Desktop

I’ve been a desktop skinner for quite a while. Windows XP can look rather snazzy with the correct DLL mods and add-on programs. Here’s my desktop as of now

Desktop mods:
It’s using Flyakite OSX for Mac-ish style mods.
Drive space / accents / dashboard / to-do widgets are part of Konfabulator.
Not pictured: ObjectDock. You can see my ObjectDock setup in an older desktop capture on my deviantART account.

Programs:
Trillian Pro
iTunes
mIRC with SysReset

Desktop:
I have no idea who made it but it’s the most fucking awesome thing I’ve ever seen.

Lingo

I’m excited to start studying linguistics.

Just a little while ago, I was looking up shell commands and I saw one called “until.” Now, I was taught that all shell commands are treated like verbs in a sentence, and it got me thinking – prepositions are kinds of verbs. That is, you could easily substitute a verb for a preposition. Like instead of “this is on top of that” you could say “this is covering that.” See, dorky things like this are what make me excited!

Now if only I can successfully crash Syntax…

Sun's actually hiring

Sun’s Network Systems Group is hiring. It’s amazing, they actually have positions for once.

This is a really long shot but I do know there are some computer-savvy people reading this, so if you’re interested, head to the Corporate Emplyoment page and enter “nsg” into the Keyword Search.

And tell me if you have. I could get a referral bonus if any of you landed a job. :3

Protected, Private

Protected entries are not safe from being publicized because of trust – it is assumed that anyone who is added to someone’s friends list will not take the info to which they have password-protected access and not talk about it or post it anywhere else. That IS often the case, but only because no one really cares enough to do anything to the info they’ve got.

There’s also the problem of adding people to friends list because you want to watch their journal, but you don’t necessarily want them to read yours – that’s why I’ve always thought that LiveJournal should have some sort of “trusted” feature where instead of simply adding people to a friends list, you also can have the option to entrust them with access to your protected entries.

Filtered posts take care of that, but still… it’s not as official as I think it should be.

Obviously, you should never post anything in a protected entry that you think could be incriminating or dangerous to publicize. If you don’t want your phone number in danger of being publicized you should only give it out by request. Even stuff like what you think about someone… if you believe it’s going to cause drama, the little “lock” really isn’t going to do anything.

In fact, I’ll go as far as saying that I don’t even see the REASON for protected entries. The best way to handle sensitive information is to realize that posting something accessible by others on the Internet is as good as publicizing it to the ENTIRE Internet, and you might as well post a public entry, omitting parts that could be accessed through the poster, through a one-on-one, need-to-know basis.

Private entries, well, they’re private entries. Woo hooray for private entries. Those are as safe as any other password-protected personal info.


Speaking about “trusted” and “security labels,” my job is going really well. As of today, I only have one more month left to work at Sun, but things are finally getting interesting and I finally have things to do. I can help other employees, I’m not spending hours just goofing off and surfin’ the net because I have nothing better to do (although I can take time off to do an LJ post or two, like now), and I actually understand and like what I’m working towards. BTW, unrelated to my division, Solaris is open-source and free, all you Linux fags, so start using that instead.

UPCOMIN PLANZ

Man Im feelin reel good heres a smily face. =)

PLANZ #1: Some time this week (I am thinking Tuesday evening) we get people together (I am looking at Geoff Bryan and Sophie so far) to watch the goddamn penguins movie finally. Anyone else is totally welcome to come to go to it.

PLAINS #2: Next weekend (I am thinking Sunday 2PM – there is also a chance of Saturday 8PM) I drive people down (I am looking at Geoff and Colin so far) to Los Altos Hills for an encore performance of Brigadoon.

PLA #3: On Friday afternoon I’m probably going into Oakland with Paolo to act like a spaz for a few hours.

ITT we RSVP. Go ahead.