December 29, 2004

Girerd Family Home Page

My good friend Rich was diagnosed with bad bad cancer last week. The family is keeping the web site updated with news.

December 17, 2004

DR3I presented by the Andkon Arcade

Friday gamefulflashness.

Project C-90

Every cassette tape ever manufactured, as far as I can tell. All of my old friends are there.

Google Print Search

Search just Print, rather than having to get it via main search.

December 14, 2004

Converting between Signal Strength and RSSI

How handy.


If you don't have time to read, try this. I read "The Hobbit" plus all three volumes of Lord Of The Rings in less than a minute and a half!

802.11b 300mW High Power Wireless PC Card - Prism 2.5

Someone showed me one of these. 300mW transmit, and -96dBm receive sensitivity. Nice!

December 11, 2004

Build your own 2.4Ghz 15dbi Yagi

The time has come for me to build another antenna. Maybe this one.
Handy things I might do before building it: optimize it or just analyze it.

December 10, 2004

SFO Near Live Flight Tracks

Been around a while, but still cool.

December 03, 2004

Fathers, lock up your daughters

The car every 5-year old girl wants their dad to have. Scary.

December 01, 2004

EVC4 SP3 linker settings bug

If you get the following error with a freshly created project...
corelibc.lib(pegwmain.obj) : error LNK2019: unresolved external symbol _WinMain referenced in function _WinMainCRTStartup
Then you can fix it by changing your project's linker settings.
Project / Settings / Link / Entry-point symbol should be wWinMainCRTStartup, not WinMainCRTStartup. Remember all PPC apps are supposed to be Unicode, so you need the Unicode entry point.

November 29, 2004 | Unlock your mobile phone for free!

That is, as long as it's not my phone, which is made by some other manufacturer.

November 24, 2004

The Hercules System/370, ESA/390, and z/Architecture Emulator

Though I dated my wife via an IM-like system on an IBM 3084Q, I don't think I will be running this emulator.

Froogle Shopping List

Just in time for Christmas, Froogle now has wish lists, so now I can tell you what stuff I want that isn't available on Amazon.

November 23, 2004


I just played with one of these. Now I know what I need for Christmas.

Dolphins save swimmers from shark

Look at it from the dolphin's point of view. Which would you prefer: a feeding frenzy, or peace among mammalian species?

November 22, 2004

American Social Hygiene Posters

More Photoshop fodder. - Pacman breaks out of the arcade - Nov 16, 2004

Bluetooth + GPS + inertia sensors + augmented reality? Where do I sign up?

Back in 80-column land

If you use Visual Studio .NET and would like a to see where 80-column land ends, just put this in a .REG file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\7.1\Text Editor]
"Guides"="RGB(192, 192, 192) 80"

Hopkin Explained

Hopkin was not lost by a 5-year old boy. The story is tragic. Now let's drop this meme, shall we?

November 19, 2004

Friday Flashfulness

Many wonderfiul games.
(via waxy)

November 15, 2004

Toxics Hot Spots [Santa Clara County]

Navigate the toxic waste left behind by high tech companies.

Best. Strongbad. Evarrr.

RoboDump 1.0

"RoboDump is a robot. Sort of. And it poops. Sort of. Forever. A horrible, never-ending bowel movement complete with straining grunts, horrific gas, splashes, and pee sounds."
I'm impressed.

November 12, 2004

Whitespace programming language

While it is a joke, the programs and interpreters are real. Just try it. Coming soon: the International Obfuscated Whitespace Code Contest.


Ewrt is the firmware of choice for the WRT54G(v2). It has everything Linksys forgot to put in: NoCat, Wondershaper, Dropbear SSHD, and more.
Next, get all the SSH keys figured out.

P.S. I'll find my frog

November 11, 2004


Now that is a lot of bootlegs.

November 10, 2004

Illegal to be Homeless

Apparently it's illegal to be homeless in many places.

November 08, 2004


More potatshopping fodder. Look out for it on one of B3ta, Fark or Something Awful.

November 05, 2004

Friday Flashfulness

Easy, until level 12 (password: ppdryarea)

November 04, 2004

Kim Jong Il (the illmatic)'s Journal

This nearly made me reverse-snort my coffee.

November 01, 2004

Homeopathy: The Ultimate Fake

Don't be fooled into paying for a tiny share in the $20M duck. Election 2004 - U.S. President

Those results, as they come in, with Flashful goodness.

October 31, 2004

October 28, 2004

An Introduction to Cluster Ballooning

Lawn chairs? No. Proper harnesses, please.

October 27, 2004

Milner's Descriptive Atlas, 1850

Nice old maps at decent resolution.

October 26, 2004

Best Photos of 2004

Who am I to disagree? These photos rock.

October 23, 2004

Get your MP3 fix

MP3 4U has only free and legal stuff.
Meanwhile, AllOfMP3 has non-free stuff cheap.

October 22, 2004

TV-B-Gone: status report

The good news: Web site back up, finally.
The bad news: All out of stock, not taking orders yet.

Your Friday joke roundup

Including the gem
A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says: “That's the ugliest baby that I've ever seen.” The woman goes to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her: “That driver just insulted me!” The man says: “You go right up there and tell him off – go ahead, I'll hold your monkey for you.”

October 21, 2004


From the wild world of Edward Tufte.

Dyslexic Phishing

Today I got this rather amusing attempt at a phishing email. It, ah, speaks for itself. Use "view source" to be further amused.

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mu‮ts‬ v‮ire‬fy it.

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Not only is it illegible, the URL features a triple Google redirect to nowhere at all.

October 20, 2004

Webnote - an online tool for taking notes

More collaborative editing online, but with XSS vulnerabilities added!

Skinning Gmail with a Custom Stylesheet

Presumably this could be adapted to any other web site you care about. Mmm, Slashdot.

City of Palo Alto: Creek Monitor

I blogged it last year, and now that the rains are upon us I'll blog it again.

October 19, 2004

Just Letters

Flash app of the week.

October 18, 2004

Winning the Oil Endgame

I just heard a talk from this guy. Fascinating.

October 14, 2004

I love machine translation

Tacos Al Pastor. Note the sixth ingredient. Don't try this in your kitchen, kids.

October 12, 2004

Subdivide your sphere

The Hierarchical Triangular Mesh has some handy properties, methinks.

October 11, 2004

Advanced debugging tips and stuff you never knew about the "Find" combo box

Wooo. This week's other hot Windows tip is that you can press Ctrl+C in a MessageBox dialog to copy all the text to the clipboard. The question remains: why didn't I already know this?


I've used Identifont for a while, but this kicks Identifont's rear.

Another reason to buy "The Sims"

Games don't make people violent. Violent people make people violent. Or something.

Dad's home!

For your Monday Flash viewing pleasure.

October 10, 2004

October 09, 2004

Dell power adapter recall

The affected adapters were shipped with Latitude, Inspiron and Precision M40 notebooks 9/1998-2/2002.
  1. Part number is 09364U, 04983D or 07832D
  2. Manufacturer is Delta Electronics (mine is Astec China - yay, I'm not affected!)

October 08, 2004

Party Ben's Sixx Mixx

More available at his web site. They are all rather cool in various ways, and if you're within range of Live105 then you can catch the new ones on Fridays, 6-630pm...
(Thanks, Boom Selection via DJ French Bloke)

October 07, 2004

October 06, 2004

Now in MP2 format

But where's episode 3? (Episode 1 was also here)
Update: There are torrents, but they don't work for me :(
Further update: Episode 3 is here but called episode 2.

October 05, 2004

ASCII Generator

In case you need to generate huge ASCII text.

Bushism DVD Promo video


Drive from LA to NY in 4 minutes

Slow download, but definitely worth watching.

October 04, 2004

The Household Cyclopedia

Or, "how to kill yourself, your pets and your friends, using heavy metals and other dubious remedies". Watch out for horses with farcy, glanders, spavins, wind-galls, cribbiting, and other disorders. Dog got mange? Mercurial ointment. Distemper? Try opium. I find it odd that females have their own class of diseases, yet males do not. Don't try this at home, kids.

October 01, 2004

Recipe 23021 --- Beaver in Sour Cream

Tasty? I doubt it.

How To Write Unmaintainable Code

New code style guidelines for the masses: the naming part is particularly entertaining.

Use accented characters on variable names. E.g.

typedef struct { int i; } ínt;

where the second ínt's í is actually i-acute. With only a simple text editor, it's nearly impossible to distinguish the slant of the accent mark.

September 29, 2004

Don't run red lights!

They're installing "rat boxes" to help catch offenders:
  • MV: El Camino at Grant, Castro, Shoreline, El Monte
  • MV: Central at Rengstorff
  • PA: Middlefield at San Antonio, University
The fine starts at $336. Think how many Twinkies you could buy with that.

September 28, 2004

Mummy, where do mashups come from?

Well, Timmy dear, perhaps it's time you found out how to Get Your Bootleg On.

Your next camera... you wish

I suspect the EOS 1Ds Mark II may be too pricey for most :) Nice pictures, though.

Only in Japan

The wonderful folks at Toto (makers of the washlet) now have fluffy animals in their marketing materials, as well as fawning men in white coats.

September 27, 2004

PHP/SWF Charts

PHP that takes your data and turns it into SWF files with charts. Cute!

Breast-enlarging ringtone

I won't listen to it, because mine are big enough already.
If all stories were written like science fiction stories
If you appreciate puerile humour, don't miss this Lord Of The Rings spoof.

September 24, 2004

MSDN Universal for $375

  1. Join the Msft Partner program.
  2. Ship some software.
  3. ...
  4. Profit!

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In A.D. 2001, Microsoft was copying memes.

Kids for Free!

I have plenty, thanks, but you might want one.

OMG here's what I had for breakfast today LOL!

A fine example of what my blog isn't.
Ah, the perils of poorly tagged MP3s... Only now there's MusicBrainz to fix them up for you.

September 22, 2004

New from the Kleptones

The Kleptones invite you to a Night at the Hip-Hopera (download size: freakin' huge)
Meanwhile, Waxy has been gathering a list of all the samples.
FYI, the highly controversial Home Computers in 2004 picture turns out to have come from a Fark entry to mash up the innards of a submarine.
I don't often link to Flash animations, but this one about the dangers of Scrabble must not be missed.

September 21, 2004

The DirectX SDK has a rather handy utility called GraphEdit that lets you do handy things such as download WM[AV] streams to a file. Awfully handy if you need such a thing.

September 20, 2004

Fluffy bunnies in a toy car, looking somewhat concerned.
(Thanks, B3ta!)

September 17, 2004

On my quest for something I can hack to use at home to bounce ssh, /. reports that the Linksys NSLU2 can be hacked.
You don't have to use Ghost. Try Partimage, it's free!

September 15, 2004

September 14, 2004

Need a bootable linux CD? Check the List of Linux Live CDs.

September 10, 2004

The thing that intercepts audio playback to files on Linux is Vsound. For Windows, try VAC (or StepVoice, but it's just a normal sound recorder with MP3 out). On a Mac, it's WireTap.

September 08, 2004

With some editing, the "nice bash prompt" from this Script Showcase can be both handy and instructive.
Pesky government officials or homeowners associations or apartment managers telling you to take down your antennas? Check the FCC Fact Sheet on Placement of Antennas to see what they have to say.

September 07, 2004

Public Service Announcement: Don't post passwords to mailing lists.

August 30, 2004

Allegedly libopendaap may or may not do interesting or uninteresting things.

August 28, 2004

I keep finding machines that don't have a Divx / DX50 codec. ffdshow is the one tey need.

August 16, 2004

Yay! Peasant's Quest! (get it free here)

August 11, 2004

Oh no! Another spinoff of a famous meme: Bananaphone.

August 09, 2004

I always forget where to find great circle formulas when I need them.

August 05, 2004

The Source Code Archive is handy for all kinds of DSP algorithms.

August 04, 2004

Old news, but the FCC relaxed its rules about add-on antennas for Part 15 use.
Now you can squish a DVD down to 128MB to watch on your Smartphone or PocketPC.
(Thanks, Red Ferret!)

July 28, 2004

YES! I disabled Caps Lock!
(Thanks, John Haller!)
Everyone knows most of the plot already, but now we have an official title: Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Mark your calendar for May 19, 2005. And book a visit to the therapist on May 20, 2005.

July 23, 2004

Allegedly, you should set up speakers using the Golden Ratio.

July 21, 2004

Woohoo! My HK 3480, DX-C390, and my CHT-12 arrived yesterday. There has been an astonishing increase in sound quality in my living room. Now I have to keep waiting for my M3tis to arrive...

July 19, 2004

Google, circa 1960 - LOL

July 14, 2004

Find out what direction to point your TV antenna, and stop paying those pesky cable fees!

July 12, 2004

While we're doing music, try musicplasma - a music visual search engine
Cute flash app that plays Stairway to Heaven [for|back]wards, along with Another One Bites the Dust It's fun to smoke marijuana, Hit Me Baby One More Time Sleep With Me I'm Not Too Young, and others.
(Thanks, Google!)

July 09, 2004

July 08, 2004

A handy comparison chart of cassette decks in case you're buying. Also read user reviews.

July 05, 2004

The BBC Motion Gallery has lots of recently declassified released video clips.
Addictive Game of the Week. Avoid the bee.

July 02, 2004

The Blog Tops list helps you find current memes.

June 29, 2004

I should build some of these crazy antennas.

June 18, 2004

The folks at MD5CRK are trying to find a MD5 collision.

May 24, 2004

In a few days when my cheap broken Xbox arrives, I will need the Xbox pot tweaking tutorial so I can get the DVD drive working and run Linux on it.

May 19, 2004

Web sites making you log in for no good reason? Bug Me Not!

May 17, 2004

OK. I hate folding shirts. However, when I saw this Japanese shirt-folding video I was forced to immediately take off my shirt and fold it. And do you know what? It works, it's easy and it's fast! Next time I have to fold a hundred shirts, this will come in handy.

May 13, 2004

I'm pleased to see that research that doesn't suck is still happening.
Will Microsoft's open sourcery never end? This week it's the Windows Template Library.

May 12, 2004

Finally, you can see naked chicks on the internet [SFW]. Live webcam! They are indeed chicks. And they are quite naked.

May 10, 2004

My blog got a new look. Thanks to the Blogger team for making it happen!
Boy, do I sympathize with the guy who dug a hole in his back yard and then became an internet celebrity. When I released NetStumbler 0.4 I hit my monthly bandwidth quota in just a few days, and had to move all my downloads offsite.

April 13, 2004

If you're lucky enough to have Gmail, try Gmail Gems.

April 09, 2004

Why pay $hundreds whan you can have a $14 Steadycam?

March 29, 2004

I attended a talk by the Place Lab folks today. I think I can help them out.
Of all the dyndns clients in all the world, I had to find this one.

March 24, 2004

And while we're on AIM, let's talk to RecipeBuddie too.
Here's another way to waste hours of your day: Play old Infocom games via AIM. Similar to something I hacked up in VoiceXML a couple of years ago, only it works.

March 22, 2004

die kurvenfabrik can be your friend, if you speak German and want to get elliptic curve parameters by email.

March 16, 2004

Apparently these are Good Articles - who am I to disagree?

March 14, 2004

Where's a list of cryptographic libraries when you need one?

March 13, 2004

Looks like I found a search query for identity thieves.

March 01, 2004

I always wanted to build a desktop fusion reactor. I just don't have the time.

February 27, 2004

This is really funny, which is actually sad.

February 26, 2004

The web seems to be only sparsely populated with XHTML entity lists. I expected to find lots of them.
I should get one of these. Or maybe you will buy one for me.
Ever wondered how to use WinInet asynchronously? :-)

February 05, 2004

We all know how andy46477's ebay feedback made internet history. But it seems that stevebo is trying to catch up, one auction at a time.

February 04, 2004

I hadn't heard it called abandonware, but I wasted much time on it in my youth.

February 02, 2004

It looks like William Hung is going to be the new Mahir Cagri.

January 21, 2004

Everyone else will be blogging the Mars Fullscreen panoramic image, so I may as well do it too.