Email Certificates

by Simon Email

Link: http://www.cacert.org

I got a free certificate from CACert for my emails.

This sounds like a nice idea - you can authenticate your emails as coming from you by "signing" them.

What's also nice is that CACert is free!

Unfortunately they are not installed as "Trusted" Certificate Authorities in most people's systems, and my clients are complaining they can't read my emails easily...

Troy

by Simon Email

Link: http://www.warnerbros.co.uk/movies/troy/

Went to see this last night.

It was a US blockbuster - not as bad as some. Luckily the underlying story is dramatic enough that they didn't have to completely reinvent it.

Greek stories certainly seem more interesting than Roman ones!

There were a few "motivations" which didn't really convince me:

  • Why did Hector let Paris and Helen stay as stowaways on his boat when leaving Sparta? He was all ready to turn the boat around, and then changed his mind.
  • Why did Paris and Helen stay in Troy? Being there was initially the cause of the war. Priam say it was as well to fight for Love, as money and land. But not very convincingly.
  • Why did Achilles go and fight for Agammenon - who he hated? Rather unconvincingly it was so that he would be famous down the ages. It sounds like a Bowie song!

Other general observations:

  • Religion seems the villain - every time Priam agrees with the priests, something goes wrong
  • Achilles soldiers look like a SWAT team, and the Troy landing looked like D-Day.

Here's the Gutenburg version of the Illiad: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/gutbook/lookup?num=6130

XEmacs Blogging

by Simon Email

I'd really like to be able to blog from within XEmacs - which is where I most like to work.

I just tried downloading and installing the blogger.el script from here http://www.cubane.com/blogger/

I eventually got it in - by copying the .el files to the XEmacs directory.

Tried configuring and them posting but got an error "Wrong argument type: listp,"

I'm really not up on lisp and stuff - so feel rather stuck.

The blog software here is b2evolution, which *claims* to have proper blogger api support...

Symbian RSS reader

by Simon Email

Nice to have! Although it might chew up the bandwidth....

Blogging Spamming - article in Wired

by Simon Email

Link: http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,60912,00.html?tw=wn_story_page_prev2

Maybe I spoke too soon about RSS and spammers...

I just visited the new weblog list at http://www.blogsnow.com/new.html and was saddened to see that most of the blogs seem to be porn-related, and probably machine-generated, as several were the same.

Who are these people?

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