Friday, December 31, 1999
12/31/99 2:51:26 PM
What comes after 99?
In New Zealand, the Aukland International Airport's Web site posted
a news flash after local midnight to assure everyone that the
airport was open and operating normally. It is timestamped 02:58
1 Jan 100. Here's a local
mirror I captured at the time.
Note added 2000-02-02: Margaret Peacocke of the Auckland
International Airport just sent me a very nice note requesting
that I remove the link to the original failed page (which they
had fixed within a few hours), and I have complied.
Note added 2000-01-02:
Fredric White <fwhite at pobox dot com> writes to note:
World clock for the puzzling new Greenwich electronic Time -- as
best as I can figure, GeT = GMT + marketing -- has the same
At this moment the date reads 2/1/100. (Again, in case they fix it,
see this screen shot I just captured.)
12/31/99 1:47:16 PM
12/31/99 1:30:55 PM
Y2K early indications are good.
I've been watching the new day sweep across the world and so far no region
is reporting Y2K-related problems. An hour into the new year in Korea,
a network operator there sent an all-clear to the NANOG list. This New
Zealand page is a log of
network operations as the millennium changed.
This report is the
ongoing effort of more than 30 network operators.
Here are some early reports from the media:
Wednesday, December 29, 1999
12/29/99 11:34:32 PM
12/29/99 10:11:08 PM
eToys "moves away" from its lawsuit.
eToys has taken its lumps for its
strong-arm tactics against the
artists' cooperative etoy. This
claims that eToys is now "moving away" from pressing its lawsuit, whatever
that means. (The cynics among us might note that the Christmas season has
passed.) The company did not say it is dropping the suit. I received this
news in forwarded email from the head of the EFF, so it is genuine.
12/29/99 4:47:31 PM
It was probably the Martians.
Last week Sprint filed an
covering Area 51 in Nevada. A circuit breaker was turned off,
disrupting 8 DS3s, long distance, and "military services."
Full details are not known. Service was restored after about 5 hours.
Updated 2001-02-05, 9:15 pm:
Steven Armstrong writes to point out that on 2001-01-21 Sprint
withdrew the outage report available previously at the above URL and
replaced it with a PDF-format letter saying, essentially, "Move
along. Nothing to see here." Armstrong concludes: "Talk about an X'd
12/29/99 3:33:40 PM
Linux programmer rescues Microsoft's passport.com.
Microsoft has had no end of trouble with Passport, the single-signon scheme
it uses to unify for its far-flung Web properties. When Passport first went
live, one side-effect was the notorious Hotmail security hole that allowed
anyone to read the mail of any Hotmail customer using only their logon name.
The latest difficulty came about when the domain name passport.com expired;
no Hotmail user not already logged on could reach their mail.
Linux consultant Michael Chaney diagnosed the problem on Christmas day
and visited the Network Solutions site; he used his own credit card to
renew the domain name for Microsoft. (Here's
thank him this morning. Chaney is sort of hoping that someone at
the deep-pocketed company reflects on how much advertising revenue and
customer goodwill he has saved them:
In a perfect world, I wish they'd take that into account. But I'm
not relying on it. It's their choice.
12/29/99 9:38:42 AM
To the ramparts.
The DVD coalition, having stupidly relied on weak and unreviewed crypto
to secure their bits, has now followed through on their threat to sue
Web sites that link to copies of the software that strips
away their illusory security.
The algorithm securing DVD content was
cracked after contributions
from at least 5 groups of
cryptographers around the world. The end result of this cooperative
work was a program, DeCSS, put together by hackers in Norway, where
reverse engineering is legal. DeCSS is available from hundreds, perhaps
thousands, of sites wirldwide. Here is a
list of links to
a few of them. The DVD Copy Control Association's
complaint names 28 of these
sites, including ones in Italy, France, and the Netherlands. In addition it
slaps 18 sites that do not contain code, but only links to sites that do.
One of the listed sites is
from Deja.com's database of Usenet postings.
Will they sue me for linking sites that contain lists of links?
Will they sue you for linking to this page? (Only four hops to
content that US law forbids developing.)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is planning to challenge the
temporary restraining order, two hours from now, at the Santa Clara
courthouse. California activists are
peaceful demonstration and educational gathering. Join them if you
are able. "Dress like a banker," advises the EFF's John Gilmore. Be
Sunday, December 26, 1999
12/26/99 1:30:34 PM