inessential by Brent Simmons


Sheila on the anniversary of the Mt. St. Helens eruption: "I remember looking out the living room window and seeing a big mushroom cloud of ash, which then settled all over everything like a fine powder."

ZDNet News: Microsoft's 'Clippy' a security nightmare? "Yet the friendliness of the Office Assistant hides a great deal of power. In fact, it's essentially a back door for Microsoft to allow macros that can take control of a PC and help out users."

ZDNet News: Looking for a pot of gold? Go to Seattle: "Boosted by lucrative software jobs and a bullish stock market, high-tech workers in Washington earned an average of $105,000 in 1998, the last year for which there was comprehensive data." New Jersey (!) came in second, California third -- but neither were even close to Seattle. Forget the analyst's reasons for the salary difference -- it's the rain.

Get to the root of Linux's file system. A quick tour of Linux's directory structure. Via

Archipelago: My trip to San Francisco or Marvin, the taxi angel: "Of course, just for an added tweak, everyone around me slept like the world would stop if they didn't fulfill their sleep mission. Bastards."