Archive for the ‘Informatics’ Category

Facial Recognition and Retouching Software

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

I was impressed by the Youcam Makeup software.  It allows you to fudge with photos.  I think it was primarily intended for women to retouch selfies.  I am sure you like to imagine women retouching their selfies but it is even more fun to alter the photos of your straight male friends who might feel a little less than flamboyant.

daveB Davita

   Dave                                                  His altered ego Elton Jhones

I was really hoping I could tranify the doggy too but that was a no go.  Perhaps there are manual settings.  This was done on an Android phone.

Research Links

  • Youcam Makeup Makeover  appears to be a free app on Android and pay software on desktop.  Not sure of their business model on the free app. Could be doing things you don't like inside your phone.
  • OpenBR  Open biometric recognition
  • Face detection software

Tor Browser Notes

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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The NSA's view of TOR


Atmel CryptoAuthentication Kit

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The evaluation kit for the Atmel CryptoAuthentication™ ATECC108 device includes an Atmel AT90USB162 microcontroller and a convenient USB interface that lets designers learn about and experiment with CryptoAuthentication on their PCs. This kit gives engineers, developers, and decision makers a tool to understand the device architecture and its uses for product authentication, confidential file protection, perform two-factor logons, or prevent software piracy. Complete source code for the Atmel AVR® is available, along with a schematic, Gerber files, and a bill of materials.

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Open Source Screen Scraping Tools

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Research Links


An example scrape of Craigslist.  Quiet!  Do not tell Craig.  He is cranky about this sort of thing in spite of all his "community" talk.


Sysinternals Windows tools

Monday, August 26th, 2013

SysInternals Tool Links

Instant Messaging Clients

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

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Additional Links

  • WeChat – has features very good for meeting sex partners

Import Email Archives from Outlook Express 6 to Thunderbird email tool on Linux

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Import / Export Email: Research Links


  1. how to update Thunderbird?
  2. how to sort incoming email into correct folders
  3. how good is the spam filter?

Summary of Effort

I had one issue with importing / transferring files over to my Ubuntu linux laptop.  One of the subfolders had many subfolders of its own and did not show up.  I imported from Outlook Express 6 (2004 ouch! ) again and copied the relevant sub archive into the right location on my linux laptop.  At that point it did not show up on Thunderbird even after a restart so I manually made a subfolder in the correct location on thunderbird and when I went into the folder all the emails showed up.  This was a little trickier than what I portrayed with that sentence.  Actually when I tried to create the folder with the same name under thunderbird it choked and said "can not do it there is already a folder with that name".  At this point I made a folder with SAMENAME-2 and then used nautilus file explorer to copy all the files over to the folder SAMENAME-2. At that point I could go back to Thunderbird and rename the folder to remove the -2.

It would have been better if Thunderbird had imported everything correctly.  This is the sort of thing that can leave you with lingering doubt.


Email Account Setup Links


Related links

Control Panel > Add Remove Programs does not display anything

Friday, August 16th, 2013

I ran into this problem recently.  Probably due to sorting through the registry to delete malware keys.

Research links

Ouya Gaming Console runs Android with A9 based Nvidia ARM Processor

Thursday, August 15th, 2013


  • Ouya project was the second highest dollar amount project on Kickstarter to date.
  • Is available for 99 USD on Amazon making it a decent starting point for projects similar to the raspberry pi.

Research Links

Dia Diagramming Software

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013