East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2005/7/16

Miscellaneous Bits

Filed under: Humo(u)r,News,Technology — Erwin @ 6:19 pm

Box 4.0 by From The Shadows is out: Red Light. Green Light. Downloading the bittorrent-distributed version as I write this.

Bruce Schneier points out a significant detail from a London Times article:

Security sources confirmed that none of the bombers was on any MI5 file, although one had links to a person investigated by police.

Charles Arthur points out that if your blog is being bombarded by comment/link-spammers, aside from cleaning up, you could also notify Google and reduce the effectiveness of the spammers’ tactics in the longer run:

You go there armed with the name of the site that’s trying to link-spam you, add in a couple of searches finding other blogs it has link-spammed, report it to Google, et voila. Spammer foiled, or at least annoyed.

Biblical scroll found in desert (Guardian Unlimited):

An encounter with a Bedouin robber in a desert valley has led to what one Israeli archaeologist described as one of the most important biblical finds from the region in half a century.

Stupid, or desperate (BBC News):

A US man shot his postman so that he would get sent to prison for life and escape his crippling medical debts, investigators say.

Buying this mouse would be more tempting if it was cordless. One does wonder where the buttons are. πŸ˜‰

Later!

Geek purchases

Filed under: Technology — Erwin @ 5:51 pm

Yesterday I visited the local TandyRadio Shack (they were called Tandy in the Netherlands for the few years they were around there; I loved the place, hated to see them disappear and still mix up the two names from time to time).

Got some audio adapter to make hooking up the PC to the TV a little easier, an indoor/outdoor thermometer (because the one I have sitting on my desk is slowly but surely dying), and a wireless A/V signal sender/receiver. I used to have something like that when I still lived in the Netherlands, but gave it away when I moved, as the things were 220 volt only and trying to work around that seemed a tad ridiculous.

The A/V sender/receiver pair came with a feature I didn’t even anticipate: It is capable of transmitting (one or two) remote control signals to the other side as well. This means we could hook up the sender to the PC and the receiver to the TV and the two don’t necessarily have to be in the same room! I doubt we’ll change the existing setup, since we finally put the network cable in place for it and it seems silly to let that effort go to waste, but we might use it to relay the signal around to the other TV and be able to control it in that room. πŸ™‚

What more can I say?

Filed under: Humo(u)r — Erwin @ 2:18 pm

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