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{ Monthly Archives } November 2003

New York Times on Cel Phone Hacking

The New York Times has an article about Japanese cel companies combatting spam and viruses today. With the impending standardization of cel phone software this could prove to a nasty ground for virus writers as bascially today’s cel phones are basically computers.. just with specialized software. However, if the software becomes semi standardized then affecting […]

Google headed for strife soon?

This story has been running on Slashdot which linked to a fortune article about Google and a little bit about Google and its pre-IPO state. Right now before it IPOs the founders seem to be very level headed people and try to “Do no Wrong”. Here’s some excerpts: On Google’s website, under the heading “Ten […]

Fiber to the People

Slashdot carried this story and I was very curious to read it. My thoughts are that if you want more awareness on putting REAL broadband to people in the states the government right now is not the place to look. Maybe in 5-10 years they’ll see this as a perception problem. But for now I […]

People don’t clean up after themselves

Gee here’s a new perspective on the fact people don’t like cleaning up after themselves if given the chance to avoid it. Bob Maderious will never forget the lease he brokered for property advertised as “plug and play” – only to find that it wasn’t. His client had been thrilled that state-of-the-art wires and cables […]

Bram versus Joel

Bram Cohen (Maker of BitTorrent) takes on Joel Spolsky (A well known software developer) on Joel’s Article on Leaky Abstractions. Some of the thoughts Bram has on the leaky abstractions article are well thought out and I think point out some of the dogma of the article and how Joel uses the example of TCP […]

Obfuscation by design

Ask Tog has an amusing anecdotal letter on bad security practices and preaches the same thing about security is a process and must be all encompassing and not just focus on one small part. But it is an interesting read just to review why you need to not think of just encryption or only part […]

D’oh Debian main servers broken into

Ouch. But at least they’re willing to admit when there’s a problem. When you get high profile it’s not that easy to admit wrongdoing. Some Debian Project machines have been compromised This is a very unfortunate incident to report about. Some Debian servers were found to have been compromised in the last 24 hours. The […]

Not really in it for the recycling bit

There’s an interesting article on how some company named Wallflower got started recycling LCDs from old laptops and adding some customizations and selling them as fancy picture viewers. However, once they got succesful they ditched the recycling of the older LCDs and went to more ‘traditional’ methods. Here’s an excerpt: Left with nice cashflow from […]

Reeling in what you want from the Web

The Seattle Times has an interesting titled story called Reeling in what you want from the Web however at a brief glance all it really is about is about weblogs for those who don’t know anything about it. I was hoping for more than just how weblogs work and how to use them as there’s […]

So what are some Ivy League grads up to now?

I love how there is this impression that going to an Ivy League school is an automatic guarantee for getting a good job, good life, etc etc. While I won’t dump on that Ivy League schools tend to give an undergrad a very good education that’s not a free ticket to doing well. Now if […]

One of DARPA Grand Challenge folk contestants graduated from RPI

Was just looking for more information on Mini ITX boards and saw a note about one of the contestants (Team LoGHIQ) accepted into the DARPA Grand Challenge. I poked a little more look to see what they had about the technology they were using when I noticed that the main contact person for the team […]

Bill Gates Unplugged

Cnet has an interview going on with Bill Gates. As much as I’m adverse to Microsoft stuff I try my best to read what the head honchos are up to since it’s smarter to understand what they’re up to than stick your head in the sand. I found this quote interesting. Especially if we pull […]

Job Search Dishonesty

Recently at an interview for a company I noticed that when they pulled out my resume and were using it as the standard template for what to ask me about. I noticed that all of my job titles were changed! They were interested in a UNIX Sys Admin type and it seems the recruiter I […]

3d Visualizations of the London Tube

Very cool 3d visualizations of the London Tube (that’s the subway for those not familiar with the Tube terminology). Enjoy! Kudos to Black Belt Jones

Notes from a Mac in Windoze land

The Harvard Business School requires that its students use an IBM ThinkPad if they wish to be enrolled at the business school. That’s REQUIREMENT not RECOMMENDATION. Seems one of the business school students decided a little differently and setup a weblog documenting his experiences walking in a Windoze universe with a Mac. So far it […]