Archive for November, 2004

CompSci Lecturer Quotes

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Almost makes me nostalgic for lectures…. CompSci Lecturer Quotes

Google Scholar

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Another great tool from my favourite search engine company: Google Scholar. Similar to citeseer (now citeseerX), Google Scholar only indexes academic papers but is broader in scope than just scientific literature, and given Google’s track record, hopefully won’t suffer from citeseer’s chronic availability problems!

Bridget Jones Diary: Edge of Reason

Sunday, November 14th, 2004

Despite having, against my will, actually quite enjoyed the first Bridget Jones film, based on the trailer, and given the usual problems of sequels, I approached this film with some trepidation. Things did not start well, with possibly the longest and most interminably dull set of adverts I’ve ever had the misfortune to have to […]

Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security (SOUPS) 2005

Monday, November 8th, 2004

I’ve felt for sometime that the biggest obstacle to securing computer systems that have to be used by ordinary users is the human-computer interface, and this was one of the key aspects of our paper Trust for transparent, ubiquitous collaboration. Security is often in direct conflict with usability as by definition “security” means denying a […]

WordPress 1.2 and the SRCF

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

Using the letter “é” in my previous post caused considerable problems for my blogging setup. Firstly I noticed that while I’ve configured WordPress to use UTF-8, pages were still being sent as iso-8859-1. This is a known problem with the majority of apache configurations. Unfortunately the two suggested solutions in the bug report will not […]

“Exposé” for Gnome/X11

Monday, November 1st, 2004

Trying to locate a particular window that has got buried under all the other windows that invariably fill my desktop is always a pain in the neck, but the latest version of Mac OS X has a very cool feature called “exposé” which shows snapshots of all your current windows at one time, and allows […]