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So I'm running some old web software that has possible vulnerabilities. Here's a log line with the hack attempt.
I got a cheapie from AJ Wright for $12, and it works okay, looks grainy but acceptable. At work we have a Logitech, and I think the model is the "9000". It cost around $70 and has a nicer picture, better auto-exposure, and a sharper lens.
The thing you don't notice right away is the "lag" that the cheaper camera has. There's a noticeable lag between the audio and the video, and this also seems to translate to a lag during videophone. I suspect that there's a little DSP work going on in the images, and the chips in the Logitech are faster.
For business meetings, if you have the chance to upgrade, go for it. The Logitech was rated high, as were the Microsoft LifeCam and whatever Apple sold, all in the same price range. Get one with HD resolution, a glass lens, and if you can tell, a fast DSP.
I'm reading up on Exchange 2010 and it's clustering and failover tech. It seems "wrong" to me.
I'm looking at some email archiving systems.
On numerous articles it's recommended that dried leaves be shredded to compost them more rapidly. The argument made is that it increases the surface area of the leaf.
That doesn't make sense. Most of the leaf's surface is flat, and chopping leaves only increases the surface area along the edges of the cuts.
While the mainstream is going ga-ga over the HTC EVO and the Samsung Galaxy Tab, there's been an explosion of Android-based mobile internet device (MID) tablets that cost less than $200. This is a weird situation, where cheap displays combined with ARM and Atom chips, and phone engineering skills combine to product low-performance alternatives to the iPad. Without a doubt, these cheap tablets sucks compared to the expensive iPad.
This is something I wrote to learn some of the latest Perl tech to scrape pages. What's cool about this demo script is that it doesn't use regular expressions that much.
An excerpt from On the Edge by Bill L. Disbrow, writing about the Gora Hotel during the occupation of Japan:
Computer headsets - headphones with a microphone - are all the rage, because of Skype/VOIP and online videogaming. So, they cost way too much. This is an ad-hoc review of several brands.
I thought contextual links would be interesting - at the very least they could be interesting to read. I actually like targeted ads, because they are like searches to me. I don't find them that annoying. But these ads from Kontera suck.
This was a map I created on the now defunct Platial. It maps places where I ate a bean and cheese burrito. It's kind of pre-yelp.
Citi contacted Doug Henwood of LBO demanding that a memo from early 2009 be taken off his site. They cited the DMCA. Econ blogger Bradford DeLong argues that the document is part of the historical record, of how Citi perceived the government's response to the economic crisis.
Attached to this blog post is another copy of this memo. It basically says the Citi analysts thought the government was going pretty easy on banks, and that they were predicting high unemployment in 2009 and 2010, along with huge price declines in house prices. So, they knew what was happening all along.
Update April 3, 2011: Citibank has sent a takedown notice (a DMCA thing). So to avoid a lawsuit, I'm going to comply. I'll post more information about the specifics of the takedown later. Hopefully, someone else has a copy of this document to share.
We were trying to use VoIP with AT&T DSL and it wasn't working well. The problem turned out to be the DSL modems, believe it or not. Data throughput was high, but it was failing on calls.
Why bother buying a DSL modem/router? Because the Motorola DSL modems AT&T gives out suck.