News archive December 2005 - Koos van den Hout

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2005-12-31 (#) 14 years ago
The last wardriving for December (22-31): 1844 networks seen, 455 new with GPS locations. Highest scores still come from biking around parts of the city. Driving both ways from Utrecht to the Business and Science park Enschede only showed 328 networks.

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2005-12-27 (#) 14 years ago
I will marry Mirjam on 13 June 2006!

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2005-12-24 (#) 14 years ago
More cat pictures: all three having breakfast, Vlekkie looking out the window.

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2005-12-22 (#) 14 years ago
Chasing cats with the camera: Vlekkie in a grumpy mood, Moppie after drinking and Vlekkie on the stairs.

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2005-12-21 (#) 14 years ago
Nice picture by Thomas Schlijper.

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2005-12-21 (#) 14 years ago
Wardriving results (according to WiGLE) Sunday - Wednesday: 1778 networks seen, 151 new with GPS. Some days I had detours, mostly just the normal route work/home. There are predictable patterns in wardriving in the city: neighbourhoods with modern or old owned houses will have a high density of wireless networks, neighbourhoods with mostly rental houses will have a lower density.

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2005-12-21 (#) 14 years ago
I wrote a bit about how I configure OpenSSH to make it less susceptible to break-in via password guessing.

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2005-12-21 (#) 14 years ago
Minor updates to the Generating Alcatel Speedtouch graphs micro-howto. Some day I should redo it in docbook, just like newer howtos.

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2005-12-20 (#) 14 years ago
I am reading Using Open Source Web Software with Windows. Yes, I am looking at it from a unix/linux perspective. It focuses mainly on setting up your own 'wamp' server (windows, apache, mysql, php). Having your own testing server that acts like your live webhost is a good idea.

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2005-12-20 (#) 14 years ago
Surveillance state? Or is it just 'protecting the children'? Students Ride Orwell Express the Travado IBUS technology, which records the students riding each bus, where the buses go, as well as recording video.

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2005-12-20 (#) 14 years ago
Redid the design of my webcam page. May look almost the same, but it's a lot cleaner in html. Fun thing is people still visit the site daily (40-50 visits a day is quite normal). Lots of webcam pages still link to it.

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2005-12-19 (#) 14 years ago
Today I tried to actually install mysql and make it do something. I had a negative opinion about mysql before ("not a real database" and associated things).. and it got even more negative trying to make it actually do something useful. This was mysql 4.1 (default stable version with centos). The help did not match the actual database version (ok, this is more a package problem than a mysql problem probably) and what I think are normal commands for user management aren't supported. Creating users is a side effect of granting them rights (like wtf?) and user@localhost has different rights from user@% (the rest of the hosts, where you can also use other hostsmasks, including those depending on dns.. brrr!). Time to get back to real databases.

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2005-12-16 (#) 14 years ago
Updated the home server page a bit with the latest bits of history (well, a few years of backlog to be precise). It will be updated soonish as I want /home on newer disks *and* I'd like to move away from reiserfs.

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2005-12-16 (#) 14 years ago
Only minor detours wardriving between other busy stuff... results for Wednesday and Thursday: 1497 networks seen, 74 new with GPS.

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2005-12-13 (#) 14 years ago
Wardriving some small streets in Utrecht, using several maps to find the last uncharted street.. Tuesday: 643 networks seen, 40 new with GPS. And new networks even keep popping up on the standard route between home and work.

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2005-12-13 (#) 14 years ago
Learned today: To see if write caching is active on a Sun A1000 raid array, use the command raidutil -c unit -V lun. In the answer is WCE for write cache enabled.

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2005-12-12 (#) 14 years ago
WiGLE did a new site design. Looks really great! My wardriving results for Tuesday-Monday (where Wednesday and Friday were a purpose detours through somewhat yuppie parts of Utrecht): 3609 networks seen, 633 new networks with GPS locations.

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2005-12-07 (#) 14 years ago
Picture I made: sunrise this morning.

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2005-12-07 (#) 14 years ago
Doing the rounds, a really great story about a guy stopping a filesharer hogging the wireless network in a hotel. Also makes you think about (lack of) wireless network security and/or certain operating systems more than willing to share information about you.

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2005-12-07 (#) 14 years ago
WiGLE is catching up again, so I can post results quite fast. Saturday - Monday: 1954 networks seen, 278 new with GPS. Current WiGLE stats: 11447 Total New Discovered Networks with GPS, 691 Networks This Month with GPS.

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2005-12-06 (#) 14 years ago
The Register has an article Who owns your Wikipedia bio? looking at the problems with the quality of articles in Wikipedia, especially when it comes to pages about public or less-public persons. Jason Scott (the same guy from the BBS documentary) also did a good article The Great Failure of Wikipedia where he explains how Wikipedia will be a failure in the long run. Especially with Wikipedia being mentioned more and more, people that like to cause mischief will be able to do more damage. And vandals are easy to see (browse the edit history of the user page of Linuxbeak for samples of when someone is very interested in keeping a page correct or at least with his version of facts) but minor changes that look legitimate but are in fact incorrect can cause enormous damages (a few cases have been very visible recently).

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2005-12-05 (#) 14 years ago
WiGLE is slow in processing wardrive uploads at the moment, so results lag a few days. Up until Friday: 2337 networks seen, 412 new with GPS.

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2005-12-05 (#) 14 years ago
RIAA Bans Telling Friends About Songs
The Recording Industry Association of America announced Tuesday that it will be taking legal action against anyone discovered telling friends, acquaintances, or associates about new songs, artists, or albums.
No more enthusiast reviews, before you know it you have to explain them to the police.

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2005-12-02 (#) 14 years ago
In August 2003 I already ranted about unhelpful anti virus software replying to the faked From: of virusses. It seems like some anti virus software has slowly learned that this is wrong. One piece of software is still doing a special type of this bad behaviour: Norman Virus Control. Today, more than 2 years later, I still get mail with the announcement: Norman Virus Control heeft de oorspronkelijke e-mail verwijderd omdat deze door het virus is geonfecteerd W32/Sober.AA@mm (in Dutch, wrong grammar is their original). Which translates to something like Norman Virus Control removed the original e-mail because of a virus... And what is the info to me, besides increasing my annoyance at Norman? GRRRRRRR! I will continue to tell anyone who mentions Norman Virus Control that it is BAD software that is VERY ANNOYING and shoud be removed immidiately and replaced by less annoying antivirus software (or upgrade your OS to something that is better by design).

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2005-12-01 (#) 14 years ago
Naar aanleiding van de vragen die ik kreeg op de HCC dagen over draadloze netwerken heb ik eens een document opgezet, Draadloos netwerk uitleg en installatie waarin ik allerlei dingen over draadloze netwerken op een rijtje wil hebben voor beginnende gebruikers.

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