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Blogger wins rights as journalist in court battle

A South Carolinian blogger has won for all bloggers due to the judge ruling against the plaintiff’s attorney due to abusive practices. What’s definitely interesting is this bit:

“It’s not the format it’s the content and intention that make text journalism / reporting.”

Meanwhile, this doesn’t mean that you cannot be sued for defamation. It also doesn’t mean that you are not bound by rules and can go off on this, that or the other thing. However, it does say that bloggers can act as journalists even though it’s a different medium, and are protected as such. Critical reporting does not equate to defamation in this case. And because of it, it sets an incredible precedence.

Want Google’s attention? Put in a sitemap

You have a new website up? Old one just doesn’t get the kick in the pants you thought it would?
Are you just trying to get noticed by any search engine, or even Google? Seriously. Get a sitemap. Building sitemaps really depend on what type of site you’re doing, since some blog software actually generate them for you, while others you have to install a tool that does it. Either way though, a sitemap is incredibly important if you want search engines to actually take a look at your site.
What is a sitemap? Think of it as a directory board in an office complex. Sure, a person could go from door to door finding out who does what. Or they could just read the directory board. In this case, it would be the search engine bots, and the sitemap file.
Google even provides a way to verify your sitemap and have it set up for their bots to peruse.
Sounds simple, but it’s one of the easiest ways to start moving up in the search engine realms.

Lateral fever

In the game of pigskin tossing, one of the most difficult moves is lateral passing. Mainly because usually any plays as such are a total play-by-ear type of maneuver. It’s not too different from the Hail Mary play…. or what people like to call the play and pray.
In any case, lateral type moves are rarely seen, and especially as you get up into the harder hitting times of collegiate football. Yet, this Division 3 game that you will witness is a sight to behold.

It’s not improbable. But the likelihood of something happening like this again? Pretty slim. Crazy stuff.

Free $20 Apple Gift Card!

Run Windows on Mac OS X with no reboot!
Until November 26, 2007, Parallels is giving away a $20 Apple gift card if you purchase Parallels 3.0. If you purchase the upgrade, then you get a $10 Apple gift card.
If you haven’t used Parallels at all on your Mac, this should be the time to leap. Parallels isn’t the only virtualization software for Mac, but it definitely is unique in the way it interacts with MacOSX. Coherence basically can run any Windows application just as a MacOSX application would against your Dock. No need to see the desktop if you don’t wish to see it. You can even synchronize both the MacOSX and Windows desktops together so the icons show on both and you can share files and such right across the board. This makes for a pretty seamless integration of both Mac and PC.
If you haven’t already, it’s definitely worth your time to get this if you’re an avid Mac user but you need this, or that application without having to reboot into Windows all the time. Parallels is your answer. And you get a free gift card out of it if you act soon.

SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals Fireteam Bravo

SOCOM U.S. Navy Seals Fireteam Bravo is definitely worthwhile from a graphics perspective and game play to be in the Greatest Hits series for the Sony PSP.
The load times were fairly reasonable and the controls are pretty easy to get used to after a little bit of play. Graphics wise, it definitely is one of the better ones for the over-the-shoulder type FPS games.
Game play: I found the campaign mode a little bit lacking. From a single user mode perspective, this game was great … and then it was done. The missions were pretty short compared to other games I’ve played and it didn’t really give me any reason to start another campaign or make me want to play them again to gain more characters, weapons, or anything else. Just beat it and it’s over and … what’s next.
Multiplayer: I really haven’t had a want to play it on multiplayer. The nice thing about these games is the fact that they are infrastructure capable. I can’t tell you the amount of times that I thought ad-hoc networking is pretty worthless. I mean, seriously… when was the last time you had more than “1” other player in the same room with a PSP? And if you do, why aren’t you playing some more next generation consoles? Ad-hoc = bleh. So infrastructure does pay off when you’re sitting in the airport, bored out of your mind after getting through security.
Overall: The game itself is worth the couple of dollars to throw into your PSP collection. If you’re looking for some infrastructure play, then it’s worth the money right there. But there are better multiplayer games out there (I’m STILL playing Killzone: Liberation) and if you’re not that into FPS type games then I mind hold off on this one due to the short missions and quick completion rate.

The -h flag for commandline commands

Interestingly enough, most Unix users fail to use the -h flag.
This is because it was written into POSIX versions of the same commands and thus only worked for linux until just recently (unless you installed it yourself). Later versions of Solaris and other Unixes may have this supported. So what does the -h flag do?
It makes things human readable. So basically if you do this at the commandline:
You are probably used to seeing something like this:

Filesystem 512-blocks Used Avail Capacity Mounted on
/dev/disk0s2 390050144 298010904 91527240 77% /

but with the df -h command, you would see something like this:

Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted on
/dev/disk0s2 186G 142G 44G 77% /

Notice that the readings are not in 512 blocks anymore, and has designations of how many GIGs of space or whatever your space is designated by. This is human-readable content. Useful when you don’t feel like counting the number of digits across to figure out if you’re in the gigabyte or terabyte range.

Shibuya Dance Trooper

Sometimes, you just have to wonder about the Japanese. They apparently have no issue with a Stormtrooper just dancing in their streets.
Makes for lively entertainment though. And you really can’t deny yourself that!

The covering up of fraud by senior management teams

It’s awful when a company goes public.
Well, not really. When they’re listed on stock exchanges, they have a chance of becoming filthy rich. That’s the board, the initial venture capital, and the senior management. So it’s a wonder when there’s fraud involving management, you don’t hear about it much unless someone blows the whistle.
What really bugs me is that having been in the corporate world long enough, you hear stories. Stories of how people embezzle money, or steal patents, or even do worse things. What’s terrible isn’t just the act. It’s the fact that the buck doesn’t stop there.
There have been stories where whistleblowers get blacklisted from being hired again in management circles. There are also stories of the cover ups, so that the stock price doesn’t falter. Kept on the lowdown. The hush-hush.
Now what I speak of, is mainly hearsay, the grapevine, the rumor mill. But those that have been where I have been probably have heard similar things. The head of so-and-so division suddenly “resigns” to take another job elsewhere when there was not really any good reasoning behind the move. “Family matters” came up and someone leaves the company. I’m not saying that these things do not happen. Sure, there are all sorts of reasoning for leaving a corporation.
But next time someone leaves and is a rather big fish, you just have to wonder… were they forced to resign? Did they do something bad? And what’s to stop them from committing the same act at a different company?
There is no company in their right mind that wouldn’t cover it up. In the age of stocks, your dollar amount ticking away across that ticker board is what drives business economics. One false move, and that frail number shall go tumbling. But it also makes you wonder how many unethical people out there are left to their devices.
It’s a scary thought, but it’s no urban legend. Just put your ear to the ground, and you’ll hear the whispers of corrupt executives waiting for the next big break.

line counts in the vi editor

Most people dislike vi. But vi is actually one of the most powerful text editors in *nix. Unfortunately, it’s tough by default to know which line you’re on and what you’re doing if you’re trying to search for that one bugger syntax error that you can find in a diff, but can’t find in the editor.
No problem.
In vi, to set line numbers:
: set number
That’s it. Line numbers should show up. If you add this line to your .exrc file, then you’ll always have line numbers showing.

prtdiag command for Solaris

When using a Solaris server, it’s always good to know about the command prtdiag. This command comes in handy when you’re unsure about what sort of hardware specifications come with the system.
Upon launching this, it will tell you the amount of slots there are for the CPUs, the type of CPUs, the type of memory, and the amount in each slot. This can give you an overview of how your system is set up and if there is a need to upgrade or if there are parts missing without having to open the case up.
Very useful when you think about it.