October 6th, 2005

Network devices

Quick question for any networking experts out there: if you have a PC connected to a hub, and it sends out a packet of data, does that go to every machine connected to that hub, or every other machine? I.e. does the originating machine get a copy? The documentation I've read seems to be a bit inconsistent on this point.

Thus a poll:

Does a hub send traffic back to the originating machine?

Depends on the hub
I don't know
What's a hub?

Rampant consumerism

My amazon.com order arrived today, containing American goodies. Specifically, Christy Carlson Romano: Greatest Disney TV & Film Hits and JLA/Avengers: The Collector's Edition. Shameless gushing follows...

Christy Romano is better known (at least to me) as the voice of "Kim Possible". When I started watching the series last year, I commented on the similarities to Buffy; my standard description nowadays would be "Buffy vs 60s Bond villains". And it's probably about the closest we'll get to a Buffy animated series, since the more specific proposal has apparently sunk without trace. I think the most striking similarity was the trailer for one of the films, which included the text: "She's saved the world. A lot."

Anyway, it's a great album, my favourite track being "Could It Be". The only criticism I'd make is that it's a bit short (about 25 mins altogether), but hopefully her next one will be longer. I heard that she played Belle in the stage version of "Beauty and the Beast" in America, so if she ever reprises that role in England then I'm definitely booking a ticket.

Then JLA/Avengers. I borrowed the original 4 issues from billyabbott when they were published a couple of years ago, then figured that I'd wait for the inevitable paperback to come out. There's been no sign of it yet, so I succumbed to the shinyness, and the collector's edition is well worth it (the only snag being that it's too tall for my bookshelf). There's lots of extra info in the companion volume, including the 21 pages that George Perez drew for the previous attempt at this series, and some "deleted scenes" (in script form) from the new version. Looking at the art pages, I can see how they influenced "Avengers Forever", in the same way that I saw "Imzadi" in a new light after I'd read Harlan Ellison's original script for "The City on the Edge of Forever".

I read a review recently (cached copy here if the main site is still down) which basically criticised Busiek for being too much of a fanboy. Personally, I think that's one of the things that makes it great (much like his "Avengers" run in general). Continuity tends to be a dirty word nowadays, but he revels in the sense of history, which I really appreciate. (Paul O'Brien phrased this more eloquently than I can in his review of Black Panther #8, which basically covers the reasons why I dropped the series after #6.) More to the point, Busiek actually likes his characters, rather than sneering at them ("oh come on, superheroes are pretty stupid when you come to think about it"). Mind you, the comment in that review (bottom of the page) about Thor's hammer sapping Superman's strength was quite funny.

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Oh, and speaking of comics, I enjoyed the recent "Wha-huh?" issue that I bought; I think it's fairly well targeted at a niche audience, i.e. if you've been reading comics for a long time (decades) or have the corresponding back issues then it's very funny, but if you haven't then you probably won't get the jokes.

And according to Peter David's blog, he's doing a 5 issue "Spike vs Dracula" comic next year. I enjoyed his recent Spike one-off, so that should be good.

So, happiness all round. Now for South Park...

Edit: Added link to the review I mentioned.