October 29, 2002

Email chess - challenge me now !

Check out shockwave email chess. Feel free to challenge me (richard at starport dot net) anytime.

Posted by richard at 07:42 AM | Comments (2)

October 27, 2002

Free the Music - or no ?

Check it out - Oxford Union Debate - This House believes that "the free music mentality is a threat to the future of music.. Heh, this always makes me chuckle, primarily cause the powers that be seem not to get it. Pity no one in the music industry is likely to open up their entire back catalog and their wares via a subscription based internet model isnt it ! Who would buy that ?

Posted by richard at 04:37 PM | Comments (0)

October 24, 2002

Serial ATA - Bring it on !

A wicked article on Serial ATA, brought to you by Explosive Labs (via Slashdot). Welcome to the future of desktop and midrange disk systems !

Posted by richard at 05:34 PM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2002

Telstra leave Microsoft

Just browsing The Register and came across this article making the assertion that Telstra, Microsofts largest customer in the southern hemisphere, was looking to StarOffice.

All rumors Im sure. Original article here in Australian IT.

Personally, I've been using OpenOffice office for almost 2 months and it rocks !

Posted by richard at 08:55 PM | Comments (0)

Business registration

Helpfull links for registering a new business (and domain) in Australia.

1) Check ASIC and see if your name is taken ...
2) Check the trademarks database and see if the name is taken for your category of business
3) Register the name with your local state body (Mine is in Queensland)
4) Check an AU whois server to see if yoru domain is available.

Posted by richard at 11:47 AM | Comments (3)

October 22, 2002

new spam record

SpamAssassin says :

SPAM: Content analysis details: (17.10 hits, 5 required)

Hmmmm - Seems like i need a maildrop filter that automatically junks anything with a rating over 10 !

Posted by richard at 10:08 PM | Comments (0)

Exit Strategies

I had a meeting with my accountant a few weeks ago, explained an idea for a business, and that I/We were getting a business plan together for this craaaazy concept. He received the speil well and had some excellent suggestions - one of which was an Exit Strategy.

An Exit Strategy !

So I've been background thinking about it for a while (2 weeks). I guess about half of that time was about me trying to defend the mental notion that 'Im just about to start this crazy idea - why should I plan on getting out at day 1' ? However, now I've replaced that notion with, ok well i'll ask the internet. :-)

Time to hit Google.

After Reading, reading, more reading, reading and finally, yes reading, plus alot of searching, Ive decided its a good thing (tm). The central premise, is that exit planning affects how a business grows. The above articles cover a variety of strategies, roughly boiling down to :

  • IPO

  • Build an asset to sell.

  • Give your business to your children.

  • Close your business down and sell the parts.

  • Manage 'til you drop dead' - (lets avoid this one).
  • Some of the more interesting articles, touched on business valuation and the seeming infinite methods thereof - I'll worry about that sometime after day 1 ! :-)

    Posted by richard at 10:00 PM | Comments (3)

    Example spam headers

    Here's an example of SPamAssassin's output - lovely !

    SPAM: -------------------- Start SpamAssassin results ----------------------
    SPAM: This mail is probably spam. The original message has been altered
    SPAM: so you can recognise or block similar unwanted mail in future.
    SPAM: See http://spamassassin.org/tag/ for more details.
    SPAM:
    SPAM: Content analysis details: (6.80 hits, 5 required)
    SPAM: LOSE_POUNDS (0.5 points) Subject talks about losing pounds
    SPAM: DIET (0.4 points) BODY: Lose Weight Spam
    SPAM: NO_OBLIGATION (0.4 points) BODY: There is no obligation.
    SPAM: CLICK_BELOW (0.3 points) BODY: Asks you to click below
    SPAM: OFFER (0.2 points) BODY: Free Offer
    SPAM: DEAR_EMAIL (0.1 points) BODY: Dear ?
    SPAM: SPAM_PHRASE_05_08 (1.6 points) BODY: Spam phrases score is 05 to 08 (medium)
    SPAM: [score: 7]
    SPAM: LINES_OF_YELLING (0.2 points) BODY: A WHOLE LINE OF YELLING DETECTED
    SPAM: RCVD_IN_OSIRUSOFT_COM (0.4 points) RBL: Received via a relay in relays.osirusoft.com
    SPAM: [RBL check: found 91.249.123.63.relays.osirusoft.com., type: 127.0.0.4]
    SPAM: X_OSIRU_SPAM_SRC (2.7 points) RBL: DNSBL: sender is Confirmed Spam Source
    SPAM:
    SPAM: -------------------- End of SpamAssassin results -------------------

    Posted by richard at 08:14 PM | Comments (0)

    Yarks - No spam filtering !

    Odd problems with the SpamAssassin (2.31) that came with Redhat 8.0 spam wasn't being tagged properly. Razor wasn't working properly either. v2.43 is now installed, running and working a treat.

    Posted by richard at 07:47 PM | Comments (0)

    October 21, 2002

    Site Upgrade

    Todays starport server upgrade was a complete success. Those fortunate 25 or so people out there can look forward to massively reduced spam thanks to SpamAssassin, Razor running with Postfix and Maildrop.

    IMAP is also available - unleash the power ! :-) or use webmail.

    Posted by richard at 09:08 PM | Comments (4)

    Go cannon !

    Cannon digital for under AUD$2000 - WOW ! It seemed too good to be true - and it was ! Tragically pc mag put a retraction at the top of their article - hopes dashed again... Guess i'll still have to wait for that affordable digital SLR ! Still, there is an 11.1mp model - nice to know what's ahead for the digital masses, in a few years time.

    Posted by richard at 08:56 PM | Comments (0)

    October 16, 2002

    Isomalt - The new black ?

    Isomalt, the new black of sugar ! Thanks Hugh for the link.
    The Calorie Control Council has a great read on it.

    Posted by richard at 05:19 PM | Comments (0)

    News aggregation, how, how, how ?

    So im on the hunt for a server side tool that i can plug into MT ! to handle news aggregation. Amphetadesk is groovy, tho its not server side !

    If ya see anything then lemme know.

    Ta.

    Posted by richard at 04:15 PM | Comments (0)

    October 15, 2002

    Ping !

    Any one out there ! :-)

    Posted by richard at 10:29 AM | Comments (2)