Closing the Interstate dangerous?

The state has long has the ability to “close” the interstate. Normally, this just implies that the weather makes any travel dangerous and if you go out and get stuck you’ll be fined heavily for going out after you’ve been warned.

Recently several gates have been installed on on-ramps in the Siouxland area which can be closed to physically bar access to the Interstate.

Those who would go out when the Interstate is closed will still go out if the gates are closed. However, now they are forced to take secondary roads which are arguably more dangerous than the interstate in adverse weather due to narrowness of the lanes, and that two-way traffic is mixed on the same road.

On the interstate, when you’re alone, you can putz along in the middle of two lanes going slow and you have nearly 20 feet of road on either side of you.

I don’t agree that installing gates is a solution.

Windows 7 pop-under?

I can’t believe this. I left my desk an hour ago to work on other things while Microsoft Office chugged on this re-activation thing. It had hung at 90% indefinitely. Clicking the close “X”, confirm my request to cancel, and it still hangs.

It’s here I realize a glowing icon in the task bar. Clicking it reveals, “Do you want allow the following program to make changes to this computer?”

I suddenly miss the days when notifications were displayed in a manner that caused you to, well, notice them.

Testing youtube

This is a video:

I can understand where he is coming from. A microwave that won’t unfreeze your turkey is useless. Never-mind the oven and stove three feet away that probably works without flaw.

Ah, Muse. I needed this after watching freakout.

Active Directory / Python / Linux

My custom “mldap” module, which interfaces with Windows 2003 Active Directory via Python LDAP is growing again! I’ve started objectifying the code and integrating more with my Aims module.

I’m 90% on a piece that does userAccountControl bits. My next goal is to create a User object that I can use to create / modify /¬†synchronize¬†Active Directory / AIMS users. I don’t write anything AIMS yet, it’s a read only, but if that needs to change it can.

Cool beans.