Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Last Italian madness: ICAP

So your italian penfriend won't email back, stopped answering the phone and his messenger icon is always off ?

Then he's probably doing what everybody seems to be doing online in Italy right now: working hard to solve the next riddle from ICAP - Il Cervello A Prostituirsi (the italian for something like The Brain Is Going To Prostitute Itself), a competitive game crated by somebody known as GUP.

Basically, starting from a simple address (http://icap.altervista.org) and a sibylline hint (Google and Wikipedia are your best friends), you're required to add the proper key-word to the URL, in order to gain access to the next step and so on (the game has currently reached 'Part three', meaning tons of riddles and gigazillions of hours spent in front of a computer).
You'll hardly find an italian blog which doesn't mention the game or a Forum without an ICAP section where to try and "break the code" with other users.

... And this is why I'm going to put an end to this post. Now, ICAP.

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Sunday, December 18, 2005

GAIM 2.0.0 Beta 1

The long-waited 2.0 version of GAIM (the cross-platform, Open-Source IM client) has finally shown itself. The first beta is available to download, looking quite promising and rich of features: take a look at the release notes and the first screenshots.

...and don't miss the disclaimer:

Again, this is a beta release and should not be used by those with a heart condition, if you are pregnant, or if you are under the age of 8. Side-effects include awesomeness, dumbfoundedness, dry mouth and lava. Consult your doctor to find out if Gaim 2.0.0beta1 is right for you.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Wookieepedia - The Star Wars Wikipedia

This site is worth a post just because of its name (let alone the huge amount of info you'll find there), so my geek half wants you to visit the Wookieepedia, an editable Star-Wars related database, organized into Real World Categories (magazines, TV, comics, games, novels et cetera) and In-universe categories (characters, creatures, spacecraft, vehicles, droids...).
Oh, and don't forget to vote your Miss/Mister Star Wars 2005!

Most. Geek. Ever.


Related: How The Death Star Works

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Monday, December 05, 2005

Free firewalls roundup

Being a Kerio 2.1.x enthusiast, the news that Sunbelt (house of CounterSpy) is going to save my favorite personal firewall made me exult; however, the question is: will Sunbelt develop its product starting from the good-old 2.1.x or the very different [and-not-so-good-imho] 4.x?

Waiting for some more news, here's a small list of free applications you might try (unfortunately, the good Sygate has been recently discontinued by Symantec):

  • Kerio 2.1.5: discontinued a long time ago, but a solid community of enthusiasts at broadbandreports.com still provides support for this excellent tool; some weaknesses, but with CHX-I (packet filter) makes a great couple;
  • Netveda Safety.net Pro: really light on resources, provides some extra-features as parental control, privacy control, pictures ratings based content blocking and more;
  • Ghostwall: Win XP, XP-64, 2000, 2003 only; no application control;
  • CHX-I: w2k/win2003/XP, packet filter; no app control;

Useful resources:
Broadbandreports Security Forum;

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Sunday, December 04, 2005

Must See: Fighting Robots in Computer Graphics

Whether you're into computer graphics or not, Cee-Gee is definitely worth a visit: born from the creativity of Marco Spitoni - an italian artist working for a game-developer company - the site is a stunning portfolio containing static 3D works, short movies and trailers of works in progress (all available in DivX format).
Sci-Fi and Star Wars fans can't miss "Join The Empire", an animated sort of Imperial propagandistic commercial, and the "Code Guardian" trailers, featuring giant robots in nazi and american liveries fighting in a WWII scenery.

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Hubble's Greatest Hits

Check this selection of images from the Hubble telescope.
The wallpaper versions are amazing.

(via Digg)

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Friday, December 02, 2005

Gmail Virus Scanning

Google just added anti-virus scanning to Gmail:

Just Launched!

Virus scanning is here!
Get an automatic check-up every time you open or send a message with an attachment. We even try our best to remove viruses so we can protect you against all the ones we find. You're on your own with the common cold (try chicken soup). Learn more

How does anti-virus scanning work?

Each time you send and receive attachments, Gmail automatically scans them for viruses.

If a virus is found in an attachment you've received, our system will attempt to remove it, or clean the file, so you can still access the information it contains. If the virus can't be removed from the file, you won't be able to download it.

If a virus is found in an attachment you're trying to send, you won't be able to send the message until you remove the attachment.

Now, let's hope it's as good as their anti-spam...

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