Interesting stuff that I think you all should read.
If your site's uptime is:
99% - it's down 3 days, 15 hours, 36 minutes
99.9% - it's down 8 hours, 45 minutes, 36 seconds
99.99% - it's down 52 minutes, 33 seconds
99.999% - it's down 5 minutes, 15 seconds
99.9999% - it's down 31 seconds
a year. Pretty interesting...
Last week I updated my Nokia N95 to the latest firmware. I'm now running version 20.0.0.015. You can check the firmware version on your Nokia phone by entering *#0000# when you're in the main window.
You can always check what firmware version is available by going to the Nokia Device Software Update page, where you enter your product code. The code is printed on the white label beneath the battery.
Remember to check the official changelog for the 20.0.0.015 version.
This update also gave me a chance to cleanup my installed programs. I had loads of installed programs which I never used. Now I only installed the programs that I actually use.
- Mail for Exchange. I can't live without this one. It's a push mail client for Microsoft Exchange. This way I don't have to sync to get my mails and calendar entries. It's done automatically and it's always 100% up to date.
- Windows Live. I use the Messenger client for IM. I dont use the Hotmail functionality
- Nokia Maps. I installed Denmark and Sweden as maps so that I don't have to download them over GPRS. The maps are used by the built-in GPS.
- Nokia PC suite. This one is mainly installed on the PC to be available to connect the phone to the PC.
- Nokia PC Phone. It's a beta software that gives you a possibility to use your mobile phone with your web browser. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox is supported. I use it for sending SMS from within my browser.
- Sports Tracker. A GPS based activity tracker that records information such as your speed, distance and time. Perfect when you want to know exactly how many km/miles you have run.
- Location Tracker. This one is new, so I'm not sure how much I'm gonna use it. It automatically tag your location data to your pictures. Perhaps I'll use it on a boys night out. The day after I can see where I've been.
I've tried a lot of other programs but these are the ones that I ended up with. Yes perhaps it's nice to have a weather application installed, but seriously how much do you use it. For me, never.
I'm currently in the process of moving all my mail to Google Apps. I've been running my IMAP mail for most of my domains on a company server and it has been great. The server is administrated by Henrik Schack and I cant think of a better admin. But now that Google Gmail offers IMAP I think it's time to make the move. The move will give me easier control over mail aliases and mailing lists. Now I don't have to bother Schack to make changes.
I have around 10 domains which I use mail on. Some of them are purely mail forwards and some of the them have mailing lists. With the move to Google Apps it's also easier to offer real mail accounts to the family members that I administrate mail for.
The migration itself went pretty smoothly. I used the command line program imapsync to sync all of my mail to Google Gmail. Then I just add the new account to Mozilla Thunderbird and I'm up and running.
I administrate all the DNS information for my domains at GratisDNS. The interface is really really nerdy, but it works. I've create a Google Apps template in GratisDNS, so that I easily can move all the migrated domains to be using this templates.
I'm slowly trying to convert my blog from Movable Type to Textpattern.
I'm already running two other blog sites (Mads Gemal and Altnok) with Textpattern and I really like it. It fits perfectly into my home grown PHP5 website framework.
Now the Textpattern developers accepted my first patch. It's a very very simple patch, but still a patch. It adds the ability for plug-ins to add custom things to the head part of a RSS and ATOM feed.
Textpattern is small and simple and works like a charm. It lakes some of the features from WordPress and doesn't seem to have as many plug-ins as WordPress. But it really easy to integrate into an existing website and that's what I was looking for.
Here's a short summary of the software I use on my Windows PC. I try to use as most free software as I can. Leave me a comment if you think you have a better alternative than the ones listed below.
My picture viewer is currently FastStone Image Viewer which is quite fast and good at getting a quick overview of my pictures. I use FastStone rotating my pictures and giving them comments. I only comment my vacation photos. I've also started using Picasa as an experiment. Normally I never touches my pictures. Don't crop them and don't even remove those red eyes. Picasa provides and easy and fast way to do this modifications and at the same time has a nice way to preserve the original image and only saving the "diff" between the original and modified picture. But since FastStone saves the comments in the EXIF comment block of the picture and Picasa uses the IPTC standard I cant see my FastStone comments in Picasa and vica versa.
As Office program I use OpenOffice.org. It reads all of the Microsoft Office documents I throw at it, but the GUI isn't perfect. Personal I think the Microsoft Office GUI is much better than OpenOffice.org. It's not perfect but much better. OpenOffice.org is open source and free.
For defending my system I use AVG Free as anti virus and Spybot - Search & Destroy for scanning for spyware. AVG Free is fast and works perfectly. Spybot is updated frequently and it updates automatically when I start it. Both programs are freeware.
I use the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack which is a collection of codecs and tools to play virtually all movies and music found on the net. Having everything in one packing is very convenient. Just update it and you have all the latest codecs and players. K-Lite Mega Codec Pack is freeware.
For connection to my mobile phone I use floAt's Mobile Agent (FMA). FMA is a phone editing tool that allows you to manage all of the personal data stored in your phone. FMA is freeware.
My instant messenger is Miranda. It's a open source multi protocol instant messenger client for Windows.
I always have had a soft spot for utilities as most of my colleagues knows. For keeping my system fast and clean I use CCleaner. It removes left over DLLs, fixes illegal startup items and optimizes the Windows registry. Not as good as jv16 PowerTools but CCleaner if free and jv16 PowerTools isn't.
For blogging I use w.bloggar. It's not perfect but again it's free.
For keeping a eye on the programs running on my PC and killing my nightly builds of Firefox when they go memory crazy I use Process Explorer. It can replace the original Windows Task Manager so when I press SHIFT+CTRL+ESC I get Process Explorer. Process Explorer is freeware.
For file management I simply couldn't live without my Total Commander. Basically Total Commander is a little bit like the good old classic Norton Commander. Total Commander is normally the first application I open when I start my PC. Total Commander is shareware.
For viewing PDF files I now use Foxit Reader. I used to use Adobe Reader but it started to include all kind of weird stuff and took forever to startup. It also added a small program to my startup folder which kept reappearing when I deleted it. So bye bye Adobe Reader and hello Foxit Reader.
For storing my secrets I use KeePass Password Safe which is a free, open source, light weight and easy-to-use password manager.
I also use 4NT which is a command prompt replacement. I mostly use this for my two Mozilla related tools 4getmoz and xfer. 4NT is payware and the only program which I don't have a license for. So I keep updating the trial version to get those free 30 days of evaluation. Sad but true.
For editing I use UltraEdit and Zend Studio. Since we program in PHP at work I use Zend Studio as the editor for all PHP files. It has nice code completion plus loads of other useful stuff but the application is a bit slow. The code profiler is really really nice when it works. I found some really interesting optimizations in my PHP programs with the profiler. Both UltraEdit and Zend Studio is payware.
From Jamie Zawinski Law of Software Envelopment:
Every program attempts to expand until it can read mail. Those programs which cannot so expand are replaced by ones which can.
and once again it's true. This time it's Corel WordPerfect 12 that takes the award:
Corel is cozying up to small business by marketing a value-priced productivity suite catered to the needs of organizations with fewer than 50 PCs. Corel says it is targeting small businesses with the applications that they must have and nothing more. The suite, named WordPerfect Office 12 - Small Business Edition, contains the newly minted WordPerfect Mail client and security software from Symantec.
We, the Danish people, are ahead of all of you!
Denmark remained No. 1 in taking advantage of the Internet, both connecting citizens securely over broadband and wireless networks as well as using its near ubiquitous hook-ups for Internet banking and government services such as tax returns. Denmark has also established a government Web site that pulls together ministries and other organizations, in which citizens and companies can access public services.
Search is one of the most important applications used on the internet, but it also poses some of the most interesting challenges in computer science. Providing high-quality search requires understanding across a wide range of computer science disciplines, from lower-level systems issues like computer architecture and distributed systems to applied areas like information retrieval, machine learning, data mining, and user interface design. I'll describe some of the challenges in these areas, discuss some of the applications that Google has developed over the past few years.
Is the summer gonna be hot/cold/wet/etc? I have no clue, but there's gonna be a lot of great open source software released.
- Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0
- Mozilla Firefox 2.0
- GCC 4.0
- MySQL 5.0
- Fedora Core 4
Source: Weird Al's blog
Yet another small update with some of the utilities I use on my Windows system:
BSPlayer - Download - Info
SecureCRT - Beta version with tabs- Download - Info
UltraEdit - Now with HTML toolbar and code folding - Download - Info
K-Lite Mega Codec Pack - Download - Info
Total Commander - Now with thumbnails - Download - Info
jv16 PowerTools 2005 - Now with AI in registry cleaner - Download - Info
OpenOffice.org 2.0 Beta candidate - Download - Info
Jeg er en af de mange danskere som har læst Da Vinci Mysteriet af Dan Brown og det er rart at der nu endelig er en der sætter ord bag hvad jeg hele tiden har vidst:
Den er også dårligt skrevet, løgnagtig, fyldt med fejl, og den promoverer endnu en absurd sammensværgelsesteori.
TimeOnline is reporting that Google could be rolling out a free broadband phone service that uses your microphone and home computer. The technology that will enable Google to move in on the market has been around for some time. Software by the London-based company, Skype, has been downloaded nearly 54 million times around the world but no large telecommunication firms have properly exploited it. Although Google is reluctant to talk about its plans, the logical use of such a network would be to help to support a new telephone service. The company would buy capacity cheaply, by taking up slack capacity left behind when the internet bubble collapsed in 2001.
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Novell has thrown its weight behind a fledgling effort to develop a Windows version of the Evolution groupware client, a move that the Waltham, Massachusetts, software company hopes will give Windows desktop users an open-source alternative to Microsoft (Profile, Products, Articles) Outlook. Evolution, like Outlook, is a suite including e-mail, calendaring, and address book software. A version for Linux desktops is already available, and work is now under way on porting it to Windows. Evolution, Firefox, and OpenOffice are already included in Novell's Linux Desktop 9, which the company began shipping in November.
From Christopher Blizzard blog:
There's an interesting report on internetnews about Sun getting ready to open source a large chunk of code, which may include forked copies of all the assets that Red Hat recently purchased from AOL. I haven't seen anyone from Red Hat talk about these in any kind of public forum yet, other than the usual set of starch-filled press releases, so I thought I might use this forum to talk about some of the specifics of what Red Hat is doing. It should be very interesting for a lot of people out there in the larger software community. Red Hat has a history of being a pretty open company, and I think that I've been too silent on this issue for quite a while.
Apple will launch its new iWork '05 productivity suite at Macworld Expo, Think Secret has learned. The software, code-named Sugar (as alluded to in our previous Expo report), will include Keynote 2 as well as a new application, Pages. It's unclear whether Pages will simply encompass a word processing application or whether Apple will wrap spreadsheet functionality into it as well. Apple's new word processing software had been rumored to be called Document, but sources say it appears that name has been abandoned, possibly due to the confusion a user might encounter when being told "this document is a Document document."
60000 AMD chips recovered in police heist
Over 60,000 stolen AMD CPUs were recovered by Taiwanese police last Friday after a raid on an electronics company in the southern part of the country. The pilfered CPUs were actually AMD rejects, headed for the dumpster, and were likely taken from one of AMD's plants in Asia. The recovered processors included both Athlon XP and Athlon 64 chips.
Wikipedia Criticised by Its Co-founder
"Wikipedia is under criticism by its co-founder Larry Sanger who has left the project. He warns of a possible future fork due to Wikipedia's Anti-Elitism and he presents his view on Wikipedia's (lack of) reliability. New wikis on various subjects have already emerged, with some of them being complete forks of Wikipedia. Critical articles on Wikipedia are also being published by other sources."
Got this very funny and very very weird email yesterday:
Hi.My name is Daniel.I live in malmo. (sweden)I have some big proplem getting a drivers licens.I have failed 3 times to take my licens card.Do you know enyone that can hack himself in, and change the computer files so i can gett my licens.Could work in denmark to!.Tak!
How bad is this problem? How much junk can get installed on a user's PC by merely visiting a single site? I set out to see for myself -- by visiting a single web page taking advantage of a security hole (in an ordinary fresh copy of Windows XP), and by recording what programs that site caused to be installed on my PC. In the course of my testing, my test PC was brought to a virtual stand-still -- with at least 16 distinct programs installed. I was not shown licenses or other installation prompts for any of these programs, and I certainly didn't consent to their installation on my PC.
See a very scary video of the installations. Scary in the sense that ordinary users using Internet Explorer might experience this.
And in some related news:
With the threat of a sophisticated spyware attack looming, a renowned security researcher says the most popular detection and removal tools "fail miserably" at addressing the growing spyware/malware scourge. He found that the best-performing anti-spyware scanner failed to detect about 25 percent of the "critical" files and registry entries installed by the malicious programs.
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Opera announced Tuesday that its new browser release will include a feature for rendering a Web page to fit a screen regardless of the screen size. Called ERA (Extensible Rendering Architecture), the feature is available in the latest test version of Opera 7.60. Most Web pages are designed for display on desktop or laptop computer screens with a width of 800 pixels or more, forcing users with smaller window or screen sizes to scroll across pages to fully view them, Opera said. ERA dynamically resizes pages to fit any screen size.
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- AIM - Talk to AIM people
- MSN - Talk to MSN people
- ICQ - Talk to ICQ people
- Yahoo - Talk to Yahoo people
- Always Online - Helps you restore connection automatically.
- Autorun - Enable/disable to launch Miranda IM with system startup.
- mToolTip - Show various contact infos as tooltip when the cursor is over a contact
- MultiWindow - Enables plugins to add new windows or frames to main Miranda window
- Plugin Uninstaller - Offers the possibility to directly remove plugins
- Smiley Add - Adds smileys to the standard message dialog
- Wassup - Checks for updates
- World Time - Shows dates and times from different timezones
Opera Software, the maker of the No. 3 Web browser, reported a third-quarter net loss Friday that was more than three times greater than the year before, despite an increase in revenue. Its shares fell 6.5 percent. Opera reported a loss of 1.68 million kroner ($267,000) for the July-September period, compared with a loss of 559 million kroner in the same period last year. We are suffering from the dollar. Most of the cost increase came from employing more people.
JiCal is one answer to that perennial question:
How does Linux replace MS Exchanges calendaring and scheduling features?
The JiCal answer is:
Use Ximian Evolution or Mozilla Calendar on your linux desktop and jical to publish free/busy time to your webserver. this will give you scheduling capabilities similar to exchange server but using open standards based on rfc2445.
Very sad but it was bound to happen:
The last members of the original Winamp team have said goodbye to AOL and the door has all but shut on the Nullsoft era, BetaNews has learned. Only a few employees remain to prop up the once-ubiquitous digital audio player with minor updates, but no further improvements to Winamp are expected. Winamp's abandonment comes as no surprise to those close to the company who say the software has been on life support since the resignation of Nullsoft founder and Winamp creator Justin Frankel last January. The marriage of Nullsoft and AOL was always one of discontent. After AOL acquired the small company in 1999 for around $100 million, the young team of Winamp developers was assimilated into a strict corporate culture that begged for rebellion. Although Nullsoft was initially given a long leash by AOL, It wasn't long until the two ideologies collided.
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So there are still some Netscape people out there...
A Netscape employee has been fired after he changed the name tags on two pictures of the president elect and Mrs Bush to read arsehole.jpg. Arsehole is English slang for the anal sphincter. The photo title, which appeared on a Netscape site co-branded with CNN, could be seen when viewers clicked on the "properties" of the picture. The name of the photo has now been changed, to the more politically correct georgelaura135.jpg. The photo is the one which is accompanied by a headline and caption reading: "How Bush Won the Election"
Some of the utilities I use on my Windows system has been updated:
To milliarder kroner. Så meget anslår Teknologirådet, at kommunerne vil kunne spare ved at skifte til open source. I november kommer den rapport, som vil give svar på om de beregninger holder i praksis. Det sker, når resultatet af det hidtil mest omfattende forsøg, hvor et skifte til open source testes direkte op i mod en opgradering til en nyere version af Microsoft Office, foreligger. I november kommer resultatet af den hidtil mest omfattende undersøgelse, af hvor stort besparelsespotentialet på open source er i praksis. De foreløbige resultater er positive.
Ny open source-rapport på vej
84 procent af de danske kommuner vender ryggen til open source, viser en ny ComON-undersøgelse. Det sker selv om Teknologirådet for to år siden vurderede, at kommunerne kunne spare op mod to milliarder kroner årligt ved at gå over til open source.
Open source lagt på is af kommuner
I'm a Windows man, but this sound really nice and cool. Read the PDF file since it's quite interesting.
Red Hat has been prototyping an OS-wide collection of changes we call "stateless Linux". Some of the changes have started to appear in Fedora Core. Based on our experience so far, this is an exiting direction to take the operating system and we want to propose it to the wider Fedora community.
Many applications create and manage directories containing cached information about content stored elsewhere, such as cached Web content or thumbnail-size versions of images or movies. For speed and storage efficiency we would often like to avoid backing up, archiving, or otherwise unnecessarily copying such directories around, but it is a pain to identify and individually exclude each such directory during data transfer operations. I propose an extremely simple convention by which applications can reliably "tag" any cache directories they create, for easy identification by backup systems and other data management utilities. Data management utilities can then heed or ignore these tags as the user sees fit.
Now that our situation is clear, I can explain what had been bothering us for awhile: the local API was generally about 100 times faster than the remote API for the same task! Further, the remote API on our old 1.5 GHz Linux box outperformed our shiny new Sun V880 with RAID, especially on some of the parsers that created the database tables. Additionally, the Java remote API was painfully slow compared to the one in C. Not knowing what to do, some of us chalked it up to CodeBase, to Sun for making inferior hardware, or to Java for being slow. None of this made sense, though. Many people were happy using Sun hardware and Java, and commonsense said that the overhead for an HTTP call should be much less than we were observing.
Read the interesting story about finding perfomance problems and how simple things like KeepAlive can slow down a website.
Sun has backed up an announcement that its Solaris server operating system will have an open source flavour by making a similar promise for its Java technology. Speaking exclusively to Builder AU, Sun's Java technology evangelist Raghavan Srinivas said an open source version of Java "will happen," but declined to elaborate on timelines or specifics of licence arrangements. "We haven't worked out how to open-source Java -- but at some point it will happen," Srinivas said. However, he noted "it might be today, tomorrow or two years down the road".
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Infoworld is reporting that Network Associates, makers of McAfee, have been granted a broad anti-spam patent. The patent covers "compound filters, paragraph hashing, and Bayes rules" and was filed in December of 2002. The patent appears to affect Spam Assassin, Spam Bayes and many other anti-spam products and services. As an aside Paul Graham's "A Plan for Spam" was published August 2002."
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JSEditor Eclipse Plug-In
WDTE - Web Development Tools for Eclipse
WDTE is a collaborative effort to merge some of the separate open-source projects developing Eclipse plugins related to web development into a single project.
CSS Editor for Eclipse
This project aims to contribute sophisticated CSS authoring functionality to the Eclipse Platform. It implements an editor that provides enhanced support for editing CSS source files
Otherwise I could start looking at Syn Text Editor which looks really nice.
Let me know if you got some cool Eclipse plugins or links.
Why Windows Won't Always Dominate
Microsoft's domination of the client operating systems market will fade over the next few years, according to Avneesh Saxena, vice-president for Asia-Pacific computing systems research at IDC. Microsoft currently has around 90 percent share of the client operating system market with Windows but this will fall to 58 percent by 2007 as new devices increasingly appear, Saxena said at the IDC Directions conference in Singapore this week. "Operating systems are not going away and we're not going to one single platform," he says. "Different workloads require different operating systems and the range of new devices will cause Microsoft's market share to fall."
XML Encryption Added to Apache Project
The Apache Foundation has announced the addition of a beta implementation of XML Encryption to its XML Security Project, another small step towards full implementation of security standards in the pared-down markup language. The XML Security Project, a volunteer unit of the Apache Foundation, focuses on W3C standards for XML security implementation. With the beta for XML Encryption, the Project has added support for the encrypting and decrypting of XML-based digital content.
The GNU project and the GCC developers are pleased to announce the release of GCC 3.4.0. The GCC 3.4 release series includes numerous new features, improvements, bug fixes, and other changes, thanks to an amazing group of volunteers.
RealNetworks announced today that the Google Toolbar is being distributed with RealPlayer 10. By making the Google Toolbar available to the very large number of consumers who install the new RealPlayer 10 every day, RealNetworks and Google are bringing the best media playback and search capabilities to millions of users around the world.
Back in the days RealPlayer was a nice player but then they started bundling it with all kind of weird stuff. It's one of the most bloated apps available. If you try to remove it from the systray it's back the next time you restart. Argh! I use BSPlayer, WinAmp and QuickTime Alternative and Real Alternative. Great compo!
Objects Search has launched clustering search engine based on open source technology nutch. Clustering Engine is a system for clustering textual data.This engine automatically categorizes search results on-the-fly into hierarchical clusters. Search results clustering attempts to overcome the problem of information overload.The user interface of most search engines are based on keyword-based queries and endless lists of matching documents.Unfortunately, even when exceptional ranking algorithms are used, relevance sorting inevitably promotes quality based on some notion of popularity of what can be found on the Web.
News.com.com is reporting that AOL's e-mail service, long accessible only via AOL's proprietary, monolithic app, will be available via IMAP starting Thursday. The story notes that this is part of a series of initiatvies from AOL to move content beyond its walled garden and into standards-based formats such as HTML and IMAP that any Internet app can access. Supposedly a "a dramatically different direction" for Netscape is in the works, too."
Perhaps in the end we'll see the propriotary IMAP extension, that allowed Netscape browsers to access Netscape Webmail and AOL Mail, into Mozilla?
The book I'm currently reading is 1421: The Year China Discovered America.
Scattered evidence that Chinese explorers "discovered" America 71 years before Christopher Columbus and circumnavigated the earth 60 years before Ferdinand Magellan was born has been brought into convincing focus by a book published Tuesday that is expected to rewrite history. British author Gavin Menzies first aired his theory of pre-Columbian visits by the Chinese to both North and South America in a lecture before the Royal Geographic Society in London last March, resulting in a bidding war for the book he spent 15 years writing to back up his claim. Publishing rights sold for $780,000, a phenomenal sum for a non-fiction book by an unknown author.
Doing a little bit of searching reveals that there's quite some discussion wheather it's a big lie or not. Fx this site that claims that The author changed a map to fit his theory. A comments at Amazon says Gavin claims he has real, tangible evidence. Not true. Just check out for yourself some of the sources he cites. His own sources do not support the claims he makes.
Patrick M. Kolla wrote Spybot Search & Destroy, a free download that is one of PC World's most recommended programs. Spybot is an anti-spyware scanner that finds and cleans out adware on your PC so your private information can't be transmitted. The software is so popular worldwide that user donations support Kolla's company, Safer Networking Limited, which he runs with part-time help from his father, Dr. Michael Kolla, and a group of computer science students called Team Spybot. Kolla, 26, lives in Germany 300 steps from the Safer Networking office that takes up a floor in his parents' home. An edited transcript of the February 23, 2004, conversation follows.
One of the most common security issues today is the buffer overflow. This particular security problem is responsible for more virus infections than perhaps all other sources combined. Just about every application and operating system on the market has buffer overflow flaws that a cracker could exploit. The purpose of this article is to help you understand buffer overflows more clearly and to give you simple techniques you can use to reduce (or hopefully eliminate) this problem in your applications. Discover the techniques that professionals use to thwart this problem in this article by John Mueller.
For approximately a month now I have been completely spam-free. This amazing feat is the result of a one-time cost of many hours of careful mailbox combing, email address rediscovery, a judicious use of dual-sided addresses for posting and receiving on mailing lists, and a kind of soul-cleansing I never really thought was possible. I'm here to tell you such a cleaning of the proverbial email stables is possible: If you're interested in the details, read on, and I'll do my best to describe them. This method requires you have control over your own sendmail daemon, or the cooperation of someone who does, your own domain name, and patience and discipline.
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In Denmark, the Danish Ministry for Science, Technology and Innovation strongly encourage all governmental/national/municipal authorities to use W3C standards (HTML/XHTML standards) on their Web pages. This survey has run a test on 2033 danish authorities home pages. The testing tool was the W3C Validator. Only the main entrance page (start page) was tested. We assume, that webmasters has spend most time on this page. They have been reading about webdesign guidelines etc., before the main entrance page has been publish live for the public audience. The data from the survey was collected during January 31th until February 16th 2004.
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I was going to order some plane ticket this afternoon so I want online and found some cheap prices. I finally decided to fly with Scandinavian Airlines. So I went to their site and started filing out the forms.
It wasn't the most smart form. I could only make one choice and then I had to press an blue arrow to enter more stuff into the form. I finally manage to fill out the entire form and move on. I now had to enter the names of the other passengers. I filled the entire form out, everything with Eurobonus numbers and all. Now I'm only one step away from ordering the tickets.
And pong! An error! Not just an error, but "Error type -140005 Please try again later". I waited a few seconds and tried again. Error. I waited a few minutes and tried again. Error. I waited an hour and tried again. Error!
First of all we all hate errors and errors do occur. But why the heck do they have to write Error type -140005? It doesn't tell me anything! What was needed was an indication of whether the error had anything to do with my input or with the systems behind. I much rather get an error saying "Unable to communicate with the reservation system. Please try again later or call this number...".
And dont show error numbers unless the user can use them for anything. If it said "Please call customer service and report this error" or even better "Click here to report this error" it's ok to show a weird looking number. But I cant use "Error type -140005" for anything. Does it mean that they have 140000 errors?
So finally we gave up ordering the tickets online and decided to call the office and order the tickets the plain old way, by telephone. So much for ebusiness.
PalmSource today introduced Palm OS Cobalt, previously know as Palm OS 6. Cobalt is a new enhanced version of the operating system that is designed to enable the creation of new categories of devices for the communications, enterprise, education and entertainment markets. PalmSource also announced Palm OS Garnet, an enhanced version of the popular Palm OS 5, designed to accelerate the development of Palm Powered handhelds and smartphones.
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Behlendorf: Open source at a "tipping point"
Open source developers are no longer generalized as individuals who "stay up late at night, drinking Coke and hacking. We're pretty much everywhere now, but we still can be pretty crazy, though," Behlendorf said. "Open source reinforces open standards and open systems," he said. "That's why it remains an unstoppable force, and why enterprise has embraced it for mainstream systems work. I think we're going to continue to see our software go out and make a difference in the real world."
University of California Backs Wisdom of Open Source
Open-source can be faster, better and cheaper than closed corporate software development, say researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and the National Science Foundation.
SYS-CON Radio Interviews Sun's CTO John Fowler
Kevin Bedell recently had the opportunity to talk with Sun Microsystems' John Fowler about open standards, Linux and Java, and Sun's contributions to the open source community.
Some people have been asking me what applications I use, so I'll try to list them. I use Windows XP.
Browser & Mail:
- Mozilla Mail
I dont use Mozilla Firebird and Mozilla Thunderbird since I like the integration of the browser and mailclient into one product. Small stuff like being able to press CTRL+N all over the application to get a new browser window, etc. Eventually I will move to the two birds.
- Total Commander (A file manager and FTP manager that rocks)
- UltraEdit (Best editor for Windows ever)
- Miranda (Multi protocol. Loads of plug-ins. Open Source)
- BSPlayer (Small fast player)
- QuickTime Alternative (Play QuickTime files just without the bloat)
- RealPlayer Alternative (RealPlayer is the worst bloat/ad ware program I know. I would never trust installing it)
- K-Lite Codec Pack (You never need to install another codec to watch a video)
- WinAmp (Still using version 2. Version 3 sucks bigtime)
- Remote Administrator (Used to remote control my PC at work)
- 4NT (Command prompt replacement)
- Acrobat Reader
- Sun Java Runtime Environment
- jv16 PowerTools (Fix and optimize Windows)
- Spybot - Search & Destroy (Spyware remover)
- PINs (Passwords manager)
Bare lige lidt om TDC som jeg arbejder for:
55% om vores omsætning er uden for Danmark. I 1995 var det kun 2%.
44% af vores indtjening er uden for Danmark.
52% af vores kunder er uden for Danmark.
If you're fed up with how slow Acrobat Reader 6.0 loads, here's how to make it faster by removing all the unused plug-ins. I have not seen any missing functionality by doing this.
Here's how to do it:
- 1. Go to
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Reader (replace the C if you installed on another drive, like I did).
- 2. Create a new folder called
- 3. Move all files and folders from the
plug_ins folder to the
plug_ins_disabled folder except
search.api. There should only be these 2 files in the
- 4. Done
sorttable: Make all your tables sortable
This easy-to-use wireless printing application for the Nokia 7650 phone enables you to print a wide variety of content types, including photos, text messages, emails, contact lists, calendars, and notes, to Bluetooth Basic Print Profile enabled (BPP) printers available from companies such as Hewlett Packard. You can now easily share printed pictures with friends, print a copy of your calendar or email for a colleague or family member, or back up a contact list to hard copy.
For those who doesn't know it the Danish crown prince Frederik is to marry the Australian-born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson on May 14 2004. Today was the first press conference and she did great. She has almost learned Danish which is amazing, since Danish is quite a difficult language.
Well read the rest of the news about the subject.
Son of Napster - One Possible Future for a Music Business That Must Inevitably Change:
I don't like the current situation in the recording industry where power is concentrated in the hands of executives who are doing all they can to stop the rotation of the Earth. Technology has already changed the economics of music creation and distribution, but the record companies are resisting with every weapon they have.
Merrill to Sun: 'Cut and Focus' or Be Acquired
Merrill Lynch is urging Sun to slash as much as 15 percent of its workforce and focus on being a niche player in mission-critical computing.
RDF Net API
A simple network interface to remote RDF models
The source code for Half-Life 2 has been posted on the net!
One of the developer writes:
Around 9/19 someone made a copy of the HL-2 source tree. At some point, keystroke recorders got installed on several machines at Valve. Our speculation is that these were done via a buffer overflow in Outlook's preview pane. This recorder is apparently a customized version of RemoteAnywhere created to infect Valve (at least it hasn't been seen anywhere else, and isn't detected by normal virus scanning tools).
Some cool links to optimize your site:
PNGCrush is an open source optimizer for PNG. It reduces the size of the PNG IDAT datastream by trying various compression levels and PNG filter methods without compromising quality.
Web Page Analyzer
Web Page Analyzer calculates page size, composition, and download time for your site. The script calculates the size of individual elements and finds the total for each type of web page component. Based on these page characteristics the script then offers advice on how to improve page display time.
A couple of updates on the software front.
Life After v0.3: The New Roadmap Revealed
Now that v0.3 is finally out the door, it is time to reveal what the future of Miranda IM looks like. Many exciting things are about to happen. First of all, there will be no v0.4. Why? Earlier this year we reached the point where it is no longer possible to continue developing Miranda IM the way we want it. The limitations of the current code base are just too many.
Analyst: Linux Kernel Code Seems to be Copied
Our review of source code and documents appears supportive of SCO claims, though we are not legal experts and IP matters are not always transparent
AOL Changes Strategy On Software Rollout
America Online is abandoning its strategy of making major changes to its AOL software as part of a single annual release in favor of rolling out fresh upgrades as soon as the new features are ready, company officials said this week.
Macromedia Flash Player Public Beta
It's available for both Windows and Mac OS and of course for both Internet Explorer, Mozilla and Opera.
The Flash Player version is 7.0 d249
You can check your version here
A nice way to seperate your plug-ins and your Mozilla installation is show here.
- Great 404
- Windows Memory Diagnostic Utility
The Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors.
- Great Collection of Mozilla/Firebird Hacks
- How Email Works
More than half a billion people around the globe have access to email. But how does an e-mail message actually reach its destination?
- Mozilla Documentation Status
This status page provides details about the status of documentation on mozilla.org.
- Calendar Date Picker UI Comparison
- Rounded corners in XBL
You don't throw a baseball down the field for a 50-yard touchdown. You don't kick a basketball past a goalie to score a point. You don't drive the wrong way in a Nascar race. If you want to create web pages, you need to follow the rules.
Great article about web standards and why you should follow them!
Miranda IM's GNU GPL License Violated
Four weeks ago it was discovered that a newly released instant messenger application, ZeeZ IM, was based on the Miranda IM v0.2 source code and was distributed in violation of the GNU GPL license.
Technical details here.
Could this be the perfect solution to fight spam?
It would certainly prove controversial however, since it would mean abolishing the accepted email and news protocols SMTP and NNTP and involve the introduction of a centralised authentication point for all emails.
Read the article or browse the huge website that explains in extraordinary depth his vision for the anti-spam system covering every possible impact and aspect with diagrams, menus, tables, schematics.
I was trying to fix my mother in law's PC. It's a Compaq and it was getting blue screen of death BSOD once in a while while starting up. It was running Microsoft Windows 98 so I though that I could just reinstall it. So I started to install Windows XP. First off course removing the old Windows 98 using a command prompt. I booted using the very good boot disk from bootdisk.com.
Everything when OK until I rebooted. BSOD. Damn... so it wasn't Windows 98 or a faulty driver that was the cause of the BSOD. I even tried removing both the sound card and the modem and the printer. Still BSOD but only when you first started the PC. After getting the BSOD you can just reboot and it started perfectly. Weird. Plain weird.
Could it be due to faulty RAM? Faulty motherboard? Dunno. Your guess is as good as mine.
The printer was a HP LaserJet 3100, which isn't supported by Windows XP. You can't even download drivers from their website. You have to order a CD-ROM with the drivers. Well after a bit of searching I finally found a place to download the driver.
The modem give me huge problems. I couldn't get a dial tone. It's a SupraExpress 56i Pro modem but Windows XP detected it as a Blue Sonic modem. I just couldn't get it to work. I tried everything. Removing it, reinstalling it, installing a standard 56K modem. Nothing worked. I simple gave up. Now I'm gonna find an old modem they can have.
Sunday afternoon we went a saw Rabbit-Proof Fence. Great great movie!
Three little girls. Snatched from their mothers' arms. Spirited 1,500 miles away. Denied their very identity. Forced to adapt to a strange new world. They will attempt the impossible. A daring escape. A run from the authorities. An epic journey across an unforgiving landscape that will test their very will to survive. Their only resources, tenacity, determination, ingenuity and each other. Their one hope, find the rabbit-proof fence that might just guide them home. A true story.
They actually did these "kidnapping" of aboriginal girls up until the 1970. Scary! Read some of the comments made about the movie.
Then we ate at Guldanden which is a great place for Sunday dinner. They got a great deal on a dinner. DKK 95,- ($14) for the diece of the day on Sundays. DKK 300,- ($46) for a dinner for two with wine and beer and really nice snacks and appetizer.
All I can say that this film is about, without revealing too much is: Angelique, a young student, is in love with a married doctor. We see her attempts to make him leave his pregnant wife.
More info about the movie:
- in Danish
- in English
Read all about the new MSN Search Prototype Web Crawler.
On the site you can read all about the Danish Royal Family. Denmark is the oldest monarchy in the world. Dates back to around year 958 with Gorm the Old.
The website is developed and hosted by TDC.
Did some cloth shopping yesterday. I'm getting married this summer and I was missing a nice shirt and tie for the big party.
I've already bought the suit for the wedding. It's a cool cool Jill Sander suit. One of our friends owns a nice fasion shop called Litoral. This is where I bought the suit. So yesterday I got a good price on some nice shirts and some ties. Now I just have to choose...
Landskabet i Ulvedalene kalder jo nærmest på historien om Ivanhoe, den arveløse ridder, der vender hjem fra korstogene og kastes ud i et blodigt opgør om retten til den engelske jord. Hele landskabet inddrages i scenografien, der fører os gennem en ridderturnering og stormen på Mørkeborg! Men midt i det hele står det tætte, centrale drama om mennesket Ivanhoe, som formørket af sine oplevelser på korstogene må finde sin nye identitet, splittet mellem de to kvinder i sit liv.
Det er en rigtigt god og meget flot forestilling. Der bliver skudt med brændende pile og kastemaskinen er cool. Omgivelserne er helt perfekte til sådant et stykke. Så absolut alle pengene værd.
Dog sad vi lige foran en familie der blaprede lidt for meget. En del danskere tror at når de går i teateret eller biografen så er det ligesom at sidde hjemme foran fjerneren, hvor man kan snakke lidt om tingene og kommentere. Det er skideirreterende!
Som modige riddere, magtfulde adelige, yndefulde ladies, Robin Hood og hans mænd kan du opleve Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Lars Bom, Ole Ernst, Peter Gilsfort, Stig Hoffmeyer, Henrik Jandorf, Morten Suurballe, Henrik Koefoed, Charlotte Munck, Sonja Richter, Nis Bank-Mikkelsen, Søren Sætter-Lassen, Rasmus Botoft og mange andre.
Middelaldercentret stager ridderturneringerne og kampscenerne, så de bliver helt autentiske med masser af heste, rustninger og sværd -kort sagt rigtig middelalderstemning!
Scenografen Christian Friedländer skaber rammerne til tonerne af komponisten Frans Bak, mens Bill Holmberg står for koreografien af skuespillerne. Maria Gyllenhoff har kreeret kostumerne, og Martin Spang Olsen stuntkoreograf.
Du kan læse meget mere om Ivanhoe på ivanhoe.dk
Jeg fik kun taget 2 billeder.
A vulnerability has been identified in Internet Explorer, which exposes sensitive information to "msn.com" and "alexa.com".
While this is a known "feature" when the "Show Related Links" option is activated in Internet Explorer, there is a bug, so that Internet Explorer will keep transmitting the information to "msn.com" and "alexa.com" after "Show Related Links" has been de-activated. This occurs whenever "Ctrl+R" is used to reload a page.
- Bell tolling for PNG graphics format?
- Microsoft moves into antivirus realm
- Sun seeks to simplify Java for wireless
- The .zip Standard Splinters
- Mozilla 1.4 Release Candidate 2 Coming Soon
- Instant Messaging's Achilles Heel
Microsoft to abandon standalone IE
Microsoft is phasing out standalone versions of its Internet Explorer Web browser, according to statements attributed to IE program manager Brian Countryman in an interview posted on the software giant's Web site.
Redmond's Scanning the Net
What can you learn from studying Web posting patterns?
Creating XPCOM Components
Creating XPCOM Components is about Gecko and about creating XPCOM components for Gecko-based applications. The book is principally a long tutorial that describes the steps you take to make your C++ code into a component that can be used in Gecko, but it also discusses all of the tools, techniques, and technologies that make up XPCOM.
Joel Spolsky has switched to from Internet Explorer to Mozilla Firebird
Where it gets interesting, is, approximately, today, because, for the first time, the Mozilla Firebird browser has finally caught up with Internet Explorer. After downloading virtually every Mozilla release over the last three years, this is the first browser I'm actually going to make my default web browser. All the little problems are fixed. It loads fast. It's not ugly and clunky. My beloved Alt+D/Ctrl+Enter work perfectly.
Just seen the last episode of 24. Hmm... will this serie never end?
Can't revieal anything more since most Danes haven't seen all 24 episodes!
So how do you test, debug, and hopefully fix what you find when you are developing a new server software? Part Three in the series about Windows Server 2003 is on the net.
BTW: There's also a new version (6.0) of Adobe Reader out!
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Really cool movie about the game show impressario Chuck Barris, which perhaps also have been a CIA hitman.
Siu lam juk kau (aka "Shaolin Soccer")
Funny movie about an ex-soccer player who gathers a team of shaolin kung fu students to lean to play soccer.
Two Weeks Notice
A lawyer decides that she's used to much like a nanny by her boss, so she walks out on him.
Also seen an old movie K-PAX about a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a far away planet.
People I Know
Dull movie. The plot is OK but then it fates into nothing. Ending in nothing.
I thought that bad movies about wanna-be superheros was something in the past. Apparently not. My favorite quote is when Daredevil and Elektra Natchios are standing on top of a building with the view of the dark and polluted industrial city and Elektra says "This is soo beautiful".
The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has stopped providing funding for a project which involves OpenBSD, apparently because OpenBSD lead developer Theo de Raadt made statements which could be considered anti-war to a Canadian newspaper.
What a documentary! It's great. 5 stars of of 5.
In a breathtaking opening, he reminds us that United States armed the terrorists they are fighting today. Then, he wonders about the reasons of this violence. Is it rock music (we meet singer Marilyn Manson), violent films or history? No, it's simply fear. Moore proceeds in a scientific way throughout the film, i.e. he puts forward hypotheses and then tries to check them by collecting various testimonies. A highlight is the interview of the brother of one of the terrorists of the Oklahoma City bombing who used his farm as a lab to create homemade bombs. Review
A film to watch urgently, as a testimony to the state of chaos in the U.S.
Do yourself a favor and read some of the stuff at bowlingforcolumbine.com
Americans once again prove themselves to be some of the most stupid of all the humans who walk the Earth.
Links of the weekend:
- Open-source team fights buffer overflows
- IBM Plans Sneak Attack On Microsoft Office
- A Corporate-Friendly Makeover for Open-Source IM
- Can open source win big business?
- Mother of invention: Mosaic gets ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary
Instituttet for Fremtidsforskning har normalt nogle meget spændende artikler, som jeg nogle gange læser. Men nu er jeg simpelthen så træt af dem!
Deres site virker kun med Internet Explorer! Det er der sgu ikke meget fremtid i. Jeg har nu i lang tid prøvet at få dem til at rette det, men de nægter åbenbart. Jeg har kontaktet dem et par gange, men jeg hører aldrig noget fra dem og de har ikke rettet noget.
Error: reklame is not defined
Source File: http://www.cifs.dk/
De har følgende:
hvorefter de prøver følgende:
Hello! Har de aldrig hørt om getElementById? Det ser ud til at det hele kunne fixes med:
De skriver selv på deres site:
Hver dag træffer virksomheder og organisationer valg. Strategiske valg, der ofte skal træffes hurtigt, og som har stor betydning for fremtiden.
Jeg tror deres beslutning omkring deres website var lige lovlig hurtig. Jeg håber ikke at de har fået et webfirma til at lavet det. I såfald skulle de få et professionelt webfirma til at lave det. Et webfirma for hvem nutidens og fremtidens webstandarder betyder noget.
Jeg troede ellers open source og lign var noget som man også i fremtiden skulle bruge og forholde sig til, men det er åbenbart forkert. Måske regner de bare med at Microsoft overtager verden.
Min arbejdsgiver, TDC, har netop lanceret deres nye site hvor alting selvfølgeligt fungerer i alle browsere, det være sig Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape og Opera. Det er faktisk ikke særligt svært. Man skal faktisk bare kode korrekt. Hvis man koder korrekt, dvs efter gældende internet standarder, vil ens site helt automatisk virke i alle nyere browsere, dvs. dem der overholder W3C's DOM.
Jeg kan forstå at man afstår fra at supporte Netscape 4.x og Internet Explorer 3 pga sikkerhedsmæssige ting samt det store arbejde det er at få disse meget gamle browsere til at spille. Men at man næger Netscape og Mozilla brugere adgang til instituttet's website er simpelthen for dårligt!
Om igen Instituttet for Fremtidsforskning!
Hvis du også syntes det er noget møj så send dem en mail
Vil du se hvordan det ser ud når du får en Digital Signatur eller hvordan det ser ud når du bruger den så har jeg lagt et par billeder online.
Screenshots'ne blev bla brugt i Go'morgen Danmark på TV2.
Screenshots er taget fra en engelsk Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 SP1 og engelsk Mozilla 1.4a.
Du kan nu hente andres OCES certifikater!
Dette sker via certifikat.dk
I Mozilla skal du gemme certifikatet og så importe det.
Det sker via Edit -> Preferences -> Privacy & Security -> Certificates -> Manage Certificates -> Other People's -> Import
Derefter er du klar til at sende krypteret mails!
Nu kan du også linke direkte til certifikater. Check fx mit certifikat.
berlingske.dk har fået nyt layout. Men det er stadig lige dårligt. Utroligt at nogle af de dårligst websites er de store danske aviser. Måske de skulle tage på en webskole eller som det mindste få kørt deres sites gennem en usabilitytest.
Og så er sitet helt utroligt langsomt!
Link of today:
OS Shootout: Mac OS X vs. Windows XP
OS X: 32
Windows XP: 19
The entire article as PDF.
Dennis Clegg is in his thirties and lives in a halfway house for the mentally ill in London. Dennis, nicknamed "Spider" by his mother has been institutionalized with acute schizophrenia for some 20 years. He has never truly recovered, however, and as the story progresses we vicariously experience his increasingly fragile grip on reality.
The movies tagline is The only thing worse than losing your mind... is finding it again..
(1 out of 5)
I've gotten tons of these Nigerian money scam spam mails. For those of you unfamiliar with this email scam, the basic idea is simple. Somebody purporting to be a Nigerian banker contacts you, offering a chance to earn some serious money. Often his bank will be looking after the considerable fortune of a deceased millionaire - from shipping magnate to former president. He says he needs a foreign bank account through which to launder the money - and in return for sending him your bank details for this purpose, he will give you a share of the spoils.
Read the entire story of what will happen if you reply:
Meet Mr Madu Frank in a silicon.com special...
Took 12 portals in Denmark and ran them through the W3C MarkUp Validation Service. The results where disappointing:
- jubii.dk - 917 errors
- dr.dk - 243 errors
- sol.dk - 46 errors
- tv2.dk - 13 errors
- tdconline.dk - 12 errors
Sites that were unable to validate:
- yahoo.dk - unable to parse due to missing character encoding!
- msn.dk - unable to parse due to missing DOCTYPE specified!
- krak.dk - unable to parse due to missing character encoding!
- 1klik.dk - unable to parse due to missing character encoding!
- altavista.dk - unable to parse due to missing DOCTYPE specified!
- ofir.dk - unable to parse due to missing character encoding!
- ahot.dk - unable to parse due to missing character encoding!
It's quite amazing that the web designers of some of the top portals are so bad. Jubii with 917 errors! Talk about bad code!
(2 out of 5)
(4 out of 5)
Bend It Like Beckham
(4 out of 5)
The Man Who Wasn't There
(2 out of 5)
(1 out of 5)
(1 out of 5)
It's All About Love
(5 out of 5)
(4 out of 5)
Google nominated for the 2003 U.S. corporate Big Brother of the Year.
The reasons are:
- Google's immortal cookie
- Google records everything they can
- Google retains all data indefinitely
- Google won't say why they need this data
- Google hires spooks
- Google's toolbar is spyware
- Google's cache copy is illegal
- Google is not your friend
- Google is a privacy time bomb
A lot of companies are not aware that there website only works if your write www infront of their domain name. www is not needed, a correct configured domain is needed. Both gemal.dk and www.gemal.dk works. So should it for all companies.
Read more about the www issue. In Danish only!
Changes in SecureCRT 4.0.4 (Official) -- February 20, 2003
- Transferring files using bulletin board ZModem implementations caused CRC errors with implementations that did not understand DEL encoding. Added session option "ZModem Encodes DEL".
- VCP looks for a newline or carriage return character in order to determine if the ENTER key was pressed when authenticating.
- Sometimes selecting menu items, selecting text, or right-clicking to bring up a context menu did not do anything.
- SecureCRT could crash when the Raw Log Session option was enabled and there was heavy network traffic.
- SSH2: On Windows NT 4.0, sometimes certain keys did not work after authenticating.
UltraEdit-32 v10.00a Changes:
- Uninstall not working correctly
- Sort issue with UNICODE files
- Regular expression problem fixed
- Project/Tree View issues
- SFTP issues
- Other minor issues
Total Commander Version 5.11.
This upgrade corrects some problems, mainly with file associations on Windows XP (no longer working when changed in Explorer), and with external packers not packing some subdirs.
PC Suite for Nokia 7650 version 1.2 is out.
These are some of the new features in version 1.2.0:
- Windows XP is now supported
- Microsoft Outlook XP synchronization is now supported
Just finished reading The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else.
A really really good book. It describes the developing world's economic problems.
The greatest source of failure n the Third World and ex-communist countries is the lack of a rule of law that upholds private property and provides a framework for enterprices. This makes it impossible to turn assets from "dead" into "liquid" capital.
If you want to send me encrypted mail get my Digital ID
I'm still playing around with my Nokia 7650.
A really nice phone.
Miranda version 0.2 released! Just uninstalled ICQ and got Miranda! Love it. It got server side contact lists and can talk to both ICQ, MSN, YAHOO and others. It also got a lot of cool settings!