Category Archive for 'computers'


Monday, November 15th, 2010

We had something of a wind storm this evening. Apparently thousands of people in the Seattle area lost power as a result. The power was flickering at my house for an hour, just before the hail started. Fun stuff. I shut down my computers for about an hour. [...]

Playing With a New Toy

Monday, June 7th, 2010

I’ve been spending the evening playing with my new toy, a Wouxun KG-UVD1P dual band VHF/UHF radio. The radio is capable of being programmed for nearly any service between 136 and 520 Mhz, but I bought it to use in the amateur radio 2 meter and 70 cm bands.
You [...]

Become a Political Study Subject

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

I received an email from a graduate student at New York University asking me to post a link to a political survey. The research seem legit, and is being overseen by a well-established Professor at NYU.
So…help a graduate student out by taking the survey.
(Disclaimer…aside from the email, I have no connection whatsoever [...]

French Fears

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

The French see a threat from CIA spying.

BlackBerry handhelds have been called addictive, invasive, wonderful — and now, a threat to French state secrets.
That, at least, is the fear of French government defense experts, who have advised against their use by officials in France’s corridors of power, reportedly to avoid snooping by U.S. [...]

Search the DOJ Documents

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Kos diarist mwmwm has OCRed over 1900 Department of Justice pages released by the House Judiciary Committee on April 13, 26, and 27.
He then built this engine to search the text of documents.
Cool stuff!

Animation Silliness

Saturday, May 20th, 2006

Yesterday I purchased a copy of Macromedia’s Flash Professional 8. After spending a couple of hours playing around with it last night, I decided to tackle a real animation today.
Remember Nathanatos, the person who occasionally posts here? Well, I created an introductory animation for him.

Spying on the NSA

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

Have you ever played with Google Earth? It is an impressive synthesis of geographic information of all types superimposed on aerial photography with 3D terrain mapping thrown in for good measure. In urban areas like Seattle, the detail in the photographic images is stunning. You can nearly make out brands of [...]

Taking a Byte Out of Crime, Google Style

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

There are plenty of people who get paid to surf the internet—some are even government employees. The Oregonian tells the tale of how U.S. marshals tracked down a fugitive from Oregon last year by searching on Google. Gregory Sperow was a fugitive for eight years stemming from charges of dealing drugs and manufacturing [...]

“Sexing Up” Islamic Education

Friday, September 16th, 2005

The Seattle Times carries the story of how The Islamic School of Seattle was listed on a U.S. government web site. The Department of Education has a web site where you can search for public and private schools across the country. Until last Wednesday The Islamic School of Seattle was listed as
The [...]

Judge Rules in Favor of Microsoft or Google

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

King County Superior Court Judge Steven Gonzalez released his opinion yesterday lifting a temporary restraining order against Google. Kai-Fu Lee, a former Microsoft employee in China, can work for Google for now:

Microsoft has not sufficiently shown that it has a clear legal or equitable right to enjoin Dr. Lee, pending trial, from establishing and [...]

Microsoft “will Kill Google”

Monday, September 5th, 2005

It sounds like a temper tantrum from an angry adolescent whose body has outgrown his brain. The topic of the tantrum was Google CEO Eric Schmidt. The tantrum was had by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who supposedly screamed, “I’m going to fucking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do [...]

Hominid Views Disaster Recovery

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Sunday night I posted an entry titled I Hope You Can Read This pointing out that the server this blog resides on is located in downtown New Orleans. The hosting service is called According to their web site:
Zipa’s facilities include a 6,600-square-foot Tier 1 datacenter, formerly owned by Enron Broadband. The facility [...]

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