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Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Idaho Qaida



I found this article in the Technology section of Canada.com today.  I submitted the following write-up for the Plastic editors to review.  If the write-up gets published, I'll include the Plastic URL later.

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Read the article as published on Plastic.

Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, a computer student at the University of Idaho, is facing at least 15 years in prison.  U.S. authorities filed criminal charges against the Saudi student in the Boise District Court of 'providing material support to terrorism'. Among other things, this additional indictment alleges he was the webmaster for Islamway.com (english version) and he solicited donations for 'jihad in Israel, Chechnya and elsewhere'.  He also developed web sites sponsored by the Ypsilanti, MI based Islamic Assembly of North America (IANA) which even the Saudi government considers to be a radical organization and a branch of the extremist Muslim Brotherhood.  The Saudi government is nonetheless providing funding for Al-Hussayen's criminal defense.

According to the Ann Arbor news, Al-Hussayen, a doctoral candidate in a computer science program sponsored by the National Security Agency, is accused of creating Web sites and an e-mail group that disseminated messages from him and two radical clerics in Saudi Arabia that supported violent jihad, or holy war.

CNN reports that Al-Hussayen has been held in custody for almost a year. His wife and children are to be deported March 6th.  Kim Lundquist, the assistant U.S. Attorney, defended the long delay in charging Al-Hussayen by saying, "His computer contains massive amounts of information that we're still trying to assimilate.  It's taken us this long to get through the computer information".

This latest indictment is just part of interrelated FBI terrorist investigations that has led to searches and arrests across the U.S. and Canada this past year.

The search for hosting ends in Saskatoon, Canada
is the slogan for amanah.com, Islamway's cited web host on their home page (arabic-language).  Ironically, it seems the U.S. authorities think they may have found terrorists there too.



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Tuesday, January 13, 2004
JfZ web litter


JfZ web litter => I puke all over the web like South Park's Kyle
 I haven't added anything substantive to Thunderstorms in the last few days.  If you read some of the recent past entries, you'll see the tip of the iceberg of my recent Javascript fascination.  Once I get interested in something, I tend to obsess.  I was up almost 30 hours straight until I finally crashed yesterday evening.  I then slept about 10 friggin' hours.  That's pretty amazing for me ... since I normally have insomnia and then usually only sleep about 2 hours at a time.

The engineers and staff at NASA/JPL running the Mars Rover Missions don't use the word "day" regarding Mars.  Watching them give briefings on C-Span, they talk about the work they accomplished on "Sol 5" or plan to do on "Sol 6".   Maybe in the Imajica, my day is actually 40 hours long instead of 24, I dunno.

I added a few more handy-fucking-dandy links on the left side panel.  I only put JfZ web litter and web warez so far, but I created the little grafix, like the one above, for several more categories.  In the future, I'll add link lists for my favorite sites for digital music, photography, and naked dancing girls.  The last one was mentioned just to see if you're paying attention.  I know you're not, though.

If you haven't checked it out yet, take a look at Grayspaces, Thunderstorms Glossary, or my quirky little CIA M4 Robotic Bunny Rabbit.  I should do a mock up diagram of the features that the bunny has, like NeCoRo Cat.


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Friday, January 09, 2004
Blog archives by topic ...




So here's the topic pull-down (slide-out) menu.  Selecting one of them will bip you over to another page, but with the topic name, like ycmtsu, where it says by topic now.  Then when you slide down the menu, it lists the actual blog entries' titles in reverse chronological order. 

Try it out.

Help me out, here.

Also, maybe you can figure out some better topic names or even some additional topics.  I had to start somewhere.  Again, I forgot how tedious this all can be. 

You can always go to the main blogdrive.com page and easily do a search.  If you just wanted to search Thunderstorms for a term like ... handy-fucking-dandy ... you could.  Or you could look it up in the Thunderstorms glossary.


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Thursday, January 08, 2004
Browse your life away



I wish I was as organized as Young Pup.  Then again, I'm doing the best I can with free resources.  If I had the cash, I'd register a domain and do this stuff up right.

Since I'm stuck in the house bouncing around aimlessly with my hfd walker, I thought I should do what I friggin' wrote on my white board before Thanksgiving, "Learn java before January 1st".  The knee surgery gave me some excuse for procrastination, but now I am trying.

The easiest way for me to learn things is using other people's examples.  Back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth freely, much of Imajica BBS was created from using other cool bulletin board's features and modifying them for my own purposes.

I stumbled upon Young Pup's site and it's been very helpful so far.  I downloaded his ypSlideOutMenus and played around with them.

Here's a way (in my mind) to more easily browse this blog's archives.

I forgot how tedious it all can be.


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Wednesday, January 07, 2004
Blue Screen of Death



This morning when I sat down to work on the PC, instead of my user logon screen, I found the Blue Screen of Death (BSoD).  We've all seen it.  It's Bill Gates' incidious way of secretly controlling the lives of countless millions and reminding us all that we have absolutely no control of our own destiny.  It's a little wake-up call that Bill Gates is indeed the one in charge of the coming of the apocalypse.  He rows the boat of the damned down the river Styx.  It's fatal error #666.

No matter what I tried to do, the operating system would not load.  Instead I got one of the most frightening messages from the underworld of startup screens -- " ... could not load.  The following file is missing or corrupt.  C: WINDOWS SYSTEM32 CONFIG".   Aw shit!  Fuck me runnin'!

Since I can not run anywhere, any time soon because I'm still forced to hobble about the house aimlessly with my handy-fucking-dandy walker, the first thing I did was to call into the other room to High Priestess, who had just been online minutes earlier.  She had the night off and had headed toward the bedroom to search out that illusive commodity in our house called sleep.  Trying not to show any fear, panic or anger, I nevertheless asked, "Honey, what were you doing online earlier"?

High Priestess hadn't installed anything new or even opened any email attachments.  Nothing spectacular or telling there.  What to do, what to do?  It was very early in the morning or late at night, depending upon your perspective.  It was nonetheless before dawn.

I broke down and called the DELL tech support number.  A nice woman in central India finally answered and I explained my problem.  After using the re-install CD to boot up and about an hour of CHKDSK /R running,  my performance in "Meet Bill Gates" was finally over.

So, here's the moral of the story:  Stop procrastinating and make back ups of your files.

Oh yeah, baby.  There's nothing like a close call to motivate one to action.  I've seen a vision of the end of the world prophesied of in Revelations and had an epiphany.  Even though I had been awake for almost 20 hours, I spent about 6 more hours organizing my files and burning CD-Rs today.

Really, all I did was envision the house engulfed in flames and decided what I would run in there to save from destruction.  After people and pets, most victims say one irreplaceable thing is their photographs.  I have hundreds of digital pix on the hard drive that almost became toast.

I organized and tightly packed seven CD-Rs with over nine thousand unique and irreplaceable files.  And before you even think it -- no, it wasn't all porn.


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