Archive for March, 2008

New PGP key 0x8D7F13FD

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

In an effort to tidy up my PGP key, which has been butchered over the last few months, I have created a new one.

My old key has been revoked and should not be used!

My new key ID is 0x8D7F13FD, and is stored on my keyserver!

You can access my keyserver and download my key using gpg:

gpg –keyserver hkp://www.andymillar.co.uk:80/ –search 0x8D7F13FD

This should locate my key and allow you to download it.

I would appreciate pgp signatures from people who can authenticate me. Please email me to let me know what I can do to validate my authenticity. I will happily return the favour and sign your key after similar proof has been obtained!

relays.ordb.org returning positive for everything

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Just as a warning to anyone who uses relays.ordb.org as a dnsbl for their spam filter…

After being dormant since January 2007, relays.ordb.org has decided to mark all email as spam as an incentive to get users to stop using their retired service!

See:

http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/03/25/2124224

http://www.nabble.com/relays.ordb.org-returning-positive-for-everything–to16286049.html

Now, go fix your spam gateways and remove ordb.

Mailserver Birthday

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Today (well, actually the 17th, but today is close enough!) is the 1st birthday of my Mail Server as it is today! Happy Birthday!

This also means that this day last year I finally arrived at the only sensible way of organising your inbox… by date!

Mailserver

This way, there is no arguement as to which folder it should go into! You don’t have to waste time sorting your inbox every day! All that is required is a single move operation taking no more than a few seconds on the first of every month!

Searching is simple. If you know the date of the email you’re looking for you will find it in seconds. If not, the advent of Google Desktop and the new Windows Search that comes built in to Outlook 2007 means that you no-longer need to search through a cryptic set of folders to find that all important email!

Although not necessarily beneficial for you, it also allows for a replacement or temporary member of staff to instantly use your inbox and find emails! They do not need to waste time learning how you thought it would be best to organise your inbox many years ago!

This is how I organise my inbox! It is much faster and easier to find emails, and you never have to ask yourself “does this belong in folder X or folder Y“?

It is also worth noting that Outlook 2003 and 2007 support tagging emails with categories. Surely it makes more sense to assign categories, not folders, to emails? This way when an email should be in two places at once under your old filing scheme, now it can!

Try it! It will make your life easier.

Livingstone unable to find 22 Police Officers

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Ken Livingstone 

In fact, he can only find 11! Check for yourself, the Police Officers in the photograph have been copied and pasted in!

You would think that Ken Livingstone, of all people, would be able to find 22 different police officers to pose for a propaganda “newspaper” to be put through people’s doors?

The photograph was taken from “London’s Choice”, spring 2008, Ken Livingstone special!

Does anyone know where Ken’s other 9,989 new London Officers are?

Anti-Dangers

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

As a follow-up to my previous post, what are the least dangerous exercises?

Instead of searching for “died in a ______ accident”, I used the same terms and googled for “did not die in a ______ accident”; the results are below:

Anti-Dangers

Read into those results as you wish!

Not to give statistics a bad name, but given my findings, there is obviously conclusive proof that sky diving is as safe as knitting as the same number of people have not died whilst participating in either activity!

My results also, clearly, show that blogging is more dangerous than sky diving as no people have not died!

Results abuse :/

Please note that the above conclusions are both silly and ridiculous. I do not believe them to be true.

Dangers

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

Ever since xkcd displayed a list of dangers and their associated death rates indexed by a google search, the number of deaths in “low risk” activities appears to have increased dramatically.

Here is a graph indexing the percentage increase in number of search results for the same query.

Dangers

The queries used were:

Current Location

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Look up there on the right, there’s a new bit of text below my picture! It’s called current location. It will tell you roughly where I am in the world!

Before you all start to get worried that this will be perfect material for stalkers, and as an apology to stalkers, the data isn’t 100% accurate.

The location data is taken from the GPS device on my blackberry and fed into blackberrytracker.com; a very cool site that can track blackberries!

This data, accurate to within a few feet is then passed onto GeoNames to convert the GPS coordinates into a Town/City/District!

The data also isn’t updated in real-time. In fact, it only updates every 15 mins! This means you can see where I was 15 minutes ago!

I thought this was rather cool. Facebook application anyone?