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Obscure.org down due to power outage

Jun. 30th, 2012 | 12:27 pm

Alas, the big storms have knocked obscure.org and its hosted domains offline. This should come back up when power and FiOS service are restored.

See: https://www.dom.com/storm-center/northva.jsp

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New Game: My #1 Google Creations (without searching for your name)

Aug. 22nd, 2011 | 12:27 am

Here's a Google game I just came up with. The challenge is to find Google searches that return something you've created as the #1 entry without using your name. You get bonus points for short or amusing phrases, or if the results say something interesting about you.

Here are some examples for me:

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6502 Assembly poem on the birth of my latest (nicknamed Little Bit)

Apr. 29th, 2010 | 11:31 am
mood: happyhappy

         ; Welcome Declan!

LDA #$1F ; five bits in a row
SEC      ; set carry flag
ROL A    ; shift left one little bit

         ; http://www.6502.org/tutorials/6502opcodes.html

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Welcome, Declan Douglas Bullington-McGuire

Apr. 22nd, 2010 | 08:54 am
mood: relievedrelieved

We are proud to announce the birth of our fourth child, Declan Douglas Bullington-McGuire, born at 7:11 AM by C-section at Virginia Hospital Center. Declan weighs10.5 lbs and is 21.5 in long. Both Patricia and Declan are recovering from birth well.

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Bitten by the Twitter bug, I'm now @obscurerichard

Jan. 20th, 2010 | 09:50 am

I'm interested in ways people are using Twitter both personally and professionally. If you have a handle, please let me know.

I'm @obscurerichard there:

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New article on SELinux I wrote recently

Jan. 13th, 2010 | 03:13 pm

I recently wrote a new blog article for my employer, Three Pillar Global:


If you are interested in computer security, you might take a look.

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Obscure.org system compromise, password reset required

Oct. 5th, 2009 | 07:49 am
mood: distresseddistressed

Obscure.org users should contact me or Faisal Jawdat regarding a mandatory password reset following a system compromise. See http://www.obscure.org/ for more details. We're doing the resets via voice or authenticated and fully encrypted email / IM only.

Oh boy has it been a difficult weekend.

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The Internet Mapping Project

Jun. 5th, 2009 | 10:51 am

I learned through BoingBoing recently about The Internet Mapping Project, a project Kevin Kelly is running to collect people's drawn maps of what the Internet looks like or means to them, with their home indicated on the map. This looks like a fun way of finding out about what people think of their relationship to the Internet.
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Obscure.org back up

Oct. 22nd, 2008 | 08:53 am
mood: relievedrelieved

Obscure.org was down for about 4 hours yesterday morning. We lost the previous 6 hours of data due to a fatal failure of the disk array. I restored from backup onto borrowed hardware. We are still mulling our options regarding repair, replacement, or other choices regarding what hardware we will be able to use over the long term.

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Obscure.org is down for emergency maintenance (restoring from backup)

Oct. 21st, 2008 | 09:16 am
mood: aggravatedaggravated

The RAID array on Obscure's main server failed (again) this morning, so I'm restoring from last night's backup onto borrowed hardware. It may be this evening before the system is operational again.

I'm afraid that we're going to need some new hardware or a different hosting arrangement once the immediate crisis is resolved.

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