Useful - Turning off un-needed OS X services.
Handy Windows tool - Driver Collector. Lets you collect all the drivers from a running system before a rebuild - particularly useful if you no longer have the original driver installers.
Interesting - Early history of computer role-playing games.
Linked before but its still great for procrastination - Optical Illusions.
Rudy Ruckers webzine - Flurb. Features sci-fi short stories from people like Charles Stross. Rudy also has a series of blog entries relating to a recent trip to NZ.
Handy - Forty tips to improve your grammer.
Interesting historical contrast - Genghis Khan: Law and order. How the Khan handled his 13th Century invasion of Iraq.
Excellent - Twenty Four web tips. Nate Koechelys article on easy fluid CSS layouts looks like a great time saver.
I haven't had much luck with Windows desktop managers but the freeware Dexpot
looks like it has potential.
New Scientist - Just can't get e-nough. Problems associated with to much technology.
Handy - 10 Good Unix Habits.
Interesting - How Microsoft deals with network attacks.
Classic - You Park Like An Asshole. Someone needs to come up with some of these sites in NZ so people can send pxts of moronic behaviour - youdrivelikeanidiot.co.nz / suicidalcyclists.co.nz / insanepedestrian.co.nz / suvdriversfeelinadequate.co.nz. I wonder when cars will come with built in cameras to record trips ?
Definitely need to get a decent turntable - Walt Mossberg reviews two Vinyl to CD turntables. Bet they're direct drive (evil) rather than belt (good) . . .
Interesting - Brian Eno - 77 Million Paintings. Looks like a great way to use a plasma screen while its idling
Also check out the finalist and winners of the 2007 Independent Games Festival.
From there I checked out Indexed. Both funny, sad and strange.
Genius - History of the button. My friend used to have a Merlin - I was super envious.
Handy - 30 essential free applications for windows. I use Firefox, Notepad2, FileZilla (occassionally), KeyNote, VLC, TrueCrypt and Handbrake. They're missing Putty and Windows Media Player Classic & Real Alternative though.
Interesting - Google System Blog. See what Google has planned for the future as well as useful tips on their services.
Useful - ABC's of IPv6.
Destruction caused by the new Wii controller - Wii Have A Problem. Looks like Nintendo are really onto a winner. A negative take on the Wii from Slate - claims the controller and sensor system makes so many compromises that it doesn't matter about the quality of the motion so much as any kind of motion at all.
Interesting - 33 Names of things you never knew had names. Also check out these strange words at Snopes. Some of these were on the tip of my tongue but for the life of me I couldn't recall them (peen, tang & ferrule).
Interesting - 50 Ways to use RFID tags.
Wonderful - Writers Resource of information organised by decade - starting with 1650.
Great resource for scientific bits and pieces - American Science Surplus. The Wanna Smash Stuff book looks great for kids
Thoughts on Unstructured Storage. It would seem only 15% of data is managed the rest is not. Describes a three way tussle between database vendors, storage vendors and dba's - who will win ? As the article says - most people on the business side don't really care until it affects the bottom line - when that happens it'll be interesting to see who suffers
Useful step by step guide to setting up ssh keys with Putty.
Nifty - Map of the internet by IP address allocation.
New Scientist - 50 Top Scientists Forecast the Future.
Nice - Postit Pixel Art.
Geeky t-shirts - Pixel-Tools Shirts. Manys the time I've cursed the Mac bomb.
Amusing - Interesting stuff found by Google in source code.
Handy - 99 Email Tips. Some good stuff here particularly for email newbies.
Jason Kottke points to some Logic Problems.
Goes to show that even though its already been invented it can still be improved upon - the better nail.
More oddness from the Kircher Society - Chromatic Writing from Benin. And I thought writing in long-hand was a hassle . . .
Can't wait for these things to hit production - Chumby.
ArsTechnica reviews the Sony PS3. Gets a fairly lacklustre review. I wonder if it'll turn around when the games start to appear - the PS2 had a slow launch too.
Ars also review the Nintendo Wii.
Guy Kawasaki lists the 10 Things I Love About Steve Wozniak. The guy is a god.
Aaargghh - Call my PA. I've never understood the PA thing either. And of course the higher up the food-chain the more likely you are to have an EA. Don't even get me started on 'Dairy Manager'. Sigh.
Interesting - Intermine - lots of home-grown scripts to do this type of thing but this app looks like it takes most of the legwork out of finding where your space has gone and what filetypes are on your servers file-systems at an enterprise level.
Funky - Self assembling robot chair.
These are amazing - Papercut Art.
I use three of these alot - Interblag. I like the ring of 'blagosphere' . . .
Storagemojo has all sorts of good stuff on storage & datacenters - new idea for rack-mount servers from Rackable. Their stuff seems kind of neat - certainly a cheaper alternative to blades. Similar to the Petabox servers used by The Wayback Machine.
Insight into the benefits of server consolidation using VMWare - VMware Both Better and Worse Than I Described. Going from 500 physical server to 25 is pretty impressive. If they're Windows boxes Microsoft must make a mint on server licenses . . .
Interesting - Reverse Dictionary. I find it a little disappointing - the results don't stand out on the page very well either.
Handy & fascinating - List of social faux pas by country/region. Very useful for frequent travellers.
One of many - Zune review from ArsTechnica. Like most things Microsoft v1.0 can be disappointing but if they stick with it then they could be onto a winner. Wonder what others will do to stay one step ahead ?
The first of the Wii reviews are coming in - PCMag and CNet. Both very positive for game play and entertainment value but lukewarm on the graphics.
First pictures of what will be the production OLPC Laptop. Looks so tiny! I think its going to be a hit and if they produce a slicker commercial variant it will sell like hot-cakes (ok maybe only to geeks).
Absolutely no irony in this domain name Official Meeting & Facilities Guide. Or OMFG. Hmmmm doesn't look like anyone has that as a NZ domain name yet (or my other favourite 'sendaselfaddressedstampedenvelope.co.nz') . . .
Wonderful - room painted to look like its from a cartoon.
Via Wes Felters Hack the Planet - LogoWiki and WikiCalc. I remember using Logo on an Apple II. Relive the experience via the web
StorageMojo discusses a couple of highlights at the Storage Networking World. The inline compression looks interesting as does the flash based SAN and free iSCSI server which lets you experiment a bit with iSCSI if you grab the free Microsoft iSCSI initiator as well.
Ed Brill provides a History of Lotus Notes.
Ed also points to a Microsoft Windows Desktop Search add-in for Lotus Notes. Lets you search your Lotus mail from your desktop.
A database of Jobs-era Apple Mac & iPod gear - Designed in California.
A couple of articles on Apple@30 - Digibarn Computer Museum and Woznaik Leads Anniversary Celebration.
Handy - How to talk to a Climate Skeptic. One way or another the climate is changing - people who don't believe that are seriously blinkered. The weather patterns in NZ have changed markedly in the last 20 years IMHO.
Funny - Amusing Icons explaining Internet Acronyms.
While we look forward to some excellent rugby - the All Blacks are learning French. I love the Guardian translations at the end - "You look like a Sheila with that long hair = Vous ressemblez � une fille avec ces longs cheveux".
Pretty useful place to check once in awhile - SourceForge Project of the Month.
Found on the Project of the Month link above is OpenQRM. Its basically a way to dynamically manage your server (physical & virtual) resources - check this PDF for more information. Makes for pretty interesting reading. The idea of being able to provision applications and servers with minimal lead time is becoming more and more important.
Too true - Users don't care about storage and data � they only care about their own applications, so it's essential to deliver IT as a transparent service.
Storagemagazine is chock full of useful stuff - Backups are not archives. The ability to satisfy electronic discovery requests is pretty scarey. When you have lawyers breathing down your neck for records of email correspondence between two people that occurred over a 2 week period 3 years ago how do you respond ? Thats when products like Archive Manager come into their own.
Interesting information about Google Slack. It almost seems like a fancy version of OpenQRM - it would be amazing to see these sorts of dynamic provisioning tools in action.
Interesting things to do with trees - Arborsmith.
Funny - The Seven Phases of Owning an iPod - An Illustrated Journey.
WindowsXP eyecandy - XPize.
Wired discusses Aranofskys new movie 'The Fountain'. I liked 'Pi' but 'Requiem for a Dream' was a little to bleak for me.
Getting one step closer to having our own fabricators - Draw and Print your own Furniture.
A nice laymans guide to the SQL Injection Bug. I didn't realise it was that easy . . .
How Joel Spolsky does an initial Phone Screen for prospective hires.
A good review of FreeNAS. Looks good - some reservations about using it in a commercial environment though (as per the comments at the end of the article).
I could only ever get two sides - Solve the Rubiks cube.
I'm not sure how they'll cope - USA bans Vegemite due to folate. I can never remember wether I prefer Marmite or Vegemite.
You can never know enough about knots - Animated Knots.
Interesting - Six Examples of Odd Sympathy. This is explored in more detail in Steven Strogatz 'Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order.
Poderosa is a tabbed terminal emulator for Windows - Poderosa Project. I'll give it a try but a shell that requires the .Net subsystem seems overkill. I suspect they'll have a hard time displacing putty.
Some inspired advertising - Great ads from around the world. Beware its a loooong page - can take awhile to load.
Richard Dawkins - Why There Almost Certainly Is No God.
"We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can't disprove Thor, fairies, leprechauns and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But, like those other fantasies that we can't disprove, we can say that God is very very improbable."
Blasphemy - of course there is a Flying Spaghetti Monster!