Friday, April 30, 2004

Neat sounding Utility

As per their website:

TWI has lots of wonderful features. With it, you can:

* Assign hotkeys for common tasks such as minimize windows, restart Windows, etc.
* Automatically change your system's sound-effect files every few minutes or every few seconds if you want!
* Minimize programs onto the taskbar tray instead of just onto the taskbar, either by a keystroke or by right-clicking a window's Minimize button with your mouse
* Configure a menu of easily-accessible commands
* Increase or decrease speaker volume with the press of a button
* Automatically run programs at start-up, and hide them, minimize them to the taskbar tray, etc.
* Lots more!
* Oh yeah, and it's free!



Why do you need this word? Well I did when I went and read a Dawkin essay.

What does it mean? It's that feeling when you go "Eh whatever". But in a happy way.

DBACL and Email Categorization

DBACL homepage

"dbacl is a digramic Bayesian classifier. It can distill text documents into categories, and then compare other text documents to the learned categories."

IE, plug this into your procmailrc or use it in some classification program and voila, you can seperate out your emails into
their categories without having to sit there and read them. So, all my administrational emails can go to the Admin folder and well
my home emails can get put into the Home_Email folder.

Oh and I can learn it on english and say "Not English, pitch it.". That would be nice. Spam in another language is Still Spam.

Another muttrc . . .

Can be found here.

Yeah I like mutt. Who else would let you tunnel an smtp connection to a remote server through ssh?
And why is that good?

Well sometimes there are people that don't allow for connections going to the outside on port 25. IE,
you can't send email unless it's through their approved server. But most will allow you to ssh out to another
machine. And then it's the policy of that machine and their email that matters.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

I wish I knew hardware

Hardware for Geeks

Pet Feeding via HAL

A link here

Well this is the weirdest thing. It throws up a picture on the Internet, which a user can interract with
and then tell the thing remotely to feed the animal. Hm, Whisky and Cheeto would love this.

A better MP3 Player

Toshiba Gigabeat G20

Neat, wireless, and a much larger disk drive than a previous one I mentioned. The other thing that is of
note is that a person can get Japanese hardware sent to our shores early. . . . check the link in that link.

Too Cool. The only thing is that you have to call them and order it. And this is 599$. But still it's kind of cool.

I'll still go with something from iRiver. FM tuners and mp3 capabilities cannot be sneezed at.

The Web is a Vast Pit

No I've never heard of these sites, but I have learned more in the past half hour on homunculi, neural anatomy, and well computer stuff. Granted the neural items are due to an external influence. The rest was pure good ol' surfing.

Gizmodo Reviews Aggregator
DesignTechnica Reviews
MIT's Roofnet project
Wireless Community FAQ A Wireless Mesh Project


A 120GB network drive

Neat idea, kind of a SAN on the cheap. (SAN == Storage Access Network)

Neat MP3 Player

One neat looking MP3 Player
The only problem is that is doesn't have an Open Source Operating System on it. Oh well.

So the big sell point is that it's wireless. So it will take and install mp3's anytime you are near your hub. Which is a neat ass idea. Granted I think the USB 2.0 speed is much faster than wireless 802.11B.

Technical Specifications:
Size: 2.8” x 4.5” x 0.9’
Weight: 6.8 oz
LCD Display: 128 x 64 blue LED backlit
Battery Life: 7 hours
Firmware: Upgradeable
Connectivity: USB, Wireless


So got this new case in, a Review here.

Wacky wacky wacky. And guess who's the admin who has to help in the set up. . .

Dawkins fan-site

Got Meme?

Yeah it's an unofficial site, but still, if i knew where the real one was,
I'd put it up in a heartbeat.

And this is why people get Mad

So, I'm reading about the people that lobbyed for and think that the DMCA is a good idea.
Well, if you are an engineer and want to make a HDTV after 2005 you can't unless you want to
get the cops on you. Likewise for the design of DVD reading software for alternative Operating Systems.

The Interview

I think it's priceless that in this interview the MPAA people are saying things for normal users like
'perhaps buy a DVD player instead' rather than we want to expand our market any way possible, so let's get Linux on board.

Just classic. Also, the fact the engineer made a dvd-reading script so he could watch the program in 6 lines,
and showed the MPAA guy, just show moxy. The best part is the MPAA's rep's reaction.

Ancient Map of Rome Reconstruction

Yes, I like Rome. What it was. Never met what it is now.

Article here.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

My Next PhotoAlbum

My Photo Album

Yeah, it's sparse, but you know it was a one click install. And it didn't take that long over
a modem. . . .

Did I mention that I love the mac?

Five Free Calculus Textbooks

No I haven't reviewed them, but at the same time, it's something that bears mentioning.

See the links here.

Tux type backgrounds

Cool large PNG wallpapers

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Blogger external program

Chronicle Lite

Java for a, but no subject tag :-(

Onyx Orison

Here is the definition of orison.

Yeah, a Black Stone Prayer. And here I had thought it was a Black Magic. Oh well, beggars cannot be


What's a meme?

Ok, basic idea, a cliche is a meme. It's an idea or thought pattern that spreads from
person to person more or less like a virus. It's a neat idea in general, and has been written about in
Snow Crash. Imagine if you could create an idea so simple, so straightforward that it spread amongst everyone and effected a change.

Got it? Cool.

Now here's something that is not a popular thought. Personality tests for blogs are a meme complex. We take them,
and thinking they denote us then put it up. It then catches the eye of the people who are reading the blog and
they take it, spreading the virus. The only reason they don't spread faster is because they are reliant on someone
willingly exposing themselves through reading and having an existing context shared with you.

Granted this isn't a condemnation of these 'What X are you' tests . Being infected by a meme isn't a bad thing. Some of
our best ideas are memes. No one ever accused another person of being weak for learning and propogating E=MC^2.
Apparently some people have posited that any tool using culture has memetic complexes running around in their population.
Another interesting meme is that pipe smokers are "smart". What told us that? And how many pipe smokers have you seen lately
at the latest symposia?

If anything, a personality test, is a community strengthener between people. If you have ever taken a test and then compared
it with your friends, then you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Oh one other thing. I've taken this tests before and as you will see a few months back, I posted one up.

Ah the trap

So, I've been experimenting with the layout. I so know where this is going.
It's like graphics or gimp. Pulls a perfectionist in and makes them want to check
everything to make sure it *flows*. Before they know it, 2 hours are up and
they have a wonderful page, and not a lot of content.

Here is an alternative to slashdot. Granted some of them have an axe to
grind with slashdotters.

Back to the Grind

Yay Subjects!

Well, so I'm going along and noticed that I was lacking titles. That was sucky. It's hard enough to parse stuff out sometimes, with all the per day traffic I generated today at the least. Fun.

Good news/Bad News

Good news, bad news.

Good news: I've got something that works in Emacs.

Bad News: It's the only game in town. Which I still think is

The search beyond weblogger.el

Moving on.

So, going to check and see if there is some other utility that
interfaces with emacs. weblogger works, but I wonder if there is any
simpler interfaces that a person wouldn't have to code up themselves.
Wow, one of the weird things about the weblogger.el is that you can't
re-edit and publish a buffer right away. Which, well, isn't that
helpful if you get a link wrong somewhere in the article.
Hm, not much else is going on. Did you know that there is a site out
there with some fantastic beats?
Ok, so the weblogger.el says to edit
out the pinging section and point the RPC at the correct
directory. Wackier things were never said, and I would have thought
that they would be stated in the main file, but it didn't appear
anywhere in there.

Oh well.
Interesting. We'll see if this post is published without incident.
This is a test to see if the integration between
emacs and weblogger.el
still work.

My Workplace

You know, this job isn't all bad. I still don't know
any other place where they would allow you to read
tech journals and boards and let it be called research/professional development.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Oh here's Kevin's log.

That's KEEvin. Not Kehvin.

Right here
Hm, maybe I should start using this blog for tab history....

p2p articles

Now tthat would be a cool. A tie into mozilla that when a new tab is opened and stays open for a period of time > X
it gets listed somewhere on a person's blog. A "what I'm surfing" sort of channel.

No wonder there isn't a person around that can get ahead financially....

Financials for Belgrade and the US
The Eco House.

Will it come to fruition for the rest of humanity? Good question. I sometimes think people are too attached to their
FISH, stands for possible files over ssh. Wacky, since anon access is *bad* for most folks, regardless.
But it's great if you don't want someone else to see what you are transferring.

A little ditty on it

KFLEX Armor!

That is too cool.
Neat. So I have this .mac account, aptly named after me. The only problem is that is costs money.
Not tons, but still, it ain'tt cheap. So, looking on the boards, I found a site that offers strong
.mac integration for a reasonable price here
Doh! Need to be semi-active to get a gmail. What I need to do is get my butt in gear and use
emacs to post or sometthing. That way I don't have to grok the blogger interface.


At least I'm not this guy.

Hm, Well, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

Sometimes I have this go into my sig. Probably not do this at work's sig.

(echo 'See the Card Game @' ; lynx -dump | head -4 | perl -ne 's/^\s+//; print $_;') | perl -e 'while(<>){push (@t,$_);}print $t[1],$t[0].$t[2];'