Know Your (Metric) Limits


From Wired – July 2004:


Instant Ken and Barbie: Melanotan to the rescue


Googlistics: messing with the big “G”

He probably also first thought it was an April’s Fool joke:
Matt Mullenweg from WordPress was discovered to have used his PageRank 8 site (WordPress is a popular open-source blogging software) for hosting lots of irrelevant content, with the purpose to get high scores in Google rankings and (let a customer of his) make money on Google Adsense.


Removal of Serflog/Sumom worm

My little niece had been trying for a while now to send me through MSN Messenger a picture called “How a Blonde Eats a Banana”. My reaction was, as any one’s should be: don’t know what she’s sending, nor why, there’s no prior conversation, no context, no nothing: I did not accept it. But I did not think further about it. A couple of days later I found that a) the girl’s computer had a virus, b) the virus eagerly tried to infect other PCs via Messenger, and c) had succesfully accomplished that task in several cases. One of the victims handed over his PC to me (being the family geek and all). Since it was a nasty worm, and it took me some time to disable it, here is the procedure to follow:


iTunes and ID3 tags

I have a Sony MP-40 car radio that reads CDs with MP3 files. However, since I started using iTunes to create my MP3 CDs, I sometimes seem to lose the ID3 tags (Title/ Artist/ Album). I now know why: iTunes writes ID3v2 tags, and the Sony only handles ID3v1 (MP40 PDF).
Main differences:


Hybrid CD: making it run on Mac and PC

Just write it on a CD” can mean a lot of things. There’s the plain audio CD (also ‘IEC 908’ or ‘Red Book‘ standard – 74 minutes of audio), the CD-ROM (or ‘Yellow Book‘ – 700MB of data), the CD-R (‘Orange Book‘) and I’m not even gonna go into stuff like SVCD (Super Video CD – up to 60 minutes of video).


QuotePlay and portable SMIL

Matt Round had released QuotePlay, a Flash-based MP3 player for playing specific parts (‘quotes’) of an MP3 sound file. A bit like <blockquote> for sound, and a handy way to cite podcasters.


Domain names in Flanders and Wallonie: the digital divide

DNS.be, the Belgian non-profit organisation that manages the .be domain, has published new statistics on domain name distribution in Belgium. They added geographical statistics for e.g. the domain names per inhabitant in 2004. Some numbers:


CD-to-MP3 ripping speed estimation

As every sensible car-owner in Brussels, I rip my CDs to MP3 so I can put copies of them in my car. As every self-respecting geek, I have multiple PCs at home. Which brings me to following observation: not all PCs rip alike. On one PC the CPU maxes out at 100% for the whole ripping procedure, and on the other, I never get above 75%. So I started wondering: what are the elements to define the maximum ripping speed you can get on a PC?
My hunch:


Sue your customers

(Post in Dutch)