Archive for October, 2006

Polls, politics, elections, turnout and sampling, or Why polls really don’t make a bit of difference

Monday, October 30th, 2006

I’ve stayed away from politics on this site, the main reason is I figure the surest way to offend visitors is politically, these days so many people seem so starkly divided into one political camp or the other, that it seems very easy to step on peoples political sensibilities. I am, however going to talk [...]

ftp access problems with lulu.com

Friday, October 27th, 2006

As I’ve mentioned, in the last week, I’ve released a CD through lulu.com and I’ve also done a calendar, one of the frustrations I’ve had was the inability to do an ftpupload. My username and password were continually rejected. Well, after contacting support and being told someone would be back in touch with me in [...]

Time, value, ROI, Google and this site…. Googlebummed

Friday, October 27th, 2006

This is a fairly significant “state of this site” type post and well… if you’re a usual visitor you might want to read/skim this one. It’s been about 15 months or so since the last big redesign of this site and as some long time lurkers may know, the updates were FEW and far between [...]

WordPress “siblings” released… bbpress and mupress

Friday, October 27th, 2006

There are a couple new software packages in wordpress’ family: MuPress which is a multiuser (and multi-site) wordpress archicture… is available. IF that had been available a year ago, I might have based my sites on it, because it sounds as though you could have one backend for several sites. I may yet play around [...]

Scanning over the network, or sharing a scanner on a network

Friday, October 27th, 2006

I remember the question from long ago, we had just shared a printer across a windows network and…. wait for it…. “oh, well could I share my scanner too?” On windows the typical answer was NO, at least not unless there was a driver from the scanner manufacturer that supported it, but on linux the [...]

Wireless exploits coming to Metasploit 3…

Friday, October 27th, 2006

and the script kiddies rejoiced… It reads as though Metasploit 3 will make it easier than ever for script kiddies everywhere to take full advantage of the local wireless hotspots. Of course, metasploit has it’s good uses by people legitimately testing systems that they are responsible for, for vulnerabilities. But, it does make it very [...]

Lightscribe writing under linux

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Lacie has released a tool to write the back of cds using HP’s lightscribe technology under linux. I seem to recall there being a possibility of future support in k3b, but I don’t think that has been done yet. From what I remember about lightscribe is that it would require that you buy specially made [...]

IE 7 address bar spoofing issue

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Another issue was reported with the new IE 7 and confirmed by Microsoft. It seems that it’s possible for a malicious link to spoof the information in the address bar (make it look like you’re at a site that you’re NOT at.) Incidents.org gives the following possible workaround… As a quick workaround you may want [...]

Ubuntu Edgy Eft 6.10 out…

Friday, October 27th, 2006

The newest Ubuntu (K/X/Edu as well) is out, Edgy Eft 6.10 is finalized and will be supported for 18 months. (Longer support/users seeking stable proven base should stick with Dapper Drake…) One of the biggest changes I can see from reports is the init process replacement. It sounds like they’ve yielded some good bootup improvements [...]

The CD is dead….

Friday, October 27th, 2006

I’m tempted to say “long live the cd…”, but… EMI’s CEO has declared that the CD is dead. He does point out that you’re not likely to give your Aunt an iTunes download, so “dead” just means “in decline” in this parlance. However, I can’t help but laugh to myself of the notion that I [...]

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