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  • Research Finds Effects of GSM Signals on Sleep
    12/31/2007 1:47PM
    As reported on slashdot: *"The effects of mobile phone radiation on sleep were studied in Sweden in a [laboratory experiment][1] where subjects were exposed either to 884 MHz GSM radiation or placebo. The study finds that compared to placebo, in the radiation-exposed subjects there was a prolonged latency to ... Read Full Article
  • Single brain cell's power shown
    12/22/2007 10:52AM
    A recent European study indicates that individual brain cells may be far more capable than previously understood. Get the details [here.][1] [1]: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/7151920.stm ... Read Full Article
  • Solaris 10, PHP 5, Mysql 5 and Mysql Client API version 4.0.24
    12/19/2007 5:31PM
    This was a head scratcher. I had the misfortune of working on a Solaris 10 server today that exhibited the most bizarre problem. Despite having Mysql 5.0.45 installed in /usr/local/mysql and explicitly setting --with-mysql=/usr/local/mysql PHP configure option, phpinfo() consistently reported that the Mysql Client ... Read Full Article
  • AOL.COM and YAHOO.COM Whitelist info.
    12/15/2007 6:16PM
    I keep forgetting to put this somewhere where I will find it again. If you have alot of customers that user AOL.COM and you want to send out announcements it's a good idea to get on their whitelist. [http://postmaster.aol.com/whitelist/ ][1] Here's some more information I found through google: Read Full Article
  • Holiday shopping season prediction
    11/30/2007 12:38PM
    The hottest holiday gift this year for parents will be a home lead testing kit.  Stock up now before they're gone. ... Read Full Article
  • Kubuntu 7.10 on Dell Vostro 400n
    11/23/2007 8:15PM
    There is an issue with recent 2.6 kernels and some ATA/SATA controllers which I have run into while trying to install both CentOS 5 and Kubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon). Initially, even the boot CD would not work from the builtin DVD reader. To boot the first time I used an external USB DVD. The relevant error was " ... Read Full Article
  • OpenOffice XHTML XSLT export filter
    09/18/2007 1:59PM
    As part of large project I'm working on, I need to create some kind of context sensitive online help system for a web application. I've used [LyX][1] in the past and exported that to [DocBook][2] which I then ran through an HTML filter but it's clumsy and there's no good maintainable way to link sections of the webapp ... Read Full Article
  • Tricks for Virtualizing a Redhat 6.1 installation.
    07/28/2007 12:46PM
    The machine this site is running on is an old dual PIII 600. The unfortunate thing is that some of the software running on it uses binary-only components that won't run under later versions of linux. So while I work on a replacement for those components, we're stuck running dns1 for the foreseeable future. The ma ... Read Full Article
  • Article about the 0.1 release of Linux
    07/27/2007 11:36AM
    Cool article covering a bit of increasingly ancient linux history: [**Linux: The 0.01 Release**][1]The first Linux distribution I used was SLS and included the .99pl12 kernel if I remember correctly. I had been working under SCO Unix for quite a while at that point and encountering Linux freed me from that hell. It's ... Read Full Article
  • mod_evasive for the Apache web server
    07/26/2007 6:36PM
    In case you're looking for the current version of the mod_evasive Apache web server module, it is located here: mod_dosevasive automatically responds to small to medium level abuse of a web server. Of late, we've been getting hit by some burdensome attacks so ... Read Full Article
  • How to boot Knoppix from a USB CD on an old machine without bios support.
    07/23/2007 1:48PM
    Sometimes finding answers to the dirt simple questions is the most challenging. **The question:** You want to boot Knoppix. You have an old machine on which the ATAPI CDROM has died. You have a USB CDROM lying around you could use, but oh wait, the BIOS on your old machine does not support booting from a USB ... Read Full Article
  • Personal Stock Streamer by DTLink Software
    07/19/2007 1:23PM
    If you are looking for [DTLink Software][1] and/or Personal Stock Streamer you've come to the wrong place. Check out and . To get in touch with me, please use the form. [1]: http://www.dtlink.com ... Read Full Article
  • 1987 SeaRay Mercruiser 5.7l disassembly photos
    07/04/2007 3:29PM
    Over dinner, Lance and I speculated on what could have gone wrong with Duncan's 5.7l Mercruiser. Did one of the heads crack? Did the head gasket fail? Was there some assembly mistake? Did the block crack? We figured the block must have cracked between the cylinder and the cooling passages near the bottom of the c ... Read Full Article
  • 1987 SeaRay 250 Engine Removal Photos
    07/02/2007 7:34PM
    Poor Duncan. After having just put two brand new heads on his Mercruiser 5.7l V8 drive engine, the block self-destructed on the first outing spewing a disgusting oil/water emulsion everywhere. Duncan and Lance asked to borrow the [building][1] to pull the engine out of the boat. The pictures of this hercule ... Read Full Article
  • Vista Windows Movie Maker lockup fix
    06/02/2007 2:22PM
    To test our software products for Microsoft Windows Vista compatibility, [DTLink][1] picked up an HP Pavilion Entertainment PC with Vista Home for real cheap. On a lark, I've dumped the Deals' Gap video footage I took onto that laptop and have been putting together a movie using Windows Movie Maker. At the point ... Read Full Article
  • Tuning LAMP installs
    05/27/2007 11:29AM
    For those of your running Linux/Apache/PHP/Mysql (and how many of your aren't?) here's a good article from IBM on performance tuning: Of particular note is a project they reference called eAccelerator located: ... Read Full Article
  • Deal's Gap Motorcycle Trip Pictures
    05/23/2007 12:56PM
    Being unusually proactive, I put together an album of photos from our motorcycle trip down to the Smokey Mountains and Deal's Gap: [http://www.yml.com/uploaded\_html/albums/dealsgap\_2007][1] Trip report is here: [http://yml.com/forums.html?post_id=1288][2] [1]: http://www.yml.com/uploaded_html/albums ... Read Full Article
  • Buying Into Patent Lawsuits
    05/03/2007 12:16PM
    A glimmer of hope from the WashingtonPost: "The most grating fact about many of these lawsuits is that they were brought by companies with little or no record of doing much with their patented innovations. It can seem that patent lawsuits are the last refuge of the incompetent -- and an annoyingly effective ... Read Full Article
  • Millions Of Chickens Fed Tainted Pet Food
    05/02/2007 2:52PM
    As reported by the Washington Post: "At least 2.5 million broiler chickens from an [Indiana][1] producer were fed pet food scraps contaminated with the chemical melamine and subsequently sold for human consumption, federal health officials reported yesterday." You can read [the full article here.][ ... Read Full Article
  • Practical Atmospheric C02 Scrubbing
    04/26/2007 9:16AM
    Looks like a small startup in Arizona has gotten through the first stages of testing an atmospheric C02 scrubbing device; Get the details [here.][1] If they continue to be successful, one can only hope they go public... [1]: http://www.physorg.com/news96732819.html ... Read Full Article
  • Bee Colony Collapse Disorder in Germany
    04/11/2007 1:25PM
    As reported by Der Spiegel, As far back as 2005, Haefeker ended an article he contributed to the journal *Der Kritischer Agrarbericht* (Critical Agricultural Report) with an Albert Einstein quote: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more b ... Read Full Article
  • Excellent article on Mortgage Fraud
    04/10/2007 10:58AM
    As reported by washingtonpost.com: "In some neighborhoods, mortgage fraud became so extensive that it drove up overall home prices. That is what happened in Atlanta. Hill, 50, was convicted last month in what authorities call one of the biggest mortgage-fraud cases in U.S. history. It involved 400 fraudulent ... Read Full Article
  • SSH Shut Out
    04/05/2007 5:49PM
    We're getting hit by ssh dictionary attacks much more frequently now. I just installed a daemon called "SShutOut" available from [http://www.techfinesse.com/sshutout/sshutout.html.][1] It's very quick to install and runs in the background to monitor the /var/log/messages file for excessive failed logi ... Read Full Article
  • Open Source Business Blog
    03/13/2007 6:55PM
    Came across a very interesting presentation on open source business models. blog entry here: [http://stephesblog.blogs.com/my\_weblog/2007/03/the\_best_presen.html][1] [1]: http://stephesblog.blogs.com/my_weblog/2007/03/the_best_presen.html ... Read Full Article
  • startupping
    02/21/2007 1:13PM
    As reported on slashdot [here][1]: *"Today I launched a new site, [Startupping][2], dedicated to helping Internet entrepreneurs. For the launch I asked several successful entrepreneurs about [lessons they learned starting and running Internet companies][3]. The first set of replies includes responses from Pau ... Read Full Article