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IP Phone error message in the wild

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A friend of mine, sent me this picture while he was on holiday.  All the way from Dubai :

IP Phone error in Dubai

IP Phone error in Dubai

Thanks Adeem!

Contacting Creta Marine Hotel (Iberostar)

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I sent an email to Iberostar Hotels about the issues that I expereicned using their internet kisosk at the Creta Marine Hotel.

 


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Bletchley Park : Security and Secrecy zone update

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I emailed Bletchley Park following my visit, and advised of some issues i had found when visiting the Security and secrecy exhibition.

I received the following the following email this morning.


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We have a reader!

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That’s right – you read that right… We

HAVE A READER!

I received an email from a reader –

Hi Mike,

I got an issue with my bought on O’Reilly books’ reading in Amazon Cloud Reader.
When I was searching Google for solution I found your post on “http://titaniumbunker.com/?p=2707”.

I read your discussion with Amazon support team and carefully tried to apply their suggestion. As result I could load “*.azw” books to the app “Amazon reader for PC” that were bought outside the Kindle store as a MOBI format.

Sorry for this email. But if this info is still interesting for you, I made following steps to have a possibility to read the books:
1. I bought the books in MOBI format named “ng-book-25.mobi”.
2. I sent the book in MOBI format to my Kindle email. As result the book named “ng-book-25.azw” appeared in my Amazone Cloud Drive.
3. I Downloaded “ng-book-25.azw” from Amazone Cloud Drive to hard disk of computer.
4. I installed “Amazon reader for PC” and set the folder for local content in its menu “Tools | Options | Content” to my special local folder “D:\Documents\My Kindle Content”
5. I put downloaded “ng-book-25.azw” book to this folder and reopened the app.
6. The book appeared in the “Downloaded items…” root of the reader and available for reading.
7. I think you may put any other supported books’ formats directly into this folder as well.

Regarding Amazon Cloud Reader, it is possible to hold there only the books bought in Kindle Store. In this case such a book appears in Amazon Cloud Reader automatically.

Best regards,
Denis Levushkin

Wow – A real live human has read our (or part of) our blog.

I responded to Denis – and his comments are correct – you can upload a book from O’Reilly and get it into your kindle library, and into Amazon Reader for PC, and I have managed to get that to work.  So his instructions are 100% correct.  As a bonus, you can link your O’Reilly and kindle accounts, and get O’Reilly to send newly bought books directly into your Kindle Library.

 

Message from the Brig

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Well I’m writing this from the Titanium Bunker brig.  Conditions here are terrible wonderful, and I couldn’t be happier.  There’s practically no signal an opportunity for me to relax in wonderful surroundings and they only have strawberry Ice cream, and that’s like my 3rd favourite ice cream have a wonderful menu for me to try.  The security bods geniuses weren’t too happy that I was able to defeat the access control systems using a paperclip and some duct tape have been wonderful in working with me to see the error of my choices, and to further improve the access security controls.

Anyway I’ll write some more if I get chance, but I worry that my communications will be censored by the security team and I have no concerns that my communications are in anyway monitored of censored.

 

 

New Video

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We uploaded a video of our experiences at the Raspberry Pi Birthday Bash :

Attributing under Creative Commons…. Lest we forget

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I’m currently working on a video for YouTube, and as part of it I needed a sound effect – and I found almost the exact sound effect I need on Freesound.org.  Freesound is a site where sound recordings can be downloaded under a variety of creative commons licences – We’ve used such samples before for audio features for the Hoo on Who podcast.

Anyway I decided to refresh my memory as to what would be required to attribute the use of this sample with in my youtube project, so I visited the FAQ page… and was interested to see the following real life example from Children of Men.

Children of men credits screen – using freesound

I had visited this site many times before, and had even seen this graphic numerous times before, but today – for some reason, the address caught my eye.  It was the EDU domain that caught my attention.  I had always thought that edu was related to education, so I was wondering why Universal Studios would be linking to an academic site.

Wikipedia confirms that edu domain requirements are (or indeed were) intended for academic institutions of higher education…

Since 2001, new registrants to the domain have been required to be United States-affiliated institutions of higher education, though before then non-U.S.-affiliated—and even non-educational institutions—registered, with some retaining their registrations to the present.

I found myself with curiosity piqued, I typed the address from the screen shot into the  browser bar and…


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updates on debsplorer

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Well – a while back I was looking at how I could extend the hosting of deb files onto a word press site.  My idea was to create a plugin that would allow the server to automatically extract the latest version of a file stored in a deb file.  The idea was that if you were an author, publishing your book, that you publish you book once – to launchpad, and access the binary e-pub file from you word press website.

I’ve been working on the plugin off and on, and today I am sorry to say that I’ve not made much progress on it.  The plugin currently pulls back the latest deb file – from an address you specify in the short code, and I can create a copy of that file.  Deb files are Unix .ar files under the covers, and unfortunately I have been unable to extract specific files from the archive using php.

So it looks for the immediate term that the ability to link your published e-book to your word press site isn’t going to be possible – unless anyone out there can offer any guidance?

I am not disheartened – perhaps I need to look at other options for publishing you book from launchpad to your website, but for the moment debsplorer will have to remain incomplete.

The Colin Baker Jungle Tucker Challenge

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In honor of Colin Baker’s appearance on ‘I’m a celebrity, get me out of here‘ We at the Titanium Bunker are proud to nail our colors to the Colin Baker mast and release a fan game to help spread the word – ‘The Colin Baker Jungle Tucker Challenge’

The Colin Baker Jungle Tucker Challenge Title

 

The Jungle Tucker Challenge in game

 

Download the Game here and tweet your score!!!!

Download for PC

Macintosh version – coming soon

 

Tweet your support for Colin here

Morris calls….

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I just received a phone call from my MP – James Morris.  My plans to provide an erudite and compelling argument as to why the current proposals may not have been as good as I would have liked.  I was pretty much unprepared. I had prepared, but the phone call – when it came was so unexpected that I don’t think I was able to give as good and reasoned argument regarding the pitfalls of this proposal.

 

We talked about instant messaging – for example through facebook.  I put forward my proposal that IM through face book is implemented through the facebook servers.  Your browser sends a packet to the facebook server instructing the server to issue a message to a fellow facebooker.  In this context, the communication here is between your machine and the facebook servers.  Everything else – the message and it’s recipients is the content of that message to facebook – and would be outside the scope of these measures (as far as I understand them).

I mentioned that facebook has a SSL version of the site – which encrypts traffic between server and client.   Now – it seems that the communication data can be protected by just using an SSL version of the site.

 

Despite my ramblings it he said that he was going to pass my concerns through the secretary of state – so I suppose that’s something.

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