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There’s a lot of sites using captchas these days in an effort to prevent spamming and other automated attacks/uses of services. The idea is you have to type in the usually distorted text you see in a picture in order…

I’ve been getting a ton of comment spam today, but it’s very strange spam. All the links go to different places (Forbes, Bloglines, Sciencedaily) that don’t seem like the types to be comment spamming. Usually the first sentence or two…

Someone came up with a way to “squeeze” oxygen directly from seawater. Though they say that it would be useful for SCUBA divers, I think it will be a long time before this gets adopted, if ever. Replacing a relatively…

As an update to a previous entry I made about sleep cycles, it seems that someone did as I suggested and developed an alarm clock with a wireless wristband that monitors your sleep. It’s a bit pricey, at $244 US,…

This the third straight year of decline in Hollywood ticket sales. Sales are down 12.6 percent from 2002. More and more analyists are starting to wonder if it’s a permanent trend, and what the cause is. I don’t know where…

Decided that I didn’t like having a main "blog" page as well as a main "home" page, so now they both redirect here. Oh, and of course I have this fancy new layout. The picture above is from our houseboat…

Adtech discovered that IE users are four times more likely to click on an ad than firefox users. Digg users debate this in the usual fashion, and most people say it’s because of Adblock. I installed Adblock, but found the…

Well, I got tired of dealing with a couple little issues with Blogger, so I decided to install WordPress and host my own blog. It’s not too bad of an application. It has categories, which are definately handy for me…

Something that seems to be missing from searches is time. Search engines base their results on relevancy, which makes finding newer methods of doing something difficult. For example, I will search for how to do something in linux, like configuring…

I was just reading that Kingston is about to get 1,500 "smart meters" to monitor electricity, water and gas. There are a number of benefits – from ending the the monthly "estimated" bills (and then charging more/less a few months…

I just took the MailFrontier Phishing IQ Test II, and I didn’t do well. As a web developer, I consider myself very knowledgable in this area, and I’m pretty sure I’ve never been fooled by a phishing email. So why…

I finally decided this morning that I had really squeezed everything I could out of my tube of toothpaste, after a couple of days of thinking the same thing. Finally today on my way home from work, I remembered and…

A few weeks ago, I took some interest in sleeping, sleep cycles, and things like polyphasic sleeping. There are a ton of different theories out there as to what is the best way to get the highest quality sleep. This…

This is an idea for a program I’ve been tossing around for a while, and at this point I haven’t been able to find anything like it. Basically the idea boils down to an ‘offline wiki’ – a Wiki you…

I’ve noticed in the last little while that there seems to be a trend happening with web services: people think SOAP is too complex. I keep coming across articles and comments talking about how web services are just over engineered….

I was really not going to post another small entry, but I couldn’t resist this, as it just made me laugh. A small town in texas has renamed itself to “Dish”, in exchange for 10 years of free satellite TV…

Finally got around to updating some of my Firefox plugins, and noticed a neat new enhancement to the Google toolbar. When you’re typing in the search bar, they added a ‘suggest’ feature (where it finishes words and complete search phrases…

It finally happened. I created a blog. What in the heck am I doing..? Well I figured that I will post some stuff here randomly. Why not? See what this whole blogging this is all about. I feel like I’m…

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