Archive for October, 2005

Windows back from the dead?

Saturday, October 29th, 2005

At PhreakNIC, there seemed to be a lot of computers running Microsoft® Windowd® XP®. This is a group that, two or three years ago, expounded on how evil Microsoft was and how crappy Windows was. Apple and Linux laptops were all over, but this year I kept hearing the Windows reboot sound.

PhreakNic 9.0 Commentary

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Well, I’m back from PhreakNIC again, where a good time was had by all. The conference seemed a little tamer this year than previous years, yet it was a weekend well spent. Here are some neat highlights: A nice briefing on extended WiFi links. Technical in nature with lots of math. Yum!A good demo of [...]

My iBook Got Wet and Died

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Yesterday I spilled a little bit of bottled water on the keyboard of my Apple iBook. The iBook crashed with a kernel panic unlike any other I have seen since the days of the Amiga.

HOWTO Remove Simpson “Unpossible” quote from Gallery 2.0

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

I’m testing Gallery 2.0. The biggest thing that bugs me is the “Unpossible” link at the bottom of every page that links to an MP3 clip from the Simpsons. It’s a cute quote and I like that episode, but it’s not very professional. I also don’t know if we’re cleared to use that clip or if Fox is going to sue everyone.

Build a Better Alarm Clock and They Will Wake Up

Tuesday, October 4th, 2005

The sea urchin one (a concept model, not actually available) supposedly bounces around so you have to chase it down to turn it off. The puzzle “explodes” the pieces so you have to find them and reassemble it to shut it off. They’re being blogged all over right now. I’ve often thought about what kind of alarm clock I could make that would force me to get up. Putting the alarm clock across the room does not present enough challenge to really wake me up. Maybe I should keep a Mountain Dew next to the bed and take a few gulps when I hit that first snooze bar.

Upload Files Fast with CoffeeShop

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

I had about 4GB of data to upload today for several projects. My DSL at home, while reliable, is only 256k upstream. After hours of waiting, I loaded the files onto my laptop and went to Borders Books. I guessed that T-mobile had installed an actual T1 line and I was right. Full 1.5Mbps uplink, so I was able to finish all of my uploads in about 2.5 hours.


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