Ruminations Galore

Archive for March, 2005

30
Mar

Techy Spam Protection

We have all heard about using disposable email addresses and placing smart words into the email address so that humans can read it and the bots get foxed. Here I discuss it again. mailto is evil You may wonder why I said this – the mailto tag makes it very easy for bots to track [...]

30
Mar

PHP and Error Control

PHP offers a unique way of error control. Keeping it away so no one notices! The @ operator, when prepended to any expression, ignores the error message generated from that expression. The @ operator works on one rule, if “it” can take a value then you can prepend “it” with the @ operator. This means [...]

30
Mar

ImageMagick: A graphics wizard for the command line

Now tell me if the title has left any room for confusion! It is not the title I had submitted for the article but it is good enough – self explanatory, simple and to the point. I first used ImageMagick to resize images to use on my old blog at blogspot. I must say that [...]

30
Mar

Intel asks to fold up its Open Source License

This comes in the wake of a lot of dicussions being done, and by known names, that the market is saturated with all the Open Source Licenses. The move, has been accepted with no loud support nor rebuked with intense emotion. It seems people are taking this slow. I believe that it is good. In [...]

17
Mar

Gmail up for grabs at google

It has now been confirmed. Google has started giving gmail accounts on their main page. But, don’t rush in to find one yet. The frequency is one in 20. Which means, one in 20 visitors to the main page would see the offer. Marissa Mayer is quoted as confiming the sightings. Have heart, the frequency [...]

17
Mar

Get your copyrights straight!

No, I am not encouraging people to copyright their work. I am neither trying to tell them otherwise. Their work, their choice, their decision. I am simply asking them to respect the copyrights of others. The problem, which has been around for long, especially with all the works published under any open source license, is [...]

07
Mar

Ifs and Ofs of hard disc partition cloning

Great minds have often stressed on the importance of backing up data. ‘You never know when that backup will come handy’, they say. Sure. But are proprietary software the only way? Let’s talk about the low level data transfer command, popularly known as ‘dd’. The Problem You either are the precautious type, having a backup [...]

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