del.icio.us direc.tor helps to browse and search for bookmarks at an amazing speed :
del.icio.us direc.tor is a prototype for an alternative web-based rich UI for del.icio.us. It leverages the XML and XSL services of modern browsers to deliver a responsive interface for managing user accounts with a large number of records.
Not only with a new website but also a new product; QEMU Accelerator Module is now available .
The QEMU Accelerator Module increases the speed of QEMU when a PC is emulated on a PC. It runs most of the target application code directly on the host processor to achieve near native performance. It is very useful when you want to run another Operating System (for example Windows) on a Linux desktop.
The QEMU Accelerator is free to use, but it is a closed source proprietary product. But if you or your company is willing to invest into the Acceleerator, the author might open source it.
Magnus Manske  hat mich auf Dev-C++ aufmerksam gemacht:
Bloodshed Dev-C++ is a full-featured Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the C/C++ programming language. It uses Mingw port of GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) as it's compiler. Dev-C++ can also be used in combination with Cygwin or any other GCC based compiler.
Wirklich beeindruckend. Eine FAQ dazu gibt es hier .
Yet another way to share Outlook calendar events is to have a look at Blogwave  in conjunction with a calendar adapter :
BlogWave is an "RSS Generator": a tool which can pull information from a variety of sources and publish it as RSS. This process is very easy to configure and can be scheduled to run automatically. For example, using BlogWave you can create an RSS feed from Sharepoint announcements on your company's internal site. Or you can publish event logs as RSS.
Jack  worked out to run Qemu to boot a curious OS inside; Bluebottle . It is a system to be hosted by the ETH Zürich. I haven't heard of it yet.
Bluebottle is a powerful operating system based on the Active Object System (Aos) kernel. It provides a compact runtime environment for the Active Oberon language, which supports active objects directly, and enables the construction of efficient active object-based systems that run directly on the hardware.
Maybe it is due to its "oldfashioned" license  in times of Open Source why I havent noticed the OS yet. Kidding ;-) And no, Oberon isn't dead yet.
By default, Google Desktop Search collects a limited amount of non-personal information from your computer and sends it to Google. This includes summary information, such as the number of searches you do and the time it takes for you to see your results, and application reports we'll use to make the program better. You can opt out of sending this information during the installation process or from the application preferences at any time.
Personally identifying information, such as your name or address, will not be sent to Google without your explicit permission.
The last paragraph seems the tricky one. From reading that sentence it looks as if Google has access or is able to access or/and collect address information on your computer. The term "without your explicit permission" looks like the enduser is only a click away from letting Google effectively use that information. We will probably see/read more in the blogosphere sooner or later. ;)
While trying to login to Gmail I got a lockdown message, which is actually not yet to be documented  as far as I can see:
Our system indicates unusual usage of your account. In order to protect Gmail users from potentially harmful use of Gmail, this account has been disabled for up to 24 hours.
It is only a guess but the "unusal usage" might be related with my Gmail atom feed tryouts . Any ideas?
search.ch has now reworked their map-service . What really amazes me is the the simple redirection of URIs to locations. They avoided to add a session id to the URI which allows a proper handling of links. Thank you Berni ;)
The map service is already interconnected to the telephone search engine; nice. Some requests that were to read in the comments to the post  were mentioning a "from-to" track feature and more information on the locations in the streets et.al. Let us see, what the search.ch team comes up with next.
Update: There are some helpful services around regarding the transformation of a knows long-lat to a resulting map etc. [2,3,4]
GmailFS  provides a mountable Linux filesystem which uses your Gmail account as its storage medium. GmailFS is a Python application and uses the FUSE userland filesystem infrastructure to help provide the filesystem, and libgmail to communicate with Gmail.
[via drmblog, 1] Ed Foster  writes about copy protection as an absolute immoral, illegal, and unconstitutional intrusion of individual rights. That intrusion has limitations in the Constitution according to that article. So that is where the power of companies, effectively writing their own laws based on power granted from congress, has to find its limitations.
Today I ran across Freemind , a mind-mapping software written in Java, which I am using to get a clearer view in a legal case. Freemind is Open Source software. It is really straight forward to use. The only thing that did not yet work properly was the transformation to pdf via XSLT . The XSL file by Christoph Rissner seem to be outdated. My workaround was to fit the mindmap to a A4 landscape and print it to a Postscript file, while turning it to a PDF afterwards. So if You like to write a Freemind file to docbook stylesheet, just have a go ;-)
fma is a software for windows to access and handle data on a mobile phone . I was aware of that tool for over a year I think, but the problem usualy was the bluetooth connection to the phone, that did not work. The acer BT500 USB stick turned out to be a misdirected investment. I changed the widcomm bluetooth software several times but the hardware has never been detected properly. Today I decided to look out for another USB bluetooth adaptor; this one works totally easy and gives me access to the phone. Now fma allows me to backup sms, addresses, images etc. fma also incorporates a scripting-engine. If there is some spare time in a while, I will play around and see what can be automated to syncronize adddresses and backup images and so on. One thing is left to mention; in the options menu I had to choose "Connect to phone via Serial Port: COM 5" instead of directly using the bluetooth option.
nospamproxy.de [1,2] has some good articles on anti-spam technologies and points out, that CallerID works in a very similar way to SPF, RMX and other protocols to verify the sending host. Microsoft introduced its CallerID at hotmail.com as you can test yourself:
# host -t txt _ep.hotmail.com
So from the technical side it seems that the CallerID(ea) is probably even behind what SPF is capabale of [3,4,5]. On the other hand, some argue, that Microsoft might to "acknowledge Open Source without accepting some of the risks of being truly Open Source might bring":
This product may incorporate intellectual property owned by Microsoft Corporation. If you would like a license from Microsoft, you need to contact Microsoft directly .
From that perspective, the patent claims by Microsoft might be only defensive . Some searching for latest patents by Microsoft (Title or Abstract: spam, Applicant: Microsoft) only reveals four related patents, one of them published in January 2004 .
If - on a legislatory level - Microsoft intends to push its technology, one should point out to the governmental experts and commissions that there are already technical alternatives that should be taken in account as well.
Ganttproject  is a project management tool written in Java. This enables crossplatform compatibility and eliminates such arguments for not choosing that tool; The project and user information is stored in XML files which offers all the possibilities to transform that data in any other convenient format such as PDF or XHTML. If your werbserver has web_dav enabled, you can directly manipulate project files on the sever and work as a group on the same sources. As far as I can see, a version control is missing and I guess that this could alternatively implemented on the server side with a simple backup or a revision control system.
The Organizing Team is pleased to present the first edition of LOTS; an attractive event dedicated to Open Source. There are about 12 FLOSS related companies, 29 speeches, 17 projects, six workshops and a lot more to see and hear. Most of the presentations will be held in German, some in English. Would be nice to see you there .
I found that howto to install SpamAssassin on OS X . While working on the PERL module configuration it ocurred, that ncftp(get) was no available on Panther. It looks, as if it has been romoved from the previous version of OS X. A "# sudo fink install ncftp" fixed it.
Karl-Friedrich Lenz  proposed something similar in his book "Grenzen des Patentwesens. Konkrete Massnahmen gegen die Patentinflation" on the level of software patents, while darkonc  comes out with the idea of effectively answering back to Spammers.
The question simply is, what would happen, if any spam receiver would answer back to the spam mails or eventually blog spams. Most probably, the spammer its system or organisation would brake down due to the load of requests. But as Lenz argues, it would need a major movement to cause any mattering effects. Samples of handling Nigerian Spams could be read on 419eater.com ; via lessig.org .
[via Simon, 1] Having read Bernhards  "essay" on using new template approaches based on CSS, those tutorials, and specially this about Floats , will probably give a closer look on the potential of CSS.
[via Urs Müller, 1] Switzerland has a .NET User Group for a couple of weeks . The aim of the group is to promote theory and use of NET technologies in Switzerland.
Artikel 2: Zweck
1. Die Gesellschaft hat zum Ziel, Theorie und Anwendung von .NET Technologien in der Schweiz zu fördern. Sie dient als Informationsdrehscheibe, unterstützt den Erfahrungsaustausch unter ihren Mitgliedern und unterstützt die Kooperation von Firmen und akademischen Instituten. Wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse sowie Erfahrungen aus der Praxis sollen den Mitgliedern leichter zugänglich gemacht und Erfahrungen bei der Anwendung neuer Methoden und Hilfsmittel weitergegeben werden. 2. Die Gesellschaft kann auch andere Aktivitäten ergreifen oder sich daran beteiligen, die für die Förderung der Anwendung von .NET Technologien in der Schweiz zweckmässig sind.
Phil Wolf  has it in use and I have not even heard about it; Skype . Slashdot has an article on it too. Skype is yet another VoIP (Voice over IP) client software - currently provided freely - as a Beta version. The team behind this tool is based on Kazaa people and many of their implementations of details, such as the protocol are proprietary. The Slashdot discussion points out some alternative solutions. Speakeasy is one of them. John Walker - the founder of Autodesk - coded Speakfreely some years ago. John Walker  recently made a "End of Life Announcement" of this software as its first release dates back to 1991:
Speak Freely shows its age. The code is messy, difficult to understand, and very easy to break when making even small modifications. The Windows and Unix versions, although interoperable, have diverged in design purely due to their differing histories, almost doubling the work involved in making any change which affects them both.
But as John Walker opensourced the code, it is available for further development on Sourceforge. And if the
Heard about Eyeball Chat Video Messenger just recently and it was interesting to hear, that they have a patent-pending Any-Bandwidth Technology . Well, I was reflecting back on a problem we had in Switzerland, when customers ranted on the provided bandwidth.
So, the Fachhochschule Rapperswil  came up with a measurement kit that runs in a browser and actually calculates the real bandwith. The question one might ask is, what was state-of-the-art at time of patenting .
These days there is a lot of talk about spams and what it is and what is affects. A quite comfortable list of available tools is available at "The war on Spam" . But it took me quite a while to find a suitable free product, that also battles against spam mail.
Mailfrontier - a new startup - has made a beta version of its Matador Spam filter availble . It installs pretty well into Outlook 2000 and 2002. Its filtering combined with some standard filter rules leads to admirable results.
Paul Graham has an interesting article "a plan for spam" on spam filtering techniques . David Mertz comes up with "six approaches to eliminating unwanted e-mail" .
Erik Arvidsson & Emil A. Eklund are maintaining a handful of amazing scripts to make your life easier while programming trees, colorpickers, calendars etc. Most of their scripts work for IE, Mozilla and Opera .