# Sunday, 21 May 2006

Every family that has multiple computers would most likely need a central server for certain tasks. During the weekend I traded my old tower system for a new barebones Shuttle module, installed WinXP MCE 2005 on it and then set up a public fileshare so that it can hold all the digital photos that have been taken by my camera.

Hooked up and shared the only printer in the house so that the printer doesn't need to be carried around to be used, the wife was really berating me a LOT for not doing this earlier!

Then installed Skype on the machine and connected and plugged in a USB handset to it so Skype calls can be made and picked up easier.

Then the reason I installed MCE instead of plain WinXP pro was because I wanted to use my XBox 360 to connect to it so it can be used to cache display all the photos that are stored in the systemon the TV. And once I got everything running... DAMN the pictures look nice and sharp on the TV via a component connection!

 

Welcome to the family, and hope you serve me as well as your older brethen!


Sunday, 21 May 2006 20:12:42 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 17 May 2006

When running an online voting site that doesn't really have any sort of user authentication method other than using cookies to see wheter the person has voted within the last hour. Data must be constantly scrutinized to ensure that no one is stuffing the ballot box.

To prevent bots from spaming votes, you need to use a CAPTCHA control like this one.

So, now people can't use bots to fill your ballot boxes anymore so are you safe from getting invalid votes?

No!

Do not underestimate the power of feminity! A properly equiped and highly trained female is about to convince legions of interested people to Click On Vote->Clear Cookies->Click On Vote... rinse and repeat.

Nothing against women but that's what the data is telling me. In fact the person doing it is getting so good at all that he's topping one entry every about 10 seconds, which after some tweaking of Firefox I too as able to do so it's humanly possible to stuff the box and there's nothing you can do about it without any sort of SERVER SIDE VALIDATION!


Wednesday, 17 May 2006 12:23:14 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Wednesday, 10 May 2006

So... the E3 press conferences have come and gone and how do I feel about each of the 3 major companies... well not much has changed. I still have no inkling to buy a Sony PS3 on launch day, and pulling the We have motion detection controllers too! stunt was really really low. Where's all the technological advancements and impressive doodads that was promised to us last E3? Where're the dual HDMI outputs, where're the triple LAN ports. Oh.. you took them out to cut costs? And yet the machine is still priced pretty steeply.

Microsoft... well my experiences with online gaming on the 360 has been nothing less than phenomenal, and I can see that I'll be having more fun down the road with the 360. So... no regrets getting the console and I can't wait to play Dead Rising!

But... Nintendo... NINTENDO!!! Nintendo... ROCKS... MY.. WORLD!!! My friend says I'm biased cause I'm an old school gamer but... no.. that's not the case, the Wii is going to change the way we play games, it's going to be fun playing games on Wii and I can't wait for it! Everyone who play video games should look at the Wii demo trailer and if you don't even have a little bit of WANT to play with it... you just ain't enjoying your games then! ;)


Wednesday, 10 May 2006 22:52:02 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  |