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Heartbleed info

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

I know I don’t update often, so I’m not even sure if this is necessary. However, just in case anyone reading this has a user account on my website, I advice they change their password on my site and on any other site where they might have been using the same password.

My website is hosted at One.com and they have fixed the vulnerability issue, but the bug has existed for 2 years, so nobody knows who might have used it.

If you’re bad at making up new passwords, I recommend Lastpass.com

Android ‘cannot play track’ error fix

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013
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I recently encountered a weird error when I wanted to listen to an audiobook on my Android phone. Some of the mp3 files, but only certain ones, simply refused to play. Most suggestions I found on Google consisted in clearing the cache, remounting the SD card, or downloading and installing a different mp3 player app.

None of that works. The files my phone was unable to play were consistently the same files across all apps. They were playable on my computer, on my girlfriend’s Android, and even from my own SD card in my girlfriend’s phone. I can only conclude that there’s a demon in my particular Ice Cream Sandwich.

If anyone knows what causes this problem and how to fix it properly, please let me know. Until then I did find a solution. Granted, it is a silly solution – but a solution nonetheless. And since I didn’t see this suggested anywhere else on the web, here it is for the sake of posterity and other frustrated Android users:

  1. Download and install Audacity
  2. Download and install the Lame encoding library (this will let you export files as mp3’s)
  3. Run Audacity
  4. Click File -> Open… and select the mp3 your phone is having trouble with
  5. Click File -> Export… and chose “mp3 files” from the “save as type:” dropdown menu
  6. Save the file
  7. Transfer the new file to your phone (be sure not to confuse it with the old file, even though they’re identical)
  8. Enjoy!

Note that this solution is obviously written for Windows users. If you’re running Linux or MacOS, I’m sure you can find some alternative audio editing program on your own. Just make sure it can save the file in a format your phone can read.

 

From Google Books to Ebook Reader

Monday, February 14th, 2011

First a general disclaimer

I wrote this guide for the simple reason that I would have loved for it to exist before I figured out how to do these things. Don’t worry about the length of this. It’s an intentionally comprehensive amount of useful stuff you might want to do. You probably don’t have to do it all. Also downloads and installations only have to be done once.

I have Windows 7 and Firefox and this guide is based on that. Probably most of this works in any sort of Windows and maybe even if you’re running Firefox in a different OS. No guarantees though and your mileage may vary.

This is not a guide for (more…)

Science Fictional Reality

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

I awoke at about 4 am for no reason whatsoever. I had a very restless night. A couple of days ago a good friend of mine recommended me the comic Doktor Sleepless. It’s a comic-book about our lack of ability to envision the future even when it is staring us right in the face. I really like that theme because largely it describes our current condition. We are living in science fiction and most of us don’t even know it. When I bring this up people just look at me funny. Case in point did you know that teleportation is real? Yes, fucking teleportation has been invented. Granted, they can’t teleport people, cars, or food for Africa or anything. This is the objection people usually have when I try to get them excited about living in a science fictional reality.

“Oh, that’s nothing. You can’t teleport people.”

Excuse me? We’re talking about teleportation here. Actual honest to Pasta teleportation. Who cares about it not being perfected yet or whatever? It’s teleportation. Why aren’t you excited?

Anyway, to get back to my day so far. I woke up and felt like reading some Doktor Sleepless. However, since I am back at the Faroe Islands and we have little to speak of in the comic-peddling department, I downloaded a couple of issues from rapidshare. That’s the future intruding upon your reality again with you having nothing but apathy to greet it with. If the actuality of teleportation didn’t excite you, I wouldn’t expect a global, instantaneous library in which you at any time can access all of humanity’s literature on a whim to get it up for you either. Sure, it’s illegal but so was taping films from the TV onto VHS or music from the radio onto casettes, and that didn’t stop you, did it? Perhaps it did, but it sure didn’t stop me.

Anyway, Doktor Sleepless just told me to check out the album Saint Dymphna by Gang Gang Dance, so in a matter of 5 seconds I had downloaded that as well. Science Fiction I tell you, and I just published my thoughts instantaneously to a potentially world-wide audience.

Beam Me Up, Jack Me In

Thursday, January 15th, 2009
What are the important differences between technological determinism and (technological) instrumentalism? Does either of these theories provide a convincing account of the role of technology in the modern world?
Picture completely unrelated, yet strangely enthralling. Provided courtesy of A Tribe Called Möw

Image utterly unrelated, yet strangely enthralling. Courtesy of A Tribe Called Möw.

Intention

The intention of this essay is to offer a contemplative description of each theory, whereafter an analytical comparison can be made in assessment of the advantages and disadvantages each contributes to the understanding of technology in the modern world. At last I shall posit my own personal suggestion as to how a synthesis of the advantages offered by both could be made.

 

What is technological instrumentalism?

Optimists hold that (more…)