Archive for October, 2009

I, Robot?

October 24, 2009 Leave a comment

If I fail a CAPTCHA, does that make me a robot?  Can I use that as a reverse Turing test?

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Luckiest Man in Russia

October 20, 2009 Leave a comment

This guy is crossing the street in the crosswalk and with a green signal.  He makes a split second decision that saves his life.  I think if it was me, I would have froze.

In case your wondering, he does get away in time.  The full story which looks like it comes from a Russian news station shows the video at a different angle.

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V Is Back

October 16, 2009 Leave a comment

Looks like ABC is showing a remake of the 80’s television mini-series V.  If I recall correctly, the original V was about alien visiting Earth with promises of uplifting humanity, but they were out to steal our water.  Looks interesting, the trailer is below.   It starts Nov 3 on ABC.

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Export Putty Settings With a Single Command

October 9, 2009 10 comments

There are many ways to export your saved settings from PuTTY.  PuTTY stores its settings in your system register so in the end all the methods export the registry settings to a file that can later be imported to restore the settings.  The quickest way to do this to run the following command in the Start | Run box (all one line):

regedit /e “%userprofile%\desktop\putty.reg” HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Simontatham

Thats it.  That is all there is to it.  On your desktop you now have a file named “putty.reg” that you can copy to another machine or save as a backup for your PuTTY settings.  To restore your settings just double click on the file.

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Safari Auto Fill URL with WWW and .COM

October 8, 2009 5 comments

Firefox has a feature where it will automatically insert the www and .com for the URL if you hit control + enter.  Safari has a similar feature that works more intuitively.  In Safari, If your typing a .com domain, you don’t need to enter the www and the .com.  For example, if you enter “cnn” into address bar safari will automatically go to “”.


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Mike Bloomberg Owns Twitter!

October 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Mike Bloomberg Owns Twitter!  The keyword, that is.  Apparantely, Mike Bloomberg has purchased the keyword “Twitter” in Google Adsense so that Google searches for “Twitter” show an ad for Mike Bloomberg’s twitter account.  This doesn’t seem to be the most targeted campaign.  Why doesn’t he just buy the keywords “Whom should I vote for mayor of New York City?”

Bloomber Twitter Ad

You can see the ad by doing a google search for “Twitter”.  It might not be up every time, but the screen shot above is what I saw.

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Top 5 iPhone Improvements That Should Be In The Next iPhone Update

October 5, 2009 Leave a comment

iPhone Home Screen

Besides the usual iPhone complains about AT&T service, tethering, price, etc.  These are the improvements I’d like to see in the next iPhone app and all of these are doable.

5.  Variable brightness.  There is an “Auto-Brightness” setting on the iPhone but I have not noticed my phone ever changing brightness on its own.  The phone should use a mixture of outside brightness and time of day to determine the level of brightness.  If I’m checking time in the dark and in the middle of the night I would rather not be blinded by my phone’s brightness.  Or if I’m catching up on my FML before sleep I’d rather not have my pupils fully dilated.

4. Location based security.  When I’m at home I don’t really need the passcode lock enabled.  It would be cool to set up “safe zone” Wi-Fi locations where security settings are disabled when your in range and then re-enabled when you leave.  For example, you could have security features automatically set to their most strict settings when you leave your home Wi-Fi area in the morning and then switch to a more relaxed security posture when you arrive at work.

3.  Smart home screen.  The home screen of the iPhone should adjust based on your location or current task.   I would like to be able to setup one home screen for work and another for home.  The home screen’s would automatically be updated based on location.  Also, I would like to set up custom home screens for when I am walking or driving.  My walking home screen would have apps you would use while walking and my driving home screen would have apps that are good to use while in the car.  The phone should be able to tell whether your walking or driving automatically based on the location services built in to the iPhone.  When the phone knows you are driving it could also handle events differently.  If your driving and the phone rings it could automatically answer and turn on speaker phone.

2. Secure home screen.  One of the home screen tabs should be setup as a secure home screen.  The last home screen  tab should have a separate password protecting it so that you can place all your banking, finance and other apps with personal information on the page. 

1.  Secure Apps.  Secure apps would be the iPhone version of an SSL protected site.  You would be assured that the secured apps are from the providers they claim to be and use encryption to transmit your information.  It is only a matter of time before app phishing becomes a real problem.  There are many banking and finance apps available in the app store which give you as much access to your account as the providers website but you have no way of knowing how secure your data is.  Can you use the eTrade app over a public Wi-Fi?  I’d like to be able to know for sure.

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