News archive March 2008 - Koos van den Hout

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2008-03-30 (#) 12 years ago
I tried flashplayer 9 for Linux because flash 7 makes my browser hang often, especially on flash video. With flash 9 I had no audio because flashplayer 9 for linux only supports alsa (and I prefer oss), but a bit of searching found Flash Player:Additional Interface Support for Linux which includes the source of a support library which fixes this problem... for linux users who don't mind compiling a shared library on their own. But now I can watch a youtube video without firefox crashing.

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2008-03-28 (#) 12 years ago
The wardrive yesterday evening was around some streets in Groenekan. Not that special, it was all within bicycle range, on the level of 'detour in my commute'. But, it was the same area where I decided to build the dedicated wardriving hardware. The area is now in WiGLE and I jumped up in networks found with gps locations by finding gps locations for earlier found networks.

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2008-03-27 (#) 12 years ago
Wardriving results 4 - 27 March: 3487 new networks with gps locations. From time to time I also use the gps logs from wardriving for mapping for OpenStreetMap. The map of the Netherlands in OpenStreetMap is quite complete thanks to a donation of data by AND but a lot of bicyclepaths are missing. My wardriving is usually by (recumbent) bicycle so I can use wardriving tracklogs for mapping too. I even contributed a bit about mapping with Kismet for OpenStreetMap to the Wiki.

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2008-03-27 (#) 12 years ago
Lately a major factor in spam seems to be casino spam. I see names popping up like Royal VIP Casino or Euro VIP Casino. According to analysis by James Miller it is all the same company from Antigua.

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2008-03-26 (#) 12 years ago
Average bicycle speed on my commute today: 22.9 kilometer per hour. A new speed record for me. It felt very good too!

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2008-03-26 (#) 12 years ago
no solar power
no solar power
Picture I took yesterday morning in the back garden.

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2008-03-25 (#) 12 years ago
Not so subtle advice from Sans in the latest Sans newsbites:
Don't open email attachments unless you were expecting them. Send a note back and ask the person to embed the text in a simple email. This matters to your career. The people who break this rule will be the reason their organization's data are stolen and they won't be able to hide.

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2008-03-25 (#) 12 years ago
De spoorwegen in Nederland blijven altijd een paar jaar achterlopen op die in Engeland, en nu is volgens reizigersvereniging Rover eindelijk het excuus van the wrong kind of snow gebruikt door Prorail.
Bronnen: Reizigersvereniging Rover: “Ontwrichting treinverkeer door sneeuw is blamage”, nu.nl: 'Ontwrichting treinverkeer regelrechte blamage'

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2008-03-25 (#) 12 years ago
Today is one of those if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes days. I have seen snow, hail and sun in the last thirty minutes and rain will probably happen too soon. The webcam shows interesting cloud views and the temperatures at home are dropping due to the snow on the roof.

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2008-03-24 (#) 12 years ago
We zijn naar het paastreffen van de nederlandse vereniging voor human powered vehicles (oftewel de ligfietsclub) geweest. Zaterdag naar Harskamp gefietst samen met een paar andere Utrechtse ligfietsers. Vlak voor we weggingen regende het serieus maar onderweg bleef het beperkt tot een licht buitje regen of sneeuw. Dit jaar viel pasen heel vroeg en het was de koudste pasen in 40 jaar volgens het knmi. We hebben nachtvorst gehad en sneeuw van de tent af moeten ruimen, ook een nieuwe ervaring voor ons. Mijn slaapzak is goedgekeurd voor lage temperaturen, ik heb prima kunnen slapen ondanks de koude. Zondag hebben we een mooie toertocht door de omgeving van Harskamp gemaakt. Zonnetje erbij en het was prima te doen. Zondagavond ging het sneeuwen en die sneeuw lag vanmorgen op de tent. Vandaag terug per fiets, maar toen er weer buien sneeuw kwamen hebben we het voor de rest uitbesteed aan de nederlandse spoorwegen om thuis te komen. En dan blijkt maar weer wat een gedoe het is om 2 ligfietsen en 1 aanhanger in en uit een trein te krijgen. Wel weer leuk zo'n evenement, de ligfietsclub is heel gezellig en een groep mensen met een heel andere focus (maar 1 nerd-shirt gezien dit weekend) dan andere groepen mensen waar ik mee te maken heb, en dat blijf ik een leuke ervaring vinden.

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2008-03-20 (#) 12 years ago
A new version of my homepage, rewritten in perl because PHP was starting to irritate me. More database-driven in the background which allows me to add things like the tags. And a minor change in the colour scheme because someone remarked that the black-on-cyan was hard to read for people above a certain age.

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2008-03-17 (#) 12 years ago
Time to change my signature at work: we switched off the last Sun server today. I updated my .signature which mentioned 'herding Suns' to 'herding systems'. Most server-hardware at work is from Dell running Linux but that doesn't sound as good.

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2008-03-13 (#) 12 years ago
One of the little irritations at work was trying to find out what the exact error was of the printer when the helpdesk ticket just says 'printer problems'. Since HP laserjets will divulge everything via SNMP, I thought the complete information must be available. It is, and I gobbled together a perl script for our noc webserver. Public version in the perl noc stuff page.

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2008-03-13 (#) 12 years ago
Indexed also has a nice view on the 7 new flavors of sin.

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2008-03-13 (#) 12 years ago
The Vatican has published a modernized version of the 7 deadly sins (over 1500 years old). Toronto Star article: Thou shalt not pollute or clone. Still no listing for installing microsoft windows or connecting microsoft windows to the Internet...

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2008-03-11 (#) 12 years ago
Did some work on The Virtual Bookcase. First of all Amazon notified me that amazon web services was going to disable version 3 of the API which I was still using (yes, a year after the first notification that it was going to be ended .. not that much time for virtualbookcase at the moment). So time to do some PHP programming and redo the stuff for version 4. I also noticed that the bot for the russian search site Yandex was causing high amounts of hits but would not even return a direct link to www.virtualbookcase.com when searching on virtual bookcase at yandex. So I wanted to disable Yandex in robots.txt but I could not easily find the right name to put in robots.txt because all the help at Yandex is also in Russian. Finally I found some hints at this page describing robots.txt in russian that the right User-Agent probably is Yandex. And the robots.txt for cisco.com agrees.

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2008-03-10 (#) 12 years ago
I downloaded Adam Curry's Daily Source Code #732 where he mentioned phonecaster.de (german site). Phonecaster.de links phone numbers with podcasts, playing (by default) the most recent episode of a podcast when you dial the linked number. According to the phonecaster technical faq the service uses Asterisk. Sounds a lot like an upscaled version of my bel een podcast project (dutch).

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2008-03-10 (#) 12 years ago
I found an interesting tidbit in the apache-config today: after setting the AuthLDAPBindPassword directive I could find the password in the server-info output. Which was to be expected, but still an interesting side-effect.

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2008-03-04 (#) 12 years ago
Wardriving results 24 Februari - 3 March: 4377 new networks with GPS locations. The wardriving box is helping, together with having nice weather and time for long bicycle rides around Utrecht. I passed the 90000 new networks mark at WiGLE and I'm back at position 22 in the WiGLE stats.

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