July 12, 2003

This week's free eBooks for Microsoft Reader are available ...

... at http://www.microsoft.com/reader/promotions/free_shop.asp. The books are

"I Am Madame X" by Gioia Diliberto
"Open Innovation" by Henry Williams Chesbrough
"Joy luck Club" by Amy Tan

Posted by tony at 09:20 AM | Comments (0)

I didn't realize ...

... but the default MTU size on Windows XP systems will often reduce the throughput of PPPoE connections. You need to check out your provider's MTU size and adjust accordingly (thanks to Scot's Newsletter for this). In it he makes reference to SpeedGuide.net, a site I haven't been to in a long time, spending instead, a lot of my time on the DSLReports site. But the SpeedGuide.net site has got a lot of good information on it that DSLReports only has in its forums like its Windows 2000/XP Registry Tweaks as well as downloads like the TCP Optimizer which will optimize your settings for your provider.

Some of the stuff is wildly out of date (a review of Tiny Software Personal Firewall V1.0 from 2000?) but the downloads and the tweaks and the news are worthwhile. Just wish they had an RSS feed.

BTW, check out the current issue of Scot's Newslettercause he's got a review of VoIP residential provider Vonage.

Posted by tony at 08:49 AM | Comments (0)


There's a nice collection of online tools at http://www.dnsstuff.com that can give information based on IP address or domain name including DNS server response time, traceroute, reverse DNS lookup, CIDR/netmask lookup and ping. Thanks to 07/10/2003 Lockergnome Windows Daily for this site.

Posted by tony at 08:23 AM | Comments (0)

July 11, 2003

These are TOO funny

I think I heard of these two before but Dan Gillmor's weblog entry brought them to mind again. Give it a shot.

In case you have something against going to Gillmor's journal, go to Google and search for "French military victories". Click the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button instead of the "Google Search" button.

The other one is to search for "weapons of mass destruction" and hit the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.

Posted by tony at 10:37 PM | Comments (0)

RSS feeds at Microsoft

Found this posting in the Scobleizer weblog listing RSS feeds from and about Microsoft. This link at Microsoft lists all the MSDN-related RSS feeds. He's also got this link to a feed that lists the newest additions to the Microsoft download site. And don't forget the Microsoft Watch.

Posted by tony at 07:37 AM | Comments (0)

Faxes via the Internet

Kevin Savetz has compiled and maintains a list of commercial and free faxing services that that you can use via email or the web (yes, eFax is one of them). His list includes international sites as well as U.S. domestic.

A couple of note here:

eFax (free and commercial)

Fax1 ($1 credit when you sign up, no monthly fee, $0.12/page to the U.S.)

MaxEmail (commercial but it only costs $14.85/year for the basic service)

Posted by tony at 12:02 AM | Comments (0)

July 09, 2003

Kelly's Korner -- good XP tweak/info site.

Kelly's Korner XP, that is. All sorts of good and interesting tidbits, tweaks, how-tos and ... Some require a "donation" (I dunno, if it's required, I don't consider it a donation but what do I know?)

Posted by tony at 08:38 AM | Comments (0)

This blog's got an RSS feed now ...

... so you can add this blog to your RSS reader if you like. See the little icon over there in the archives area that says blogrss (all in lowercase)? -- that's the link for the RSS feed. Copy the URL associated with it in to your RSS reader. The feed is courtesy of BlogMatrix. It's supposed to be updated about every hour so you'll always be up-to-date; :D

Posted by tony at 07:19 AM | Comments (0)

July 08, 2003

Tiny Personal Firewall V5's a winner!

I've been using TPF5 Beta for a while now and, even though it's a beta and has some rough edges on its UI and it dramatically underdocumented, I've gotta say I like it! I think I may actually shell out some $$ for a firewall here in the near future.

OK, the question is, why? The application sandbox is pretty dang comprehensive, allowing me to group apps and give permission to the group as opposed to the apps. Separate permissions apply to registry keys and files as well as the standard networking protocols. I can set permissions to allow but monitor which means it logs the event in its own log and I can set the permissions to always ask me whether I want to allow it or not.

The connections view leaves a lot to be desired but it's usable. It doesn't look like I can shut down a connection I don't like -- a feature that I'd really like to have available.

And, of course, there are bugs. For instance, since I can't find a way to bypass the prompt asking for permission to let IE create HOSTS.TMP in system32\drivers\etc even though I've explicitly added a rule to that effect.

The UI is supposedly very customizable butI don't care a lot about that (yet). Basic feature set and usability is what I like.

Posted by tony at 08:34 PM | Comments (0)

McDonald's SF Bay Area WiFi locations are available TODAY

See McDWireless. There are locations in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and San Jose as well as a bunch of others. Cost is $4.95 for 2 hours but you'll probably get time for buying a combo meal. Here's a link to a NewsAlert story.

Posted by tony at 08:22 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the year

Nominated for "Quote of the Year" is the statement made by (retired)
Texas Congressman Dick Armey when asked, "If you had been in President
Clinton's place would you have resigned?"

Armey's reply: "If I had been in the President's place, I would not have
gotten the chance to resign. I would have been lying in a pool of my own
blood, looking up and listening to my wife ask, 'How do you reload this
son of a bitch'?"

Posted by tony at 02:01 PM | Comments (0)

Microsoft's free eBooks are up

Microsoft has a new version of their Reader software available for download (for desktops and laptops, a 3.58MB download if you don't already have it installed, a 1.74MB download if you do -- see the site for Tablet and Pocket PC versions).

Reader is Microsoft's free product to allow you to read eBooks -- electronically distributed versions of regular old books ... books that you'd buy at a bookstore. You can buy eBooks at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, eBooks.com (of course) and a number of other online shops. eBooks are "locked" which means you can't just loan a copy of an eBook to a friend like you can a paperback but, still, if you don't mind reading on your PC, it's a good way to pick up books and not worry about them getting lost or dog-eared. The new Harry Potter book isn't available but Stephen King's "Dreamcatcher" is, for $6.99.

To help motivate people to download and use Reader, Microsoft's offering 3 free eBooks each week from now through November of this year. I heard about this last week but couldn't find anything about the books on their site until this week. Now they're on the site and available for download (see this link to the Free eBooks page for a synopsis as well as the download links). You'll need to have the Reader software installed for the download to work. This week's titles:

"Candy and Me" by Hillary Liftin
"Last to Die" by James Grippando
"A Short History of Nearly Everything" by Bill Bryson

Posted by tony at 01:21 PM | Comments (0)

July 07, 2003

BlogStreet and Blogmatrix have good tools for bloggers

Both will supposedly generate RSS feeds for sites that don't have the capability (like Blogger).

Posted by tony at 10:25 PM | Comments (0)

CompUSA has Belkin wireless on sale

In-store only and you need to print out this ad and take it with you. 802.11b router for $30, 802.11b PC card for $30 when purchased with the router, 802.11b USB adapter for $30 when purchased with the router. Then, separate from that router deal, they have an 802.11g PC card for $50, and an 802.11g router for $80.

Posted by tony at 08:27 AM | Comments (0)

July 06, 2003

Bloki : online creation of free web pages

Boy, this service sounds like it's a real nothing but, after signing up and playing around just a little, this looks like it's gonna be a pretty neat-o keen thing. So, here's the deal: when you sign up you get to create web pages at http://yourname.bloki.com. The account includes a weblog at http://yourname.bloki.com/blog which includes an RSS feed. Take the tour or sign up and play with it.

Oh, yeah, you can allow other named users edit access to your website, too, so you've got something like a Wiki in it, too. More when I've played with it a bit more.

Posted by tony at 09:21 AM | Comments (0)

Detect key loggers

It's a privacy concern. Heck, it's paranoia but remember, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

Anyway, here's a TechTV article on it.

Posted by tony at 08:38 AM | Comments (0)

Unhiding OS X files

Apparently they're kept in /.hidden. I'll have to check this out!

Posted by tony at 08:21 AM | Comments (0)

Javascript to resize your browser

Saw this in one of the Mac OS X mailing lists. The discussion centers around Safari but it work just as well with anything that supports JS. I'd seen this before at Bookmarklets but forgot about it until I saw it on the list. See the Bookmarklets site for a description of bookmarklets, what they are, how to use them and so on.

This will move the window to the upper left corner of the screen and resize it to 800x600 (note that 800x600 may not be the size of the actual display area of the window):


This will move and resize it so it's an 800 pixels wide window that runs the entire height of the display:


self.resize or window.moveTo can be used instead to put the work into the hands of the user.

Posted by tony at 08:16 AM | Comments (0)