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Recent Posts - z0mg teh r4ndomn3ss (March 14, 2007)

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Ctrl Alt Del Comics (March 14, 2007)

Blast it! Why has no one ever mentioned these to me? Plain hilarious comics about nerdity, gaming and more - awesome!

See it for yourself:

Note: There are literally tons of comics! One for every day since 2002 something I think. Kudos for this effort and the great style.

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KDE and Windows Shares (February 25, 2007)

If you have successfully installed Samba it should be no problem to access your Linux shares from Windows. What I couldn’t do until recently was accessing the Windows shares from Linux.

Today I came across LiSa , the Lan Information Server. It was not installed by default on my Kubuntu Edgy machine but a simple sudo aptitude install lisa was sufficient. Lisa is embedded into kcontrol, launch it and you’ll find two new tabs in Internet & Network -> Network Browser. Go to the lisa-daemon tab and launch the guided setup tour. The descriptions should be pretty much straight forward. Accept the changes, fill in your sudo password to save the lisa config file and restart lisa with sudo /etc/init.d/lisa restart.

Now launch Konqueror or Dolphin and head over to lan:/. You should see all machines in your workgroup.

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How To Wipe Your HDD (December 30, 2006)

I had the job to erase the HDDs of our oldest computer (100Mhz with Win 95). Since a villain could hypothetically get the data even if you do a format C: I searched the web for help. Eventually I came across dban which is just what I was looking for:

  1. small: dban fits on one floppy
  2. free: it’s open source!
  3. sophisticated wiping mechanisms

How to create a dban boot floppy on linux

  1. Download dban, pick the *.exe file
  2. Unzip the downloaded file: unzip dban-1.0.7_i386.exe
  3. Get a floppy, optionally format it and put dban on it: mount /dev/fd0 && dd if=dban-1.0.7_i386.ima of=/dev/fd0 bs=1024 && umount /dev/fd0
  4. Done

Now put the floppy in the target pc and boot it up. Make sure (via your BIOS) that a floppy has the highest boot priority. You should be welcomed by a screen with a warning, saying dban is dangerous, ‘cause it will wipe all your data. That’s just what I’m looking for - thanks!

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html2text.php version 1.3 released (December 24, 2006)

Update: Use Markdownify, it’s the successor to html2text.

I just released html2text version 1.3 which sports a ton of bug fixes. Most notably all features of php markdown extra are now fully supported, including footnotes and abbrevations.

Also wrapping should work like intended and inline links (like <>) won’t be converted to block links (like []([](

In the next version I’ll add some more options, especially disabling php markdown extra support. Also I’ll clean up the code a bit.

Merry Christmas to you!

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Comics for WebDevs (November 22, 2006)

Very funny and a great style of painting, though only webdevs will fully appreciate it.

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The Beauty of our Universe (November 20, 2006)

Granted, the sky we can see in a clear night with its thousands of visible stars and the bright moon is vast and very beautiful. But this tiny glimpse is nothing compared to what Hubble has brought us: Take a look into the colorful, jaw-dropping and mindpopping universe.

My favourites:

And don’t forget to take a closer look at the “highest quality” pictures. I found a new wallpaper there.

Also keep in mind just how huge these things have to be! A ray of light must travel for millions of years to cross these images. Utterly mind blowing!

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The Future is open (November 07, 2006)

The Future Is Open

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Trusted Computing (November 06, 2006)

Whom do you trust? Who trusts you? Whom are you allowed to trust? Very interesting (and graphically pleasing) video about trusted computing from againsttpca

Video on Youtube


The clip is by Benjamin Stephan and Lutz Vogel, see the official website for downloadable versions in quicktime format.

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The Root of All Evil (November 06, 2006)

I couldn’t express my own opinions any better: Richard Dawkins on religion as the root of all evil

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