Saturday, October 30, 2004

Cassini tour explained

Detailed article here describing the Cassini tour of Saturn, with associated graphics and tables.

Breaking the network barrier with KDE

In this article George Staikos talks about KDE's desktop network handlers, including overlooked ones suchs as man:// , audiocd:// and fish://

EU Constitution

EU constitution PDF
BBC - What the EU Constitution says

Strange Titan stumps scientists

Wired - Titan photos pose new questions
Titan is very alien say scientists

Friday, October 29, 2004


Image of Tethys taken by Cassini on October 28th

Bruce Perens open source series
Lots of PDF books to download

Evil clown face generator
Kottke on normalized data
Flickr mentioned
Pop-up stores
Here today gone tommorow.

Titan Radar images

Here and here

Yahoo design change

Yahoo have changed their front page design
Curiously , you get the new page design if you are using the Konqueror browser. Other browsers show the old page, with a link to the new beta design page

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Reg security report

Security Report - Windows versus Linux
Long article by the Register.

UK gov - Linux is viable
UK government experiences massive injection of clue

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Google buys Keyhole

Google announced today that it bought Keyhole a Mountain View, Calif.-based digital mapping company.

Amazing Titan

Latest Cassini images of Titan can be found here

Astonishing photos - its not confirmed just yet that we are looking at oceans of liquid methane/ethane in those Titan pictures as the Cassini team is awaiting further data.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Cassini - Titan encounter tonight

5 hours , 50 minutes to go

Cassini views Xanadu

Cassini countdown - 9 hours 55 minutes to Titan encounter


Cassini gives Iapetus a wide berth
NASA re-schedules Swift launch
Sony launches 1GB Flash MP3 player
Google-branded Firefox?
Linus on All Sorts of Stuff
Using a Linux-based home recording studio
How to build a home recording studio
Linus Torvalds Interview
Ubuntu 4.10, The Warty Warthog
Am I an Event Blogger?
Life in the Crazy Lane

Monday, October 25, 2004

Cassini - new Titan images

New Images of Titan released by Cassini

1 day 5 hours to close encounter with the Saturnian moon.

Jacob Nielsen: User Education is not the answer to security problems

Friday, October 22, 2004


Mars Reconsidered: New Data Raises Fresh Questions (
Red Planet Bound: Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (
Cassini approaches Titanic flyby
Google Reports Increased Profits
Game Cube Linux kernel recompile
Plain Text Vulnerability Found In Linux

Quiz: Which file extension are you?

Murphys Law calculator

Windows error on giant billboard

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Microsoft using FreeBSD
Volunteers discover open source usage within Windows itself.


Man sells wedding invite on Ebay

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

High Performance MySQL reviewed

Slashdot review High Performance MySQL by Jeremy Zawodny and Derek J. Balling. It gets a big thumbs up.
Amazon UK link here link here

Vnunet interview Microsofts Linux expert
Lots of marketing-speak.
LWN link to it
Lots of non marketing comments
KDE performance tips
Review of Motorola Linux phone
kernel in your pocket

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

French Govt takes MandrakeLinux to Africa
KDE at Linuxworld London

Konqi graphics updated - promo video debut

Monday, October 18, 2004

Rob Pike interview

Slashdot interview Rob Pike - co-creator of Plan 9 , now at Google.

"We use a number of big (BIG!) piece parts like the Google File System (GFS) and MapReduce (see the paper by Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat in the upcoming OSDI to build massive engines for processing data. Using those pieces we can harness zillions of machines with a few keystrokes to attack a problem like indexing the entire internet. (OK, it's not quite that easy, but it's still amazing.) I have a daily test job I run to monitor the health of one of the systems I'm developing; it uses a week of CPU time but runs for only a few minutes of real time. "

Google is kicking our butt
A Microserf admits to Google addiction.

La Computer or El Computer?

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. ''House'' for instance, is feminine: ''la casa.'' ''Pencil,'' however, is masculine:
"el lápiz.''

A student asked, ''What gender is 'computer'?''

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer should be a masculine or a feminine noun.

Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the feminine gender (''la computer''), because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;

2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine (''el computer''), because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;

2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Google Glow Glass

Google Glow Glass
Originally uploaded by Peter Kaminski.
From the recent Gnomedex conference. Photo posted to flickr by Peter Kaminski.

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Spooky Hollow

Originally uploaded by CALIBRE.
This is a great shot of the River Lee flowing through the grounds of University College Cork.

Cork city in Ireland

18March-Cork 002
Originally uploaded by justinf.
Nice shot of the river Lee flowing through Cork city.

2003-July-15th-Cork 006

2003-July-15th-Cork 006
Originally uploaded by justinf.
just trying out the "blog this" feature in Flickr.

Friday, October 15, 2004


My flickr album
Sunset in Menorca

Gates - IE holes not Microsoft's fault

Slashdot mention an interview with Bill Gates, where he blames others for IE security holes.

"Q: Speaking of security, Internet Explorer has had well-publicized holes... Gates: Understand those are cases where you are downloading third-party software"

Google desktop search launched

El Reg reports that Google have launched desktop search for Windows PCs.
Screenshots here
Blogoscoped mention it

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Spread the Fox

Firefox propanganda PDF posters here in various languages

Spot the Fox!
User submitted SpreadFirefox photo gallery.


Ancient Fossil Is Found on Danish Island (AP)
Lava Gives Mount St. Helens Eerie Glow (AP)
Fossil Hunters Find Sleeping Dinosaur in China (Reuters)
Brits scan skies for impact threats
MS UK security chief moves to Accenture
ISS crew blasts off
U.S. Declares War on Intellectual Property Theft
Netscape Turns 10
Build a high-availability Linux Web server
Mandrake 10.1 Community Reviewed!
Integration: a real opportunity for Linux
So many worms, so little time
Genesis of a Linux guru
Richard Stallman Meets the World Scout Bureau
Honesty and Blogvangelism
The Community as a Platform, Part 2

Baby Koala is Sydney zoo star attraction
Nursed back to health and reared by zookeeper after rejection by mother.

Two hours from death?
Richard Stallman blogs about a recent car accident which killed a free software advocate.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Sun down under
Sun Micro on RedHat and IBM...

Seattle Times interview Linus
The alpha geek speaks.

22 new Windows flaws
The vole admits to lots of holes.
SANS on the vole holes
Yahoo! Profits! Triple!
Boom part two?
Life after Microsoft
Will the vole go into a hole?

Monday, October 11, 2004

The dread of logging on
Windows and spyware turns 68 year old off the internet.


Best Buy sells Motorola MPx220 smart phone
South Korean Music Retailers Dying
Slackware Likely To Drop GNOME Support
Knoppix from non-bootable CD-ROM
Ubuntu Multimedia HOWTO
Yahoo Added to NetNewsWire

Friday, October 08, 2004


Goollery is an photo gallery web application that uses Gmail as back-end storage. Interesting concept , and it's pushes the idea of "Gmail as my internet hard drive in the sky" a bit further.
Example gallery here

Why Plan 9?

Why Plan 9?
Quote: "Plan 9 fits well with a networked environment. Since files or directory trees can be imported from other machines, and all resources are files or directory trees, it's easy to share resources.
Want to use a different machine's sound card? Import its /dev/audio.
Want to debug processes that run on another machine? Import its /proc.
Want to use a network interface on another machine? Import its /net."

Considering that 2 of Plan 9's main hackers now work for Google, can you start to understand a bit what exactly Google is really doing with it's estimated 100,000 servers?

In my view, we really are talking about the development of the first "internet" operating system (in terms of the "internet" IS the operating system - or rather Google is)

No wonder Microsoft are worried.

Zawodny : Jerry Yang closing session at Web 2.0
Yahoo founder offers advice to Google

Google pilots SMS service
What is a Googlette?

Thursday, October 07, 2004

DRM = Ballmer's family dont starve

In this Reg article entitled Love DRM or my family starve, John Lettice reports on Ballmer's pro-DRM stance, and why that signals that Microsoft are bereft of any truely innovative ideas.
He writes that
"Microsoft, essentially, is pre-programmed to fail in the battle for the home, for consumer electronics, and for consumer digital services" and that
"Microsoft, on the other hand, publicly and privately shares the music industry's views, and markets its DRM to digital content owners on the basis that it is strong protection."

McNealy Goes After RedHat

McNealy : Microsoft needs Sun to beat IBM and Red Hat

The Register reports that "Whatever pleasantries once existed between Sun Microsystems and Red Hat have vanished. This won't come as a shock to many of you. The companies have been jawing in the press for some time. The extent, however, of Sun's loathing for Red Hat is more profound than many imagine, with Sun's CEO Scott McNealy largely confirming a shared attack with Microsoft against the Linux vendor."

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Spam results in Google

I wanted to find out more about the Nokia 5410 mobile phone.

Google search appears on page 7, but I gave up looking for the official after looking through 10 pages of mostly spammy results.
Nokia product page number 1 on page 1
Again, product page at no.1 on page 1

The reason I post this is that I'm finding more and more that I'm resorting to Yahoo search, after failing to find what I want on Google. Are Google finally losing their edge or is this just a glitch in their algorithm?

No GBrowser?

John Doerr disclaims rumored GBrowser at the Web 2.0 conference.

Clippy to lead a Light Brigade death charge

The Register is reporting that "Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer told resellers at the European Partner conference that anyone in danger of losing business to Star Office should email him and he would send in the cavalry."

rm -rf / protection in Solaris 10

John Beck writes about adding rm -rf / protection in Solaris 10.

Abandoned Cart

According to Forrester Research , "Sixty-six percent of all electronic shopping carts are abandoned before a sale is completed". Abandoned Cart is a blog examining usability issues.

Mars Simulation project
Java app that simulates the future colonisation of Mars.

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 Welcome: State of the Internet Industry
Jeff Bezos at Web 2.0

Music Plasma
Graphical front end to Amazon music.
Web 2.0 aggregated coverage

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Rob Pike

Slashdot will be interviewing Rob Pike , one of the co-founders of Unix, and also Plan 9.

He now works for Google. What particularly interesting about this is the Plan 9 was designed to be a totally network aware, microkernel successor to Unix - there is no differentiation between remote objects and local objects, and absolutely everything is represented as a file.

In other words, if you wanted to make 100,000 servers (as Google is rumoured to have) appear as a single , vast supercomputer, you hire Mr Pike.

Which also ties in with the question asked on the
Google aptitude test - "What's broken with Unix? How would you fix it?"

AT&T testing Linux to replace Windows on 70,000 PCs

Happy 13th birthday, Linux!

Doom 3 Linux version released

bye bye google
Blogger co-founder leaves Google.

Fark: Photoshop a google logo for a ficticious holiday

Monday, October 04, 2004

Eric Schrock - Behind the music

Eric Schrock blogs about pseudo filesystems in Solaris.
"When DTrace was first integrated into Solaris, it had a few hacks to get around the problem of accessing kernel module data from userland. In particular, it opened /dev/kmem in order to find the address ranges of module text and data segments, and introduced a private modctl call in order to extract CTF and symbol table information. The end result was something that mostly worked, but with a few drawbacks. Opening /dev/kmem requires all privileges or membership in group sys, so even if you give a user the dtrace_kernel privilege, they still were unable to access kernel CTF and symbol information. Direct access via modctl necessitated a complicated (and sometimes broken) dance to allow 32-bit dtrace apps to work on a 64-bit kernel."

SpaceshipOne Captures X Prize


Friday, October 01, 2004

Superman blog
faster than a blogging blogger
Google News not making money
because they cannot place ads on it
Google Image Captures First Digital Pictures
voyeuristic hack
I'm going to let you in on a little secret
All 1,700 of them.

The Strangerhood
Sims 2 as art movie?
Azul reveals supersonic Java machine
Number crunching gamble by ex-Cobalt chief
Sun and Cobalt left me with a dinky toy
spleen vented
How to Misuse SQLs FROM Clause
Abused SQL queries explained
Fun with the Ion WM
ultra minimalist window manager for keyboard junkies
KDE at Linux World in London
QtRuby and Korundum Bring eXtreme RAD to KDE

Security Holes in WordPress Blogging Tool