Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

By , April 27, 2008 10:18 pm

Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

The winter sun sets in mid-afternoon in Kolobrzeg, Poland, but the early twilight does not deter people from taking their regular outdoor promenade. Bundled up in parkas with fur-trimmed hoods, strolling hand in mittened hand along the edge of the Baltic Sea, off-season tourists from Germany stop openmouthed when they see a tall, well-built, nearly naked man running up and down the sand.

Interesting article, well worth the read.

Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

By , April 27, 2008 10:18 pm

Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

The winter sun sets in mid-afternoon in Kolobrzeg, Poland, but the early twilight does not deter people from taking their regular outdoor promenade. Bundled up in parkas with fur-trimmed hoods, strolling hand in mittened hand along the edge of the Baltic Sea, off-season tourists from Germany stop openmouthed when they see a tall, well-built, nearly naked man running up and down the sand.

Interesting article, well worth the read.

Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

By , April 27, 2008 10:18 pm

Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

The winter sun sets in mid-afternoon in Kolobrzeg, Poland, but the early twilight does not deter people from taking their regular outdoor promenade. Bundled up in parkas with fur-trimmed hoods, strolling hand in mittened hand along the edge of the Baltic Sea, off-season tourists from Germany stop openmouthed when they see a tall, well-built, nearly naked man running up and down the sand.

Interesting article, well worth the read.

Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

By , April 27, 2008 10:18 pm

Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

The winter sun sets in mid-afternoon in Kolobrzeg, Poland, but the early twilight does not deter people from taking their regular outdoor promenade. Bundled up in parkas with fur-trimmed hoods, strolling hand in mittened hand along the edge of the Baltic Sea, off-season tourists from Germany stop openmouthed when they see a tall, well-built, nearly naked man running up and down the sand.

Interesting article, well worth the read.

45+ Resources That Will Make You An Inkscape Pro

By , April 27, 2008 9:49 pm

45+ Resources That Will Make You An Inkscape Pro – Jon Dyer’s Blog

If you’re looking to create professional looking graphics and don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on programs like Adobe Illustrator or Correl Draw, I highly recommend a a free, open source vector graphics editor called Inkscape.

First time/place I have heard of Inkscape, so I check out the Package Manager in PCLOS and there it is. Install it. Opened it and played a few minutes and I am amazed at what it can do! Am going to have to spend some time with it and with the links on the page linked above. Truly a different world from the last time I used Illustrator, which now that I think about it has been about 10 years ago. But from what I have seen in the 10 minutes I’ve played with Inkscape, it will do for anything I would need to design or draw. This one get two thumbs up AND 5 stars!

45+ Resources That Will Make You An Inkscape Pro

By , April 27, 2008 9:48 pm

45+ Resources That Will Make You An Inkscape Pro – Jon Dyer’s Blog

If you’re looking to create professional looking graphics and don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on programs like Adobe Illustrator or Correl Draw, I highly recommend a a free, open source vector graphics editor called Inkscape.

First time/place I have heard of Inkscape, so I check out the Package Manager in PCLOS and there it is. Install it. Opened it and played a few minutes and I am amazed at what it can do! Am going to have to spend some time with it and with the links on the page linked above. Truly a different world from the last time I used Illustrator, which now that I think about it has been about 10 years ago. But from what I have seen in the 10 minutes I’ve played with Inkscape, it will do for anything I would need to design or draw. This one get two thumbs up AND 5 stars!

HOWTO kill/block an RFID

By , April 27, 2008 7:50 pm

HOWTO kill/block an RFID – Boing Boing

-The easiest way to kill an RFID, and be sure that it is dead, is to throw it in the microwave for 5 seconds. Doing this will literally melt the chip and antenna making it impossible for the chip to ever be read again. Unfortunately this method has a certain fire risk associated with it. Killing an RFID chip this way will also leave visible evidence that it has been tampered with, making it an unsuitable method for killing the RFID tag in passports. Doing this to a credit card will probably also screw with the magnetic strip on the back making it un-swipeable.

Trying out ScribeFire as a writing tool for posting to WordPress. It does some things fine and others a bit different. Will have to get used to it, for sure. Time will tell. Now to see how it publishes.

Zealous Autoconfig

By , April 27, 2008 6:36 pm

xkcd – Zealous Autoconfig – By Randall Munroe

Now THAT’S an Autoconfig! πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

Back for the moment

By , April 27, 2008 1:39 pm

The blog is back up and seems to be working fine for the moment anyway. Still not sure what the problem was other than after making a couple of posts from outside the post page (as in I was using an old javascript toolbar posting tool updated to this page location) WordPress nor phpMyAdmin couldn’t access the database. When I submitted a trouble ticket the only response from the tech was that the database was now accessible. Which helps me figure out the problem not at all.

There seem to be a fair number of folks having this general problem with the 2.5.1 upgrade but no response from the folks on the WordPress forums other than to delete and reinstall the database and all the WordPress files including the plugins and templates.

Will see how it goes and hope for the best. I have removed and reinstalled all the files on the site but have not wiped and reloaded the database as it all seems to be working now.

Have also read some things on the webhost forum that indicate similar problems with other sites dealing with maxed out connections causing things to go down. Guess this is part of the Microsoft server infection. I checked the error logs last night and they were showing that there were hundreds of error messages showing up per hour.

More as I find out about it…

One of those days

By , April 27, 2008 4:41 am

Upgraded to WordPress 2.5.1 and after a couple of posts the database crashed or there were too many connections or some such.Β  Came back up and I made a few more posts and then it went down again.Β  I submitted a trouble ticket but no joy so far.Β  So I came over here to get my blogging fix for the day.Β  Tis a lot easier than fighting it over there and getting nowhere…

Got several links to post and may just post them over here rather than wait till Technoprimitive.org is back up and in operation.Β  Will have to sleep on it and see what happens in the am.

For now am about done in, so am gonna close and start again on the morrow.

Till then…
Dave

HOWTO kill/block an RFID – Boing Boing

By , April 27, 2008 1:03 am

HOWTO kill/block an RFID – Boing Boing
-The last (and most covert) method for destroying a RFID tag is to hit it with a hammer. Just pick up any ordinary hammer and give the chip a few swift hard whacks. This will destroy the chip, and leave no evidence that the tag has been tampered with. This method is suitable for destroying the tags in passports, because there will be no proof that you intentionally destroyed the chip.

Just trying out the toolbar link mod I just did to see if it would allow me to post to this blog and it looks like it works.

Though the bit above tis an interesting thing to know, just in case… πŸ˜‰

Search Engine Optimization Guide and Tools – SEOlogs.com

By , April 26, 2008 6:55 pm

Search Engine Optimization Guide and Tools – SEOlogs.com

Another link so I can find this site again.

Webmaster, SEO, tools and tutorials – eKstreme.com

By , April 26, 2008 6:53 pm

Webmaster, SEO, tools and tutorials – eKstreme.com

Mainly a link so I can remember where tis.

Global Nerdy | Learning Curves for Text Editors

By , April 26, 2008 5:23 pm

Global Nerdy | Learning Curves for Text Editors

Oh so true! πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

Hundreds of Thousands of Microsoft Web Servers Hacked – Security Fix

By , April 26, 2008 1:09 pm

Hundreds of Thousands of Microsoft Web Servers Hacked – Security Fix

So glad I run linux and my sites are on linux/unix servers.

Another WordPress Upgrade

By , April 26, 2008 8:56 am

Just after I posted last nights entry I noted that there was a new WordPress out. Downloaded it and installed it this morning. Looks good so far. Will see if it got rid of some irritations as soon as I upload a picture.

Burning Snowman Cookie Mold

And it looks like that problem is fixed. As well as another one dealing with positioning. Looks good! But on posting this, the picture was still not centered, just in the wysiwyg editior so that bug is still with us and actually worse as the editor now lies. Win some loose some…

The above picture of the burning snowman cookie mold is from the FX Cuisine site which I mentioned in an earlier post.

Long day at the code factory

By , April 26, 2008 12:16 am

Been here at it since around 8 am and I just noticed it’s after midnight now so I think it’s time to go to bed and start again tomorrow.

Got to looking at one of the sites this am that still had over 900 mb of space taken up when from what I could see should have only had around 450 mb used. After poking around a lot found that the old SpamAssassin had the other 400+ mb squirreled away in a white list file and some other stuff that had expired years ago. Deleted it all and whole site is a lot faster now for some reason… πŸ™„

Got 2 more domains for a client and set a site up. Now waiting for the DNS to propagate so I can set their site up. One will be parked on the other and at some point will have another to part there as well so will have com, org and net tied up. Am now working through the awful code that Website Tonight put out that the old site was built with. Tis some of the worst stuff I have ever seen. HTML Tidy throws pages of errors when I run it on the stuff. Getting it close and letting it go for now. Gonna rebuild the entire site in wordpress anyway but need something up asap. This way I can take some time and get the wp site right before going live.

Tis far too early in the am for as early as I started this am and I am beat. Till tomorrow…

SWFTOOLS

By , April 25, 2008 2:27 pm

SWFTOOLS

If you ever have the need to rip the text out of a Flash .swf file, swfstrings from this set of command line tools it the one to use. Or the only one I have been able to locate for Linux. The text will still need a LOT of cleaning up but tis better than having to type it all back in. It doesn’t say in the docs but a | (pipe) does route the output to the text file name out put in. Good stuff!

Thursday all day

By , April 24, 2008 11:02 pm

Been cleaning up some old sites yesterday and today. Found an email account on one of them that has been unchecked since it was created back in 04 that had over 65000 emails in it. Took a WHILE to get that one emptied. Was supposed to have been set to dump the stuff into /dev/null but wasn’t. I wondered why I had to keep increasing the allotment on the site size but figured that the boss was doing something and just kept upping it when he wouldn’t be able to get his email. Needed some more room for a couple of new sites and started looking at where the space was going and found this account that had over 400 mb of stuff in it that no one was checking.

So after that fun many hours, got to looking at other stuff that needed clearing out and updating and am still at it. Started at around 8 this morning and tis nearly 11 pm now. Tons of folders and old files left from before I started back in 99 I think, and we have moved servers either two or three times. Just stuff that got copied over cause there was never time or energy to clear it out. Or something. Just finished downloading several hundred folders of crap and as soon as I get another few hundred am going to burn them all to cd as a backup just in case there is something that we need in the future…

While these files finish downloading and then burning, I think I will check email and read a few feeds and when it all finishes call it a night then start again tomorrow. Till then…

LSD vs Alcohol vs Tree | WallOut

By , April 24, 2008 2:44 pm

LSD vs Alcohol vs Tree | WallOut

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