June 14, 2007

Safari 3 Beta for Windows Updated

Safari for Windows was just announced a couple of days ago, in what I think is a extremely clever strategic move to get mainstream exposure to the browser. Whats the big deal? I don't use it on my Mac, why would I use it on Windows?

My theory is that Apple doesn't really care if it's takes off on Windows or not, what they do care those is that it takes off on the iPhone, and getting Safari on Windows potentially can get millions of people who otherwise wouldn't give a rats ass about the iPhone take a second look, and maybe see what OS X is all about and ultimately... buy and iPhone and even get the full meal deal switch to OS X altogether.

Oh right, this was supposed to be about the first update to Safari.

Just hours after the initial release of Safari for Windows, several exploits were found and announced, this first update is supposed to address those problems. These types of issues are exactly why this is Beta software and the fact that Apple is addressing the issues so quickly is good to know.


June 18, 2007

8 Hours of battery on the iPhone

To all the crazy people bashing the iPhone's poor battery life, Apple has just announced that when the unit ships the battery life will in fact be 8 hours as opposed to the originally announced 5 hours.

Chart stolen from the Apple Press Release.

To those who still say that this is still not long enough or say it's just PR marketing lies, WAIT UNTIL IT COMES OUT!

We're less than 2 weeks away from the release, go test it then before you complain about something that you've never touched or tested.


June 21, 2007

OS X 10.4.10


Gasp! An update!

What's included?

The following improvements apply to both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs unless otherwise noted:


* Addresses an issue in which a Bluetooth headset may show up as an available device for sound output in the Sound preference pane after it had been removed from Bluetooth preferences.


* Adds RAW image decoding support for the following cameras: Panasonic DMC-LX1, Panasonic DMC-LX2, Leica M8, Leica D-LUX 2, Leica D-LUX 3, Fuji S5 Pro, Nikon D40x, and Canon EOS 1D Mk III.
* Resolves an issue in which some DNG images may appear tinted or distorted.
* Improves compatibility of Mathematica 6 with 64-bit Macs.


* Improves reliability when using the IR remote control after waking from sleep.
* Improves reliability when mounting external USB hard drives.
* Resolves an issue in which a TomTom GO 910 may not be recognized when connected via USB to an Intel-based Mac.


* Improves responsiveness when using the Control-Eject key combination to display a shutdown dialog.
* Addresses a specific issue in which users importing video from a DV camera may experience dropped frames.
* Includes recent Apple security updates.
* Addresses issues with calendar calculations in certain applications.
* Addresses issues when rounding decimal numbers for display in certain applications.
* For Motion, addresses an issue in which some texture corruption could appear in Motion if VRAM is full.

The stuff above was blantent copied from:

About the Mac OS X 10.4.10 Update (delta)


June 22, 2007

YouTube and the iPhone


A week to go and you can see the marketing around the iPhone ramping up more and more, here's the latest iPhone Ad.

I love the fact that Steve Jobs decided to launch the iPhone on Friday at 6pm!

I mean, you see morning store opening launches, midnight launches, but 6pm? Why you might wonder? Well, because he knows that at 6pm every local news station will be doing the evening news and with all the hype around the phone, every news station will be covering wanting to cover the launch. The guy is brilliant.


June 26, 2007

iPhone rates posted!


It looks like the iPhone mobile package plans have been released and they are not as insane as some initially thought. Unfortunately these rates are for the US and I nothing for Canada has appeared yet.

Base plan looks to be $59 for 450 minutes, 5000 weekend/evenings, 200 sms and unlimited data... and a few more things... and the packages go up from there.

You can see the the full chart posted on the apple site.


July 7, 2007

iPhone development guidelines


This is a few days old but needs to mentioned anyway.

Apple has release what is currently considered the iPhone development guidelines document.

The 7 major points are:

  • Understand User-iPhone Interaction
  • Use Standards and Tried-and-True Design Practices
  • Integrate with Phone, Mail, and Maps
  • Optimize for Page Readability
  • Ensure a Great Audio and Video Experience
  • Know What Safari Supports on iPhone
  • Connect With Web Developers

    There's some good information here for those of you who are developing or are planning to develop for the iPhone... at least until a real SDK comes out.... which I bet will within a year.


    July 11, 2007

    More Apple stock manipulation

    First story this Reuters story comes out:

    "Chang said a way to follow up the iPhone with a cheaper version would be to convert the Nano into a phone and price it at $300 or lower. The iPhone sells for $500 and $600, depending on storage space.

    "We believe that iPod Nano will be converted into a phone because it's probably the only way for Apple to launch a lower end phone without severely cannibalizing iPod Nano," he said noting that the new phone could have "rather limited functionality."

    But then shortly after JP Morgan releases several other stories expressing the doubt of this story.

    What a load of crap, I wonder how much money this Kevin Chang from JP Morgan and his friends made manipulating the Apple stock price.

    This happened when Engadget posted the possibility that the iPhone shipping date was going to be delayed a few weeks back. The stock price went for a roller coast ride until the news was retracted.

    Sigh, I can't people can actually do this and get away with it.


    July 17, 2007

    Oh look an Apple worm!

    Could there be a Mac OS worm in while wild?

    There's a tonne people threatening the author here... doing so serves absolutely no purpose. Not cool.

    I just hope the person who made the discovery does the responsible thing and not let the code out into the wild before Apple has had a chance to patch the problem.


    July 26, 2007

    818 million!?!?!?!

    CUPERTINO, California—July 25, 2007—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2007 third quarter ended June 30, 2007. The Company posted revenue of $5.41 billion and net quarterly profit of $818 million, or $.92 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $4.37 billion and net quarterly profit of $472 million, or $.54 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 36.9 percent, up from 30.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 40 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

    Apple's Press Release announcing this quarters's earnings

    Holy camoly.

    818 million in profit, with a revenue of 5.41 billion. Those are some BIG numbers.

    And if I read the statements correctly, only 5 million of that is attributed to the iPhone, it looks like the release the iPhone was timed quite well, to coincide with the timing of the next quarter... to maximize sales figures for the next report. =)


    July 31, 2007

    OS X is now UNIX 03 certified


    Leopart gets UNIX 03 cert, what does this certification mean?

    Basically OS X now meets the specifications that are required to be a "Unix" operating system. No flavor of Linux has yet met these specifications.

    To the end user it probably doesn't really mean much, but in the corporate world, it means OS X is now considered to be peers with AIX 5L 5.3 , HP-UX 11i V3 Release B.11.31 and Solaris 10. A nice boost for OS X server and feather in Apple's cap.


    August 7, 2007

    NES emulator available on the iPhone

    Slow but surely 3rd party native apps are showing up on the iPhone.

    A NES emulator now runs on the hardware natively, albeit slow... I'd say it's still at a "Look what we can do now!" stage at the moment but it's great to see things progressing in the open-up-the-iphone world.

    UPDATE: Just a day later... updates came flying in, now there is a very functional totally rewritten and fast version of the emulator... so much for just proof of concept.


    iMacs iLife '08, lots of goodies!


    "What about the inside? Up to 2.4GHz Core 2 Extreme processor, up to 4GB of memory. ATI Radeon HD graphics card, up to 1TB of hard drive storage. 802.11n and Bluetooth 2.0 built-in. What models will we have? Up until now, 17-inch, 20-inch, and 24-inch. Well, today we're replacing the 24-inch, lowering price by $200, 20-inch at same $1499. replacing 17-inch with $1199 model."

    Quoted Mr Jobs from the press release. =)

    Photo stolen from Engadget.


    August 9, 2007

    Zap2it replacement reveals pricing

    It looks like the initial price for guide info from ShedulesDirect.org will be $15 / 3 months non-recurring... with a goal to eventually have enough users to make $20/year a feasible price.

    I can live with this... just hope the transition will be smooth and easy.


    August 15, 2007

    Ubuntu servers compromised

    A bunch of Ubuntu servers compromised because some updates were not installed because of hardware compatibility issues.

    It will be interesting to see how they respond to this, I think most people won't be affected as their packages are signed and you *should* get a big warning if you tried to install something that was tampered.


    August 20, 2007

    $100 off refurbed iPhone!

    iPhone for $100 at Apple refurb store!

    What a deal! And as most people will tell you, Apple refurb products are awesome! About the only catch is that you don't get the nice packaging.


    August 24, 2007

    iPhone unlocked for real!


    It looks like the folks at iPhoneSimFree have been able to unlock the iPhone.... with engadget confirming it and any publication can get a free unlock in the next 48 hours... and commercial release soon!

    This is very interesting, and maybe a way to get an iPhone in Canada soon!

    *Photo stolen from engadget


    August 28, 2007

    NeoOffice 2.2.1 Released!


    NeoOffice 2.2.1 has been released, this is based on OpenOffice 2.2.1 code and as well sports much better OS X support... the biggest I consider being the lack of dependency on X11.

    A complete list can be found on their website as well.


    August 30, 2007

    Apple and VW working on iCar?

    This could be fake, it could be real.

    Capital Magazine (Google translated link) in Germany is reporting that VW and Apple recently have had talks in California about working together to build a "heavily incorporating Apple products in Volkswagen's compact cars" [quoted from macrumors article].

    Very interesting, especially for me as VW owner.


    September 5, 2007


    I'm so getting one.



    September 11, 2007

    Open Source iPhone Unlock software?

    Engadget seems to be all over iPhone unlock stories.

    This one appears to be an open source method, currently not super easy to do but apparently it will be soon.

    Wow... with the latest price drop, this is gettting more and more tempting. I just gotta wait a little longer to see what happens in the next round of software updates from Apple before deciding what to do.


    September 12, 2007

    City of Montreal vs Apple?

    The Montreal Gazette has a story about how the city of Montreal won't remove some parking stalls in front an Apple store, even if the Apple store pays for the costs and the lost revenue.

    Apparently the reason is "because we've never done it".

    Wow... this just means the city will never ever do anything they haven't done before? Such is so typical of the mentality at all levels in the Canadian government.



    September 19, 2007

    Apple Chooses O2 as Exclusive Carrier for iPhone in UK

    So it looks like the rest of the world is starting to get the iPhone. Apple announces that O2 will be the official way to get an iPhone in the UK... starting Nov 9, 2007.

    /twiddle thumbs

    Still waiting in Canada...


    October 3, 2007

    Bad Bluetooth on Macs?

    A story on Slashdot reports of a ton of users complaining about problematic bluetooth radios on various models of Macs... quite possibly due to faulty hardware.

    Quite hard to say, I don't really use any bluetooth on a regular basis, but my sister's Macbook is full of bluetoothness and whenever i'm there using it, I seem to have to always fiddle with it get it working.... shrug, it's very anecdotal but I figure worth mentioning.


    October 6, 2007

    Trillian on the Mac

    It looks like Trillian is being release for the Mac.

    If gaim/adium wasn't working so great, this would be pretty exciting. Competition is good though, hopefully it'll make all IM clients better.


    October 21, 2007

    800 employees fired at Apple

    The folks at Slashphone are reporting that 800 employees at Apple have been fired because they claimed the $100 rebate that was offered by Apple as good will to early adopting customers.... on their free phones. What I can't believe is there were that many employees (800) that actually thought they could get away with this.... (assuming this is real).


    October 26, 2007

    It's out!

    Let the games begin!


    November 14, 2007

    China Mobile in talks to for iPhone

    It looks like the iPhone is possibly making it's way to China (finally!). The CEO of China Mobile seems to not like this new revenue sharing model Apple is convincing carriers to go with.

    "But in a speech at the conference, Wang said he doesn't like some of the new business models emerging in the mobile phone industry, including handset makers wanting to share revenue with mobile operators." - From the Yahoo Article

    If Apple can get into this market, it would be huge. China Mobile currently has the world's largest gsm subscriber base.


    December 11, 2007

    iTunes TV in Canada FINALLY!


    About time. We've been getting the short end of the stick for so long.... too bad NBC won't be on the list.

    ... we're almost there, just need the iPhone here.


    January 8, 2008

    MacHeist Bundle 2

    MacHeist 2

    The new MacHeist bundle was announced earlier tonight. The titles include:

    Snapz Pro X

    All for $49! Note though, the last 3 need to be unlocked and are only available if they exceed the designated number of packages sold... and 25% of the proceeds go to a charity of your choice.

    I like it.


    February 19, 2008

    iPod shuffle, now $49

    iPod shuffle, now $49!


    March 7, 2008

    iPhone/iPod Touch SDK annoucement


    Lots of great news from yesterday's Apple SDK shin-dig, including an unexpected announcement of some fairly extensive enterprise support (finally going after RIM!).... hardware accelerated gaming (going after PSP/DS?)...

    Of course thanks to Sarbanes-Oxley, iPod Touch owners will need to pay for the updates.


    March 17, 2008

    MythTV 0.21 OS X intel

    I've started putting up RELEASE binaries and FIXES binaries as a part of the collection of nightly svn TRUNK builds that I've been supplying....

    And just in time too, as this weekend 0.21 was released:


    March 27, 2008

    Photoshop Express

    Adobe has launched a flash based version of Photoshop called Photoshop Express. It feature set looks very simliar to the Picnik - which is available through Flickr.

    Competition is good, it will be interesting to see how each of these products improve with the other pushing back. Personally, I like my Pixelmator the best.


    April 6, 2008

    Quake 3 Arena on iPod Touches for network play

    Ooooh.... Quake 3 Arena on iPod Touches for network play

    This could be the birth of a whole new type of LAN party... I still remember lugging my old beige box over to my friends house for Doom 2 and eventually Duke 3D LAN parties.


    April 30, 2008

    Pystar for real almost?

    Looks like Engadget got to play with one

    I wonder if this is just a one off unit that was sent to Engadet on purpose so it could be sent around the blogosphere.


    In it's current state, I wouldn't buy one. There are few reasons you get a Mac, one of which is you get beautiful hardware... this is far from it.


    June 5, 2008

    iTunes Movies Rentals!

    Finally! We've always been slower to get stuff than the US, in this case waiting might have been better...

    Price is $4.99 a movie... a little more than the US iTunes store, but you get 48 hours to watch it, as opposed to 24 hours for the them.... starting from the time you click Play.

    And if you get your iTunes credits from Costco you save a bit more too. =)


    June 9, 2008

    Rogers AND Fido to get iPhone in Canada

    Hmm, it looks like both Rogers and Fido will be getting the iPhone in Canada?

    Fido may be owned by Rogers, but the past has shown that their products were often marketed separately and very differently.... now some overlap is starting to show?!?

    This sounds rather nice for Fido users, hopefully not having to deal with the hassle of "switching".


    June 27, 2008

    Fido and Rogers release iPhone pricing

    Newswire has the press release

    It looks like voice and data will be combined into a $60 "for the cheapest" plan. As many predicted, it would be a cold day in hell before there would be "unlimited" data from Rogers.

    I was really excited about Rogers/Fido getting the iPhone as a currently Fido subscriber... up until today.

    The problem is that there are a lot of existing subscribers who already are very happy with the voice portion of their plan AND are willing to pay for a little more for a modest amount of data. For example something like: $10 for 150 to 200MB... charge more for unlimited.... These are the people you've eliminated as potential customers for the iPhone.

    If they provide a reasonably priced add-on data option and allow users have it added to existing voice plans, they would not be able to keep the iPhone on the shelves...


    November 23, 2008

    Bye bye DD-WRT - Hello Tomato!

    Earlier this year, the maintainer of the DD-WRT project made some licensing changes.

    As a result, DD-WRT has been removed off my Linksys WRT54GL and replace with a truly open source software Tomato.

    So far I'm liking it, some nice bandwidth graphs that weren't in DD-WRT, eliminates my use of mrtg as well as a pretty clean interface.


    December 16, 2008

    iPhone 3G unlock is completed!

    From original posting:

    We have been working hard on a few other things. The main one being the 3G unlock codenamed "yellowsn0w". This is now completed and is currently being packaged into a user-friendly application with the simplicity that you see in QuickPwn or BootNeuter.

    * The target release date for the unlock is New Year's Eve 2008.
    * This unlock method is available to iPhone 3Gs that have 2.11.07 baseband or earlier, we did warn you.
    * The unlock requires a jailbroken 3G iPhone.

    Read Original Article


    April 30, 2004

    Poor Joey


    Joey had some surgery done recently to fix her medial patellar luxation. We went in to see the vet to have her cherry eye fixed, and during the examination I had asked the vet about her hips to see if it was ok.

    The doc checked out the hips, and they were fine... but he did notice a grade 3-4 medial patellar luxation in her right hind knee. We were a litle shocked, and had no idea what was wrong... joey never limped and always ran around played like any dog.

    Anyway we went home and after some more thought, we realized that she always sit in a funny way, with her right leg sticking out... not with her legs bent normally like other dogs. We just thought she was lazy... anyway, and we also notice when she layed on the ground, her right hind leg was always extended as well, basically to keep her knee in position that wasn't painful. After realizing this, we knew she needed the surgery.

    It's been 8 days since now and she's recovering fine. She seems to think that she can jump and play again but we've blocked off the all the stairs and will keep her on a tight leash for the next 6 weeks still.

    Poor Joey... =|


    April 29, 2004

    phpNuke has been NUKED!

    Both Wil and Yutai (Albert) have made realized how much phpNuke sucks and how much better MT is. Thus, I've switched, played around and have arrived. Thanks for making me see the light Alb..I mean Yutai.

    This simply rocks and there's simply no going back.


    September 15, 2003


    Everybody check out Skype for a really easy to use VOIP application. It works behind most firewalls and NAT setups, and has a really easy to use ICQ type interface. It's made by the creators of Kazaa and is based on a peer-to-peer system of some sort.... sound quality is excellent, probably the best of all the ones I've tried.

    Highly recommended, my id is "blumpy" if you sign up and want to find me.


    November 27, 2004

    Make love not spam

    Lycos UK (Lycos still around?) has released a contraversial application in the form of a screen saver that basically sends a DDOS to known spammers, mainly the ones listed in the spamcop database. Whether it is or isn't a DDOS can be argued as they say it is throttled and will slow down if the targeted server becomes unreachable due to load.

    This is quite a bold move and probably has many unforseen and possibly legal consequences for Lycos. Personally I think it's actually a great idea, spammers wouldn't do what they do if it were the profit margins weren't so great. Eating away at their bandwidth costs hopefully will make it less appealing for them.... make them pay, for making me spend time and money dealing with their crap.

    Others think that fighting them with such tactics is just as bad as being them. Screw them....check it out at http://makelovenotspam.com/intl/.

    Final Update: Due to pressure from various groups, lycos has decided to take this down. =)


    October 27, 2004

    Why Tivo when you can Myth

    If you have been wondering why I haven't been updating this for a while, well it's because I've been watching a lot of TV.

    I've recently built a MythTV box. MythTv for those of you who don't know is a wonderful open source PVR project. MythTV has a myriad of features, which includes basic live TV pausing and rewinding to automatic commercial skipping, dvd ripping, mp3 jukebox, weather information, and LOTS more.

    I highly recommend this for anyone who is comfortable with linux, as will change the way you watch TV. I can't believe how I used to watch TV before.


    October 26, 2004

    Blumpy retires from SWG


    I quit SWG (Star Wars Galaxies) after spending 10 months on the Tempest server. Earned a crapload of badges, made a crapload of armor, killed a crapload of stuff, made a crapload of money, even became force-senstive, but most importantly met a crapload of friends that I will probably continue to keep in touch with through IM. I might re-activate my account during the Christmas break for kicks or even after the combat rebalance. Hopefully Sony Online Entertainment will get their act together by then. We'll see.

    [Edit Jan 2005] - I couldn't do it, I couldn't stay away. I'm back... as a casual combat only toon now, no more crafting for me.


    September 18, 2004

    Spread FireFox


    As most of my friends and co-workers know, I've been advocating the non-use of MSIE for years now due to all nonstop security issues that keep coming up and the non W3C compliance that Microsoft constantly wants to do.

    There are lots of alternative browsers to use, such as links (not lynx), Netscape, Opera, Konqueror, Mozilla... then Phoenix came along.

    Well, since the very first build of Phoenix came out a few years ago, I've been using nightlies, and now after several name changes, tonnes of bug fixes, and feature updates, it's finally at the point of being close to a 1.0 release. I think this is more a symbolic thing really, as it has been an extremely usable day-to-day browser for a long time now, and really has been "1.0" for a long time now.

    So, here you go... go Get Firefox! and spread the news!

    PS. Although Firefox is my main browser, and has been for a long time, #2 spot goes to links, an extremely fast and excellent text based browser that I use almost as much as Firefox.


    August 22, 2004

    Gallery Speed Issues

    Argh, finally... someone figures it out.

    Our gallery is incredible slow the past few weeks, and after searching high and low, and being too lazy to look in the code myself, I finally found someone who discovered what it was. The speed is much more acceptable now.



    May 10, 2004

    Update on Joey and the start of our Switch

    ipod.jpgJoey has had her bandage off for 4 days now. She pretty much got used to walking without it within 24 hours.... and licked off all the yucky stuff from underneath the bandage within 12 hours.

    Good news is that she sits normally now and as well lies in the "down position" like other dogs normally do. She also runs around the house as if nothing ever happened to her, which is good meaning the everything went well. We will still have the stairs blocked off for another month or so as she's not allowed on until then.

    Secondly, I'm proud to stay that we've purchased our first apple product and I really see first hand why everyone switches.

    More to come on Yi's new toy.


    January 5, 2005

    Jabber jabber jabber jabber jabber jabber....

    Ok fine, I'm a little slow to jump to jabber, but least I've been supporting gaim the past few years. Strangely, when I told Yi about what I did here, she said "Finally!" as she has been using jabber previously, before I have.

    For those of you who don't know what it is, it is a open, secure alternative to IM (instant messenging) based heavily on XML. No need to rely on third party services like ICQ, Yahoo, AOL, and (ugh MSN). The cool thing about jabber is that because it is an open source, open standards protocol, you are free to use any server and any client program you wish. You can write your own if you choose as well again because the it is an open standard. Also because jabber servers can all communicate with one another, you are also free to setup your own or use anybody else's servers and still communicate with other jabber users, regardless of whose jabber servers they are using. You can read more about what jabber is.

    Now to explain a bit about what I've done here. I've setup a jabberd server at jabber.kwok.ca, currently it supports the jabber protocol, and as well transports for the big four IM services mentioned above.

    If you are wondering what transports are, they allow your jabber client to also communicate with users on any of those other networks, assuming the jabber server supports this.

    To do this, you first need to already have an account with the other network, this is because the other networks don't recognize jabber (yet) and so you need a way to show up on other people's lists. You then need to tell the jabber server that you wish it to sign you up on the other network. For example, if you wish to setup an ICQ transport and if you are using exodus on windows, you would click Tools -> Jabber Browser -> Right click on the transport you wish to use (eg ICQ) -> Select Register and then fill your ICQ login information. The jabber server will then log you into the ICQ network and as well grab all your contacts for you... voila, you are talking to all your ICQ friends again via Jabber!

    Also after you do set this up once, any time you log into a jabber server from any jabber client all your contacts will be setup and should be ready to go because the jabber server remembers all this for you.

    This also becomes handy in other wasy for example, on my Treo all I need is one program to keep in touch with all my contacts across all the networks.

    Soooo.... my jabber id is blumpy@jabber.kwok.ca and my jabber server is available for you to use at jabber.kwok.ca with transports ready to go for ICQ, AIM, Yahoo, and ugh yes MSN Messenger.

    Other Jabber links

  • List of Jabber clients
  • List of Jabber servers
  • Jabber Intro
  • Jabber Transports
  • Updated:

    Ok, so I couldn't do it, I tried for about 6 months but now I will be switching back to good 'ol gaim. Jabber definately has it's uses, and it was a good learning experience though but I can't say that I want to keep it permanently as my everyday IM client.

    The *main* reason is that most jabber clients are all kinda weak, exodus isn't bad, miranda-im isn't bad either... but in the end I had to go back to gaim + gaim-encryption. I'll use jabber on my Treo as it offloads some of the work to the server and keeps the client lightweight... but that's about it for now.


    January 1, 2005

    Happy New Years and Torrents


    Now that suprnova is gone, there is still lokitorrent but if that doesn't survive the fight, you can always just use Google with this simple but neat trick.

    Oh and Happy New Year everyone.

    Edited Feb 2005 - Oops, looks like Lokitorrent bit the dust, there's always torrentspy or better yet exeem.


    December 27, 2004

    Other ways to fight spam


    Since makelovenotspam.com seems to have been killed off, there's still other ways to help make spammers miserable.

    LadVampire (targets fake banks)
    Spam Research Tool

    Like makelovenotspam.com, all three of these are based on similiar idea that if you use hit spammers where it hurts, by loading their images and using their bandwidth... it will drive up their costs of business.

    Have fun!


    December 4, 2004

    Anyone want to buy me an USB Key?

    Well it appears that someone has put together a portable Firefox and a portable Thunderbird. This just got posted on /. just a This finally gives me an excuse to get a USB key to carry around. Now if only the old Netscape 4.x series roaming profiles were implemented into Firefox (hopefully soon as it's in the Mozilla trunk I believe).


    March 31, 2005

    Someone actually using pre-fetching!


    Google has turned on pre-fetching for Mozilla based browsers for search results. What this will do is while you are looking at the results of the searches, it will start caching/downloading the sites from the search results, meaning you will load the site faster when you decide to click on them. Maybe others will start following Google's lead and start implementing this too...

    The only drawback back is that you start collecting cookies from sites you may not have actually visited... not really a big deal I think... people who complain about cookies usually don't understand that they are harmless. Just because you accept a cookie from a website, it doesn't mean you are giving them your credit card, birthday, social insurance number, and date of your dogs last shots.

    Check it out at this googleblog posting, more info on prefetching can be found here.


    March 8, 2005

    Gasp Again?

    The next best thing to Tony coming back is well, of course his wife (ex-wife) Michelle aka "Chesty"! I knew this was gonna happen, and I know the show will be better for it!



    February 17, 2005

    MS acknowledges the existence of Wine

    /rant on.

    Here's a recent excerpt from the wine-devel mailing list.

    From: Ivan Leo Puoti (ivanleo_at_gmail.com)
    Date: Wed Feb 16 2005 - 15:28:59 CST
    Subject: Microsoft genuine downloads looking for wine

    As some of you may know, Microsoft is planning to totally restrict access to the Microsoft download center to all non-genuine windows users. So you would expect some check for pirated copies of windows to be involved. If you visit the download center with IE you get an activex control, but if you try with Firefox, you'll have to download a little program, that returns a code you have to copy into the download page, to get access to the download you selected. By quickly looking at the program, I noticed it looks for a registry key, this key is... SOFTWARE\Wine\Wine\Config the wine configuration key. the Windows Genuine Advantage program press release http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/jan05/01-26GenuineAdvantagePR.asp says that in the second half of 2005, all users connecting to the Microsoft download center or to windows update will have to validate their copy of windows. Interestingly if you run the validation program on wine, and the version of windows you're emulating is prior to 2000 or is windows server 20003, you get a message saying a validation code couldn't be found, because of technical difficulties or because you're running an unsupported operating system. If you set winver to win2000, you'll get a validation code that doesn't work, this may be a bug in wine, or in the validation program. A valid and working code is returned if the version is set to xp. Still, even if this is only an initial attempt, they appear to want to discriminate wine users, while this may be acceptable for operating system components/updates, this is probably a violation of anti-trust law for all other downloads. It's also the first time Microsoft acknowledges the existence of Wine.

    Ivan Leo.

    Stuff like this irks me like no tomorrow, Microsoft is back to their previous dirty, monopolistic, anti-trust violating ways, oh wait they were always like this.

    Basically what is happening is that MS is detecting Wine and will not allow any downloads from the downloads.microsoft.com site. There's a temporary fix that you can do just by making a change to your registry as noted above.

    I'm glad the mentality on the wine-devel list is to not just make these little changes as it would just lead to an arms-race which which wine will lose, but instead work to build wine so that there's no dependancy or need to download anything from that site.


    /rant off


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