Archive for October, 2004

Electronic Elections

Sunday, October 31st, 2004

As the US prepares for a national election this week, I wonder how much longer you will have to go to your local precinct to vote. Voting technology is so out of date it isn’t funny. Finally, Nevada electronic voting may move us forward as they are the gaming capital of the world. In some […]

Phones that See Through Clothes

Sunday, October 31st, 2004

Interesting article about a phone add on that is designed for night vision, but in fact will see an image through clothing. Now how does this relate to war driving one might ask … the answer is I am looking at the legal issues of wardriving. If you can see through clothes, do you need […]

Joke: Windows Icon Wars

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

I seldom pass on jokes on the internet. There are just to many of them and it isn’t worth the traffic. I did find this one particularly funny however. If you ever watch robot wars … this little bit is a good twist on it.

On-line Utility to Split Images

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

This is a very neat on-line utility for splitting images. It will build the mouseovers even. It will only work with proportional images needing splitting, but if you only do one every once in a while it might work well for you.

Favicon Builder

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

This little on-line utility will help you build a favicon. You can build one manually if you wish using irfanview and your image editor, but if you don’t need a lot of control, give this a try.

War Driving in England

Thursday, October 28th, 2004

Another article by an expert driving around looking for open LAN’s in an area of England. They found 300 lans in 30 minutes, more than half of which were un- or under-secured.

Find a Missing Font

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

Find a missing font by answering a few questions. The bigger the sample you have, the more likely you are to find what you are looking for. Hint, if you don’t know say you don’t.

Improve the Weather with PHP

Monday, October 25th, 2004

An interesting bit of PHP from my latest blog I am following, Mike Davidson. His blog has a neat feature, it is skinnable, and one of them has the live weather in Seattle. He took the weather from noaa and then massaged it with php. For a guy in big deal design, he sure had […]

Introducing sIFR: Headlines in Nice Fonts

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

I am considering adding Mike Davidson to my personal list of web/html heros. He has something called sIFR (flash replacement of text so a nicer anti-aliased font can be used). Or as he puts it: Introducing sIFR, The Healthy Alternative to Browser Text. I think I will try playing with this. If I understand it […]

XHTML/CSS layout generation

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

CSS on the fly at this site. You can try various layouts via drop down and radio buttons and the css is generated for you.

some nice image links

Friday, October 15th, 2004

This lady has some nice image links in her blog.

Google: Hard Drive Now Searchable

Friday, October 15th, 2004

Google has done it again, come up with something for free that will make your life easier, and finding what you lost possible. How often do you have to look all over your computer for something? Cannot remember where you left it etc. Google now offers a 400k download that will index your hard drive […]

Thunderbird RSS Reader

Friday, October 15th, 2004

I recently updated to Thunderbird 0.8 from One of the great new features they have added is RSS support. If you click on: “tools” -> “account settings” -> “add” button and then select “RSS news and blogs”. From there is it pretty self explanatory. I set mine to check my favourite blogs regularly and […]

Corel buys Jasc

Friday, October 15th, 2004

Corel Software today (October 14th, 2004) announced the purchase of Jasc, the company that produces the popular Paint Shop Pro program. Hopefully it will lead to more widespread use of the program and will not lead to increased costs for this fine program.

The Earth From Above

Monday, October 11th, 2004

Way cool photographs of the Earth from above. Spend a few minutes looking around this site. I really liked some of the photos. The site is done in three languages … and instead of picking one, you see everything in all three. That made for some interesting comparisons of language that are usually bypassed when […]

House votes to crack down on video voyeurism 09/22/04

Saturday, October 9th, 2004

According to a article, a new bill would crack down on voyerism. I suspect it would also make a lot of my home movies illegal. There must be a better way?

Spyware crackdown by the FTC

Friday, October 8th, 2004

Go get the bums! People who place spyware deserve jail. I hope they get it too.

File Sharers to Get Jail Time?

Thursday, October 7th, 2004 reports on currently advancing legislation that will make file sharing a serious criminal offense.

Wireless security risk highlighted in student project

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

Massey News Article – Wireless security risk highlighted in student project. Well it is after all kids play … it ain’t rocket science or looking at it another way, these days there are a lot of rocket scientists.

Security News Brought to You by Microsoft …

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

iTnews – Security news brought to you by Microsoft Anybody else see the irony here?

Tips to Achieving Ironclad Wireless LAN Security

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

Tips to Achieving Ironclad Wireless LAN Security by PC Magazine. These are clearly written suggestions.

‘Wardriving’ conviction is first under Can-Spam

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

‘Wardriving’ conviction is first under Can-Spam says this article in the Tech News on ZDNet. People are suprised to find out that their area is already mapped. You must take steps to protect your wifi! I think the download of illegal music is likely to be the next significant use of misappropriated wifi access points.

Heat Made Visible: Infrared images see the heat emitted by all things

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

This now disappearred site talks about many other uses of thermal imaging in law enforcement.

Photographic Images and the Fourth Amendment

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

Photos may also take images that are helpful much like thermal imaging. Interesting.

Do Thermal Imaging / WiFi Detection have related search issues?

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

Thermal Imaging May Require a Search Warrant according to some courts. If the Government wants to crack a wifi network to detect illegal activity should it be required to obtain a search warrant. Is the objective privacy greater, especially if basic steps are not taken to secure the network? Good issues I think.

Should cops police your Wi-Fi? @

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

Should cops police your Wi-Fi? | | CNET … can they … aren’t they snooping?

Gmail Atom Feed Coming?

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

Gmail Atom Feed Coming? is an article Franki pointed out to me today. An intriguing idea I guess. Franki is using Thunderbird now for RSS feeds and I am starting to use the bookmarking feature for RSS in the new FireFox 1.x release. Gmail invites meanwhile have become much easier to get as all new […]

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