Aehso's OutputCool! Yahoo! Greasmonkey! Script! (9.12.2005, 11:23 UTC)
Via the Yahoo! Search Blog, a very useful GreaseMonkey script that pops up a Yahoo search button under your mouse whenever you highlight text in your Firefox browser. And not a privacy invading toolbar in sight.
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Aehso's OutputGoogle News Tip: Create your own sections (7.12.2005, 09:32 UTC)
I was getting a bit tired of the US-centric news at the top of the Irish Google News page when I just noticed it is easy to add your own sections to the Google News page. To do this: Click Personalize this Page (top right) Click “Add a custom section” Choose the keywords you want Google use when searching for news for this section. Choose carefully e.g. “Ireland Dublin” gives me news stories related to our beloved country and capital city. You can also use the...
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Aehso's OutputHumanity’s Ecological Footprint. (6.12.2005, 14:36 UTC)
An old entry in Shifting Baselines blog has two rather disturbing graphs, taken from the WWF Living Planet Report 2004. Here’s one of them: . Now I’m no ecologist so I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the figures in this report but I figured that the sickening sensation it induces makes it is important enough to stick in front of a few more eyeballs.
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Aehso's OutputFinancial product quick reference sheets (6.12.2005, 11:16 UTC)
The recent launch of callcosts.ie by ComReg shows that occasionally our government produces reference material that is immediately useful. Some other immediately useful quick reference sheets, curtesy of the Financial Regulator: Credit Card Cost Survey. Forget complicated measurements like APRs, this reference uses a simple example: a consumer who owes €4,000 on his card pays off only the minimum payment each month, misses the due date on three occasions, charged one unpaid item fee whe...
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Aehso's OutputNow you need a billion to make the list. (5.12.2005, 13:45 UTC)
When growing up, the status of millionare seemed to signify membership of an elite list of the richest people in the world. (Yes, I was a naieve country boy and no I’m not that old). Now, it would seem you need more than a billion to join an elite list. There are 691 members in 2005, up from 587 in 2004 so 2005 was a good year for the super-rich. There are now 3 “Irish” billionares - John Dorrance, Tony O’Reilly and Sean Quinn.
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Aehso's OutputFree Google lunch game. (30.11.2005, 11:15 UTC)
Google do free lunches for their staff, and allegedly some Yahoo! staff have been taking the piss. On a slightly related note, I’ve noticed that fuckedgoogle.com seems to have disappeared - well the domain is there but the content is gone. They had been making allegations of click-fraud and then “poof!”.
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Aehso's OutputGoogle have some competition - Doogle.org. (25.11.2005, 12:11 UTC)
Doogle.org, a simple but excellent tech-parody of our Google overlords. Try a search and see echos of Father Jack magically appear in your query… (From the kids at the much-more-serious DSG at TCD no less.)
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Aehso's OutputComReg forces Eircom to calculate wholesale bitstream rates from their retial product prices. (25.11.2005, 10:39 UTC)
ComReg have determined a formula for the price that Eircom charge other licensed operators (like UTVinternet, BT) for their wholesale bistream product - the formula links the wholesale price to Eircom’s retail broadband product prices. The intent is to stop Eircom from reducing the cost and increasing the speed of their retail broadband offerings while maintaining a static price for their wholesale bitstream product, thereby undercutting their customers/rivals based on cost/performance. ...
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Aehso's OutputWorst case of booze fuelled sleepwalking ever. (21.11.2005, 13:56 UTC)
A French woman nearly disappeared in a real cloud of smoke when she tried to open the door of an airliner so she could pop out for a mid-flight fag. Read the rest here…
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Aehso's OutputForgent JPEG patent challenged by the Public Patent Foundation. (19.11.2005, 12:41 UTC)
The Forgent JPEG patent I blogged about before is being challenged by the Public Patent Foundation. If you want to see what type of company Forgent really are, all you have to do is go to their home page - 6 of their 7 last press releases relate to this JPEG patent. Obviously not much software development or innovation going on there then. Ars Technica are carrying a good write up on what is happening.
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Aehso's OutputSaving Europe from Software Patents seminar - quick summary. (18.11.2005, 15:13 UTC)
Just back from the Saving Europe from Software Patents: Why and How seminar, held in the European Parliament Office in Dublin this morning. I thought I’d give you all a quick report. Ciaran O’Riordan’s summary of what happened in Brussels when the CCID was being debated was interesting. He talked mostly of how little MEPs understand about both software and patenting in general. it would appear they spent a significant amount of their time explaining what the directive me...
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Aehso's OutputSony, it’s your intellectual property but it’s not your computer. (17.11.2005, 13:30 UTC)
[Update: It just gets worse and worse for Sony/F4I - now they’ve found GPL (not LGPL) code in the rootkit] Credit where credit is due, this post’s title was taken from a comment made by Stewart Baker, recently appointed by President Bush as the Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for policy. (I’m not sure about his insinuations that this might make a bird flu pandemic worse but that’s another discussion). This statement sums up many peoples sent...
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Aehso's OutputEclipse Plugin OSGi Developer Tips (15.11.2005, 14:49 UTC)
Since the introduction of the new OSGi core in Eclipse 3.0 I’ve noticed a couple of quirks that manifest themselves when I am developing and testing plugins via a runtime workbench. A couple of days ago I ended up summarizing some tips in an email to a friend but I think they’ll be useful to others too so here you all go: While working on plugin source code, do not leave old binary builds of the plugins that you are working into the Eclipse installation’s plugins/ folder. ...
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Aehso's OutputIrish Broadband to roll out WiMAX networks for Intel. (14.11.2005, 11:13 UTC)
This is an interesting development. Irish broadband (in cahoots with Intel) are going to roll out WiMAX networks in Athlone, Arklow, Carlow, Cork, Dublin, Ennis, Galway, Kilkenny, Killaloe, Letterkenny, Limerick, Newbridge, Portlaoise and Wexford.
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Aehso's OutputDivorce by MMORPG. (11.11.2005, 17:21 UTC)
A sad collection of letters from partners of MMORPG addicts. Some of the behavior described is disturbing to say the least: I am sitting here with tears running down my face. I have just printed the basic papers required to file for divorce. Divorce, my 2nd. First from an abusive raging alcoholic. 2nd? From a once incredibly sweet, kind loving devoted husband who now spends every waking minute playing EQ. I try to think back on when it all went wrong… 2 years ago? 3 years ago? Probabl...
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Aehso's OutputSpyware? I’m not afraid. (11.11.2005, 15:39 UTC)
Continuing my little I-Hate-Windows rant from the other day, isn’t this little button on Microsoft’s website cute? The target page has a reassuring picture of a girl in medieval armour looking mean. I found that gem via a MS security update page - one of the 2003 servers here in work decided it needed to be updated but didn’t know how to do it itself. Dumb-ass OS. That lead me to some interesting instructions from MS on how to determine if you have any anti-spyware produ...
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Aehso's OutputExperience with some Principles for Building an Internet-Scale Reliable System (10.11.2005, 11:34 UTC)
For distributed system engineers only, three Akamai engineers have submitted a very interesting paper to the World ‘05 Second Workshop on Real, Large Distributed Systems. You don’t have to be building a large distributed system for many of the principles they employ to apply though - their approach addresses a couple (but not all) of the Eight Fallacies of Distributed Computing. They do employ some very simple but effective tricks to increase availability - reducing the TTL of just...
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Aehso's OutputWindows sucks because it can’t do simple things. (9.11.2005, 14:39 UTC)
So I’ve got to use Windows XP in work and it’s driving me particularly nuts today. 5 minutes ago, I right-clicked on a shortcut on my desktop and deleted it. Or rather I asked XP to delete it. 5 minutes later, XP is still thinking about doing it: I was deleting that shortcut because I spent the morning installing anti-spyware/anti-adware software - my laptop has recently started behaving like a i386 running Windows NT. But it does all beg the obvious question - what the hell i...
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Aehso's OutputKansas school board redefines science, will schools teach of the Flying Spaghetti Monster? (9.11.2005, 14:09 UTC)
So the Kansas school board have decided they need to redefine science in order to change their science curriculum to encompass intelligent design. Needless to say, Scientific American are unimpressed: […] the Board of Education went as far as to redefine what science is: it’s no longer just a search for natural explanations for natural phenomena. Now it’s a search for… well, that’s a bit hard to say. Any sort of explanation, apparently. Pixies, ghosts, telekines...
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Aehso's OutputVodafone Ireland have no plans to launch the Sony Ericsson w900i (7.11.2005, 11:11 UTC)
The one geek present I was dropping serious hints about wanting for Christmas, and now Vodafone tell me via email (yes, I want one that much) We have no plans to launch this handset on our network in the near future. However you can check with us again after Christmas and we may have more updated information. I can just hear the smart tone of the Vodafone rep in the way that was written. Oh decisions, decisions. I’m now tempted to turn my interest to the Nokia 770 tablet finally rel...
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Aehso's OutputProducing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project (4.11.2005, 10:08 UTC)
Karl Fogel has released his book Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project (Karl is the guy behind Subversion at CollabNet by the way). Of course he can’t write a book about free software and not give the book away for free so there are links to free PDF/HTML copies of the book on the page above . Most chapters in the book are equally relevant to running a commercial engineering group that produces commercial software so don’t let the OSS tag sca...
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Aehso's OutputSony’s DRM can be (ab)used to hide anything on your PC. (3.11.2005, 18:54 UTC)
Which would you prefer - a PC without a place for viruses to hide or one that you can listen to your favourite Faithless CD on? The Register have an excellent summary of the current news that Sony think it is acceptable to compromise your PC in order to make sure you don’t do any more than play one of their CDs. Meanwhile, the (ab)uses of Sony’s DRM rootkit have begun already, just wait until the virus writers get busy (virus scanners cannot see these $sys$… files). So, t...
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Aehso's OutputDave Chappel’s Opinari #14: The Case Against BPEL (3.11.2005, 14:10 UTC)
There seems to be a bit of a fuss about BPEL in the past week that seem to be derived from Dave Chappel’s piece The Case Against BPEL: Why the Language is Less Important Than You Think I agree with most of Dave’s assesment of BPEL but in several instances he argues that BPEL is deficient in some manner because he wants it to do things that a process definition language has no business doing. Rightly enough he starts off by defining the language’s goal: the language’s g...
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Aehso's OutputRonaldinho’s new boots (Nike viral). (3.11.2005, 10:03 UTC)
This can’t be real but it’s worth watching anyway - a handheld video of Ronaldinho trying out a new pair of boots If you don’t know who Ronaldinho is, errrr, I could link to a Wikipedia article on him but really, you’d have to watch him play for Barcelona.
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Aehso's OutputStructure 101 (28.10.2005, 17:23 UTC)
I got a note from a old colleague at Headway Software - they’ve got their new Structure101 tool out on beta and it’s looking very good. Identifying excess structural dependencies in code is nigh on impossible without top down analysis tools like this and any tool that can identify “fat” and “tangled” code gets my vote. Anyone interested in modular java programming should check it out - they’ve put some 2-minute web demos if you want the quick intro.
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Aehso's OutputEclipse OSGI core CLI (28.10.2005, 17:20 UTC)
With the release Eclipse 3.0, the Eclipse platform migrated the core runtime onto a new OSGI R3 implementation as the basis for its whole plugin framework. The OSGI implementation provides all the low level bootstrapping, plugin classpath management, dependency resolution, APIs exposure control and and whole host of other (currently underutilized) facilities. Eclipse users havn’t noticed the change since it’s all under the hood but Eclipse plugin developers have noticed as the plug...
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Aehso's OutputA joystick that controls people (27.10.2005, 13:22 UTC)
Wow of the day (and proof that the Japanese are really on a different plane to us Irish). Apparently, NTT (Japan’s main telephone company) has created a remote prototype that can control people. An interesting quote from a “user”: I felt a mysterious, irresistible urge to start walking to the right whenever the researcher turned the switch to the right. I was convinced — mistakenly — that this was the only way to maintain my balance. The phenomenon is painless ...
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Aehso's OutputEclipse Platform: Strict Plugin Versioning to be enforced in E3.2 (24.10.2005, 17:22 UTC)
It would appear that the Eclipse Platform, or actually the new-ish Equinox (OSGI runtime) project have finally decided to eat their own dog food and address “the poor practice of not versioning Eclipse“) for their 3.2 release. If you are skimming, comment #50 is the most important response I think - also #25, #27, #30, #32, #40 are good contributions. They have published a versioning best practices document that is incredibly complicated but (given the length of the bugzilla thr...
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Aehso's OutputDevolution Guinness advertisement (24.10.2005, 10:45 UTC)
Via BoingBoing, I havn’t seen it yet on Irish TV but here is another classic advertisement from Guinness. I’m not sure how well it would go down in some places though - some might prefer if giant hands poked through the clouds and dropped fully formed men (and women!) onto the earth.
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Aehso's OutputBlu-ray requires a JVM, Microsoft don’t do JVMs (21.10.2005, 13:59 UTC)
Engadget have a great page on the ongoing Blu-ray vs HD DVD battlethat seems to have reached a critical point. Microsoft’s public statement, in support of HD DVD, cites Blu-ray’s lack of support for managed copy and HD DVD’s better backward compatibility as the reason they are supporting HD DVD. Both of these claims look shallow. Backward compatibility could easily be achieved if the drives add a second (red) laser and optical pickup - dirt cheap to do. Managed copy ca...
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