Electronic Elections

October 31, 2004 on 9:18 pm | In General, Random Feature Sites | No Comments

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 Voting technology is so out of date it isn’t funny.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 respects, the irony is appropriate as politics involves gamesmanship. I can withdraw money worldwide with my ATM card, but I have to vote at one place in an eight hour time frame. I hope they soon fix that so people who want to can vote conveniently.

Phones that See Through Clothes

October 31, 2004 on 5:09 am | In War Driving | No Comments

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 a search warrant? Do you need to have a particular type of clothing on to have an expectation of privacy?

Joke: Windows Icon Wars

October 30, 2004 on 9:09 pm | In General, Random Feature Sites | No Comments

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

October 30, 2004 on 3:34 am | In General, Utilities and Programs, Web Design | No Comments

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

October 30, 2004 on 3:32 am | In General, Utilities and Programs, Web Design | No Comments

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

October 28, 2004 on 11:16 pm | In War Driving | No Comments

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

October 27, 2004 on 12:59 am | In General, Random Feature Sites, Utilities and Programs, Web Design | No Comments

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

October 25, 2004 on 12:50 pm | In General, PHP | No Comments

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 some time on his hands for that little project.

Introducing sIFR: Headlines in Nice Fonts

October 23, 2004 on 9:35 pm | In General, Utilities and Programs, Web Design | No Comments

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 right, and I have to admit it is presented in a way that makes it a little hard for us slow people to follow, you have your text, use his engine to export your text, and it is embedded as a swf file.

XHTML/CSS layout generation

October 21, 2004 on 2:23 am | In CSS, General | No Comments

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.

Google: Hard Drive Now Searchable

October 15, 2004 on 8:22 pm | In Finding Content, General | No Comments

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 and allow you to search it. It includes indexing of email, im messages, and other things. In fact it may help parents keep track of im’ing and sites visited as it creates a cache. Check it out at: http://desktop.google.com/about.html.

The key I suppose is privacy Continue reading Google: Hard Drive Now Searchable…

Thunderbird RSS Reader

October 15, 2004 on 3:48 pm | In General, RSS | No Comments

I recently updated to Thunderbird 0.8 from http://mozilla.org. 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 essentially get email style notice of new blog postings. For some where I like to stay on top of comments I also added the comment RSS. Give it a whirl, you’ll be happy you did. If you would like to follow our articles via this method, our feed is here:
wp-rss2.php

Corel buys Jasc

October 15, 2004 on 1:54 am | In General, News | No Comments

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

October 11, 2004 on 7:01 pm | In General, Random Feature Sites | No Comments

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 you specify your language of choice. I think someone stuying language may benefit from comparing the language.

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

October 9, 2004 on 7:11 am | In General, News | No Comments

According to a HollandSentinel.com 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

October 8, 2004 on 6:07 pm | In General | No Comments

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

File Sharers to Get Jail Time?

October 7, 2004 on 4:41 pm | In General | No Comments

USATODAY.com reports on currently advancing legislation that will make file sharing a serious criminal offense.

Wireless security risk highlighted in student project

October 6, 2004 on 7:13 pm | In War Driving | No Comments

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.

Tips to Achieving Ironclad Wireless LAN Security

October 6, 2004 on 7:04 pm | In General, War Driving | No Comments

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

‘Wardriving’ conviction is first under Can-Spam

October 6, 2004 on 6:47 pm | In General, War Driving | No Comments

‘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

October 6, 2004 on 1:26 am | In War Driving | No Comments

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

Photographic Images and the Fourth Amendment

October 6, 2004 on 1:15 am | In War Driving | No Comments

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

Do Thermal Imaging / WiFi Detection have related search issues?

October 6, 2004 on 12:57 am | In War Driving | No Comments

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.

Gmail Atom Feed Coming?

October 5, 2004 on 2:24 am | In General, RSS | No Comments

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 users are apparently given six invitations within days of “joining”. If you do the math, it is like the Kevin Bacon Game, it don’t take long for everyone to have one I guess.

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