November 2006

When writing my small article about the apache ports not shutting down it took me quite a while to find out which package contains tcpkill. Recent referrers from google show that I’m not the only one with this problem, so here the answer is again in short: tcpkill is part of the dsniff package.

While the original icq client offers spam filtering, there is no such function in Gaim - though this is one of the most popular icq clients on linux systems.
The blocklist only works for a certain number of UIN and I get spam from new UIN everyday. And if it’s not about people contacting me and saying “hello” or some badly translated stuff, then they will send authorization requests that contain like 30 lines of text - hello? Why does this work? And why is there no plugin for gaim that filters messages or requests through spamassassin?

At least I’m not the only one with this problem: Tobias Schlitt has started a discussion on this topic in April and even announced that he would perhaps build an antispam plugin for gaim.

It is so simple: Throw some hotdogs around. has a great lesson how you can approximate pi by throwing food around your home. They claim that it really works - I couldn’t confirm this yet as I don’t have frozen hotdogs and a kitchen in my office ;-)

Calculate Pi by throwing frozen hot dogs

Just a few days ago a team of developers released Gaia, an open-source client to the Google Earth data. While Google Earth is available for Linux, it is still closed-source. The gaia developers managed to reverse-engineer the protocol and then build their own client.
Of course Google was not very amused and since yesterday gaia is not available for download anymore. Google chose a very fair way here: they sent a polite mail to the gaia team stating that their licenses do not allow them to give out the map data outside their closed client and did not send a lawyer rightaway.

Gaia will now change its focus to provide an open-source earth viewer with gps support which will use other open datasources like NASA imagery.

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A new beta of Flash 9 for Linux is out. When the first beta came out I was planning to create an ebuild, but was too slow - it was already there ;) This has just happened again, the ebuild for is already in portage. I hope that this one works better than the first version which did not work well with video streams.

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