I've been wondering if there are LCD screens that do 1600x1200. Just found one of them. Put this on my wish list! :-P Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/30/2004 10:20:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post
Program of the Month: WindowSizer 1.1I can't tell you how many times I've wished for a product that does what WindowSizer 1.1, by David Ross Software, is trying to do. I have a large-screen monitor (one of the best monitors you can buy for the money, the Samsung 213T 21.3" wide-aspect-ratio LCD) running at 1600-by-1200-pixel resolution.
Interesting. With a limit of 10121 possible operations, it's still 3.2x1062 years of computing at the highest possible computing speed. Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/30/2004 07:46:00 AM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
Know your limits! 5,000,000,000 years Maximum time earth has left.
That's when the sun goes red giant and expands past Earth's orbit.
5.4x10-44 seconds Shortest possible time.
Any shorter and quantum mechanics can't tell whether events are simultaneous.
15,000,000,000 light years Maximum distance we can see.
The universe is about 15 billion years and - this is light's travel time.
6.4x10-34 inches Shortest possible distance.
Planck length: any shorter and quantum mechanics can't tell between here and there.
21.7 miles Maximum height of a mountain on Earth.
Uplisft reaches equilibrium with pressure of the base.
1.2x10-5 inches Minimum size of an actively growing cell.
Free-living cells need room for a full genome, proteins, and guts.
427 feet Maximum height for a tree on earth.
Gravity overcomes surface tension in the plant's circulatory system.
265 Minimum number of protein-coding genes for life.
As seen in the smallest known single-cell organism.
200,000,000 years Maximum age of suboceanic crust.
Older than that it cools, becomes denser, and "subducts" back into magma.
-459.67 degrees F Minimum possible temperature.
Heat is a function of molecular motion, which stops at absolute zero.
210 MPH Maximum wind speed for an Earth hurricane.
A storm can acquire only so much energy from the sea.
.24 second Minimum delay of a signal sent via geosynchronous satellite.
It's light speed up 22,300 miles, and back down.
430,000 megabits/s Maximum speed to record data to magnetic media.
Bits won't flip reliably with a pulse under 2.3 picoseconds.
100 terabits/s Maximum information over optical fiber.
Higher power levels mash signals together.
1051 operations/s Maximum computational power.
Quantum rules won't let the ideal 1-liter, 1-kilogram laptop crunch data any faster.
This is for Garfield, who is currently in boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood, and who will be going into MP training there under the new commander. I'll print this out for him when I send him my next letter, which should be soon. Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/26/2004 11:38:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
U.S. Army MP school to get new top generalIt's hard to say this story is just a coincidence, but I think that's what it is. The commandant of the Army's Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, is retiring on Monday.Brig. Gen. Stephen J. Curry, a 32-year Army veteran, has been in charge of military police training for the past three years.Analysis: For an MP, 1 star is about as high as you can go (there is 1 MP 2-star on active duty), and thus BG Curry's retirement is appropriately timed. Plus, he was in his position for three years, which is a bit long. Nonetheless, it's hard to shake the coincidental timing of this, given problems with MPs in Iraq. I've met BG Curry on several occasions, and while he's not the warmest of people, he is the epitome of a modern Army officer in terms of professionalism and tactical competence. I do not think he is being fired over Abu Ghraib, or because of any failure by the MP school to prevent the bad acts there. On the other hand, BG Curry's retirement will allow the Army's leadership to hand-pick an officer to remake the Military Police corps, and institute a tougher law-of-war training program at the MP school. (I'm not sure that it needed one, and that the problem lies at the MP school, but sometimes you have to take action even where it's not needed in order to respond to something as bad as the Abu Ghraib abuses.) We'll see how this story develops. BG Curry is not known as an outspoken officer, but I'd be surprised if he doesn't say something public soon about the MPs at Abu Ghraib and where he thinks the breakdown occurred.
He will relinquish his command Monday during a 9 a.m. ceremony at the post, according the installation's public affairs office.
Curry's departure comes amid ongoing investigations into alleged abuses of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of military police guarding them.
In response to the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal, Curry recently invited journalists to tour the post and watch how military police officers are trained.
At the time, he said the alleged abuses had 'sullied' the reputation of the military police training program.
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I've got it working on my blog. Google indexes me everyday at around 3:40. Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/26/2004 09:30:00 AM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
Googlebot AlertIf you want to know when the Googlebot indexes your page, you can insert the following PHP code at the beginning:
$email = 'firstname.lastname@example.org';
if( eregi('googlebot', $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT']) )
mail($email, 'Googlebot Alert',
'Google just indexed your following page: ' .
(You need to replace the email address above with yours.)
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address : 126.96.36.199
C:\>host 188.8.131.52France no less! :-)
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Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the SenateYes, I do have to wonder why most people link 9/11 with Iraq! Gee, could it be because the President and his goonies are telling them? Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/22/2004 01:10:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
March 18, 2003
President George W. Bush talks with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Oval Office Wednesday, March 19, 2003. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, not pictured, also attended the meeting. The President discussed New York's security issues. White House photo by Eric Draper. Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
Consistent with section 3(b) of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), and based on information available to me, including that in the enclosed document, I determine that:
(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic and other peaceful means alone will neither (A) adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq nor (B) likely lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and
(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.
GEORGE W. BUSH
The meek shall inherit the earth. The rest of us are getting off this rock!Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/21/2004 12:47:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
Scoble reports on Cory Doctrow's DRM speech to Microsoft. I like Cory's writing but have to strongly disagree with his point of view. DRM does work and it can be good for business and acceptable to consumers. While most folks might prefer no DRM, that's just not viable in today's world and most consumers will accept DRM solutions. That's not just my assertion, data driven research backs it up. That's a difference between opinion and analysis.An interesting take against COry's screed against DRM. Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/20/2004 07:08:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
My reaction? Cory is right. DRM is not something that users want. At least not if you frame it that way (someone in the audience framed it another way, though: do you want your private email protected? How about your medical documents?.Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/19/2004 08:28:00 AM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
I was wondering when this was going to start. And it has. I hate to say, but I'm not surprised. Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/18/2004 07:06:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
Harvard Law Professors Urge Congress to Review Interrogation Policy and Hold Executive Branch AccountablePost Date: June 16, 2004
A group of more than 450 professors of law, international relations, and public policy--led by Harvard Law School faculty members--today sent a letter calling on Congress to hold accountable, through impeachment and removal if appropriate, civilian officials from the top of the Executive Branch on down for policies developed at high levels that have facilitated the recent abuses at Abu Ghraib. The letter also calls on Congress to take primary responsibility for any policy on coercive interrogation employed by the United States.
In asking Congress to assess Executive Branch accountability, the letter says: "a growing body of evidence indicates that the abuses practiced on detainees under American control are the consequence of policies developed at the highest levels in the months and years immediately preceding the scandal." It argues that prosecution of lower level personnel "while necessary, is clearly insufficient."
Here's what I'm here to convince you of:Everybody else is blogging this, so I may as well myself. Talk about spreading a meme and participating in an echo chamber!
1. That DRM systems don't work
2. That DRM systems are bad for society
3. That DRM systems are bad for business
4. That DRM systems are bad for artists
5. That DRM is a bad business-move for MSFT
Reply to: email@example.comSubmitted to Teoti as well. Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/17/2004 10:32:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
Date: Wed Jun 09 08:49:35 2004
Yes, so I almost won a Darwin Award last night. I say almost because, as many of you know, you have to die in an incredibly stupid manner (thereby removing your incredibly stupid genes from the pool) to win one. Since I am obviously alive, I didn’t win.
So you may ask, how did this happen?
I own an incredibly shitty car with over 400K miles on it. From time to time, parts wear out, wheels fall off, strange odors surface, etc, so I’m often doing maintenance on it myself to save a little money.
The other day the cable that acts as the grounding-wire to my started motor broke off. As many of you know, no starter motor = no ignition (unless of course you have a stick shift and roll start your car like I do). After a cursory search I realized that the washer at the end of the grounding-wire had broken, but with a piece of duct tape, I could temporarily reattach the wire and start my car.
Before crawling under my car to reattach the wire, I wisely (or so I thought) disconnected the negative battery cable to my car. What I didn’t realize was that, while under the car, the elasticity of the battery cable must have pulled the anode back towards the battery, essentially reattaching the cable.
When I went to reattach the grounding-wire (mind you, I’m under my car at this point with no jacks), it grazed the side of the starter motor and caused a short circuit, which caused the starter motor to turn on, which in turn, turned my car on. Seeing as the car was parked in 1st gear, it suddenly began to lurch forward with me underneath it, dragging my along the ground. Worse yet, there’s only about 6 inches of clearance where the differential joint and transmission stick out under the body. Had my head slid under this part of the car, it would have burst my skull like a grape. At this point I remembered thinking to myself, “So this is how it all ends for me.”
THANK GOD, my car only lunged forward about 6 feet before smacking an old crappy pick ‘em-up truck in front of me. The impact jarred the wire loose from the starter motor and my car stalled out with me safely underneath (except for a few scratches and a seriously bruised ego).
Had I actually killed myself, I can only imagine what the local papers would have said: Local Man Runs Self Over. Yup, I think that would have qualified me for a Darwin Award.
Thanks for listening to my rant. Now if you’ll go excuse me, I’m going to see if I can shoot an apple of my own head.
That's me quoting myself. At Nick Gillespie's insistence, I am saying publicly what I have been repeating privately for a year, and doing so now, when the polling seems to look good for Kerry, so I can't be accused of capitalizing on the news. Just to reiterate: It doesn't matter how much gas costs, how poorly things are going in Iraq, what new torture memos surface, or whether there are new terror attacks inside our borders. John Kerry hasn't got a whore's chance in a convent, Bush is going to kick his ass all over the United States, and when we see the results in November, the idea that anybody ever thought Kerry had a prayer will seem as quaint and absurd as the brief flurry of 'excitement' for Dukakis (or was it Kakdukis?) back in Old '88.I cannot believe this guy. Bush isn't a lock. Juddging by this household (two data points does not a real poll make), it's going to be close for whoever wins. The sad thing is, the two data points are voting against somebody rather than for somebody or something. One can't stand Kerry, one can't stand Bush. That's a hell of a note.Update - 9:45PMI've been thinking. I found this link through Instapundit, which has shown a real right-wing Bush-loving bias. I'm thinking that all the comments about formerly being a non-Republican voter in 2000 and switching to Shrub in 2004 is simply an exercise in showing what an echo chamber is all about. Sad really. Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/15/2004 06:13:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2005Consider it done! Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/14/2004 09:56:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
I want to start a blog petition. I want everyone who agrees with me to blog the following sentence:
Unit Testing support should be included with all versions of Visual Studio 2005 and not just with Team System.
Please link or trackback to this post so I can keep track of how well this works.
"On May 15, 2004, Josh Findley discovered the 41st known Mersenne Prime, 2 to the 24,036,583th power minus 1. The number is nearly a million digits larger than our last find and is now the largest known prime number! Josh's calculation took just over two weeks on his 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 computer. The new prime was verified by Tony Reix in just 5 days using only half the power of a Bull NovaScale 5000 HPC running Linux on 16 Itanium II 1.3 GHz CPUs. A second verification was completed by Jeff Gilchrist of Elytra Enterprises Inc. in Ottawa, Canada using eleven days of time on a HP rx5670 quad Itanium II 1.5 GHz CPU server at SHARCNET. Both verifications used Guillermo Ballester Valor's Glucas program."Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/10/2004 08:35:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
Are IT departments becoming big bags of contracts?
Jerry Gregoire, former CIO for Dell and PepsiCo, writes in this month's CIO magazine about the vanishing IT department. He concludes:So, what kind of IT organization do you aspire to have? If you yearn for adequate results on vanilla systems in pursuit of dial-tone regularity, forget about talent shortages and go find yourself a good contract lawyer. If, on the other hand, you still believe IT can make a competitive difference and that even the more mundane tasks can be a channel of competitive advantage given a little creative effort, then developing and retaining a professional organization should be your number-one goal.
And of course I have the BEFW11S4 router. Which has no update. No wonder I've been having to boot my router every now and then. Sigh. Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/08/2004 06:46:00 AM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
Linksys hole allows data grab and network crash
Neither of which you want, so upgrade.
By Matthew Broersma, Techworld
An exploit has surfaced that could allow an attacker to monitor traffic from some Linksys routers or crash the devices.
The exploit, credited to Jon Hart, was published by security alert service SecuriTeam.com and Linksys has yet to release a fix for the issue, according to researchers.
The exploit has been confirmed on BEFSR41 and BEFW11S4 routers, commonly used by small and medium-sized businesses as a broadband gateway, but may affect any Linksys router with a DHCP server, according to Hart.
A newer version of the BEFSR41 is not vulnerable, according to Danish security firm Secunia. The device is available in several versions; versions 1 and 2 use firmware that has not been updated for a year, while version 3 is more up-to-date - any firmware after version 1.05.00 fixes the problem, Secunia said.
"Unfortunately, newer firmware isn't available for all affected devices despite this being brought to Linksys' attention back in January," Hart told Techworld.
The problem lies with the way the DHCP server handles BOOTP requests, according to Hart. The server responds with BOOTP fields filled with portions of memory; if the router has experienced recent activity, that activity will be recorded in the BOOTP fields. If enough BOOTP packets are sent, the router stops routing packets and must be rebooted to recover, Hart said. The exploit can only retrieve recent traffic.
"I have successfully used this technique to steal the admin username and password from an innocent third party who recently configured the device, and I watched someone's traffic as they browsed ebay for a new Ti-Book," Hart wrote.
Secunia said that in most cases the vulnerability could only be exploited by users on the local network, if the router is properly configured. "DHCP traffic should be restricted to a local network only," said Secunia researcher Carsten H. Eiram. "Accepting DHCP traffic from the Internet and other untrusted networks is a potential security issue in itself."
Hart agreed, but noted that Linksys routers attached to a wireless network are likely to be more at risk. "'Local network access' has an entirely new meaning when wireless is brought into the picture. It basically means anyone within range of your signal could likely exploit this," he said.
Good morning. My name is Paul Rieckhoff. I am addressing you this morning as a US citizen and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I served with the US Army in Iraq for 10 months, concluding in February, 2004.A very strong address. It certainly does make for the case that the President refuses to accept the truth that mistakes have been made. Relevant Link Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/06/2004 12:41:00 PM 0 comments Links to this post ' . "\n"; $whichbox = ($whichbox +1) % 2; ?>
I'm giving this address because I have an agenda, and my agenda is this: I want my fellow soldiers to come home safely, and I want a better future for the people of Iraq. I also want people to know the truth.
War is never easy. But I went to Iraq because I made a commitment to my country. When I volunteered for duty, I knew I would end up in Baghdad. I knew that's where the action would be, and I was ready for it.
But when we got to Baghdad, we soon found out that the people who planned this war were not ready for us. There were not enough vehicles, not enough ammunition, not enough medical supplies, not enough water. Many days, we patrolled the streets of Baghdad in 120 degree heat with only one bottle of water per soldier. There was not enough body armor, leaving my men to dodge bullets with Vietnam-era flak vests. We had to write home and ask for batteries to be included in our care packages. Our soldiers deserved better.
Cool stuff here. I find it interesting that Alexa takes 48 hours to do a thumbnail, but that's them the breaks I guess.
Alexa ThumbnailsAt FindForward, I'm using Thumbshots to deliver the images next to the snippet. Another interesting thumbnail server for any web site is the Alexa search engine. (As opposed to Thumbshots, I don't know what Alexa's policies are for other sites to use the thumbnails.)
You can use an image with the following address:
Where "www.microsoft.com" is the sample site to be changed. You can also change "medium" to "small".
If a site's thumbnail is not yet included, or not reflecting the page's current design, you can use the following URL to update it:
(Again, change "www.microsoft.com" to your domain.)
Yet another thumbnail service is Girafa,
but it requires installation:
Why doesn't Google use thumbnails, you may wonder? As a matter of fact they already developed the technology to do so, and tested it – but chose not to use it. (See Larry Page's presentation.)