Bubbles

It has been a while since I blogged, and is something I want to try and get slowly back into. I did find this site which has cool visualization tools if that is something you are interested in.

As an example, here is what a interactive bubble chart looks like for the blog:

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WordPress 4.1 and Firefox 34.0.5 Bug

I am on the latest version of both WordPress and Firefox as of this writing – namely v4.1 and v34.0.5 respectively and running on a TechPreview of Windows 10 (Build 9879 to be precise).

My main browser is Firefox, and whilst I also have Chrome and of course IE – I use them only on occasions of in some cases when I have to use them for one reason or another.

When trying to login to WordPress from Firefox, I just cannot seem to login and get the dashboard. I know the user name and password is correct, and I don’t get any error – but keep getting the login screen again. Logging in again with IE is not a problem. I can’t recall when this started – if it was when WordPress was updated or FireFox – but both have recently, and it is very annoying to say the least!

I haven’t had the time (yet) to try and figure out what is wrong.

Visual Studio 2014 CTP4 and Windows 10 Preview (Build 9860)

Perhaps I am pushing the boundary here, perhaps not but I am having lots of issues with Visual Studio 2014 CTP 4 (specifically Version 14.0.22129.01.DP) and Windows 10 Preview Build 9860.

There have been a lot of errors, and finally it has gotten to the point where even the basic thing like creating a new Console Project results in the following error. I did do a in-place upgrade of Windows from the previous build, but everything else seems to be working out OK – except just can’t write any code.  😯

Visual Studio 2014 CTP 4 Error

VS 2014 CTP 4 Error

I am not sure I should try a repair, or deprecate to Visual Studio 2013.

RIP Nikhil – my dear dear friend

kaleidoscopic!
not those here-and-now colours
but in memory

cloudy sky is filled
full of black twiggy branches
a large crow shoots past

picket fence and trees
standing tall like sentinels
like sad sentinels

comes-on quietly
so benign the sensation
so bloody empty!

this revelation
times at last you think you know
shrug! alas you don’t

fleeting memory
self-flagellation head-shake
another one lost

again and again
scene full of twiggy branches
black crow descending

:-( 😥

Interesting Find #25

Continuing the Interesting Find series. Here are the things I was intrigued by:

  1.  “Honey Encryption” – A new approach to encryption beats attackers by presenting them with fake data.
  2. Securing the Smart Home, from Toasters to Toilets – It is afterall the era of BigData and Internet of Things (IoT).
  3. Bizarre attack infects Linksys routers with self-replicating malware.
  4. Bing Code Search for C# – right from within Visual Studio – a boon for the lazy developers (yay!). Better beef up your Legal teams as well – how will one control IP violations at the code level – not quite sure.
  5. Visualisation of data is not only about ‘prettying up’ your BI reports, but it can actually also save lifes!
  6. Oakland the city that told Google to bugger away! Is this the start of a revolt?
  7. If you shop at Tesco.com and also have a Clubcard then you were aware that they were hacked? What is hilarious, and, very poor the way they handled this and the lack of understanding. Want to see a glimpse of that? See this Twitter conversation.
  8. You like Pineapples? You can eat one; and you can also use one to break website security – very easily! Scary stuff.
  9. Microsoft MS-DOS/Word Source Code Gems – just awesome comments!
  10. Raspberry Pi car computer – enough said!
  11. Absolutely fascinating! Most Sophisticated #Android bootkit malware ever detected; Infected Millions #Security

‘Old’ Surface (PixelSense) stuck on boot up

Samsung SUR40 which recently got stuck at boot up (see the photo below). Once the Kernel lib loaded, for some reason was getting stuck at:

StrongROM version 03.30 Build:_P
MS PixelSense not booting up

MS PixelSense not booting up

Powering it off or on, did not help. Neither did trying to get into the BIOS to try and change some things.

I did get this back up and running, and in the end the solution was quite simple – I had to physically take out the power cable (just powering it down was not enough); wait a few seconds and then plug the power cord in, and boot it back up.

Playing with Google Glass

Don’t know how many folks know, but I got a google glass recently and only now have had some time to start playing with it. There were a few challenges but I finally got Glass ‘talking’ to my Windows 8.1 machine and can now replicate the glass display (that is a post for another time, but it did take me some hit and try to figure out what I was doing wrong). This is pretty important, as without this I won’t be able to show much demo’s or make it very useful.

Here are a few photos showing the silliness in the whole thing. In the second photo, I am taking a picture from glass, whilst taking a picture from Glass – does that classify as a Picture-in-Picture? Perhaps. :)

Google glass on Windows

Google glass on Windows

Glass and Windows 8 - picture in picture

Glass and Windows 8