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Dlink DIR-615 – review – buggy device

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Your mileage should vary, but for me this device was both a poor/bad investment and a trouble-shooting time hog. I picked this up at Office Depot for $20 (regular price ~$50.)  While relatively simple to configure (via a web interface) the device seems to have performance issues (i.e. both dropping established wireless connections as well Continue reading →

Rails – simple problems

Friday, November 27th, 2009

NOTE – I’m simply writing about what I find as I explore Ruby on Rails (ROR) – your mileage should vary but chances are you landed here due to a long tail search. Since I am not a Ruby or ROR expert it is quite possible for me to discover a solution or approach that Continue reading →

Search Engines – what’s missing?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

We have some great generic search tools and a few engines with specific knowledge domains: generic search from indexed, traditional content from web pages, books and other ‘published’ media (i.e. typical search using Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.) computational  search – connect user input with some sense of context (i.e. WolframAlpha – user provide numbers and Continue reading →

Your App is sooooo Ugly…

Friday, August 28th, 2009

I chuckled when I came across this from BlackHat 2009 Presentation discussing Cross-Site Scripting (XSS – bad/hacked site has you running ‘stuff’ on another, undisclosed site) and Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF – an attack where a user is authenticated on site A and the forgery causes un-wanted actions via site B): “APIs are the new Continue reading →

Recent Google search enhancements

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

In case you did not notice, there are some interesting new features in Google search – the video below (from Google) provides a quick introduction.  Note the new types of relationships as well as time-sensitive options that are now possible.

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