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Saturday, July 13, 2002

Apple Security Fix

This fix corrects a problem with Apple's Software Update that could be used by crackers to break the security on your OS X computer.

You can either download the fix here or use Software Update to download and install.

It is good to see Apple staying on top of security problems as they arise.


The weekend calls for some silly web fun and this site is sure to provide it. Become a sumo master in just a few minutes.

Via Blogdex

Meet Smokey the Bear and Friends


Meet Smokey the Bear and Friends at Soka University during the "Team Smokey: Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires" Smokey the Bear Poster contest kick-off event sponsored by the SUA Calabasas botanical Research Center and Nursery.

Participants will learn the rules for fire safety and prevention and can become a member of Smokey's team.

For all ages.
1 to 3 p.m.
26800 West Mulholland Highway, Calabasas. 818-878-3741.

American Heroes Airshow


American Heroes Airshow at the Hansen Dam Recreation Area features an all-helicopter airshow profiling their use in law enforcement, fire service, national defense and search and rescue.

Other event features include the "ABC's of Summer Safety" presented by the American Red Cross and ABC-7, the Code 3 Career Fair offering the latest career opportunities in public safety and the military and "Rollin to the Rescue," a presentation of vintage fire, police and rescue vehicles.

Public agencies and private vendors will offer information and resources for emergency preparedness, in addition to concessions, refreshments and safety-themed entertainment for the whole family

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 27.

Free admission.

11800 Foothill Blvd., Lake View Terrace. 818-347-4577.

Friday, July 12, 2002


It may take you a bit of time to answer the questions, but you can get information on what the average pay would be for your job in different areas of the country. Proceed at your own risk.

Via Fark.com

Career-Op: Keeping Track
by Douglas E. Welch, ComputorEdge Magazine

As a freelance computer consultant it is very important that I keep a complete record of my work. I need to be able to present a detailed and accurate bill to my client if I expect to get paid in a timely manner. When you are working as a high-tech employee, though, it is too easy to become lax about keeping track of your time and actions. Even if you are required to prepare regular status reports, these are often general in nature. In today's business climate, you will find that manager's are requesting more and more detail about "what you do for us." While sometimes it can appear to be an added and unnecessary burden, tracking your work can help you to protect and build your high-tech career.

Thursday, July 11, 2002

Logophilia - Home of the Word Spy

This is a great site for those who work with words, or even those who are just interested in how language evolves. Each day there is a new word or phrase and a citation showing its use. Neat!

From the site...

Welcome to Logophilia, home of the Word Spy. This Web site and its associated mailing list are devoted to recently coined words, existing words that have enjoyed a recent renaissance, and older words that are being used in new ways.

From DayPop Top 40

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

American Panorama

An interesting slice of the American countryside is captured by this artist. An interesting combination of travel, photography, art and nature.

From the site...

Matt Frondonf mounted a digital camera in his car and rigged it to take a photo once each mile. He ended up with 3,304 photos as he drove from the Statue of Liberty to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Via Wander-Lust

TidBITS: Email Filtering: Killing the Killer App

Are you not getting the email that you want? Are subscriptions going missing? You could be suffering from an overly agressive email filter. Worse yet, such filters could be harming email services more than helping.

From DayPop Top 40

Tuesday, July 09, 2002


I received this nice letter from a Career-Op reader in regards to last weeks column, Worker's Beware and wanted to share it with all of you. -- Douglas

THANK YOU!!!! For your recent Career column titled "Workers Beware".

FINALLY, someone (other than me) is speaking out about not working one's self to death. Since the untimely illness and ultimate death of my husband four years ago, I have been touting the "know what your priorities are" line. I had worked for a company who brow beat me for any personal time I needed to take off for the care and treatment of my husband during his illness or any time off I needed just for my family.

When I came to work for the company I now work for, I pointedly told the guy interviewing me that if they wanted someone to work 10 to 12 hours a day, then I was not the person for them because my family came first. I have stuck to that policy for the past 4 years and will continue to do so. Sure there may be times when one needs to work long hours to get a project completed by a deadline but not consistenly.

Anyway, thanks for publishing your article. If all workers everywhere would just put their foot down and refuse to let their employer work them to death, then we can get back to what really matters in our lives. And it's not the money!

Patty Loy
Programmer Analyst III

Unpacking an Xserve

If you are thinking of getting an Apple Xserve this is a great place to visit. These pages, and associated blog, will detail setup and operation.

It is always nice to have some fellow travelers when you are setting up a new piece of computer hardware.

Monday, July 08, 2002

Trust me, I speak from the experience of spending 2+ hours in the pool with Joe yesterday, Sunburns HURT!!!!

It seems that the sunscreen worked for Joe but not for me. If you find yourself in the same boat, here is a Google Search to help you cool things down.

DiddleBug 2.50.rc.3 - Palm-based drawing program

AmericasSuburb.com: San Fernando Valley history

I recently posted a link to The San Fernando Valley: America's Suburb, by Kevin Roderick and today I find that the author also has an excellent web site on San Fernando Valley history.

The author also added some info to my post over at LABlogs.com.  

Sunday, July 07, 2002

Living History Day -- Los Encinos State Historic Park

Sunday, July 21st
1 PM to 3 PM

Traditional music, children's games and domestic skills are demonstrated by costumed docents.

San Clemente Ocean Festival

San Clemente Pier, San Clemente, CA

(949) 440-6141

July 20, 2002 to July 21, 2002

The California Waterman & Waterwoman Championships (open to all), children's pavilion, rubber duck race, art show, classic woody car show, fishing derby, sand sculpture competition, surfing clinics, family fun, live entertainement, longboard surfing competition.