WikiLeaks has released an “insurance” file

Last updated: 13:04 31st of july 2010, +2GMT

Wikileaks have today released an “insurance” file in their Afgan war diaries section(insurance.aes256, 1491834576 (1,4G)), with no more description than that. The interesting part here is that the file is 1.4GB in size and are encrypted with aes256.

Rumors says that the password needed for the file will be released IF anything should happen to Wikileaks itself or any of its staff.

Anybody have any other information about it?

Links:
Wikileaks – Afgan War Diaries
Get the Insurance as a torrent
Local copy of the insurance file

Getting more traffic to your blog

So you want more traffic to your blog eh? There are a lot of sites that gives advices about just that so i have gathered the most vital tips here for you. Some are easy to implement, some take longer time. Note that they are not sorted in any particular order. 🙂

1) Ping!
Make sure that your blog pings the most used ping sites, you can check out the ping list i use here.

2) Write stuff people want to read about
I personally blog about problems/experience from my job, and i also sometimes write posts based on the google search terms users use in order to end up on my blog. Google Webmaster Tools is a nice way to get a overview of your Google traffic. You can also consider using the “WordPress.com Stats” plug-in for WordPress, since it generates a lot of nice information about your readers.

3) Make some lists
Lists (like this one) gives a nice amount of information in one place, and it is popular amongst readers.

4) Keep your blog updated
There is a bigger chance that you get returning users if you actually have new content often. Why should users visit a dead blog daily?

5) Have feeds available
Give your readers the ability to get notified when you have new content available.

6) Optimize your blog for the search engines
You wont get much traffic if not even the search engine spiders can find your blog. Consider using a SEO-plugin if you use WordPress. I use “All in One SEO” here on h3x.no.

7) Try to get some back links
In order to rank high on search results, you need to have many incoming links to your blog. (Read more about Page Rank) You can get this by for example commenting on other blogs, getting your content out on social media sites and so on. You could also try publishing articles with links back to your blog on ezinearticles.com.

8 ) Get yourself on Twitter
Twitter can be a huge traffic source. I have received upwards to 100 000 page views on a single day after publishing a post about a trending Twitter topic. I automate the Twittering process by using the “Twitme” plugin for WordPress.

9) Make sure the search engines know about your blog
Make sure at least the three big know about your blog:

  1. Google -> www.google.com/addurl/
  2. Yahoo -> https://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/mysites
  3. Bing -> http://www.bing.com/webmaster

Also submit your feed(s) to Google via their Webmaster Tools.

10) Blog about something you enjoy
Focus on something you enjoy doing or writing about. If you start to blog about irrelevant topics, the changes are high that you will most likely give up your blog pretty quick.

11) Submit your site/articles
Submit your site to directories and/or publish your posts on sites like Digg.com and Delicious.com.

Got any more tips? Give them in the comment section below!

The hierarchy of the type Foo is inconsistent

You can get the error:

The hierarchy of the type *classname* is inconsistent

If you are trying to compile a class that requires another class not available. Normally due to compilation errors in the dependent classes. So fix the classes needed by the main class and try again.

Cannot load exchanger medium (Target drive is busy.)

If you recieve the error message:

Cannot load exchanger medium (Target drive is busy.)

From Data Protector Manager (or from the backup reports), you have a tape “stuck” in your tape station. This is something that can happen for example if the tape station looses connection to the software using the tape station, (for example  a crash on the server) and the software is not setup to automaticly correct the issue itself.

If you want to eject the tape in use you will normally find a option for it on the tape station itself. But a good thing to do is to set up Data Protector to automaticly eject a tape that has taken over a drive.

1) Start Data Protector Manager GUI
2) Select Devices and Media
3) Right click on the library, select properties
4) Go to Control Tab, and select “Eject medium”  under the busy drive handling topic

HTC Desire battery usage: 3G/HSPA vs Wi-Fi

This depends on your usage (and other variables like connection strength etc).  For example: if you are often without Wi-Fi-connection, the phone will continuously look for a access point to connect to, thus using more power.

With my usage, i need both 3G and Wireless during a normal day. And my battery usage indicator tells me that both “Cell standby” and Wireless uses the same amount of power(31%). So it looks that i would be able to save some more battery if i turned off either 3G or wireless.

So the answer is: Check what`s using the most power on your phone(Settings -> About Phone -> Battery -> Battery use) and change your settings/preferences after that 🙂

Spotify VS Wimp

There has been a lot of talk lately of companies leaving Spotify due to bad payments, so i decided to test out Wimp, which is a Norwegian competitor to Spotify. So here is a quick round-up of the good and bad parts of those two applications:

Note that i only mention the differences between them.

Spotify

Good:

  1. It`s fast to start!
  2. Streaming starts fast!
  3. You can create lists that will work when offline
  4. Does not have any journalists to pick out nice songs and kinda create a community around that
  5. It`s free – So you can test it better before paying for it

Bad:

  1. They are starting to loose music due to bad payments to producers etc
  2. Not too much Norwegian music (for those who care 🙂 )

Wimp

Good:

  1. You can see others play list easier than in Spotify (at least the most popular)
  2. The design is more white-ish than Spotify
  3. Easy to see the play queue and what have been played
  4. Easier access to songs/albums within a genre

Bad:

  1. No free version, although you get the first 30 days free
  2. No offline ability, d`oh!
  3. I cannot set my own password, why?
  4. Its only in Norwegian for now, and it requires a Norwegian cellphone(?)
  5. When i forget the generated password, i get the same password sent to me..so long for security
  6. It uses a lot more resources (10 times the RAM of Spotify…)
  7. Due to #6, it is very slow on some machines
  8. The “change password” link in the program sends me to a page without ability to change password
  9. On one of my computers, i cannot restore the program when sending it to the tray bar..whoops

In conclution

I will keep to Spotify for as long as they have enough music, or until Wimp fixes some of the most annoying things.

Looking for more tests?

A norwegian test in vg.no
A norwegian test in nettavisen.no
A norwegian test with focus on sound

Getting the most of your HTC Desire battery

Last updated: 30.july 2010 @ 19:20 GMT

There is a lot of frustration out there when it comes to the battery life of HTC Desire, i myself don’t see it as a issue since i have no problem in getting my battery to last for around three days. (While others again barely lasts two hours) So here i have gathered up my tips on how to increase the battery life of the HTC Desire. (These tips should also work for any other Android phone)

1) Use the sleep mode
As long as the display is turned off, the phone is in “sleep mode”, thus using less power. (You will still receive SMS and phone calls in sleep mode)

2) Turn down the screen timeout
Screen timeout decides how long the phone should be idle before the display is turned off and the phone goes to sleep. I myself have set this to 15-30 seconds. You can change this under settings -> Sound & Display

3) Turn down the LED back light
No reason to keep the back light on full power now is it?  Under Settings -> Sound & Display -> Brightness you can choose to either use automatic brightness control or set it to a standard strengt yourself.

4) Install Advanced Task Killer
When you leave a program in Android, the program still runs in the background. Which is not a good idea for some apps that like to run regular updates etc while running. So use Advanced Task Killer to get rid of those resource hoggers.

5) Deactivate wireless/GPS/Bluethooth/etc
If you dont use some of those features, simply turn them off. For example the wireless system will scan for networks pretty often and will that way hog quite a bit of power.

6) Check out the Battery info
Under Settings -> About Phone -> Battery -> Battery use, you get information about what apps that uses the most power. On my phone it`s the android system itself.

7) Set Wi-fi to automaticly turn off
There is a “hidden” feature called Wi-Fi sleep policy, where you can deside when the Wi-FI should go to sleep. (As you might know, Wi-fi is one of the things that eats the most battery). You can change this under Settings -> Wireless & networks -> Wi-Fi Settings -> pressing the menu button -> advanced -> Wi-Fi Sleep policy

8 ) Disable / Change auto sync of apps
Under Settings > Accounts & sync, you have the ability to either disable all syncing of apps, or even changing them on a per app level. Do you really need to update stocks/weather each hour?

9) Consider emptying your battery
I have gotten some reports that using your phone all the way until the phone dies (aka: the battery has been emptied), then recharing it, can have a rather extreme effect on how long the battery can hold.

10) Use a dark background
The desire uses a OLED screen. OLED uses more power to display bright colors, so you can save some powers by using a dark background.


Got any other tips? Feel free to share them here, and i will add them to the list 🙂

Getting automatic update of WordPress to work via SSH

New method for doing this on Ubuntu can be found here.

Today i noticed that WordPress actually support automatic upgrade via SSH, the problem was that i simply did not get option up at all. After some quick googling, i noticed that i was missing a up2date ssh2 PECL package. So for me the fix was simple:

1) Installing php5-devel / php5-dev (PHP development libraries)
2) Installing the pecl package ssh2
3) Restarting Apache

And voila, the SSH2 option appeared!

sh: phpize: not found

When using pecl, or something else that require phpize, you may get a warning saying that phpize is not found, even when you have PHP installed on your server.  In order to use phpize you need to install the PHP development packages, normally named php-devel.

For Debian/Ubuntu, you can fix this by running:

sudo apt-get install php5-dev