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pemo (Notes from a Small [Academic] Island) ++++++++++++++++++ It's all academic! ++++++++++++++++++ August 2004 Entries
How GMail Could Be improved
I use Cloudmark's SpamNet – and I'm very happy with it. However, I suspect (and I might be able to confirm this if I could ever convince myself to read 'small print') that it only bases its spam-assessment on an email's subject and/or sender's address (envelope or reply). Apologies if this is otherwise! The trouble with this is that it's really easy to alter both subject and address(es) – as it is of course, the content. However, the content is usually the 'important bit' – after ......

Posted On Monday, August 30, 2004 4:26 PM

What's Written vs. What's Meant!
I'd love to do a search and replace on a student's essay! IT HAS LONG BEEN KNOWN… I haven't bothered to look up the original reference. IT IS NOT UNREASONABLE TO ASSUME… If you believe this, you'll believe anything. OF GREAT THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL IMPORTANCE Interesting to me. WHILE IT HAS NOT BEEN POSSIBLE TO PROVIDE DEFINITE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS… The experiments didn't work out, but I figured I could get publicity out of it. THREE OF THE SAMPLES WERE CHOSEN FOR DETAILED ......

Posted On Monday, August 30, 2004 3:41 PM

The Da Vinci Code - What Next?
After spending a couple of days reading The Da Vinci Code, I'm now pretty fired up to read some of the related books - to do with the fact vs. fiction aspects of Dan Brown's claims. However, in looking on Amazon, I find there's a few out there! The Da Vinci Hoax: Exposing the Errors in The Da Vinci Code Breaking The Da Vinci Code : Answers to the Questions Everybody's Asking Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction Da Vinci Code Decoded: The Truth Behind the New York Times #1 Bestseller Cracking Da Vinci's ......

Posted On Monday, August 30, 2004 3:36 PM

GMail Goodies

GMail Goodies

Posted On Wednesday, August 25, 2004 7:34 PM

It's work - honest guv!

Visual Languages and Formal Methods (VLFM'04) - workshop at the IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC'04)


Posted On Wednesday, August 25, 2004 7:22 PM

Fingers Crossed

Might possibly be in with the chance of winning a $100 - now that my action shot has been posted!

Posted On Wednesday, August 25, 2004 7:06 PM

Change Detection

Something I've used for ages now. Totally fab at letting one know when any webpage changes.

Posted On Tuesday, August 24, 2004 6:26 PM

Another Search Engine?
I've just found I don't know how long they've been going (they block the WayBack machine from helping here), but I can't help thinking why do a search-engine? I mean, what's wrong with Google, Yahoo, AskJeeves, AllTheWeb, HotBot, ... that we need another one!?Maybe I'm missing something - do some of these deliver highly-focused content, or perhaps deliver their results in some special way (like kartoo) - or something like that ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 24, 2004 6:24 PM

(Really) Scary Movie?
Trailer Website - rather strange in itself! ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 24, 2004 10:22 AM

A (bit?!) nuts - but fun

Be warned, some 'adult' stuff in here

Posted On Monday, August 23, 2004 10:54 AM

BBC (again!)
The BBC is multicasting live events from the Olympics - and, as per normal for the BBC, no advertisments! However, there are some fears that, if it's popular, it could 'crash the web' (?) Anyway, I'd be real interested to know if this works outside of the UK - so, please, go to and test it for me ......

Posted On Saturday, August 14, 2004 10:41 AM

Interesting - if you're 'into' research
MSR Stuff And, if you'd like to read more really interesting and technical stuff from MSR, then - add this RSS feed, and/or browse around their anonymous FTP site at Of course, there's 'ours' too - which is packed full of fun stuff ... (an aside: it's a wonder why Andrew didn't get a BCS Distinguished Dissertation Award for his SE Theorem Proving work!) Sometimes, the world just ain't fair ......

Posted On Friday, August 13, 2004 2:21 PM

BBC Radio 4
Is so fab - that I can't help promoting it (occasionally) Combine radio 4 with Total Recorder, and you'll never be short of something to listen to ever again ......

Posted On Friday, August 13, 2004 1:29 PM

Pretentious – him?

Suggestion to the OED
Narcissistic - definition

Posted On Friday, August 13, 2004 1:23 PM

LED Binary Watch Training Program
I've knocked up a training program for my binary watch - here's a snapshot of it running: The snapshot shows it running in cheat mode, i.e. the top window's displaying the denary-time, and the related binary. Normally, the program runs in a mode where it occasionally pops up and challenges you to a game of 'Interpret the Time' - all user configurable of course ......

Posted On Saturday, August 7, 2004 8:15 PM

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