Y2K10 Bug

Since the beginning of the year, I’ve noticed that I had started to catch good email in my Mac OS X Server’s email spam filter. It was odd, since it generally works quite well, and rarely catches any “false positives.” This morning at my office, one of the guys I work with was having to patch one of our systems because of a “Y2K10 bug” where the date isn’t interpreted correctly. Later, I noticed on Slashdot there was a story about the Y2K10 bug affecting a large number of systems around the world.

I did a quick search for Spamassassin, and found that it was suffering from a bug in a date rule! Apple has a technical note on the issue:

Mac OS X Server v10.5 and 10.6 use SpamAssassin to filter “spam” from inbound messages; SpamAssassin includes a rule that increases the spam score for any inbound message sent on or after January 1, 2010.

This increased score may cause some inbound messages sent on or after January 1, 2010 to be inadvertently filtered as spam.

There is an updated spamassassin rule that fixes the problem as well. Run the command:

sudo sa-update –nogpg

to apply the new rule. The –nogpg flag is needed for OS X Server since it doesn’t have GPG installed by default.

In Memory of Charles Junior Gaede 1920 – 2009

My father-in-law, Charles Junior Gaede, passed away on 24 February 2009 at age 89. He
was born in Richmond, Indiana on 11 February 1920 to Ruth Vera (Gehring) and Charles
Louis Gaede.

In 1936 he quit high school and performed odd jobs. He also painted houses for his
father for $35 per week. From 1939 to 1941 he worked in a camera shop in Richmond,
Indiana. This was an important position for Charles, as it became his goal to own his
own camera shop.

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Coppélia

Melissa will be performing in the Colorado Ballet production of Coppélia at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Center for Performing Arts.

We start with “once upon a time” and end with “wow!” A children’s tale, perhaps. But this is really a magical event for everyone with an imagination and a funny bone. This classic ballet is filled with magic and mayhem. Start with one eccentric toy-maker, throw in a plan to bring a mechanical doll to life, and mix well with a red-blooded young lover, a jealous fiancé and an array of mischievous maidens. You end up with a wild mix of abracadabra, spooky adventure and plenty of old-fashioned love. Don’t miss this enchanting tale and playful choreography!

Click here for the Coppélia Study Guide.

Updates and Desktop Pictures

I’ve come to the realization that spammers have used a web crawler to harvest email addresses from my website, so I’ve removed all of the email links, including the pages for Friends and Family. I will clean up those pages and link them back in as soon as I have time.

At a recent MacinTech officers meeting, we had a brief discussion about “Desktop Pictures” (that would be “Wallpaper” if you are PC-inclined). I decided that I would post some of mine as samples. These are some of the pictures that I’ve taken over the past couple of years that I use as desktop backgrounds.

Congratulations to Madisen!

Congratulations to our friend Madisen Beaty, who has landed the role of “Young Daisy” in the feature film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett! “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is based on the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and directed by David Fincher. It is about a Man (Benjamin Button – played by Brad Pitt) who ages backwards, and his love affair with Daisy (played by Cate Blanchett). Madisen will play the part of Daisy, Cate Blanchett’s character, at the age 10-12. It is a period film that takes place 1934-1937, and will be filmed in Louisiana. The filming is supposed to start this month, but the film isn’t expected to be released until 2008.

In Memory of Michael Bartosh 1977-2006

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of local Denver Macintosh consultant, trainer, and author Michael Bartosh… Michael died in an accident in Japan early Sunday morning, 11 June 2006. He is survived by his wife, Amber.

Michael was the CTO of 4am Media, based in Denver. He was an extremely knowledgeable individual, an official Apple Curriculum Trainer, and the principal author of Essential Mac OS X Panther Server Administration from O’Reilly. He was a frequent contributor to the Mac OS X Server mailing list, the Apple Consultants Network mailing lists, and several website forums such as AFP548.com.

I didn’t really know Michael very well, having only exchanged email with him from time to time, but he will be sadly missed by the Macintosh community. There are several thoughtful tributes to Michael on the web, including AFP548.com and Chuck Toporek on MacDevCenter at O’Reilly Network. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, with condolences on their loss.

Rustic Wildfire

This weekend while camping in the Poudre Canyon, near Rustic, Colorado, we were able to witness a wildfire from start to finish! A lightning strike started a wildfire just across the Poudre River from our campsite on Saturday morning, 20 May 2006. We confirmed that the fire had already been called in to officials. Throughout the day, we were able to see the fire spread, and saw several “slurry drops” from a small plane. The local volunteer fire department and the Forest Service moved in several crews, and had a “line” below the fire before nightfall. While we were able to see the glow of the fire during the night, the firefighters must have been hard at work, because by daybreak on Sunday there was very little sign of smoke or fire. Click here for more pictures…