News archive June 2007 - Koos van den Hout

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2007-06-29 (#) 12 years ago
Following Wimbledon on the BBC I noticed the signs with www.wimbledon.org on the courts. Some neat work on live scores on that website: wimbledon live scores in flash 9 and wimbledon live scores for other browsers. Mighty impressive work there by IBM: the page is up-to-the-second with the current scores, and a few thousand hits per second more or less isn't going to be a problem. And with other browsers they mean all other browsers: it even gives a good view in lynx.

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2007-06-28 (#) 12 years ago
Niels woont tegenwoordig in mijn geboortestad Dordrecht en gaat met een team meedoen aan de Abenteuer Rallye Dresden - Breslau 2007. Via de website van 4x4 Team Drechtsteden is hun voortgang te volgen. Ik ben benieuwd.

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2007-06-27 (#) 12 years ago
Wardriving results 17 - 26 June: 639 new networks with gps locations. No big numbers of new networks found, just detours through Utrecht. But those numbers have made me steadily get up to position 25 in the WiGLE stats. Since that is a position with some active wardrivers around it, I guess that will keep changing. I also bought some extra wardriving hardware for advanced geekery: an external antenna which should score me extra networks on purpose wardriving tours, and the bits to get the results to the laptop. I will need some more work (soldering, mechanical work) before I can start biking around with the antenna on my bike.

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2007-06-26 (#) 12 years ago
Heaps of kernel messages on the home server ndisc_send_redirect: not a neighbour which is ipv6 related. I did a google search for it which found a bit by Jonathan McDowell mentioning ndisc_send_redirect: not a neighbour but the real solution for me was in the comments. Somewhere eth0 of the server had lost its IPv6 address. Doing ifdown eth0; ifup eth0 made the correct ipv6 address reappear and now the messages seem to have stopped.

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2007-06-25 (#) 12 years ago
A websearch on the name of my old bbs yielded a page in England where listings of BBSes outside the US are gathered, to augment those at http://bbslist.textfiles.com/. Jason Scott is good at gathering BBS history, but decided to focus on the US. So, Koos z'n Doos is listed in BBSlist, Netherlands, other [link expired] and I updated the wikia page for Koos z'n Doos.

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2007-06-24 (#) 12 years ago
While doing some websearches for the Wardriving in Nederland article (that one is in Dutch) I came across the London war peddlaz which seem to be (or have been, it's a 2001 article) wardrivers on bike in London. There are other warbicyclers out there!

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2007-06-20 (#) 12 years ago
The phone line was repaired in less than 10 minutes: the adsl-splitter was probably the victim of thunderstorms last week. We will be billed for the "repair" now: removing the splitter was the repair, and the splitter is customer-equipment. I was lucky to have a newer splitter laying around. I opened the old splitter and it has indeed burnmarks on the inside. In hindsight the next thing I should have checked. Oh well, after answering a number of helpdesk mails today with "As announced recently .." I was the one saying "D'oh!!".

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2007-06-19 (#) 12 years ago
The adsl line at home was acting flaky, so I went through the debugging motions at home yesterday before I was going to call the KPN repairs number, to make sure the problem was on their end (and avoiding "have you tried X" answers). That debugging stopped short when I noticed the 'line ok' light on the NT-1 wasn't lit and we indeed had no phone service too. That made the call to the repairs number a lot easier: "We have no phone, no light on the NT-1 and by the way adsl is having problems too". According to their line test the NT-1 is broken. A repair person will visit tomorrow morning, I hope he can find the real source since I'm not sure just a broken NT-1 will give these problems.

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2007-06-18 (#) 12 years ago
Wardriving results 30 May - 16 June: 3119 new networks with GPS locations. A number of detours from standard places to visit and a few purpose wardrives. Although I kept some of those short because it was either too hot or too rainy. I have passed the 60000 networks mark at WiGLE and I'm now at rank 27 in the WiGLE stats. I'm looking for an external antenna / wireless card that can improve reception.

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2007-06-13 (#) 12 years ago
On the Internet, nobody cares you're a good athlete. Story from The Washington Post: Teen Tests Internet's Lewd Track Record about a young athlete, Allison Stokke, getting a lot of attention because of one picture being spread. Source: Usenet newsgroup comp.dcom.telecom, the telecom digest.

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2007-06-12 (#) 12 years ago
Some pictures from the feeding of the blackbirds in our garden:
img_5023 Blackbird with food on our lawnchair, ready to deliver it to the nest
and
img_5032 Blackbird in the entrance to the nest
all gardenlife now has a set gardenlife.

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2007-06-12 (#) 12 years ago
At completely the wrong moment, another disk in my home server went bad. It first showed as loads and loads of ide errors. I had no time to deal with it, so I just left it spewing errors. Which made the problem go away for the biggest part. Eventually I got around to buying a new disk, a cheap 320 Gig disk. I wanted to set up /scratch new, without reiserfs and started to move data to a new scratch volume. This went well until I wanted to shrink the logical volume: the whole volume set became corrupted. I was still able to access my data, so I borrowed some diskspace, reused some other disks and copied everything to another machine using rsync. After I rebooted the server, the volume groups were indeed gone, and I switched to 'old-fashioned' partitions and spend quite some time dividing the loads of data on the new partitions. All is back to normal now, but without lvm or reiserfs.

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2007-06-07 (#) 12 years ago
Found on The Wikipedia entry for Internet Relay Chat: IRC served as an early laboratory for many kinds of Internet attacks, such as using fake ICMP unreachable messages to break TCP-based IRC connections ("nuking") to annoy users or facilitate takeovers. From what I've seen in the past, this is putting it very lightly.

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2007-06-07 (#) 12 years ago
Microsoft Working On 'Vista: Kitchen Edition' gives me a Back to the eighties feeling when the home computer was going to help organize the recipes in the kitchen. All sing along with Hey, hey, 16k (flash, audio) remembering those days.

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2007-06-05 (#) 12 years ago
Two dead young blackbirds in our garden today. I'm not sure what happened, the best guess is that the cats got them in their first flying lesson.

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