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When captcha’s know too much….

January 29th, 2010 No comments

I was innocently attempting to post a comment on an article in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Then after a few refreshes, it decided to take it to the next level.

It was not to be however, even after several attempts the CAPTCHA failed to validate! A good way to end the week!

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Ohh ahh, Apple releases iPad, tribute to MadTV

January 28th, 2010 No comments

Yes, thats right, Apple fans everywhere rejoice, for your saviour has released the hugely anticipated iPad. While one Steve Bing’s Bings Bings, another whips out his iPad.

Thats right folks, it’ll be a hit with the ladies! But seriously, can’t wait to ArsTechnica to do a proper review about it.

I guess Bill’s vision of people using Tablets Slate‘s is finally coming true. I still have a Compaq HP TC1000 which I scored from MSFT back in the days when TabletPC was all the rage – but unfortunately it didn’t pickup. I remember Dr Neil Roodyn used to carry his TabletPC around everywhere he went.

For anyone who doesn’t mind not having the latest shiny toy from Apple, but still functional, beautiful and may not lock you in to the WWoA (Wonderful World of Apple), checkout the Tegra Android SmartPad.

Me likey, checkout the technical specifications.

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Chrome 4.0 is out with extensions support

January 26th, 2010 1 comment

Well finally Google has released Chrome 4.0 and with it extensions support amongst the many other features which finally brings some much needed juice to the browser. I’ve been running Firefox and Chrome simultaneously (Chrome for gmail & google apps, firefox for daily browsing) but I have a feeling I may change to using Chrome full time now.

Some cool extensions to try (most are from Firefox)

  • Xmarks Bookmarks Sync – I’ve been using FoxXmarks to sync my bookmarks for a while now, so its only natural I install this for Chrome. You can also stick with the standard Bookmark sync via Google which you’ll need a Google account for.
  • Google Mail Checker / Google Alerter – there’s also the One Number extension that brings more than just checking gmail.
  • AdBlock – probably the number one reason most people wanted extensions in Chrome!
  • Forecastfox Weather – My weather extension I use in Firefox.
  • FlashBlock – Can’t stand videos playing automatically when you load a gazillion tabs and wonder WHO THE EFF is talking?
  • Goo.gl URL Shortner – none others required.
  • Firebug Lite – Not as feature packed as Firebug, but then why would they call it Lite?
  • IETab – Sometimes you gotta.

Chromed. There’s lots more if you’re into Facebook, Twitter and all the other fancy things these days, even one for uTorrent! Download the latest build and give things a go!

PS. You don’t need to restart Chrome to install extensions either!

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jQuery 1.4 released!

January 15th, 2010 No comments

What a way to start the weekend, jQuery 1.4 has been released! There’s so much ubber goodness in this release I nearly fell of my chair! I have yet to muse about but most definately worth a look, the performance boosts are insane!

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Upgrading non-Global OpenSolaris Zone to latest BE

January 14th, 2010 1 comment

I’ve been tracking the latest dev version of OpenSolaris (as of writing I just upgraded to Nevada SNV 130 ) because of some issues surrounding CIFS in the 2009.06 image of OpenSolaris.

To update to the latest BE, simply update your packages and image-update (after configuring the dev repository!).

# pkg refresh --full
# pkg image-update
# reboot

If you’ve created zones in your OpenSolaris system after upgrading to the latest BE you will need to upgrade your zones as well. Here’s a simple guide on how to update a zone named tomcat to the BE on the global zone.

# zoneadm -z tomcat halt
# zoneadm -z tomcat detach
# zoneadm -z tomcat attach -u
# zoneadm -z tomcat boot

The output of the attach and upgrade command appears below, here I am upgrading from 127 to 130.

Log File: /var/tmp/tomcat.attach_log.23aWZl
Attaching...

       Global zone version: entire@0.5.11,5.11-0.130:20091219T044839Z
   Non-Global zone version: entire@0.5.11,5.11-0.127:20091111T131831Z
           Publisher Check: Zone preferred publisher does not contain
                            entire@0.5.11,5.11-0.130:20091219T044839Z.
           Publisher Reset: Copying preferred publisher from global zone.
  Updating non-global zone: (Stage 1).  Output follows
DOWNLOAD                                  PKGS       FILES    XFER (MB)
Completed                              130/130   6842/6842  191.0/191.0

PHASE                                        ACTIONS
Removal Phase                              3529/3529
Install Phase                              7108/7108
Update Phase                               5247/5247
  Updating non-global zone: (Stage 2).  Output follows
No updates necessary for this image.
  Updating non-global zone: Zone updated to entire@0.5.11,5.11-0.130:20091219T044839Z
Attach complete.

Thats it, the updated zones are now booted! Whilst I’m posting this, if you want to upgrade to a specific version of OpenSolaris you can do that too!

# pkg refresh --full
# pkg image-update --be-name opensolaris-128

This will upgrade your BE to 128 instead of the latest – 130.

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Ars reviews the Nexus One!

January 14th, 2010 No comments

Excellent review of the Google Nexus One on ArsTechnica – as always. Don’t forget that the Nexus One SDK got released too recently.

Impressive! Definately awaiting the launch here to get one to replace the Windows Mobile phones. Whats even more impressive is the fact that it ships with a 1Ghz Snapdragon (ARM Cortex A8) processor with 512Mb of memory! Smooth cat!

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Seek ad for an IT Developer for BorderExpress

January 11th, 2010 No comments

After last year’s search for Credit Superhero on Seek, I bring you, the IT Developer for Border-Express with….

The original ad has been scaled back a bit as I doubt the right candidate could be found in time. Full credit to TheRegister.

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Google Nexus vs iPhone

January 10th, 2010 No comments

Finally, a worthy competitor.

…you know it.

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CES 2010 Video on Demand – Launch of Windows Slate

January 8th, 2010 No comments

Here’s a video stream of CES 2010 with Steve Balmer launching Microsoft’s 2010+ products.

mms://wm.MS-STUDIOSMEDIA.COM/a10065/o9/presspass/1002811_CES_750k.wmv

Skip to about 6:00 because its all marketing blah – wait till you see Steves presentation!

We Bing, We Bing & We Bing, Bing Bing Bing. (12:30)

*sigh*

Ryan Asdourian from the Windows team comes in at about 27:00 which goes into touch devices.

  • 28:38 – Dell’s new thin notebooks
  • 33:20 – Bleo (?) book reader
  • 35:10 – Live Drive & Office sharing
  • 39:33 – TV, CableCard
  • 48:00 – HTC HD2
  • 49:30 – Slate PCs
  • 51:00 –  HP Slate PC
  • 54:40 – Robbie Bach – President of Entertainment & Devices (MSFT)
  • 58:00 – Alan Wake
  • 59:30 – Halo
  • 01:09:22 – Natural User Interface
  • 01:11:30 – Project Natal (awesome!) will be available Holiday 2010 (November?)

Enjoy!

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Welcome to 2010 & Evict.nl is updated & ZScreen 3.25!

January 5th, 2010 No comments

5 days into 2010, its already feeling a bit awkward as 99 doesnt feel that long ago.

My good buddy Edwin Vermeer has finally got his WordPress blog setup and he’s also included many of his code as open-source. Of particular interest is the assembly SVGA library he wrote (!!!) 20 years ago and various projects I remember talking with him about over the years.

On a side note, I almost forgot to mention that ZScreen was updated on Christmas eve to 3.25 thanks to Santa. For those who haven’t tried ZScreen its a screen capture tool (open source and written in C#) that is chocko-block full of things that will make your life helluvah lot easier – especially when it comes to taking screenies for blog posts. Check it out, it goes beyond WindowClippings which used to be my screen-shot application.

Let the good times roll… Wishing everyone who stumbles apon this post all the best for 2010.

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