License To Ill
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (1594)
I'm suddenly not feeling so well.
As in, suddenly overnight.
I think all the running around South By Southwest may have caught up with me.
Which is a funny thing, because I didn't try to keep up with the 20-somethings and all the parties or anything.
I just went to the sessions like a good little student, took lots of notes, went out to dinner a couple of times with friends and colleagues, and then made my way back to the Turbo cave for a good night's sleep, each and every night.
So much for good behavior. If I'd have known I was going to get sick, I'd have stayed out all night at cool and hip digerati parties and completely worn myself out.
Okay, well it sounds good, anyhow.
I have exactly six days to get better before leaving for Hong Kong.
If I can't kill this illness by then, I'm sure 18 hours in economy class will do the trick. And yes, thank you very much, I've already started with the Airborn regimen.
Of course, Apple informs me I can now download "Quantum of Solace," along with other HD-quality movies, to watch on the iPod Touch on the way over.
But I'm not sure even James Bond can save us from a really bad April Fool's joke this year.
Conficker is a program that exploits Microsoft Windows vulnerabilities, and has allegedly infected over 12M computers.
John Markoff writes in the Bits blog that come April 1st, "the worm will generate 50,000 domain names and systematically attempt to communicate with each one."
Hopefully Cathay-Pacific's airline reservation system won't be one of those affected! I don't think hitchhiking from Hong Kong to Seoul is even possible, much less desirable.
Whatever happens, hopefully I won't end up in Montenegro, where the government has decided to block access to Facebook on government computers, according to TechDirt.
Look, I know the new Facebook page hasn't exactly been well received (Facebook's own polling suggests only 5% of their audience likes it), but isn't blocking access completely a little extreme?
Don't we want government officials everywhere to be able to send those cute little virtual cuddly things to one another?
Come to think of it, the new Facebook is kind of like traversing a government bureaucracy. You know there's a there there somewhere, but you just can't find anything.
Of course, even our own Uncle Sam is having some issues with the FB.
Another Bits post from this week indicated the Department of Homeland Security is having a tough go of it with Facebook.
"We have a Facebook page," an official from there said. "But we don't allow people to look at Facebook in the office. So we have to go home to use it. I find this bizarre."
Look at it this way: At least they're saving we taxpayers money on Uncle Sam's electric bill.