Archive for November, 2007

Perfect Storm for Phishing

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

The Government’s cavalier handling of our personal data is now well publicised. What mystifies me is what’s keeping the phishing scammers from taking advantage of it. I haven’t yet seen any emails purporting to be from the Government trying to get people to register to protect their details.

It’s just a matter of time before some scammer realises that they don’t need the HMRC discs, just enough people who are so worried about the HMRC scandal that they don’t think straight when reading about a way to protect their personal information.

Printer status feedback

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

I’ve been asked about this, so here is a brief summary of the current abilities and limitations of Fedora 8 regarding printer status feedback i.e. getting errors and warnings (paper out, low ink, that sort of thing) to the person who needs to know.


Milk bottle tops

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Milk bottle topLooks like the birds in this area are wise to the old “peck the milk bottle tops” trick. But do birds like milk? I’m not sure I really see what’s in it for them except to annoy people.

Of course, I’m assuming it was done by a bird and that the milkman didn’t put his thumb through the top by accident — but if you look closely, it looks like there is a small hole that’s been pecked (see exhibit A, left).

Anyone know what sort of bird does this, and why? Perhaps magpies, trying to collect silvery things?

Screencast of “new printer” bubbles

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

Thumbnail for screencastI’ve just made a quick screencast showing the “new printer” notification bubbles, as well as a “low ink” notification when printing to an HP printer connected to another machine. I used Fedora 8 “Werewolf” (rc3 plus updates) for this. I didn’t bother showing a “paper out” notification — it looks largely the same.


Pre-order now! (13 years early)

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Not long to wait now for the DVD box set of The Wonder Years. You can pre-order it now at Amazon… but can that release date really be right?