Author Archives: Martin Murphy

Can you crack a code?

Saw this on Bruce Schneier’s blog, it’s the FBI’s Dec 2008 cryptanalysis problem. Can you crack a code? Good fun.

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Mac 101: Enter directory paths when in open/save dialogs – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

Saw this on TUAW, I’ve been looking for that functionality since I switched to Mac. Although it’s useful to be able to specify a folder path and avoid having to traverse the folder lists, a bigger benefit for me is being able to specify a directory that you can’t reach normally in an open/save dialog, […]

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mysql: --i-am-a-dummy

I just noticed the mysql client “--i-am-a-dummy” parameter in the help output (from mysql --help) This interestingly named synonym for “--safe-updates” looks like it should be set as the default on any live mysql database. The command is supposed to block updates and deletes that don’t use keys. As an example, it could be used […]

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Compiling Ruby on Ubuntu – Part 2

Following on from my previous post Installing Ruby on Ubuntu, I tried to install/compile Ruby (and rubygems, rake) on Ubuntu server 7.04. Since Ubuntu Server is a “minimal” installation for use on a server, various development tools need to be installed, I used the following commands: apt-get install build-essential autoconf manpages-dev and also apt-get build-dep […]

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Future looks bright for video ads

Continuing in the online video theme, The Register has a story about video ads: Future looks bright for video ads The article talks about ad-funded online video, and video ads in web pages. Both of these are relevant to me at work.

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Symbian Slingplayer In Private Beta

Saw this on mocoNews.net this morning: Symbian Slingplayer In Private Beta Looks interesting, even with the number of operators making video available on mobile, this allows an individual get the video content that they have available, in their home or office, delivered to their phone. So, while they’re on a train, or waiting in an […]

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SSH updates

The Past: I’m a long-time user of SSH. I presume that I was typical in my initial use of it for secure access to remote servers. But I quickly became familiar with its port-forwarding capabilities, and have often set up intricate webs of connected and nested tunnels, in order to negotiate the problems of multiple […]

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‘They threw my laptop into the atmosphere’ | The Register

It’s funny what happens in really large organisations. ‘They threw my laptop into the atmosphere’ | The Register I wonder if I could try any of those excuses with my boss? 😉

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Create an in-cell bar graph with Excel

Excellent tip here to Create an in-cell bar graph with Excel from the Lifehacker Shortcut Screencast Contest. Really handy for quick graph, and it works in OpenOffice.org also. Screencasts look like a good way to distribute tips like this, so I’ll have to look into that for the future, maybe using Jing for screenshots and […]

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Nokia N95 vs. iPhone

Nokia are saying that the N95 is better than the iPhone, at least in the European market. Just read an article on SiliconRepublic.com: Nokia aim to “rip through the iPhone hype” While I personally would prefer the features in the N95, the screen, interface, and form factor of the iPhone are much better. If Apple […]

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