US bank account for non-US citizens

I’ve searched for a long time and finally found a US regular bank that will let me open a free checking account. It is BBVA Compass bank. All these services are free: ATM withdraw and deposit (BBVA’s and AllPoint ATMs), full featured Internet banking, full featured mobile banking, Visa debit card, Apple Pay and more. The non-free services are […]

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WordPress on Fedora with RPM, DNF/YUM

WordPress is packaged for Fedora and can be installed as a regular RPM (with DNF/YUM). The benefits of this method are that you don’t need to mess around with configuration files, filesystem permissions and since everything is pre-packaged to work together, additional configurations are minimal. At the end of this 3 minutes tutorial, you’ll get a […]

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Exchange large amounts of files with me

I maintain a large amount of browseable files at http://amp.alkalay.net/media/Musica/ that can be accessible also by SFTP on sftp://amp.alkalay.net:/home/pubsandbox/. You can access thse files with any SFTP (Secure Shell FTP) client on sftp://everestk2:k2everest@amp.alkalay.net:/home/pubsandbox/. There is a visual way to download files from there using FileZilla. Just follow the steps.

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iPhone Call History Database

Either if you are doing forensics or just want better reports about your call patterns, the iPhone Call History database can be very handfull. If you have a jailbroken iPhone, you can access the database file directly. If you are not, you can still access it offline simply copying the file from an unencrypted iTunes backup […]

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Drupal is Gonna Change Your World

Forget expensive and proprietary MS Access. Forget about applications built on top of complex muiltitab spreadsheets. Drupal with Content Construction Kit, Views and Faceted Search are the right and way better solution for you. Forget about building Flash-only web sites. Drupal and its modules is a better and semantically correct way for your Web 2.0 […]

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A Media Center at Home

Since we got a 52″ Samsung LCD TV almost a year ago as a gift from relatives, I knew it was time to attach to it a dedicated computer and have a full digital media experience in the living room. I’ll tell you here my experiences building and running this thing that makes all my […]

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WordPress 2.7 Eye Candy

Although WordPress 2.7 is almost only eye candy, it is great useful eye candy. The user interface is much much more practical, AJAXed, nice and fast. I recommend an immediate upgrade. It worked flawlessly with my complex homemade theme, my homemade plugins, plus all other plugins I use throughout my blog.

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Yawasp Ultimate Anti-Spam Solution

Spam fighting is a difficult job. Many spammers are too smart for Akismet and I was spending too much time cleaning comment spam. Captcha-based anti-spam methods are ok but they hurt too much the usability and user experience. Then I finally found Yawasp WordPress plugin that implements an innovative anti-spam method. It makes the comment […]

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Compromised Passwords

I love to see crackers attacking my computers. I even wrote a Linux Magazine article about a successful invasion (portuguese). Since recently, I leave a virtual machine with an easy password ready to be attacked, just to see these crackers’ leftovers, their rootkits and what they’ll do once they brake into my system. Guess what. […]

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Information Worker

Yesterday I met a colleague at IBM Brazil that moved to a world wide position. He is now living in Manhattan, New York. His everyday routine, as most Information Workers nowadays, is to talk to people, make phone conference calls, e-mails, design and communicate strategies, make some data consolidation and reports, instant messaging, etc. Since […]

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Escher’s Print Gallery Explained

I was oweing this for the lovers of M. C. Escher works. Last July I visited the wonderful Escher Museum in Den Haag, Holland. One of my preferred works is the Print Gallery where a painting gets mixed with the surrounding real world in a precise geometrical way, as you can see bellow (borrowed from […]

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First Views of Our Baby

This is the 12 weeks plus 4 days ultrasound result of our baby. We don’t know yet if its a boy or a girl. Stay tuned, it will be revealed in the next one. He is growing fast and we are looking forward for his arrival in february. [flashvideo filename=http://avi.alkalay.net/articlefiles/2008/08/2008-08-15-Ultrasound_Parts-H264_672x464_650kbps-AAC_64kbps.mp4 overstretch=none width=672 height=487 showstop=true autostart=true […]

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Web 2.0 Heaven for Brand Owners

There is this website called Brand Tags that lets people quickly tag brands that pop up in a web 2.0 style. Then you can also browse brand names and see their tag cloud. For example, Linux is associated with “penguin”, “free”, “tux”, “cute”, “free” etc. Windows gets “computer”, “crap”, “crash”, “monopoly”, “sucks” etc. Apple gets […]

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OOXML in the ISO’s limbo

ISO has a press release about the 4 countries (India, Brazil, South Africa and Venezuela) and their appeal against the OOXML standardization. The important part of it is this: According to the ISO/IEC rules, a document which is the subject of an appeal cannot be published as an ISO/IEC International Standard while the appeal is […]

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