January 31, 2005
Knock Knock Knockin' on SSHs Door I'm really getting sick and tired of this damn ssh worm that's going around. Pretty much every morning I get a bunch of entries like this from various 0wn3d systems admin/password from 40 Time(s) guest/password from 20 Time(s) root/password from 2722 Time(s) test/password from 100 Time(s) user/password from 20 Time(s) No sense in firewalling these servers off because the IPs change every day and it just makes me insane. Course, lately I've been thinking of using something like SnortSAM to make me feel better :)
Posted by Arcterex at 09:14 AM
January 29, 2005
Cool Poster Fozbaca points to Mike Matas' How to make a Life Poster. Looks cool.
Posted by Arcterex at 12:47 PM
January 27, 2005
Beagle Search Tool Flash Demos Some very cool desktop demos of the Beagle search tool showing some of the functionality, live queries, etc. Via Footnotes.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:50 AM
Experiences with Subversion Someone has written up their Experiences With Subversion in a nice long page. Comparing to CVS and the good, the bad and the ugly. Forget where I got the link from.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:11 AM
January 26, 2005
Movable Type Exploit Fixed A Movable Type Vulnerability has been patched with the lastest version. Everyone who has a blog on ufies please make sure you upgrade ASAP (there is also an upgrade in the form of a plugin for ease of update.
Posted by Arcterex at 03:47 PM
Mr. Cranky on SpongeBob's Sexuality So Mr. Cranky has weighed in on SpongeBob GayPants and the Fundamentalist Agenda, and has some things to say about the wackos (IMHO) complaining about using this childrens character to teach about acceptance of people with different sexual preferences (AKA the evil gays).
Posted by Arcterex at 01:11 PM
January 25, 2005
Juggling Video All I can so to this is "Wow". A 2 (or so) minute video from the world Juggling Competition. Via boing boing (two other vids in the link as well).
Posted by Arcterex at 10:46 AM
A Great Passenger Thanks to Cat5 for passing the video I Call Shotgun! over.... the story of a horse, a car, and well, just watch the video and see. I'm just glad I'm a crazy cat person and not a crazy horse person :)
Posted by Arcterex at 10:27 AM
Women Can Be So Cruel My buddy Oorgo posted this story about a woman who bankrupted her ex-boyfriends online gaming account. Hell hath no fury and all that. Course, it would have been much worse. So remember, when you break up with someone make sure you change your passwords!
Posted by Arcterex at 09:40 AM
January 24, 2005
Anjuta 2 Teaser For those who are kinda scared of programming in a terminal window, and who want to get in on GNOME programming, you will want to check out the teaser for Anjuta 2, which has some of the new features you'll be able to find in the beta to be released in February 2005 or so. Via a story on Footnotes.
Posted by Arcterex at 10:02 AM
Microsoft Should Open Source NT 4.0 Interesting piece by Jason Perlow entitled Microsoft: Let My NT Go! (via Microsoft Watch). Basically a good idea, it's old software that is still used (I was at science world this weekend and one of the crashed computers was a NT4 workstation system). Personally I don't use NT4, and think it looks and feels pretty old... Windows 3.1-ish to be precise.

Of course, Microsoft would never do it. They've put too much energy into discrediting Open Source and the GPL (if they released the source code, for free, they'd never use that evil, cancerous GPL license anyway). My $0.02 anyway.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:07 AM
January 21, 2005
Another Hacking (the good kind) Site Hack a day, found via slashdot has links to everything from turning your old rotary phone into a cell phone, amp in a mint box, uping the storage in your rio karma (gimme gimme please!)
Posted by Arcterex at 08:59 PM
January 19, 2005
Fantastic Four Trailer Apple has the Fantastic Four trailer. That is all, good night!
Posted by Arcterex at 12:54 PM
January 18, 2005
Picasa 2 Ready For Download Cool, Google has released Picasa 2 for free. Sounds like lots of improvements, but check it out yourself, grab it from Picasa.com.

A quick tour of the new software shows support for RAW formats, some nifty effects that are so easy to apply through here that would require a bit more PS knowledge than I have (soft focus, BW color focus, and others along with the standard sepia, black and white type effects), easy making of collages and some other creations, along with the really sexy way that picasa has for doing their organization.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:40 PM
January 17, 2005
Questions About Austrailia's Tourism John posted this list of questions about Austrailian tourism. While amusing (more so for people who can actually answer questions like 'Will I be able to see kangaroos in the street' :) it's also pretty similar to this one to Canadian Tourism...
Posted by Arcterex at 05:07 PM
What's Coming in GNOME 2.10 Davyd Madeley has posted A Sneak Peek at GNOME 2.10. Short story:
  • new stuff in evolution
  • quick and easy sharing of folders on the network via smb/dav
  • menu revamp
  • finally! proper tansparency for applets and panels
  • typeahead in the new filechooser
  • new backgrounds included by default
Posted by Arcterex at 03:16 PM
Turn Your Windows PC Into a Linux Box Now this is great. Scoble linked to it this morning and I'm not sure if I should be insulted (a horrific lack of knowledge about what they are talking about) or amused (the site is a parody of someone with a horrific lack of knowledge about what they are talking about). Some of the points in the flash demo are correct (linux's printer support is lacking IMHO), but for the most part it's pretty far off (pretend your filesystem is case sensitive? Huh? The linux filesystem is case sensitive!). Maybe I'll learn flash and make a similar page for how to turn your linux box into a windows system...
Posted by Arcterex at 09:25 AM
Debian Updates Gallery For Security Issue Thanks to Dana for pointing out Debian just today released an update for this Gallery security hole.
For the stable distribution (woody) these problems have been fixed in version 1.2.5-8woody3.

For the unstable distribution (sid) these problems have been fixed in version 1.4.4-pl4-1.

We recommend that you upgrade your gallery package.

I'd assume all ya'll have already updated this, but if you're in debian, make sure you do your apt-get updates early and often!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:12 AM
Mini-Mac vs. DIY PC Hows a little monday morning disagreement for you? See, osviews put up an article saying that the mini-mac was cheaper than a DIY PC. While I agree that the Mini-Mac is a sweet chunk of hardware that I would seriously consider, their comparison is a bit tedious at best. Anyway, tech report called them on it. The comments on both stories are pretty interesting as well, some saying how the PC/Mac Sucks/Rocks, how the comparison is Fair/Unfair, etc etc.
Posted by Arcterex at 09:09 AM
Oakley Does It Again When I first say the Oakley Overthetop I had to check to make sure I wasn't at a parody site or something. I saw the thump and thought it was pretty cool, and hell, this company has always produced some pretty far out there eyewear.... but I think I have to see these in use before I'm convinced :)
Only mad science would reverse engineer the human skull, discarding earstems for a hingeless frame that wraps the upper cranium.
Posted by Arcterex at 08:53 AM
Turning Your PC Into a Mac (Looks Wise) Oh I know it doesn't make windows usable like a mac is, but you can change the look to get you a little bit closer :) (Old article, but hey, it's monday morning, so give me a break eh!)
Posted by Arcterex at 07:53 AM
January 13, 2005
Scary Whale Video Well, scary if you're these kyakers that is. Thanks Darren Barefoot for the link
Posted by Arcterex at 09:04 AM
US Quietly Ends Search for WMD Oneiros pointed me to this story on Canada.com

The search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has quietly concluded without any evidence of the banned weapons that President George W. Bush cited as justification for going to war, the White House said Wednesday

Funnily enough this hasn't hit cnn.com or <gasp> fox news :)

Posted by Arcterex at 08:32 AM
January 11, 2005
Bash.org Gets an RSS Feed I mentioned a bit ago on my personal blog that I loved the bash.org quotes. Michael said that they didn't have a RSS feed, and a month later, viola, the bash.org RSS feed!

Update: - More/better info here.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:39 PM
Mac Keynote Updates MacNN has Live Keynote Coverage at Macworld Expo '05. Will update with a summary when things are done. Also wander into #macrumors on irc.tecknohost.com.

Update well, it was up....

Summary: iWork app suite, mac mini (think shuttle-X case form factor) and a 1oz flash based ipod. Here's the slashdot story.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:24 AM
January 10, 2005
Cute Cat Pic of the Day Oh my, Accordian Guy has the cutest cat picture in the world up on his site today. My GF will use this as ammunition to see if she can convince me to get another cat ;)
Posted by Arcterex at 05:01 PM
Top 50 DVDs As seen on /., UGO has an excellent resource for determining which DVD to buy when you hit the store, UGO's Top 50 DVDs of All Time.
Posted by Arcterex at 03:53 PM
January 06, 2005
Cuteness for the Day Awwwwhhhh..... Tortoise Adopts Stray Hippo at Kenyan Sanctuary. That's pretty spiffy/sappy.
Posted by Arcterex at 01:05 PM
Cross Platform RAW Image Viewer and Converter I just have to give huge kudos to the guys over at Through-the-lens.net. for their RAW tools done in java. They have Gallery Constructor, which lets you create web albums (not what I was looking for), and RawView, a tool to let you view and export RAW images. All tools are in Java, so they work anywhere, and are free for non-commercial use, which means that when I accidently left my camera on RAW mode when taking some pictures of the new snow this morning, I didn't have to wait till I got back home to post them, I just downloaded RawView, played with the settings (not as extensive as say Photoshop CS's RAW setup, but decent nonetheless) and exported. Simple and easy, which is perfect.

Huge thanks to Jari and Mika, the authors.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:36 AM
January 05, 2005
Postfix Admin By Web This is sort of neat, Postfix Admin is a pretty slick webapp that lets you do postfix admin from the web. Might have to try this one out at home.
Posted by Arcterex at 05:07 PM
Hacking Stuff Site iHacked - Taking Advantage Of Technology is a cool site with info on everything from the windows registry to coke machines, xbox hacks, modchips, and cell phones. Anything that's technology and can be hacked is here.
Posted by Arcterex at 04:23 PM
Windows Longhorn Avalon Video Robert pointed out an interesting video Demo of Avalon 3D, showing how easy it is to do Avalon coolness. Kinda nifty if you're watching what good ol' MS is up to.

Of course, not to let anyone think that I'm selling out, this video decided to lose my currently playing mp3 without giving me any option to to re-start it. Normally not a big deal, but finding where I was in a 3 and a half hour mp3 sucks.

Also, I still disagree that the term "open source marketting" is a) even a real term or b) applicable to the fact that MS has a bunch of people blogging about how cool they are.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:07 PM
January 04, 2005
How to Be Evil Angie pointed to a good guide on How to be Evil, a step-by-step guide to joining the forces of evil. Friggin' hilarious. I've decided though that my fortress of evil should be located on a desert Island, as I am an evil-doer in search of a vacation!
Posted by Arcterex at 10:54 PM
Tech Reports Best Hardware of 2004 Tech report has a nice article on The best hardware of 2004
Posted by Arcterex at 12:24 PM
January 03, 2005
The History of Unreal Technology This is pretty interesting. UnrealOps has a three part series about The history of Unreal Technology. Part 2 and 3 are up as well. They have overviews of how things came about, the hardware, some screenshots from some very old demos and betas.... nifty stuff.
Posted by Arcterex at 03:33 PM
January 02, 2005
RSS for Your iPod RSS (the latest growing phenomenon around) plus an iPod (still the coolest hardware mp3 player out there) gives you iPodRSS, which will no doubt solve some folks itches :)
Posted by Arcterex at 08:35 PM
Adaptive Firewalls with Snort and SnortSam I was browsing around some stuff for setting up Snort on my network and came across a link to SnortSam, which lets you modify your firewall based on Snort IDS rules. I'm thinking this will go a long ways towards setting up a way to kill off some of the comment spammers. IE: set up a rule that will detect if someone tries to hit mt-comments from the same IP more than say, once per second and then block them for an hour (or send a pingflood back to them, with a big "screw you spamming asshole" written on the nose, whichever you prefer :)
Posted by Arcterex at 10:57 AM