Fishing at Alice Lake – July 30, 2005

31 07 2005

I got up to Alice lake around 1015 (Holy smokes, have they been doing a lot of work on that highway!!)  Somehow I missed the fact that you can’t just drive up to the lake….oh well, I hauled the inflatable, and the gear over to the lake.  Inflated the boat, put all the gear in, and was launched by 10:40.  I headed over to a shady spot over in the SE corner, and put on a red doc spratley on a type VI full sink line.  Cast, retrieve, cast, retrieve..etc – nothing.  Changed to some thing that had a bead head, and was kind of green/grey and looked a bit like a small dragonfly nymph.  I tossed it many times with no success, and then I was getting into the retrieve with my eyes closed, and half asleep when one of my tugs on the retrieve was met with a return tug.  Wake up!  too late.  Cast again and again, and then when I’m just getting lackadaisical again; Wham!  Actually more like “tug a bit”… Fish on.  I stripped in the little guy, and let the 6” cutthroat off to swim and be caught by someone else.   More casting and dozing, and casting and dozing, when I feel a tug.  I tug back…nothing.  I wait, and then one stip in… “tug, tug, tug”.  Hook Set!  Fish on.  Up comes a 4″  :O fish, and he has totally swallowed my fly.   It’s buried. I open the little guy’s mouth, and you can barely see the bead on the top.  Damn!   Cut line, and release fish (probably almost 2x as heavy now with the fly in him  ::) )  I wonder if he’ll live, or should I have whacked him and retrieved my fly.   He swims away well.   After that, I couldn’t interest anything in anything.  Big leach patterns, small leach patterns,   A couple of attempts with a dry fly after seeing something larger than average sip up a fly off the surface, but no luck there either. 
By the time I left the lake, it had become a hive of activity.  Kids everywhere, all the beaches were packed, and people were swimming all around the shore.  Alice Lake was certainly being well used by the campers!   There were a few worm and bobber fishermen dotted around the shore, but they didn’t seem to be having much luck.
It was a good day, and sunny, with a light breeze, so casting wasn’t impossible, and it was a bit cooler.  A few fish got their lips stretched.  The only downer was that the plastic oar lock on the inflatable boat cracked off, as I was going to try trolling a fly around the lake at the start.   I ended up doing some rather funky paddling to keep the boat going straight.  Oh well.  Perhaps this will convince Mrs. D to get a new (better) boat now 😉
Now…where did I put that aloe vera gel?  ::)

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Sysadmin Appreciation Day!

29 07 2005

Again, the last Friday of July is Sysadmin Appreciation Day

Happy Sysadmin Appreciation Day.  As a System Admin, I would appreciate it if you start by sending small unmarked bills to the mail drop, or your systems… Ooops…..wrong bit.

As a System Admin we usually get all the “bad guy” rep, but every now and again, you can see that people are ACTUALLY thankful that we’re out here.  So – go out and take a SysAdmin to Lunch.  Buy Him/Her some donuts. 

Then, if you’re in most of Canada  – Enjoy your long weekend!





Microsoft Genuine Disadvantage

28 07 2005

Less than 24 hours ago, M$ said “We’re not giving you optional updates,if you aren’t ‘legit’”  Many people complained.

Someone on BoingBoing did a little digging and learning, rather than moaning and whining.   Result:  one line patch…no more Check!  And the Cat and mouse game continues.

The patch apparently is:

Before pressing ‘Custom’ or ‘Express’ buttons paste this text to the address bar and press enter:

javascript:void(window.g_sDisableWGACheck='all')

It turns off the trigger for the key check.

Further:  Various workarounds have been rounded up:

From http://www.windowssecrets.com/

Microsoft last week made validation of its operating system mandatory for all Windows XP and 2000 users. As of July 26, downloading software via Windows Update, the new Microsoft Update, or the Microsoft Download Center requires a PC to pass a real-time test for an authorized, licensed OS. (The Redmond company is making exceptions for patches it labels “critical” for security.) The validation test had been optional since late last year, when Microsoft initiated its “Windows Genuine Advantage” program to reduce piracy.
It took only one day for programmers to demonstrate that the new testing mechanism was poorly implemented. The BoingBoing.net tech blog
reported on July 28 that entering a single line of JavaScript into a browser’s address bar bypasses the validation routine. Using a different approach, Rafael Rivera of Extended64.com released similar methods that involve installing small user scripts.
Shortly thereafter, Ryan Foley
published on his Technomyst blog an even simpler trick. Users receive a Windows Genuine Advantage ActiveX component when downloading software for the first time under the new regime. After closing and restarting Internet Explorer, users can then click Tools, Internet Options, Programs, Manage Add-Ons. Merely clearing the check box next to Windows Genuine Advantage prevents the test from taking place.
Another easy method was also published by
Sinhack Research Labs. As explained in a posting to the Full Disclosure discussion list, downloading Microsoft’s own GenuineCheck.exe program, and configuring it to run in “Windows 2000 compatibility mode,” makes the test always succeed in Windows XP.
I don’t advocate pirating software, and in fact I recommend that you take advantage of Microsoft’s
Genuine Windows Offer if you find that you somehow purchased a counterfeit Windows CD. The Redmond company will send you a licensed copy of Windows XP for free if you submit a piracy report and the disc. Those with a bogus OS but without a black-market CD can get XP for the discounted price of $99 USD (XP Home) or $149 (XP Pro).
Microsoft announced that the flaws would be corrected. They may even have been fixed by the time you read this.
But the weak stress testing that the software giant obviously conducted on Genuine Advantage — an initiative it knew would be high profile — is disturbing. If Microsoft allows such elementary weaknesses to ship in its most visible campaigns, how many holes still exist in Windows’ less-well-known software components?





Interesting points regarding the Sto:Lo fishery this week.

27 07 2005

Tad MacIlwraith has an interesting comment on the recent Sto:Lo fishery…. They decided when to have it, and then told DFO “Hey…we’re having a fishery”  Tail wagging the dog?  

When are we going to stand up as a political office, and as a population and say “Hey!  We’re sorry for what happened, but that’s the way it is. Let’s move forward because we can’t be living the ‘White Guilt’ thing for ever!“





Almost Darwinism in action

27 07 2005

Don’t rob the Coffee shop that’s below the local FBI field office – especially when the agent-in-charge is getting his morning cup of joe.





Battle of the XXX-Box

27 07 2005

A good bit about the recent Brouhaha regarding GTA:SA





Some kick ass Flash (if you use IE)

27 07 2005

The New York Stock Exchange has a Really COOL Flash app that monitors the trading floor… COOL!








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