Saturday, October 31, 2009

Divine Divinity



http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/divine_divinity

Remastered from the original game by the original developers themselves with updated graphics. and its cheap. and its DRM free!

The Gathering Storm

1. robert jordan died.

http://news.slashdot.org/story/07/09/17/0243230/Fantasy-Author-Robert-Jordan-Passes-Away

2. some dude brandon sanderson was chosen by his wife or was it editor, to complete the Wheel Of Time.

http://news.slashdot.org/story/07/12/10/1752244/New-Wheel-of-Time-Author-Chosen

3. The Gathering Storm is out.

http://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/09/10/30/180217/emThe-Gathering-Stormem-Discussion?from=rss

home dark room?

1. coffee (instant? espresso?)
2. vitamin C (will lime/orange juice work?) or vinegar
3. baking soda
4. running water

really ah?

Monday, October 26, 2009

in the end its Subsonic

http://subsonic.sourceforge.net/

its trivial to install, and plug-ins can be added to add video or whatever else support.

and some of the secure stuff i've browsed...

secure communications..openssh

http://sunoano.name/ws/public_xhtml/ssh.html

secure communications...openvpn

http://openvpn.net/

openvpn but more distributed...cloudvpn

http://e-x-a.org/?view=cloudvpn-howto


even more secure communications...frees/wan or ipsec...

http://www.freeswan.org/freeswan_trees/freeswan-2.06/doc/intro.html


distributed secure file sharing...waste

http://wasteagain.sourceforge.net/

more video streaming choices!!!

big.

http://www.wowzamedia.com/

also big.

http://www.umediaserver.net/umediaserver/download.html

small. but with peercasting and swarming!

http://actlabtv.sourceforge.net/technology_guide.htm#alluvium

http://mediablog.sourceforge.net/


for music only...

http://www.vibestreamer.com/documentation.php

and

http://subsonic.sourceforge.net/

and a nice torrent program..

http://bit-torrent.sourceforge.net/

ZINA or EnterMedia?

ZINA?

http://www.pancake.org/zina/install/2


or

EnterMedia?

http://entermediasoftware.com/docs/index.html

entermedia seems more complex to set up. but serves video as well. zina is nice but no video.

and again, why psp/ds?

how about a openpandora, gp2x or dingoo?

http://www.gbax.com/

or a portable sega genesis that takes both original sega carts or sd cards?

http://store.videogamecentral.com/sega-genesis-portable-retrogen.html

or if it doesnt move around...

they seem to be quite interesting! they make the us$199 aa-cell laptop too!

http://www.norhtec.com/products/mcjrdx/index.html

dunno what uses these, but get a itx casing and...

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1003962/via-epia-5000-epia-800

their website is much shinier than the last time i saw it years ago...

http://excito.com/bubba/products/technical-specifications.html

or it could be in the shape of a power-plug/wall-wart! personally i like the tonido plug..

http://computingplugs.com/index.php/Main_Page

more expensive, but you get all the connectors that are actually built into the board. the plugs have all of them but don't use them because of the form-factor..

http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-24-openrd-client-openrd-client-board-with-enclosure.aspx

Sunday, October 25, 2009

OLPC alternatives; or why buy a psp/ds?

us$240. 900mhz loongson..some sort of mandriva

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027IS8AM?ie=UTF8&tag=bradlindsdigi-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0027IS8AM


us$200? 1ghz Xcore86, and uses AA cells! ubuntu based wattOS

http://www.norhtec.com/products/gecko/index.html

something similiar from taiwan. in fact, i saw their stand at computex! they were demo-ing d.i.y. assembly.

http://www.slashgear.com/taiwanese-comptuer-maker-dmp-unviels-100-netbook-0759492/#

us$100. 266mhz some unknown arm..wince

http://www.clonedinchina.com/2009/08/the-worlds-cheapest-netbook-7-lanyu-ebook-only-sells-for-98.html#comment-1211

us$73! 300mhz via vt8500..wince

http://www.clonedinchina.com/2009/10/sungworld-7-inch-noname-netbook-with-factory-price-of-73.html

free mail servers

http://www.hmailserver.com/index.php?page=functionality

its open source. got imap but no webmail. meaning i'll then need to figure out squirrelmail or something like that...

http://www.xmailserver.com/

open source too. apparently almost same functionality as hmail.
http://www.afterlogic.com/products/webmail-lite seems also to be refering to the same thing. has webmail!

http://www.pmail.com/overviews/ovw_winpmail.htm

not open source. but free. think no webmail built in either.

http://www.smartertools.com/SmarterMail/Compare-Mail-Server-Editions.aspx


looks cool. everything in! free version is the same as the enterprise version! free for up to 10 users.

http://www.mailenable.com/standard_edition.asp

free. if u ok with pop and smtp only.

my first mail outing!

ok. i'll admit that i don't know what happens between iis, exchange and sharepoint, thats why i shut it all down...

originally i wanted to just run keriomail and retain iis for webserving. but shutting exchange services seems to do funny things to companyweb management..i think?

anyway, so i shut it all down!

now https://lazylizard.doesntexist.com goes to kerio web mail!

and http://lazylizard.doesntexist.com goes to a abyss hosted page..

very exclusive websites. only available when i'm at suntec. hur hur.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

zetta, mac mini server, crashplan, s60 apps, print-on-demand, tintii, and sunfrost.

huge filesystem with all the connectors we expect! us$1.90/gb!

http://www.zetta.net/innovations.php

mac mini server. essentially buy mac mini free osx server, or buy osx server free mac mini. something like that.

http://www.apple.com/macmini/server/


consider this too(unlimited backup!), if Vembu Home vs Wuala was ever on your mind.

http://www3.crashplan.com/consumer/index.html

top 25 freeware for s60. so they say. no harm taking a look.

http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/features/item/Top_10_Freeware_for_the_Nokia_5800_XpressMusic_and_S60_5th_Edition.php


democratising publishing. self-publishing. print-on-demand. HP is betting on it. Magcloud has been operating for a while already now, and it looks quite glossy.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/174015/hp_bets_on_printondemand_services.html


simple app for tinting(free). photoshop or printshop pro filter available($).

http://www.indii.org/software/tintii/download

sunfrost makes the most amazing refrigerators! but is it worth spending more on a sunfrost? 1kwh costs a mere 25c here.

http://www.sunfrost.com/retail_pricelist.html


the rest of the gang, as rated by energy star...

http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ipv6, teradata express and uploadbooth

is ipv6 finally coming? what actually happens when every little shitty device has its own fixed ip? how will singnet differentiate between home and commercial users?

http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/ipv6-addresses-north-american-isps-are-now-grabbing-them-over-ipv4-582

teradata released a whole bunch of new stuff. this bit is free...

http://www.teradata.com/t/teradata-12.0/

i've been admiring drop.io since they launched. from the time they were a bare-bones 100mb per drop thing to a so-many-connectors-i-can't-count service... these people seem to like drop.io too...

http://uploadbooth.com/

Monday, October 19, 2009

Vembu Home vs. Wuala

http://home.vembu.com/

http://www.wuala.com/

for the record, i use the 1gb free from zumodrive, and gmail drive extension.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

so nice! electronic pop-up books!


http://www.ohgizmo.com/2009/10/18/electronic-popables-will-be-the-next-generation-of-pop-up-books-i-hope/

i'm really quite impressed with VP this season..


http://goonertalk.com/2009/10/17/highlights-arsenal-3-1-birmingham-city/

Friday, October 16, 2009

pliss visit www.drearyweary.com, the comics there are nice

1.i think maybe we need a law that says mines must self de-activate after 2 years of activation or something. maybe we could even make them bio-degradeable.

2. http://beckermanlegal.com/Documents/080729LargeRecordingCompaniesVsTheDefenselessHTMLVERSION.htm

what ray beckerman, who is fighting cases for people sued by the riaa, thinks.

3. http://www.factual.com/t/QG3Gwa/Beer_Qualities

a beer dataset. served by a service which wants to build a public library of datasets.

4. http://www.glasscubes.com/

a free crm, collaboration, project manager..

5. http://shop.thesouthbutt.net/

the northface wanted to sue them. i think the right to parody is enshrined in law.

6. http://w3k.playpark.net/

a new online rpg here. asian game makers are making these things work. the west generally don't get it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Stolen from shyong's facebook post

the return of a king


http://www.caughtoffside.com/2009/10/13/arsenal-star-rosicky-plays-a-blinder-video/

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

booting a physical usb hdd in virtualbox

http://mesbalivernes.blogspot.com/2008/01/virtual-box-booting-from-existing.html

http://blarts.wordpress.com/2007/12/06/how-to-run-virtualbox-using-a-physical-partition-using-ubuntu-feisty-fawn/

http://agnipulse.com/2009/07/boot-your-usb-drive-in-virtualbox/

avere nas, racerunner ssd+dedupe, barracuda+purewire, parallels hypervisor, hyperboot and free compusec

one of the fastest nases ever...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/13/avere_brilliant_benchmark/

ssd with dedupe!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/13/whiptail_hw_ssd_dedupe/

barracuda eats purewire(Security-aaS)

http://mis-asia.com/news/articles/barracuda-gobbles-up-saas-security-start-up-purewire


parallels' new hypervisor, with virtuazzo containers!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/07/parallels_server_bare_metal/

rearranging boot sequences to speed up booting by 1/2

http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/diskeeper-says-new-hyperboot-can-slash-windows-startup-times-in-half-623


along with trucrypt, freeOTFE and diskcryptor, the leading free disk encryption solutions..

http://www.ce-infosys.com/english/downloads/free_compusec/

10/GUI: One Very Slick Desktop Multi-Touch Concept (Video)


http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/10/13/10gui-one-very-slick-desktop-multi-touch-concept-video/

a tit, and a pair of boobies


Monday, October 12, 2009

http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-who-bought-us-government-deb-2009-10

http://xkcd.com/648/





















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my rollei went to the camera hospital to see about the stuck film advance and possibly fix the meter too...

Last goal in a 4-1 win, Carlos Vela.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKrYotRGTjk

fan restored KOTOR II content, big-content, mosix and swarm

This :

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2009/10/after-four-years-volunteers-restore-missing-kotor-ii-data.ars


is, i think, a far better societal outcome than this :

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/10/100-years-of-big-content-fearing-technologyin-its-own-words.ars

2 scaling/parallel-processing projects here...both open source...

http://www.mosix.org/
http://code.google.com/p/swarm-dpl/

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

paypal/SSL vulnerability, DRAM errors, dragntalk and doubletake backup

um, so is it safe to use paypal or indeed, any SSL-ed site now???

http://it.slashdot.org/story/09/10/06/2118211/Null-Prefix-SSL-Certificate-For-PayPal-Released

DRAM errors more common than we believe, says Google.

http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/09/10/06/1732211/Google-Finds-DRAM-Errors-More-Common-Than-Believed


super cool idea. a small little palm sized device instead of connecting cables to a projector.

http://www.dragntalk.com/

replication/cdp aimed at SMEs

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/06/double_take_backup/

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

YouTube - Eason Chan 陳奕迅 明年今日 MV


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEHDOilH9xs

soonish

a ricoh gx

a yashica samurai x3, electro 35 cc and gsn
a rollei 35 led
a xa

a eos 66 with kit lens

a quadruplet of links to The Register; vmware, citrix and ibm

vcenter and Disaster Recovery

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/06/vmware_vcenter_srm4/

citrix XenDesktop4

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/06/citrix_xendesktop_4/

IBM DB2 PureScale???

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/05/ibm_db2_pure_scale/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/05/ibm_connected_svc/

Monday, October 05, 2009

mcafee online backup, opensource BPM, mediatomb, RAmos and Overland

i think it says 'unlimited storage capacity'!

http://home.mcafee.com/Store/package.aspx?pkgid=348&cid=61085

whatever is a BPM?

http://www.bonitasoft.com/

a free upnp server.

http://mediatomb.cc/

these RAmos people have been making some cool looking stuff...

http://www.clonedinchina.com/2009/09/ramos-launched-android-mid-ramos-w7.html

overland has not long more to go?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/05/overland_president_resigns/

Arsenal (6) – Blackburn Rovers (2) – English Premier League – Sunday, October 4, 2009 | Free Soccer Highlights


http://www.freesoccerhighlights.com/soccer/highlights/2009/10/04/arsenal-6-blackburn-rovers-2-english-premier-league-sunday-october-4-2009/

Sport Fans Highlight: Arsenal 6-2 Blackburn Rovers: Fabregas show


http://sportfansvideo.blogspot.com/2009/10/arsenal-6-2-blackburn-rovers-fabregas.html

The Fishing Licence - Photography Forum

A couple of young boys were fishing at their special pond off the beaten track. All of a sudden, the Game Warden jumped out of the bushes. Immediately, one of the boys threw his rod down and started running through the woods like a bat out of hell. The Game Warden was hot on his heels. After about a half mile, the young man stopped and stooped over with his hands on his thighs to catch his breath, so the Game Warden finally caught up to him. \"Let\'s see yer fishin\' license, Boy!\" the Warden gasped. With that, the boy pulled out his wallet and gave the Game Warden a valid fishing license. \"Well, son,\" said the Game Warden, \"you must be about as dumb as a box of rocks! You don\'t have to run from me if you have a valid license!\" \"Yes, sir,\" replied the young guy, \"but my friend back there, well, he don\'t have one.\"




http://www.photography-forum.org/showthread.php?t=36830

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Cassano to be rewarded for new approach? - FIFA World Cup 2010 - ESPN Soccernet

'The problem is that we live in a culture obsessed with success. We fool ourselves into thinking we have to do our best and make sacrifices to succeed. But why? Trophies come and go. Once you've retired, it will all be gone, they'll just be numbers in an almanac. And, except for [Diego] Maradona and Pelé and maybe a couple of others, nobody will remember you or what you\'ve won. What is truly important is being happy now. I know I haven\'t given 100% physically or mentally to this game. At best, I gave 50%. Maybe a tiny bit more in the good years. But so what? Thanks to my talent, I live like a king, I play football and I have a great time. If I had wanted to give 100%, I would have stayed at Real Madrid, sacrificed lots of things, done my very best and I probably would have succeeded. Instead, I\'m here at Sampdoria and I love it.'




http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=681212&root=worldcup2010&cc=4716

bittorrent secure file transfers? bittorrent augmented ftp? bittorrent load balanced replication?

waste

http://waste.sourceforge.net/index.php

distributstream or pdtp

http://distribustream.org/about

someone else..

http://www.jeff-barr.com/?p=254

Saturday, October 03, 2009

china's economic recovery, obama the liar and small business lending in usa

1. increasing car sales without petrol sales increases. increasing industrial output without electricity consumption increases. increasing lending without increasing bad loans. what to make of it?

PAUL KEDROSKY: The Chinese economy is cheerfully mad. Consider some of these econo-nuggets: New brokerage accounts are soaring, with more brokerage accounts in China than there are members of the Communist Party. Chinese car sales passed the U.S. in the first half of 2009. Beijing alone sees 1,200 new cars a day on the roads. Lending is also doing an up-and-to-the-right hockey-stick -- new lending by Chinese banks has tripled in the last year. And the country's GDP is forecast to rise a whopping 9 percent in the current year, and 10 percent the year after.

Under the surface, however, things are even stranger. For example, despite the tripling in Chinese bank loans, government data shows non-performing loans declining. While that's possible, I suppose, it would be highly unusual for more lending to be safer than less.

Similarly, despite a big uptick in manufacturing, usage of gasoline has declined almost 8 percent in the last year. The two indicators had moved together until December of last year, but now they don't. How do you run an economy without gas? Cold fusion? And then there is how Chinese industrial activity has risen this year, but electrical usage in China has declined. How does that work?

China's economic data and China's economy are weirdly out of sync, a little like the way Bernie Madoff's claimed trades never really matched up with the ticker. Now, I'm not saying that China's economic resurgence is a fraud. It isn't. Even if it has more to do with government spending than people spending.

So, what is going on here? My guess is that it has to do with the awfulness of Chinese economic statistics in general, but that's just a guess. It could be that they're made-up numbers, or that massive state intervention has created the first economy in history where growth and energy usage periodically decouple. No one knows for sure, but China's is the most important economy in the world, so you would think more investors would care that its numbers don't add up.


2. The bush admin tortured innocent people. Obama says he thinks bush is wrong and will change that, but is doing exactly what bush had been doing.

Judge Kollar-Kotelly's ruling will, hopefully, be recalled in years to come as one of the most significant examples of a judge attempting to redress some of the most egregious injustices perpetrated in Guantánamo's long, dark history. The shocking sub-text to this story is that al-Rabiah is not the only prisoner to have been brutalized into making false confessions, and then being required to repeat them. Ahmed al-Darbi, a Saudi put forward for a trial by Military Commission, made similar claims in a statement posted here, and, as I mentioned above, it is also clear that SERE-derived "enhanced interrogation techniques" were applied to at least 100 prisoners in Guantánamo between 2002 and 2004, above and beyond those like Mohammed al-Qahtani and Mohamedou Ould Slahi, whose stories are well-known. Many of these men - all the Europeans, other Arabs who had the misfortune to speak good English or to have visited the United States - have been released, their false confessions (like those made by the "Tipton Three" after months of abuse, before their lawyers proved one of them was working in a shop in England when he was supposedly videotaped at a training camp) filed away, used to justify their lifelong label as "enemy combatants," but not leading, as with Fouad al-Rabiah, to a court appearance where the supposed evidence will ever be tested.

Al-Rabiah was fortunate to meet a judge with an inquiring and diligent mind, and an acute awareness of the many problems with the gathering and interpretation of information at Guantánamo, but others have not yet had an opportunity to do the same, and although further habeas petitions are forthcoming, and others are scheduled to face either trials by Military Commission or federal court trials, where similar patterns of false allegations followed by torture and false confessions may be detected, it troubles me that the 50 or so prisoners identified by officials last week as being candidates for indefinite detention - described by the New York Times as those who "are a continuing danger to national security but who cannot be brought to trial for various reasons, like evidence tainted by harsh interrogations" - may also have been caught up in a cynical cycle of false allegations, torture and false confessions.

As David Cynamon, one of Fouad al-Rabiah's attorneys, explained to me in an email exchange:

To date, the debate about torture in the US has been skewed by the fact that the admitted victims of torture are also admitted al-Qaeda leaders, like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. This gives the Cheneys and Wall Street Journal types the argument that torture was justified to get valuable information from these hardened terrorists. I know this argument is wrong, but it's being made, with some effect. But what happens when you declare the Geneva Conventions "quaint," and lift all limits, is that pretty quickly the abusive interrogation techniques are not being limited to the KSMs but are being applied to innocent prisoners like Fouad al-Rabiah, who have no valuable intelligence because they have no connection with al-Qaeda or the Taliban. Instead, they are tortured in support of a cynical and misguided dictum that there can be no innocent men in Guantánamo.

It is hard to believe that the US could ever have sunk so low. And that the new Administration is keeping us down there. The Obama Department of Justice, with Attorney General Holder piously proclaiming that this Administration repudiates torture, and follows the rule of law, in fact is following the Bush playbook to the letter. In this case, the DoJ defended the abusive and coercive interrogation techniques used against Fouad. Thank God, though, that we have an independent judiciary. The importance of the writ of habeas corpus and independent judges has never been more clear.


3. CIT is going to go bust soon. Its a huge lender to SMEs in USA.


Whatever the outcome, it’s clear that CIT doesn’t have the financial muscle to protect all parties involved.

For equity holders, any further financing efforts are likely to leave them holding the bag, since they are at the bottom of the heap in terms of having any claims on the firm’s assets. Holders of debt maturing later than next year look likely to experience some sort of default.

Most worryingly of all, for small businesses there really aren’t many other places they can go to get the kind of financing that CIT provides them with right now:

“Large banks, who have been able to find their way back from the abyss, are not making these loans, and the regulators on the ground are telling them not to make these kinds of loans. It is not the best use of their capital. They are high risk. They are small. It takes a lot of energy. And our smaller regional and community banks are on the cusp of failure,” said Lynn Tilton, chief executive of distressed investment firm Patriarch Partners said on Tuesday at the Reuters Restructuring Summit.


a few thoughts about arsenal thus far..

fab, rosicky, arshavin, gallas, vermaelen, sagna and eduardo are completed players. they wont change anymore.

clichy and denilson probably wont change their style of play anymore, but can further improve what they are currently doing.

whats interesting is that i think we are waiting for van persie, song and maybe diaby and eboue to figure out how to play.

what i mean is, the first group has already settled on how they're going to play. they wont have new moves or new tricks anymore. and they probably wont get much better than what they have shown before(with the exception of maybe fab). for example, i would speculate that sagna will not be able to cross accurately(a la beckham) to become an offensive threat, even if we gave him another 5 years; at the same time, he is already as good a right back as you can find, he wont grow taller, run faster or jump higher than he already can.

as for the second group, they've already found the way they play, but they can improve the exceution. in clichy's case, its how to play the whole match instead of playing just the first 80 minutes, and how to pay more attention when passing so that he doesnt lose the ball so often - ok, so his is a problem of concentration. and for denilson, its probably physical - more fitness, more pace, more strength, so that he can cover more ground and cover it faster, and when he puts in the tackle, it has a higher likelihood of relieving the opponent of the ball. my thinking is that clichy, like sagna, wont be able to dramatically improve the quality of his crosses or passes, nor will denilson suddenly be able to pass through-balls like fab - he simply doesnt have that kind of control and vision, his strengths are elsewhere.

as for the last group, i think they are still trying to find their style of play. van persie has tremendous technique, but he hasnt figured out yet how to best make use of that. where to run? how to run? what tricks to use to get past the opponent? when to pass? when to shoot? aim where when shooting? curl or straight? power or placement? he has figured them out in a few situations - you can see that in his goals against fulham and even olympiakos, but its still only a few situations. similiarly song and eboue and diaby. if song could read the game like denilson(or if denilson were as big as song), he would be 10 times the player he is now. better yet diaby and eboue, since each of them has more pace than song and denilson put together.

i think wenger is relying on his first group of players to bring his learners into play, to guide them and show them the ropes. there is so much quality in them put together that when it clicks together, its a sure goal, and a football match is a low scoring affair. so when fab can find van persie or when eduardo squares the ball and van persie is at the end of it, its a goal. the key is for van persie and gang to figure out how to make that a more common occurence. meanwhile, sagna, vermaelen and gallas do their bit to keep out the opponents, waiting for denilson and clichy to catch up with them.

finally, the player who interests me most is vela. he , when he plays for arsenal in the league cup or for mexico, shows that he know where to run, how to run, when to pass, what kind of pass and more..the most impressive of his skills is the finishing - lob? place? power? curl? he has them all and almost always picks the most apt method. but why when we place him in the first team, he is simply quiet? is it that he is not used to the pace and physicality or epl soccer? are the internationals slower and less physical? are league cup opponents so lacking in reading that they can't get close to him even if they wanted? is he going to the gym regularly? will playing him more often get him to improve his game under physical pressure?

zmanda and xiotech

zmanda : looks a zillion times more friendly than amanda..

http://www.zmanda.com/

xiotech not doing so well...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/10/02/xiotech_changes_ceo/

Friday, October 02, 2009