Archive for June, 2004

Zeus Webster Pro

Thursday, June 17th, 2004

Interesting little bot as it looks to be so new that at present, there are no Google results for it. The IP addy is from AT&T WorldNet. I’m guessing email harvester as it came from a dial up addy and the bot crawled a large number of pages in a short amount of time.

Url: /archives/microsoft-linkage/
Http Code : 200
Date: Jun 17 14:10:03
Http Version: HTTP/1.0″
Size in Bytes: 13589
Agent: Zeus 83225 Webster Pro V2.9 Win32

OS X is so damn sexy, even Teddy Kennedy uses it…

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

From Wired

Ngozi Pole is systems administrator for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), whose office runs the only Mac operation on Capitol Hill. Pole administers about 60 Macs and a couple of PCs.

“(The Senate) got hit pretty hard by a worm recently,” he said. “When that happened they had to shut a lot of computers down to isolate the problem. Kennedy’s office was functioning normally during that time… OS X is just not as vulnerable as Windows.”

Tony’s linky love

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

I always enjoy getting linky love from Tony Pierce

OS X Internet Sharing with Windows 2003

Tuesday, June 15th, 2004

I’m in the middle of a personal project using Windows Server 2003. The problem is that I have the lab machine I’m working on in a place that has no internet connectivity, so what I want to do is connect the lab machine to my PowerBook running Panther and use the oft talked about Internet Sharing feature.

After too much struggle cause I didn’t understand the System Preferences>Sharing>Internet window, I finally figured out that the “Share your connection from:” pulldown menu was supposed to indicate the PowerBook’s LAN connection. Whoops. I’m trying to share the PowerBook connection via Ethernet to the Windows 2003 box. In all actuality, the PowerBook is providing a NAT to the router supplied private IP address. Within this secondary NAT subnet, the IP addresses I’m dealing with are (the PB) and (the Win2003 box).

At this point, the Win2003 box can ping the Internet thru the PowerBook connection. However, I’m getting errors trying to use Internet Explorer. I tried setting the address as a gateway for the Windows 2003 box, but no dice.

Yes, the WEB is a bit slow today…

Tuesday, June 15th, 2004

I’ve been chatting with folks this morning who noticed big sites like Google and Apple were hard to reach. As suspected, Akamai, the company which provides DNS and Web caching services to large Web sites, is apparently experiencing some serious DNS problems.

Obligatory Slashdot thread.

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.

Dear FoxNews

Monday, June 14th, 2004

Your new site design sucks. Please fix.

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).

You Have a Very Bad Hotel

Wednesday, June 9th, 2004

Have you even been traveling, arriving at a hotel you have reservations with way past midnight only to be told that your “guaranteed room” is not available? Now add a surly Front Desk guy, and you’ve got the setting for this circa 2001 PowerPoint presentation.

You Have a Very Bad Hotel