More information about the ORBS shutdown: Alan has made the database available for download, which will at least allow some creative person to carry on if they want to. It's a shame that the software driving it won't move on to whoever eventually takes up the torch (there's too many people interested in the continuing existance of an automated open relay testing system for it not to be resurrected somewhere). It's a shame I don't have the financial wherewithal to take on the task; living in the US is an open invitation for interested parties to keep an ORBS-alike operator tied up in court long enough for resources to run out. At the very least, I need to finish up work on a 1.0 release of relaytest, although it looks like rfg has done the same thing. Ah well, competition is always good. :-)
Ye ghods. $960 US to fix the brakes on my car. At least getting the car started from it's little I-won't-recognize-your-key-until-you-apologize tantrum was free, but that seems to mean very little right now. And, to add insult to injury, the car is a lease; a grand to fix a car I don't even own. Bah.
I'm beginning to think that my posts here are drifting farther and farther from the original idea of Advogato, so I have a feeling I'm going to set up a crude diary weblog on my homepage soonish; it's tempting to flag technical items for submission here (which would be pretty easy to automate); is anyone else doing something similar (doing partial tagged content distribution between sites, not just doing a full sync between various sites; I know ithought already does that)?