Category: GeekStuff

Viewfinder: tool for “Flickrizing” Google Earth – Boing Boing

By , April 9, 2008 8:55 pm

Viewfinder: tool for “Flickrizing” Google Earth – Boing Boing
Media artist Michael Naimark and his colleagues developed a system to “Flickrize” Google Earth. The Viewfinder tool not only enables photos to be placed in the right geolocation on a 3D model like Google Earth, but “poses” them at the correct angle.

This sounds like a seriously cool and useful tool! 😎

Kubuntu impressions

By , April 9, 2008 11:40 am

Writing this on the Linux machine running on the Kubuntu LiveCD with KDE 4 beta and so far I am impressed. It found all the bits and bobs and booted right up. Doesn’t have Firefox so went into Konqueror and then to Gmail and it loaded right in which I have had trouble with in the past (though haven’t tried recently). Opened a new tab and went to Technoprimitive.org (here) and everything looks just fine.

Plugged the Belkin Wifi adapter into the USB and it came right up. Didn’t connect but still found it with no trouble which PCLOS refuses to do for some reason. Unplugged the ethernet and clicked on the network icon in the toolbar at the bottom right of the screen (after not being able to find any network stuff in the start menu) and it brought up a window with tabs that allowed me to select the wirless and it connected right off with a good 54 mbps connection. reconnected the ethernet and disconnected the wireless and it switched right back over. Good enough! 😎

Lots of my usual apps missing but that looks like only a install away. Gonna get another machine from the Yard Sale Trailer and install it to the hard drive and give it a try. Looks like they have gotten the things that used to bug me worked out with this upcoming release.

Etymology of a Linux distro | Royal HeHe2-ness!

By , April 7, 2008 3:52 pm

Etymology of a Linux distro | Royal HeHe2-ness!

A distro by any other name. πŸ˜‰

U.S. Health Agency Forbids Sensitive Data On Apple MacBooks — Security — InformationWeek

By , April 7, 2008 11:25 am

U.S. Health Agency Forbids Sensitive Data On Apple MacBooks — Security — InformationWeek
In the wake of a widely publicized security breach that left thousands of patient records exposed, the federal government’s National Institutes of Health is forbidding all employees who use Apple’s MacBook laptops from handling sensitive data as of Friday, InformationWeek has learned.

Employees at the health agency who store medical records and other personal information on laptops must use systems that run either on Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT)’s Windows operating system or Linux, according to an agency memo.

This is beyond words. Go, read the article, especially the comments. Typical top management CYA BS.

Mike’s Electric Stuff

By , April 6, 2008 8:09 pm

Mike’s Electric Stuff

All kinds of neat and nasty electronics stuff. 😯 πŸ™„ πŸ˜‰

Basildon Coder » Blog Archive » The P.G. Wodehouse Method Of Refactoring

By , April 6, 2008 5:24 pm

Basildon Coder » Blog Archive » The P.G. Wodehouse Method Of Refactoring
I am much given to ruminating on refactoring at the moment, as one of my current projects is a major overhaul of a fairly large (>31,000 lines) application which has exactly the kind of dotted history any experienced developer has learned to fear – written by many different people, including short-term contractors, at a time in the companyÒ€ℒs life when first-mover advantage was significantly more important than coding best-practice, and without any consistent steer on the subjects of structure, coding conventions, unit tests, and so on.

In other words, here be dragons.

Interesting method of cleaning code and viewing the progress. I certainly don’t envy him the job!

I’ve always liked P.G. Wodehouse’s work, and this is an interesting look into a current day use of his method of deciding when a page was finished. Cool! 😎

Linux.com :: It’s time to learn Scheme

By , April 6, 2008 5:16 pm

Linux.com :: It’s time to learn Scheme
Have you ever peeked into one of those bazillion .el files in your Emacs installation’s lisp folder and wondered what it meant? Or have you ever looked at a GIMP script .scm file and scratched your head over all the parentheses? Lisp is one of the oldest programming languages still in common use, and Scheme is a streamlined dialect of Lisp. Many universities use Scheme as the language to introduce students to the Computer Science curriculum, and some of their teaching methods are based on the assumption that Scheme is the one language they can count on their students knowing. Even so, many active programmers and system administrators are unfamiliar with Scheme. This article will get you on your way to adding this tool to your developer or sysadmin toolkit.

I’ve looked at it before but never taken any time to get to know anything about Scheme. From what little I’ve looked at this article it looks like a good starting point. Will give it a read and see if any of it sticks.

Speed Up Windows XP – Wired How-To Wiki

By , April 4, 2008 7:47 pm

Speed Up Windows XP – Wired How-To Wiki

And one more How-To from Wired. Even though I don’t use Windoze I know lots of folks that do and have to help some of them out from time to time so am once again posting the link here so I can find it later. πŸ™„

Make a Local Backup Of Your Gmail Account – Wired How-To Wiki

By , April 4, 2008 7:43 pm

Make a Local Backup Of Your Gmail Account – Wired How-To Wiki

Another good How-To from Wired. Mainly posting the link here so I can find it later when I need it. πŸ˜‰

Set Up Dynamic DNS – Wired How-To Wiki

By , April 4, 2008 7:39 pm

Set Up Dynamic DNS – Wired How-To Wiki

Done this before but alas the computer is no more so am glad there is a How-To so I can (maybe) get it set up again on the soon to be server.

Supercharge Your Camera with Open-Source CHDK Firmware – Wired How-To Wiki

By , April 4, 2008 6:59 pm

Supercharge Your Camera with Open-Source CHDK Firmware – Wired How-To Wiki
Digital cameras have powers beyond what is immediately available to the user. On a standard Canon, for example, the fastest shutter speed option offered is 1/1,600 second, but the hardware can handle much more than that — up to 1/60,000 of a second.

CHDK, the Canon Hacker’s Development Kit, is an open-source software project that can be loaded on cameras using Canon’s DIGIC II or DIGIC III firmware platforms. It unleashes new features including RAW file format, live histogram display, a battery readout, and the ability to run scripted actions on a camera.

CHDK does not replace the existing firmware on your Canon, so the process is completely reversible. The existing firmware stays intact, while the CHDK software is loaded on demand from an SD card.

Makes me want to get a Canon camera and try this. Sounds quite interesting.

Intel shuns Microsoft, taps Linux for mobile Net devices | Tech news blog – CNET News.com

By , April 4, 2008 6:53 pm

Intel shuns Microsoft, taps Linux for mobile Net devices | Tech news blog – CNET News.com

Keep screwing your customers and partners long enough and they WILL turn on you, as MicroSloth is learning, or should be by now.

Are you using Firefox 3? (Scripting News)

By , April 4, 2008 9:45 am

Are you using Firefox 3? (Scripting News)

Just read your post and am downloading it now. Thanks for the heads up.

Update – Can’t run it on the Mac as I am still using 10.3.9 due to Apples stupid DRM in later versions of the OS. Guess I’ll need to boot the linux box and try it there.

OOo Basic crash course: Creating a simple game using strings in a database

By , April 3, 2008 1:36 pm

Linux.com :: OOo Basic crash course: Creating a simple game using strings in a database

And a bit of OpenOffice frivolity to waste some time..

Ubersoft on ISO, “voting irregularities”, and Groklaw

By , April 3, 2008 8:54 am

Groklaw – Ubersoft on ISO, “voting irregularities”, and Groklaw

Help Desk cartoon on the above subjects. LOL funny (warning geek humor)… πŸ˜‰

15 years in the making, Wine 1.0 is in sight

By , April 2, 2008 8:44 pm

15 years in the making, Wine 1.0 is in sight

Talk about a LONG development/testing cycle to get to 1.0… 😯 πŸ˜‰

Computerworld > Ohm sweet Ohm: Linux versus Vista smart homes

By , April 2, 2008 7:58 pm

Computerworld > Ohm sweet Ohm: Linux versus Vista smart homes

Some folks carry things to an extreme. Such as the first guy in this article. IMHO But to each their own… πŸ™„

The best Linux system repair disk graduates to 1.0

By , April 2, 2008 7:39 pm

The best Linux system repair disk graduates to 1.0

Looks like I may have a pile of machines to reinstall/repair so am downloading this now.

ThinkGeek :: Super Pii Pii Brothers

By , April 1, 2008 6:31 pm

ThinkGeek :: Super Pii Pii Brothers
“According to the Japanese text on the box “Super Pii Pii Brothers promotes good bathroom skills and allows women to experience for the first time the pleasure of urinating while standing.” What we say is that virtual peeing is damn fun!”

If it’s an April Fools thing they went to a LOT of trouble. Check out the video! 😯 πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

Worst hard drive crash I’ve seen – Neowin Forums

By , February 29, 2008 8:11 am

Worst hard drive crash I’ve seen – Neowin Forums

Now that’s a DEAD hard drive! 😯 πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

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