One Aging Geek

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Brain is full

My brain is full.

Monday, January 26, 2004



This book is about how individuals can take the lead in realigning our development efforts to that promise. In doing so, we shall in turn take our lead from the practice of Architecture, when Architects formed themselves into organisations determined to combat the problem of buildings falling on people's heads.

Sunday, January 25, 2004

OceanStore Project Overview

OceanStore Project Overview:

OceanStore is a global persistent data store designed to scale to billions of users. It provides a consistent, highly-available, and durable storage utility atop an infrastructure comprised of untrusted servers.

Saturday, January 24, 2004


Strangest State of the Union moment

Obviously President Bush was not prepared for the cheers that greeted his statement that 'Key provisions of the PATRIOT Act are set to expire next year.' Amazing: you'll find civil libertarians in the darndest places -- even the U.S. Congress!
What was really strange was what happened next. PATRIOT Act supporters were clearly itching to counter this act of lese majeste by showing their support for the president. What did they do? They cheered his next line: 'The terrorist threat will not expire on that schedule.'
Unfortunately, every single senator, congressmen and dignitary who clapped at that moment was applauding the continued existence of the terrorist threat. 'Hurray! The terrorists are here to stay!' Not too bright.
Then again, since so many of our leaders, right up to the president, found their political lives salvaged by 9/11, maybe they understood exactly what they were doing.

Slashdot | Guide to Digital Preservation from NIST

Slashdot | Guide to Digital Preservation from NIST:

Guide to Digital Preservation from NIST
Posted by michael on Saturday January 24, @07:33AM from the jesus-saves dept.

Little Hamster writes 'The scientists working on the Digital Preservation Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released an excellent 50 page guide on care and handling of CDs and DVDs for long term storage. It talks about the effects of light, moisture, radiation, scratches, marking, adhesive labels, and even playback on the discs. For those slashdotters who is not familiar with the physical made up of these optical discs, there is a very nice chapter explaining all the background. And if you only want to know how to care for your precious data, there is a one page summary. And yes, they agreed that glued-on labels are harmful.' || HOWTO: Find Mt. Everest from Space || HOWTO: Find Mt. Everest from Space:

HOWTO: Find Mt. Everest from Space (MLP)
By cbraga
Thu Jan 22nd, 2004 at 12:41:21 PM EST
Mt. Everest, the tallest and most famous mountain of our planet, exhales a fascination which goes up all the way to the ISS. That's easy to believe after taking a peek at this spectacular shot. However, that doesn't mean finding Everest in an easy task. To quote NASA:
Space is a good place to ponder the world's extremes and nature's variability. For example, photographing the highest point on the planet is a favorite target (and a long-standing challenge) for astronauts orbiting the Earth. Despite Everest's planetary stature, it is not an easy peak to locate while zipping over the mountains at 7 kilometers per second.
Luckily for us, the nice folks at JPL have made a step-by-step tutorial on finding Mt. Everest from space. Now, where do I sign up for those tickets?

Joho the Blog: Atomic Posters

Joho the Blog: Atomic Posters:

Atomic Posters Mike O'Dell has found a site that features posters from the '50s with an atomic theme. What the hell were we thinking? (See also how to survive a nuclear blast with only a hat.)

The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring:

First of all, GREATEST DVD EVER!!!! That being said, I wanted to share what I had found out. I had heard that there were two hidden 'Easter Eggs' on this DVD--and it took me ages to find them! I just hope that this review will help save time for people. Easter Egg #1: The MTV Parody on The Council of Elrond. On Disc One, you go to Scene Selection. Right after the real Council of Elrond (Chapter 27), you press down on your DVD remote--you should see a Ring. Select it and be ready to laugh :-) Easter Egg #2: The Two Towers Trailer. Okay, I know its coming out on DVD in like a week, but I still like watching trailers. Anyway, on Disc Two, go to Scene Seletion. To the very right of the screen, there is the separated chapters (you know like 43-47). Anyway, go to Chapter 48 (The Fan Club). Instead of selecting it, press down, and you should see The Two Towers. Select that. I hope this helped some people:-) Enjoy!!!!!

Mr Company Computer Guy

feed on feeds - new items: " Bud Light - Real Men of Genius - Mr. Company Computer Guy.mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)"

Pocket Smalltalk

Pocket Smalltalk:

Pocket Smalltalk´┐Ż IDE is a free open source programming environment that lets developers write Smalltalk applications for Palm Powered´┐Ż handhelds, and other small devices.
Pocket Smalltalk consists of an integrated development environment (IDE) which runs on a variety of platforms (Windows, MacOS, Linux, OS/2, others). It includes a cross-compiler that can generate PalmOS 'executable' (.PRC) files from Smalltalk source code.
Pocket Smalltalk makes it easy to do object-oriented development for Palm Powered handhelds. You have the full power of Smalltalk along with a complete class library. Best of all, Pocket Smalltalk creates small, standalone applications -- no runtime libraries are required.

Secure Word documents ... aren't

SecurityFocus HOME Mailing List: BugTraq:

Microsoft Word provides an option to protect 'forms' by password. This is used to ensure that unauthorized users cannot manipulate the contents of documents except within specially designed 'form' areas. This feature is also often used to protect documents which do not even have form areas (quotations/offers etc.).

This form protection can easily be removed without any additional tools (apart from a hex-editor).

Saturday, January 17, 2004

Windows Media Encoder


I wanted to demonstrate the SpamBayes plug-in for the school, and I realized I ought to try the screen-capture feature of the free Windows Media Encoder 9. The results were stunning. I set up a new session, pointed it at Outlook's main window, and began encoding. Then I talked through a demonstration of SpamBayes' configuration manager, its Delete and Recover toolbar buttons, and my techniques for integrating SpamBayes with Outlook's filtering and foldering. Along the way I pointed with the cursor to items of interest, opened and closed dialog boxes, and drove the Outlook interface as I normally do.

The resulting six-minute video had the same format as my Outlook window, which happened to be about 750-by-620. The file came in at just under 3MB. I FTP'd it to my Website and, because I'd chosen the progressive-download option, playback was immediate. It was also perfectly readable and audible. Elapsed time from the moment I thought of trying this to the end of playback: about 25 minutes. Next time it'll take 10. Why don't more people do this? Because it wasn't this easy before. Now, it is. [Full story at]

More Features (Google Weblog)

More Features (Google Weblog): "Google has added more search by number features: Area Codes, e.g. 650, bring up maps. UPC codes, e.g. 073333531084 or 036000250015, bring up some information about the product. Flight numbers, e.g. usair 50, provide links to flight tracking Vehicle ID (VIN) numbers, e.g. JH4NA1157MT001832, link to a CARFAX report on what kind of car and its status. U.S. Postal Service tracking numbers link to package status."