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Saturday
Jul262008

Hell is full of passwords

The thing about security in the digital age is that pretty much everything is governed by passwords.  I have so many to remember these days that it's just not funny any more.  Some of them have particularly stringent complexity enforced on them making them that much harder to commit to memory ... particularly as it's full of obscure user IDs.

So do I write them down in some obvious place?  Of course not.  Do I write them down at all?  Well yes, but encrypted.

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Saturday
Jul262008

Unlocking the key to locking joints

I teach a lot of students a lot of locks in my martial arts classes.  This involves entangling and applying pressure to the joints of the body in order to cause a level of discomfort (pain) that allows someone to be controlled - be it wrist locks, arm locks, leg locks, shoulder locks, finger locks or head locks.

There are a couple of key points I try and get across to students to really help them apply all of their locks more effectively.

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Thursday
Jul242008

Serving PP1 to your server at home

The Internet has been abuzz with the news of the release of Power Pack 1 for Windows Home Server (WHS PP1) a couple of days ago.  I've had an HP Media Smart Server for several months and have been waiting like so many others for this update to fix the infamous data corruption bug.

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Tuesday
Jul222008

Decryptin' the VB Scriptin'

A couple of days ago I posted about using NoteTab to ease the encryption of VBS files to VBE files using Microsoft's Script Encyption utility.  I mentioned at the time that this encyption was in fact reversible.  So today I'm going to show you how this is achieved.

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Tuesday
Jul222008

Special Offer: NoteTab Standard

I've already raved about NoteTab and now there's a great reason to rave some more.  The free version of NoteTab is NoteTab Light and I've been using this for many years both when I was a student and in a working environment where getting people to sign off software purchases for software like this was incredibly difficult.  It has been simpluy superb and I'm sure will be for many years to come.

There are two paid for versions that provide sets of enhanced features.  The first is NoteTab Standard and the second NoteTab Pro (my favourite and the one I use at home).  But after upgrading my version of NoteTab Pro a few days ago the inbuilt news update alerted me to a special offer where I could get NoteTab Standard for free!

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Sunday
Jul202008

Encoding VBScript via NoteTab

Because NoteTab is my favorite text editor and it can be 'programmed' using the inbuilt clipping language I thought I'd share some aspects around one of my NoteTab clipbooks used for working with VBS files.

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Sunday
Jul202008

Dans Dare

I haven't posted anything about martial arts yet but some activity yesterday gives me an excellent reason to post a brief congratulations to some guys who were grading for Jiu Jitsu Dans yesterday.

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Saturday
Jul192008

Tab your pad

Back in '97 I was working on a visual tool for the solution of some algebraic equations as part of my Masters in Computer Science and I reached a point quite quickly where my code exceeded 32KB.  Windows notepad stopped working.  I had a magazine CD lying around with loads of free and shareware tools on it so I had a browse through the CD and I came across a text editor that fit the bill.  It was actually quite cool and it had a tabbed interface and let me open several files at once that were bigger than 32KB - I was very impressed.

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Friday
Jul182008

Fix anything with the ultimate MacGyver tool

The shine may have rubbed off a little and the mullet dated somewhat but I still have a soft spot for the MacGyver series and I still wish today that I knew 1% of what he did and could do 1% of what he could with a roll of gaffer tape and a pen knife. Unfortunately I ever did manage to cram everything into my head.

However I was very impressed when I came across the ultimate MacGyver multi-tool and thnking about it I have actually lost track of the number of times I've actually used this tool to fix some problem or other. Who needs a Leatherman multi-tool or the like when armed with one of these?

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Friday
Jul182008

Revive that PC speaker with James Bond

I use VBScript (VBS) for a lot of my scripting on Windows and I often code scripts which carry out an operation and I like to know when they finish but having to click OK at the end I find a little bit of an annoyance. So instead I sometimes use the PC speaker to give me an audible cue that doesn't require any further interaction from me.

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