Archive for July, 2004

Techie Errata

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

An interesting etymology of the term Computer Bug.

Office Depot/Hewlett Packard summer offer to recycle consumer electonics

Tuesday, July 13th, 2004

From USA Today, by Michelle Kessler

Consumers can take old computers and other electronics to Office Depot (ODP) stores for free recycling this summer, the retailer and its partner Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are expected to announce Tuesday.

H-P already offers PC recycling via mail. But it charges about $35 for shipping and processing…

The offer includes all brands, not just those made by H-P. From Sunday [July 18th] to Sept. 6, Office Depot will accept computers, monitors and most other peripherals, digital cameras, copiers, fax machines, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and TVs 27 inches or smaller. Customers can recycle one product per day. A PC and its peripherals count as a single item.

Just remember, electronics recyclers usually demand a fee, so this Office Depot/HP deal is a good thing for those of you who have consumer electronics just taking up space in the basement or garage. Ironically enough, they are runing the program during the back to school rush, good marketing guys.

For those of you who are motivated enough to finally get rid of the old 486 sitting in the basement, take a minute to remove the hard drive from the case. It’s fast, simple and you won’t have to worry about others finding your old data. (Although we all know that true geeks tend to “collect” equipment and then claim that when they hit it rich, they’ll someday open a computing museum.)

Blog Advertising

Monday, July 12th, 2004

James at OTB has a summary of a Chicago Tribune article discussing the impact of blog advertising. The article is a good read about how blog advertising works and why it works so well for bloggers with healthy blog traffic.

In a similar vein, here’s this Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) article about a lawyer who bought a Google AdWord on a competitor’s name.

A Dreary Summer Monday

Monday, July 12th, 2004

It is difficult for me to comprehend that we are already in the smack-dab middle of summer. So far I’ve been to the beach, celebrated 4th of July in Philly, purchased a purple kiddie pool and already replaced a lost-at-summer-camp bathing suit. However, as far as the bathing suit goes, I actually bought two replacements on sale since fall clothing is already on the store shelves.

Unfortunately, today is most dreary summer day. Raining since about 1am, today I’ve seen periodic moonson like downpours. It tires me just to hear the rain hitting the rooftop. Bleah.

I’m so cool…

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

I don’t need gmail to prove my nerdyness.

Hi Pablo

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

Due to the clever built-in anti-comment spam features of wordpress, your comment spam advertising your francophonic Web site which euphemistically offers a little bit of everything for everyone was immediately placed into comment moderation (and thusly deleted) because of one simple mistake you committed.

HTH. HAND. You have been IP banned.

The Cape Fear

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

As I was flying home on Tuesday, the plane was flying low and I was able to capture this image of the mouth of the Cape Fear river in North Carolina. The view had me reminiscing about the ocean and the beaches, especially of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach and Fort Fisher, of afternoons spent exploring Wilmington, NC and of living through Hurricane Fran in 1996.

sjdif.exe trojan

Friday, July 2nd, 2004

Url: /sjdif.exe
Http Code : 403
Date: Jul 02 00:03:35
Http Version: HTTP/1.1″
Size in Bytes: 1010
Referer: -
Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; Q312462)

This exploit appears to be new and affecting Windows machines running Internet Explorer. As of this writing, Google only returned a few hits for the sjdif.exe file. According to this Sophos information page, the sjdif.exe file is a downloading component of the Troj/Ovedil-B Trojan.

The interesting part is that a client browser was hitting my site, apparently searching for a copy of the sjdif.exe file and the Sophos information page makes no mention of the infection being *spread* by client machines. Perhaps this is a new, distributed version of the trojan?

Update: An NTBugtraq message with details about the trojan.

Tanned and rested

Thursday, July 1st, 2004

Ah, the joys of going on vacation. I’ve done a bit of traveling, relaxing and socializing these past two weeks, and enjoyed every minute of it. Also, I’m jealous of my little sister, as this is the view she has just outside of her apartment in South Florida.

Also, I should note that I’ve done my part to keep the TSA busy as I’ve gotten the extra special TSA search, had my laptop swabbed for explosive residue, and my checked luggage searched. Funny thing was, on Tuesday at the Ft. Lauderdale airport just before handing over my bag that was later searched to the overly flirtatious TSA guy, I overheard some airline personnel talking about the FBI being at the airport busting these TSA screeners. Wonderful.