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This isn't addressed to anyone in particular, but it's a common question: does software get old and wear out. They ask because their computers have gotten slower, or features have stopped working.
A ten second calculation to deter comment spam. It's an old technique called "hash cash" and has nothing to do with drugs.
MySQL on my server is fading out more often than in the past. i wonder what's up.
This is interesting. These headers are from an email I got. It passed through someone else's Barracuda Networks anti-spam appliance (starting at $700, plus annual fees).
Identicons are those odd graphics you see next to peoples' names in comments. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identicon
[Turns out there's a PECL extension for tainting: http://www.php.net/manual/en/book.taint.php
It's hard to concentrate when you're tired and cranky, so I wasted some time writing a simple calculator in several different languages.
I bought this several months back, and finally installed it on the Linux box. It works, sort of. ATSC (HDTV terrestrial broadcast) works fine. FM Radio does not. More info:
This post isn't for any specific reason, but it's been bouncing around in my mind for a long time. That higher levels of abstration is a "good thing" is given among experience hackers, people into functional programming, and people who write SQL. At least up to a few years ago, there was some hostility toward increasing abstraction, particularly from the anti-SQL set. I railed about this against and entry in a Symfony book. This is another review of the issue.
This is an outline I'm going to use to fix up a mass email script for Outlook that I'm working on.
Operating Sytem Interface Design Between 1981 - 2009 has a lot of great screenshots.
There's on omission of history. The Start Menu, wasn't the first "start menu". Apple's System 7 allowed you to put folders into the Apple Menu, and people would put folders full of aliases (shortcuts) to their apps. Next also had a unified menu that listed apps.
Just figured out that Sitemeter.com tracks clicks. It's not something they tell you in their free reports (which are pretty good btw). So, when you click on a link, they know where you're headed. This isn't that hard, technically - it involves attaching a handler onto A tags - but so far, sites don't seem to be doing that. The reason probably stems from the fact that tracking clicks will gather stats on sites that haven't put a Sitemeter counter onto their pages. Seems like a gray area.
So bye-bye Sitemeter. Nice knowin ya.
This is an idea, not something that exists, but I'm putting this out there to thwart future patents.