Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

Early Waltz Wednesday

I’m working on something else for Wednesday. So today, this!

p.s. RIP HAL (David Rain) and Stan Lee.  A tough day in a year of tough days.


Every one of us has a data center to care for.  Not everyone takes it as seriously as some do.

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The weird sense of duty really good sysadmins have can border on the sociopathic, but it’s nice to know that it stands between the forces of darkness and your cat blog’s servers.

Point being, what’s trivial to you or me is not so trivial to someone.  And if that someone is a member of your household then you need to take it seriously, if for no other reason than shalom bayit

Think about the things a data center does to create a fundamentally good environment for the computers it houses: climate control, power protection, redundancy, fire protection, physical security.  

But Kahomono, I hear you saying, my house is not a data center!  Oh no?  Let’s talk about a job I had a few years ago.  OK, quite a few years.  But still: we were opening a new data center for a major NYC bank.  We had three computer rooms: the Mainframe room had 8 IBM 390s.  The Time-Sharing room had 4 Honeywell DPS-8s.  And the Mini room had about a dozen computers of various makes: Data General, Pr1me, Tandem, Digital.  There were also a handful of IBM PCs floating around, with which nobody was very impressed.  So let’s round up and say that this “Data Center” — and it was surely that — had about 30 computers housed in it.

How many computers in your home now?  Do you even know?  I can say that in a typical home housing a family of four, you probably have… more than in my 1980’s era data center.  40?  Maybe close to 50?  Consider that your phones and tablets, your set-top boxes, DVRs, gaming consoles, “smart home” controllers and endpoints, not to mention every “smart” appliance you connected to your poor overtaxed WiFi, are all computers at least as powerful and capable as that VAX in our Mini room back in the day.  So if you only counted your desktops and laptop computers, you missed the mark by around 90%, is my guess.

And every one of those computers is capable of violating at least one tenet of information security.  (Remember CIA?) 

  • Confidentiality: it could leak information about you and your activities that you would rather it didn’t.  
  • Integrity: It could damage or alter information it holds, making it less useful or even harmful to you
  • Availability: you could lose information you don’t want to lose.  Think emails, tax returns, photos, music collections, movies, saved game progress.

So what do you do about it that doesn’t turn you into that guy in the cartoon above?  More on that to come.

Last Train

The Clarksville Special

How can you not have fun with this?

Jazzed up and mellowed down by George Benson

Jazzier still and Benson-esque in the scatting vocal style


National Piss Off A Nazi Day is here! 

Today is a day to vote against

Vote against hate.
Vote against fear.
Vote against fascism.
Vote against tax boondoggles for billionaires
Vote against losing your health care.
Vote against racists and rapists on the Supreme Court
Vote against racists and rapists being called “very fine people”
Vote against the Kremlin’s Five-Year Plan for the USA
Vote against “white nationalism” i.e., racism.
Vote against brown children being stolen from their parents at our borders. 
Vote against American citizens being stripped of citizenship just for being brown
Vote against black people being executed by police just for being. 

But I repeat myself once more: Vote against the Rethuglicans.

Vote against the Rethuglican running in every race on your ballot.  And that means, vote for someone who has a chance of beating them.  Sorry, Greens.  Not this year.  This year, in virtually every race, the only candidate with a shot at beating the Rethuglican is a Dem. 

SO: f*ing vote for your f*ing Dem! 

Vote for your Dems even if they don’t tick your every box or give you all the good feelz.  Save that crap for when the other choice is not a fascist dictatorship.  

So, yeah.  Vote for “not a fascist dictatorship“.  VOTE BLUE!

Ugh. We did it again

Are we idiots?  We just might be.

We acted this weekend in the interests of the

  • Candy Industry
  • Golf Industry
  • Gasoline producers and retailers
  • Barbecue grill manufacturers 

Because we are good little consumer-units who do what we’re told and pretend it’s an hour earlier or later than it really is when we are told to.  

The candy industry, for example, was behind the latest change, in 2005, to push the “fall-back” into November because (and you have figured it out by now) more kids trick-or-treating until later that last day of October might boost their sales 0.17%!  So what matter a few thousand heart attacks or auto deaths?

And of course, the petroleum industry (motto: Destroying the habitability of this planet since 1880) knows that with an extra hour of “daylight” people go driving more and gasoline consumption spikes.  So what matters the future of the species?  They are gonna have a few more swell fiscal quarters, then go f* up Mars.

And this, the best perk of all for those ratf*ers in power: it gets dark an hour earlier on Election Day, suppressing turnout and helping feudalism and racism stay in the driver seat.  So screw that:  go vote!  Vote like it was noonday sun out there!

Lesson: Don’t f* with the clocks!

Additional sources:  Quartz / Atlantic / NPRNatGeoWNYC 

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