With these hot temperatures lately (+30°c); this could come in handy.

otherwise you can build your own fan:

 

Communication, a snippet from Wikipedia:

Communication is a process of transferring information from one entity to another. Communication processes are sign-mediated interactions between at least two agents which share a repertoire of signs and semiotic rules. Communication is commonly defined as “the imparting or interchange of thoughts, opinions, or information by speech, writing, or signs”. Although there is such a thing as one-way communication, communication can be perceived better as a two-way process in which there is an exchange and progression of thoughts, feelings or ideas (energy) towards a mutually accepted goal or direction (information).

During our 5th edition of the Storm lanparty, one of our sponsors, dedicatedgamers.eu, decided not to communicate anymore after an agreement was made for the sponsoring of game-servers. (Sorry, the following is in Dutch only).

Verwijderd op aanvraag, hoewel de waarheid !=laster
Uit wikipedia:
Laster is het zwartmaken van een ander door deze in het openbaar van feiten te beschuldigen waarvan men weet dat deze niet waar zijn. Het doel is het ruïneren van de reputatie van het slachtoffer.

Waarheid is een fundamenteel begrip dat min of meer synoniem is met echtheid, geldigheid, juistheid. Als iemand met opzet onwaarheid spreekt liegt hij.

What goes on the internet, stays on the internet.

 

As of today GeoCities has been closed.It was once a very popular web hosting service founded in 1994 and purchased by Yahoo in 1999. Because of it’s whopping 15 megabytes webspace and the free, although with advertisements, price it became a very popular site in the early nineties.

Their main focus was primarily aimed at first-time or new internet users. The most notable about webpages on GeoCities was an amateurish layout, lots of animated gifs and sometimes embedded midi-sounds.

A tribute to GeoCities can be found in the webcomic Xkcd, who has done a complete redesign of their site:

 

Snooping around some exe’s in Windows 7 , I came in contact with Windows’ PSR, the Problem Steps Recorder.
A quick search on the internet revealed the following:

Quote from istartedsomething.com

If you’ve ever offered technical support to other computer users, you might find yourself losing a slice of your sanity over their inability to describe the problem clearly. And most times it’s not the fault of the user, it’s just difficult to describe what you see with words. A feature new to Windows 7, called “Problem Steps Recorder” looks to be the missing tool for documenting where it all goes wrong.

What the tool is a simple but advanced variation of a screen capture software. Think of it as an automated “Print Screen” plus a little monkey in the background documenting all the mouse clicks, key strokes and gathers some technical reading material, who then ties up everything in a neat box and saves the results. The neat little box you get is a zipped MHTML report page which can be sent off directly to the help desk.

The report page is where this tool really shines. It actually is an XML page documenting each step of the user’s actions complete with a screenshot with the item highlighted. You can view the report as is, or as a slideshow, or even dig into the raw XML to expose greater detail like the X&Y coordinates of the mouse.

Here’s a report I prepared earlier for your viewing pleasure. You must use Internet Explorer to view MHTMLs.

To try the “Problem Steps Recorder” for yourself, type and select “psr.exe” in the Windows 7 start menu.

Sidenote: Opera also work with the MHTMLS files.

 

Birthdaycat approves:

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A good buddy of mine, Heeties, became 25 today: a quarter of his life ! Let celebrate this with milk, cookies and cake !!

 

24th of August, 2006:  Over 2500 astronomers participated in the vote at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Prague, The Czech Republic.

A celestial body can now be classed as a planet if:

  • it is in orbit around the Sun
  • it has enough mass to take on a nearly round shape
  • it has cleared the neighbourhood around its orbit.

Since Pluto does not meet these criteria anymore, because its highly eccentric orbit overlaps with that of Neptune, the IAU’s decision means that the Solar System now consists of just eight major planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

Pluto is not a planet anymore, but a ‘dwarf-planet’.

Quote from wikipedia

As of 2008, the IAU has classified five celestial bodies as dwarf planets. Two of these, Ceres and Pluto, are known to qualify as dwarf planets through direct observation. The other three, Eris, Haumea, and Makemake, are thought to be dwarf planets from mathematical modeling—or in the case of Eris, because it is larger than Pluto—and qualify for the classification under IAU naming rules based on their magnitudes.

 

It seems a busy weekend for some sites.  On saturday 22th of August 2009 was Fok hacked by Hacker ‘GrayHatHacks’, with the help of  ‘sql injections‘. Followed by a ddos-attack.

Around 22:10 today came tweakers under a ddos-attack. Although down for a few moments, tweakers.net is still managing  to block the attack , with an average of 30K packets per second.

Interesting to know that fok.nl is still down, but that tweakers.net can handle a significant ddos. (At 22:40 a total of 20M packets were blocked since 22:35)

Someone is pissed at the Netherlands, #fok & #tweakers are getting #DDOS
paxlie   Aug 23   22:24

ddos-aanval op #tweakers succesvol geweerd door sysadmins. Al 20M packets geblocked sinds 22.35 uur
tweakers   Aug 23   22:40

At least #tweakers knows how to deal with a ddos. Pay attention #fok!, this is how it’s done.
_bauke_   Aug 23   22:46

 

Blindsearch combines the 3 “big” search engines Google, Bing and Yahoo into seperate search results.

How it works ?

quote from : blindsearch

Type in a search query above, hit search then vote for the column which you believe best matches your query. The columns are randomised with every query.
The goal of this site is simple, we want to see what happens when you remove the branding from search engines. How differently will you perceive the results?

This site is built as a fun experiment by Michael Kordahi, follow me on twitter @delic8genius for notification of updates to this site.

 

Today is is the day of the left-handers. It’s an international day, first ‘celebrated’ in 1992, 13th August.

It’s main purpose is to give a signal how difficult certain things can be in a right-handed world. These are not dramatic or life threatening, but overall some small irritations.

Quote from: http://www.lefthandersday.com/

Welcome to the official site for the Left-Handers Club, and the 18th annual celebration of left-handers superiority!! All year round, we fit in with home and office layouts designed for right-handers’ comfort – put up with doors, cookers, sinks, computer mice, keyboards and desks that are efficient for right-handers to work at, and hundreds of times every day we contort ourselves using back-to-front tools and gadgets that make us look clumsy and awkward in our efforts to make them to work…
But NOT TODAY! Because on this special day, it is your chance to GET YOUR OWN BACK on your right-handed friends colleagues and family, by designating your personal space as a LEFTY ZONE where everything must be done left-handed! Download our unique Lefty Zone posters for prominent display, plus any others from our selection of FREE LEFT-HANDERS DAY POSTERS, re-arrange the room for your convenience, and settle down to enjoy this site, totally dedicated to YOU

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And offcourse every day begins with:

Good morning everyone 🙂

quote from mashable.com:

Did you hear? Google’s launching a new, upgraded version of its search engine soon. And just as important, the search giant released the developer’s preview of it today. Google promises that the new search tool (codename “Caffeine”) will improve the speed, accuracy, size, and comprehensiveness of Google search.

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