December 28, 2006
Linux Kernel Mode Virtualization Benchmarks

I'm looking forward to playing with this new stuff. Here's an article on user-friendly virtualization for Linux.

Update: Found a video of KVM in action, running Windows XP on a Fedora Core 6 system using the latest kernel virtualization technology. Check out the cool XGL cube rotate!

Posted by Arcterex at 05:55 AM
December 27, 2006
XBox 360 Mouse and Keyboard Adapter

Hmm...... maybe this mouse and keyboard adapter for the XBox 360 could turn me away from the PC for gaming. I've been holding off getting a console of any sort simply because the games I enjoy playing are FPSs and I feel like a whale on acid trying to control any console FPSs through the silly controllers they use. Maybe this will be a turning point....

Posted by Arcterex at 01:47 PM
TV Infomercial Scams

A good analysis of the Cheesy TV Ads from companies like "" and the like, you know, the ones telling you how you can [fire your boss|make thousands|financial freedom|etc|etc|etc]. Anyway, a nice article from someone who did some research on this which tickled my fancy to read.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:53 PM

Very cool.... roomba + Wii + perl = RoombaWii - The Wii-mote controlled Roomba. Nice to see that an offshoot of the Wii system is that it appears to be quite hackable.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:18 AM
Fantastic 4 2 Trailer

This Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer - Teaser Trailer is much better than the Youtube video that was posted a couple of days ago. Nice and in HD, showing some good footage. Will be interesting to see how this franchise does. Any comic book experts want to point us newbies to info on what this silver surfer stuff is all about?

Posted by Arcterex at 10:10 AM
December 26, 2006
Piracy, the Clear Winner in the HD Disk Format Wars

A "ha ha true" article on how the HD disk format wars are over and piracy is the clear winner. Can't say that I disagree myself, the "benefits" given by increasing numbers of these new technologies really seems to be just masquerading erosion or usage rights, if you can see through the (sometimes very) thin veneer that's sloshed over it.

In the mean time, Piracy, the better choice (tm) flourishes. If you take 10 minutes to look around, you will see that every HD movie is now available on P2P networks. I haven't bothered to get one, so I can't comment on the quality, but it sure looks like availability is there. What was an underground clique in the 1980s and 1990s has become mainstream and so vastly much easier to do that it is laughable. Before the technology hits 1% market penetration it is comprehensively cracked and better for the consumer than the legit versions.

Anyway, even if you don't agree and think that any piracy makes you an evildoer going to hell, it's still an interesting look at things from The Inquirer.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:29 PM
December 23, 2006
Spiderman 3 Trailer

Spider-Man 3.

Nuff Said.

No HD trailer? For shame!

Posted by Arcterex at 11:31 PM
December Mac Chick of the Month at Macenstein

So if I said please look at the list below:

  • Beautiful girl
  • Mac user
  • Skintight black lether body suit

and said pick any three, you'd get Macenstein’s “Mac Chick of the Month” (December 2006): Kandice. Yummy. Thanks.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:10 PM
Twelve Networking Truths

RFC 1925 (rfc1925) - The Twelve Networking Truths

(3) With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. However, this is not necessarily a good idea. It is hard to be sure where they are going to land, and it could be dangerous sitting under them as they fly overhead.

Something for the guys at work I think.

Todays batches of links are via and btw, my saturday morning troll through while avoiding doing work in the basement with the other 6 people who are currently working in that crammed little space :)

Posted by Arcterex at 10:13 AM
OpenID ScreenCast

A cool screencast done by Simon Willison all about How to use OpenID. I've never heard of it before, but it sounds like an interesting way to do identity management. Of course, it needs more sites to become "big". The principle is similar to that of Six Apart's TypeKey service, just not tied to a single site.

From what I can see, OpenID is basically allows sites that "talk" the openID protocol to delegate identity management back to the site. So in theory I can set up to delegate as the authoritative domain for the ID, same as livejournal delegates identities for "username"

Never knew the capacity was there, potentially very cool and useful.

Now go forth and update your blogs!

Posted by Arcterex at 10:06 AM
Web Design Patters

Something like this would come in handy for both web designers and programmers who do web development alike. 37 Signals has a nice ditty with An Introduction to Using Patterns in Web Design. Basically ideas on how to chunk information together and how and why to make the end user web experience easier and more logical.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:43 AM
Wings and a JetPack

Oh my god, I so know what I want for Christmas now! Check out this video of a Swiss man flying with wings and a jet pack. Unbelievably cool!

Please mom please!?

Posted by Arcterex at 09:41 AM
December 22, 2006 Has New Test Interface

Someone discovered Ask X, a new web 2.0ish interface for Looks ok, the one interesting thing in there is the 'add to my stuff' button that appears when you mouseover search results. Haven't seen where to recover these though, potentially very useful feature though. Oh, and it suddenly decided that my browser wasn't new enough, or didn't have the settings it needed, even though I just completed a couple of test searches.

Oh well, it is still a testbed. Interesting to see what comes of it, and if it has any chance of gaining ground against google. I have a feeling not though, simply because of the google mindshare. I'm probably more interested in seeing google integrate some of the nice touches that has put in the new interface, which is a bad thought I know!

Posted by Arcterex at 10:46 AM
JS Client Side Table Sorting / Filtering

While I'm not a really big fan of JS, I am a huge fan of pre-made systems that easily plug into existing code and solve problems, say, easy and quick Table Sorting, Filtering, Etc. This solution from JavascriptToolbox has some really nice features. The only thing I don't see (yet, I might have just missed it) is a combination of sorting and paging.

Still, definitely something to plug into my next web project.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:20 AM
December 21, 2006
Another Addictive Flash Game

Argh! Apparently this game is called Distraction for a good reason.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:48 PM
100 Greatest Jokes (They Say)

Not sure if these are really the 100 Funniest Jokes of All Time, there are some good ones in there.

#42 - I was thrown out of NYU. On my metaphysics final, they caught me cheating. I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me. (Woody Allen)

Posted by Arcterex at 03:01 PM
FPS - The Pictorial History

Interesting and amusing article on The history of the FPS. A pictorial.. Pics of everything from 1974's "Spasim" to Doom in 1993. So how many of these did you play? I can only count 4 :(

Posted by Arcterex at 01:17 PM
Bad Home Inspection Pictures

Here's a very funny powerpoint of bad home inspection pictures. Duct tape used to repair structural timber, that sort of thing.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:32 PM
December 20, 2006
Ballad of the Noob (From Warcraft)

Funny video / song called ballad of the noob. Amusing no doubt for the WoW folks out there.

Posted by Arcterex at 05:35 PM
New Transformers Trailer

Sorry for the lack of posting lately, got hit with a bug or food poisoning or something.... anyway, here's a new Transformers movie trailer for your enjoyment. Shows a lot more than the previous teaser, though not nearly enough IMO :)

Posted by Arcterex at 11:59 AM
December 15, 2006
Adobe CS3 Beta Online

Well Adobe Labs has the new Photoshop CS3 Beta available for download. If you don't have a valid CS2 key you get two days with it.

I've played briefly with it and saw some new stuff.

  • New look (similar to the dark theme of lightroom
  • Much improved black and white converter (control individual channels)
  • Apparently much improved photo merge functionality (have not used it yet myself)
  • Smart select
  • Automatic layer alignment and blending,
  • Much more....

Dr. Brown has some CS3 video tutorials online for your watching pleasure as well.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:09 PM
Die Hard 4 Trailer On YouTube

Title pretty much says it all..... the Die Hard 4 teaser looks as action packed as the first three. We'll see about plot though :)

Posted by Arcterex at 12:33 PM
Cat and Mice Armor

Iambe just threw me a link to a gallery of armor for Cats & Mice. Truely cool! Aryk, please make some armor like this for my cats.

From the FAQ:

Q. Have you ever put a mouse into a suit of armour?

A. If there was one question that I have been asked the most, this is the one. I have not put a mouse into a suit of armour. I have, however, tried it with one of my cats, and have the scars to prove it. Yes, it can be done, but that's not the point.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:44 AM
You know It's Going to be a Bad Day When....


  • Get so many "host down" alerts on your blackberry that you are convinced that it's a malfunction with the monitoring server, not the actual machines
  • One of the two bridges to the north shore is closed (and hear rumors of it taking two and a half hours to get across the other)
  • You get to work and discover that the other office where all your clients servers are located is completely without power
  • Your see OpenNMS has only 10 servers with problems recorded.... until you notice the last item on the list is "59 more..."
  • The guy who normally rolls in at 9:30 or 10 has been here since 5 am
  • You discover that it was decided at 6:30am to do a "midnight move" of all client machines from the other office (without power) to the new one (with power) with no plan, prep, or warning
  • Decide to completely ignore email as there's really no point at this point

I so wish I could write "found this funny list at xxx's blog :)

I am now going to go and hide under my desk...

Posted by Arcterex at 08:31 AM
December 14, 2006
More Crazy US "News" Network

You americans are insane sometimes you know that?

Posted by Arcterex at 11:49 PM
Photoshop CS3 Beta Tomorrow

DPReview confirms that there will be a Adobe Photoshop CS3 Beta tomorrow. You'll need CS2 or the beta expires in 2 days. Adobe claims that CS3 is "packed with new features"... interesting to see what's new.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:30 PM
New MythTV 'In a Box' CD

MythDora is similar to Knoppmyth, only based on Fedora instead of Debian. The main point that I like is the auther of the screencast has the same PVR card as I do (the PVR-350) so the setup that is described is a good model for people with the 350 card. This version also uses a slightly newer version of MythTV than (I think) the knoppmyth distro uses, so it might be a good way to upgrade. Be good to find out if my random MythTV freezes are caused by software or hardware as well.

Update: Updated Link

Posted by Arcterex at 11:26 AM
New Harry Potter Trailer

So looks like we'll have to wait another seven months for the new Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:41 AM
December 13, 2006
Training a Cat

Apparently training a cat is easier than training programmers...

Posted by Arcterex at 02:49 PM
December 12, 2006
Terabithia Movie Coming Next Year

I'm not sure how I feel about this (again). Seems that Disney is making a movie of the book Bridge to Terabithia. This was one of my favorite books as a young lad, and actually disturbed me a lot, if anyone remembers how it ended. Can justice be done? I mean they did Narnia last year (not bad) are redoing Transformers (potentially horrible, but we'll see), and Charlotte's Web (trailers look good, but will they come through?) and seem to be on a tear of movies with their origins in the 80s. Maybe this is a case of all the kids of that generation (ie: me) getting old enough to now make movies and are deciding to make their favorite childhood stories.

So yea, there's a trailer, clicky clicky and tell me what you think.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:00 AM
December 11, 2006
Case Mod Voting

Super-cool case mods at Mod of the Year 2006. Check it out and vote for your favorite.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:42 AM
Wall O Computers

Need a wall and have some extra computers? Check out the Mauritian Sunset by Sandy Smith. I love this close up.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:15 AM
Bob Saget - Danny Taner is not Gay - Funny song/video

Anyone remember Full House? If so, you probably thought that Bob Saget was kinda a lame wanker.... (sorry Bob, but it's true)... the Americas Funniest Home Videos didn't bolster his image. After hearing an interview with Saget on the Stern show revealed this guy is not only a hilarious comic, but nice and dirty as well. Therefor I present to you a find from Digg in the form of a song performed by previously mentioned comic called Danny Taner is Not Gay.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:11 AM
December 09, 2006
Hilarous Exit Interview

Very amusing scan of v2's Verizon Exit Interview.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:42 AM
December 08, 2006
Monty Python on YouTube

Someone's gotten a list of 59 amazing sketches of the Monty Python on YouTube.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:05 PM
December 06, 2006
Gods Inbox

This PDF of God's Inbox (found on is more funny for the stuff that's not front and center than the actual inbox. IE: the pics, folders and videos on the desktop in the background.

*grumble* no idea why they had to make it a pdf when a jpg would have done fine though... *grumble*

Posted by Arcterex at 09:51 PM
Another XBox 360 vs PS3 Graphics Quality Comparison

Interesting graphical comparison of Xbox 360 Versus PlayStation 3 Comparison. Some of the shots really don't show any quality difference to my eyes, just different lighting or shading. Still, if you're considering one or the other and have an uber-TV, these are the things you need to know.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:42 PM
Smirnoff Ads

Neat Smirnoff campaign ads, some NSFW lower down on the page (right after the garden gnomes). Pretty funny stuff.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:19 AM
Spam on the Rise

Think your spam box has gotten bigger recently? Well, you're right. Good article in the NY Times about it. I've heard other figures saying there's been an 80% increase lately. Not fun at all.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:10 AM
December 05, 2006
Awesome Fractal Images

This is for my own use at work tomorrow.... a gallery of amazing flame fractals.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:40 PM
100th What the Duck Strip Celebration

A new favorite cartoon of mine is What The Duck, humor for photographers. Today is The 100th What the Duck Comic Strip and the author, Aaron Johnson is having a bit of a celebration, with links, guest cartoonists (love the Australian one), and Q&A. Check out the link for more info.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:54 AM
Content System Comparison

Web ferret extroirdinaire Darren pointed me to a link of Content Management Systems I Would Or Wouldn’t Fuck. Title pretty much says it all.... my CMS Of choice is sadly in the "wouldn't" category:

Looks like it used to be a lot of fun when it was younger; now it just sort of lays there and doesn’t do much. Takes forever to refresh. Spends most of its time changing in and out of different outfits.

Thanks for the early morning laugh dude. Now I have to investigate all the ones in the "would" category.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:51 AM
December 04, 2006
Halo 3 HD Trailer

What's to say, looks yummy! Halo 3 Movie.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:55 PM
Funny Firefox Ad

Cute Firefox ad on YouTube with some good animation.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:04 PM
New Trillian Version Taking Alpha Testers

Cerulean Studios (makers of trillian) are now taking alpha signups for their next gen client that I wrote about a few days ago.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:16 PM
Map of the Federation of Plants

For the super-geeky among us, check out this map of the federation of planets.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:09 PM
December 03, 2006
Encrypted Devices Under Linux HOWTO

Found a good tutorial on how to Encrypt devices using dm-crypt and LUKS.

Posted by Arcterex at 06:27 PM
December 01, 2006
15 Hottest Sci-Fi Babes

Big collection of sci-fi babes. I can't disagree with any of their pics...

Posted by Arcterex at 11:12 PM
Linux and Out of Memory Situations

Here's a good article on what happens When Linux Runs Out of Memory. It goes deep into the ins and outs of OOM (out of memory) situations and exactly what is going on when say, you run your backups and mysqld gets killed by the "OOM-Killer". Not that I'm talking from personal experience, no, not at all :P

Posted by Arcterex at 08:54 AM