Monthly Archives: August 2011

idée labs image search

idee labs have created some amazing image search tools

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goog latitude can automatically geo tag your panoramio photos

http://www.panoramio.com/help/adding_photos#latitude

now you dont need a GPS enabled camera or a EyeFi GPS SD card because you can just run goog latitude on your mobile and goog will geo tag your photos for you AUTOMATICALLY when you upload them to panoramio !

In order to be able to map photos based on your location, there are a couple of preconditions that need to be fulfilled.

1. You need to have Google Latitude Location History enabled, and you need to give access to Panoramio.
2. Your uploaded photo must have its creation time stored in its metadata (EXIF). Most digital cameras do this already, so you only have to pay attention that any post-processing you do should preserve that information.
3. You must have a Latitude enabled device with you and and make sure that it is active active around the same time when you take the photos.

Panoramio will access your Google Latitude History to find out your location at the time when your photos were taken. 

Bing Webmaster now includes Yahoo! traffic data

The Bing Webmaster team have announced the integration of Yahoo! traffic data into Bing Webmaster Tools reports.

Bing Webmaster Tools will now be showing integrated data from Yahoo! within certain areas and reports.Traffic summary report and Page Traffic reports will be impacted as follows:

  • Impressions – will go up based on combined data numbers across both search engines
  • Clicks – will go up based on combined data numbers
  • Click Through Rates (CTR) as appropriate for above (change only due to the mathematics involved in the first two items)

No actual rankings will be affected by the combining of data within Bing Webmaster Tools.

XML 2 DTD and XML 2 XSD converters

If you are playing with REST web services (such as http://www.delicious.com/help/api) using a tool that requires DTD or XSDs (such as JitterBit) then you might find these XML to DTD and XML to XSD converters useful:

Note to run XML Schema Learner you’ll need to
# yum install php-cli php-xml

Intel Core i3 (2010) v Intel Core i3 (2011)

It seems that most notebooks currently on sale in Sainsburys, Staples and Tesco are based on LAST years Intel i3 chips !

Intel 2010 Intel Previous Generation Intel Core Processors

Perhaps Intel should make the difference clearer in their “Intel Core” advertising campaigns or maybe not as they’d never be able to shift the old stock ! And its worth checking exactly which i3/i5/i7 model is “inside” so you can decide if its worth spending the extra £30 to get a notebook with this years chip from DELL instead !

Backtrack GNU/Linux Security Distro

Backtrack GNU/Linux Security Distro for Net Admins and Sys Admins

Backtrack GNU/Linux – the penetration distribution – is the highest rated and acclaimed Linux security distribution to date.

Backtrack GNU/Linux is a Linux-based penetration testing arsenal that aids security professionals in the ability to perform assessments in a purely native environment dedicated to hacking. BackTrack can be booted from a Live DVD or USB drive or installed locally.

Backtrack GNU/Linux has been customized down to every package, kernel configuration, script and patch solely for the purpose of the penetration tester.

Your HSBC PIN number is not H58C !

If you are using HSBC online banking with their PIN generator it turns out that your HSBC PIN number is not H58C !

So if like me you can’t login with H58C you’ll need to press the green buton AGAIN to get a proper PIN number !

android dev on oracle linux

android dev on oracle linux (or centos linux or red hat enterprise linux)

download sdk

$ wget androidsdk

update sdk

$ android/android

connect phone(s)

lsusb to get usb vendor id(s)

$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 18d1:4e12 Google Inc. Nexus One (debug)

add vendor id udev config files
# vi /etc/udev/rules.d/58-android.rules
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="18d1", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"	# goog htc
SUBSYSTEM=="usb", ATTR{idVendor}=="04e8", MODE="0666", GROUP="plugdev"	# samsung

disconnect and reconnect phone(s)

since (unlike ubuntu) you can’t restart the udev service on oracle linux just unplug and repluig your phone(s)

list phones

$ android-sdk-linux_x86/platform-tools/adb devices
List of devices attached
HT019P807786	device

run ddms

$ android-sdk-linux_x86/tools/ddms
(DDMS:12931): Gtk-WARNING **: gtk_widget_size_allocate(): 
attempt to allocate widget with width -5 and height 17
(DDMS:12931): Gtk-WARNING **: gtk_widget_size_allocate(): 
attempt to allocate widget with width -5 and height 17

nokia sports tracker reborn as android my tracks

nokia sports tracker (recently bought out by endomondo) seems to have been reborn as the open source goog android my tracks with the exception of track thumbnails which currently do not represent the actual track on the google android version

as well as uploading your GPS maps and tracks to goo maps it can also export them in CSV, KML and GPX formats