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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

oooh, lucky #13 in the series.


Microsoft’s Seadragon and Photosynth demo

This demo at “TED”, where ideas are shared, shows off a couple of Microsoft’s latest acquisitions and how cool they can be.  It’s about 9 minutes long, but very worthwhile, even if you’re not as geeky as me.   I first saw it over at Ren’s Journal and have seen it a couple of times since then.  First piece is about how to view massive amounts of images/data/video/information/books/content in various ways and the second is how software can meld together tons of photos of the same thing but from different perspectives, different resolutions, and come up with a more complete model.  The posting at ted.com explains a little more and actually explained what the foreign language is at the beginning – it’s actually the guy’s name.


Sun becomes a Windows Server 2003 OEM

This is pretty big.  PC Magazine has an article about their increased partnership.  Well, PC Mag started it and it looks like it becomes an eWEEK story.  This surprises me, but it also makes me happy.


Delivery of comics in your email

There are some comics I just love to read.  They include Pearls Before Swine and Dilbert.  Also, I love me some Calvin and Hobbes and Non Sequitur

So I was very happy to find isnoop.net’s Comic Strip Snagger.  You just go online, pick the comics you want and it’ll email them to you daily.  It’ll also set up an RSS feed for your selections so you can read them in a feed reader instead of email if you want.  Very cool concept.  I’m not 100% sure of the technical legality, but I buy these guys’ books all the time, so I feel morally justified.  I have more than 10 Calvin & Hobbes books, more than a dozen Dilbert books (plus the TV series on DVD) and I’ve bought every Pearls Before Swine book that’s been released.

The Comic Strip Snagger even gives you the normal weekly style on weekdays, and the “sunday edition” on Sundays:

isnoop.net comic delivery daily edition  isnoop.net comics email sunday edition

There are other comics I’m sure I’d like, but I find if I have too many in the email, I can’t read them all.  I can read four comics without a problem, but not 20.   I tried it a long time ago with comics.com and I got 16 or 17 comics emailed to me daily.  I ended up avoiding the emails because I knew I’d be a few minutes in reading it, so they’d back up.  It’s hard to catch up on a few days of 16-17 comics, ya know?


Thank you, Akismet.

This week I hit 37,000 spam comments caught by akismet.   WOW.

akismet spam comments


Thank you, Poopy and Cheldork!

This week I hit 45 comments in one day on a post.  WOW.  Who cares if there’s a smidgeon of profanity?  I can always fix that later or claim innocent bystander.

I got 45 comments on one post in one day!  AMAZING!


Disavow?

A friend of mine pointed me to a site where I had downloaded PHProxy, or poxy for short.  The tool is a simple little script that you can load on your webserver, and it will proxy (read: HIDE) where you go.  For example, lets say you want to browse to a site but you don’t want the people who watch your internet traffic to know you browsed that site.  Normally, anyone who owns or manages your internet connection can monitor what you do and where you go.  HTTPS helps hide the content, say, financial information from a bank, but they can still know you went to your bank’s web site even if they don’t know what your account number is or statements look like.

So I loaded PHProxy on one of my domains to test it out and since I’m the one who monitors our company’s internet (or is supposed to; I don’t actively go looking unless asked by HR).  It works very well, I must say.  The traffic between my computer and my mostly-unused domain is encrypted, and then I can browse away to whatever I want, and the “tracks” so to speak are hidden.

That same friend pointed me to the site again this week, and this was there waiting for me (click for larger version):

click for larger version

Now, either he got punked or got busted.  I don’t know how to convert that Arabic or whatever script.  Can someone translate it?

I’m guessing if he didn’t get punked, maybe he lives in the middle east or something.  If the guy is going through turmoil, I send my positive thoughts towards him. 

And what does relinquish all rights really mean?  Can someone else now take it, publish it and make money?

And lo, the people did comment thus:

10 Comments

  1. Avitable says:

    I think he’s relinquishing all rights, so you should take it and make millions.

  2. Cheldear says:

    OMG, I have been looking for a spam filter thingy. I am going to go get it RIGHT now… Sorry I was so mean to you yesterday. But I had fun.

  3. whall says:

    Avi-TAH-blay, I appreciate the encouragement. I think maybe the more sensible approach would be to jump on it, patent it, copyright it, and make it “mine,” while waiting for someone else more technically-capable to make it better, market it, make people interested and then I slap him with lawsuits taking his money.

    I don’t mean to imply that only a male would be able to do this.

    Cheldear, you have been reinstated to Cheldear. And I should mention that Akismet requires obtaining a WordPress API Key and isn’t totally painless of an install, but someone of your technical ability should have no problem with it. And it’s EXTREMELY worth it.

  4. sue says:

    Wow. 45 comments. You ARE a god. (Yeah, I know, most of ’em were the girls chattin’ back and forth, but hey! I’d count ’em too!)

  5. whall says:

    Sue, and I was just talking about you on your blog… Previously, I think my highest number of comments on an entry was me talking to one person, or maybe even just to myself….

  6. Poppy says:

    Wahhhhhhhhhh!!!!, you’re welcome. 🙂 *batting eyelashes*

  7. Poppy says:

    (oh, wait, we’re being nice today?)

    Wayne, you are teh awsum.

  8. Cheldear says:

    Wayne, can you please set it up on my bloggie? You know the pass. You already know how to do it, and I am lazy. I am also swamped in client deliverables, and am depressed about my love life, which warrants someone feeling sorry for me and doing it for me…

    Poopy, no, today we are still being mean to Wahhh, but I need him to do something for me, so I have to be a manipulative woman. 🙂

    Chelle

  9. Cheldear says:

    Oh, can you install the gravatar crap too please?

    Chelle

  10. Cheldear says:

    You’re too slow. I got gravatars working.

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