Archive for July, 2006

Fun way to mess with wireless freeloaders….

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Some people spend a lot of time finding ways to block the freeloaders from their wireless internet. Others find fun ways to mess with them…. They start off by settup up dhcpd.conf to carve out two subnets a “good” one with known mac addresses and an untrusted…. then the fun begins with some proxy side [...]

Mandriva 2007 beta 1 is out

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Here is a link to the info page. It sounds as though there are several images available. Mandriva 2007 Beta 1 has Gnome and KDE centric 586 and x86_64 versions of cd images for download as well as an all in one (well – both architectures in one) DVD and cd set (6 disc cd [...]

Bleeding Snort caution

Monday, July 31st, 2006

For those of you that aren’t aware…. Bleeding Snort is a collection of “bleeding edge” snort signatures. Snort is an intrusion detection framework. This note is by way of SARC that the bleedingsnort.org domain is now no longer under their control. bleedingsnort.com is and continues to be their official domain. Unfortunately it appears as though [...]

Fun with Voice Recognition

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Lately, I’ve tried to make use of my phone’s voice command system for calls. I’ve had a couple long drives and used a headset and tried to do something that works better without the headset…. “Name Dial”…. “please say the number” (sigh…) “1234567″ “did you say 3225467?” “NO” “did you say 3225468?” “NO!” 5 miles [...]

Google news – infinite storage????

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Well after a bit of a roundup of some of the security news items the last week, it’s time to sum up the Google front…. Googling Google tells us that Infinite storage is on the horizon…. they cite a translator that has done work for google. He has been asked to translate “The result?… from [...]

Firefox 1.5.0.5 out and be cautious with extensions…

Monday, July 31st, 2006

Well, let’s start with the extensions first. Like ANY software, you should be cautious installing something from an untrusted source. If you think an extension looks neat and cool – look for reviews and third party information before installing it. That much said…. never install an extension that comes attached as an unexpected email…. Apparently, [...]

Internet Explorer 7 as High Priority update and the ability to prevent it’s auto-download

Monday, July 31st, 2006

The news has come that Internet Explorer 7 will come out as a high priority security update when it’s released later this year. This should mean good things for the folks that are still using IE6 as it will bring quite a few security enhancements. (On a side note, my test of Vista with IE7 [...]

Time to play catch up

Monday, July 31st, 2006

I’ve been out of town for several days (about 4) and came back to a dying hard drive and a two day project, so…. I’ve not been able to get any updates here for a bit. So, hopefully I can start playing catchup this morning. Although, I likely won’t get through everything that I’ve saved [...]

Konqueror 3.5 not recognizing JPG’s

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

I noticed this evening that I wasn’t getting the usual thumbnails of jpg images in Konqueror (KDE’s file browser.) On investigation, there were error messages like this…. konqueror: WARNING: Pixmap not found for mimetype application/x-crossover-jpg being given. So, I looked in my home directory’s kde folder (.kde) and deeper in .kde/share/mimelnk/application There, I found a [...]

Pulling GPS coordinates from Google Earth kmz files

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

We’re planning a quick trip out of town and I’m using the lowly free version of Google Earth that doesn’t integrate with a GPS device. So, I had got a series of places tagged in “My Places” and had sent the kmz file to myself via email. (My primary intent was to try and load [...]

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