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Google Chrome still has a ludicrously inappropriate EULA. What the hey, Google? It's been several weeks now. The theory that they put that particular EULA up by accident and haven't gotten around to fixing it yet is getting tenuous.
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Internet is working now. Upgrading the router's firmware did the trick. We'd tried this before, but it had failed — turns out Firefox is better than IE at uploading files to routers, or something.

Many thanks to everyone, especially Brad, Gavin, and the guy living across from me who has the router in his room. Now I'm going to go play KoL for the next three and a half hours.
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Here's the latest on my Internet situation. First of all, even though none of the suggestions have worked yet, I am grateful for them being provided. If anyone has more, I'm definitely open to hearing them.

Going into Network Diagnostics to connect didn't give me any more options for password type. There was just a field for a password, no indication that it was WPA Personal. The password didn't work there.

I set up two locations and switched between them, but the password was not accepted in either.

Removing AirPort passwords from my keychain and rebooting didn't change anything. Since I haven't been able to connect to the network even once, there's nothing stored in the keychain for it anyway.

Turning the modem and router off and on didn't work.

I also tried going to on a housemate's computer, to see if I could influence the router that way. I got a login screen on which the network password didn't work.

I'm starting to think the solution is going to need to come from some understanding of what specifically is stopping my computer from connecting, rather than my standard (and usually sufficient) approach of changing minor things back and forth until it mysteriously starts working.

The password I've been trying works for the other computers in the house. It fails for mine as though I'd entered the wrong password. Maybe there's some difference in how Windows and OS X send passwords to routers? If so, is there a setting I can change to mimic the behavior of Windows?

I've read reports of people having similar problems with WEP networks, which were solved by putting a dollar sign in front of the password. This network uses WPA, not WEP, but I tried this anyway. It didn't work. Is there another trick along these lines that would work here? And why does the dollar sign thing work in any setup?

Basically, I'm curious why the same password would yield such different behavior on different computers. Without prolonged Internet access, my ability to look into this is impaired. Anyone know what the deal is or might be?
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I'm unable to connect to the wireless network that other people in my house are using, and am looking for advice anyone may have.

When I enter the password here, I get the message "There was an error joining the AirPort network 'home'." This happens even when I'm very close to the router.

WPA Personal is the only option for Wireless Security. Sometimes when I type in the password, the OK button remains grayed out. If I go to select WPA Personal (which was already selected), the OK button will then become available. I do not know why this is the case, or whether it has anything to do with my inability to connect.

The password I've been given is eight characters. It's text, not hex or anything. Other computers here are able to connect using it, but none of them are Macs. The behavior of other Macs on this network is as yet unknown.

My system log contains many pairs of messages like this:

AirPort: Link DOWN (AP deAuth 0)
AirPort: Link Active: "home" - 00179a486725 - chan 1

I haven't counted or anything, but I'm pretty sure that pair appears once for every time I've tried to connect. That's many times. The number 00179a486725 does not seem to be a secret password. I tried.

Turning AirPort off and on again doesn't fix it. Neither does restarting the computer. Neither does putting a dollar sign in front of the password.

I'm using OS X 10.4.11 with AirPort Extreme. The router is D-Link. I don't know the model number. Update: it's DIR-625.

Oh, and I'm able to connect to wireless networks elsewhere, whether open or with a password. I'm making this post by siphoning off Claire's.

Any ideas?
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Today (Friday) I'm moving to DC and Terror Island is ending.

It's just happenstance that those ended up coinciding. Lewis and I have been planning to end the strip for a while now, but we kept having bits that needed to go in before the big conclusion. One advantage to the timing here: I won't need to try to take pictures in DC that match the sets I've been using. I'll still take some of the gamepieces with me, though, since I occasionally get requests to use them in Request Comics.

Speaking of Request Comics, that's going to be my main webcomic presence for the near future. Watch for a site redesign soon (among other things, the current site doesn't make Albert's involvement clear enough), and more frequent updates.
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I hear Google Chrome is fast and interesting, but released under a restrictive EULA. Since it's open source, though, could some third party download the source but not the application, build it themselves, and then distribute it to people without all the "No modifying the source code" and "You're required to receive any new installs we send you" wrapping around it? If so, we could get past all the EULA controversy and look at how the application itself is.

This would really only be useful to me once there's a non-Windows version, but it would be reassuring just to know there are people working on an open fork. Anyone know the details of how the EULA and whatever open source license they have interact?

Update: They've made a minor change to the EULA. Still nowhere near usable, but maybe eventually it will be? I hope?
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Is anyone in the area able to give me a ride to the San Jose airport tomorrow (Tuesday)? I'd want to get there around 5:30 or 6 or so in the afternoon.

As payment for the ride, I could bring back something from Comic-Con. Maybe a sketch from some webcomic guy or something. I won't be back with it until mid-August, though.
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So, in case any of you haven't heard about it already, you should check out Dr. Horrible. It's a musical about a supervillain played by that guy who was the editor in Stark Raving Mad, which should give you an idea of how good it is.
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Which of these ideas is best?

a) Historical fiction about the discovery of the cubic formula, with battle scenes based on actual challenge problems from the time

b) Incredibly detailed fansite for some minor forgotten book selected arbitrarily from a used bookstore

c) Noir drama set on the forums and in-game chat of a fictional MMORPG

d) Webcomic review site that only reviews parody remixes of actual webcomics
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Mike gave me the following dare: "List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to."

  • Everything Louder Than Everything Else, by Meat Loaf
  • Free Bird, by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • I Can Feel It, by Sloan
  • Sister Jack, by Spoon
  • South Carolina, by John Linnell
  • The Murder Mystery, by Velvet Underground
  • We Are Hedgehogs, by Tinyfolk and Secret Owl Society

I'm not going to follow the instructions regarding passing this on to seven other people, because exponential growth is immoral. (Diaspora, Greg Egan)

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So, I launched a new webcomic a couple weeks ago: Request Comics, a photocomic fueled by requests people send me. I encourage you all to read it and then submit requests of your own. Preferably difficult ones, since those are fun.

I probably should have posted about this before now. I've kind of been neglecting the people who read my LiveJournal but not my comments at Terror Island.
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Anyone know a way to search the iTunes music store for DRM-free music? I remember they made a big deal last year about how they would start carrying it, but they don't seem interested in presenting the information to me.

There are two things I'm hoping they have and I've just missed somehow: A way to search music by freedom level (though I don't expect or require them to call it that) and a way to, when I'm looking at a track, see what sort of file it's available as.

The second one's important as sort of an assurance. I went to an album that I already knew was on EMI, and so presumably is now DRM-free, but I couldn't find a way of checking that information within iTunes. I'm not interested in buying it there without being sure of this in advance.
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The following was generated by LiveJournal's autopost feature, using text from the classic entries Terror Island, Songs, and Mystery?:

I'm co-writing a webcomic with ultraman. It's called Terror Island, and like FOMS, it's a photocomic, but without rocks.

There are four strips up on the site now. I recommend starting with the first one, but that's just my opinion. Oh, and there's an RSS feed for it, for those of you who don't want to get up yet"
4: "Ben Ben Ben Ben Ben Ben Ben Ben Heaton"
5: "Found a job at the local high school"
6: "I don't care about the mutant chickens"
7: "I don't like Led Zeppelin anymore"
8: "I, man, am regal, a German am I"
9: "I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand"
10: "One more young writer slid away in the night"
11: "Sausage, for example, gets a lot of time.
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At Comic-Con this year, David Malki ! was going around filming conversations with other webcomics people for a documentary. It's finished and online now, and is worth watching. The part with me is about halfway through (in fact, I come as sort of a turning point in the plot), but I don't recommend just skipping to that bit, even if you don't know any of the other people in it. Watch the whole thing from the beginning instead. The buildup is essential.
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The word "qat" came up in conversation today, while talking with [livejournal.com profile] ladypimpernel and [livejournal.com profile] electricpaladin about a friend who's currently in Yemen. I'd only seen the word in the context of Scrabble before, and had to ask about the spelling to be sure that this was the same thing.

Oh, apparently it refers to a drug of some kind. Its Wikipedia article notes the relevance to Scrabble, which strikes me as right and proper.
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I got a haircut today. In fact, I got them all cut! But not by much, since I like having long hair.

Also, I'm going to be in Rochester this weekend. I've mentioned that to a few people on AIM, but I figured I should make a general announcement as well.

Fart Party

Mar. 28th, 2007 09:32 pm
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Here's a good strip about cheese loyalty, which I believe is an important subject for most readers of this LiveJournal.
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Claire told me earlier today that I was talking about Turing completeness in my sleep. Now she's accusing me of faking talking about Turing completeness in my sleep. I do not know which, if any, of these claims are accurate.


Feb. 4th, 2007 07:05 pm
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Anyone want to go to Cory Doctorow's book launch on Thursday? It's in San Francisco, and Rudy Rucker will be there. There are some details at http://craphound.com/overclocked/2007/01/10/book-launch-in-san-francisco-feb-8-with-rudy-rucker/. Just reading that URL actually makes most of the beginning of this post redundant, come to think of it.

If nobody with a car is interested, it would be possible to take Caltrain. That means a bit of a walk from the station to the bookstore, but it's manageable.
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My guest strip is up at Reprographics today. Go read it, and then read Reprographics from the beginning. It's a photocomic about "the tremendously exciting life of Chris Yates," and since he's a crazy artist, he's able to include a lot of visually interesting props and characters. Definitely worth reading.

I ordered a box of Reprographics-brand Cereal Explosion a couple weeks ago. The protagonist of the guest strip came as a bonus prize, which inspired most of the plot.
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