Saturday, March 25, 2006

Upgrading my PC

Well, I decided to write a blog entry while I wait for my new hard disk to format.

I have a 200GB SATA drive (Yes, I saved up long and hard for it :) ) which I am trying to install. I still have the 2 IDE drives I've been using plugged in, but there's no room in the case, so one will have to go after I transfer everything important from it...

The only problem I've had so far is that Windows 2000 recognises it as a 128B drive. I think it is related to this issue, so I'll try that when I've re-installed. Oh, I forgot to say I am making the new drive my primary drive, so I wil re-install Windows on it (perhaps one day Windows XP *as well*).

Well, it's finished, I must reboot, and hope that Windows 2000 setup recognises it...

PS. If I'm offline for a while, now you'll know where I am...

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Google's partial victory over US DoJ order

Official Google Blog: Judge tells DoJ "No" on search queries

The Judge ruled that the Department of Justice should not recieve the list of search queries they wanted, and limited the number of URLs they may request to 50,000. Google faces the US govt. and wins!

[ED: Delayed - see previous post]

Monday, March 20, 2006


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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Mashable* � MySpace Messenger on the Way

Mashable* � MySpace Messenger on the Way

Better link

GigaOM : � MySpace Messenger Coming

GigaOM : � MySpace Messenger Coming

Watch this space.

Friday, March 10, 2006


A highlight of today's interesting news stories...

'Hack the Mac' contest aborted
You may have read my earlier post about the challenge set by a university network administrator to hcak a Mac Mini he had connected to the network.

The challenge ended early today, with no winners, when the university found what he was doing... :P

Computer Market to slow down in 2006

A rather dry, but interesting article.

Google buy rights to online word processor

...and the company that just can't keep out of the news and my blog. I suspect they are intending a central portal for people to create, edit, store and share their documents. No longer will your office documents be tied to one PC, but accessible, in an editable form, from any PC connected to the internet...

Let's see if it comes true :)

EDIT: A link to the online word processor


Thursday, March 09, 2006

Google desperate for engineers - young and old

Google's Cerf on talent hunt in U.K. | CNET

Meanwhile, I'll be looking for this guy...

Guardian Unlimited Technology | Technology | Can you hack into a Mac in 30 minutes?

Guardian Unlimited Technology | Technology | Can you hack into a Mac in 30 minutes?

More bad publicity for Apple and their Mac?

Apple have never been a particularly 'nice' company, despite their public image, and success, especially since the release of their ever-popular (yet ultimately failed) iPod.

Microsoft unveil their 'Origami Project'

This year's annual CeBIT conference in Germany was 'dominated' by the giant's new release, of a handheld PC platform. Samsung announced that they will be the first to produce the device they call 'Q1', that uses the Origami platform.

The Q1 is capable of booting into the familiar Window's desktop, or if the user wishes, just a media player (which can start instantly).
Previously handheld PCs were notorious for slow startup processes, though they solved the problem by remaining on, yet turning the screen off to save battery power.

Samsung unveils world's first 10MP camera phone

At the same conference, Samsung were also busy demonstrating the latest remarkable evolution in digital camera technology.

Digital cameras are getting smaller, higher quality, and more and more portable as time passes. Inevitably they are also becoming cheaper to buy as well. Incorporating them into common everday devices is increasingly popular, as Samsung show.

Catalog Now 2.0 - Index your files

Catalog Now 2.0

Just found it... something I've always wanted :)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Google to offer 'online hard drive'

Google to offer 'online hard drive'

...and also this piece of cover-up from good old Goggle...

100% of user information...hmm...

Microsoft's Origami Project revealed

Origami's the wrapper for a small PC | The Register


CodeGuru: Shared Memory Inter Process Communication (IPC)

CodeGuru: Shared Memory Inter Process Communication (IPC)


Don't ask me why I blogged this... maybe someone will find it interesting :) (like I did - I'm using it)

And also, I am writing the how-to for desktop customisation :)

Monday, March 06, 2006

My new desktop

A screenshot

By popular demand, I post a screenshot of my (Windows) desktop, the way it currently looks.

In the bottom left corner is a console window, on the right hand side is Miranda.
The icons and titlebar skin are by the new shell I installed.

The wallpaper is from Windows Vista (codename 'Longhorn').

If anyone wants me to post the full tutorial of how I did it, leave a comment to let me know :)

(btw. I am using Windows 2000, and it is using half the memory tha it was before I started this exercise...)

Sunday, March 05, 2006

freeSSHd - free SSH server for Windows

freeSSHd - free SSH server

Just brought to my attention a great SSH server (for Windows), something I've been looking for for a while, and especially recently. Thanks Hal!

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Linux vs. Windows XP/Vista

Windows Vista 5231 Installation

Maybe I'll try it myself one day...

What are they up to now?

The Origami Project

Microsoft have succeeded in making their latest upcoming technology release one of the most anticipated in recent weeks.

'The Origami Project' has an air of mystery about it, with the site being updated weekly, but still, no-one really understands what it is about...

The currently accepted notion is that the Origami Project is the release of a new platform of handheld computers. Technical details of the hardware/software have not been released by Microsoft, but as usual, plenty of contradicting rumours are floating around the (mainly blogs) internet. I won't add to it here ;)

Well, take a look at the site... but you'll need flash, I'm afraid. Though if you want to join in on the suspense, you just have to watch :) (There are 2 movies on the site, week 1, and week 2, watch both)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Making the switch

deepdarc: Goodbye Legacy IM

I just have to congratulate this guy on making his stand :)

...and yes, I plan to do the same, one day soon (yep, I know, when Miranda is 100% stable :P)

Open networks are the way forward, and my thanks must also go to Google, for being the first global enterprise company to realise this, and do something towards it.