20. February 2006
Now, I usually always forget to backup something - especially when I format my machines. Yes, I know, the usual mantra of IT Consultants etc is to 'backup, backup, backup'. But how many of actually practice that? For one thing, it's just too damn time consuming. Anyone, I've just been poking through the Program Files for Trillian - looking for a way to move my (neatly organised) contact list from my desktop onto my laptop (where it's still a mess). And I've come across an XML file in C:\Program Files (x86)\Trillian\users\default\; buddies.xml to be precise :) For those of you that do not know what Trillian is, I strongly suggest you go and have a look at their website - www.trillian.cc.
18. February 2006
I've just found an old petrol receipt - dated 16 Sep 2002. Can you believe it, unleaded was only 65.9p a litre ....
13. February 2006
Sophos Plc reports that a 20-year Californian kid has been collared for releasing a bug that has managed to infect a hospital full of computers - and caused massive downtime (and probably risking patients lives). However, reading through the article they put all the blame on the kid - who at the end of the day, could be just a script kiddie - nothing more. I'd be more concerned with the Hospital.
- They were running Windows machines, exposed (poor AV, poor spam filters, missing Critical Security Patches, etc)
- They didn't have their critical systems internally segregated - usually a split subnet, with a filtering firewall in between works wonders
- Where's their IT Policy? In all probability, someone opened the first email ...
12. February 2006
After encountering problems with my current installation of Mono, I decided it was time to do an update. So after duely removing the old modules, I dropped into the Mono Project website and downloaded the latest rpms. After unpacking, I issued the usual rpm -Uv *, and hit a small snag. I was missing a dependancy - sqlite. For those who are looking for it, you can grab it from here. After installing this, the installation went smoothly :) If, like me, you want to enable support for .aspx pages, you need to checkout the mod_mono documentation on enabling it in Apache.
12. February 2006
General , Programming
9. February 2006
There has been a lot of speculation floating around today regarding Borland's decision to sell off their IDE range of products. Now, these are the products which have MADE Borland what they are today (until now, they have been a relatively thriving Software Development firm) - I say relatively, as Software Development firms always have a hard time staying alive! To me, a long term Delphi user this is a severe kick in the teeth. Am I SERIOUSLY looking at Visual Studio? I certainly am. And so far, I am impressed. Just need to find a project to start. [Openletter from the CEO of Borland]
Some stats for my roadtrip (well, the first day anyway) 693.4 miles 2 tanks of petrol 10 hours motorway driving 1 knackered back I've also made the interesting discovery; I don't want to move back into a major built up area :) Over the last year or so I have gotten used to the next to no traffic on these Scottish roads - bit of shock as you travel further South as you encounter traffic! The other oddity is it seemed to get warmer as you go - and there were less trees.. Speaking of oddities, anyone noticed the power station around the Leeds - Doncaster junctions on the A1 seems to interfere with GPS? It always goes haywire for 15 - 20 miles ... Good thing I haven't had to use either of the turnoffs there or I'd be hopelessly lost!
Well I will be damned - Microsoft is on the RECEIVING end of a Patent Infringement! Details can be found on The Register.
The Register reports on FAST winning a court case in the UK, forcing ISP's to hand over details of users who are illegally downloading FAST protected / monitored programs. (Appears to only relate to Kazaa users though).
The interesting point is the 14 day period where they can ask for details. I assume this is so ISPs do not have to hold log files indefinatly.
[Full article here]
1. February 2006
The new release of Borland's Visual Basic Killer, Delphi, has been mentioned on The Register.
As the article says, this has to be the most usable release since the days of Delphi 7 - I for one, and absolutly thrilled with it - long live Delphi!