Archive for January, 2007

Site Backups And Bandwidth Fun

I keep regular backups of everything on this server just in case something happens. Recently I switched to a more automated and secure (PGP encrypted) solution for this blog due to it’s fast-paced nature. Just the critical stuff (database, media, templates). I choose PGP (implemented using GPG) since it’s easy, and I only have to […]

Bayesian Spam Filter Poisoning With RSS

Overview Bayesian Filtering is a great method for fighting spam. Unlike rule based filtering which spammers can easily adapt to with simple modifications, Bayesian adapts with the spammers changes, making it much more difficult for them to defeat the filtering. As a result it’s used in server side mail filtering as well as client side […]

Coming Soon: Bluejacking

If you have bluetooth on your phone, there’s yet another reason to turn it off when you don’t use it. Besides saving battery life (which is always a good thing), and just general security you’ll be seeing more and more spam as time goes on if you keep it on. It’s already a problem in […]

Using Norton AntiVirus With POP3 Over SSL

I didn’t find this anywhere online, so I thought I’d post it. Norton AntiVirus up to and including 2007 doesn’t support POP3 over SSL. That’s a problem since sending mail without SSL is insecure, and sending mail over SSL with no virus scanning is also insecure. There is a fix. Please note these directions, and […]

Nokia N800 Looks Interesting But Large

The Nokia N800 looks really cool, but I wonder if it’s size is a little to large to make it practical to carry around. The lack of good Flash support, and weak MPEG4 (my guess would be lack of an onboard decoder and using software to make up for it). The fact that it’s Linux […]

Is Vista For Me?

CNet’s review pretty much sums up my feelings on Vista after playing around with it for a little while: The bottom line: Windows Vista is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. If you’re currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right […]

Autographed Copy Of Windows Vista

I have iWoz autographed by Steve Wozniak. Do I need to get a signed copy of Vista Ultimate? If I were to get that, Steve Jobs would need to sign a copy of Leopard or I would have trouble sleeping at night. [Hat tip: Engadget] Disclaimer: Affiliate linkage used in Amazon links

Disney Magic

An interesting video of the new costumes Disney has come up with. No longer are the heads as animated as a Pez dispensers. Now the eyes and mouth move. Not only do they move, but they are in sync with the music. It’s amazing how well it’s done. [Via: Boing Boing]

Secrets In Websites

When a you browses the web, a fair amount of code is transfered from a server sitting in a cold lonely datacenter to your computer. It’s mostly serious business, but sometimes developers like to embed small jokes, and traditions. A lot can be told by just a quick glance at a website’s design and it’s […]

Apple 802.11n Upgrade Fee

According to CNet and Engadget, the upgrade for 802.11n support on Intel Macs will be $1.99 ($2 in my book). Not much, but rather sad considering you already purchased the hardware, this is merely a regulatory deal. I presume we’ll also see sales tax. Now will Apple break the mold and deliver 802.11n upgrades for […]