I finally broke down and installed some non-open software on my desktop. This is something I try hard not to do. I don’t even have the Macromedia Flash plugin installed. I installed Real player so I could listen to CBC for the election coverage. Hopefully someday CBC will use Icecast so I don’t need this […]
When working on my Linux QoS project I ran into the confusion over what k,M,G mean in computing again. Here is the problem. In normal usage k = 1000. Obvious example, kilometer == 1000 meters. However in computing the factor most used is 1024. This means a kilobyte in your computer RAM is 1024 bytes […]
Nice little summary of WinXP SP2 over at OSNews. It seems MS has a new firewall in this release. What interests me is this screen shot. A simple UI for allowing incoming traffic to listening processes is a great idea. However, I doubt a pop-up window is the best way to handle this. I would […]
Sendmail effect: Any complex technology which doesn’t come with documentation must be the best available. I found that little tidbit in Linux Advanced Routing and Traffic Control HOWTO.
Ever have one of those moments where you think “Why didn’t I do this before?”. During my recent forray into the Weblog world I started to realize how useful the ability to syndicate content via RSS or Atom is. A great example of this is the ‘planet’ phenomenon started by Jeff Waugh in the Free […]
It is very neat to be able to post to my Weblog without using a web browser. Check out BloGTK. The spell checking is a big bonus too. XML-RPC APIs like this may indeed be the future.
I just finished reading a sample chapter of The Scope of Network Distributed Computing which I found at OSNews. I don’t want to get into the habit of posting links to articles that are linked from major news aggregation sites but this one is particularly good. This article does a great job of showing the […]
Is “easy to use” an overloaded UI term?
The continuing saga of the The Alexis de Tocqueville Institute FUD machine is quite amazing. It scares the crap out of me that the world is influenced by people like this. Check out the discussion in Tim Labert’s Blog. Groklaw is also getting in on this.
I just got back from the National Capital Race Weekend in Ottawa. Ran the half marathon (21.1 Km). Finished with a time of 2:16:08. This is the first time I have ran a marathon so I am pretty happy with that time. Surprisingly, it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would. Pictures from […]