Archives for: January 2007

Today's self-referential post: Ritchie is melancholy and socially withdrawn

01/31/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Calgary
Dr. Michael Keren, a University of Calgary professor, has written a book where the thesis -- at least based on the published synopsis -- is that bloggers are a bunch of loner weenies (keep in mind I'm paraphrasing this a bit.) And, yup, he even manages… more »

A USB hub to die for...

01/31/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly
Sometimes the geek in me cannot be restrained. This has to be one of the best USB hubs I've seen yet. more »

As the spam turns...

01/25/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
We just got what appears to be our first denial of service attack today. Alas, we feel insulted: a mere 3700 hits in half an hour from distributed IPs. More seriously, I have no idea why. This accomplished nothing. It's nowhere near enough to take out… more »

Reasons to be glad you don't live in Portland, Oregon

01/18/07 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube
Ouch. (Via BoingBoing) more »

Behind Apple's pay-to-play pre-N driver

01/18/07 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh
Apple recently released their new version of the Airport base station with 802.11 pre-N support. There's nothing particularly special but what has got a lot of people annoyed is that Apple has also been including 802.11 pre-N hardware in their revised… more »

"There're Klingons on the starboard bow, starboard bow...

01/15/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube
I could be wrong, but I believe this is probably the first time "Star Trek" (as opposed to "Star Wars") has been referenced on the floor of the American House of Representatives. It's a sort of milestone I suppose. (Update 2007/01/25: My mistake; it… more »

Bruce Schneier on passwords

01/11/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
Another excellent column from Bruce Schneier on security, this time on passwords and the cracking mechanisms used to break them. I read through it feeling a little smug as none of the choice flaws he mentioned are ones I do. more »

Self-cleaning underwear

01/11/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly
How can I not link to this one...? more »

Fun science at work

01/11/07 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube
First link is to a demonstration of a tub of sulfur hexafluoride (transparent heavier than air gas) causing a silverfoil boat to float in mid-air. Second link is to unexpected behaviour of liquids under various conditions. (Via BoingBoing) more »

Time for a copyright law update

01/11/07 | by Adam | Categories: Copyright
Looks like boneheaded copyright laws are back on the agenda here in Canada. (Via BoingBoing) more »

Spambots and linkage

01/10/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology
I'm not sure what to make of this one. Checking my logs, there are three posts being repeatedly hit in sequence by different IPs. Referrer searches All true wisdom begins with Cecil "Ready, Aye, Ready" I've looked at them and can't find anything… more »

Musings on Apple's iPhone

01/10/07 | by Adam | Categories: iPhone
Unless you've been living under a rock or intensely ignoring the internet and all other media over the last few days, you know about Apple's new iPhone. Time Magazine has a good write up on its genesis. David Pogue of the New York Times also has some… more »

Who needs zip codes?

01/04/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
BoingBoing has a post about a letter sent in the UK that arrived. In and of itself, that conclusion is perhaps not all that special, but it's the way that the letter was addressed which is rather more interesting... more »

Visual guide to food-calorie relationship

01/03/07 | by Adam | Categories: Potpourri
This links to a pictorial representation of what 200 calories looks like when it's still food. (Via BoingBoing) more »

Tony vs. Paul

01/02/07 | by Adam | Categories: YouTube
Nifty bit of real-life stop motion animation. (Via BoingBoing) more »

Review: SanDisk Sansa e280

01/02/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Music, Reviews
Summary: SanDisk's iPod Nano killer. I decided to buy a standalone MP3 player after a recent 9 hour plane trip to the UK. While I normally use my Tungsten T3 with Aeroplayer I came to the conclusion that while it's great for short hops and bus trips,… more »
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