My true political self

30 09 2009
You are a
Social Moderate
(55% permissive)

and an…

Economic Liberal
(28% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Democrat

Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid

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How to recover a lost PPPoE password

10 10 2007

Our DSL provider recently upgraded our internet connection to 6 Mbps. This lead to problems with our DSL modem, though, because it was over 5 years old and wasn’t designed for this. As a result, the modem didn’t sync anymore and we were left without net access for a couple of days until a replacement was shipped to us. The problem: The replacement was DSL modem and router in one, and required configuration, including the original login and password for our DSL service. The documents couldn’t be found and we didn’t want go through the hassle of resetting our account and wait for a new password, so I tried to retrieve it from the old DSL router (a D-Link box) instead. Here’s how:
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Automating web browsers with Selenium

24 09 2007

I have a new fun toy to play with: Selenium makes it possible for you to automate web tasks. After you start the Selenium server (a java command line program) you can get access to the browsers you have installed (Firefox, MSIE, Opera, Konqueror, you name it) and use the Selenium API to simulate user interaction with the browser in your favorite programming language (Java, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby or C#). You can even use a Firefox extension to record your actions to rapidly develop these test cases. Read the rest of this entry »





Laser graffiti

19 09 2007

Like many others, as soon as I saw the demo of Philips’ Drag and Draw gadget, I instantly wanted one of those. Now I saw that a group called the Graffiti Research Lab, inventors of the LED Throwies, created an ingenious device which resembles the Drag and Draw gadget, but in a setup which is a whole lot bigger: They created a Laser Tag system which can be used to project light graffiti on a surface, and you can draw in realtime via laser markers. (second half of the movie) What’s more, the source code is open, so people can build their own Laser tag system! Awesome! 😀





Back again!

16 09 2007

Since my old webhost quit on me, I finally decided to move my few scribblings to the official WordPress.com site, since back when I was still using it, upgrading it has always been a pain. But I don’t want any fancy stuff, I just want to have a chronological notepad somewhere. So I grabbed the file and database dumps that lingered on my harddrive for half a year, registered a new WordPress.com subdomain and attempted to transfer the old WordPress 1.5 content over to their site. Read the rest of this entry »





Piracy is good

6 06 2006

Everybody knows and hears about piracy in new media, and media conservatives outright condemn it. If one takes a critical stance on this instead of falling into a simplistic mindset, however, then a lot of insight can be gained from free thinkers on this with surprising results.

There is a thought-provoking presentation from the Internet Archive titled Piracy Is Good? and PiratebyrĂ„n’s Rasmus Fleischer gave an insightful speech at the Reboot Conference in Denmark, formally titled “Gray Commons”, while Pirate Bay was still recovering from the May 31 police raid, which further delves into the implications that come with Digital Rights Management and Peer to Peer networks: PiratebyrĂ„n’s speech at Reboot.





Oh my god, nerd scores

4 06 2006

I am nerdier than 98% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Overall, you scored as follows:

2% scored higher (more nerdy), and
98% scored lower (less nerdy).

What does this mean? Your nerdiness is:
All hail the monstrous nerd. You are by far the SUPREME NERD GOD!!!

23 to 26, Some college (no degree), More than 10 hours, Yes, it is a daily routine, 3 or 4, Max Planck, 2.99792458 x 10^8 m/s, 1GB or more, Isaac Newton, 3.70 to 3.89 (Mostly high marks), One, Berillium, less than four, Online gaming and/or chatting, Vulcans don’t smile!!!, Graduate-Level Coursework, Math, Researcher, Casio, BASIC, Blowing objects across surfaces, In the front, No, Yes – anytime I have/had homework, About half, Yes, Yes, Yes, No, Yes, Some old food, Mendelevium, I Guessed, Maybe – depends on the score, UNIX / Linux, Firefox / Mozilla, Highly nerdy, Nothing better to do