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Rob Hallam

Glasgow University graduate. I have wide-ranging interests - please see my about page either here or at roberthallam.com.

Spam Begone!

Just a small note to the effect that this blog has been weathering a fair spam storm over the past 10 days or so. It would appear from the range of IPs that someone with a nice big botnet is doing the spamming. May they die a painful death. My plan had been just to let them roll in (just about everything is moderated) and delete once every few days. However, after logging in one day and seeing that there was about fifteen hundred spams in two days, I had had enough!Read More »Spam Begone!

IE7 Released

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Just a quick post to let anyone who hasn’t heard know that IE 7 has officially been released as a public download after one and… Read More »IE7 Released

Battlefield 2142 to Include Spyware

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(Update 1: to include sypware EULA)
(Update 2: to include second link)

Kotaku is running a short piece on how EA seems to have decided to include spyware with BF 2142 for the purpose of showing in-game ads. GameJoint has news on the relationship between IGA and EA.

So. In the latest CGW podcast, they received retail boxed copies of BF 2142.

When you open the box, a big slip of paper falls out first, preceeding any discs or manuals.Read More »Battlefield 2142 to Include Spyware

One Step Closer

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Okay, now for a non-tech post. Those things were giving me techwriter’s block anyway. I warn you though from the outset of this post, I’ve been reading V for Vendetta [thanks Michael!], watching the film of the same, and had 1984 on my mind. So I may be a bit paranoid. Maybe.

Even still, I couldnt help but be disturbed on the way home yesterday.Read More »One Step Closer

Two Handy Portable Apps

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So I recently purchased a 1Gb USB drive to replace my somewhat neanderthalic (but still useful) 64Mb drive (which in turn had replaced a by-now-prehistoric 16Mb drive). Up until recently when using computers that were not my own, I had been using whatever browser was on the machine, and downloading and using puTTY each time. Not too bad, but a bit tedious. Not to mention I’m not a great fan of IE. Thus I decided to grab the portable versions of Firefox and PuTTY and put them on my USB drive.

Man is it useful having them avaliable on a flash drive or what?Read More »Two Handy Portable Apps

You're Looking Very Dapper

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A few days ago, I was planning on posting that I had migrated my laptop to Ubuntu 6.06 [Dapper Drake], away from Debian Etch (testing/unstable) which had been the primary OS. A copy of XP still resides on there for certain things, but it rarely gets used. I had been very happy with Debian’s performance as a desktop distro – my laptop had happily run icewm, and everything was peachy. Everyone knows that I like Debian.

Ubuntu is even better.Read More »You're Looking Very Dapper

Tag / Comment Support For Ogg Vorbis Files in WMP!

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So I bought some music recently (hey, it IS my birthday!), in high quality Vorbis format, of course.The files had the appropriate metadata, of course. Rhythmbox displayed a lot of nice information, of course. Windows Media Player 10 didn’t. Of course. I’m used to MS stuff being a bit backward sometimes, but this had me on the verge of mild irritation.Read More »Tag / Comment Support For Ogg Vorbis Files in WMP!