August 2003 Archives

Goin Down to Nashville

It is a long weekend, with the Labor Day holiday, and I'm heading to Nashville to hang with mithrandir and maybe work on the Nickel Arkade. So you are all on your own, get out and have some fun y'all.

Modern Slavery

On first seeing the link I was expecting something about cubical life being slavery but this is the real thing.
There are more slaves today than were seized from Africa in four centuries of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The modern commerce in humans rivals illegal drug trafficking in its global reach�and in the destruction of lives.
from 21st-Century Slaves

WWI Site

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First World War.com site about the war to end all wars.

CDE Quote

So the other day engel was commenting on what was the point of Sun's Mad Hatter, desktop Linux stuff. I think I have found the answer.
Sun Mad Hatter screen shots. At least it's not CDE.
[via Hack the Planet] Wes Felter's Hack the Planet Weblog

Time on the Worms

Time has a not bad article, Attack of the World Wide Worms, covering the current worm and virus situation. It does a good job explaining the technical bits and should make a good referal for the non-techies.

XSLT Photo Gallery

Picfolio is a static photo gallery generator using XML and XSLT. It has built-in support for thumbnail and midnail generation, and optional support for EXIF data in images.
Very intresting...

Netflix Mac Client

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One more reason I want a Mac, Netflix Fanatic.

Mac Like Tabs for Safari Idea

Found another idea for tabs in Safari. Really cool idea, reminds me of a BeOS way of stacking window tabs. Wonder if it will ever reach the light of day and wonder if there any BeOS goodies waiting to be reimplented in the existing desktop OSes?

feng shui

Intresting question What is the feng shui of cyberspace? In another sense how about applying to the automobile?

Free Books

A bunch of FreeTechBookss.

Gtk on Windows look

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GTK-Wimp so Gtk apps on Windows look more native and less Gtk. Good for say GIMP on Windows.

Career Management

Managing one's career with a little derivative. It is all about learning but sometimes in less obvious ways.

SWAT Hand Signals

Great find al SWAT Hand Signals with unconventional meanings.
[via UFies.org via fark]

Smarter Aggregation

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Intelli-Aggie (RSS Aggregator)
The most novel thing about Intelli-Aggie is that the system tries to adapt according to the reader's reading preference, trying to show him/her more interesting and relevant news items first.
Will have to give a try once I get a chance. It is also in Perl so personal hackability rises.

Cringely on Outsourcing

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Cringely has a good one on outsourcing IT to India and why Linux is chosen over OS X. Just a wondering thought for the decision makers, if you already have a hard time communicating with the current US IT workers how is moving to workers some 8-12 hours in timezone and to a whole different culture going to improve the communication problems?

Steve the Supervillian

A Linux Switch(flash) movie.

Fair and Balanced

Since Fox is neither fair nor balanced, the notion that these people could have won a trademark on the expression -- which they did -- is mostly testament to the continuing incompetence at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. But Fox's lawsuit is entirely testament to the arrogance of Murdoch's minions and the growing idiocy of the legal system.
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I commend Fox for all the hard work in promoting its unfair, unbalanced entertainment (calling it "news" is a bit much). It certainly is drawing an audience, and as a shill for the Bush White House it's downright competent.
Way to go Dan Gillmor, on Fox sueing Al Frankin over his new book.

Fair and Balanced

Since Fox is neither fair nor balanced, the notion that these people could have won a trademark on the expression -- which they did -- is mostly testament to the continuing incompetence at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. But Fox's lawsuit is entirely testament to the arrogance of Murdoch's minions and the growing idiocy of the legal system.
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I commend Fox for all the hard work in promoting its unfair, unbalanced entertainment (calling it "news" is a bit much). It certainly is drawing an audience, and as a shill for the Bush White House it's downright competent.
Way togo Dan Gillmor, on Fox sueing Al Frankin over his new book.

Battlefield is my time sink

I totally missed Battlefield 1942 when it first came out but with the recent Secret Wepons Multiplayer Demo release have found a great time sink. The big draw is the combination of vehicles, first person shooter and strategy simulation, what a combo. I'm really looking forward to seeing some other renditions of the combinations. Maybe some outside of WWII and the Battlefield engine. Maybe a really brain dead simple battle editor. Now I just need to find a LAN party for 32 on 32 battles.

Back for Tabs

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Oh, my god just to fsck'n cool, back for tabs, all by a bookmarkles doing refer stuff. Now for it to be part of the default UI behavior for tabbed borwsers.

Python Tips

The 10 Python pitfalls are a good list of tips for those being early into the Python experience.

Evolution of Websites

There is some truth in the 5 stages in The evolution of large websites. Think the work site(s) is somewhere in the 4 - 5 stage. For the most part the "problems" seem to be very similar to out publishing "problems".

Network Attached Storage

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Firstly I know that what I'm looking for can be done DIY with pretty much any Linux distribution but the solution should be something that survives if I'm gone.

I'm looking for a Network Attached Storage(NAS) solution. It will need to support SMB, NFS, FTP and HTTP have a built in or easily attached tape backup, have at lease a web based administration and be a plug in and forgetabout it, except for changing daily tape backups. There should also be at lease 2 drives RAID'd for redundacy. Linksys has something close, the EtherFast� Network Attached Storage but no apparent tape backup option.

So anyone have some good suggestions?

SciFi Character Poll

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Samwise Gamgee

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

A brave and loyal associate full of optimism, you remain true to your friends and their efforts, to whatever end.

But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.

Howl, think Zeroconf

Howl is a cross-platform implementation of the Zeroconf networking standard. Zeroconf brings a new ease of use to IP networking.
Windows and Linux like Hydra type application.

Windows Web Album Generator

Welcome to the home of Web Album Generator, a free software application that helps you publish your digital photos to the web.

AirBiking

I so want one of the The AirBike VTOL Personal Air Craft when they exist in reality.
beechbike.jpg

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