The sticky notes at the front of the page
(graphic inserted, as some people don't have the required font(s) to view the stars correctly, like The_Rose!)
Comments to be updated soon. New version, fixed CSS table to prevent wild spacing, and hopefully some code to help make my code stay validated. When I actually get around to it. Sigh.
Wednesday, June 30
Archival: LCD that does 1600x1200 found!
from Scot's Newsletter | By Scot Finnie | July 2004 | http://www.scotsnewsletter.com/58.htm
Program of the Month: WindowSizer 1.1I can't tell you how many times I've wished for a product that does what WindowSizer 1.1, by David Ross Software, is trying to do. I have a large-screen monitor (one of the best monitors you can buy for the money, the Samsung 213T 21.3" wide-aspect-ratio LCD) running at 1600-by-1200-pixel resolution.
I've been wondering if there are LCD screens that do 1600x1200. Just found one of them. Put this on my wish list! :-P
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/30/2004 10:20:00 PM
I thought this was interesting.
Know your limits!
|5,000,000,000||years||Maximum time earth has left.|
That's when the sun goes red giant and expands past Earth's orbit.
|5.4x10-44||seconds||Shortest possible time.|
Any shorter and quantum mechanics can't tell whether events are simultaneous.
|15,000,000,000||light years||Maximum distance we can see.|
The universe is about 15 billion years and - this is light's travel time.
|6.4x10-34||inches||Shortest possible distance.|
Planck length: any shorter and quantum mechanics can't tell between here and there.
|21.7||miles||Maximum height of a mountain on Earth.|
Uplisft reaches equilibrium with pressure of the base.
|1.2x10-5||inches||Minimum size of an actively growing cell.|
Free-living cells need room for a full genome, proteins, and guts.
|427||feet||Maximum height for a tree on earth.|
Gravity overcomes surface tension in the plant's circulatory system.
|265|| ||Minimum number of protein-coding genes for life.|
As seen in the smallest known single-cell organism.
|200,000,000||years||Maximum age of suboceanic crust.|
Older than that it cools, becomes denser, and "subducts" back into magma.
|-459.67||degrees F||Minimum possible temperature.|
Heat is a function of molecular motion, which stops at absolute zero.
|210||MPH||Maximum wind speed for an Earth hurricane.|
A storm can acquire only so much energy from the sea.
|.24||second||Minimum delay of a signal sent via geosynchronous satellite.|
It's light speed up 22,300 miles, and back down.
|430,000||megabits/s||Maximum speed to record data to magnetic media.|
Bits won't flip reliably with a pulse under 2.3 picoseconds.
|100||terabits/s||Maximum information over optical fiber.|
Higher power levels mash signals together.
|1051||operations/s||Maximum computational power.|
Quantum rules won't let the ideal 1-liter, 1-kilogram laptop crunch data any faster.
Interesting. With a limit of 10121
possible operations, it's still 3.2x1062
years of computing at the highest possible computing speed.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/30/2004 07:46:00 AM
Sunday, June 27
Living in the DMZ can be a dangerous place.
I found that I still had the LogViewer for my router installed, so I started to run it, and turned routing on at the router. Everything incoming so far is to my computer (d'oh!) in the DMZ. Now I'm getting hits for port 10466. I've Googled
, but I'm not finding anything there, which is strange. I hope to Google tomorrow and at least find this page (I've been getting at 3:40 and 5:30AM EDT lately), and hopefully some more information will show up.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/27/2004 12:04:00 AM
Saturday, June 26
INTEL DUMP - Archives 2004-06-22 - 2004-06-28
From: INTEL DUMP - Archives 2004-06-22 - 2004-06-28
U.S. Army MP school to get new top generalIt's hard to say this story is just a coincidence, but I think that's what it is. The commandant of the Army's Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, is retiring on Monday.
Brig. Gen. Stephen J. Curry, a 32-year Army veteran, has been in charge of military police training for the past three years.
Analysis: For an MP, 1 star is about as high as you can go (there is 1 MP 2-star on active duty), and thus BG Curry's retirement is appropriately timed. Plus, he was in his position for three years, which is a bit long. Nonetheless, it's hard to shake the coincidental timing of this, given problems with MPs in Iraq. I've met BG Curry on several occasions, and while he's not the warmest of people, he is the epitome of a modern Army officer in terms of professionalism and tactical competence. I do not think he is being fired over Abu Ghraib, or because of any failure by the MP school to prevent the bad acts there. On the other hand, BG Curry's retirement will allow the Army's leadership to hand-pick an officer to remake the Military Police corps, and institute a tougher law-of-war training program at the MP school. (I'm not sure that it needed one, and that the problem lies at the MP school, but sometimes you have to take action even where it's not needed in order to respond to something as bad as the Abu Ghraib abuses.) We'll see how this story develops. BG Curry is not known as an outspoken officer, but I'd be surprised if he doesn't say something public soon about the MPs at Abu Ghraib and where he thinks the breakdown occurred.
He will relinquish his command Monday during a 9 a.m. ceremony at the post, according the installation's public affairs office.
Curry's departure comes amid ongoing investigations into alleged abuses of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of military police guarding them.
In response to the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal, Curry recently invited journalists to tour the post and watch how military police officers are trained.
At the time, he said the alleged abuses had 'sullied' the reputation of the military police training program.
This is for Garfield, who is currently in boot camp at Fort Leonard Wood, and who will be going into MP training there under the new commander. I'll print this out for him when I send him my next letter, which should be soon.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/26/2004 11:38:00 PM
Fast Company | Fast Company Contacts and Customer Service
This is stupid
Due to the large volume of requests we receive, we do not have a reciprocal linking program. However, if you like, you may link to us at no cost. This option requires the execution by you and Fastcompany.com of a one-page Web-linking agreement. Please download and sign the agreement and fax it to 617-738-5055, attn: G J legal, Fastcompany.com. As soon as you receive back the agreement signed on behalf of Fastcompany.com, you may begin linking to our content.
They are complete assholes. I am not about to request permission to link to their site, especially if it's their own damn contact page.
Get a clue! If you don't want somebody linking to your stuff, don't put it on the Internet!
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/26/2004 01:23:00 PM
Archival: Googlebot Alert
From: Googlebot Alert
Googlebot AlertIf you want to know when the Googlebot indexes your page, you can insert the following PHP code at the beginning:
$email = 'email@example.com';
if( eregi('googlebot', $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT']) )
mail($email, 'Googlebot Alert',
'Google just indexed your following page: ' .
(You need to replace the email address above with yours.)
I've got it working on my blog. Google indexes me everyday at around 3:40.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/26/2004 09:30:00 AM
Friday, June 25
Interesting Blogger profile count
There are now 4 Bloggers here in Orange Park. I'm the old man on the block evidently.
Looked up Columbus, got 40 Bloggers there, then I went to Jacksonville. 40 there as well. Hmmm. Coincidence or limited to 40? I check New York, NY, and find out that they list 40 too, so I'm guessing that they give the 40 most recently updated profies (since it seems to go by last time updated...)
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/25/2004 07:41:00 PM
New software installed...
I have installed Apache, MySQL and PHP on my machine. I tried to get Wordpress
running, but I've got some configuration issues (it won't run with symbolic links, which I find a bit bizzare, but OK...)
Looking at my logs though while I had it up and running, I see where my host file that redirects a lot of ad sites to my computer (where it times out ususally) is now trying to grab stuff with Apache. Funny!
I'm also seeing that I got scanned and somebody was evidently trying to do som IIS hack on me, looking for all sorts of stuff. Looking for IIS, Apache didn't find a bit of it.
Here are the two non-local sites that hit me while I was up:
looking up host 126.96.36.199...
host name : c-24-8-107-98.client.comcast.net
address : 188.8.131.52
looking up host 184.108.40.206...
host name : ASte-Genev-Bois-151-1-53-130.w82-121.abo.wanadoo.fr
address : 220.127.116.11
France no less! :-)
I guess I need to change that port number. Or something. Sigh. :(
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/25/2004 10:21:00 AM
Wednesday, June 23
What to do with a 7 year old scanner...
I own a Mustek
Paragon 1200 SP scanner. 30-bit color, legal size flat bed.I was happy with it.
I finally go it setup again. I installed my Adaptec 2940 SCSI adapter, got the scanner out, cabled it, found the Windows 2000 drivers for it, and everything seemed to be working. I decided to try and scan the cover off of a magazine. I did a prescan, and came up with... Black!
I open the cover and tell it to prescan again, thinking that I knew what was wrong. I was right, the bulb has burned out. 10 screws later, and a little pulling and cajoling, and I've got the bulb in my hand. I can't read the number on the bulb, it's a Phillip's TL 8W something 96 something? 5. I google for phillips tl8w, and manage to get a hit. What I have, is a TL 8W/96 There is also a TL 8W/84, which according to the website that I first hit, is for scanners. They have it for $8 plus shipping. Cool! Oh, but that's not the one, I need the /96, which is $21 plus shipping. I do some more spelunking and find that other people have this bulb as well. $55 list, $32 + shipping. Ouch!
At this point, buying a new scanner might make more sense. Although I would like to get this one fixed. It's nice, it does legal, which I think is a plus, it's 1200 × 1200 DPI in hardware, 600 × 1200 optical and pretty fast with the Adaptec adapter. A sheet feeder was available for it too, but that's probably an eBay
item now. Of course, it's big, 5 inches think, bulky, and long because of the legal size. And it's noisy as heck when it's scanning. And I'm sure it chews up the watts as well.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/23/2004 09:55:00 AM
Tuesday, June 22
This is just.... weird.
NewsCom | Home
The above link seems to be a site for getting PR phototgraphs.
Not to be confused with www.news.com.com
.com.com. Formerly www.news.com. But since C|Net decided to buy com.com, they've but everything there. I don't understand that, but oh well.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/22/2004 03:51:00 PM
Presidential Letter — Why do most people link 9/11 and Iraq?
Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate
March 18, 2003
President George W. Bush talks with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Oval Office Wednesday, March 19, 2003. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, not pictured, also attended the meeting. The President discussed New York's security issues. White House photo by Eric Draper. Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
Consistent with section 3(b) of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), and based on information available to me, including that in the enclosed document, I determine that:
(1) reliance by the United States on further diplomatic and other peaceful means alone will neither (A) adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq nor (B) likely lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq; and
(2) acting pursuant to the Constitution and Public Law 107-243 is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Yes, I do have to wonder why most people link 9/11 with Iraq! Gee, could it be because the President and his goonies are telling them?
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/22/2004 01:10:00 PM
Sunday, June 20
Michael Gartenberg: I'd have to disagree with Cory Doctrow's position on DRM
From Michael Gartenberg: I'd have to disagree with Cory Doctrow's position on DRM
Scoble reports on Cory Doctrow's DRM speech to Microsoft. I like Cory's writing but have to strongly disagree with his point of view. DRM does work and it can be good for business and acceptable to consumers. While most folks might prefer no DRM, that's just not viable in today's world and most consumers will accept DRM solutions. That's not just my assertion, data driven research backs it up. That's a difference between opinion and analysis.
An interesting take against COry's screed against DRM.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/20/2004 07:08:00 PM
Saturday, June 19
Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger - Cory wants Microsoft to be a bully with the RIAA
From: Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger
My reaction? Cory is right. DRM is not something that users want. At least not if you frame it that way (someone in the audience framed it another way, though: do you want your private email protected? How about your medical documents?.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/19/2004 08:28:00 AM
Friday, June 18
HLS: Harvard Law Professors Urge Congress to Review Interrogation Policy and Hold Executive Branch Accountable
Via TraxProf Blog
from HLS : Harvard Law Professors Urge Congress to Review Interrogation Policy and Hold Executive Branch Accountable
Harvard Law Professors Urge Congress to Review Interrogation Policy and Hold Executive Branch AccountablePost Date: June 16, 2004
A group of more than 450 professors of law, international relations, and public policy--led by Harvard Law School faculty members--today sent a letter calling on Congress to hold accountable, through impeachment and removal if appropriate, civilian officials from the top of the Executive Branch on down for policies developed at high levels that have facilitated the recent abuses at Abu Ghraib. The letter also calls on Congress to take primary responsibility for any policy on coercive interrogation employed by the United States.
In asking Congress to assess Executive Branch accountability, the letter says: "a growing body of evidence indicates that the abuses practiced on detainees under American control are the consequence of policies developed at the highest levels in the months and years immediately preceding the scandal." It argues that prosecution of lower level personnel "while necessary, is clearly insufficient."
I was wondering when this was going to start. And it has. I hate to say, but I'm not surprised.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/18/2004 07:06:00 PM
Cory Doctorow and DRM
Here's what I'm here to convince you of:
1. That DRM systems don't work
2. That DRM systems are bad for society
3. That DRM systems are bad for business
4. That DRM systems are bad for artists
5. That DRM is a bad business-move for MSFT
Everybody else is blogging this, so I may as well myself. Talk about spreading a meme and participating in an echo chamber!
But I do agree. I definately agree with points 1 and 3. The issues that Quicken and Symantec have been having with their product activations (and the active piracy that still surrounds their products) that only punish their paying customers certainly pushes the #3 point, it's bad for business.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/18/2004 12:25:00 PM
Thursday, June 17
Blog This! isn't working. :(
I've tried all my bookmarklets. They all work. Except for Blog This! :(
I've sent support a message about it. 1.7RC3 worked. It's not working now. I'm getting a "Document contains no data" alert. We'll see what happens.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/17/2004 10:48:00 PM
I almost won a Darwin Award (no, not me, this guy!)
From: I almost won a Darwin Award
Reply to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Wed Jun 09 08:49:35 2004
Yes, so I almost won a Darwin Award last night. I say almost because, as many of you know, you have to die in an incredibly stupid manner (thereby removing your incredibly stupid genes from the pool) to win one. Since I am obviously alive, I didn’t win.
So you may ask, how did this happen?
I own an incredibly shitty car with over 400K miles on it. From time to time, parts wear out, wheels fall off, strange odors surface, etc, so I’m often doing maintenance on it myself to save a little money.
The other day the cable that acts as the grounding-wire to my started motor broke off. As many of you know, no starter motor = no ignition (unless of course you have a stick shift and roll start your car like I do). After a cursory search I realized that the washer at the end of the grounding-wire had broken, but with a piece of duct tape, I could temporarily reattach the wire and start my car.
Before crawling under my car to reattach the wire, I wisely (or so I thought) disconnected the negative battery cable to my car. What I didn’t realize was that, while under the car, the elasticity of the battery cable must have pulled the anode back towards the battery, essentially reattaching the cable.
When I went to reattach the grounding-wire (mind you, I’m under my car at this point with no jacks), it grazed the side of the starter motor and caused a short circuit, which caused the starter motor to turn on, which in turn, turned my car on. Seeing as the car was parked in 1st gear, it suddenly began to lurch forward with me underneath it, dragging my along the ground. Worse yet, there’s only about 6 inches of clearance where the differential joint and transmission stick out under the body. Had my head slid under this part of the car, it would have burst my skull like a grape. At this point I remembered thinking to myself, “So this is how it all ends for me.”
THANK GOD, my car only lunged forward about 6 feet before smacking an old crappy pick ‘em-up truck in front of me. The impact jarred the wire loose from the starter motor and my car stalled out with me safely underneath (except for a few scratches and a seriously bruised ego).
Had I actually killed myself, I can only imagine what the local papers would have said: Local Man Runs Self Over. Yup, I think that would have qualified me for a Darwin Award.
Thanks for listening to my rant. Now if you’ll go excuse me, I’m going to see if I can shoot an apple of my own head.
Submitted to Teoti
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/17/2004 10:32:00 PM
Home network improvements
We had a power blink here tonight. I don't know if the router went haywire, or the damn cable modem, but I ended up recycling the router. That cured me, but the other computer couldn't seem to connect to the router to get an IP assigned. I decided to hell with it, and moved both wired computers to static IPs. Now I'm at 192.168.0.100, and the other one is at 192.168.0.101. I've also got 172.16.0.100 and 172.16.0.101 assigned as well. All of which are nicely unroutable for the most part.
Which also brings up why the cable modem and/or router aren't on the UPS. Hmmmmmm.
I didn't have to reboot when I made the changes to either computer, which was nice. I have a feeling that I would have had to if I were running Win98 or OS/2.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/17/2004 10:09:00 PM
Mozilla 1.7 is out.
I just installed Mozilla 1.7 release.
I did it first time over 1.7RC3. It evidently failed in the middle of the installation, so I wiped everything out, program, profile, and reinstalled from scratch. I then copied my bookmarks, cookies and startup file backup. I think I may have a problem with one of the extensions that I installed during startup, but I'll find out when I restart again. OK, I just did, and no error, so it's an issue with a startup procedure it seems.
I hope that this version doesn't keep flipping my popup blocker off. RC3 seemed to have that happen, and I'm not sure why. I haven't seen a bug report about it, so it might just have been my setup. Nothing like going along and finding out that I'm getting popups and popunders again. Also, I've tried my Furl it!
bookmarklet, and it works again. It wasn't in RC3, I was just getting a blank popup. :/ I haven't tried adding a blog entry with Blog This! yet, nor adding something to blogroll. This weekend, if things work out with this, I'll be installing it on the other machine.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/17/2004 09:55:00 PM
Administrivia: Bloglines Blogroll now activated
I have added my Bloglines subscription as a blogroll. Which pretty much duplicates my Blogrolling
blogroll, although this is probably more up to date. The issue is that Bloglines only works with sites that have a feed. Blogrolling doesn't have this requirement. So I may unduplicate them eventually. Maybe. As it is, some sites are now represented multiple times. Oh well. :-P
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/17/2004 01:23:00 PM
Archival: My bloglines blogroll code
Code for creating my Bloglines blogroll.
Haven't figured out how to deal with those sites that don't have a feed to be in Bloglines. May send a note to see what they say about that.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/17/2004 01:18:00 PM
Whining about Winer
Give me a break!
I am absolutely tired of the blogs that keep repeating about how Dave Winer
has "murdered" and "cutoff" 3,000 blogs. It was a free service. There was no contract by anyone with Dave that this free arrangement would last forever, let alone to the end of this month. Yes, there was no notice. As Dave has already point out, how was he supposed to give notice? Again, point to where in the contract... Oh, sorry, there isn't a contract. This was free
, so you take your chances.
Hell, I'm taking chances now. I'm using Blogger
for my software, so my data, let alone the controlling programs are out of my direct reach. I do make a backup. It's cumbersome, and it's a kludge, but it works. I've currently got 180 (this will be 181) blog entries. I can see that my last blog backup was a month ago, so I should do another backup. I should probably be archiving them as generational backups as well. But Blogger, despite being owned by Google
now, could go out of business in rapid order. I don't expect it to, but it could happen.
Not only is my blogging stuff at risk, the whole contents of my domain, bytehead.org
could be wiped out, and I'd be unable to complain about it! Why? Because I have free hosting, thanks to my good friend David Powell who owns Xact Systems
who is giving me the free space and bandwidth. I don't even have to put up a button or anything to indicate this (he'd appreciate I'm sure if I did, and I should probably do so...), so if I do manage to lose this hosting site (I own the domain, outright at least! :-P), I'll be off to some paid site I'm sure.
I will have a contract, and if things goes "toes up", then I'll have a legitimate beef. As things currently go, any thing could go wrong. So I backup, and backup. I'd feel even better having another external drive to backup to, but that's not in the cards right now.
So bloggers, I'm asking you politely. Get over it. It's occupied the blogosphere enough!
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/17/2004 11:56:00 AM
Tuesday, June 15
Hit & Run: "Bush is a lock."
From Hit & Run: "Bush is a lock."
That's me quoting myself. At Nick Gillespie's insistence, I am saying publicly what I have been repeating privately for a year, and doing so now, when the polling seems to look good for Kerry, so I can't be accused of capitalizing on the news. Just to reiterate: It doesn't matter how much gas costs, how poorly things are going in Iraq, what new torture memos surface, or whether there are new terror attacks inside our borders. John Kerry hasn't got a whore's chance in a convent, Bush is going to kick his ass all over the United States, and when we see the results in November, the idea that anybody ever thought Kerry had a prayer will seem as quaint and absurd as the brief flurry of 'excitement' for Dukakis (or was it Kakdukis?) back in Old '88.
I cannot believe this guy. Bush isn't a lock. Juddging by this household (two data points does not a real poll make), it's going to be close for whoever wins. The sad thing is, the two data points are voting against
somebody rather than for
somebody or something. One can't stand Kerry, one can't stand Bush. That's a hell of a note.Update - 9:45PM
I've been thinking. I found this link through Instapundit
, which has shown a real right-wing Bush-loving bias. I'm thinking that all the comments about formerly being a non-Republican voter in 2000 and switching to Shrub in 2004 is simply an exercise in showing what an echo chamber is all about. Sad really.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/15/2004 06:13:00 PM
Monday, June 14
Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2005
From Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2005
Unit Testing in Visual Studio 2005
I want to start a blog petition. I want everyone who agrees with me to blog the following sentence:
Unit Testing support should be included with all versions of Visual Studio 2005 and not just with Team System.
Please link or trackback to this post so I can keep track of how well this works.
Consider it done!
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/14/2004 09:56:00 PM
Archival: Public DNS servers
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/13/2004 04:02:00 PM
Saturday, June 12
Administrivia: Things to do?
Blogger doesn't do categories. :-P
I'm thinking about setting some icons for categories. 32x32 icons no less. :-P
A (bad?) picture of W. for politics. My 17 for personal/family. Saturn for science.
I already use Fact and Fiction for my private blog (which hasn't seen an entry in months....)
Something for software, sci/fi, web related, and so forth.
I'm also thinking about a link blog.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/12/2004 10:13:00 PM
Thursday, June 10
Archival: Slashdot | New Largest Prime Found: Over 7 Million Digits
From Slashdot | New Largest Prime Found: Over 7 Million Digits
"On May 15, 2004, Josh Findley discovered the 41st known Mersenne Prime, 2 to the 24,036,583th power minus 1. The number is nearly a million digits larger than our last find and is now the largest known prime number! Josh's calculation took just over two weeks on his 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 computer. The new prime was verified by Tony Reix in just 5 days using only half the power of a Bull NovaScale 5000 HPC running Linux on 16 Itanium II 1.3 GHz CPUs. A second verification was completed by Jeff Gilchrist of Elytra Enterprises Inc. in Ottawa, Canada using eleven days of time on a HP rx5670 quad Itanium II 1.5 GHz CPU server at SHARCNET. Both verifications used Guillermo Ballester Valor's Glucas program."
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/10/2004 08:35:00 PM
Wednesday, June 9
Stolen .sig for the day
From Josh the Arc on Plastic
No CARB Diet: no Cheney, no Ashcroft, no Rumsfeld, no Bush (and absolutely no Rice, either)
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/09/2004 10:05:00 PM
Tuesday, June 8
Are IT departments becoming big bags of contracts?
Shedding Capability for Certainty
by Phil Windley
Are IT departments becoming big bags of contracts?
Jerry Gregoire, former CIO for Dell and PepsiCo, writes in this month's CIO magazine about the vanishing IT department. He concludes:
So, what kind of IT organization do you aspire to have? If you yearn for adequate results on vanilla systems in pursuit of dial-tone regularity, forget about talent shortages and go find yourself a good contract lawyer. If, on the other hand, you still believe IT can make a competitive difference and that even the more mundane tasks can be a channel of competitive advantage given a little creative effort, then developing and retaining a professional organization should be your number-one goal.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/08/2004 08:26:00 PM
I'm blogging this just to get it out of my mind. Yes, before it does
It's impolite to talk ill of the dead, so I'm keeping my mouth shut about the Gipper.
However, I am totally through with the inane discussion about the gipper's death. It's not like anybody didn't know that this was coming. It's not like they didn't even know when, as I guess heavy hints were being dropped last Friday. The fawning over this man has been incredulous. The man is finally laid to rest Friday, and quite frankly, I can't wait. That should at least slow down if not STFU the news orgainizations that seem to be positively orgasming over this.
And for anybody that is thinking that Bushy Baby is going to get anything out of this, they've got to be touched. There has been 0 dialog about Bushy Baby and the Gipper. Trying to tie the two together is liable to blow up in their faces. Considering how long the Gipper has been suffering from Alzheimer's, it's just not practical.
Mr. Demille, I'm ready for my scream now.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/08/2004 04:59:00 PM
Techworld.com - Linksys hole allows data grab and network crash
From: Techworld.com - Linksys hole allows data grab and network crash
Linksys hole allows data grab and network crash
Neither of which you want, so upgrade.
By Matthew Broersma, Techworld
An exploit has surfaced that could allow an attacker to monitor traffic from some Linksys routers or crash the devices.
The exploit, credited to Jon Hart, was published by security alert service SecuriTeam.com and Linksys has yet to release a fix for the issue, according to researchers.
The exploit has been confirmed on BEFSR41 and BEFW11S4 routers, commonly used by small and medium-sized businesses as a broadband gateway, but may affect any Linksys router with a DHCP server, according to Hart.
A newer version of the BEFSR41 is not vulnerable, according to Danish security firm Secunia. The device is available in several versions; versions 1 and 2 use firmware that has not been updated for a year, while version 3 is more up-to-date - any firmware after version 1.05.00 fixes the problem, Secunia said.
"Unfortunately, newer firmware isn't available for all affected devices despite this being brought to Linksys' attention back in January," Hart told Techworld.
The problem lies with the way the DHCP server handles BOOTP requests, according to Hart. The server responds with BOOTP fields filled with portions of memory; if the router has experienced recent activity, that activity will be recorded in the BOOTP fields. If enough BOOTP packets are sent, the router stops routing packets and must be rebooted to recover, Hart said. The exploit can only retrieve recent traffic.
"I have successfully used this technique to steal the admin username and password from an innocent third party who recently configured the device, and I watched someone's traffic as they browsed ebay for a new Ti-Book," Hart wrote.
Secunia said that in most cases the vulnerability could only be exploited by users on the local network, if the router is properly configured. "DHCP traffic should be restricted to a local network only," said Secunia researcher Carsten H. Eiram. "Accepting DHCP traffic from the Internet and other untrusted networks is a potential security issue in itself."
Hart agreed, but noted that Linksys routers attached to a wireless network are likely to be more at risk. "'Local network access' has an entirely new meaning when wireless is brought into the picture. It basically means anyone within range of your signal could likely exploit this," he said.
And of course I have the BEFW11S4 router. Which has no update. No wonder I've been having to boot my router every now and then. Sigh.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/08/2004 06:46:00 AM
Sunday, June 6
A Soldier's Adress
From :: paulrieckhoff.com ::
Good morning. My name is Paul Rieckhoff. I am addressing you this morning as a US citizen and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. I served with the US Army in Iraq for 10 months, concluding in February, 2004.
I'm giving this address because I have an agenda, and my agenda is this: I want my fellow soldiers to come home safely, and I want a better future for the people of Iraq. I also want people to know the truth.
War is never easy. But I went to Iraq because I made a commitment to my country. When I volunteered for duty, I knew I would end up in Baghdad. I knew that's where the action would be, and I was ready for it.
But when we got to Baghdad, we soon found out that the people who planned this war were not ready for us. There were not enough vehicles, not enough ammunition, not enough medical supplies, not enough water. Many days, we patrolled the streets of Baghdad in 120 degree heat with only one bottle of water per soldier. There was not enough body armor, leaving my men to dodge bullets with Vietnam-era flak vests. We had to write home and ask for batteries to be included in our care packages. Our soldiers deserved better.
A very strong address. It certainly does make for the case that the President refuses to accept the truth that mistakes have been made.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/06/2004 12:41:00 PM
Saturday, June 5
Bank security. Oxymoron?
Bank security sucks. I have recently found out is that all it takes to transfer money is the account numbers, the last 4 digits of the social of the person giving the money, and their mother's maiden name. Siblings are going to know this information. Am I shocked? Not really.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/05/2004 10:51:00 AM
Thursday, June 3
Psyche! Back to JAX!
I'm back in JAX.
Two 14 yos almost found themselves stranded in South Carolina on the way back. Last time I do a full day of amusement park and then drive home 14 hours
and expect myself to be in a good mood.
Permanent link posted by bytehead @ 6/03/2004 05:20:00 PM