Tag it!

Some of you guys out there have probably seen it coming. I did not invest that much time on finishing (or even starting) my diploma thesis in the last couple of days. Surprisingly, updating my music collection seemed to be much more … ehm … fun! Fortunately I currently only possess round about 3600 audio files (MP3) which consume about 15GB of my hard drive space. I only say this, because I know someone who „owns“ over 100GB of MP3s. Sick!

So what does updating of MP3s mean? Well it meant quite a bit of work, because I decided to attach to each file the corresponding CD cover. Therefore I searched the internet, primarily with Google picture search for covers with an acceptable quality and the dimensions of at least 400×400. I think this size is on one hand accurate enough to see some details, but on the other hand small enough to actually find covers. After having searched with Google and websites like ALLCDCovers or Encyclopaedia Metallum I am satisfied with my results, although it took me almost about two days. Of course some of the covers were smaller than 400×400, especially the ones of the German Fun Metal band J.B.O. and I only scaled them up to about 300×300.


WordPress and its changes

Today I thought about representing data and rules from Dungeons & Dragons source books as simple and plain XML files. Why that, you probably ask. Well, I’m not quite sure myself. At first I noticed some problems during our Friday DnD sessions. For almost every silly thing, we had to consider the source books and browse through the pages. This is probably due to the large amount of books we take into account while playing.

So wouldn’t it be nice to have a database or something similar, where for example all feats would be listed with their descriptions, requirements and where they are to be found in the source books and so forth. Of course these informations should be kept in a database for things like sorting and grouping. Nevertheless there has to be the possibility to have things exchangeable. Therefore I decided to collect all (hopefully) this data and write it down in XML. Later on you (or I) just have to write an importing/exporting tool to have read or write access to the database.


Phishing Filter

Phishing in ThunderbirdThis morning (well it was 1 p.m.) I made an interesting discovery. Finally, after having waited for years, I got my first phishing e-mail. My penny bank wants to have all my banking information, including TANs and PIN, of course. The e-mail itself wasn’t made that bad. The e-mail address from the sender seemed to be correct, but if you took a look at the advanced header, you could have seen that the origin of the mail was lline-202-65-134-34.pol.net.in (HELO system) [] Moreover the link did not point to sparkasse.de. but to sparkasse.de.redirector9.rwler.info


Personal Firewall

Oh yes, the Internet rocks. At least for people who use it „safely“. Safer networking seems to be a very difficult thing for adolescents or older persons. I’ve seen many people surfing without these neat applications. Yes, I am talking about personal firewalls. I don’t want to start a discussion about the sense of these programs or how to use them. In fact I am using this software only to permit access to any network from applications I personally installed on my PC (I have a better firewall within my router, it uses IP filtering with ip-tables).

In the past I used the personal firewall of Sygate. However that application is no longer maintained or updated, because Symantec decided to continue only the professional branch of Sygates software development. Because of that and the fact that I formatted my HDD last week, I had to look for an alternative. I made my choice and ended up with the Kerio Personal Firewall. At first I was satisfied with my decision. Sadly enough I had to learn, that I made the wrong decision, especially within the last few days. Althoug I could set network access rights for started programs (both inbound and outbound traffic), there was no method of defining these parameters for yet not startet programs. That is why you can setup an FTP server for example but cannot access it from without the network, because the dialog for (firewall) configuration for access rights pops up if you try to login for the first time.


Bilingual Blogs

Ok, as you have probably seen within the last few postings, I am trying to make my blog biligual. Because of my bad foreign language knowledges, I will only get along with English and German.

The first plugin I used to make postings in more than one language was the Simple Multi Language Plugin (SMLP). With certain tags (like [en] or [de]) it was possible to have text blocks in different languages. Unfortunately the plugin was not able to handle some of WordPress‘ most neat features like multiple pages or an excerpt of a posting with the possibility to read on further. After searching the web for a while (this time I was using Yahoo instead of Google, because I think Google cannot handle spam as good as Yahoo can) I stumbled across the Polyglot Plugin (funnily enough I am already using other plugins from the author, but I hadn’t discovered it yet). In almost every way, it is the better plugin, compared to SMLP. It allows pages, postings and even categories and titles of everything to be translated.