Monthly Archives: January 2007

What’s happening with Version Control Systems?

I’ve long had an interest in version control systems (VCS), also known as source code management (SCM) systems — beginning with RCS, SCCS and CVS. CVS was already showing it’s age when I started using it in 1998. When the company I worked for, Axent, was acquired by Symantec in 2000, we switched to using […]

Software: Quicksilver (Mac) and Launch Box (Gnome)

Quicksilver reportedly makes people more productive on their Mac OS X computers. http://theappleblog.com/2005/02/18/quicksilver-changes-everything http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quicksilver_(software) For Windows: http://www.humanized.com/products/ For linux: http://developer.imendio.com/projects/gnome-launch-box (early stages of development)

HOWTO Make Windows XP unusable

A friend of mine was cleaning out what he thought was cruft from his c:\Windows\System32 directory when he deleted oembios.dat. His computer failed to boot after that, and a system restore disk didn’t help. Although he could boot into a command prompt, he couldn’t boot up in safe mode. He fixed the problem by copying […]

Phishing Fraud in 2007

Netcraft: Phishing Attacks Continue to Grow in Sophistication http://tinyurl.com/vwmvw “The Year in PhishingPhishing attacks are continually evolving, as fraudsters develop new strategies and quickly refine them in an effort to stay a step ahead of banking customers and the security community. Here are some of the phishing trends and innovations we noted in 2006” Plug […]

No-hassle online backup software

No-hassle online backup software for Windows XP: http://mozy.com and http://carbonite.com. Five dollars per month. Not bad. I heard about these from listening to this podcast on usability of software Why Software Sucks by David Platt http://cdn.itconversations.com/ITC.TM-DavidPlatt-2007.01.02.mp3 What is the most important thing to the average computer user? They want their machine to “just work”. Why […]

Sony Clie Fixed

A few months ago, my Sony Clie PEG T-615C stopped hot-syncing and stopped charging. I would have backed up to a memory stick, but the slot was destroyed a couple of years ago when my then-two-year old son tried to jam the stylus into the wrong spot. I lost some data when the battery finally […]

VMWare and Upgrading to Fedora Core 6

I upgraded my desktop machine at work from Fedora Core 5 to Fedora Core 6, and since I run the free VMWare Player (the free VMWare Server is also a fine product), I knew I’d have to get it working after the upgrade. It could have been as simple as running ‘vmware-config.pl’, but it wasn’t. […]