Banish the Perian Preference Pane

Perian? Perian, the Quicktime “all-in-one” codec pack, which allows Quicktime Player (And Quicktime based applications, including Front Row) to play various extra formats, including DivX/Xvid, .mkv etc etc. The problem One problem – well, more of an annoyance than a problem.. With version v1.0, it started being released as a Preference Pane icon – I … Read more

Halo 3 Activity Map: Animated

The video: Note: the times are GMT+0 So what is it? Several months ago, Bungie (the creators of the Halo game series) created a map, showing the geographic location of people playing Halo 3 online. The map is still up and running (as of January 2nd, 2008), and you can see it at the following … Read more

Secure website-authentication using GPG keys

Overview Currently, most websites log you in the same way: You enter a username and password, the web-server hashes the password (generally via MD5(), or SHA1()). This hash is then compared to the one stored in a database – if it matches, the user knows the original password, so it logs them in. This method … Read more

Installing Programs on Linux Without root

Prefixed Portage Most Linux distributions have great package managers like apt or portage. But installing programs when you don’t have root access can be a pain. You need to find, download and install all the dependencies and their dependencies, setup a prefix somewhere in your home folder and hope that everything works. Prefixed portageĀ is perfect … Read more