My Dinner With Bill Gates
An intern's blog post on meeting up with Gates at his house. Fascinating.
Friday, July 30, 2004
My Dinner With Bill Gates
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Newsforge article on 4 alternatives to Gnome and KDE.
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:39 am
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Slashdot mention that Bash 3.0 has been released.
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:13 pm
Register - Spam Poetry
Compendium of poetic filter dodging spam snippets such as
Upon neat cheerleaders, return not yet reconcile uniquely And what is a woman, but a scary loaf?
Posted by chunkybacon at 1:17 pm
See what you share showcases material found on peer to peer networks. Everything from police reports to U.S. military photos from Iraq.
Posted by chunkybacon at 10:54 am
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
The latest version of the MyDoom could be just the first stage of a two-stage attack targeting Microsoft's main website according to the Register.
"MyDoom-M (AKA MyDoom-O) is a mass-mailing worm that opens a back door - Zincite-A - on port 1034/TCP of compromised PCs. This gives attackers remote, unauthorised access to infected PCs. First spotted on Monday afternoon, MyDoom-M has spread like wildfire, causing availability problems for leading search engines because of its use of sites such as Google to hunt for email addresses to attack.
Finnish anti-virus firm F-Secure is reporting the spread of a new worm, Zindos, which works together with MyDoom. Zindos-A is now hitching a ride on the back of the MyDoom, using the infected machine lists and the backdoors prepared by MyDoom-M, to spread. Zindos's payload includes a denial of service attack on www.microsoft.com. Once Zindos has infected a machine it causes the machine to request the http://www.microsoft.com/ domain in an infinite loop, with 50ms delays. This behaviour could help to explain the difficulties some Reg experienced visiting the software giant's website earlier this week."
Posted by chunkybacon at 12:14 pm
The GOOGLEHOUSE is an online process that builds a house with images of domestic rooms (living room, tv room...)
picked up on the internet using an image search engine.
Posted by chunkybacon at 10:16 am
Why Windows still beats Linux
Groan.... Author makes such obvious mistakes in the article - like talking about compiling software, when the reality is that Mandrake's Urpmi or Suse Yast automates these tasks painlessly. Then he launches into an oft repeated circular reasoning argument about Windows and it's popularity.
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Tuesday, July 27, 2004
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Billions of dollars per year in r&d , thousands upon thousands of programmers, and Microsoft ends up copying the Google news site
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Monday, July 26, 2004
Register story here
"Google has set the pricing for its public flotation. Trading under the stock-ticker GOOG, the company will make 24.6 million shares available for between $108 and $135 a share, of which $14m represents new equity. This represents nine per cent of the company, a stake worth $2.6bn and $3.32bn, which values the company at a minimum of $24bn and as much as $36.25bn."
Google watching sites:
Google IPO Central
Watching Google Like A Hawk
Unofficial Google Fan Club
The Official Google Blog
Posted by chunkybacon at 4:13 pm
Open Source Myths
Not intended to be anti-OSS, the author tries to dispell myths and tired dogma.
Skype goes global
Skype to landline on the horizon.
Messenger probe launch next week
Will be the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.
UK newspapers jump on music download bandwagon
The Sun and Evening Standard start offering downloads.
Posted by chunkybacon at 1:44 pm
How do you do that in Linux?
Great collection of tips/notes covering general Linux stuff + Myth TV and the Zaurus.
Posted by chunkybacon at 12:27 pm
Friday, July 23, 2004
Register: UK Gov IT an appalling waste of public money
EDS in the firing line.
Posted by chunkybacon at 2:33 pm
Ronny Klein : Why i prefer Gnome over
Gnome versus KDE brawl breaks out in his comment board.
Posted by chunkybacon at 2:04 pm
IceWM - The Cool Window Manager
6 page article on IceWM, the lightweight window manager.
Posted by chunkybacon at 10:57 am
Thursday, July 22, 2004
Mandrake linux - the definitive guide to 10.0
If you ever need to buy a book on Mandrake 10, then this is the one to get. More oriented towards doing things in the GUI , it's NOT a hardcore Linux hacker book.
But it's darn useful to pass onto that relative of yours who you've just converted over from Windoze.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2004
French ADSL coverage
Handy map tool (left side) that allows you to view the coverage by department.
Posted by chunkybacon at 4:00 pm
Came across this superb guide on using Mandrake's software package manager, rpmdrake. It's loaded with screenshots.
Posted by chunkybacon at 12:28 pm
Tag, track, watch, analyse- UK goes mad on crime and terror IT
Sloppy banks open the door to phishermen
Booze blamed for MS staff
Gnome 2.6 Usability Review
Macromedia: More FUD About SVG
The BookMachine: On-Demand Book Printing in 3-5 Minutes
GNU/Linux Clears Procurement Hurdles
Using Linux To Burn CDs?
KDE 3.3 Beta1 Experiences
Questions about Blogging Time and Effort
Posted by chunkybacon at 10:47 am
Looks like somebody has hacked an RSS feed script for Gmail.
Posted by chunkybacon at 10:15 am
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Service Pack 2: Patching the unpatchable
"while Windows drags around its unprotected past there's really not much point. It's like Lockheed designing a fighter where only the cockpit has stealth protection: the wings and engine remain flapping in the breeze, liable to any old whoosh-bang-nasty. "
"If Windows can't so evolve, then we must change our operating system. It could be Longhorn, if Longhorn is fierce enough, it could be Linux: even the Mac OS could be ported to the PC and be presented as a fair competitor to the mess we've inherited. What we cannot do is accept the status quo or any variant thereof: Service Pack 2 is no answer. "
Posted by chunkybacon at 4:21 pm
Microsoft settles with Linspire on Lind--s trademark
For mp3.com founder Robertson, chutzpah has paid off handsomely ($20 million).
"All I know is that I'm being sued for unfair business practices by Microsoft. Hello pot? It's kettle on line two," he said when Microsoft first opened fire two and half years ago.
The long-running saga has catapulted Lin---s into prominence over rivals such as Xandros and Lycoris, and given Microsoft lawyers some cause to worry whether Windows™ isn't really simply a generic term for a window--g system.
Posted by chunkybacon at 1:29 pm
Monday, July 19, 2004
Netcraft reports that Infoworld.com is experiencing a flood of RSS requests at the top of every hour.
"If I didn’t know how RSS worked, I would think we were being slammed by a bunch of zombies sitting on compromised home PCs," Dickerson(of Infoworld) writes. "Our hourly RSS surge has all the characteristics of a distributed DoS attack, and although the requests are legitimate and small, the sheer number of requests in that short time period creates some aggravating scaling issues."
Posted by chunkybacon at 10:30 pm
Found on alt.os.linux.mandrake
"Back in the good old days of Jan 04, it would launch in about 15 sec, and now it takes more than a minute."
"The delay will increase as time goes by. It's due to OOo rebuilding its font cache each time it starts up. To fix the problem permanently, make sure OOo is not running, open your favourite file manager and navigate to ~/openoffice/user/psprint and delete the pspfontcache file. Now start up OOo and immediately shut it down again. You should see a new pspfontcache file. Make this file read-only, either using your file manager or with the command line: chmod -w ~/openoffice/user/psprint/pspfontcache
If you've done all this correctly, OOo should take much less time to start up and that time won't increase."
NOTE: Other distros (e.g. Mandrake) the OO directory in question is in
/home/username/.openoffice - thats DOT openoffice
Posted by chunkybacon at 4:12 pm
The Switch2Firefox.com site details the reasons you should switch from IE, along with several case studies, questions , and lots of pro-Firefox propaganda.
Posted by chunkybacon at 1:40 pm
Brits unimpressed by e-Gov
First PocketPC virus found
New MusE Release, A Step Toward The Linux Studio
Dell CEO Tells All
Mozilla Foundation Seeking Switch Success Stories
Remixing News Video On The Fly
Doom 3 has gone gold
Stratagus: Open Source Strategy Games
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Sunday, July 18, 2004
Fascinating , in depth article on an enormous Soviet defeat in Nov 1942, that was hidden for 50 years.
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Friday, July 16, 2004
Sun setting on an era
Extraordinary article on Netcraft. Considering how anti-Microsoft McNealy has been, this U-turn is just astonishing. However, the Netcraft article does point out an obvious fact - Sun (with it's Solaris operating system) and Microsoft have a common enemy - GNU/Linux.
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:54 pm
Plankton cool off with their own clouds
"A recent study funded by NASA's Earth Science Department shows that the tiny sea plants release high quantities of cloud-forming compounds on days when the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays are especially strong. The compounds evaporate into the air through a series of chemical processes that result in especially reflective clouds. This, in turn, blocks the radiation from bothering the phytoplankton."
Online games a massive pain
I Robot - No Deep Thinker
Posted by chunkybacon at 8:46 pm
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
The much anticipated and eagerly awaited PHP 5 has been released.
Key features include:
- The Zend Engine II with a new object model and dozens of new features.
- XML support has been completely redone in PHP 5, all extensions are now focused around the excellent libxml2 library (http://www.xmlsoft.org/).
- A new SimpleXML extension for easily accessing and manipulating XML as PHP objects. It can also interface with the DOM extension and vice-versa.
- A brand new built-in SOAP extension for interoperability with Web Services.
- A new MySQL extension named MySQLi for developers using MySQL 4.1 and later. This new extension includes an object-oriented interface in addition to a traditional interface; as well as support for many of MySQL's new features, such as prepared statements.
- SQLite has been bundled with PHP.
- Streams have been greatly improved, including the ability to access low-level socket operations on streams.
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:29 am
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
How to make $80 off a Nigerian 419 scammer
Incredible, but it was actually reported by the BBC today.
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:27 pm
Monday, July 12, 2004
New electronic left-field music from Dublin , Ireland
PC Magazine reviews Firefox and Opera
URPMI for Fedora Core 2
Getting closer to cross-distro RPMs?
Slashdot : Ask Wikipedia
Inquirer: "The devastating case for Windows against Linux......is the devastating case against Longhorn"
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Dommain Directory checker
Also does a search engine optimization check on your site.
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:14 am
Friday, July 09, 2004
Microsoft Responds to IE Criticism
"Looks like there was an online free-for-all on Microsoft's chat servers yesterday with Internet Explorer engineers" according to Slashdot.
Posted by chunkybacon at 8:52 pm
UK gov blamed for web diallers
E-commerce legislation brought in by the (UK) government in 2002 has been blamed for the dramatic rise in premium rate fraud hitting dial-up Web users.
Security flaw found in Windows version of Moz/Firefox/Thunderbird
Fix available here
Posted by chunkybacon at 10:11 am
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Microsoft's Worst Enemy: Success
Interesting article on Businessweek on Steve Balmer's attempts to "rally the troops" in Microsoft. They aren't as "nimble" as they used to be , is the core message.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2004
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This script is quite useful for relatives/friends of yours who are brand new to KDE or even Linux in general.
The plethora of options in the K Menu can be intimidating for new end-users - so this script is a useful acclimatisation tool. Anytime they log into their KDE desktop, a pop up menu selector will appear on which there are a selection of easy questions which then launch their relative programs (e.g. "Browse Web" opens up Konqueror).
Place the script in .kde/Autostart (that's DOT kde) in your home directory
e.g /home/harry/.kde/Autostart and call it kchoices.sh
chmod it to make it executable by typing:
chmod u+x kchoices.sh
Make sure you have ownership - so if your username is harry type:
chown harry kchoices.sh
Log into KDE using the "harry" account and you'll see the pop up selector menu once KDE loads.
# Script using kdialog to prompt program selection choices
select_prog=`kdialog --menu "What would you like to do today?" a
"Play Solitaire" b "Listen to Music" c "Chat" d "Browse the Web
" e "Check E-Mail" f "Use Office Software" g "Organise Your Finances"`
if [ $? -eq 1 ] ; then
case $select_prog in
"d") konqueror http://www.google.com;;
Posted by chunkybacon at 8:31 pm
In the chair: VMware
Dell denounces desktop Linux dealer
The CD roars back from the dead
Wikipedia Hits 300,000 Articles
HP Markets Cheap 4-User PCs To African Schools
CLI for noobies: Midnight Commander
The State of KOffice 1.3
Investigating Firebird with Helen Borrie
Posted by chunkybacon at 1:19 pm
Dell clarifies reports of Linux PCs in Europe
A PC dealer in Europe has begun selling Dell desktops equipped with Linux, but Dell emphasized that the systems were customized by
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:22 am
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
Posted by chunkybacon at 8:03 pm
If you have gmail, you might get an email from firstname.lastname@example.org asking you to change your password. DONT.
When you press submit on the form, you end up at this non-google site:
Obviously a gmail phishing scam.
Posted by chunkybacon at 2:41 pm
Sunday, July 04, 2004
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Saturday, July 03, 2004
NASA have released a set of images of the surface of Titan taken by Cassini, using infrared filters to pierce through the smog of the athmosphere.
Remember folks , this is just the start of a 4 year long mission.
Posted by chunkybacon at 8:29 pm
Thursday, July 01, 2004
Getting your Gmail with Python
Handy python hack for grabbing those gmail conversations.
Posted by chunkybacon at 10:18 am
Internet Explorer Is Too Dangerous to Keep Using
Yes, I know all of the tired, old arguments about how if open-source programs were as popular as Microsoft's products; they'd be just as
vulnerable. You know what? I don't have time today to deal with the fundamentally inane idea that security by obscurity is somehow the best
way to secure software. The bottom line is that for all practical purposes for today, open-source browsers are inherently more secure than
Internet Explorer, and I still have half a dozen more workstations to switch over to Firefox. Go ahead, stick with Internet Explorer for
everyday use. It's your funeral.
Posted by chunkybacon at 9:55 am