Friday, October 31, 2003

jasun's moblog

This message is the official announcement, to launch my Moblog. I'm still working on things, but it's now online - so will be updated when I get the urge to send a picture to it. I'm using the MT-Moblog script by Ben, which is based on original code by Yoz, only Ben's script has improvements, such as POP3 support.

I'm currently using my Sharp GX10i. The new GX20 looks nice though!

Post ID: 136, posted by jase at 11:17 AM
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Halloween

I'm sure you are aware that it is halloween today / tonight. I'm not really excited like I was when I was younger though. I'm more interested in fireworks and such. But still, I'm sure it will be good for the kids to go round begging for money tonight!

Mind you, the weather is rubbish here, it has been raining all night & is dull today - and still wet.

Post ID: 135, posted by jase at 10:58 AM
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Thursday, October 30, 2003

MT-Blacklist v1.5 released!

I've just noticed that Jay Allen has released version 1.5 of his MT-Blacklist. Amongst other things, updates include the new Search & Despam feature, but there are a lot of other changes, additions and fixes. So, if you run Movable Type and have an earlier version of the blacklist plugin or don't have it at all. You know what to do. I've just upgraded to 1.5, in a matter of a minute!

Post ID: 133, posted by jase at 08:13 AM
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Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Internet connected devices

There are quite a few interesting devices connected to the Internet these days and more and more are being added. The ones which you can control are the best. How about at some point being able to switch on lights and stuff at your house? Well, you could do already. Try this desk lamp example. I've got a webcam, recently just got a new one, the Creative Webcam Pro. It's USB and better quality than the parallel version Creative Webcam 2 I had originally. I'd like to get one of these IP cameras though to mess about with.

Post ID: 131, posted by jase at 12:43 AM
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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Raining, again!

Well, it's raining. Which reminds me yet again that winter is coming (or here already). Oh well, time to wrap up more when going out as it is getting freezing!

Post ID: 130, posted by jase at 11:30 PM
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Monday, October 27, 2003

24 hour store, not open 24/7

I just reliased, apart from the fact that I should be in bed that there is no milk left. Now, we used to have the milk man deliver it. Which in my opinion is handy, but now we don't. Why did we stop?

* We usually had too much.

Anyway, on Thursday, I did something that I wouldn't normally do. I actually went and got some milk. 6 pints in fact. But now, it has already all gone and I wanted some Weetabix or some other nice breakfast cereal.

Anyway, let me cut this to the point - which is - wait for it...

I could have gone to get more milk right now, if the stores that say they are 24 hours, were actually open. So, when is a 24 hour store (eg: Asda) not one? The answer is: On a Sunday. The good news is, shops will start opening at 6am, so I could in fact go and get some then - maybe I'll just get some sleep.

I never knew waiting for a shop to open could be so much fun.

Post ID: 116, posted by jase at 04:33 AM
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The answer to all questions

Where does the answer to all questions reside? Is there any one place? Is the answer to a question formed within the question itself?

It seems, that we are all a mass of questions. Maybe, because of our desire to learn. I suppose it is a funny thing, wondering about life, the universe and why we are here. I often think about it, but I don't think we will ever know, but we can always search for the answers.

It is a journey, an ever evolving one that has no end that we can see.

What does hold the answer?

Post ID: 115, posted by jase at 02:17 AM
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Mandrake 9.2 consumes hardware!

That's right! It seems that the Mandrake 9.2 install causes LG CDROM drives to stop working! I've not heard of a case like this before. There is some funny discussion on the matter taking place over at Slashdot. It seems that setting these drives up for packet writing causes them to die, in this case it is Mandrake that is initiating the configuration, but it could be other software.

The drives firmware is at fault. The manufacturer will have to replace drives that get killed. Maybe this might spark downloadable malware in future, which when burned to CD and inserted into your PC, it really does destroy your CDROM or other hardware by exploiting other firmware bugs.

Funny & quite interesting at the same time!

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Sunday, October 26, 2003

Visits from the Navy, NASA & Governments

It's interesting to see the kinds of visits you get from various places. Especially when they are visitors from interesting Government departments & agencies. Just looking through the stats, I can see hits from various .nasa.gov & .navy.mil hosts as well as a load of universities such as Berkeley, some in Japan and the UK. In fact, there are loads of interesting hosts listed.

It also seems that Google is the search engine of choice by various people at NASA & The Navy.

So they are watching...

Post ID: 113, posted by jase at 07:57 AM
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Trackback - Ping repetition?

I've noticed that when rebuilding posts within Movable Type, MT will re-ping listed Trackbacks which will cause repeat pings on the destination links. I suppose you could call this spamming in a way, as it is filling up a post with duplicate pings. A good feature for future releases of MT or a plugin, would be to detect if a post has been pinged already and not to ping again, or not to ping after X amount of times.

I have noticed that I have 3 pings on some other blog posts, simply because I rebuilt my post for one reason or another. I'll have to remember to remove the links after an initial build so that the duplicates don't appear.

Of course, that is just me thinking of other people and their blogs :-)

UPDATE: 29/10/2003

It seems that the pings only repeat, when the authored on date or time is modified.

Post ID: 112, posted by jase at 07:12 AM
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Saturday, October 25, 2003

Trackback Times

You may remember me discussing Andrew Orlowski's article on The Register about how Trackbacks are going to destroy Google. In my post you can read about the problem with Google indexing virtually blank pages, and how you can fix this on your blog quite easily via the use of robots.txt.

I was just looking over on the Six Log, which is the blog of Six Apart - the company behind Movable Type. Mena has posted about the Trackback issues and there are also a list of Trackbacks to this post from other blogs, mostly the opinion is Andrew's story is incorrectly blaming the innocent Trackback & MT for Google indexing them. Really, it is Google that indexes them, so if anyone Google is to blame - but since MT is making the blank pages, does that mean MT is responsible for making Google index almost blank pages?

There is an easy fix, in my opinion. Although, you would probably be better to stop using popup windows for your comments at least if you adopt my method so comments can still be indexed easily.

Post ID: 111, posted by jase at 05:29 AM
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MT-Blacklist working nicely!

"MT-Blacklist comment denial: (phentermine|viagra|vig-?rx)[\w\-_.]*\.[a-z]{2,}"

That is an example taken from my activity log, it seems to be blocking spam comments nicely.
MT-BL
is doing a god job. Well done to Jay Allen. It seems that the MT spam comments problem is now over for most MT users.

Stopping things before they happen is usually the best policy!

Post ID: 110, posted by jase at 05:03 AM
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Friday, October 24, 2003

Concorde retired

Just looking over on Kev's blog he has posted about how he would have liked to have flown on a Concorde.
I am thinking exactly the same. Only a few days ago I was looking around at a few sites for concorde information and also a schedule of the last few flights. It really is a shame that they are being retired, when there is nothing wrong with them and okay, it might be financially viable to retire them, but what about selling them off to Richard Branson?

If there is something else in development that will allow such short flights to places like New York, then lets see it. For the moment, I think they should be kept in use - what about the people who fly the London-New York route a lot? Their journeys have now just got a lot longer when they are used to short flights. There are a lot of people that would have liked to experience the speed & height that Concorde can fly at, as well as the amazing view of the earth.

You would think other airlines such as Air France would not retire their planes as well. So it seems there will be no Concorde in flight at all. I should have flew on one whilst I had the chance, but I forgot all about the whole retirement thing until recently.

Post ID: 109, posted by jase at 07:01 PM
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Eating around the world

I've just been to "The Big Wok" - a chinese buffet restaurant. You pay 5 for the food and can eat as much as you like. The cost even includes deserts, the only thing you have to pay more for is the drinks. I had a little bit of everything pretty much & now I am pretty bloated! Of course, I still had room for some icecream desert. I had a nice selection of spare ribs, rice, vegetables and lots more!

Not bad for the price, the place was packed. Good food, nice prices. Next time, I might get some pictures!

The other guys with me - BJ, Dangerous & Immy all ate more than their fair share,
fat bastards - literally. I'm feeling a bit tired, maybe because of the food. Time for some sleep.

Post ID: 108, posted by jase at 06:21 PM
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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Sony Cybershot DSC-T1

Sony have launched a new slim, fast 5 megapixel camera, the DSC-T1. It looks quite nice and ideal if you want something small and compact. Check out the specs over at DC Resource. There will soon be a review, but because it is so new, there isn't one at the time of me writing this!

Sony have also launched another small 2 megapixel camera, the DSC-U40. Which is a more cash friendly camera.

I've got the Sony DSC-P9, a 4 megapixel camera which is feature packed, well built & compact. I've had it for a year now and I am pleased with it. The quality of pictures is excellent and also when getting pictures printed the quality is just like a normal print - You probably would not know it was taken with a digital camera.

At some point I will probably upgrade to a newer higher megapixel camera, but for a 1MP increase at the moment there is not much point in spending all that money. There are other brands producing good cameras, but I prefer to stick with Sony on this one as not only can I get Sony equipment cheaper, as far as their products go I'm usually impressed. The T1 doesn't have a real zoom, only a 3x optical. One of the reasons it is so compact. I'd prefer to have a camera with a zoom on, the P9 has a 6x, which is part mechanical and part optical and does a pretty good job.

Since I've got a few memory sticks (256mb, 128mb and some smaller ones) I have a lot of space even when shooting some movies, so I always work at the highest quality level the camera can do (2272 x 1704).

Sony are meant to be releasing an 8MP camera shortly, so quite a jump from the range of 5MP cameras. Really the quality difference would mostly be noticed when printing off pictures and mine are usually for online use but I get some printed sometimes.

I'll probably get a few more years out of mine and upgrade when the MP rating is higher.

Post ID: 107, posted by jase at 11:17 PM
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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

PSX - The new toy in town

Just reading a post over on Ben's blog about the new PSX. I've not looked at the news for today on The Register, ./ etc, but I'm sure this will be one of the more interesting new products announced today / recently.

Hopefully the PSX will be like the Tivo, so you can hack it and generally play about with it, much like you can with the XBOX for example.

Shame about the delayed launch over here, but you could always import one from Japan. Stuff like this gives even more weight in my plan to hit Japan and probably spend lots of cash on gadgets.

Post ID: 106, posted by jase at 11:55 PM
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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

PC stress & related violence

I can understand where the PC rage is coming from when users experience it. Just reading an article over at The Register, made me think and I can relate to a lot of it. It's very annoying when your pc runs slow, something won't work or an application crashes and you loose any unsaved work.

I quite often call machines fucking bastards and other names. When I was younger, I didn't like to swear, only in extreme circumstances. Now all these naughty vulgar words appear to be part of my common language, strange how things change. How people change, how their thoughts & opinions change...

One thing is for sure, computers and software need to stop doing things that cause us to swear at them and smash them to bits!

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Monday, October 20, 2003

Japan & Gadgets

Jeremy Zawodny is currently on a trip in Japan, visiting the Yahoo offices. Amongst all the nice food Japan is also known for being one of the pioneers of electronics. That's one of the reasons why Japan is on my list of places to visit at some point. I'll be keeping an eye on JZ's progress and pictures! Looking at that food though makes me really in the need for some tucker!

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Sunday, October 19, 2003

Road Trip

I've just got round to watching Road Trip. I thought it was quite good, but not one of the best films I have watched recently. It's not a new one, but we don't get to watch every film that comes out around the time most people will watch it. There are a few that I want to watch currently on at the cinema such as Tears Of The Sun, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Bad Boys 2 & Kill Bill as well as a list of older films to make my way through. Recently I've seen Bad Boys, Confidence, Agent Cody Banks, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Phone Booth, Catch Me If You Can, Anger Management, The Matrix Reloaded and American Wedding.

Of course there is always going to be something new to watch that I've not yet seen, so it'll be an ongoing and never complete project!

The question is, what to watch next?

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Saturday, October 18, 2003

New Windows bugs

Of course there are always bugs with any software, but there are some new critical Windows vulerabilities which should be patched. Head off to Windows Update or check out the advisories on Tech Net.

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Friday, October 17, 2003

Site Finder will be back!

It appears that Verisign is going to launch Site Finder again, only this time with some prior notification to boards such as ICANN, according to a story I just read on The Register. The idea will remain the same, but it appears that they will think about the implementation a bit better this time and focus on comments received. For example, MX records so that mail servers don't waste time sending mail to domains that don't exist (or the Verisign mail servers). I won't discuss my previously discussed thoughts again, on this matter. Was there any point in them even suspending it? Maybe they did that because a few lawsuits came along.

Annoying, but still.

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Thursday, October 16, 2003

MT-Blacklist

I've just installed Jay Allen's MT-Blacklist, version 1.0-beta. Easy install and pretty effective I think. Of course there is more work to be done but it already includes a lot of features & there is a huge list of domains already included on the blacklist, plus you can add your own words & domains too. I just added the word "Viagra" as a test then tried posting a comment with this word in, only to be promptly told:

"This comment could not be posted due to questionable content".

Take a look at my current blacklist, at the moment, I've only added one word to it, but you can easily add words and domains as needed.

If you run MT and have a problem with comment spam or don't want to have a problem, then I'd suggest checking it out!

UPDATE: 18/10/2003

Some bugs have been fixed and will be part of the upcoming 1.1 release. You can of course fix a few problems with the blacklist in advance, just follow the instructions.

UPDATE: 30/10/2003

Version 1.5 has now been released.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Trackbacks to destroy Google

I have just been reading an article about Google Noise (which seems to be something that keeps being brought up a lot lately) over at The Register. Anyway, it seems that now even the Trackback is gaining ground in the whole Blog vs Google saga. From what example Andrew has used in the article, yes it appears that Google will index junk, but don't all of the engines?. The only way that this would be avoided is to use humans as part of the entire directory auditing process, which is not feasible.

The reason why Google appears to be the one in the limelight over this entire indexing subject, is because of the way it currently likes newer content over old. Unless there is a major human element involved, this will always be a problem.

There is one simple solution to Google indexing Trackback pages and other junk.

I noticed that comment entries and such from my blog were being indexed by Google and in some cases higher than the actual archive pages. So, what did I do? Easy. I just added the MovableType cgi directory to robots.txt. Problem solved, Google will no longer index any Trackback pages, comment pages etc. The only things it will index now are the actual archive pages. No more junk indexed on Google from my blog, unless of course you class my thoughts as junk!

The problem is getting everyone using MT and other engines to do something like that.

Post ID: 99, posted by jase at 10:56 PM
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Tuesday, October 14, 2003

2.6 Linux Kernel

As you have probably heard, there is a code freeze on the 2.6 tree, so hopefully 2.6 will be available soon. That will be good, as the SATA support is much needed!

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Monday, October 13, 2003

Spam test, so far...

Well, you know that anti-spam test that some of us did the other day? Well, so far since making the post, I've had 53 hits to that page. Just goes to show what certain words can get you more hits in a small amount of time than other words. The post I made about the Verisign Wildcard has had 556 hits since I posted it. It also of course depends on where the link shows up in the search results!

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Beer Monster

I'm not much of a drinker (well of beers anyway) due to the fact I don't like the taste of beer, even though it is an aquired taste some might say, I think I would have started to like it by now. I'm more of a Vodka man, and anything else none beer.

I went out last night and ended up drinking quite a bit, got home about 1.45am, got to sleep after 2.30am at least and then woke up at 5.30am and could not sleep again, which is annoying. Anyway, it's good in that I should get back to a more normal sleeping pattern tonight. I'm feeling okay but just a bit dehydrated. When I end up feeling like rubbish I usually say "I'm not going to do (insert crazy mind altering substance here) again. Alas, I normally do.

Anyway, I could go on all day talking about nothing in particular really, but I'll save it. Everything that I discuss is purely hyperthetical fiction, due to the fact I don't know who might read my thoughts, especially employers and such.

It's so cold and dull out, what am I going to do to warm things up a bit?

Post ID: 96, posted by jase at 08:55 AM
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Sunday, October 12, 2003

What is on that DVD or CD?

I appear to burn a lot of DVD's and CD's and not mark on them at the time what I've put on the media, which makes it a bit of a pain later on having to go back through finding out. Well, most of it is going to be pr0n anyway, but still!

Post ID: 95, posted by jase at 07:06 PM
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Saturday, October 11, 2003

Still messed up

Well, my sleep patterns are still messed up. I'm going to have to try and get back to normal. Easier said than done sometimes!

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Friday, October 10, 2003

Mission Impossible

That is what I think I shall call my latest adventure. It goes like this. I was meant to be going down to London today, to sort some things out & open a new bank account. I stayed up all night as I could not sleep (sleeping pattern is messed up at the moment). Anyway, that was okay - off I headed to London. Damn, after buying the ticket, I found that I had taken no ID with me, so I'd have to go back home anyway - another problem, I didn't have keys to get in.

Either way, I was out of luck. To top it all off, Ben informed me the account stuff could be done online and finished off by going to a local branch. I got my money back on the train ticket (minus 5) and headed home, managed to get hold of a key and got in.

Now I'm feeling tired, so will probably sleep soon!

Post ID: 93, posted by jase at 11:48 AM
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Thursday, October 9, 2003

Napster, hot or not?

Although it seems that Napster is coming back, I really doubt that it will be as big as it was. For everyone that used to enjoy using Napster, have now found other networks to use. Okay, so if it came back as it was, then it would probably be as popular, if not more popular than it was originally. But this time, people are going to have to pay to use it.

Immediate meltdown.

I know what I shall be doing - sticking with Soulseek, WinMX & DC++ clients and the networks they are designed for. Or the *nix alternative clients.

All this trouble that the RIAA are going on about, is caused by the big artists complaining about people downloading their productions for nothing and not buying the CD or whatever. Well, I'm not into chart music. The music I download is of the electronic age - trance, house, techno, dnb etc.

I never hear about any producer of these types of music complaining about people downloading tracks online...Why? because most of this stuff is not released on CD anyway, only on vinyl - so if someone wants to DJ using a track they would buy the record or for new promo tunes, burn to a CD and mix using the CD before the 12" is out. Even if the record wasn't purchased when it was released, the producers are not used to millions of purchases anyway, so they don't complain - they produce for the love of music, not making loads of money.

In chart terms, it's all about the money. Long live the free peer to peer networks. Remember, for unsigned artists wanting to get their work out there, sites and sharing online is the best way of doing it! Never mind people not buying CD's because of online downloading - ever thought that the stuff being released is rubbish? Well, most of it is! that's why less people are buying cd's!

Post ID: 92, posted by jase at 11:46 PM
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Buy cheap Viagra, Xanax & more online!

That's right, buy Viagra online, buy it cheap - and no messing about with going to get a prescription either. Not really. As this post is just a test. Go read all about this anti-spam test & here also more prescription drugs. Vicodin, Penis enlargement pills, Xanax and lots more!

So, go and buy cheap Viagra. Buy online with your credit card right now for quick delivery.

Spam test over. Anyway, if I were to sell drugs online or offline, I wouldn't bother selling crap, I'd sell mind altering substances instead - all the common recreational drugs, as well as research chemicals, as it's all about the Mind, Body & Spirit.


Come on, if you're going to do something - do it properly!

People must actually buy stuff that is promoted via spam. Maybe they are forced into it because they keep being spammed? The problem is, most of the stuff sold online isn't genuine anyway - cheap rip off stuff more like, due to there being patents in place on most medicines and drugs.

Will it ever end?

Post ID: 91, posted by jase at 11:16 PM
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Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Blog Shares

Want shares in my blog?

Then get on over to Blog Shares!

Get them whilst they are available & low in price! (currently at $18.23 per share) but tipped to be hot stock as these shares are currently underpriced!

Post ID: 90, posted by jase at 10:33 PM
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Blueyonder gaming service, no more!

Blueyonder, the broadband part of Telewest is closing it's gaming services. It's a subscription service, so you would think they would put more effort in. As you only get out what you put in! My ISP Demon, runs unsupported games and IRC servers, at no extra cost to the users. Some of the games servers are for Demon users only, but most are open. It is a good thing for me that they do run some as I get very low ping times when playing!

Even though the servers are officially unsupported, there's not ever any downtime with them any more than the supported services.

Then on the XBOX I play online with XBConnect, Gamespy Arcade & XBOX Live. It's all good!

Post ID: 89, posted by jase at 07:06 PM
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SMS Addiction

It appears some people are getting addicted to sending & receiving SMS (txt) messages! Okay, so like anything new there is an initial fun period and then the novelty usually wears off. Considering that most people in the UK at least, have mobile phones these days, it's pretty common now. I think these new warnings about Text Addiction are just funny.

Some people really don't have anything better to do!

Post ID: 88, posted by jase at 09:42 AM
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Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Half Life 2 Release Delayed

Due to the code leak, it looks like the release will be delayed now, through to next year, according to a story on The Register. As I previously discussed, it seems that only a 3rd of the code was actually leaked so the impact may be even less that what was originally thought.

Post ID: 87, posted by jase at 11:35 PM
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Monday, October 6, 2003

Mission Critical Systems

I was just reading a story over on The Register about how a British teenager caused disruption to a US port when he used their systems to launch a DDOS attack (so they say). Well, apart from this being laughable, one would ask...

Why are there so many "mission critical" systems connected to the Internet in some way or another these days? Some companies & organizations are just asking for trouble. Well, like most of the people arrested due to computer misuse "so called crimes" in the UK, this one will probably be dropped.

Stop wasting court time and deal with real issues. At least most of them never reach this stage, as most people with half a clue understand how easily things can be spoofed and edited. Maybe there should be a seperate jury of technical advisors who actually understand the implications of dealing with these kinds of cases, instead of just anyone who gets called up!

That could apply to a lot of subjects - Go specialist!

Post ID: 86, posted by jase at 11:47 PM
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Sunday, October 5, 2003

Half-Life 2 Code Leak

One wonders how things like this can happen, but usually if it could, at some point it will. There is a lot of talk about this at the moment, especially about how it will cause problems for Valve Software. If the code was stolen by someone from one of the development machines at Valve, it makes you wonder why they would have this code sitting on a box which in one way or another is net connected. The best thing to do would be to keep these machines away from the network, just having a firewall installed usually isn't going to be good enough as a network or system is only as secure as its weakest point.

The fact that the code is now out there in the wild, no matter how it was obtained, is a different concept entirely. Some people are talking about how others might use it to develop new games. Indeed, ideas could be used, but not actual code. For example, if the engine was used, there would be people that could notice which engine is being used straight away without an official license from Valve, so commercially I don't think the code leak will cause probems in that respect.

One of the main issues with this leak, will be relating to cheating in multi-player games. The code is all over the place now, there are even Bittorrents of it. We shall see how this unfolds... will the culprit(s) be caught?

Post ID: 85, posted by jase at 11:45 PM
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Cold Weather

I know that the winter is coming, since I'm inside and still cold. Maybe I should turn on the heating? Yeah, that would be a good idea. As well as having a nice cup of tea or coffee.

Post ID: 84, posted by jase at 11:40 PM
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Saturday, October 4, 2003

Gadgets

I've been looking around at some sites for new gadgets. Probably a bad idea as I'd usually end up spending money! Anyway, there appears to be a lot of wierd USB based devices out there, such as mug warmers powered by USB, laptop lights and a lot more! I'll let you know the funny stuff I find a little later on.

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Friday, October 3, 2003

Verisign To Suspend Site Finder

Well there is more to the saga. Verisign are going to disable Site Finder, well only for now at least... but we'll hope it is a final thing. Check out the story on Yahoo here. No doubt it will be back, we shall see.

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Thursday, October 2, 2003

"She's a flight risk"

"flight risk / noun 1. A likelihood of evasion of a course of events by voluntary withdraw, removal or secreting away from a jurisdiction in order to avoid detention, arrest or interrogation, or the institution or continuance of civil, criminal or other proceedings. Also comprehends continued concealment in furtherance of such evasion. 2. A person characterized by the likelihood of such evasion."

I've just spent the last few hours looking at a whole load of different sites, mainly following links from where I started (I can't actually remember). Anyway, most of the sites I've been reading are blogs / cam sites. A lot of them quite nicely designed and graphic. Then I came over Isabella V's site. She's an international fugitive and maintains a blog about her status and encounters. Since it's 6am, I've not had a full read yet, so I'm going to have to have a proper look later to catch on fully to what has happened, the story so far. So I'll post my thoughts after. Indeed, it's something different and seems like it will be interesting to read as things progress.

Even if everything is not as it seems...

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Verisign Wildcard - The lawsuits are coming!

Well, things are moving. As it stands, there are at least three lawsuits filed against Verisign. Maybe they could see all this happening and wanted the attention? Who knows. There is a lot of discussion about this top all over the web. We shall see how it unfolds as time progresses. You can read my earlier post about the Verisign Wildcard, here.

Post ID: 80, posted by jase at 04:05 AM
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The Bongo Project

Network link via Bongos? I would have never thought! Well check this out - The Bongo Project sent some very slow pings via a pair of Bongos! Stuff like this is always interesting to read and see, the more wacky the better! What next? Story & further discussions on Slashdot.

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British men - beer & fast food

According to an article (on Millennium Debate) by The Independant in December 2000;

"Most British men survive on beer and fast-food diet"

So what do all the other males in the world survive on? In this article, women come out as the more healthy eaters as well. I wouldn't agree in a simple true or false way, it's a lot more complicated than that. The article made me smile, as I know we can all relate to it at some point! Go & read it!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2003

Clients reconnecting to Yahoo IM

As I posted about previously, it now seems that 3rd party clients are now able to connect to the Yahoo instant messaging service. Reading some info from a /. post, it seems that there is a cat and mouse game being played between Yahoo (in this case) and the 3rd party IM application vendors.

Although Yahoo and indeed other companies can allow or disallow access to their services as they wish, you would think that they wouldn't be that bothered. Well it all comes down to money really. For example, Yahoo IM client has ads on it, so unless you block connections to stop the ads appearing, you will see these ads. If you're using a 3rd party client you won't & this means less clicks on the ads - Yahoo may change the advertisers per click for example, which would mean they are loosing out. Along with this, if you're using a 3rd party client instead, their application might not be free and they might use ads as well.

So there is one reason for blocking external access. Another thing is Yahoo can make money from selling licenses to 3rd parties to allow them access, but this may mean a charge is passed onto users of the alternative clients or (as already discussed) ads might be forced upon users in the program to cover costs paid to Yahoo or whoever, for access to their service.

Security is another concern. I don't really need to discuss it as I'm sure we all can understand what implications there might be with external protocol knowledge and access. Of course Yahoo and indeed MSN, ICQ, AIM etc could choose to integrate better protection and encryption but all of this development for a free service? They'd probably spend too much time and effort on this idea, especially when workarounds arrise and they have to change something again.

It's funny how MSN etc in some situations are hard to block access to on your corporate network - You don't see these companies bothered and trying to help then! Annoying for users of the popular 4 as well - We don't want to have to use 4 seperate clients when we can just simply use one integrated one, which may use less system resources as well! I'd suggest to Yahoo to stay open access - it might actually do them good and attract users to the service if they can stick with their all in one client.

Post ID: 77, posted by jase at 11:55 PM
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