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Stopping Terrorists With WordStar

A glimpse into Indonesia’s high-tech war on terrorism, crime and corruption, revealed in today’s Media Indonesia Online’s story (in Bahasa Indonesia) of the president’s visit to the airport immigration office at Jakarta Airport, where embarrassed officials try to access their database of those 5,000–odd people banned from leaving or entering the country. The files are all in WordStar, a software word processing program that is at least 15 years old. (Thanks to Jerry Justianto for pointing out). The piece describes how officials had to try opening some of the files several times, while others wouldn’t open at all. Immigration officials inspecting passports often can’t accessContinue readingStopping Terrorists With WordStar

Do It Yourself Passport Photos

Here’s a neat piece of software that does something useful: Prepares regulation size passport or ID photos from your snaps. Passport Photo costs $10 and will let you crop or extract from existing photos before saving the photos in a batch that can then be printed out from your home printer or sent to the shop for a more professional job. As someone who still relies on photos that were taken when I was a lot younger (when I applied for a U.S. visa recently I used a 7-year old photo and the consular official looked very unimpressed when I turned up for the interview.Continue readingDo It Yourself Passport Photos

Column: Under the Wire

UNDER THE WIRE The Latest Software and Hardware Upgrades, Plug-Ins and Add-Ons from the 5 June 2003 of edition of the Far Eastern Economic Review , (c) 2003, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. History Scanned The past is being digitized — fast. The ProQuest Historical Newspapers program has just finished scanning more than a century of copies of The Washington Post to its existing database. The database includes each page from every issue, in PDF files, from 1877-1987. The program has already done The New York Times (1851-1999), The Wall Street Journal (1889-1985) and The Christian Science Monitor (1908-1990). Cellphone with Character Somewhat belatedly, NokiaContinue readingColumn: Under the Wire

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