Check if your e-mail address is on the list of “hacked” Google accounts

Posted 2 CommentsPosted in security, technology Recently there has been some worry about Google accounts being hacked and passwords stolen and so on. Even though Google said less than 2% of the list (which I’ve obtained) are active accounts, some people I know had their e-mail address in the list. I downloaded the list of e-mail addresses and put together […]

Hiring companies: if you want it written in X, ask for it to be written in X

Posted Leave a commentPosted in life, linux, system administration, technology, web development

I recently took an online AbillityScreen through TrueAbility for a remote position, and one of the tasks was to program some generic automation scripts to do various file operations and so on. In the description, it stated to complete the task in whatever language you wanted as long as it worked.  I set about doing […]

Google (GMail team specifically) randomly decides to enforce strict SSL for external POP3/IMAP accounts

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After Google announced it was doing away with personal (or was it trial?) Google Apps accounts, I’m getting the impression they want to get rid of freeloaders (like me). I have a free GMail account, which I’ve setup to retrieve messages using POP3S from my e-mail server at home. This allows me to get better […]

Microsoft KB Article: “Your computer randomly plays classical music”

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The funniest Microsoft KBs I’ve run across: Computer Randomly Plays Classical Music Article ID: 261186 – View products that this article applies to. This article applies to Windows 2000. Support for Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010. The Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center ( is a starting point for planning your migration strategy […]