This is not a Hack

I’ve noticed an annoying trend lately, and its starting to get on my nerves.

Every 2nd person who figures something out on their own, is writing up a HOWTO.
This isn’t a problem. Its the fact that they’re calling it a “Hack” thats getting on my nerves.

A Hack is where you take something, and make it do something it was never designed to do. Not using something that was designed to do something, to do something slightly similar. Thats not a hack, thats an adaptation.

Well, thats my rant for the day. If anyone wants to sponsor some real gadget hacking, let me know and I’m sure we can work something out đŸ™‚

Funding? Anyone?

I have so many nifty things I want to do. So many Ideas floating around in my head, from the nifty to the bizarre.

And they all involve gadgets of some description…

Anyone want to fund my exploits?

Possibly cooler than Photosynth


Now my little stick figure drawings can actually look decent.

This is possibly the coolest thing ever.

Researchers have come up with a way of taking your stick figure drawings (and keywords), and using them to find actual images that match. Then compositing them to create the complete image you were thinking of.

From Crunchgear

I feel better now

I’m not sure about you, but I’m glad that someone has taken the time to do this research.

I link you to a paper titled, “When Zombies Attack!: Mathematical  Modelling of an Outbreak of Zombie Infection” by Philip Munz, Ioan Hudea, Joe Imad et al.

Thanks guys, I believe this paper is a step in the right direction. The better we understand our enemy, the more prepared we are to protect the world from the impending Zombie Apocalypse

(Thanks Dave for sending me the link to the paper)


Its my on-call week, and its been a killer so far.

At the moment, I’ve got a guy on-site transferring a new IOS image to a Cisco Router (which is long looong past its End of Life date), over a Serial cable with XModem. This is going to take a while (its 1am).

Last night, I was up from 00:30 until 03:00 trying to figure out why a router dropped off the network. Only to be told this morning that it was due to planned works being carried out by a 3rd-party. Oops, we forgot to tell you.

So, I’m cranky, sleep deprived, and can barely focus on my screen. But thats fine, I’m only oncall until Friday.

South Africa goes to Vote

Its voting day in South Africa, so hopefully all of the 23m registered voters will be out enjoying the public holiday in the open air.

And then they’ll all be heading to Wimpy for their free coffee

And those of you with a sense of humour, will read Hayibo’s Election News, and giggle to yourselves at the new Nandos advert. (Those without a sense of humour will be offended, and try to sue Nandos. Or take Militant action, whatever floats your gravy boat)