Archive for November, 2007

Composing HTML for an Email

If you’ve ever had the unfortunate task of creating an HTML formatted Email, you’ve probably run into the fact that not every Email client is going to display it the way that you intended it. In order to get your entire readership to view it in some semblance of the original, you have to resort [...]

Closed Captioning for the Visually Impaired

Watching movies at home on my small 19in. TV causes me to have a hard time understanding what the people are saying. Even though it’s probably not true, I’m convinced that the larger the screen, the better I’ll be able to hear what is going on. Somehow I’m never able to pitch that idea with [...]

Word o’ the Wise :: Troika

A troika is a committee or group consisting of three members. I can’t believe how often I’ve seen or heard this word in the last couple of years. My favorite use of it, however, was when someone referred to the troika of the three monster-themed breakfast cereals: Count Chocula, Boo Berry, and Franken Berry. Count [...]

Word o’ the Wise :: Troika

A troika is a committee or group consisting of three members. I can’t believe how often I’ve seen or heard this word in the last couple of years. My favorite use of it, however, was when someone referred to the troika of the three monster-themed breakfast cereals: Count Chocula, Boo Berry, and Franken Berry. Count [...]

Debugging a memory dump and finding out what drivers are loaded in Windows

I recently decided I’d try my hand at debugging a windows memory dump. For the uninitiated, the following article by Dirk A. D. Smith, is geek gold!: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2005/041105-windows-crash.html. Contrary to what you might think (and depending on your OS-affinity, hold as a dear belief), most Windows crashes are caused by buggy third-party drivers, and not [...]

Word o’ the Wise :: Maven does not equal Maverick

One of the coolest things about a digital dictionary like m-w.com, is that now when you go and look up a word, you can hear it pronounced correctly instead of having to try to understand their pronunciation guide (which makes me have to look up more words I didn’t know like umlaut and diacritic). However, [...]

Word o’ the Wise :: Maven does not equal Maverick

One of the coolest things about a digital dictionary like m-w.com, is that now when you go and look up a word, you can hear it pronounced correctly instead of having to try to understand their pronunciation guide (which makes me have to look up more words I didn’t know like umlaut and diacritic). However, [...]

Thunder Shoe – it actually is real

I remember back in 1990 when AC/DC came out with their new song, ‘Thunderstruck’. AC/DC has somehow always had a knack for delivering tunes and lyrics that make high-school sports a meditative activity. What I remember most about ‘Thunderstruck’, however, is how one of my friends didn’t get the lyrics right. We overheard him singing [...]

Passing an array reference in perl

In perl, when you declare a variable and assign it a value, and then later pass that variable into a function, the function is getting a copy of the variable, manipulating it, and then passing back some result. This may be fine for most operations, but if you are operating on a large array of [...]

Data Security gets physical

Some poor guy happened to be the one in a Chicago-based co-location facility when at least two people sawed through a wall, came in and tazered and beat him, and proceeded to make off with several clients’ servers. The owners of the stolen servers would fall into two classes: those who encrypted important data on [...]

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