木曜日, 2月 09, 2006

Microsoft insecurity

The above link was passed to me by a friend and is an apologetic discorse eclectically taken from the leading voices in Internet security. Valid points are made in all categories, I found the monoculture flaw of cascading to be the most interesting personally. The future hacking outlook gets better expotentially, keep the foo counters ticking...

After traveling around the block with numerous trials of open source OS on my vaio vgnt350p
I must say that I was somewhat disapointed in most Linux distros, with the exception of debian and knoppix. I decided to install an old version of FreeBSD (4.11) to start my education on the progressive differences up until 6.0, I plan to use knoppix as my Internet access for the simple reason it finds and sets up access point connections very easy and is the only Linux distro that I have used that picks up my prism 2.5 and the onboard integrated Intel PRO/2200 wireless.

I have loaded FreeBSD 5.1 5.3 and 6.0 on this box at different times, however I have a dim understanding of UNIX and need more time to give a mature observation. As far as simply observing the instal interface however, 4.11 was notable in that it gives you a choice to clean up the unessential modules before the install. It also seems to be moving faster in responding to commands etc. I relealize there have been security issues and advisories to upgrade to at least 5.4. But if you keep nothing critical on your box, a simple nuke will clear any headaches. I am curious to know that if you were operating a compromized box, would it have any effect on running a live distro? (as in would you be able to log keystrokes, etc.)

Casey Halverson on behalf of Seattle Wireless posted on the mail list today
"This year we are having a FieldDay. We are targeting August, which may
seem a long ways off, but we need to start planning now.
I will be taking the Event Coordinator role this year, and I am looking
for a couple others to head up as site leads.
I want to do the Alki to Magnolia link again, but this year we are going
to tie into the rest of SeattleWireless! This means that GasWorks park
will be our third site.
I have worked on a basic outline for the official wiki page, and put a
link to it on the front page because it's a very significant
event/activity. Wiki editors and FieldDay helpers, feel free to expand
on this page."

The seattle wireless group continues to stay relevant, and tackle some cool projects. I want to increase my skill level eneough to hack with these guys, ubiquitous free wireless is a very noble pursuit. I donated to the cap hill tower project, so it is exciting to see how things continue to roll out of that camp.

In local news: Unlike Cingular Wireless, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile has not deployed a third-generation, or 3G, network, which can provide DSL-like speeds. So next week the company is introducing devices that can take advantage of the one high-speed technology T-Mobile is known for: Wi-Fi networks in Starbucks, Hyatt hotels and other locations. Although the devices won't get high-speed service everywhere, subscribers will be able to duck into a Starbucks or use their home or work Wi-Fi networks to check e-mail, scan the Web or perform other Internet tasks.

"Our goal [by building the Wi-Fi network] was to bridge the gap between the 2G, 2.5G and 3G without investing in a major network before consumers are ready to use the applications for 3G," said Jenna Beardsley-Smith, a senior manager of Mobile Pro Segment Marketing at T-Mobile. full article here.

IBM unveils new wifi chipset. is this cheap wimax?
Legal Victory for P2P in France , taken from slashdot... judge ruled that downloading P2P was like sharing and not piracy ;-)

Bruce Schneir posts about the state of police militarization. Another great example of the coming prison state lockdown.

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