Joe Job?

March 31, 2004, 4:53 a.m.

Looks like there are some large scale joe-job attacks going around. I get so many spam emails from addresses that are so obviously faked. It's inconcievable to think that owners of some of these adresses would resort to spamming.In the strictest sense a joe job is to 'forge' an email so that all the ...

Google Changes again and price increases

March 29, 2004, 8:25 p.m.

Google has made a change to the appearence of their site after a long long time. They have also 'officially' released froogle. Not all improvements are for the better. The other day I wrote about howGoogle is playing into the hands of SEOs.Googles algorthimic and other changes are supposedly for the ...

Voice Recognition and Dictation

March 29, 2004, 1:39 a.m.

The IBM websphere voice tool kit looks pretty good for voice recognition. Though their documentation speaks mainly about voicexml the download also includes a java speech implementation. Unfortunately the software insists on jre 1.3x and refuses to start up if you have a more recent version.The soft ...

Google encourages SEOs

March 27, 2004, 8:44 p.m.

Googles recent antics - that of changing the index or the algorithm every few hours is playing right into the hands of Search Engine Optmizier or Search Engine Marketers are they call themselvs.The reason is that with so the index changing so often it has become nearly impossible to achieve a reas ...

Eth0 and ppp0

March 26, 2004, 8:36 p.m.

I didn't have a network at home and thought it was about time I set one up. So I pluged in a realtec card, plugged in a hub and was really amazed at how easy the basic set up was. The system was attempting to lull me into a false sense of security so that i am unprepared for the next blow.I connect ...

Speech recognition with OCVolume

March 26, 2004, 4:32 a.m.

Downloaded a software called OCVolume - a voice recognition software. Before you can use you need to train it - which is the norm for most voice recognition software.However the training program starts off on the wrong foot by giving the following pair of errorsSOUND_PCM_READ_CHANNELS: Invalid argu ...

Voice

March 24, 2004, 7:57 p.m.

Been playing around with speech synthesis and voice recognition. This is a new area for me and still haven't caught up with all the reading that I have to do.The toolkits and APIs out there look very impressive particularly the ones by IBM and Free TTS. Unfortunately Free TTS does not have voice rec ...

Web Cams

March 23, 2004, 11:46 p.m.

When will manufacturers break away from the dark lord at M$. When I buy my own hardware I make absolutely sure that it's supported on linux. Being a geek I sometimes get 'gadgets' as presents. Three months ago I recieved a very expensive web camera as a birthday present.This creative camera unfortun ...

J2ME pitfalls

March 23, 2004, 9:21 a.m.

I wrote the other day about how the java 2 collections has been done away with in favour of vector and hashmap etc in J2ME.Unfortunately the Vector class you find in J2ME is not the same as what you get in J2SE, it's incomphrehensible why they might have wanted to change that.Despite these issues J2 ...

Card Designer

March 22, 2004, 6:11 a.m.

Our Card designer applet is finaly ready to hit the market. It is now more than 6 months after the scheduled date but as they say it's better late than never.At the start we didn't plan to sell the card designer as a separate product but we ran into a few customers who already had some sort of web ...

Titles in Movable type

March 22, 2004, 4:18 a.m.

Just made a post about megaupload, I wanted the title to be clickable so I placed them within an html anchor tag. Unfortunately this has a side effect of making the pages title (what's displaed with in the <title> tag) to show up as <a>mega upload</a>I am sure there is a way around ...

Penny pinching

March 21, 2004, 8:58 p.m.

Have you ever gone over your coding changing i += 1 to i++ Lots of people do. In some languages like PHP there are heaps of other things that you can do to shave off a few millisecods from script execution time. Changing double quotes to single quotes, tweaking your includes figure among the most ...

It aint no silver bullet

March 21, 2004, 10:03 a.m.

Rad Upload certainly makes it easier for the end users of a website to upload files to it. Unfortunately many web app developers who are not familiar with the whole business of file uploading seem to think of it as a silver bullet.It certainly will make the whole business of file uploading painless ...

jarsigner

March 20, 2004, 3:41 a.m.

Anyone who has worked with Signed java applets would have been shocked the first time they used the jarsigner. This very sophisticated software which is at the heart of java securty displayes your password as you type it.Just out of curiosity I decided to see if it will accept piped input as the pas ...

Mega Upload

March 19, 2004, 10:14 p.m.

Mega upload is back at the top of sourceforge. The statics page atsourceforge has been messed for quite some time but it looks like they have finally started to update it. The latest stats available are from early March. According to those statsmega upload is again in the top percentile. The retur ...

The Sinclair ZX spectrum

March 18, 2004, 9:51 p.m.

The Sinclair Spectrum was my first computer about 17 years ago. I was twelve years old at the time. In 1987 it was extremly unusual for a 12 year old to have a computer but my farther was a programmer at the time and he made sure I had a head start.The spectrum was a wondefull thing, permanent stor ...

Greymatter

March 17, 2004, 11:21 p.m.

I have been playing around with greymatter for a while now and have finally decided to give up on it.My plan was to import all the entries for my other web log into a greymatter powered system. That way I get to study two systems concurrently. Unfortunately greymatter does not have an import feature ...

CPU toast

March 17, 2004, 9:07 p.m. toast

Just a day after thinking of getting a new machine I had my computer die on me as I was working on it. Thankfully I wasn't doing anything critically important at the time and didn't suffer any data loss.I quickly unplugged the machine and found the processor heat sink to be too hot to touch. The com ...

Pagerank calculation - at last

March 16, 2004, 9:32 p.m.

After nearly eight weeks google seems to have recalculated the pagerank for many sites. However it seems that new pages created after mid february have not been assigned a page rank. So that calculations are still slightly out of date.The good news for me is that both this site and radinks.com now h ...

32 or 64 bit CPU?

March 16, 2004, 9:04 p.m.

I need to setup a new machine. I never by branded computers because I enjoy assembling and installing linux on my own. Unfortunately when using linux it's not always a good idea to go for the latests in hardware. The reason being that most of the device drivers are created by independent software d ...

Javascript upload

March 16, 2004, 10:19 a.m.

Another frequently asked question in many a newsgroup or mailing list is "how do I upload files with javascript?" The answer is there isn't a straight forward way of doing it.Why didn't I just say you can't do it? well nothing is impossible for a good programmer. For example before we came out with ...

Daily Spidering

March 15, 2004, 9:45 p.m.

A well designed spider will hit urls that are regularly updated more often than those URLs that are infrequently updated.In recent weeks I have noticed that google seems to be spidering some parts of my website on a daily basis. These pages have not been updated and I do not send a modified by head ...

Support

March 15, 2004, 9:56 a.m.

Do you like those 'support ticket' systems most companies use? Systems where you can't just write into support but have to visit their websites and make a request after a loggin in and navigating through a complex menu system?I certainly don't and that's why we don't use such a system at Rad Inks. W ...

Grey Matter

March 14, 2004, 10:41 a.m.

My quest for identifying the best web log software continues.. Right now I am looking atGrey Matter,(my blog is powered by Movable type at the moment).Grey matter is a very small download which I like. At Rad Inks we have a strong aversion to bloatware and highly appreciate tightly coded application ...

The Java Help System

March 14, 2004, 9:41 a.m.

You came here probably because you are a software or web developer, you would know how to use an FTP software.Both SFTP Applet and FTP applet seem to attract a large percentage of users unfamiliar with the File Transfer Protocol. Or how to use a File Transfer Program.Why is that? because we get a lo ...