News archive July 2006 - Koos van den Hout

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2006-07-27 (#) 13 years ago
Another really great site I found... Mike Brown UK transmitter information and gallery. I started with a link in a newsgroup to pictures of the Emley Moor television tower collapse. Mike Brown has collected a great deal of information and pictures about the history, current state and future of television transmission in the united kingdom.

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2006-07-25 (#) 13 years ago
Wardriving results 17 - 24 July: 720 new networks with GPS locations. I did some detours through De Bilt. Most notable was that a 2 hours drive (over the highways) from Utrecht to the south of the Netherlands shows about the same amount of networks as the 30 minute bike ride to work. I'm at position 35 in the wigle stats at the moment. I've been at 32 before, but I guess the holiday, some big jumps by others and the warm weather haven't helped my wardriving much.

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2006-07-24 (#) 13 years ago
Paul McNamara writes in an article Could that be the wireless police knocking? about a condominium/hotel developer in Tucson, Arizona, US including in the regulations for owning a condo that wireless networks have to be secured. I'm not sure I see why the developer would get involved in this subject unless they also happen to be the ISP (in which case I would consider 'no choice in ISP' a big downside to the whole deal). Wireless security needs to be addressed. In the right place: informing the public about it. Having security by default (like in siemens gigaset access points) and not hiding behind a load of unexplained acronyms in a page of the manual (seen in a recent linksys manual). I really don't think a homeowners association is the place. Although it does fit the profile of the 'homeowners associations sticking their nose into everything' which seem on the rise in the US. They make the homeowners association of the flat I lived in before look very sane (even when they did do dumb things on account of 'saving property value').

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2006-07-20 (#) 13 years ago
Pictures in and around the building I work. Comments are in Dutch, but most are about the former use of the room.

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2006-07-19 (#) 13 years ago
Found on bash.org: Another great quote about voip. There is also
That's why I love VoIP. You don't get people phoning up to complain that the network is down.
from Peter Corlett.

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2006-07-18 (#) 13 years ago
This building site I visit daily has everything! Including a university. Maybe I should get some pictures. The building I work in is being renovated (not the part I sit in, I just get the noise). The bus-lane in front is being redone, they just finished demolishing the old one.

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2006-07-17 (#) 13 years ago
Wardriving results 10 July - 16 July: 1043 new networks with GPS. I did some detours through De Bilt on my way to or from work and took a route through Nieuwegein that was a white area on the wardriving map. War 'biking' would be more comfortable if it wasn't this hot (25 and more degrees C outside).

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2006-07-16 (#) 13 years ago
De fritz!box fon is gearriveerd en geconfigureerd. De (web) user-interface is helemaal in die Deutsche sprache dus soms moet ik diep nadenken over de bijpassende telefonie-term (ook in de telefonie is er voor alles een duits woord). Het doel, telefonie die hetzelfde werkt als we gewend zijn (dus zonder speciale toetsen en diep nadenken over wat er op dat moment de beste keuze is) en toch in voorkomende gevallen gebruik maakt van de goedkopere VOIP dienst. Heel mooi is dat de fritz!box keurig terugschakelt naar 'Festnetz' als VOIP niet werkt/reageert. Op het display van de siemens gigaset is keurig te zien welke uitgaande dienst gebruikt wordt.

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2006-07-15 (#) 13 years ago
From Bruce Schneiers Crypto-Gram: Template for News Stories on Government Data Gathering. A bit of a Dilbert-type joke: too funny and too recognizable.

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2006-07-13 (#) 13 years ago
Ik kwam op de site van Walter Belgers terecht en verdwaalde daar in het archief hackers in de media met heel veel kranteknipsels uit de jaren dat ik ook geinterreseerd raakte in computers en beveiliging. Mooi om het allemaal weer eens terug te lezen, ook de ontwikkeling van de wetgeving in Nederland en de uitspraken van professor Herschberg.

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2006-07-12 (#) 13 years ago
Ik ben aardig conservatief met telefonie. Het moet gewoon werken en dezelfde standaard user-interface hebben en houden. Vandaar dat ik wel een keer een xs4all voip account heb aangevraagd maar daar nog niks mee doe. Maar nu heeft xs4all een voip zomeractie waarbij bellen naar veel bestemmingen gratis is. Toch eens tijd om het te proberen. Ik wil alleen het isdn dect toestel hier kunnen blijven gebruiken (daar kun je een pot mee op de bank hangend telefoneren). De enige oplossing blijkt een fritz!box fon 5050, die extern en intern isdn praat. Zo kan ik gewone het gewone toestel blijven gebruiken en een heel dialplan aanmaken om een deel van de gekozen nummers via xs4all voip te laten lopen. Ik wacht in spanning tot het doosje komt.

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2006-07-12 (#) 13 years ago
Interresante assoicaties bij nu.nl in artikel McDonald's haalt omstreden urinoirs weg als je de foto rechts met Mick Jagger bekijkt... schermgrijp.

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2006-07-10 (#) 13 years ago
Wardriving results 9 June - 9 July: most of the time no wardriving happened with the preparations for our marriage, our marriage and the honeymoon. But some trips were made in that time, results: 518 new networks with GPS locations. Quite a number of new networks were found on the first time after the holiday I took a detour from work through downtown Utrecht, and quite a number on a trip through De Bilt and Zeist.

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2006-07-05 (#) 13 years ago
Ik zag een artikel op nu.nl: Wifi op de camping dankzij handig overzicht en de genoemde site zou in de toekomst misschien iets gaan doen met buitenlandse campings. Ik heb toen nu.nl gemailed over Camp Wireless en ze hebben gelijk een link ernaar opgenomen in het artikel. Honderden bezoekers waren het gevolg, en een stuk meer aanmeldingen van Nederlandse campings met draadloze Internet toegang. Genoemd worden op nu.nl/internet levert geen zware slashdotting op, maar toch wel honderden bezoekers.

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2006-07-03 (#) 13 years ago
I decided to do something about the high temperatures in my home server today. Seems the last few days (temperatures around 30 celcius) the disks and cpu got quite hot. I bought a Coolermaster TLF-S12 at MyCom. They had no boring normal black 12 centimeter fans in stock, just ones with blue or red leds. I'm no casemodder (brrr!) so I'm not too happy about the blue leds, there is now a blue glow behind the server. I put an 8 centimeter fan in the front of the case to suck more air in. And I redid the thermal paste on the CPU. The new cooling does cool the harddisks a bit better but the cpu still shoots up to 80 degrees celcius (yes, way too hot!) on high load. I guess I need to look at the nest of IDE cables it does live in. Some other time, it's way too hot up in the attic.

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2006-07-03 (#) 13 years ago
We're back home after a great holiday / honeymoon in Iceland! Took a load of pictures, we'll have to make selections before we can put an archive on-line. Coolest thing we did was whale watching where a humpback whale decided to jump near to the boat.

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