Archive for the 'Tech' Category

A Linux Guide for Law Enforcement and Forensic Examiners

Monday, June 14th, 2004

joatBlog just featured a pointer to The Law Enforcement and Forensic Examiner Introduction to Linux.

Poor Man’s Wifi

Sunday, June 13th, 2004

Here I present to you the parabolic mesh Wifi antenna aka wok skimmer from New Zealand. Instructions here.

Microsoft linkage

Sunday, June 13th, 2004

CNN: Microsoft moving beyond One-Price-Fits-All Strategy in emerging markets.

It’s clear the rise of piracy in Southeast Asia and the low cost of open source alternatives are spurring Microsoft’s new approach.

The company said the initiative was geared mostly for developing countries, and that it was meant to fend off advances by Linux. But Linux poses little immediate threat to Windows on consumer desktops.

Even when Thailand was rolling out its cheap Linux PCs last year, officials assumed that a substantial number of them would be reconfigured with pirated copies of Windows.

The International Intellectual Property Alliance, a multi-industry lobbying group, estimates 72 percent of the business software used in Thailand last year was pirated. For Malaysia, the figures were 68 percent, while Vietnam tied with Russia as the world’s worst, at 93 percent.

Bonus (not work safe url name) Microsuck: Microsoft’s Really Hidden Files written mainly for Windows 95/98/ME.

Clueless audiophile posts iTunes DRM workaround

Thursday, June 10th, 2004

News at 11.

Well actually, this inane article at Gizmodo featurers a poster who just HAD to whine about how the new version of iTunes 4.6 detected his previously unDRMed music files. Thusly, someone suggested a workaround using a hex editor to strip his iTunes music store file of buyer information. Oh, the injustice of it all.

It apparently did not occur to the author that he a)could have circumvented the iTunes music store, bought the artist’s CD, then ripped into any format he wished. Or, even better, ripped his .m4p to audio then ripped the audio file into DRM free .mp3 or .m4a format.

In other words, if you don’t agree to the Terms of Service of the iTunes Music Store, then why the hell does someone download music from there?

But, somehow, this is all Apple’s fault for engineering a workaround to the file cracking because they are “beholden to RIAA”. On the other hand, if Apple fails to at least show some due diligence in thwarting the unDRM movement, then I would think Apple would stand to lose the support of RIAA.

Liquid Cooled 2.5 Ghz Power Mac G5

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

Oh My! Here is a VR look at the newly announced Power Macs.

That is damn cool looking. (Pardon the pun).

Microsoft Security Bulletin RSS feed

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

Just for you RSS users…here is a link I found on the infosec: blogs aggregation blog, Microsoft is currently offering a Security Bulletin RSS Feed.

Microsoft Security Bulletin direct feed…http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/secrss.aspx.

A shining example of Hpaq outsourced customer service

Tuesday, June 8th, 2004

Click here for the story of how HPaq successfully alienated yet another customer. Good going guys.

via Julia Lerman

Apple’s newest cool gadget

Monday, June 7th, 2004

Wired.com has a short review of Apple’s coolest new gadget, a portable WiFi base station with Ethernet, USB and an audio mini jack called AirPort Express. Not only does AirPort Express have many features, but it is about as small as an Apple wall jack.

Now, THAT is what you call design capability.

A little play on user agents

Friday, June 4th, 2004

Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.00; Windows NT 7.1)

Heh.

This is called “karma”

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

Outsourced porn.

Head of bank turned in for browsing porn at work by IT staff he previously outsourced.

NY Times in love…with BlackBerrys

Tuesday, June 1st, 2004

Foxnews.com’s gossip columist Roger Friedman has some very interesting background information about an article on BlackBerrys and Washington DC dating which appeared over the weekend in the NY Times.

The gist is that the guy quoted in the NY Times article, Trip Donnelly, just happens to work for a company called InPhonic that used to sell Blackberries. Used to under InPhonic’s own name, apparently. Mr. Donnelly’s employer was mentioned in the article briefly, but no mention that the company still has an interest in BlackBerrys. Here are a few facts that Roger dug up.

According to published reports, InPhonic purchased a company called GadgetSpace�Inc. in 2001 for $10 million in stock. GadgetSpace — on a Web site copyrighted in 2002 to InPhonic — sells two BlackBerry models, which Donnelly is very much involved in marketing to customers: the RIM 857 and 850. (RIM stands for Research in Motion, the company that makes the BlackBerry.)

Internetnews.com wrote in its announcement of the InPhonic-GadgetSpace deal that “the Cary, N.C.-based GadgetSpace develops software and services that extend large-scale corporate applications to wireless devices such as mobile phones and handheld computers like the RIM BlackBerry wireless e-mail device, the Palm and the PocketPC.”

It’s clear from its Web site and other promotional materials that InPhonic is very involved in selling and promoting the technology that makes it work.

What’s really going on here? The answer is: who knows? Is it just a coincidence that a product has not only been featured, but the main character in the story works for a company that promotes and sells the product? Will BlackBerry soon be a big print advertiser in the New York Times? Maybe someone will send us a text message so we can find out — on a SideKick, preferably.

See, reading the gossip column has it’s plusses.