Thursday, February 24, 2005

Spyware infiltrates blogs

The problem only affects Web surfers using Microsoft's Internet Explorer who fail to choose the highest IE browser security settings. Visitors to Blogger's Blogspot.com network have complained that they were exposed to infected sites when they used the "Next Blog" link. One major culprit of malicious code was a service called iWebtunes.com, which lets people add music to the Web sites in the form of a couple lines of JavaScript code. Bloggers using Blogspot might embed the iWebtunes code into their template and then pass on the spyware unwittingly to visitors to their site.

full article here

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

New methods of solving ’hard’ computer problems

How to solve hard problems using computer cluster and the "super-linear speedup".

[Article][Presentation]

Monday, February 21, 2005

The Information Revolution: Myth or Reality?

Pythonner' classic literature serie:

The early work in the design of automatic information systems now goes back nearly [fifty] years. It may be useful to ask whether a great deal has changed in these twenty years, and if so, what contributions have been most influential and indicative of future trends. Two contradictory opinions are often heard: the optimists speak of the information revolution and think of mechanized international information networks; the pessimists, on the other hand, assert that little has changed and point to the continued use for well over twenty years of substantially unchanged file organizations, indexing systems, and search techniques.

- Gerard Salton, 1975

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Preventing Automated Login Attacks

When trying to prevent automatic login, many web sites use the CAPTCHA image test(Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart).

But, thinking outside the box, is there a more elegant solution that prevent brute force attacks?

Check this quite simple C# code.

The only problem may be that the hacker could take time to examine the site structure (e.g.: with regex) and identify the correct post arguments...

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Before to turn crazy

I monitor a web page that refresh every 5 seconds. When IE refreshes, it emits a small sound, a small "tic" or "click".. After a while, it becomes a real torture to hear...

The good news: specific sounds can be disabled but it took me a while to realize where to go..

To remove the sound, open your Control Panel. Doubleclick the "Sounds and Audio Devices" icon and choose the "Sounds" tab (win XP). Scroll down in the "Sound Events" window until you reach the "Windows Explorer" section. In this section there is a "Start Navigation" option to assign sounds to. In the "Name" Drop down menu select "None" and then hit "OK".

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Valentine day gift for my girlfriend

A good home-made cup of Chai Tea should do the job for Valentine's day

To prepare 2-3 cup of Chai tea:
  • 3 teabags black tea
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 inch piece of ginger root cut into 4 slices
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) cardamom seeds
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) whole cloves
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) whole coriander seeds
  • 1 cup (225 ml) milk
  • honey or other sweetener to taste

Bring water to boil in a saucepan. Add spices, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Add teabags and steep 10 minutes. Add milk and heat to drinking temperature-do not boil. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth or cotton dish towel. Serve with honey or other sweetener to taste.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Streamsicle

Streamsicle is a streaming MP3 server with a built-in web server. You and your friends can request songs from the server with your web browser while listening to the stream.

Independant radio for the office!


Thursday, February 03, 2005

Add Yahoo contextual search (Y!Q) to your Blog!

Y!Q enables a "related search" button on you site.
It allows your users get to search for related information about the content of small contexts within your page.

This page describes the general procedure to put Y!Q on your site.
But here's how you can automatically add Y!Q to every entry of your blog (this is for "Blogger"):


1- Edit your blog template

2- Add the following line of code inside the head tag:

<script language="javascript"
src="http://yq.search.yahoo.com/javascript/yq.js"></script>

3- Add the following lines of code inside the blogger <BlogItemTitle> special tag:

<form class="yq" action="http://yspot.search.yahoo.com/search" method="POST">
<input type="hidden" name="context" value="<$BlogItemTitle$>">
<div class="yqact">
<input class="yqbt" type="submit" value="Search Related Info"
onclick="return activateYQ(this)">
</div>
</form>


That way, each title of your blog will become a contextual search hotspot.

Enjoy!