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Plan Archives from October 1999.

Login name: nathan    			In real life: Nathan Mates
Directory: /home/nathan             	Shell: /bin/tcsh
Job: Network Programmer, Battlezone 2, developed by Pandemic Studios http://www.pandemicstudios.com , published by Activision http://www.activision.com [Note: in this, I am *NOT* speaking officially for either of those, I'm only speaking for myself.]

10/29/99: Replacement ATX power supply arrived today (mailorder) so system at home should be functional when I get home. Phew.

Also, in the US this weekend is the end of daylight savings time. This has been something of a rant of mine, but the whole point of DST is "if you get up an hour earlier, you get more sunlight later in the day." Duh. What kind of federal rocket scientist came up with that after spending a few billion $ on research?

I am in favor of anyone *personally chosing* to wake up earlier and getting as much daylight as they want. But, don't force us night owls who don't care where the heck that bright shiny thing outdoors is to get up earlier. All the news reports are saying that the car accident rate goes *up* for a few days after each DST switchon/off, as people aren't used to it-- the entire country gets jetlagged. Once again, what kind of federal numbskull thought it'd be a good idea to increase accidents just so some could work on their evening tans?

If I ever run for office, abolishing DST will be one of my goals. Until then, I can just rant....

10/28/99: Ugh. I've had 2 of my computers at home have their power supply's fans die on me in the past few months. [One was AT, the other ATX] As I don't live in Alaska, it's annoying to have to replace them...

10/16/99: If you've seen the news today, Southern California got hit by a quake early this morning. News so far puts it at a 7.0 quake hitting at 2:46AM local, centered roughly 140 miles ENE of Santa Monica. I was home asleep at the time, but was woken up by it. No damage noted at home at all, and as Pandemic is ~4 miles west of home, don't expect any damage there either. Thankfully, no deaths reported, and only a few people injured according to news reports. [And lost power in a bunch of areas, but power to home never interrupted.]