Citysearch and badly written content filtering

I use Citysearch to look for new and interesting places to eat and go out.

It won’t let me enter my location ‘Draper’ – it complains about ‘Inappropriate Content’:

Here’s my location:

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Here’s the complaint:

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Looking at the content all I can assume is that ‘Draper’ contains ‘rape’ – and that’s bad.

I hope they don’t extend the service to people living in Cockermouth or Scunthorpe.

Too busy to blog?

Velocity
I have got about six different blog posts I need to get posted in the next few days – I’m backlogged with ideas and comments from the last week or so. I wrote lots of draft posts – I will get them posted really soon.
That brings me onto the main subject of this post – what do you expect from articles on Cool Blogs?

Written at: Draper, UT

My personal manifesto is that these are my ‘PostIt Notes of ideas’ – that I share with you. Some are short and quickly written, some are longer pieces. I hope all are somewhat useful. (As an aside – I post my ‘other stuff’ on my personal blog..)

Corporate blogging seems to have split down the middle on this concept.

One one hand their are CXO blogs – like our own CTO Jeff Jaffe and CMO John Dragoon – who blog regularly – but who write longer posts. These are aimed at their peers – senior IT management, decision makers and CXOs.

On the other hand you have something like Cool Blogs – and most other technology sites – which give you a rich, condensed post with lots of information and tend to link to the source data and articles.

I like to think that as ‘geeks’ and ‘technologists’ we prefer the latter; we are all overloaded with information (24×7 email, web, news feeds, pagers, Blackberry..) – and we like our information short and sweet.

This concept comes full circle back to us – the Cool Bloggers – and what we write. You can tell that I don’t shut up. I blog here, on my family blog, on my personal blog – my ‘PostIt Note’ concept again. I’ve also found that blogging has let me get back into writing longer articles and documents again.
Please share your feedback. I’m not ‘too busy to blog’ – so long as it’s concise.

Written at: Draper, UT

Viruses

Virus

I found an interesting article via Digg about twenty years of computer viruses.

Touch wood I’ve been virus free for a dozen years. Good practice and a well honed sense of paranoia I guess.

My ‘virus claim to fame’ was being one of the first people to find ‘SMEG.Pathogen‘ in the wild – this was in the summer of 1994. I found it on a hard drive from a customers laptop.

It infected a lot of my floppy disks and my main PC. I vividly remember thinking that ’something was wrong’ with my system – and I took an example of an infected executable to the Dr Solomon’s labs in Aylesbury on a day off. I remember meeting Graham Clulely and getting some raw code to at least detect and quarantine this first polymorphic virus.

I had to give a few statements to the police – including a ‘financial impact statement’ describing how much the outbreak had personally cost me and my company.

The virus author – Chris Pile – was famously sentenced to 18 months.

I’d love to hear your stories of close encounters with viruses and malware. Feel free to comment – anonymously if needed.

Written at: Draper, UT

Viruses

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I found an interesting article via Digg about twenty years of computer viruses.

Touch wood I’ve been virus free for over a dozen years. Good practice and a well honed sense of paranoia I guess.

My ‘virus claim to fame’ was being one of the first people to find ‘SMEG.Pathogen‘ in the wild – this was in the summer of 1994. I found it on a hard drive from a customers laptop.

It infected a lot of my floppy disks and my main PC. I vividly remember thinking that ‘something was wrong’ with my system – and I took an example of an infected executable to the Dr Solomons labs in Aylesbury on a day off. I remember meeting Graham Clulely and getting some raw code to at least detect and quarantine this first polymorphic virus.

I had to give a few statements to the police – including a ‘financial impact statement’ describing how much the outbreak had personally cost me and my company.

The virus author – Chris Pile – was famously sentenced to 18 months.

ZENworks Next Generation

Spyglass

Novell have talked about ZENworks futures at every BrainShare and customer event for as long as I remember. During 1999 and 2000 I remember being the Product Manager for ZENworks and talking about the up-coming ZENworks for Desktops 3 release – and how that would run on NT 4 server!

The next generation of ZENworks – you may have heard this by it’s internal development name of Brimstone – is much more than an incremental update.

This next release of our Configuration Management product is designed to deliver several key promises:

  1. unify and integrate the product components and architectures
  2. provide a single management console which is web based
  3. unify all backend services to use a single, database repository with a published schema.
  4. utilise a single pluggable agent on the managed client device
  5. allow seamless, yet powerful integration with corporate identity directories – Novell eDirectory and Microsoft Active Directory
  6. allow rapid deployment and installation across your enterprise

My next series of posts will drill down into this next generation of ZENworks – and will include screen shots and other information from the latest engineering milestones.

For the record – Novell does not pre-announce shipping dates for products. We are looking to release this product “during 2007″ – BrainShare 2007 will have a lot of information on this major innovation.

Written at: Tel Aviv, Israel

[Edit: Reposted with updates. Original post 28 June 2006]

An Inconvenient Truth – follow up


So finally we got to see "An Inconvenient Truth" - and it was stunning. A really well produced - but not slick and markety - and thought provoking film. Al Gore did a great job of presenting the arguments - and did so in a very humbling, personal way. A "must see" for everyone. Actually - I'll make that stronger - if you live in the developed world - and especially within the US - you must see this movie. Go with an open mind.

Photos, storms and night photography

I took some nice pictures last September of a massive storm over Draper.

Storm

I tried again last night – but the storm was too far away.

I did get some interesting long exposure shots – look at this 20 second exposure of an almost pitch black sky:

Black sky?