Archive for August, 2004

Spam, spam, spam…

Saturday, August 28th, 2004

No, this isn’t a rant about the vast amounts of unsolicited junk I receive on a daily basis, it’s about two research papers I have recently written on anti-spam tools. Last week I learnt that a paper I had written based on the work of one of my part II project students had been accepted […]

Another reason to switch to Firefox

Thursday, August 19th, 2004

From the ucam-webmasters mailing list — yet another reason to switch to Firefox: After application of SP2 to Windows XP there seems to be an interaction that we haven’t yet managed to isolate, which causes html files sent from IE to the validator at (by either method) to be given the mime type of […]

Recent Cinema Trips: The Stepford Wives and King Arthur

Friday, August 13th, 2004

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the Stepford Wives and was very pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be very good. The humour is sharp and satirical and it’s very nicely filmed although as usual with a Hollywood film a fair amount of suspension of disbelief is required. The only major disappointment […]

What is the JCN?

Sunday, August 8th, 2004

Someone should rewrite the About JCN page to be: “I was at the JCN BBQ. Incredible experience… I think they must be the only set of people who would have a barbeque with three computers, a webcam, a network connection and hub, and no means of lighting the barbeque… 🙂 So they all clustered round […]

Distributed Systems Online

Saturday, August 7th, 2004

Earlier this week I attended the Editorial Board meeting of the IEEE’s first online-only magazine, DS Online. This is the third year I have attended this annual meeting of editors and volunteers and as ever they were a fun and interesting group of people who are very committed to making this bleeding edge project a […]

Rhythmbox and Debian… Finally!

Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

After what seems like months of waiting, a usable version of rhythmbox is finally in Debian sarge. 🙂 One problem I did have with it is that it uses gstreamer0.8 which at present can only be configured via gconf-editor — confusingly the gstreamer-properties command would only configure version 0.6 as I now appear to have […]

Bad Borg Jokes

Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

So while I was reviewing my old website content I (re)discovered this collection of very bad borg jokes. Some of them are still quite funny so I thought I would post them again. Note: I take no credit (or perhaps, blame!) for these as they were all collected from the web many, many moons ago. […]

New-look Website

Sunday, August 1st, 2004

So, this weekend I finally got round to redesigning my website. I’ve published “news items” at the top of my homepage for a while now (exam term 2000, to be precise!) and so thought it would be nice to play with some proper weblog software. I chose wordpress as that seemed to be one of […]