Monthly Archives: July 2007

Screenshots: Why do we want to see them?

Usually when I’m trying to decide whether an application is worth downloading, one of the first places I go to is the Screenshots link. I noticed that I’m disappointed when I can’t find any on a project page. In fact, … Continue reading

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I Will Be Teaching Again

Quick announcement for anyone who is interested. I just took up a position as an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University and will be teaching two undergraduate Fluency in Technology classes in September. This is in addition to my full … Continue reading

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Windows XP Home: Running as a User

I have always said that the biggest problem with Windows security is that everyone is running as an Admin by default. I never really preached the LUA principle on Windows machines though. Unfortunately, I’m guilty of using an account with … Continue reading

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Aachi and Ssipak

In April I posted a crazy clip from some Korean animation. Here is a quick side question – is Korean animation still considered anime, or is that name reserved solely for Japanise productions? Honestly, I don’t know! Either way, I … Continue reading

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Fox News Produces Epic LULZ

This is about the funniest thing I have seen on the interwebs in a while: youtube link My reflections on the video: Fox News needs to LURK MOAR Even Fox obeys rules 1 and 2 Hackers on Steroids on my … Continue reading

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How to Hide and Secure Your Data: Part 1 (True Crypt)

This is for my cousin Anetta who likes to store sensitive information in her head. While it’s sometimes good to commit crucial passwords to memory, good documentation is important. My memory is not that great – and I must admit … Continue reading

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Using Covad ADSL with Netopia-3000 and Sonicwall TZ170

I recently got Covad ADSL to act as a backup internet connection. Comcast is fast, and cheap, but not always reliable, and I hate to have downtimes because of them. By default Covad gives you a Netopia-3000 which is a … Continue reading

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Adding the File Security Tab in XP Home

If you own XP Home you are probably painfully aware of some of it’s limitations. The home edition of the OS for example won’t let you have a detailed file access control. The security tab where you can give or … Continue reading

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What Have I Learned From My Hard Drive Failure

As you may have read, my windows box has suffered a hard drive failure after a power outage yesterday. Well, my machine is back – at least in a way. I’m running on a bare bones windows installation with just … Continue reading

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Hard Drive Failure

My primary HD on my Windows box finally died. We had a power outage when I was at work, and when I came back the machine would consistently boot into BSOD claiming that “boot drive is not mountable”. The drive … Continue reading

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Installation Methods and Usability: Apple Drag and Drop vs. Windows Wizard

I was really surprised by Ned Bachel’s rant on Apple’s installation procedure. To me this installation model appears not only very intuitive but also transparent: Double click on the .dmg file Drag the .app file to your Aplications folder ??? … Continue reading

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M.U.G.E.N – Make Your Own Fighting Game

Long, long time ago (in 2005) I wrote about the MAME emulator which allows you to play old school fighting games such as Street Fighter Alpha, and Marverl vs. Capcom on your PC. In and by itself MAME is awesome, … Continue reading

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Eve Online: Final Thoughts

I was meaning to post about this for a while now. At the end of June I singed up for a free Eve Online trial. I figured that since I love space trading games such as Frontier, and Freelancer, I’d … Continue reading

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Oh noes! They be selling Johnny 5 on Ebay!

Oh my! Look at what I found: Apparently someone is selling a full size robot from Short Circuit movie. Now, I don’t think that this is the Johnny Five (despite misleading label) because that dude is a citizen now: img … Continue reading

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So this is why GOTO is considered harmful!

I knew using GOTO was bad, but I never realized how bad was it. Since I mainly use Java, PHP, Perl and C# I was never even tempted by it. And I’m glad. I mean Dijkstra, never said anything about … Continue reading

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New Project: Simple Issue Tracking System (SITS)

You may have noticed that I have started a new project on Google code: SITS: Simple Issue Tracking System. There is nothing there yet except for a brief description. So what is this thing all about? 2 or 3 years … Continue reading

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What kind of applications do you have open right now?

What applications do you have open on your system right now. Just look at your task bar, and tell me what you have open. I’m interested to see what stuff people use on a daily basis. My usual work setup … Continue reading

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To Many Linux Distros?

Dear Internets, Can we please put this flamebait to rest? It is not even amusing to argue about this anymore. I mean, it has come to the point that even Slashdot (of all places) feels apathetic towards this subject. This … Continue reading

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Clear Indications of Bad Memory or Dimm Socket

I have seen this happen this happen to several machines lately. Look for these sympthoms as they are an indication of a failing RAM chip, or a bad DIMM socket on the mobo. The system freezes up at random times … Continue reading

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Why is Software so Expensive?

Today I stumbled upon this blog post, trying to justify why software prices are so overinflated these days. The author does make some valid points, I disagree with the general notion expressed in the post. While making software is not … Continue reading

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Word Cloud in PHP

Word clouds (or tag clouds if you will) are one of the interesting methods of visualizing textual data that got popular recently with the emergence of tagging, ad success folksonomy sites such as Flickr, del.ico.us and etc. One of the … Continue reading

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Farscape Returns… Sort of…

Not sure if you heard, but Farscape may return… As webisodes. SciFi is planning to shoot around 10 few minute long episodes that will be available on their website. The format will be probably something similar to the BSG webisodes … Continue reading

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Find Your Shared Server Neighbors

As you may or may not know, I’m on shared hosting. This means that the box located somewhere in the deep caverns of Dreamhost data center is not only home to this site, but also bunch of other sites. I … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Using Plain Text

In our LaTex discussion Craig mad a very good observation. Office is abused on a daily basis. People use Word and Excel for things that plain text would surely suffice. Lets talk about benefit of storing your random notes, raw … Continue reading

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Force Office 2007 to Save as DOC and XLS

Fun times! One of our users upgraded to Office 2007 and we already have bunch of un-openable xlsx and docx files floating around. Oh what a joy! Good news is that I figured a quick fix for this in Word: … Continue reading

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