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Had an exciting morning here at work. Part of what I do is run a
server that converts IP address to geographic coordinates. We
originally used NetGeo as the
source of the coordinates, but I have since been tasked with parsing
the data from the WHOIS records into coordinates (essentially doing
for ourselves what NetGeo does.) This morning, I walk in to find that
Arin has changed the format of
their records, completely breaking all my parsing and screwing up our
ability to even find the WHOIS records. After a morning of fun and
excitement, I found that they are still operating a server at
ws.arin.net that is the old one that used to be at whois.arin.net. I
suppose I will have to subscribe to all the mailing lists for all the
registries if I don’t want this kind of surprise again.

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Music TopicThis evening I got e-mail from Steve Coleman, the jazz
saxophonist and composer. I had e-mailed him a while back, telling him
that I mentioned him in the weblog, that I’m enjoying his music, and
that I look forward to his essay. He intrigued me by saying that he
basically agreed with my points about their being an
“enthusiasm/visibility” issue that isn’t currently comprehended but
that for him there is a philosophical and spiritual component to his
filesharing that is more important to him than the economic. I don’t
believe I’ve heard this from any artist, so I look forward to his
article with bated breath. The information age surprises me. Can you imagine the equivalent
happening 30 years ago with John Coltrane or Sun Ra? I wonder if I
would get a response if I e-mailed Pharoah Sanders or Sonny Rollins?