Thursday, July 27, 2006

Turning Network Free-Riders' Lives Upside Down

"You discover that your neighbours are using your unsecured wireless network without your permission. Do you secure it? Or do you do something more fun? A few minutes with squid and iptables could greatly improve your neighbours' Web experience ..."

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Origin of Control-Alt-Delete

Hilarious video that shows how Bill Gates made Ctrl-Alt-Del famous.

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Cool picture of Space Shuttle approaching ISS (HUGE IMAGE)

Check out this amazing picture of Space Shuttle Discovery approaching the International Space Station during the STS-121 mission earlier this month.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

New Crazy Term for getting ripped off found...

This just in, I found out today about a new term called Vishing. It's a regular fishing scam but they are using VOIP. I'm a fan of the Asterisk PBX and have and do use it at home. Anyway, check out this article VOIPNews about new ways the scammers are creating tools to take your money.

Voice-over-IP Phishing Scams Set To Grow

Later

Friday, July 21, 2006

Neat website and a little rude humor....

I'm not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination. But I have been a big fan of Penny Arcade for several years. The first part is a blog that relates to the comic. The site is updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Couple of interesting articles this morning and my 2 cents...

The first one is the recent release of a version of the Opera web browser that will run off a USB drive. It's call Opera-USB and let me tell you that is a sweet setup.

In the past I've talked about using Open Office and I know have the Open Office on a USB drive and a nice web browser also running off a USB drive. With the price of USB jump drives dropping I'm "eye balling" those 2 Gig drives and to tell you the truth, 2 gigs is a lot of space to have at your finger tips. With the latest developments in the U3 and other types of technology, these setups are hard to beat.

If you don't know, U3 is a technology that allows you to run software from your USB drives in a "virtual" environment. This is great because you don't write temp files or leave bits of data on a host machine that may get you in trouble later.

The second thing I want to bring to your attention this morning is an interesting and very true article from The Age. The article is titled Email becomes the new snail mail and it really nails what and where instant info is going. I have a BlackBerry and to tell you the truth I use the IM features when I really need answers to questions. As a matter of fact, I probably use IM a little more than e-mail during the day. The advent of IM and those other types of "instant" communications has really changed the way my team works.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

BBC runs story that Digital Home still 10 years away....I say....

No Sh*t. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/5187382.stm

Here is my take. I work in the IT business and have worked there for over 10 years. We still can't get our act together and play nicely on protocols for stuff that where proposed over 20 years ago.

Now we expect everyone in the consumer market to adhere to a standard? Has anyone watch Blue-Ray vs HD-DVD? This is the VHS vs Betamax battle all over again. I think the home PC will become the engine that drives the system. I think that what we may see is a central server in the home with large amount of storage space. Display Monitors that have built in network connectivity (wifi possibly) that access that content off that server. Why....because I said so.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Let me give me a hand to the Ol' BBC for a major piece of FUD. For those who don't know what FUD is. F.U.D. stands for Fear Uncertainty and Doubt.

This article caught my eye. Viruses leap to smart radio tags

If you read the article, they talk about the possibility that we see RFID tags used to spread viruses.

Great job BBC. I'm going to have to answer questions for the next 2 weeks because you wanted a head line that catches people's attention.

Bravo

Link to a good BSD related Blog

BSDTalk is a great blog that has a series of podcasts ranging from Interviews with members of different BSD projects to some "How To" podcasts. Very nice site. I highly recommend it.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

First Look at the Sony Vaio UX180P Micro PC

It's built like a tank! It has great fit and finish. No creaks, no uneven joints, no squeezy-squishy slots. I throw this in my purse (inside the included case) and don't worry. The UMPC is well made, but you don't get the feeling it will survive a ride in the purse or briefase as well (the 7" display being a big point of vulnerability).

Holy smokes, this is cool....

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Monday, July 10, 2006

Why I think Vonage is legit....

I read this blog entry at CIO magazine Vonage Hit With Patent Suit Filed by Klausner . Now I will tell you what this tells me. What you are seeing are the Verizon's of the world taking a bite out of Vonage or what's left of it. Will Vonage survive? This is starting to feel like Napster because once the competition see's weakness, they all start coming out of the wood work and take there swings.

I don't know. I'm a customer and use Vonage as my second phone line for work. I like it and think it's a great service. I have a couple of people that I know who use it as the primary phone line for their home. They are happy with the service and very happy with the price.

Enormous New Dam Fails In Brazil

From the "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature" deparment. It looks like whenever humans get the pants on a little high and we start thinking we have it covered, the Discovery Channel gets a new documentary subject. I think I will save this topic for some Google searches later and possible a trip over to Wikipedia.

"GIANT cracks have opened in one of the world's tallest dams, just months after completion. The cracks appeared after a tunnel collapsed on 20 June beneath the 200-metre-high Campos Novos dam in southern Brazil, and the reservoir rapidly emptied."

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Friday, July 07, 2006

RSS Feeds...OK, so why am I on this again?

Well, today after reading some digg.com articles I stumbled upon RSS Specifications. Now, I know that from time to time I just the term Technology Holy Grail. RSS is one of those things that I just need to find a real world use for. They have some pretty good suggestions for possible RSS uses.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Microsoft to Support OpenDocument!

Just found this article this morning while searching digg.com. I have used Open Office for about 3 years now. Actually before they where purchased by Sun. I have used it on my FreeBSD laptop and now I have a version of it that I carry around on my Jump Drive, it's called Portable Office. I've watched it mature and I have to say that I really like it.

" In a surprise move, Microsoft is bending to pressure from governments and will sponsor an open source project to build tools that enable conversion between its Open XML formats in Office 2007 and OpenDocument. The forthcoming Office suite will also support an add-in for saving directly to ODF."

So this is very cool for the project and just goes to show you that the big guys can't fall asleep at the wheel for very long.

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

TightVNC and CSpace

I have used VNC at various points to give me remote destkop acces to some machines. I was reading on digg today about a secure IM client called CSpace. Anyway one of the features in CSpace is remote desktop using TightVNC.

Well, VNC hasn't really been actively developed for a while, and I just wantd to post a link to myself about TightVNC so I will remember this stuff for later.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Why am I obsessed with this movie?

I have to say that I'm totally obsessed with The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. I can't really put my finger on it. But I think that it's the totally flawed characters. I mean all of them have problems and I think they are all problems that most people have.

This movie has a little bit of everything. I mean, it's a buddy film, adventure, documentary (OK, spoof of a documentary) and a comedy. And in some very strange way it's a romance.

Anyway, I think it was a great film.