Friday, April 30, 2004


I only had 2 invites , and they went out to 2 of my friends - so please stop asking me for them. Thanks!!

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Sun - Dead Man Walking?

Silicon Insider article

"I was having lunch with Marc Andreesen, the co-founder of Netscape, now chairman of Opsware, and I told him of a magazine story I was working on, and how it had taken me on a tour of the technical areas of Google. There, Google CEO Eric Schmidt had shown me the company's endless banks of servers, all filled with in-house processor boards, themselves stuffed with older generation chips and cooling fans.

Google, he told me, was never buying expensive servers again, and its use of budget components not only reduced expenses but increased reliability.

"You know what that means, don't you," said Andreesen, taking a bite out of his Hobee's sandwich. "It's the death of Sun."

CONFIRMED : Google will file for IPO

Google IPO
BBC news story - lots of other sites reporting it. 2nd tech boom here we come?

Orkut and The CIA

Spooky Little Orkut, spooks and big brother.

Desperate for Gmail

The hype and buzz about Gmail is getting pretty crazy.

Now someone in the U.S. military wants one , and has a picture of his plea

Office Space

I b-b-b-believe you have my stapler?

Making money from cybersquatting

Ultsearch and domain squatting
Dont EVER let your domain expire.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Building a 64-bit dual Opteron Linux workstation

Konstructing a new KDE desktop

Konqi wallpaper

Garage Games
They produce native Linux and OS X games. Demos available.

ZDNet review of Gmail

Redhat respond to Sun's assertion that RH are proprietary

Slashdot: Criticizing the Suns Java Desktop System
Scathing attack on the whole ethos of the Sun Linux distro - worth reading.

Secunia advisory on yet another Internot Exploder flaw
PhatBot exploiting LSASS?
Microsoft IIS SSL exploit posted on K-Otik
Full list of posted exploits on K-Otik

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Recently my Windows XP laptop has decided to stop recognising the CD drive, for no apparent reason.
Right - I've had enough. I'm off to backup my data and stick Mandrake 10 on it - fresh install.

Google IPO could re-energise Silicon Valley

Short history of Google

Monday, April 26, 2004

ClueTrain Manifesto
Entire book online.

Linux v Windows - which is easier to install?

Businessweeek - Google
Why the world's hottest tech company will struggle to keep its edge

Google's Goal - understand everything
BusinessWeek interview with Larry Page.

Friday, April 23, 2004

Google's numbers dont add up
Google is massively underestimating it's performance and server numbers. Rather than the traditional 10,000 server number, it's rumoured that the actual number surpasses 100,000.

BREAKING - Google IPO 'any day now'
Google News search

Thursday, April 22, 2004

SMTP Auth/SMTP over SSL - Debian Woody 3.0

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Wah Hey! Got an offer to try out gmail
today from

Olivier Travers - Google Wants to be a platform
Jeremy Zawodny - Blinded by Gmail's Gigabyte?
Bjorn Hansen - Gmail Innovation

Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Novell eats own dog food
Migrating it's own internal desktops to Linux.
NetSky-X , the babelfish worm
High Performance MySQL book now shipping

PHP Comes of age

Automating your desktop with KJSEmbed
KDE 3.2.2 released

Monday, April 19, 2004

Getting the most out of XMMS

Addressing Address Books for Linux

Friday, April 16, 2004

Shameless plug for a South African friend of mine:
"fast and reliable internet and email for just R49 pm"

I've just found out that there's an Irish branch of this well known French Linux distro. These chaps are observers at COSPA, which is an EU funded investigation/intiative for getting open source into government/administration across Europe. The Register has story about them here

GooOS, the Google Operating System

Watching Google Like A Hawk

From the same people that brought us Watching Microsoft Like A Hawk

Upgrading from Mandrake 9.2 to 10CE
Detailed tips and tricks from

Thursday, April 15, 2004

KDE 3.2 - a user's perspective
Lots of screenshots, with explanations
Dispelling the myths of Gentoo Linux

Slashdot -Projectionists Using Night Vision Goggles in Theaters
Refers to an MPAA rep as "Motion Picture Ass. Head". Slashdotters discuss using this as a googlebomb.

Motion Picture Ass Head

First person shooter - under 100k of code

Mandrake 10.0

Mandrake 10.0 Official is released

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

XMLTV is a set of utilities that grab TV listings in XML format

Interview with Element Computer regarding ION Linux
What happens when ex-Lycoris employees join a Linux-friendly hardware computer reseller? Apparently, a new desktop Linux distro with a kick: the hardware that comes with it is meant to give you the Apple experience. ION Linux is a Debian-based distro that is meant to work well with the hardware it sells with.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

DiveIntoMark criticises Gmail accessibility
Heaps of criticism on Gmails dependency on Javascript and (yikes!) Framesets

SURBL - a new type of realtime spam blocklist.
SURBL differs from most other RBLs in that it's used to block messages based on the domain names in message body URIs (usually web sites) which have been previously reported to SpamCop

Monday, April 12, 2004

Back from Lille

Just back from Lille in France today. Went for the Easter weekend on Eurostar. I really must plug Eurostar's food on board - it is THE best food I've ever had on a train. Lille is a gastronomes paradise too, but avoid the "steak tartare" - it's not steak in the Anglais way. It's raw mince. Yikes!

But that's just a small blip - Lille is a great town, and well worth visiting.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Asteroid impact effect calculator

All the blogging without the bloat

"MicroBlogger is a fast, flexible, secure, reliable, and bloat-free weblog engine written entirely in Bash script. It is designed to have absolutely no dependencies on any outside programs--no PHP, no SQL, no CGI, no CSS, no JavaScript, no Perl, no XML, no DHTML, nothing. MicroBlogger is completely self-contained and self-regulating, and is ready for you to use straight out of the box."

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Old Computers
great site.

Brussels is the hub to go to
Info on the forthcoming event being held in Brussels to protest against software patents. Install fest also planned for MEPs. You can find out more here

CeBIT: KDE Impresses at World's Largest Computer Expo
Designing the OS of the future

Monday, April 05, 2004

419 scammer gets arrested in Dublin
Caught in the act by a diligent sysadmin, and arrested by the police.

Gmail is real

The guy who runs the blog is a UI designer at Google. Click on the pictures below to get a bigger screenshot:

Gmail screenshot

Located here (scroll down)

4G Telephony - 100 Meg second downloads
NTT DoCoMo is doing the research.
The secret source of Google's power
Speculation on the real background behind Gmail.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Cassini probe update

Saturn looms large in new Cassini photo
Dark spots in Saturn's southern athmosphere.
NASA Cassini home page
ESA Huygens home page
Slashdot - "Titanic Saturn"
Mentions new research into the possible size of waves on Titan's hydrocarbon seas, if they do exist.

Friday, April 02, 2004

Blogging from a phone
Proof of concept, using a Nokia and the Atom API.

Over on googleguy says it's noted that Googleguy mentions April fool, but doesn't come out with anything specific, thus contributing to the general "is it an april fool or not" storm that ravaged messageboards yesterday.

VERY clever...

Seen on webmasterworld , about the whole Google Gmail thing:

This might be among the best April Fool's Day hoax ever.
Hoax watching sites announced it was a probable hoax early on. Lots of us debated it. Lots of others watched from the sidelines, unsure...perhaps up until we opened our AdWords newsletters a couple of hours ago.
Yet it was no hoax. The hoax was to make us think it was a hoax.

It was total genius. And they got the balance *just* right - too far one way or the other and it would have backfired.

The best marketing ploy I have seen in *years*.

Google's April 1st cock up
Gmail PR disaster for Google - message boards thought it was a joke.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

way hey! This is my first automatic posting using the Blogger API and the excellent PHP Blogger class from DentedReality

This had me stumped for a while - the new URL for the API is

wiki list of sites that are doing an April Fool today

thinkgeek are at it as well.

google gmail

Google Gets the Message, Launches Gmail
note that the press release is dated , April 1st.

update: not sure if this really IS an April fool - takes you to a google page.

however, the whois record for gmail shows it was altered quite late yesterday:
Administrative Contact:
DNS Admin
Google Inc.
2400 E. Bayshore Pkwy Mountain View
94043 US +1.6503300100 Fax- +1.6506188571
Technical Contact, Zone Contact:
DNS Admin
Google Inc.
2400 E. Bayshore Pkwy Mountain View
94043 US +1.6503300100 Fax- +1.6506188571

Created on..............: 1995-Aug-13.
Expires on..............: 2006-Aug-12.
Record last updated on..: 2004-Mar-31 16:50:22.