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What do the Beatles, Dr. Seuss, Emperor Norton I, Burger King and McDonalds, Frankenstein and Jurassic Park, Asimov's Revised Laws of Robotics, the freedom fry, and Charlie Chaplin have in common? They all stop in for a visit and help me discuss some of the ramifications of exploring artificial intelligence.

It's no secret that I've always been a fan of James Burke's Connections ~ more the column in Scientific American, but the show as well ~ and, with the spirt of that sort of thing in mind, I tackled the topic of artificial intelligence in the essay On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men. The essay's been online since 2006, in a serialized hard-to-read format, but it can now be found in one spot on Green Man Envy right here at this link!
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Okay, not really.

But I do need to borrow one for a while ~ I need to recover some stuff off the ol' UNIX box, which is running a p100 on a skywired 486 motherboard that I think, perhaps, was used as the nav computer on one of the ships when Columbus discovered America...

If anyone has a PC/AT keyboard ~ or a PS/2 with a PC/AT adapter ~ that they could get to me here and let me borrow for a few months... well, that would be great. I think I might have tossed the one I had ~ or it's buried in storage ~ and I'd really like to try to get into the UNIX box and go over it to see if there's any lost poetry to be found.

~ ~ ~

Speaking of lost poetry, I recovered ten poems today. I had posted them on LJ, but didn't get them from wherever I wrote them to a hard copy or one of more persistent storage systems. That was the good news.

They were mostly written in May and August of 2007, so they're from a period that I had thought was complete. This is the bad news. I know I'm missing at least ten poems from August 12, 1996 to November 19, 1999, and I suspect there might be some others missing in the early 2000's, but I thought that things were fairly stable from 2004 onward, and that I had everything electronically (in the collection) and in hardcopy. To find that I didn't... worries me.

I just want to get everything gathered and complete and get on with things...

On that latter note, I wrote eight new poems yesterday. That's 586 present and accounted for, but likely a bit over 600 when the strays are gathered.
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I need to spend some time later on backing up everything on the laptop.

I don't think it's long for this world.

Just before Kissmas, it decided that having Mr. B's Neopets game knock out connectivity to Teh Intarwebs the third time was one time too many, and it would no longer recognize the wireless network. The computer that Mr. B was using (this old desktop, wired to the wireless hub) came back, as did Justin's computer.

Last week, at Stacy's, the laptop secured an IP address, but failed to realize there was a world outside of the wireless network. I could access shared drives, and Justin's laptop worked... so I figured maybe it was a clash with Justin's system. However, on the weekend, when he was at his mom's, I still couldn't connect.

And then, today, it started doing some funky stuff, losing all the configurations that had made it work after the first failure (we had to switch from bridging to assigning internal IP addresses). Now, it doesn't work in bridge mode, and it has decided that the IP assignment range for internal addresses is identical to the range surrounding that which the ISP's DHCP assigns to us.

The laptop is over 3 years old, so I'm thinking replacing it would be a better option than trying to get the networking piece fixed... even if it could be easily replaced, and I'm not convinced it could be.

EDIT: for clarity, all computers, laptop or desktop, that I refer to owning are Macs. Except for the SCO/UNIX box that's been in the cellar(s) for 13 years, and unplugged for 7.
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[Poor kid woke up in the middle of the night with a hacking cough, and he wasn't feeling too great this morning...]

hoarsely: I caught a computer virus from spending too much time on the computer...
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How to Install Netgear Routers

Click on the picture to see how to properly setup Netgear Wireless Routers for a half hour or so of service and stress relief. =)

Warning: If you don't like to see evil, perpetually-rebooting devices given their comeuppance, don't click. If you cry at the wonton destruction of equipment that stops working shortly after the warranty expires (which means it lasted at least 4 times longer than most of the same make & model units owned by Amazon.com reviewers... =), you will be miserable.

Also warning: I'm posting this when only half the batch of photos are there; the other half are still uploading.
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Yeah, this couldn't wait until tomorrow...

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kradical for pointing this out... =)
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Well, actually, it was the Netgear Craptacular Wireless Router.

We resolved a portion of the problem with an M-60 sized hammer drill with a tamping bit and, for final polish, a 20 lb hammer.

The stress-portion of trying to raise a dead router has been resolved.

New router tomorrow.

I peeked at Amazon, and for that particular model (WNR854T) there were 101 1-star reviews out of 160 total.

Yeah, this happens a lot.

Pictures were taken, but they'll post another day...
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So yeah, last night I stood in line out side of an Apple store due to an iPhone disaster incident.

No, I don't own the older, slower iPhone. I don't own the newer, faster one.

On top of that, I don't even *want* to own one.

As with most people waiting in line outside of the Apple store, I wanted something other than an iPhone. Some wanted to plunk down larger chunks of change for a brand new computer - much pricier than the iPhone. However, because yesterday was the international launch of the thing, they made all non-iPhone customers wait outside.

I just needed a connection from DVI to VGA so I can do the presentation today.

Took less than five minutes once they finally decided they could let me in and help me. Took an hour to stand there and wait for the iPhone customers to clear out enough for them to do that.


~ ~ ~

Anyway, things overheard in line:

"So where's the line for things other than iPhones?"
"The line is for things other than iPhones."

Car drives by, occupants cursing the iPhone and us idiots standing outside waiting to get one: "You know, the sad thing is, all of us agree with them - they're just voicing our opinions. We couldn't agree more. Although, we might say it a wee bit more pleasantly."

Various talk about what non-iPhone products we use. Turns out there are three Verizon customers there. "So, if that crowd of Verizon employees was here for each one of us, we should easily be able to storm the gates and get in..." and "False advertising, we don't even have the 'can you hear me now' guy on our side."

Discussing various navigation devices for cars: "And it can even speak in British English!" proclaims one lady, to which I reply, in a horribly under-utilized British English type accent: "Right then, off we go to the pub! Turn left here. No, you need to turn left. I don't care where you want to go, we're off to the pub! Now turn around, turn right, and stop at the pub."

~ ~ ~

Anyway, off to the presentation! =)
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First up, for those who don't stay up late or scroll way back through lots of stuff, Episode Six of Monday's Thirteen made it up with nearly two hours of Monday left to spare. And today, when updating, it lost the icon and the subject. I think it might be an issue with the older Safari down here. Anywho.

Saturday, there was volunteering and some work - details posted soon. Sunday was Easter festivities - details posted soon, pictures posted here, here, and here.

For the last month or so connectivity has been iffy and getting progressively worse. Thursday was Almost Dead, Friday was Mostly Dead, Saturday was Buried, and Sunday was Unplugged, until late in the day when I found out what it was. Maybe.

Monday, which gets lumped into the holiday weekend, involved Brandonisms and the installation of a new lawn ornament.

Today will involve some online work for the business that I wanted to do last Friday and much of the same for the household which was also supposed to be done Friday. Oy. It will also involve chainsaws and removal of aforementioned lawn ornament.
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Very intermittent Thursday and Friday, to completely mostly dead yesterday.

Today I went in and routed out the router, and messed around with wires and plugs and thingies - and... I think it might just be a bad cable, or a lose connection.


So, back up and running?

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So. I'll be lucky if you see this.

Pattern is I'll lose everything before I finish typing the post. And since I have to wake up in a few hours, I'm not staying up any later.

I don't know what's going on, but I think it's actually beyond my ISP - I've been noticing this off-and-on stuff, well, off and on for the last two months, and I know it was causing problems down at the former desk job as well. They use a different ISP. That also agrees with what the network diagnostics say, but I don't like it.

Anyone else in Eastern PA or thereabouts having a helluva time trying to keep an alleged broadband connection up all the time?

Ah well, I'm going to bed anyway, I'll just kick teh intarwebs on the way out of the room...
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Because I can be on an XP box, using Remote Desktop into a 2k3 Server, and, when I wake up the XP machine, it says:

Caps Lock On as I go to type my password.

Thanking its helpful nature, I press the Caps Lock key (which I haven't pressed in at least 3 weeks, and certainly not today, since the XP machine has been on).

And I log in.

Of course, the 2k3 box also went into password protect mode and came out of it, only now it reports:

Caps Lock On as *that* password dialog comes up.

So I press the Caps Lock key a second time, and log in successfully... only... I find out that now, the 2k3 and XP environments look at the Caps Lock differently than they have all day up until now. They have become out of sync.

So when I switch from one to the other, I'll have to remember to press the Caps Lock key so that it is always off. Because, you know, what I'm doing is mostly case sensitive (and where it isn't *required* it is case sensitive for readability standards).

Yeah, that's why Microsoft rules the world - because their software is so well engineered it can't even agree on what key is pressed at any given moment.

. . .

Don't look at me - I'm not the idiot sending them money, I just work for someplace that does.
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Just so I remember to go look at it later: Scrivener, on Literature and Latte and WriteRoom.
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From today's Shark Tank:

Hey, Mom!
New employee expense system no longer just uses a password; now it also asks one of several questions at random when a user signs on. "These are fixed-form questions such as 'What was your mother's maiden name?'" reports a pilot fish on the system. "During initial setup, I entered the answer, which was four characters. I received the message 'Answer must have a minimum of six characters.' Tell me that I'm not going to have to write down the answer to that one...."
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We're moving Justin's school computer up into his room, and Deb called the cable company as they had said explicitly that more than one computer could not share the connection. They advised her to save the money on a second modem and get a router.


Because of the distance, we need a wireless router. Any ideas on specific makes/models, as well as devices to allow both Mac OSX and Winblows PCs to do their part and connect to the wireless? And keep the whole thing secure from any bear, deer, or squirrels that might want to hack into it.
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...that Micro$oft Windoze is actually built upon DOS, we are served with this reminder:

"Please restart your system for the changes to take effect."

For reference purposes, this would be like having to go out and crank start your Hummers and Lexii and Mercedes and Orang-utans and Porsches and BMWs and all other cars that presume to be spiffy, elegant, or made since, oh, the 1920s or so.

Stone age software, coming soon to a Vista near you...
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I'll no longer be using UFie mail, as it's host - everyone.net - wants to slap a cookie down that my spyware protection feels is a wee bit too greedy. Although I've been on that the longest out of all of the web mail sites that I'm *still* on, I agree. Bad cookie!

I've also noticed an extreme slowdown on MySpace, which regularly serves up a half-dozen rotten cookies just for logging in. I think the site is a bit miffed that it can no longer do so.

I've actually got a two-pronged approach to dealing with it, and the later piece is what shut of the ufie.org email - first off, Ad-Aware (and a few other tools) isolates and then removes the evil-doers. Before I actually let it get rid of those critical cookies, I look through and check the address from whence they came. The root of the address - the blah dot com or blip dot net or whathaveyou dot wot - gets added to the list of restricted sites in tehIntarwebExploder. The security for the restricted sites is set to a higher level than high, with everything disabled, hamstrung, and so forth - in other words, the "Just Say No" school of thought.
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My dad will be published in a medical journal... Dr. Zhu called my mom earlier today to ask for permission.

The rareness of the type of cancer and the speed at which it moved make it article-worthy, as there are lessons to be learned and so forth.

Not quite consolation for the first Father's Day without my father, but a nice gift nonetheless.

~ ~ ~

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] patrixa continues to be frustrated with her Macintosh, and is moving to a Dell/Windows system, because she thinks they are friendlier, easier to use, less likely to be hacked, and less likely to crash. :: thunk ::

Yes, I have explained to her that is not the case, but there you have it. On the plus-side of it, I'll get the G6.
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[livejournal.com profile] patrixa suspects the rain and dampness of causing problems with her internet connection, and she expects it to be down for maybe a week or so, and she wanted me to let people know.
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On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men
By Everett A Warren
March 14, 2004

Presented as part sixteen of sixteen

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Part One

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Part Sixteen )

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Reference Links

17. Charlie Chaplin – Final Speech of "The Great Dictator" (also known as "Look Up, Hannah")
**** http://www.clown-ministry.com/Articles/Poetry/chaplin-great-dictator.html
**** http://promontoryartists.org/lookingcloser/movie%20reviews/A-G/chaplin.htm

~ Questions and discussion welcome! ~

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