DVD Burner + More RAM


I got myself a DVD burner today. It’s an ASUS DRW 1608P3S drive, which can write at maximum of 16X on DVD±R, 8X on DVD+RW, 6X on DVD-RW, 8X on DVD±R (Double Layer), 5X on DVD-RAM, 40X on CD-R, 32X on CD-RW, and can read at maximum of 16X on DVD-ROM and 40X on CD-ROM.I also got myself 1 gigabyte TwinMOS DDR RAM, making my system happier with a whooping 2.25 gigabyte memory. Cool, huh? :)

Remote Include Vulnerability in Mambo


If you are Mambo user and using Galleria, SimpleBoard, or ExtCalender components, then be careful. A Remote Include Vulnerability has been discovered, and a lot of Mambo run sites using one of these components are being hacked and defaced. To save yourself from this epidemic, check for this line on top of all the PHP files on your component directories:

defined( ‘_VALID_MOS’ ) or die( ‘Direct Access to this location is not allowed.’ )

If it’s not there on every pages, then add it on the top. If available, it’s always the best option to update your modules and components to the latest stable version.

Remeberber: if apache.org or whitehouse.gov can get hacked, so can be yours. Be careful. Very careful. There’s nothing called security in this crazy world.

E-mail Icon Generator


As a spam fighting measure, most bloggers are using Nexodyne’s E-mail Icon Generator, which displays your e-mail addresses on graphical buttons. It supports major e-mail service providers and puts their logo after your username. Here’s how my Yahoo! address looks:

I’ll never need to use this button as I’ve better ways to protect my e-mail addresses from spam harvesters. ;)

April Fool RFCs


RFC or Request For Comments are informational or experimental documents, often being the protocol standards that make computer networks and the Internet work. Written by professors and elite scholars, most of the RFCs can bore people to death.

However, the April fool version of the RFCs are published just for fun and shouldn’t be taken seriously. After reading these hilarious RFCs, who’ll say that computer engineers aren’t any fun?

I’ve compiled a list of funny April fool RFCs, and you can read them here for a good laugh! :)

Philips 170B6 LCD Monitor


I finally got myself a LCD monitor! It’s a Philips 17″ TFT LCD monitor and has built-in speakers, an USB 2.0 port for using peripheral devices, accepts both VGA (analog D-sub) and DVI-D (digital) signals, and is very easy to swivel and tilt. But what impressed me the most is it’s 8 ms response time! Isn’t that outstanding?Wondering what response time is and why it is important? Well, it’s the period of time required for a liquid crystal cell to go from active (black) to inactive (white) and back to active (black) again, and it’s measured in milliseconds. Faster is better: lower response time means faster transitions, and therefore, results in fewer visible image artifacts in the display of transition of text and graphics. Lower response time also resolves ghosting problems.

More details about the monitor (I’m sure you’ll never need them!):

Picture/Display
LCD panel type : 1280 x 1024 pixels, Anti-glare polarizer, RGB vertical stripe
Panel Size : 17″/ 43 cm
Effective viewing area : 337.9 x 270.3 mm
Pixel pitch : 0.264 x 0.264 mm
Brightness (nits) : 250 nit
Contrast ratio (typical) : 500:1
Display colors : 16.2 M
Viewing angle : – C/R > 5
Viewing angle (horizontal) : 160 degree
Viewing angle (vertical) : 155 degree
Response time (typical) : 8 ms
White Chromaticity, 6500K : x = 0.313 / y = 0.329
White Chromaticity, 9300K : x = 0.283 / y = 0.297
Maximum Resolution : 1280 x 1024 @ 75 Hz
Recommended Resolution : 1280 x 1024 @ 60 Hz
Factory Preset Modes : 15 modes
User definable modes : 50 modes
Video Dot Rate : 140 MHz
Horizontal Scanning Frequency : 30 – 83 kHz
Vertical Scanning Frequency : 56 – 76 Hz
sRGB : Yes

Connectivity
Signal Input : Analog (VGA), DVI-D, PC Audio in
Audio output : Stereo Audio (3.5 mm jack) 1x
USB : USB 2.0
Video Sync Input Signal : Composite Sync, Separate Sync, Sync on Green

Convenience
Built-in Audio: 2 W RMS x 2 Stereo Speakers
Convenience Enhancements : On-screen Display, SmartManage enabled
Monitor Controls : Auto, Brightness Control, Left/Right, Menu (OK), Power On/Off, Up/Down, Volume control
OSD Languages : English, French, German, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
Other convenience : Kensington lock compatible, FlexiHolder
Plug & Play Compatibility : DDC/CI, sRGB, Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Regulatory Approvals : CE Mark, E2000, EMC, Energy Star, FCC-B, UL, CSA, SEMKO, TCO ’03, TÜV/GS, TÜV Ergo
Swivel : +/- 125°
Tilt : -5° to 25°
VESA Mount : 100 x 100 mm

Accessories
Included Accessories : AC Power Cord, Audio Cable, USB cable, VGA cable
Optional accessories : Super Ergo Base
User Manual : Yes

Dimensions
Depth (with base) : 210 mm
Height (with base) : 377 mm
Width (with base) : 375 mm
Height adjustment range : 70 mm
MTBF : 50,000 hrs
Relative Humidity : 20% – 80%
Temperature range (operation) : 5°C to 40°C
Temperature range (storage) : -20°C to 60°C
Weight : 4.8 kg

Power
Complies with : E2000, Energy Star, NUTEK
Consumption : 33W (Typical)
Off Mode : < 1 W
Power LED indicator : Operation – green, Stand by/sleep – Amber
Power supply : Built-in, 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz

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