computing, stephen

Hello Again

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here, so here’s a picture of me with my birthday present, from my wife: It’s a binary clock (actually, it’s BCD, but who’s counting?).  Extra credit for anyone who can figure out what time this picture was taken (post in the comments).

computing, links

Open Source Alternatives

If you’ve ever wanted a free/open-source software package with similar features to an expensive commercial program but didn’t have the time or energy to look, Open Source Alternative is a great resource. Dozens of popular commercial programs are indexed by category and searchable. Each commercial software entry is accompanied by one or more open-source projects… Read More Open Source Alternatives

computing, web stuff

Dial with your iPod

“Here’s”: a cool idea: use an iPod (actually a number of different digital audio players would work) to generate a touch-tone signal and place a call over a standard analog line. This scheme can even store address book entries using playlist files. It’s actually quite intuitive know that I think about it, but it’s something… Read More Dial with your iPod


Google Notebook

Have you ever been browsing the web and come across a poem, article, anecdote, quotation, etc. you wanted to save to a central, searchable location instead of bookmarking the whole page or saving the info to a document file? Google’s new “Notebook”: app has you covered. It’s actually very similar in concept to one of… Read More Google Notebook


The spammers win this round . . .

Blue Security, the anti-spam company I blogged about “a while back”:,com_jd-wp/Itemid,36/p,56/, has “closed its doors”:, fearing it was on the verge of starting a full-fledged internet war that it simply didn’t have the infrastructure to handle after seeing the collateral damage caused by the spammers’ latest round of counterattacks. It’s unfortunate it ended this way,… Read More The spammers win this round . . .