Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Google Earth
Fly around the planet courtesy of Google. Windows only unforuntately.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Katamari Damacy fantasy night
Very surreal photo gallery
Single neurons may respond to concepts
Glastonbury blog roundup
uk festival blogorama


Fireworks Likely When NASA Blows Up Comet (AP)
EBay Losing Allure for Some Entrepreneurs (AP)
PayPal founder on Google's Wallet
Sun layoffs hit hundreds in US
Space Shuttle One Step Closer To July Launch
The Virtual Planet Explorer
1001 Ways to Harden Linux
A Festival of speech synthesis for Linux
How about, Don't Be Evil
Theo de Raadt talks about Linux
Surprising User Expectations

Friday, June 24, 2005

Sony Aibo dances to Daft Punk
Old American shopping mall photography
O'Reilly Astronomy hacks
Plane crash last words - mp3s and transcipts

BBC - On This Day
1983: US astronaut Sally Ride returns
America's first woman in space, Sally Ride, returns safely in the Challenger space shuttle after a six-day flight.
1974: Labour rift over nuclear test
The Labour Government admits Britain exploded a nuclear device in the United States a few weeks ago.
1968: Rail go-slow begins
The country's rail network is thrown into disarray as the National Union of Railwaymen begins its work-to-rule and ban on overtime.
1986: Ian Paisley's battle cry condemned
Hard-line unionist leader the Reverend Ian Paisley warns Northern Ireland is on the verge of civil war.
1993: Minister resigns over business links
Northern Ireland Minister Michael Mates resigns over his links with fugitive tycoon Asil Nadir.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Secure PHP login

Creating a secure PHP login script
how to create an secure login using a mysql database, sessions, ip address tracking and cookies.

Wall Street Journal - eBay sellers go it alone
Thanks to Amazon's marketplace and Google Adsense, many online sellers are becoming less dependent on eBay

Pulp Fiction in 30 seconds
Flash required... very funny.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Geotagging Flickr with Google Maps and Greasemonkey'


CEO Says Google Won't Compete With PayPal (AP)
EBay Launches Site For Open-Source Developers (TechWeb)
Orlando axes free muni Wi-Fi
PetaBox: Big Storage in Small Boxes
Linus On The Future Of Microsoft
The /proc Filesystem as a Programmer Tool
Beginner's guide to Linux distros
The Kubuntu Distribution
Death to IMAP Clients

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Patent Absurdity

Richard Stallman writes in the Guardian about the European Parliamentary vote on software patenting. He argues that if the law were applied to the novels in the 1880s, great books would not have been written.

Monday, June 20, 2005

Leverage the power of internet social networks to get drunk, faster....


Russia Cargo Ship Docks With Space Station (AP)
Programming Jobs Losing Luster in U.S. (AP)
E-Mail Embarrasses 119 Failing Students (AP)
Report: Google to Start New Payment System (AP)
Google plans pay service to rival PayPal -WSJ (Reuters)
AMD dual-core Athlons 'sell out' in Tokyo
Red Hat and Novell salivate as Navy learns to count servers
Censored Nagasaki Bomb Story Found
Hunting for Botnet Command and Controls
Desktop Linux on x86 - Adapt or Die
Hardening Linux: a 10 step approach
Building Clustered Linux Systems
Installing Fedora Core 4, First Impressions
Benchmark Road and Recreation Maps
06/15 Damn Small 1.2.1

Open BSD honcho in Linux tirade
Theo De Raadt says that Linux is made up of 'cheap little hacks'

Saturday, June 18, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1972: UK's worst air crash kills 118
A flight from London Heathrow to Brussels crashes minutes after take-off killing all 118 people on board.
1979: Leaders agree arms reduction treaty
United States President Jimmy Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev sign Salt II, the first arms-reduction treaty between the two super powers.
1999: Anti-capitalism demo turns violent
Police and protesters clash at a demonstration against capitalism in the centre of London's financial district.
1965: Drink-drive limit to be introduced
The government announces it will introduce a blood alcohol limit for drivers with penalties for those caught above it.
1956: Truman rejects anti-Stalin talk
The former President of the United States, Harry Truman, dismisses suggestions Moscow may be about to turn its back on its Stalinist past.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Wikipedia animate
Wikidiff wiki diff competition
write a wiki diff animation tool - get $150 and a flickr pro account

Thursday, June 16, 2005

DJ Artyom - cassette tape mixer

DJ Artyom from Russia has created his own homebrew cassette tape mixers, complete with jogwheel, power on/off, treble,bass,mid and lots of other features - you can see his kit here and here on You have to see this to believe it - it's an awesome example of retro hardware hacking.

DJ Artyom casette dj website


Yotophoto is a search engine for free-use stock photographs. Some of the images are public domain and others have generous Creative Commons (or similar) licensing. Nearly all these photographs are free for personal and commercial use with minimal restrictions.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Ubuntu 5 reviewed
In depth review of the latest Ubuntu with screenshots.


Yahoo! Buys Internet Phone Provider (AP)
Sun Launches OpenSolaris Project (TechWeb)
10 vulns - three critical - in MS patch batch
Google finds web-only video clips
MS Patch Train Leaves the Station
Back to Moon in 2015?
Half Of Businesses Still Use Windows 2000
Dell Axim X50 Running Linux
Ajax on Rails
06/13 Debian 3.1 (AMD64)
06/13 Fedora 4

Seattle bus monster
Google maps hack showing bus routes in Seattle.

simple php gallery by celeron

Simple Gallery is a very simple PHP gallery script.

"You don't have to go into the settings and add albums or anything similiar to that. All you do is create a folder inside the Albums directory and you're done."

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Corrugated Tunnel @ Sonar

Friend of mine, CorrugatedTunnel , will be appearing live this Thursday, June 16 at Zentraus in Barcelona as part of the week long Sonar festival playing his brand of progressive electro.

Entrance to Zentraus is entirely free.

Zentraus dance club
Rambla del Raval, 41
08001 Barcelona
+34 934 421 323

Technorati versus Google

In Secrets of A List Bloggers , Tristan Louis compares the Technorati top 100 to the number of backlinks that appear on Google, and comes up with some interesting statistical analysis.

Monday, June 13, 2005


Date Palm Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed (AP)
Nokia to build phone browser from Apple tech
PC Prices Reach $300 Milestone
Using an Old Space-Suit as a Satellite
Puppy Linux Live Reviewed
Talking with Richard Stallman
Major Breakthrough in Linux Technology
IE Tabs Suck Memory Too
Examples of Really Bad Lock-In?
Financial Times Using Link Spam
Tech Recruiting is Hard
IE's Tabbed Browsing Embarrassment

Debian Sarge release notes

Debian sarge release notes
Upgrade issues
key point:
You are therefore strongly advised NOT to upgrade to a 2.6 kernel as part of the upgrade from woody to sarge. Instead, you should first make sure your system works correctly with either the old kernel or with a 2.4 kernel from sarge and do the upgrade to a 2.6 kernel later as a separate project.

other useful stuff:
Debian sources wikipage

Saturday, June 11, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1955: Le Mans disaster claims 77 lives
Seventy-seven people are killed and 77 others injured when a racing car spins off the track and into the crowd.
1998: UN warns of famine in Sudan
More than a million people in Sudan are facing starvation, prompting the United Nations to declare an official famine in the region.
1959: Hovercraft marks new era in transport
The Hovercraft invented by Christopher Cockerell is officially launched in Southampton.
1987: Thatcher wins record third term
Margaret Thatcher declares she is "raring to go"as she wins a record third term as prime minister.
1976: Mercenaries trial begins in Angola
The trial of 13 mercenaries - 10 of them British - begins in Angola with the public still in the dark over the exact charges.
1968: French student rebel arrives in UK
French student rebel leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit arrives in Britain stirring up fears of campus unrest.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Lamest edit wars on Wikipedia

This entry on Wikipedia lists the catfights and edit wars that have gone on over there. Highlights include
SkyOS - "Fast & furious kindergarten catfight with accusations of GPL violations, advertising, lying and fanboyism",
Exploding Whale - is the phrase "the blast blasted blubber beyond all believable bounds" worthy of inclusion?
and even the "Lamest edit wars page itself - "Edit war over what edit wars should be on this page"

Sequencing with seq24

In this Linux Journal article, Dave Philips writes about the seq24 sequencer. There is an example page too with some ogg format snippets. A follow up article talks about Qsynth and QJackCtl and how to use them with Jack


NASA space probe to slam into comet July 4 (Reuters)
Top CEOs Describe Future Technologies (AP)
Robots Dance, Play at World Robot Expo (AP)
Goggle, Yahoo Seen Boosted by Ad Surge (AP)
Public sector IT abuse still rife
Security Patch Creation at Microsoft
PC Case Made Completely of Fans
At the Sounding Edge: Using QSynth and QJackCtl
Performance analysis on Linux
Google's Polite and Human Take Down Notice
Asa Understands Normal Users and Firefox Users

A decade of PHP

If it wasnt for PHP..

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

gmerge shut down

Sad. The excellent Gmerge site , which allowed you to build wallpapers from Google Maps tiles has been shut down after Google pointed out that it violated its terms of service.

A pity. Being able to build a large-ish map of a downtown area (and then printing it out for reference in the real world) is a feature I'd love to see offered in Google Maps.

Google maps wallpaper generator
can generate quite large wallpapers using some nifty python hacks
Skype for musicians
New Justin 'WinAmp' Frankel project called ninjam
Ninjam announcement
lend us your ears
Darth Vadar on Wheel of Fortune
the force is strong
Black Holes on Google Maps

Everaldo of crystal icons fame has posted some very niceStar Wars icons on KDE Look.


Dolphins Protect Their Snouts With Sponges (AP)
REVIEW: 'Guild Wars'Removes Online Grind (AP)
Apple to Switch Macs to Intel Chips (AP)
Safari goes community - again
Error 404 at 40,000 feet
More outsourcing = more unhappiness
IBM and Sun dangle their blades at telcos
Schneier on Attack Trends: More Complex Worms
The Science of Star Wars
Message Storm Knocks NYSE Offline
iTunes More Popular Than Most P2P Sites
Disposable Camcorder
A Farewell to Transmeta?
Lock Down KDE with Kiosk Mode
An Interview with Dr. Ari Jaaksi of Nokia
Linux Games: An Interview With Michael Simms
Knoppix 3.9 Review
Google Sitemap vs. Ping Servers

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Windows 2000: Microsofts most successful failure
The Register looks back on Win2K and how it became a hacker target.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Optical illusion
dots before your eyes

Revenge of the Sith easter eggs


Schtuff is a free wiki service thats easy to use and has some neat features tacked on such as tagging, custom permissions and an image gallery.

XML Sucks
lengthy but interesting and in depth critique of all things xml

Saturday, June 04, 2005

BBC - On This Day
1940: Dunkirk rescue is over - Churchill defiant
As the last Allied soldier leaves Dunkirk, the British Prime Minister vows his forces "shall never surrender".
1989: Massacre in Tiananmen Square
The Chinese army storms an uprising by students in Tiananmen Square, killing several hundred people.
1977: Greece releases UK plane-spotters
Five British plane-spotters imprisoned in Greece for spying are released after 10 weeks in jail.
1991: UK army spending to be cut
Defence Secretary Tom King has confirms Britain will reduce the amount it spends on the army.
1968: Dover begins bird purge
Dover residents prepare to get rid of "these horrible birds"in the drive to create a cleaner, quieter seaside resort.

Friday, June 03, 2005

BBC site under the bonnet

Here's an interesting article by the BBC on the technology behind their websites. Turns out that they follow the K.I.S.S. mantra ("keep it simple stupid"). Apache/Linux technology with server farms in London and New York. They even provide a network diagram. There is a discussion about this on Slashdot

Sun want to share
new marketing campaign.

Skywalker Ranch, San Rafael

Google Sightseeing - Skywalker Ranch, San Rafael, California.

Europe falling behind on open source
well, that is , according to the EU Commission. KDE is Swedish/German, and Mandrake is French and Suse was German, to name but three.

Web apps compendium
Big list of seo, rss, news and other stuff from kuro5hin

EU I.T. plan
I.T. research spending to be ramped up.

3 stage Bagle virus alarms experts
beach-head established , then antivirus updates and firewalls disabled..

Thursday, June 02, 2005


EBay to Acquire for $620M (AP)
The Dot In Dot-Com's Now The 'S' In Sharing (Investor's Business Daily)
Acer Unveils Mini PC In Taiwan (TechWeb)
Europe reports broadband growth
SCO watches Q2 revenue and loss shrink
Parliament slapped for rubbish web presence
Europe Home to Majority of Zombies
Linux Geeks To Take Over World
Cell phones as Credit Cards
Hacking the Linux Desktop, Part 2
Boeing 777 Blog Rocks
Imitation and the Slippery Slope of Portaldom: My Google

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Longhorn to drop "My" prefixes

Technewsworld report that Microsoft will drop the "My" prefixes for Longhorn - "My Computer" will now be "Computer", "My Music" will be "Music" and so on.

Utterly amazing technical development going on there. ;-)

SearchBistro previews the mysterious It turns out (if true) that Google are using human raters from all over the world in the battle against spam results.

Google maps Hacking
lots of useful info

Spotted these Google Maps hacks:
Chicago Crime map
Cheap gas map

Blogging for paychecks
Slashdot point out the new phenomenon of blogger job adverts for corporate America.