October 4th, 2004


spinning in seattle. Perhaps with tartar or horseradish sauces.

With thanks to cathboblet, my recent lj posts as poetry (created at http://cmdrtaco.net/poemgen.cgi):

Ramblings of important ideas that so revelling in my father
owns. I got my resume, but they needed
a new movie that fancy stuff
that we have paid good money
So much that so books scattered around
to take the way, got a single reference.
Still miss Othmar speaking through. them.
I made one! more than 6 years since
lived to the Scream? Artist
I often get a
as redundant to be
spinning in Seattle, and condiments.

Hooray for Audacity

So, I'm running an operating system that you've probably heard of on this machine. It wasn't designed to be a fast or secure operating system, it's not got an aesthetically pleasing windows manager, but for some reason, it's a popular operating system.

I just rebooted because the web browser that is "conveniently" bundled with this operating system began behaving in completely bizarre fashion, making my desktop unusable to me.

When I rebooted, I got a warning that the GDI+ subsystem had a potential security hole, and would I like to know more about how to fix this? Sure, says I, but hey, haven't you been downloading me updates on a weekly basis? Shouldn't this security hole have been fixed a couple months ago?

So I am led to the web page that describes how I can diagnose their security screwup. Step 2: Download the GDI+ Detection Tool. Well, that seems like overkill, but OK.

In order to determine if I am a victim of criminally negligent code on the part of the operating system vendor, I have to agree to an End User License Agreement. Hm. That seems wrong. Seems like we've got things backward here. The operating system vendor should be begging my forbearance, and please don't join any class action lawsuits.

So I click yes on the EULA, and the next thing that pops up is a dialog box, a completely standard one, one that happens when I install stuff off the web, like plugins and whatnot. The dialog box is there to make sure I understand that I'm installing potentially unsafe code. And the line at the bottom is the very best part.

It gives me an option to ALWAYS TRUST CODE FROM MICROSOFT.

Yeah. That's what caused the problems in the first place, mouthbreathers.