Friday, April 30, 2004

Calif. Official Bans Some Voting Machines | Yahoo! News. This is a step in the right direction. Now we just need more open access to the source and a paper trail to keep it all legit.

Mitnick busts bomb hoaxer | SecurityFocus. Neat little story about a reformed hacker.

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Patriot Act Suppresses News Of Challenge to Patriot Act | Most of the time I do not fully agree with the Get-A-Clue, but this Patriot Act has gone way too far. We all need to write our congress-people and tell them we will not put up with crap like the Patriot Act stomping on our civil liberties.

Windows XP update delayed | InfoWorld. Like we needed to wait longer for more holes in windows to appear. Great!

AT&T proposes end to Bell dependence | CNET This would be an interesting option for breaking the local phone monopolies. I will be following this.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Pope's 93rd Minute Strike Caps U.S. Dominance of Mexico for 1-0 Win | U.S. Soccer. Looks like it was a good match. I did not get a chance to see it but will still see more in the future. I am hoping to catch a few at Crew Stadium this year.


Real Dialogue: The Tech interviews Jack Valenti . This is a MUST read. This is an amazing interview with the MPAA spokesman. I just wish there was more people out there questioning things like this.

Free Weekly iTunes | Mac Rumors. They are giving away free iTunes. Run and get yours today at


Pepsi's iTunes promotion goes flat | CNET Here is a story on the outcome of the Pepsi iTunes promotion.

Here is a great review on the new iTunes 4.5 that was released today. Hurry and download yours today.

Apple - Education - iTunes on Campus. Apple has now launched a new feature that is pushing iTunes on campus. This sounds really neat. We will have to do some investigating.


Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Ran across this website today AC Grassi. It claims, "Welcome to the St. Louis Home of Premier World Futbol on TV." This is good news for those of us in the St. Louis area who love to watch the games. I am planning on trying to catch the game out somewhere tomorrow. It will be broadcast on Fox Sports World. I may visit Krieger's in Edwardsville, if they are showing the game.

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No More Tied Matches Suggests FIFA President | Weird. They decided to toss out overtime and now they want to rid the game of ties. This could only get weirder. I think there is no call for this unless the game is for a playoff or something. We who love the game can deal with ties.

Pizza delivery lists used to find scofflaws | This may be a little too much data sharing in this digital world, but if you break the law you should get punished.

Sprint has block to halt scam in place | The Arizona Daily Star. Scammers on the internet even affect the deaf.

Monday, April 26, 2004

The Physics of Extra-Terrestrial Civilizations | RedNova News. My favorite physicist Dr. Michio Kaku weighs in on the existence of aliens.

Downloads rise as file traders seek new venues | CNET Well you thought people would still pay for music. HA HA!


Friday, April 23, 2004

I visited the St. Louis Apple Store today and looked at the new Powerbooks. I was able to run an Xbench Comparison between the 12" and 15" model. I received some interesting results. The drive was MUCH slower on the 15". Almost enough so that it makes me consider getting a 12". I would encourage anyone who is getting a new Powerbook to spend the extra money and upgrade to the 5400 RPM 80 gig hard drive.


Installing Nessus 2.0 on SuSE 9.0 Professional with KDE 3.1 | Linux Gazette. Quick little instruction set on how to get Nessus up and running on a SuSE server.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Jupiter: 1,000-song pocket about the right size | CNET This does not apply to me. I have a 30 gig iPod and I am afraid I will fill it up. I right now have about 17 gigs of music.


Another Gathering of Planets | Universe Today. Get out and look at the marvelous, wonderful sky, if it is not raining on you.

The Myth Of The 100-Year CD-Rom | Interesting look at how long we should expect CD-Rs to last.

There is a good little program on the website called VICE that will help detect if you have a rootkit on your machine. This works on windows machines and is a must for your security toolkit.

California votes against Diebold | CNET Latest story on the ongoing fight with electronic voting machines and their manufactures.

Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Meteor Shower Peaks Before Dawn Thursday | I love meteor showers. I will have to set the alarm so Amber and I can get up and take a gander.


Tuesday, April 20, 2004

DirecTV to invest in local channels, bandwidth | Yahoo! I can not wait to see what new features may come about. I am already wanting a larger/better TiVo.

Audit finds inadequacies | Ha! I could have told you that this was true.

Port Reporter (PortRptr.exe) | Lockergnome. Cool little app to help you find what is going on on your Windows machine.

Brits are crap at password security | "A survey of 172 office workers at Liverpool Street Station found that 71 per cent were willing to part with their password for a Marks & Spencer's Easter Egg. Last year 90 per cent of office workers at Waterloo give away their passwords for a cheap pen, so perhaps things have improved slightly." This is crap. How are we in IT supposed to have anything that resembles security when it is this easy to get enduser passwords.

Group Uses Internet2 to Set New 'Land Speed' Mark | Wow the internet is just getting faster and faster.

Monday, April 19, 2004

Apple goes after notebook sales | BBC News. Looks like it will take a while to get G5 laptops. But that is ok, I will still take a new Powerbook.


DVD War Looms As Blue Laser Drives Draw Near | Still more news on the new DVD formats to come.

Netflix Bluffs A Price Increase | I am going to try and cancel my account and see what happens.

600 Macs, 4,000 Lines, One Giant Leap for DVD's | The New York Times. This is a cool new use of Mac technology and a great boost for Apple PR.


Bush: Renew Patriot Act or Else | Wired News. Fight, fight, fight. Everyone needs to contact their congressman and inform them that they are NOT in favor of renew the Patriot Act.

Apple updates PowerBooks and iBooks | They are HEEERE! I have been waiting all year for this announcement. Now I can go about ordering my new 15" for work.


Saturday, April 17, 2004

PowerBook and iBook Confirmation? | Mac Rumors. The rumors are flying that new portables are days away at Apple.


Former anti-piracy 'bag man' turns on Dire | SecurityFocus BUGTRAQ News. Things like this are made possible by the DMCA and the worst part is that DirecTV is getting away with it!

Friday, April 16, 2004

Cleanliness 'leads to diabetes' | BBC NEWS. This is a weird interesting science story.


Thursday, April 15, 2004

RealNetworks Seeks a Musical Alliance With Apple | I think this would be a great move for both parties.


Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Mars rovers get software upgrade | Still have rovers on Mars.

Freedom to Read Protection Act" (HR. 1157) | Stupid Security. This is some crazy stuff. It is time for the Patriot act to GO!

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

15GB iPod Offer | Mac Rumors. Very interesting offer for those of you wait on an iPod mini.

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OS X MP3Concept: Misplaced Fear? | Cryptonomicon.Net. Interesting little article on Mac OS X security.


The Structural Failures of Windows | Interesting little article on the history of Windows.

Microsoft Patches More Windows Holes | Microsoft-watch. Time to visit Windows Update again.

Attackers infiltrating supercomputer networks | CNET This may be a new directed attack that hackers will start to use. They may start to go after these big networks. I have spent the last week working on dealing with viruses on my own campus and I realize how no one can really handle the complexities of current systems and securing them properly.

Apple Announces a Faster, More Affordable eMac | Wow! Time to by a new eMac if you are looking.


Monday, April 12, 2004

FOX Rearranges 'Idol' for Bush Press Conference | Zap2it. Well W. is at it again. Let us see what he has to say this time. All should watch.

Soy 'stops cancer and baldness' | BBC NEWS. This is interesting.

Friday, April 09, 2004

OS X Trojan Horse Is a Nag | Wired News. Even more info on the Trojan for the Mac. Or is it?


Apple responds to Trojan horse advisory | InfoWorld. The latest on the first worm to hit Macs. Still not in the wild yet so do not worry. Our Macs are still safe.


Speaking of Music Piracy | Wired News. This is a little crazy. I want cheap music.

Thursday, April 08, 2004

Some votes miscounted in primary, officials say | Here we go again.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Symantec Security Response - W32.Gaobot.UJ. More info on the virus making its way around.

Quick flip of Earth's magnetic field revealed | New Scientist. Here is some more info on the magnetic field flip.

A Balancing Act? Openess and Security on Campus | Syllabus. Good article for support of Macs on campus.


The teaser trailer is out for KILL BILL VOL. 2. This is the latest Quentin Tarantino film. Visit the official Kill Bill website here.

13 U.S. Marines killed as fighting spreads in Iraq | Mercury News. More info on the latest fighting around Fallujah. This is not the way to win support from people in Iraq or at home. We need a quick and clean way out of this war. It will be the downfall of us all.

A War President's Job | A good article on some of the state of affairs in Iraq.

Tuesday, April 06, 2004

Nader calls for Bush to be impeached over Iraq war | Well if you are going to get political might as well bring out all aspects.

Fallujah security situation worsening | The Agonist. Agonist is a great website that collects all kinds of news. The news is mainly centered around the war in Iraq but covers other topics also. This is the latest news on the uprising near Fallujah. This is looking really bad people.

Security Information - WORM_AGOBOT.HR | TREND MICRO. We had problems with this today around campus. It actually caused our network to be overloaded and we could not get any traffic out. This was short lived but just another reason you have to patch, patch, patch.

Are fingerprints really infallible, unique ID? | The Register. This is interesting. I do not know all the implications but we must put more research into this.

Methane on Mars could signal life | BBCNews. Like we needed more convincing. It is just a matter of time before life is found outside mother Earth.

Netflix to offer movie downloads; eyes video games | MacMinute. I have an inside source and knew about this a week ago.


Monday, April 05, 2004

U.S. Gas Prices: Don't Blame Us | Wired News. Interesting commentary on the state of gas prices in the US. We still have very cheap gas at $2.00 a gallon, but we still complain.

Cable or Phone? Difference Can Be Taxing | Are you paying taxes for your broadband?

All shook up - Our listening habits are being revolutionized by the iPod shuffle | Nice little article about the way iPods are changing people's lives.


Saturday, April 03, 2004

MSBlast epidemic far larger than believed | CNET Like you needed more, but here is the evidence that you should get a Mac.


Gravity Probe B Launch in Two Weeks | Universe Today. This could do some interesting science.

Friday, April 02, 2004

NightSky Friday - Spring's First Full Moon | Time for the Paschal Moon. Read up on the latest interesting sky phenomenon.

Gateway Shutters Storefronts | Great they buy eMachines then close all their stores. Next stop is a big FOR SALE sign out front.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Crew Stadium to Host Two U.S. MNT World Cup Qualifiers in 2004 | I hope to be there for both of these. I love the qualifiers. Am will accompany me of course.

Apple extends deadline for redeeming Pepsi song codes | MacNN News. Better get busy redeeming your free songs. I just finished my six last night.


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