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Eduroam / VU-Campusnet settings

With these settings, I *should* be able to get my N810 online at my university

Luminaries look to the future web

Some thoughts on the next 15 years of Web

The Great Ubuntu-Girlfriend Experiment

Interesting article on a new user's actions on a fresh Ubuntu install. Might help making programs a bit easier on first use, but I also agree with the first comment on initial tweaking

Binary marble adding machine

Marbles are fun :) Also check out this marble pump

Serious car cloning

Don't mind the Polish texts if you can't read them, as the pictures speak for themselves. Some serious car cloning going on! Fun thing is, some of the clones look better than the originals

Dealing with an (IT) bully

Some good advice when dealing with someone who's bullying users or coworkers around

Firefox 2 Vista Black theme

For those stuck on that operating system, get this Firefox theme to make your world a bit prettier

Halifax Bank Security


The banker tapped my account number from my ATM card in, and then printed out a sheet that summarized my details: name, DOB, address, phone numbers, etc. He slid it across the table and asked me to double check that the details were correct. At this point, I could have been any mugger off the street who just withdrew several hundred pounds and had the full details of whoever I mugged. I'm fairly sure I could have closed the account and withdrawn the funds in full, without any security challenges.

eyeOS - Web Desktop

An online desktop, surprisingly usable. Quite some features are present already. Check it out!

Ugly notification area in GNOME

This redesign looks really nice. Now to get such a design in xfce4 [or in real life at all] too and I'm happy :)

Oklahoma Leaks Tens of Thousands of Social Security Numbers, Other Sensitive Data

SQL queries in URL's, they are reality. Is your information save?

Interview with Wes Cherry, author of Solitaire

Nice interview, love the images too


A light intermezzo. Gah, now I'm hungry


DIY SID synthesizer, built on old Commodore64 hardware. Neat!

Ajatus CRM

Ajatus is a revolutionary CRM that runs as a local Ajax web application on your own computer. It uses the CouchDb object database for data storage and enjoys a wide range of plug-in and replication possibilities. With Ajatus you can keep track of your

  • Notes
  • Contacts
  • Appointments
  • Hour reports
  • Expense reports

...and as Ajatus is very extensible, anything else you need.


Document-oriented database instead of relational, and having optimisations for hooking into a webapp. Interesting concept.

What CouchDB is:

  • A document database server, accessible via a RESTful JSON API.
  • Ad-hoc and schema-free with a flat address space.
  • Distributed, featuring robust, incremental replication with bi-directional conflict detection and management.
  • Query-able and index-able, featuring a table oriented reporting engine that uses Javascript as a query language.

What it is Not:

  • A relational database.
  • A replacement for relational databases.
  • An object-oriented database. Or more specifically, meant to function as a seamless persistence layer for an OO programming language.

A Cat Playing The Theremin

Cats and theremins, what else do you need?

Magic Pen - Free drawing puzzle game

Really nicely done, and addictive!

256 colours in vim

Combine with Zenburn, and you have quite a nice looking editor

Optimus Maximus: at long last, we bring one home to test!

Really interesting to see how you could change the layout so easily with the software. This device has quite some potential. Not sure how much *need* I'll have for one, but it's darn cool :) Also see this quick overview of the keyboard [with various modes and status messages and the smaller 3-key edition]

Vista's UAC security prompt was designed to annoy you

At the RSA 2008 confab in San Francisco, Microsoft admitted that UAC was designed, in fact, to annoy. Microsoft's David Cross came out and said so: "The reason we put UAC into the platform was to annoy users. I'm serious," said Cross.

This isn't a total revelation. UAC was designed to get in your face; it's all about that "hey, you sure about that bauddy?", second-guessing thing. It's a less intimidating, less entertaining version of Clint Eastwood saying, "do you feel lucky, punk?" All this because you wanted to do something unimpressive like view all running processes on your system or install GAIM.

What makes UAC annoying is that it's a half-breed of sorts. UAC is not a security barrier, which is one of the reasons why users hate it: they don't see the point in a process elevation alert box that asks you to click "OK," as opposed to inputting a password when you're an admin.

They made it annoying to encourage developers to make their programs and installers less intrusive, but in the process totally ruining the user experience. Way to go for a "security measurement".

Cabinet for girl who wanted 'Cab, init?'

Maybe, just maybe, if you are asking for something like that, you should speak clearly and not append words possibly altering the meaning, or use some slang on an official service. It might not help you at all ;)

India's 'sensory assault course'

Or, how the Indian bazars with their choice, sensory attack and service are a much nicer alternative to the western-styled supermarkets trying to get a foothold in that country

HardSID - The SID 6581/8580 synthesizer

Gotta love that Commodore64 sound!

House Stealing

Hm, that sounds too easy. Scary

Asus Eee 701 vs. Nokia N810 - Linux Fight!

Comparison of Asus Eee 701 laptop with the Nokia N810 [yeah, it's an old post, but nice to see them side-to-side]

Workstation 6.5 Beta 1 - Now with 100% more Unity!

Let's hope this goodness will be available for other desktop environments too - I would love to be able to do these kinds of tricks in xfce4!

Stealth USB CapsLocker

Awesome prank gadget

A Beamer theme for NTNU

Nice example of a LaTeX Beamer template, which you can tweak or use to base your own ideas on

Happy Run Some Old Web Browsers Day!

Until now, and all URLs under it just redirected to, then redirected a dozen more times before taking you to some AOL portal page. The old URLs that were baked into the toolbar buttons of the original web browsers didn't work any more. But now, if you fire up a copy of Mosaic Netscape 0.9, and click on the various toolbar buttons, they will work again! For example, in the old browsers, when you clicked on the "What's New" toolbar button, it went here.

Good times

ThinkGeek - Plastic Surgeon Package Opener

Cut open those annoying packages without them cutting open you

LaTeX PDF production

For future reference; contains quite a lot of handy tips and tweaks for creating a nice PDF from your work

Neal Stephenson Responds With Wit and Humor

[A somewhat old, but fun] interview with Neil Stephenson, of "Snow Crash" and "Cryptonomicon" fame. Nice read

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