Wednesday, July 13, 2005

A GILCHRIST not out 121 - Trouble ahead for England

I bet the Poms are wishing they held back a little at the start of our tour. they may have got a win or 2 on us but they won't be happy to see this opening statement.
ADAM Gilchrist savaged England's attack overnight to propel Australia to a timely eight-wicket romp at the Oval, eight days out from the Ashes.
and then this from Michael Vaughan
"One-day cricket is a totally different concept."
Oooh really and the thought of giving Gilchrist and co. more then 50 overs to pick them off must send shivers down his spine.

Encryption prevents one and only one thing

Ed Felton discusses the myths of encryption

Encryption prevents one and only one thing - decryption without knowledge of the secret key.
But if you want to play the content, you have to decrypt it. And this means two things. First, the decrypted content will exist on the customer’s premises, where it can be readily copied. Second, the decryption key (and any other knowledge needed to decrypt) will exist on the customer’s premises, where it can be reverse-engineered.

Hopefully one day all the tech advisers to the wankers at the big Record and Movie Companies relise this
and then they won't bother putting digital rights management(DRM) software on our CDs and DVDs.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Google 1996..ForEver

Just found out google lets you search in ranges, so if I insert "stuff 2004..2005" i will get results on stuff between 04 and 05. I love you guys.

Wood appoligising to Howard! WHAT…….?

Just heard on the radio that John Wood the Australian guy who was captured and held for ransom in Iraq, is going to apologising to JHO in parliament today. All for saying that Australia should remove troops from Iraq while being recorded by dudes in balaclavas and having a gun pointed at his head. What a load of bullshit! I would like to see what John Bloody Howard would do if he had a gun pointed to his head in Iraq.

IM Repots

Rafe Needleman links to a couple IM reports

1) Akonix press release on the dangers of "Uncontrolled employee IM use."

2) Small Business email: How an IM "Open Door" policy makes employees more productive.

"Sure, IM opens the door for employees to leak information. But so does letting them go home each night. "

I wish CBA would allow us to IM, would make things so much easier.

Monday, July 11, 2005

The Innovidiot

ha ha ha. GOLD! The Innovidiot

Save Early! Save Often!

How many times do you think people need to be told this when working with computers?... especially windows software....

At around 4:59pm today a guy from work got a email containing a joke spreadsheet, so after opening the email then the attachment, said guy has had enough and closes the spreadsheet joke and of course is then shown the do you wish to save this really really important document that you've worked on all day dialog, in a moment of denseness he just clicks no, not actually reading the prompt and hence loses a days worth of unsaved work, then starts whining and moaning about the fact that he has fucked up.

I do have sympathy for him because many a Microsoft product has eaten my work, but there is only so much a software company can do. If you are not going to save and backup your work then you are just asking for trouble. Yes MS office could be more people aware and save automatically from time to time. Then give you methods of retaining that work, with something like a history in a browser sort of setup, but as I said there is only so much they can do. It's not going to help in the case of hardware failure or natural disaster. Consider this your natural disaster warning. Save early. Save often.

Commonwealth Anti-Ads

The Commonwealth spends around $100 million a year on advertising and it creeps up before elections, Media Report was told by Melbourne University academic Sally Young, who says the Feds are up there with Coke and McDonald's and Toyota as one of the country's biggest advertisers.
I believe there should be caps on what the government can spend on advertising and especially around election time. It gives the incumbent government a large advantage and in a country where most voters vote with their back pocket and the rest could not give a shit, IHMO this is a big problem. Surely this money could be used for a better purpose then to create very bad TV ads.