Salon.com is running anarticle detailing how the music and concert industry is experiencing adownturn this year. Boo hoo. Perhaps this excerpt best detailswhy I feel no sympathy for the gigantic corporations that virtuallymonopolize the music industry: According to the Los Angeles Times, a lawn ticket purchased over the phonefor the upcoming Barenaked Ladies show at Clear Channel's VerizonAmphitheater in Irvine, Calif., had a face value of $14.25. Yet after add-oncharges, the ticket actually cost $29.70. That's right, the service feescost more than the actual ticket.

Besides slumping concert sales, the industry doesn't understand why musicconsumers aren't lining up to purchase the overpriced, forgettable dreckthat is ground into our heads on the industry owned radio stations. Maybe if the music industry published music that we wanted to hear we'd bemore inclined to buy it.

The "Code Red" worm is currently running amok on theInternet. My web servers have been attacked all morning. Ofcourse, since I'm running Apache, and not the Micro$oft-spawned IIS, myservers are not vulnerable. The worm infects IIS servers that haven'tbeen patched to close a well known vulnerability, and then starts randomlyattacking other sites on the Internet, hoping to discover IIS servers toattack anew. One of the numerous web servers that was infected andthat attacked one of my web servers has the IP address: 209.202.141.91. The attack profile in my logs looks like this:[19/Jul/2001:12:59:43 -0500] "GET /default.ida?

NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN%u9090%u6858%ucbd3%u7801%u9090%u6858%ucbd3%u7801%u9090%u6858%ucbd3%u7801%u9090%u9090%u8190%u00c3%u0003%u8b00%u531b%u53ff%u0078%u0000%u00=a HTTP/1.0" 404 571This particular web server belongs to Fleet Bank and is part of their File Trustsystem. The quote on the front of their site says it all:Store your files- Access Your Files from Anywhere, Anytime - Sort and Categorize Your Files - Email in Your Documents Secure Your Data- Highest Level of Internet Security - Keep Your Files Private - Never Lose a File Again I'm laughing so hard, I can hardly see the computer screen. FleetBank thinks that I'm going to give them my data to protect and store butthey don't even bother to patch their systems with critical patchesthat are already a month old?!? Banks and technology simply do notmix. Of course, banks and reality rarely mix, but that's another storyfor another time.