Archive for August 2006

You say Spam, I say Spamato

August 18, 2006

I ran across Spamato a couple of weeks ago and thought I’d give it a try. I had been using Thunderbird’s adaptive spam filter with a decent amount of success (in addition to enabling our corporate junk filter). What intrigued me about Spamato is the fact that there are six different filters that run at the same time. There is a bayesian filter, a collarborative multi-hash filter, two URL based filters that query different sites (Google and a collaborative site), a custom rule manager, and a collaborative filter where votes and a trust system come into play.

All these filters work together to decide if a particular message is spam or ham (spam = unwanted email, ham = wanted email). What I really liked, though, was the fact that there is a web server that gets installed that lets you configure everything, and had some nice statistics that show you what’s going on.

So, if you’re in the market for a new spam filter, definately check out Spamato!


Snapper – nifty new FireFox extension for screen capture

August 17, 2006

UPDATE:  W00t!  There is a fix for Snapper to work with FireFox 2.X  Go here for an updated xpi file.  I installed it new on my home PC.  At work I’ll uninstall the old add-on and then instaff the fix.

*UPDATE* – This add-on is not compatible with FireFox 2.x

I wish I could claim first sighting of this but I found it on Darlene Fichter’s Blog on the Side. You can get Snapper from the Firefox Add-Ons site. Snapper allows you to define an area of the screen and save it as a .png file (portable network graphic). When snapper is installed, a red fish appears in the lower right corner of the browser window. Click on it and the mouth opens. Right click on your starting point and make a box around the part of the screen you want to capture. When you release the mouse button, a window will open for you to tell it where to save the graphic. You can also change the name of the file from the default. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of screen capture programs such as SnagIt but for a quick and as-is snapshot it is great.

A .png graphic can be rendered any graphics program you are likely to be using.

Social Software Staff Presentation

August 7, 2006

Mack’s Desk

Originally uploaded by Max46. This image was sent to the blog as an example of how applications are sharing information. The original image was uploaded to Flickr for inclusion in the Librarian’s Desks group then sent to this blog.

Here are other links for the presentation. We expect to add an mp3 file later.

UPDATE: Audio of August 7 Social Software Presentation now available
I added an introduction and Troy cleaned up the audio of the presentation using Apple’s Soundtrack Pro. It was fascinating to watch. He removed the audio that preceeded the start of the presentation, the shuffling, scraping noises as people came in and found seats. After I recorded an introduction, Troy added music tracks that play under the introduction and come up at the end.

Listen to it here — Social Software mp3

Zohoshow slide presention

Zohowriter notes for presentation

Diigo links used in the presentation