My web calendar should be working again. I stopped using it because it broke, but I just updated to v1.2.5 and it's letting me add events again. It's mainly for family/friends - contact me if you need the login.

Here's a couple pictures of the newborn kittens a friend and I rescued after its stray mother abandoned them (click "Read More" to see more). Of the five original kittens, only the black has survived (the white one below really was trying but still had to be put down because of necrotic tissue).

Baby kittens are born blind and deaf and are entirely dependent on their mother for all aspects of survival - they can not even urinate on their own. That means it has needed to be fed and stimulated every 2-3 hours, a process that feels like has taken months. Fortunately, now that it's in its third week, it's at least able to be left alone for 6 hours at night. It is now twice its original weight and continuing to grow. I'll post more pictures later.

UPDATE 3/23/2011: "Ninja", the black kitten, is still alive and doing very well. She will play with everything that moves (or that she makes move, if she can not find anything).. and is anything from a purring tribble-like ball of cuteness who crawls on my bed next to me for a nap to a hissing monster rebellious demon-possessed.. well.. you can probably imagine. She's definitely worth the trouble though. :)

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I recently heard a comment from someone that said what's the worst that could happen if their computer got infected. After all, so what?

While I won't explain the context further, here's the reality. You can't even pretend to have a secure computer when a criminal has control of it. You might as well leave for work with your front door unlocked or store your keys on the hood of your car. What's the worst that could happen?

It costs you and others money. It can even put people in danger.

Someone who would see nothing wrong with leaving their keys on their car could reasonably be said to have no concept of physical security. Sadly, with computers it seems most people assume their anti-virus software will protect them. When's the last time you updated Adobe Flash/Reader/Java? Did you know that's all you have to do to protect yourself from a lot of attacks? Is Windows Update even turned on? I've helped enough friends with their computers to know that a lot of people haven't installed a single update the entire time they've had their computer. It's fun watching 80 download all at once. Take some simple steps to protect yourself and it might spare you a lot of frustration later.

My URL Sniffer now has the ability to download an encrypted zip file of a target URL instead of just displaying the html source (the target URL can be anything including actual executables - encrypted zip files are necessary for submitting malware samples to some antivirus vendors and other legitimate parties, and also to prevent accidental infection of your own computer). Additionally, very simple html syntax highlighting has also been added for the source view.

Check it out:
http://dwm.cc/node/76

I created a script that converts malicious addresses into harmless addresses that can be handled safely, and it converts harmless addresses back into their original form. It is also able to clean data provided by certain searches and remove typos when analyzing data that has been provided by others. It accomplishes this using JavaScript so that potentially sensitive information never leaves your network. This script was made for a very specific purpose, so it may not appeal to everyone. It's on the menu to the left as "URL Sanitizer", or you can just click here.

edit: I created an alternative to web-sniffer as well. Sometimes malicious websites will remember previous visitors and return alternate results, but even they can't block everyone.

I added a web calendar for my schedule. There's a link at the top, but it's not open to the public. Contact me if you want the non-admin login.

...and I use Linux!

click the screenshot for a full version

Life without walls.
---Microsoft

(my response to recent Microsoft ads)

I installed a fresh Gallery 2.3 and manually moved my old content from Gallery 2.2.5. View counts have been reset, but the database is no longer corrupt. This should let me finish the California Trip album and some other stuff. You can visit it here:

http://dwm.cc/gallery2

This update was also needed for Drupal 6 integration, which isn't stable yet (it's one of the last requirements before upgrading my site to Drupal 6). I'm going to hold off on enabling my older Drupal 5 integration until I know it works with the newest Gallery, so some of the links won't work until then.

I wanted a line-in for my car, so I bought a LineX transmitter (on right) because a friend had one and it works respectably well. The problem is that it has to be turned off when not in use because it uses batteries. It's easy to forget if stored in the glove compartment, and more easily stolen if left in plain sight.

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