Category Archives: daily

Catching Up

A lot has been going on lately: 1. I participated in an academic workshop in Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia. 2. More or less 20 hours after I returned from Serbia to Israel, I flew to Dublin, Ireland for a day … Continue reading

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Productivity Tip: Multitasking slows you down

The picture says it all. Multitasking really slows you down. Suppose you have two tasks to do: Task A and Task B. When you perform your tasks alternately (as in the top line) you pay a big overhead cost. Each … Continue reading

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WordPress MySQL Database Encoding Fun

How I transferred my latin1 encoded wordpress blog into a perfectly working database setup with UTF8 encoding. Continue reading

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Another Way to Stop Bot Registrations

Reported by Boris. Back in December I’ve posted about the technique I use to stop spam on phpBB forums. The following enhancement of this idea appeared today on xkcd webcomic blog: But it would not work, because even spambots cry … Continue reading

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Are You Paying For “Protection” On Your Blog?

It is very common to hear stories in which criminals ask restaurant or shop owners to pay them money for the criminal’s “protection services”. Those who dare not to pay them, usually sorry for that few days after, when they … Continue reading

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Girlfriend Discovers a DoS Vulnerability in Gaim

It will probably be hard for you to believe, but my girlfriend discovered a DoS vulnerability in Gaim. No, don’t worry. She is not a computer geek (One in a relationship is certainly enough). The story of my girlfriend’s important … Continue reading

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Strangest Hanukkah present from Google

Sometimes Google does strange things. I was told today that this blog shows up on the first page of search results for the term “בלוג” (which is blog spelled in Hebrew). Here is a screenshot for the lazy disbelievers (taken … Continue reading

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The Curious Incident of the Chameleon in the Night-Time

Ok. I’m usually not posting such stupid stuff. But I couldn’t hold myself this time. I came into my bed room where I had this bed-linen with pictures of lizards, turtles, chameleons and other creatures. Then I saw something quickly … Continue reading

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