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Comment reminds me of the Win9x fileshare bug... (Score 0) 205

Map a share on a Win9x box to drive X: on an NT box.

At the NT command prompt, type
dir x:????????*.*
Crashes the Win9x box in 17 characters. In WinME they half-fixed it: the machine reports on a blue screen that the server service has crashed and offers to restart it. My suspicion is that the file name matches neither the pattern for the shortname or the longname, and so falls out the bottom of a test that was not designed to ever fail.

Of course that's all ancient history now, and I expect Google may actually fix the problem eventually, unlike Microsoft who ignored the bug report.

Comment DirectX is on the monitor end (Score 4, Informative) 134

While I can't speak for "most", the limited experience I have had with IP cameras is that the stream coming off many of them is a bone-standard MJPEG stream. That is simply a stream of JPEG images, and any app that can interpret them should be fine. Microsoft has actually published a very small demo program, based on dotNet 4, that displays the output from a webcam.

Rosewill's webcam, by the way, uses a Java applet normally to show what's coming off the camera. I don't believe they use DirectX, or ActiveX, as the image output shows up fine on Firefox.

Comment Five to six hours (Score 3, Insightful) 159

I discovered that when I tried to sleep the eight that was supposedly required, I would either wake up at 0300 and not be able to get back to sleep for an hour and a half, or I'd sleepwalk. I read a book a few decades back that suggested that by gradually decreasing your nightly sleeping time, you could find the amount of sleep you really needed (it was some decades back, sorry I can't remember the title now) and I tried what it suggested. Found that I'd wake up decently rested at 7 if I went to bed at 2.

On weekends, I wake up at 8 without the alarm clock. Weekdays, even holidays and when I forget the alarm clock, I'm up at 7. Habit.

My wife hates it.

Comment Avoid lock-in... (Score 5, Informative) 295

host with someone different from where you register your domain. That way if you find the hosting isn't to your liking, you can repoint your DNS and won't get held to ransom. What I'm doing at present is registering with MyDomain and then hosting on GoDaddy, which is fine for low-volume sites.

For my Canadian sites, I register with, use MyDomain's DNS service, and host on whatever's cheap.

Comment Twice. (Score 5, Informative) 386

Annoyingly, I found out a couple of years ago that despite being a Canadian citizen and filing Canadian taxes every year, the US still considers me a US citizen for tax purposes, and so I have to file US taxes as well. Particularly annoyingly, one of the Canadian tax-deferral vehicles, the TFSA, is not recognized by the US, so I have this big complicated additional form to fill out for something it calls a trust. Plus I am CEO of a company I partly own (my consulting business), so I have to file financial paperwork for that as well. I hire an accountant, it's the only way to make sense of it all, and the US idiocy means that I'm out of pocket an additional $400 every year.

Comment First name gets ignored? (Score 1) 213

I have a largely unique last name. If I Google firstname lastname, I get two about me on the front page, one bio from my current prime client and a thing I helped write decades ago about connecting modems to hotel telephone lines; then pages and pages about my brother the writer and my father the (late) senior scientist.

Comment Detachable Screen. (Score 1) 591

The screen on a laptop is perforce much lower than is ergonomically appropriate, and you end up looking down at it all the time, unless you prop the whole thing up so the keyboard is at a 45 degree angle and your wrists are bent backwards while you type. If the screen could be detached and stood on a pedestal to bring it closer to appropriate height, it might be possible to actually work on a laptop.

Before you tell me how that would make it so much harder to, you know, use it on your lap, ask yourself how many people you see on a daily basis with a laptop actually perched on their laps, and how many use tray tables or coffee shop tables...

Comment And this is listed as funny? (Score 1) 164


In all seriousness, despite the weakness of the statistics (33 points does not make a universe, particularly with such widely scattered data), this is simply a codification of the reluctance many feel about trusting vital data to Google. It's interesting to note how many projects Google has shuttered, and the lengths of time they were live. I do appreciate the fact that the author has provided his raw data so that we can draw our own conclusions.

"Survey says..." -- Richard Dawson, weenie, on "Family Feud"