July 30, 2002 Archives

The Secret Service visits Art Gallery ...

Donna Huanca works as a docent at the Art Car Museum, an avant-garde gallery in Houston. Around 10:30 on the morning of November 7, before she opened the museum, two men wearing suits and carrying leather portfolios came to her door.

"I told them to wait until we opened at 11:00," she recalls. "Then they pulled their badges out."

The two men were Terrence Donahue of the FBI and Steven Smith of the Secret Service.

"They said they had several reports of anti-American activity going on here and wanted to see the exhibit," she says. The museum was running a show called "Secret Wars," which contains many anti-war statements that were commissioned before September 11.

"They just walked in, so I went through with them and gave them a very detailed tour. I asked them if they were familiar with the artists and what the role of art was at a critical time like this," she says. "They were more interested in where the artists were from.

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Bidding for running the .org registry

Carl Malamud comments on the bids to run the .org domain registry: "I'm not sure how an under-funded, over-extended .com in search of a business model provides a more stable operating environment than a team of engineers that has worked together for over a decade and has built some of the largest public infrastructure projects on the net.".

(both via aaronsw)

New OS X Software


Yay. New Chimera 0.4 and at OSCON Rael mentioned NetNewsWire (although I forgot the name until Jim kindly reminded me; thanks Jim!)

The new Chimera is much smoother than 0.3 and NetNewsWire surely beats opening a billion tabs in Mozilla. It seems more and more likely that I'll replace the Linux desktop with a Mac .... :-)

In similar news Mark talks about a friend having trouble installing Movable Type. Mark, I'm sure Ben would fix it if your friend would tell them what made the installation fail. And for easy Linux installs; RedHat and SuSE seems to be the leader in reliable and easy Linux installs. I'm pretty happy with RedHat for my needs. And if you have a pile of servers; an "enterprise account" at RedHat Network rocks. (Although it might be expensive).

Update: Gah, Microsoft are really really not good at making software work on unix...

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