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    Email address to image converter

    21st April 2009

    After trying several of the kind, I found CHXO email address to image converter a reliable and working one.
    It supports transparent PNGs, and just works. Also, it comes with a complete PHP source, so it looks like you can embed it into your own web-applications. (As it is GPLed, I’ve saved a copy for myself.)

    For Gmailers, there’s a nicer generator.

    If you’d like to convert larger amounts of text to images, then use


    Posted in Links, Software, Web | No Comments »

    Ensembl Genomes launches Protists, Bacteria and Metazoa

    21st April 2009

    The following sites are available:

    During summer, two more sites – for Fungi and Plants – should be made available.

    Learn more about Ensembl Genomes project.


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    Linux console/CLI/ncurses samba shared folders browsing

    16th April 2009

    Connecting remotely via ssh to my Debian box at work, I needed to mount a CIFS (samba) share, but didn’t remember server name (or IP) and share name.

    At least two convenient utilities are available in Debian Lenny for non-X Samba browsing.

    smbtree (part of smbclient package) will list all visible workgroups, their servers, and share names of those servers – including “hidden” shares like C$, IPC$, ADMIN$, print$. Very handy and greppable!

    samba-commander (smbc package) is a ncurses samba browser with “find file” functionality.


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    Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine against autorun.inf viruses

    11th April 2009

    Linux users are not affected with a plethora of autorun.inf “viruses”, but that seems to be a real plague for Windows users.

    Ideologically correct solution is offered by Panda software – a free Panda USB and AutoRun Vaccine. It can do two things for your Windows box:

    1. with a single click disable auto-execution of programs from USB sticks and CDs/DVDs, and
    2. with one more click – make the autorun.inf file on your pendrive inaccessible, so as to prevent infecting your USB stick with an “autorun.inf virus”.

    Program does not require installation, but requires Administrator privileges. It supports FAT/FAT32 pendrives, but NTFS-enabled version is being tested and should be made available shortly.

    Note, that if you perform step 2, re-enabling access to autorun.inf may require pendrive formatting. Also, after step 1 your favourite CDs and DVDs won’t start automatically anymore – but you will be able to start them manually.

    And, of course, Linux users have nothing to worry about (yet).


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