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Today’s the last new daily Peanuts cartoon — catch it in your local paper! (And the official Peanuts site has made arrangements to put the cartoon up tomorrow, instead of their normal 7-days-after schedule.) Note, though, that it’s not like Peanuts is going totally away — from here on, they will run the best strips from the history of the cartoon. Yeah!

New feature: now, in the navigation bar to the left, there’s a link called Referrers. It will take you to a page which lists all of the websites that are referring people here.

From the referrers — I am flattered by Kate Adams’s comments, but I wonder what the JavaScript error she is getting is.

There’s an interesting discussion going on in the linux community. At some point, khttpd — an http server — was added to the linux kernel code. On 12/22/1999, someone asked why a http server was in the kernel (rather than a separate application), and generated a lot of discussion. In the ensuing thread, the only justification for khttpd was that it had good performance and a minor impact on the kernel; on the other side, one person speculated that khttpd was a product of the linux community wanting to respond to perceived FUD from Microsoft; another person speculated that it was a response to the Mindcraft study that showed that linux wasn’t all that great a webserver.

To me, though, it’s funny — when Microsoft added a web browser to the operating system, a lot of fury was generated, much of it by the open source people and their ilk. It would seem to me that the same arguments would work against the decision to add a web server into the linux kernel… but, that’s just my take on it. (Personally, I believe that a web browser in the operating system is A Good Thing, and I also believe that a limited web server in the operating system would be A Good Thing — Dave Winer has been talking about this idea, in some form, for years now.)

I hadn’t realized that the new Darwin Awards had come out — I like one of their choices for the winner, a Palestinian terrorist group who hadn’t changed the timers on their bombs from daylight savings time to standard time, so the bombs went off when they were driving them to their final destination.

Dan Lyke has a hilarious local rant from a few days ago — it involves a Y2K demand that, on face, seemed inappropriate, but it ended up being quite agreeable.

Kwikware has put together a good page with screenshots of many little Y2K glitches on websites worldwide. The funniest: the Auckland Airport, with a Y2K glitch on their page reporting no Y2K glitches.

As of now, Dennis Conner’s Stars & Stripes is the only unbeaten boat in the America’s Cup semifinals. Go S&S!

Happy happy joy joy! The version of Windows 2000 that will ship this month to the MSDN subscribers won’t be date-disabled or user-limited as past versions of Windows NT have been. So, if you want to get Win2K early and have been thinking about signing up with MSDN, sign up now — they are promising that all MSDN membership orders placed by 01/07/2000 will get the Win2K shipment.

I’m bored of people complaining about the delayed release schedule of Windows 2000. If Microsoft had released it in 1998, then people would have been upset about bugs and missing features; if they delay it and work on it, then people complain about how long it takes. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t; I’m just excited to get my hands on it. It looks to be a big step up, at least for things that I do.

Hrrrrmmmm… looks like the gun used (or at least found) in the Sean Combs/Jennifer Lopez NYC nightclub fracas was stolen from Georgia. Why would an uber-successful music mogul either be involved in this, or hang out with people who are?

OK, there’s Y2K hysteria, and then there’s someone who fears the new year so much that he sews his eyes and lips shut.