East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2005/11/4

Linkage (26)

Filed under: Linkage,News,Software — Erwin @ 11:45 pm

Here’s irony for you, one company helps cheating on another (The Register):

Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of World of Warcraft, has created a controversial program that detects cheaters by scanning the processes that are running at the time the game is played. Called the Warden, the anti-cheating program cannot detect any files that are hidden with Sony BMG’s content protection, which only requires that the hacker add the prefix “$sys$” to file names.


On an entirely different note, Frappr looks like an interesting project:

Frappr (Friend Mapper) lets you see the zip code where your friends live or work, letting you find out who works in the office building next door and who lives in the apartment complex across the street.

That sounds more invasive than it is in practice. For non-US locations you’re limited to entering the nearest city and for US locations you can only enter 5 digit zipcodes, which tend to cover large parts of cities or more (depending on whether you’re in the middle of nowhere or not). Some Frappr entries I added myself to:

The last two are still fairly empty, so if you belong to those groups, consider yourself invited to add yourself on there. 🙂

Update: Added current totals.

What’s for dinner?

Filed under: Family,OS X,Software — Erwin @ 5:01 pm

Saving Dinner: The Menus, Recipes, and Shopping Lists to Bring Your Family Back to the Table For the past two months we’ve been cooking from this book now and enjoying it in various ways:

  • Buying groceries has become easier because of the weekly lists that it provides.
  • Aside from occasionally juggling recipes around for practical reasons, we tend to know in the morning what we’ll be eating in the evening. No more last minute oh damn, what are we going to feed the kids situations.
  • These recipes (which are easy to follow) have allowed me, who used to stick to a fairly fixed list of things I Knew I Could Cook, to do my share of cooking.

In fact, the last few weeks it’s been almost exclusively me doing the cooking on weekdays, which allows us to have dinner ready when M comes home with the boys and means we have more time available between dinner and their bedtime to get useful stuff accomplished.

It’s also supposed to help us save on cost of dinner, on average, and we probably do but it’s hard to tell because of not keeping track of spending on groceries as accurately as we perhaps should have.

On that note, if anyone knows of an OS X equivalent of GnuCash (and I mean a non-X11 application at that), I’d love to hear about it.

The value of this blog

Filed under: Meme — Erwin @ 12:17 pm


My blog is worth $0.00.
How much is your blog worth?

Thankfully I’m not doing this for the money. 😉

Update: Hmm, almost a month later I went back and checked again and now it’s just over $500. I guess the fact that the domain change has been picked might help.

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