News archive September 2005 - Koos van den Hout

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2005-09-28 (#) 14 years ago
I discovered gpsmap, part of Kismet. Using gpsmap it is possible to draw nice maps of wardriving results (given a lot of parameter tweaking). Results: 2 tracks made on 27 September and All tracks made in September sofar. The idea is that gpsmap can use images from mapsources such as terraserver for source, but none of those sources decided to cooperate today.

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2005-09-28 (#) 14 years ago
Ok, some compiling of Linux 2.4.31, pcmcia-cs 3.2.8 and orinoco 0.13e+patch later, it's running now, with working usbserial and wireless scanning. Updated the Dell Latitude C640 laptop and Linux page with the latest info.

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2005-09-28 (#) 14 years ago
Some more wardriving actions: yesterday morning normal home to work: 14 new networks. Yesterday afternoon after work, a different route through parts of Utrecht Wilhelminapark: 116 new networks (according to WiGLE which is what I use for counting, Wardrivemap NL has better maps to find unexplored areas of the city but no personal stats).

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2005-09-28 (#) 14 years ago
I ordered a Rikaline 6010-X5 gps receiver from GPS Plaza. This GPS receiver is advertised as having a faster fix and a much better receiver. Well, first tests showed very good results: fix within 5 minutes of unpacking and laying the receiver in the windowsill. The downside is that it uses a pl2303 usbserial chip to talk to my laptop and usbserial likes to go 'Oops' on serial closes on 2.4.26.

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2005-09-27 (#) 14 years ago
Looking at the Wigle stats page I found a wardriver with very high stats (logged 51084 new networks with gps this month). A google search gave me a link to his website, aptly named Chronicles of a wardriver. That is one dedicated wardriver, who goes out almost daily by car in Los Angeles (so he logs the fuel prices too).

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2005-09-23 (#) 14 years ago
Uit nl.comp.os.linux.netwerken.. iemand die 'even' een hosting bedrijf wil beginnen om miljonair te worden en nog even wat tips nodig heeft hoe je zoiets eigenlijk moet beheren. Google groups: Toegang tot je server aan hosting gebruikers. Sterkte ermee! ;)

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2005-09-21 (#) 14 years ago
First time for me: A real wardrive as in finding access-points with the car. Mirjam was driving and found the gps antenna on the roof funny. Score: 247 networks found, one missing gps fix.

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2005-09-20 (#) 14 years ago
More updates to The Virtual Bookcase, separating the amazon.com reviews from The Virtual Bookcase reviews, and adding a lot of amazon.com info in the process. Example: Reviews and details of 'Adventures of Riley: Mission to Madagascar' and Amazon.com info for 'Adventures of Riley: Mission to Madagascar'.

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2005-09-20 (#) 14 years ago
Found this article Finns urge better Wi-Fi security after bank break-in where a bank computer was broken into via an open wi-fi access point (and the original person breaking in traced via the mac address of his wi-fi card). Source: WifiNetNews article.

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2005-09-19 (#) 14 years ago
And Netgear support comes with the bright suggestion of using one of the Windows based tftp servers they suggest. A few days delay there..

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2005-09-16 (#) 14 years ago
Finally got the Netgear FSM726s working better with multiple vlans when the firmware upgrade succeeded (now running 2.6.2). The (windows based) tftpd they suggest works better with the switch (guess the tftp client in there is not too brilliant). Now our vlans work without packets ending up on the wrong vlan interface of our router. And I can select a management vlan, and not have the default selection of 'all' (brrrr). It's still not perfect, an interface to a linux box in dot1q mode isn't functioning yet for all vlans (but it does work with one vlan native and one 'tagged'.. which isn't too great a setup).

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2005-09-14 (#) 14 years ago
Sun is entering the 64-bit x86 server market and they wanted to run some pretty bold ads with some not-so-kind words about the next competitor in the x86 server market.

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2005-09-13 (#) 14 years ago
The continuing story of the Netgear switch... No luck on updating the firmware on the Netgear FSM726s. Boot from tftp hangs. Aaargh. Logged a support call with Netgear.

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2005-09-13 (#) 14 years ago
Borrowed a Bol (Dutch on-line bookstore) url from irc, and was able to shop in the same session and adjust the content of the shopping cart upwards. Someone else borrowed the same url and got his name attached to the session. Lousy security for an on-line store...

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2005-09-12 (#) 14 years ago
First day back at work. Some stuff broke in my absence, so I started submitting Sun service requests. After that I started debugging a weird problem with a Netgear FSM726S managed switch. Some packets seem to end up on the wrong vlan (probably due to the router having the same ethernet address on all vlans). Newer firmware should fix this (why they deliver them with ancient firmware is another question), but the only way to upload firmware is via tftp, via the network, at boot-time, which clashed with the current config (since we do use vlans a lot). Lots of short network outages, and a real broadcast storm, but no success upgrading the firmware.

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2005-09-10 (#) 14 years ago
And our luggage got delivered too (late yesterday evening). The baggage-handling company at Schiphol seemed to think it was a regular issue with all airlines that luggage got delayed. We thought it was a result of our very short transfer at Toronto Pearson airport: run from airplane, bus to infield terminal, board other airplane, less than 15 minutes left before take-off. Luggage handling at Schiphol seems to like to use the same cryptic codes as everything else in airtraffic, the note attached to the luggage says: CT01 GY01 .CT02 GN08 .CT03 GN29 .CT04 GN64 .DD 09sep.

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2005-09-08 (#) 14 years ago
I'm back from a camper holiday in Canada. It was great. Pictures and reports to follow, but first we need our suitcases, because Air Canada did not bring those to Schiphol today.

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