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Friday, August 24, 2007

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Future Tactics? Present Tactics.....


If you want to bring down a country's information infrastructure and you don't want anyone to know who did it, the weapon of choice is a distributed denial of service attack.

Using rented botnets, you can launch hundreds of thousands — even millions — of infobombs at a target, all while maintaining total deniability.
In this hypothetical scenario, a single attack launched by China against the US lasts only a few hours, but a full-scale assault lasting days or weeks could bring an entire modern information economy to its knees.

This is great because it's succint information. But it's been around for a while now.

Get the full story on Wired

Comments Closed!

If people in real life acted like they do in the comments section, it would probably be a bit like this:


Speed up Acrobat Reader


Adobe Reader SpeedUp is a simple application that was created to help make the loading time of Adobe's Acrobat/Reader software bearable for everyday use.
AR SpeedUp only needs to be used once (a process taking only a few seconds) and then your 'Reader will be transformed forever.
There are also some tweaking options available.

This (along with any other free software really works, has no spyware, and is great)

Download IT

The Guru Speaks


Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel, has, along with others like Richard Stallman, literally changed the world of software forever.

Linux-based distributions seem to pop up every day, while more and more devices now run Linux at their core, from mobile phones to inflight entertainment systems, to the world's mission critical server infrastructures.

The development of the kernel has changed, and Linux is just getting better and better. However, with a community as large and fractured as the Linux community, it can sometimes be hard to get a big picture overview of where Linux is going: what's happening with kernel version 2.6? Will there be a version 3.0? What has Linus been up to lately? What does he get up to in his spare time?

Read the rest at APCMag

Book lovers paradise

Ever wish there were a Netflix for Books? Well there is, and BookSwim is its name.
You build a queue of books you want to read on their web site, they ship books from your queue, you keep the books for as long as you want, and you return books with pre-paid postage.

Their base plan lets you keep 3 books at a time for $20/month, while their biggest and baddest premium plan costs $36/month for 11 books at a time.
With over 150,000 titles, BookSwim looks like a promising service for the bookish sort.

On a personal note, along with reading PDF's, this is a great way to cut down on cut down trees.

Check out their site HERE. (They are having bandwidth problems right now... but check back later)

Easy Toga for Women

I threw Toga Tequila Tuesday at my house this week and needed to make a good toga for myself. After countless hours of websurfing, I could find no site that had instructions for how to wrap a toga for women. Well, here is my sweet toga that is not revealing and easy.

Materials:
6 yards of fabric
1 belt (or elastic band)

Read it over at INSTRUCTABLES

PSP's have finally been "freed"


"All for one, and one for all. A project promulgated under the collective Noobz - more officially branded as N00bz! - has given birth to another monumental development in homebrew: a PSP unbricker for every Sony PlayStation Portable. In short summary, it would perform the following:

1. You run a program on a homebrew-enabled PSP that will convert a standard PSP battery into a jigkick battery. Note that you can't then use that battery normally - so you should use a spare one.
2. You run a program to generate the unbricker memory stick image, built from the v1.5 update EBOOT (note that this, and the custom IPL, means the release is completely free of Sony copyright materials).
3. You run some programs on a PC to install the image to your memory stick."

In short... this little piece of hackery enables you to re-flash your firmware on ANY PSP all the way down to 1.50, and then you can upgrade it to any of the many custom (Much better, IMO) Firmwares out there.

Update: Checkout the new vid:



Download the files and How-to's HERE

Anne in Malawi gets "re-placed"

The customs and language are not far from what I’ve already learned, the climate and geography are easy to acclimatize to and the people whom I’ll be working closely with, from what I hear are one of a kind development ‘champions’ if you may.

The biggest challenge that I have identified with my next placement is:

  1. Apathy – The majority of the population, from what I know is more on the apathetic side. I found that the citizens, although really warm and inviting, have a problem of being distracted from all the materials in life, having challenges focusing on issues that really matter, believing that they have a voice to call out for change.

  2. Balance – This is more of a personal challenge. Balance to the cause in the next chapter of this placement will be a little more challenging especially when faced with something as challenging and as difficult as apathy. Balancing my personal life with ways to overcome apathy, well, there seems to be a very fine line that separates the two. There’s also a lot of change occurring in my personal life with the post-secondary chapter of my life coming to a close end.

Read the rest over at "Anne in Malawi"

FREE CD/DVD recovery software


CD Recovery Toolbox tool was developed for recovering damaged files from different disk types: CD, DVD, HD DVD, Blu-Ray, etc. You can use it to restore information lost as a result of some mechanical damage of the disk (scratches, chips, different spots on the surface) or as a result of incorrect recording. Thus, the program can recover data that was considered lost. The CD Recovery Toolbox Free tool scans any CD and DVD disks and finds files and folders located there. We should mention that there can be some information on the disk that cannot be recovered. Not all of the files and folders can be found - that depends on the degree and location of the damage. Therefore, the CD Recovery Toolbox Free tool finds the possible maximum amount of information. After that, it shows a list of all files and folders available for recovery. Now the user can select the files and folders to be recovered. Those specific objects will be recovered while the others will be ignored. The program recovers the maximum amount of information in the damaged file. This reduces the risk of data loss considerably.

(download)

Small-ish concert, somewhere, by someone


Pearl Jam
August 2nd, 2007
Vic Theatre - Chicago,IL

Disc 1:
01. (crowd) 00:40.31
02. Trouble 04:43.03
03. Dead Man 04:25.26
04. I Used To Work In Chicago 02:08.22
05. (New Ed Song) 06:26.48
06. Picture In A Frame 02:21.34
07.(crowd) 00:36.08
08. All or None 05:00.21
09. Education 02:52.01
10. Sad 03:30.44
11. In Hiding 04:30.05
12. Parachutes 03:24.30
13. I'm Open 01:15.35
14. Wishlist 04:09.20
15. Down 03:38.03
16. Undone 03:50.45
17. Off He Goes 05:25.49
18. Hard To Imagine 05:03.47

Disc 2:
01. Gods' Dice 02:18.72
02. World Wide Suicide 03:39.17
03. Rats 05:18.72
04. Gone 04:04.03
05. Why Go 05:02.27
06. No More 04:05.34
07. Inside Job 06:40.02
08. Low Light 03:33.07
09. Love Reign O'er Me 07:02.53
10. Comatose 05:19.45
11. Black Diamond 05:09.39
12. Sonic Reducer 04:32.51
13. Indifference (w/ Ben Harper) 06:43.27

Total: 127:31.21

Notes: Ed solo set is first 6 tracks.

Compiled on August 7th, 2007 - Thanks to Krinas!!!

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Names in Portugal

Acceptable Names:
Abdénago
Analisa
Atanásio
Briolanjo
Clícia
Clife
Djalma
Djalme
Djalmo
Eponina
Grimanesa
Habacuque
Hedviges
Hemaxi
Igelcemina
Io
Ione
Ioque
Iracema
Iráis
Ireneia
Kó-ló
Loíde
Nádege
Nominanda
Sidraque
Vérter
Xerxes
Yasmin
Zamy
Zobaida



Not Acceptable:
Allen
Andrea
Ashley
Benfica
Ben-Hur
Camões
Catrine
Celine
Cristian
Dali
Danielle
Diego
Durão
Elaine
Frederic
Jade
Jane
Kwacha
Leah
Luar
Marcus
Martine
Nirvana
Paul
Rachel
Sally
Silvi
Tessa
Vickie
William


This is just crap.


Get the full official list here

Friday, August 10, 2007

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Music discussed over the Sudoeste weekend

Prodigy - Out of Space


Prodigy - Everybody in the place



Prodigy - No Good




Coal Chamber - Shock the monkey
(Cover from Peter Gabriel)



Shaggy - Oh Carolina


The Doors - Whiskey Song



Groove Armada - Get Down


If you can rememember any others that we all talked about, comment:)

Wednesday, August 08, 2007