual subservers
  • Sendmail: Priority treatment if you can write, while holding down your Shift key, an m4 macro to calculate the airspeed velicoty of an unladen swallow. All other messages will be summarily deleted in 6-8 weeks, or whenever the queue daemon catches up, whichever is later
  • Exim: Conveniently marks every message as “unrouteable” to reduce the hassle of making up reasons to bounce mail
  • Courier: Promptly delivers, but then quickly hides, all mail
  • Qmail: Might actually receive mail from DJB. The rest of the world will receive rude, copyrighted bounce messages.
  • Exchange: Storing mail is irrelevant since the server isn’t up often enough to actually receive any. This server is also perfectly secure unless it is running.

The OS Quiz

Sigh, I’m not Debian:

You are OS X. You tend to be fashionable and clever despite being a bit transparent.  Now that you've reached some stability you're expecting greater popularity.
Which OS are You?

So yeah this is old, but it’s funny.

My favorite question was:

Your spouse complains about a large painting on your living room wall which is hanging crooked. Do you:

  • Move the painting so the top-edge is flush with the ceiling, ensuring it’s level.
  • Bust out your toolbox, complete with laser-level, chalk-line, square, plumb-bob, and pneumatic brad-nailer, and form a committee on the best approach to fixing it.
  • State that the deviance from level is well within desired parameters.
  • Tilt all other wall-hangings and furniture to match the pitch.
  • Tell him/her to go get you another beer.

Scary thing is, I really do have a laser level, and really do use it to align things hanging on the wall…

A Joke

Overheard on today:

Richard M. Stallman, Linus Torvalds, and Donald E. Knuth engage in a discussion on whose impact on the computerized world was the greatest.

Stallman: “God told me I have programmed the best editor in the world!”

Torvalds: “Well, God told *me* that I have programmed the best operating system in the world!”

Knuth: “Wait, wait – I never said that.”

Quiet Midwesterner or Galactic Warrior?

Terah and I have become big fans of the SciFi channel series Stargate SG-1. It’s an excellent show.

But there’s something uncanny — one of the characters on the show, Jacob Carter, closely resembles a person I used to work for, Marty Morrow. I notice this every time Jacob Carter appears on Stargate SG-1. Is it a coincidence? Maybe. You decide!

Jacob Carter Marty Morrow
Often home late from work due to life-threating situations with murderous aliens Often home late from work due to meetings with venture capitalists
Recurring character on popular Sci-Fi series Recurring character in popular Indiana startups
Uses interstellar communication devices Has a blog
Visits Earth periodically Visits Nebraska periodically
Fearlessly attacks the Goa’uld (evil aliens) Fearlessly attacks foosball tables
Pet peeve: stargate malfunctions delay trip to another planet Pet peeve: waiting on the tarmac at airports
11 letters in name 11 letters in name
Friends crack jokes about his lack of hair Employees crack jokes about his lack of hair

Now On Sale…

Here are some quotes from the Special of the Week over at Walter Drake:

“Bell rings 5 strokes short of margin stop!”

“Weighs under 11 lbs.!”

Yes, that’s right, they’re selling a manual typewriter for the low, low price of $150! And the bell rings a whole 5 strokes in advance! I bet last year’s model only rang 4 strokes early!

(Thanks, Cliff, for mentioning Walter Drake and getting me curious)