Thursday, March 30, 2006

Abes of Maine - never again

I ordered laptop on March 18th. Two days later sales person sent me email asking to give them a call to verify some info. I call that person and he cheked my address and security code on my credit card. I would like to mention that it's my second order so I am already in the system. The real reason for me to call was what people call "bite and switch" technique. I was expecting that they will try to offer my extended warranty or some accesories. I was right and denied offers. My credit card was charged same day I made a call. Next day I checked their website to see if they posted tracking number. Description on the website states that they need 48 hours to update order status (they did not do anything even now). I waited 2 days and checked again. Nothing. Called this salesperson again. He said item was shipped but transfered me to another representative to get tracking number. The other person said that there is no tracking number cause order had not been shipped. Then she called first one and he claimed he never spoke to me. So she said that order will be shipped soon. Called 2 them to more times and finally I got somebody who could make a decision. I was promised that order will be be upgraded free of charge to 2-day delivery. Next day finally I was able to get tracking number.

Abes of Maine

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Scanning For Viruses Using Knoppix

Ridding a network of Windows computers of a virus or worm can seem impossible. Viruses may cause computers to reboot and infect new machines while you are in the process of removing them. Through the use of the live-software installer, Knoppix provides a solution to this catch-22


Monday, March 27, 2006

20 products that changed networking

Sniffer, product I have been working on for last 6 years has been mentioned in NetworkWorld article about 20 products that changed networking industry. In 1986 it was the first easy-to-use network diagnostic tool. Other software mentioned are Netware, Lotus Notes, Linux. Netscape, Apache and finally Google.


Stanislaw Lem died

Stanislaw Lem
His books have been translated into 41 languages and sold over 27 million copies. At one point he was the most widely read science fiction author in the world.

Friday, March 24, 2006

How to make a custom TV-torrent feed

How to make a custom TV-torrent feed · TorrentFreak, torrents and more
tvRSS just released some extra features that makes it easier to find the latest episodes of your favorite TV-show. They optimized their search options, and support “search based rss feeds”. This makes it easy for anyone to create a personalized TV-torrent feed. This means you can have all your favorite TV-torrents in one feed.

Finding Happiness in a Harvard Classroom

At Harvard University this semester, students are flocking to a new class that might give them some insight into the secret to happiness. Psychology 1504, or "Positive Psychology," has become the most popular course on campus.

Configuring Dual/Multiboot Systems to Run with VMware Workstation for Linux

Configuring Dual/Multiboot Systems to Run with VMware Workstation for Linux
t is possible to install VMware Workstation for Linux to run one or more guest operating systems from raw disk partitions. This is useful for people who already have a dual- or multiboot system and who want to run those operating systems under VMware Workstation.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Backing Up Flickr Photos with Amazon S3

Matt Croydon has written a quick (25 lines!) Python script that automatically backs up his photos from Flickr to S3.
Amazon S3

Friday, March 17, 2006


PhotoRec is an open source multi-platform app intended to help you recover photos from corrupted media like memory cards and even hard drives and CD-ROMs. In addition to photos, PhotoRec can recover many other types of files, including video files, documents, and archives (e.g. zip files). PhotoRec ignores the filesystem and goes after the underlying data, so it'll work even if your media's filesystem is severely damaged, and it'll work on FAT, NTFS, or ext2/3 systems.


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Total lunar eclipse

Moon rises at 6:01 p.m. PST slightly in penumbra; eclipse ends 10 minutes later.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Linux Kernel Configuration Archive

Linux Kernel Configuration Archive

The Physics of Friendship

By comparing people to mobile particles randomly bouncing off each other, scientists have developed a new model for social networks. The model fits with empirical data to naturally reproduce the community structure, clustering and evolution of general acquaintances and even sexual contacts.


Thursday, March 2, 2006

Oblivion to Ship March 20

Bethesda Softworks and 2K Games Announce
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion to Ship March 20