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Shameless birthday plug…

Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! (sung to the tune of “Happy Birthday”) πŸ˜‰


So if you’re feeling generous check out my Amazon.com wishlist. I would have put down my Kalahari.net wishlist but their wishlist system sucks – I happily added items to my wishlist only to find out that its “private” so I can’t share it. So I made a new public list and tried to re-add my items to that one but they seem to default to being added to my “private” list (which I can’t delete) and now their site has become as slow as their customer service so I’ve just given up on them.


[Update: I forgot to include some details… like how old I am… I prefer not to think of it as “old” or “aged” although I’m heading quickly towards the big 30.  πŸ˜‰ But as of today I am 28.]

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Anonymous Browsing…

Here’s something that I’ve played with before… A while ago I had a friend who could talk to me via MSN, and could connect to my PC directly but he couldn’t get to website X but I could get to website X.  So his ISP had problems getting him there, but no problems getting him to me and my ISP had no problems getting me to X and no problems getting to him.

At that point I wanted to setup some kinda proxy type thing on my PC and then let him use that to browse to the server he was looking for.  Now with Tor (from EFF) you could kinda do that.  I read about it from a Wired News article called “Tor Torches Online Tracking“.  It looks really cool, you connect to a server near you (or any server) encrypting your data with a key and it passes you on to a random server (encrypting your data with a key another key) and that server passes you to another random server (encrypting your data with yet another key) which finally goes and gets the data you were requestion.  This aparently works not just for web traffic but other traffic too. (Unfortunately its a bit slow so file sharing/p2p apps wouldn’t work so well)  But that’s pretty cool!

Best of all its FREE!  Check it out!

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Free “Quake” like game

I’m not sure where I found the link but its cool so I’m posting it.  Sometime on Thursday/Friday I found a link to Cube.  Its an open source/free “Quake” like game.  If you’re going to install it on a windows machine, go to Quadropolis and download the Win32 Installer.

Its pretty easy to setup and run.  It was aparently designed to let you play fairly well even when you have high pings.  I was playing farily well on the weekend with pings of around 500ms.  There seems to be one regular SA based server as well.  I’ll try leave mine running when I’m not at work so other’s can join.  I’ll be the server with the WBS machine name. (They look up the DNS name from the IP address of the machine)  Try it out. πŸ™‚

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Old friends…

Isn’t MSN cool… an old friend of mine from school MSN’ed me today… I haven’t heard from her in MONTHS.  She’s moved to england and is working at/with Microsoft or a Microsoft Partner or something – I didn’t get the details…  I’m soooo jealous.


She’s involved in this project – Link 1, Link 2.  Here’s her blog.  Oh, for those who knew her at Varsity or School… its Roché.  (Barry, if you see this blog, you might want to add her to the Planet Alumni thingy – she did CS Hons at Rhodes)