Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Jon Udell: The Screening Room #5: LINQ

Jon Udell: The Screening Room #5: LINQ:
The fact that none of them have attracted a huge amount of interest might suggest that they are, indeed, too long. Or it may simply indicate that the audience for these in-depth shows is smaller, which isn't surprising. Might that smaller audience, though, want to see more rather than less? To test that theory I'm running this episode long.

I would like longer episodes please! The more you can see and learn about a technology the better!

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qmail and fedora core 5

I've been installing qmail (netqmail-1.05) on fedora core 5. Their were quite a few things that I should have written down but I didn't.

If you are trying to compile with smtp-auth, you will find cmd5checkpw doesn't compile. You have to modify the Makefile and add "-lcrypt" to the LDFLAGS variable. It seems they moved crypt from libc to libcrypt.

Real Virtual cities

In new 'X-Men' movie, S.F. just a special effect / Trend: Virtual locales cheaper than being there:
But although the movie takes place in the Bay Area -- and San Francisco landmarks figure significantly in the plot -- no actor set foot in the city and almost no live action film was shot here.

Cool! How long till instead of real life cities like San Francisco, virtual cities are used? They are as real to people who play in them as the real life cities, yet they don't exist!

Technology is amazing!


Tuesday, May 30, 2006

education vs. commercialism

Jon Udell: Re-imagining education:
Since then, I've been thinking a lot about how ascendant uses of the Internet -- including blogging, podcasting, screencasting, and social software -- could transform education in the way that television was supposed to but of course never did.

The internet is creating these amazing bits of collaboration between smart individuals such as the one highlighted by Jon in his post linked above. However, I fear that as the internet becomes more commercial/tiered such interaction is going to get limited. How can corporate interests be balanced with educational interests? Is anybody even looking at the balancing part, or is it one side against another?

And even within education itself, we have problems brought up by the wild wild internet:

The question of banning laptops in class: it's academic, silly:
Academics finding hope in blocking technology had better think again, it's a battle that can't win, and it's not the battle they should be fighting.

(Via Ars Technica.)

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Second Life of Warcraft wiki Now Open

Second Life of Warcraft wiki Now Open:
Got any ideas for how to mashup Second Life and World of Warcraft? Post them over at the Second Life of Warcraft wiki page, where Jerry Paffendorf of 3pointD sponsor the Electric Sheep Company is putting together an event we blogged back in April, now planned for this summer, that will stream WoW into SL and recreate bits of the popular MMO in the virtual world. Because WoW doesn’t feature user-created content, it’s a bit of a one-way affair, but it should be interesting nonetheless, and at the very least will raise some fascinating issue of what the virtual world will be like when some 3D online spaces allow us to travel freely from one to the next.


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Mac OS drivers appear in Dell download list

Mac OS drivers appear in Dell download list:
Somehow, some way, Mac OS drivers have appeared as a download option for a Dell Latitude X1. How many times do we have to tell you Michael Dell: You can't sell Mac OS X, no matter how often or how badly you wish to sell an operating system that's made for this century. Besides, trying to sneak it onto your site is just bad form.

If you want to see this interesting quirk for yourself, check it out at Dell's Driver and Downloads site. As of this writing, you can snag your own 'Mac OS' drivers for a Latitude X1.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

Hmmm... weird. I know I'm getting a Dell if they start giving an option with OS X!

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Monday, May 29, 2006

Details of upcoming Thunderbird 2.0 release

Details of upcoming Thunderbird 2.0 release:
Hawk Wings has tracked down some details on a tantalizing v2.0 update to Thunderbird, Mozilla's email client. New features at the top of my list are message tagging, a tabbed message viewer and a built-in notification system. It's great to see more developers bringing the tagging paradigm to email, as Scott Morrison has done with his MailTags plug-in for Apple's Mail.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

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Picture 1
Originally uploaded by awasim.

I upgraded the RAM on my Powerbook G4 to 1.25 GB yesterday. Its a good thing too as you can see from the image. I'm compiling KDE via fink, and I'd played a couple of games earlier in the day.

PS. I'm compiling KDE so I can do some dev work using the KDE libraries.

Discovering the Metaverse

Discovering the Metaverse:
Fortune’s David Kirkpatrick took an interesting tack recently to introducing his audience to a few metaversal concepts. In a slightly odd post on the site, he relates a conversation with three hip, young (and anonymous) metaversal friends about what’s going on now in virtual worlds and online social spaces. Most of the random quotes cover salient phenomena that many readers are probably not familiar with. Pretty good food for thought, especially in its presentation.


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Fox Confirms X-Men 4

Fox Confirms X-Men 4:
Now that "X-Men: The Last Stand" is out, Fox Head Tom Rothman has confirmed that there will indeed be an X-Men 4, and probably more after that as well.

(Via digg.)

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DTrace reaches prime time on FreeBSD

DTrace reaches prime time on FreeBSD: ZDNet Australia: News: Software:
A project to bring one of the most advanced features of Sun Microsystems' Solaris operating system to the FreeBSD platform has started bearing fruit.

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Back to the Future DeLorean on eBay

Back to the Future DeLorean on eBay:
A 1983 DeLorean modeled to look exactly like the one from 'Back to the Future'. It includes a "working" flux capacitor and film-accurate interior and exterior details!

(Via digg.)


How to build a Linux router - Part 1 - How to build a Linux router - Part 1:
This guide will show you how to setup a Linux router with the Fedora Core 4 Linux operating system and an old computer in about 3 hours worth of time. Since many retail routers have been having trouble keeping up with the modern user with their loads of P2P apps, I%u2019ve decided to write up this multi-part guide to help YOU setup a basic Linux-based router. If your router is slow, resetting, or stopping internet access when you're doing torrents or downloading from other P2P sources, the router you will make from this guide will take care of all your problems.

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

A whole movie on Google Video, legal?

I'm watching a movie streaming from Google video...

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998):
The cast is:
Johnny Depp .... Raoul Duke/Hunter S. Thompson
Benicio Del Toro .... Dr. Gonzo/Oscar Z. Acosta
Tobey Maguire .... Hitchhiker

Is this a legal copy? Weird movie too.

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Originally uploaded by awasim.
On the side is a graph of

blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

Here is a website that will let you graph your website/blog.

Here is a link to a little description of the applet, and review of some popular sites.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Looking for a college? Choose based on who plays the most Warcraft!

Looking for a college? Choose based on who plays the most Warcraft!:
Forget academic or pre-season football rankings, here are the Top 25 Schools ranked according to how many of their students play World of Warcraft.

(Via digg.)

UT had to be in their! :)

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Picasa For Linux

Google Releases Picasa For Linux:
Goggle is further embracing the open-source community by developing one of their most popular applications, the Picasa picture organizer, for the Linux platform. Way to go Google!

(Via digg.)

PIcasa on Linux, so far | Linux Journal:

Migration was done with Wine.

I remember not liking Wine. It doesn't work well with my choice of window manager and apps just seem slower. Ofcourse its been a while since I ran anything in wine, so...

I found this application (from Doc Searls article above, its the first comment) that seems to have flickr export which would matter to me more. Google have another app called Hello that lets you post pictures to a blogger blog. At least they could integrate that feature into Picasa. Why a separate app? And are they going to port Hello to Wine? What about OS X? Perhaps they should consider using a cross platform toolkit like GTK, QT or wxWidgets. I seem to remember reading Google Earth used QT, but I can't remember where I read it. So I can't confirm that.

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life lessons

The questioning of career, life, family, love follows grief (taking a week off of blogging):
My mom's stroke and death reminded me that life is temporary

(Via Scobleizer - Microsoft Geek Blogger.)

Reminded me of what my Mom says:
Life is temporary, enjoy and be grateful for what you have, while striving to better yourself.

Its a hard thing to balance.

Scoble's mom:
Mothers and fathers are our teachers, a few years ago when it looked like my dad was going to die, I was still learning from him, and he survived, to be an inspiration, again and again. You never know what's coming next in life, that's the great thing about it. Scoble's mom, even after her life is over, continues to teach. Not just Scoble, not just Maryam, but me, and if you're reading this, you.

(Via Scripting News.)

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

routing problems

Cogent Routing Outages:
This morning (shortly after 9am UTC, 5am EDT), Cogent experienced an outage resulting in many sites being not reachable. Things are slowly coming back together. Some sites may still not yet be reachable.

An interesting start to the day!


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

What do you not see in these pictures?

Hong Kong :: 100 Rooms @ 100 Square Feet

There is one room in their that looks like it has a PC. Can you spot it? Most of them seem to have a television. Perhaps this will help get a PC in their. That and literacy ofcourse. I tend to think of it this way, television leads to zombies, computers lead to creativity.

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'Pay As You Go' Computing

Microsoft, Lenovo Launch 'Pay As You Go' Computer:
Microsoft Corp. and Chinese-based computer maker Lenovo said Monday they will launch market trials for pay-as-you-go purchases of computers in China and India. Consumers will be able to purchase a Lenovo PC for about half its retail price and pay off the balance over time by purchasing pre-paid cards from Lenovo.

(Via digg.)

This might just work in developing countries. People really can't afford computers even at the low prices we have them right now (they are low in developed countries only). But time seems to be removing the "Personal" from personal computers. I was pretty unhappy when I read this story at first. You have to buy minutes to use the computer, which suggests that the computer still belongs to IBM or Microsoft. But then I realize if it wasn't for this deal, people who can't afford the original price of a computer wouldn't have access to a computer at all. Something is better than nothing. And the more people computing means more people online and richer the internet.

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Clarification: Apple has not closed the Intel-based Darwin kernel

Clarification: Apple has not closed the Intel-based Darwin kernel:
OSNews is reporting that Ernest Prabhakar, Apple's Open Source and Open Standards product manager, has stated in the Fed-Talk mailing that Apple has not actually closed Mac OS X's Darwin kernel for the Intel version of the OS; they simply haven't released it yet. Speculation about Apple closing the kernel arose from the fact that other non-kernel Darwin sources actually have been released, and the previous PowerPC-based kernel is still available as open source as well.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

Once again, whats with the media taking a conversation, and manipulating it to reach conclusions which aren't true? I've seen this before. With the rewrite of Windows Vista story. And many others. Its frustrating and irritating.

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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Must check out MyDNS

Linux System Administration in the New ERA | Linux Journal:
Falko also writes howtos on about technology like MyDNS, a server that uses a MySQL database as a backend instead of Bind or djbdns flat files. MyDNS simply reads DNS records from a database and does not require a restart when DNS records change or when you create, edit or delete zones. MyDNS provides a major advantage to organizations that deal with massive numbers of domains. It runs on Linux.

That sounds interesting. I'll have to try it out.

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Friday, May 19, 2006

why no macbook for me yet!

Not all Macs meet Vista requirements:
Hmm. Seems the MacBook and Mac mini fail to meet the video RAM requirements. Not to mention that you're going to need at least a 60GB hard drive. Also note, as Julio points out, that the mini and MacBook share system and video memory, so Vista may be a drag on those machines. So, if you plan on running a dual-boot machine once Vista is released, you may want to look towards a MacBook Pro or iMac.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

Even though Dave Winers review of the Macbook he bought made me want to buy one, I think I'll wait. There are reasons above. And then when Apple releases Leopard, I don't want to have to shell out extra cash. The Powerbook G4 I have right now has a dedicated 64 MB Video graphics card, which is far better than what the macbooks have. Why buy something that downgrades you. And I don't want to pay an arm and a leg for a macbook pro!

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

outsourcing network monitoring

The world suddenly seems to have realized that network monitoring can be outsourced. Ofcourse there are advantages to this, and then there are problems.

In this day and age uptime is king. Monitoring is the first step. Fixing it is the second. Usually if you have people monitoring your server on the other side of the globe, they will have to tell you there is a problem. Then you have to contact the person who will fix it (who may also be somewhere else on the globe). There are issues that have to be taken into consideration such as how are you going to fix it. All of this takes time. Critical downtime for your service. Plus the person monitoring on the other side of the globe has to be reliable.

Other than the reasons above, network monitoring might be the easiest job to outsource. If their is internet access available you can pretty much monitor whatever the heck you want.

RealVNC exploits in the wild (NEW)

RealVNC exploits in the wild (NEW)
Active use of RealVNC to break into systems is being reported anonymously.

Dell to use AMD chips in servers

Dell to use AMD chips in servers:
After years of only offering AMD to select customers behind closed doors, the company has now said that it plans to use AMD processors in part of its server line to meet customer demand.

Wow! Thats big news. I didn't know they offered customers AMD servers behind closed doors. Windows on a mac. AMD in Dell. The world is changing!

What I want to know is if this is only for servers, or is it also for Desktops and Laptops? Cheapest deal I've seen for a Dell laptop was a $397 laptop. If they use AMD, will it be free! :)

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

NewsForge | 32-bit browsing in a 64-bit system

NewsForge | 32-bit browsing in a 64-bit system:
The problem: you've taken the trouble to hand-build your finely tuned 64-bit computer, and you've installed your favorite 64-bit flavor of Linux -- but the cretins who run the World Wide Web are still putting up content viewable only on 32-bit Intel-compatible Web browsers, either designed for their in-house plugins that they supply only as 32-bit binaries, or in compressed media formats for which players are available only as 32-bit binaries. What are your options?

I was very surprised to find this out when I first got a AMD64 bit laptop and installed Ubuntu 64 bit. The browser worked fine. Plugins didn't. Especially flash. It was really irritating. Getting skype and installing it wasn't simple either. I guess I should have expected it. Read the article and you'll know what options you have. I imagine similar problems exist for Windows 64 bit.

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Forbes Diggs Apple's new MacBook, I don't

Forbes Diggs Apple's new MacBook:
(Sorry for the horrible pun - I couldn't resist.) Analysts expect Apple Computer's new MacBook to be a significant demand driver for the company, leading to market share gains and possible earnings upside in the near future.

(Via digg.)

Sorry but I don't like the macbook at all. I've owned two recent laptops which had that glossy screen. I've returned both of them. Choosing to stick with my Powerbook G4 (12inch). The glossy screen is just one thing wrong. The keyboard on the macbooks look horrible. A keyboard is a very important part of the machine to me. I'll have to check it out on the weekend at a store perhaps. Plus the whole feel of the laptop seem very much like those other laptops. Very disappointing.

And as you can see there are no 12inch laptops to come:
Has the 12" PowerBook simply disappeared?:
I noticed last night that simply redirects to, with a page title of "Meet the family. Now complete."

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)

At the moment, this machine is far more enticing.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Sun to Release Java Source Code

Sun to Release Java Source Code:
After resisting for years, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz at JavaOne this morning said that he will release the source code for Java.

(Via Slashdot.)

Wow! How did this happen?

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macbooks are here!

macbook :)

They have the new glossy screen. I don't like the new glossy screen! :(
No dedicated graphics (Intel 950) :(
$200 more for the black one :(
1280x800 max (I was hoping for 1440x900) :(

The good news is that they are all Core Duo. :)
Built in iSight :)
$1099 for the lowest model which is affordable :)

Monday, May 15, 2006

Review: iWeb's enhancements are exactly what it needed

Review: iWeb's enhancements are exactly what it needed:
After tinkering with the new features in iWeb 1.1 like blog comments and drop-dead simple photo album page creation, I thought I'd post a quick review of what's new, as I think iWeb is finally starting to fit into its role of a strong, WYSIWYG 1.0 application from Apple.

(Via The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).)


Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years

Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years:
Get interested in programming, and do some because it is fun. Make sure that it keeps being enough fun so that you will be willing to put in ten years.


Program. The best kind of learning is learning by doing. To put it more technically, "the maximal level of performance for individuals in a given domain is not attained automatically as a function of extended experience, but the level of performance can be increased even by highly experienced individuals as a result of deliberate efforts to improve." (p. 366) and "the most effective learning requires a well-defined task with an appropriate difficulty level for the particular individual, informative feedback, and opportunities for repetition and corrections of errors." (p. 20-21) The book Cognition in Practice: Mind, Mathematics, and Culture in Everyday Life is an interesting reference for this viewpoint.

I liked this. I've learnt you can only get better at programming with practice. Much like maths.

I really liked what this guy had to say. So I went to to see who he is. Director of Research at Google!!! :)


134 Ajax frameworks

134 Ajax Frameworks and Counting:
Michael Mahemoff spent the past few days at the Ajax Experience conference and came to a slightly surprising revelation as he prepared for his talk on Ajax design patterns and principles.

With that many frameworks I would think Ajax would be everywhere. However, I can count the number of ajax web sites I visit with my fingers!

There is Gmail and thats it!

Update:Here is a link to an article about a Ajax framework by Google!


The purpose of an operating system, redux

The purpose of an operating system, redux:
I still stand by my original premise.  The purpose of an operating system is to shield the application from the hardware.

(Via Larry Osterman's WebLog.)

I was reading Larry Osterman's old posts, and I came across this one.

If the purpose of an operating system is to shield the application from the hardware, whats the purpose of the kernel? Is an operating system and a kernel the same thing?

If Windows is a platform, whats dotnet?

With Linux I see it this way:
Linux Kernel : purpose is to shield the application from the hardware
(the code that kernel hackers write)

GNU/Linux : operating system
(the kernel plus, userland utilities that lets users communicate with the kernel, and the kernel communicates with the hardware)

platform: tools used to write the userland utilities mentioned above (glibc, win32api, dotnet framework, java framework, ...)

Then later in another post:
Riffing on Raymond - the purpose of an operating system:
IMHO, the ONLY reason for an operating system to exist is to hide the details of the hardware from the application.  Everything else is sugar.

(Via Larry Osterman's WebLog.)

See here I just want to replace "operating system" with kernel. So I did a search on his blog to see how he might have defined/used the word kernel.

Larry Osterman's WebLog : The last consumer operating system written in my lifetime...:
Linux was started in 1991, after the fact, but it's not a complete OS - Linux is the kernel, but the other parts of the OS date from other projects started long before Linux was started. The kernel is new, but the entire OS isn't - all the user mode components come from previous operating systems, as does the networking stack.

Now I'm confused. His explanation above seems to fall in place with my definition. I wonder what he means by "other parts of the OS". The GNU tools or the bin-utils package only...? Are the definitions for operating system and kernel not cross platform? :)

He's a kernel hacker and I'm not (yet!), I'd just like to know where my definition goes wrong.

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Choose feed reader

mozilla links:
Web feeds (RSS/Atom) handling has also been improved. A new setting in the General page in the Options window allows to specify how web feed subscriptions should be handled.

I've been waiting for this. I'm downloading the alpha now, I'm going to try to set it to NetNewsWire. Lets see how that goes.

Update: Its either not working right, or I don't know how to use it, but I'll keep using Alpha 2. It seems faster, but that might be because a whole ton of extensions don't work with this release yet.


Everybody recommends Wii, then who needs a 360 or a PS3?

The Wiire - Sony Executive Recommends Wii As Second Console:
GamePro sat down with Sony Computer Entertainment executive Phil Harrison at E3 earlier this week, where he re-iterated a sentiment made by Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Interactive Entertainment Peter Moore, where he said that buyers of of a next-generation console should also buy Nintendo's Wii system.

This is weird, why is everyone saying that along with our product (Sony and Microsoft), you should buy a Wii? If everyone who buys either a 360 or a PS3 also buys a Wii, Nintendo will have twice as many sold!

And here is another article that says Wii is cool (digg says the information in the article pointed to below is under review):

Nintendo Wii Graphics On Par With Xbox 360?:
The article explains that most companies have been mislead to underestimate the technical capabilities of the Wii. The source for the article also makes a bold statement by saying: "the Wii will be visually on par with the Xbox 360 and may even exceed it slightly."

(Via digg.)

I was browsing through Circuit City the other day, and happened to look at a Nintendo DS. Now that is a cool gaming system! I read that Nintendo DS Lite is coming soon. I might just get myself one.


The State of Linux Graphics

The State of Linux Graphics

Linux has an excellent hotplug system and the graphics system really needs to start using it. Screens can be hotplugged from multiple sources. There is the traditional source of hotplug; someone sticks a new video card into a hotplug chassis. But there are other non-traditional ways to get a hotplug. Another user could be using a screen you want to attach to your screen group and when they log out you get a screen hotplug. You could attach an external monitor to a laptop and generate a hotplug. You could wirelessly connect to a display wall with something like DMX or Chromium. USB is also the source of a lot of hotplug. A user can hotplug mice, tablets, keyboards, audio devices and even graphics adapters. The current X server handles none of this since it does not communicate with the kernel’s hotplug system.

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New Scientist Breaking News - A future with no bananas?

New Scientist Breaking News - A future with no bananas?:
Go bananas while you still can. The world's most popular fruit and the fourth most important food crop of any sort is in deep trouble. Its genetic base, the wild bananas and traditional varieties cultivated in India, has collapsed.


Friday, May 12, 2006

How to scan your Linux-Distro for Root Kits

How to scan your Linux-Distro for Root Kits | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials

I've used chkrootkit before. The best thing to do if a rootkit is found is to reinstall the system. You can never be sure you've managed to remove the root kit properly or not. Even though this can be hard to do with production servers, its never safe to run a system that has been hacked.

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Building a Firewall with Solaris

Building a Firewall with Solaris

I was doing some research to see what firewall software comes built in. Solaris 8 comes with some firewall software called Sunscreen EFS firewall. It seems Solaris 10 now comes with ipfilter. My experience has been with Linux/IPtables but I just thought one should know. I'll probably end up playing with ipfilter soon.

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Joe Friend: Microsoft Office Word : Blogging from Word 2007

Joe Friend: Microsoft Office Word : Blogging from Word 2007

Its about time.

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The Radioactive Yak: Cricket Subscription Links and Google Coop: A How and Why Guide

The Radioactive Yak: Cricket Subscription Links and Google Coop: A How and Why Guide



Wonderland: Radio 1's One Big Second Life Weekend

Wonderland: Radio 1's One Big Second Life Weekend

This should be interesting.


Thursday, May 11, 2006

CSS optimizer, doesn't display properly on safari

Clean CSS - A Resource for Web Designers

I found this link to a CSS optimizer on digg. Only problem is, its display is all messed up on Safari.

I switched to Safari yesterday just to see what the online world looks like through it. There are some definite problems.

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Jon Udell: Rolling our own OPML mashups

Jon Udell: Rolling our own OPML mashups:
Now that we've shared our OPML, will SYO share it back so we can create and contribute our own data mashups?

I uploaded my OPML list as well. Once I had created my account I had been hoping for a little more. I hope this is just the beginning and they will add more features as Jon requests above.

I like fat clients. So if could be more tightly integrated with the OPML editor it would be even better. I've used the OPML editor of and on, but I think it needs a little better documentation.


Balling over bowling

Balling over bowling

I've been reading Robert Scoble's blog since before he joined Microsoft. His blog is the most interesting I've read. I have read about good times and difficult ones.

He is going through a difficult time in his life. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, and hope for a lot more good times soon.


Five XHTML Elements You Didn't Know But Were Afraid to Ask

Five XHTML Elements You Didn't Know But Were Afraid to Ask - The Code Project - HTML / CSS
This article was amazing. There were several tags that I wasn't aware of.

First was the fieldset/legend. I implemented this on my blog just to see how it would work. The box and the post title are now generated using these tags. Update: I removed the tags because they weren't working well with the blogger tags messing up display on various browsers. They show up fine if I use them inline in a post, which is what I'll probably do.

The second really useful tag was the acronym tag. How in the world I've lived without this tag I don't know. You can be sure I'll be using this tag more often in my blog posts. If you want to know how it works, just hold your mouse pointer above the word acronym. There is a problem with the tag though. Its not readily apparent in Safari that a word is an acronym. Maybe I'll color code acronyms green.

I guess I should read the xHTML spec again. I wonder what others goodies lie their!


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Exclusive World of Warcraft News

The Gamer: Dispatches from E - Exclusive World of Warcraft News

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OSx86 Project - Attack of the Clones!

OSx86 Project - Attack of the Clones!:
The Empire strikes back? It's been 9 years since the death of the Macintosh clones, but apparently they can't be killed. After seeing OSx86 for sale in Bangkok, it was only a matter of time before commercial pirates moved to the "hard" stuff. If Apple makes the big money on hardware, why shouldn't illegal cloners do too? Apparently they've caught on, selling such items as the "PowerPC G6 Macintosh", an "Apple G6 Macintosh-Clone Computer" with a 3.8GHz Pentium 4. Along with the fancy OSx86 compatible hardware, it comes pre-loaded with something the seller likes to call "Mac OSX-86 Apple MacOS X Tiger 10.4.3". A low, low price of $500 ensures plenty of sales.

Perhaps Leopard (newer version of OS X) will put an end to this.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Virtual Land Lawsuit Hits Linden Lab

Land Lawsuit Hits Linden Lab:
A Pennsylvania lawyer has apparently filed suit against Linden Lab, makers of Second Life, over a land deal gone bad, according to this press release.


Somebody paid for Virtual land using real money. That in itself is amazing!

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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Wow: 3D operating system, Open Croquet

Wow: 3D operating system, Open Croquet:
We're getting a demo of Croquet from Julian Lombardi and David Smith of Open Croquet, which is a 3D world. Something like Second Life, but runs P2P.

(Via Scobleizer - Microsoft Geek Blogger.)

I find these 3dWorlds boring. This includes second life, and world of warcraft. But then I also found computer games boring. Once the awe of watching great new graphics (five minutes or so) is over, it becomes uninteresting. 6 million people disagree though. I'm not sure how useful a 3D operating system might be over a normal 2D operating system that we have now.

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Friday, May 05, 2006

I cannot get the uptime on my home server above 5 days. There was a storm yesterday, and the power went out while I slept. I didn't check the machine when I woke up, and its of right now, while I'm at work. Then there were those blackouts when it was tremendously hot, and the electrical system couldn't take it. I need a UPS.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

What do you do when under a DDOS attack?

DDoS Attack Hits Six Apart:
Apparently, when your service is brought down by a massive distributed denial of service attack, you know you have joined a weird kind of hall of fame.

(Via Om Malik's Broadband Blog.)

DDOS attacks for small outfits are hard to fight. I've read in places some people combat DDOS attacks by having bandwidth much larger than any DDOS attack can saturate. I don't think that is feasible for a small outfit. What do you do when under a DDOS attack?

Somebody else asks how to big co's solve the problem at SANS. Perhaps their answer will apply to smaller firms as well (fingers crossed), unlike the solution I've pointed out above.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

opendiff... and my preferred twdiff Xcode for the Rest of Us, Part II

This article talks about a graphical diff tool called opendiff, that comes with Xcode. My preferred text editor is TextWrangler, which comes with its own tool. Within the editor you can either click on Search->Find Differences or even better compare the two files on the command line using the command line tool twdiff. You have to have the TextWrangler command line tools installed though. To install TextWrangler->Preferences->Tools->Install Command Line Tools.

frying pans

Wired News: The Genius of Apple's Stores:
Next thing you know, they're in there every weeknight wondering whereabouts exactly they'll get hit with a frying pan when they bring the new computer home.


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Monday, May 01, 2006

expose screenshot

Picture 2
Originally uploaded by awasim.
Quite a busy day today. There is actually no need for a wall paper. I don't see it except for when the system has just finished booting.

Even more numbers...

The World Wide Blog:
For starters, Japanese is the most dominant language used by bloggers. Second, 47% of all blog posts have categories or tags associated with them.

(Via Micro Persuasion.)

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Mozilla and hypocrisy

Right, but what about the experiences that Mozilla chooses to default for users like switching to  Yahoo and making that the default upon ...