News items for tag fridayafternoon - Koos van den Hout

2015-03-23 Unexpected facilities at CPAN 5 years ago
From the spambox:
How are you doing today, I am miracle 24 yearls old girl, i saw your profile today at googlesearch - i like it, then i decided to contact you for going into deep rellastionship between me and you
I know CPAN is a lot, but I never saw it as a dating site.

Tags: , , ,
2013-08-16 (#) 7 years ago
koos@greenblatt:~$ export ☃=COLD
-bash: export: `☃=COLD': not a valid identifier

Tags: , ,
2011-05-20 Auto-Tune the Movies 9 years ago
I like this Film1 promo I see fly by on 13th street. It uses auto-tune in interesting ways. Kudos to Fedde Wapstra.

Tags: ,
2011-05-05 (#) 9 years ago
With all the recent news about Osama Bin Laden I had to dig up this bit of comedy: The Taliban telemarketeer attack. Copied all over the Internet in mp3 and flash and I can't find a real original source for it. The best source is here: Taliban Takes on Telemarketers (Taliban Telephone) by Sector 8 Animation.

This must be why the building had no phone lines or Internet, to avoid this weapon.

Tags: , ,
2011-04-15 (#) 9 years ago
Friday afternoon, so I tried to make Ubuntu talk to my bluetooth headset. I couldn't get it to work in my own (non-gnome) environment. The pairing worked, but alsa-bluetooth didn't get active. In a gnome environment I could select the bluetooth as default audio and get delayed and bad-sounding audio events in one ear. But playing an mp3 caused just a bunch of noise.

Tags: , ,
2010-10-22 (#) 10 years ago
A very nice example of "why let facts get in the way of a good story": Google mapping team gets 'lost'.
EVEN the boffins behind Google's revolutionary Street View can get LOST.

This employee was snapped reading a roadside MAP despite being on a mission to collect images for the world's most popular photographic database of towns and cities.

They were forced to pull over on the side of a remote stretch of road in Elsrijkdreef, near Amsterdam, where one of the team had to get out and consult a map as well as appearing to call for help.
With a photo credit(?) for

Image (C) google streetview
The angle / view / granularity of the picture combined with the fact that the cars are not pulled over at all made me think it is a streetview photo itself and browsing around the Elsrijkdreef in Amsterdam shows this nicely: lots of images with three other streetview cars in the picture.

My best guess is that there were four streetview cars, with the picture from the first one and they passed a bystander who was peering at the map. I can duplicate the situation with streetview but I can't (at the moment) get the correct deeplink. So a screengrab will have to do.

Tags: ,
2010-10-22 (#) 10 years ago
If you want to look at your apache logfiles in Hollywood-style, try logstalgia which makes apache look like a sort of pong game. Needs a videocard with OpenGL. And access to the access_log of a busy server.

Tags: , , , ,
2010-09-20 (#) 10 years ago
Some time ago I wrote a script for the posting of urls via @fridayaftURL on twitter. The script also seems affected by the new authorization system on twitter because I can't post anymore. The weird thing is I thought I checked the return status from the post call, but it never failed before. It does now. I had to update the return status check for this, to make it fail correctly (and not set the urls in the database to 'tweeted').

Implementing OAuth will be something I need to make time for, so for now I'll just stop posting the friday afternoon urls to twitter. Too bad.

The Friday afternoon URL page itself works fine, so find the URLs over there!

Tags: , ,
2010-08-09 (#) 10 years ago
In de huidige crisis tijd moet je als it-bedrijf wel zoeken naar andere richtingen voor je bedrijf.

Tags: , ,
2010-06-17 (#) 10 years ago
In mijn werk heb ik natuurlijk ook veel te maken met de universitaire automatiseringsprojecten. Vandaag las ik een prachtige filosofische beschouwing van het leerlingvolgsysteem: God bestaat en zijn naam is OSIRIS.

Tags: , ,
2010-04-01 (#) 10 years ago
The upcoming shortage of IPv4 addresses and IPv6 seems to be a nice subject for some of the April-Fools items found today: There is a serious side: Within two years, shortage of IPv4 space will be for real.

Tags: , ,
2010-03-19 (#) 10 years ago
A little oops at the Telegraph. Now fixed: Large Hadron Collider breaks energy record which is interesting science news.

Tags: ,
2010-03-14 (#) 10 years ago
Looking for that quiet, remote and very, very, very sturdy place to call home? Try the Atlas F missile base, Adirondack Mtns, NY with features like
The original, heavy security doors are built to withstand a 2000 lb blast and are at the underground home entrance.
Huge doors open to a large tunnel that accesses the silo that has an additional 20,000 square feet of useable space with unlimited possibilities. The perfect getaway home, it has its own direct runway access, its climate controlled and is capable of withstanding a nuclear hit.

The Silo has a climate constant/approx. 58 degree earth ambient temperature. It is 52' diameter x 178' deep / 9 floor steel superstructure. Entire steel superstructure hangs from gigantic spring suspension system designed to absorb shock of a direct nuclear hit.

It's also easy to reach:
it is part of an exclusive airport subdivision on a (FAA approved) 2050' runway. (It is fully accessable by road too).
Cheap too: only 2.3 million US dollar. Found via It's WAR - lovelylisting

Tags: , ,
2010-03-09 (#) 10 years ago
I made a lolcat: How many times do I need to ask to put the seat down!

Tags: ,
2010-02-19 (#) 10 years ago
Friday, time for the Friday Afternoon URL page which you can also follow on twitter as @fridayaftURL to get fresh Friday Afternoon URLs in your twitter feed!

Tags: , ,
2010-02-14 (#) 10 years ago
Even with my head clouded by a serious cold I had to create my lolcaption when I saw this picture and caption at ROFLRazzi Goes Romantic…ish. My take on it: Dingdong! .. Nobody home!

Tags: , ,
2009-04-07 (#) 11 years ago
Good Piled Higher & Deeper Comic today: phd comic 040609
If TV Science was more like REAL Science
Just remember it is TV science. I'll save the rant about police wanting investigating powers like those on TV for a later time.

Tags: , ,
2009-03-02 (#) 11 years ago
I made my own lolcat: Tender was sleeping on the couch near the laptop charger. I first tried to setup a picture but she was annoyed at my attempts to put the cable near her but 5 minutes later she went to sleep again. Recharging: 95% complete.

Tags: , , , ,
2009-02-06 (#) 11 years ago
High level of friday afternoon in this one: Microsoft research came up with songsmith software and 'promotes' it with a very very cheesy video (notice the brand of the laptop?). Songsmith is software to add music to signing. What people started doing is taking voice tracks from existing music and letting songsmith add new music, leading to the most interesting ways to make you cringe: We Will Rock You - Queen versus Songsmith, "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, and a metal rickroll just to be sure.

Tags: , ,
2009-01-07 (#) 11 years ago
Url doing the rounds: TV radar. I am really interested whether there is any UK agency to complain to about this and whether the same problem would occur with Freeview UK (DVB-T based TV). According to the theory of DVB-T it can deal with multipathing a lot better. Sounds like an ideal place to test this theory.

Tags: , ,
  Older news items for tag fridayafternoon ⇒
, reachable as PGP encrypted e-mail preferred.

PGP key 5BA9 368B E6F3 34E4 local copy PGP key 5BA9 368B E6F3 34E4 via keyservers pgp key statistics for 0x5BA9368BE6F334E4 Koos van den Hout
Other webprojects: Camp Wireless, wireless Internet access at campsites, The Virtual Bookcase, book reviews