Archive - Nov 2003

November 30th

what will they think of next

Today's "l337" thing to do: bluejacking. From the website

...using a phone with Bluetooth, you can create a phonebook contact and write a message, eg. 'Hello, you've been bluejacked', in the 'Name' field. Then you can search for other phones with Bluetooth and send that phonebook contact to them. On their phone, a message will popup saying "'Hello, you've been bluejacked' has just been received by Bluetooth" or something along those lines. For most 'victims' they will have no idea as to

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November 29th


This guy is not the same guy as this guy. The latter is a postdoc at the Media Lab who also likes to design. The former is a noveau music maker who was on last week's MTV Alert.


November 27th

apart from making cool software

she writes well too.


November 26th

mt vulnerability

MovableType users, there is a security issue that you need to tend to immediately. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Rename, relocate, or simply remove mt-send-entry.cgi. It's a formmail script, so people are using it* to spam other people. Of course, since it's your server that's sending out the Viagra emails, your server is going to be blacklisted when an anti-spam tracker detects it.
  2. (updated, thanks Adam) Add the following to your .htaccess file:
    <Files ~ "\.(ini|inc|tmpl|cfg)">
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multiproject boredom syndrome

Kasia Trapszo writes:

... I suppose programming is much like running a long race.. you start out all excited and full of joy, sweat through the middle, force yourself to keep going towards the end and always manage to find that little push to finish looking strong. After that it's just all joy and pride and happy, good feelings...

I find it both uncanny and reassuring that there are people on the other side of this planet with exactly the same kind of thoughts and experiences as me.


November 25th

[this is cool]

Search Engine Decoder: gives you the skinny on the who's-feeding-who dynamics of the search engine world. via Ev


November 24th


mozCC extension:

mozCC is an extension for Mozilla-based browsers, including Mozilla Firebird, Mozilla and Netscape, which provides a convenient way to examine Creative Commons licenses embedded in web pages. When license RDF is detected, mozCC does two things. First, it scans for license information pertaining to the current web page and places relevant icons on the status bar...

It's pretty useful, but I'm not too fond of the CC logo it adds to my navigation toolbar (you can remove that by right clicking and select

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November 23rd


CAT Exams Cancelled: The IIM entrance examination was cancelled today after the CBI busted a paper leak racket. My sympathies to all my friends who worked so hard preparing for it. Since the news was out only after the exam was conducted, all these poor souls had spent three hours of a wonderful Sunday morning toiling over something that they thought was the most important thing in their life! I guess they should view this as the ultimate simulated practice test: everything was exactly like the real thing!

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Arnab's Potato Peeling Algorithm

I've been using this method for a while now, and thought it would be nice to OpenSource it. It's great for peeling any amount of potatoes, and is much less wasteful than the conventional potato peeler method. Arnab's Potato Peeling Algorithm is licensed under the GPL. For best results, use fresh potatoes.

  1. Take a clean pad of your favourite abrasive based utensil cleaner (I use ScotchBrite). Make sure it's not the same one that your maid used to scrub the greasy dishes at home, or your potatoes will have that funny, soapy, smelly flavour. Trust me, I speak from experience.
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November 22nd


A Techie Dude journals his application process to the top B-schools in the United States.