March 2006 Archives

Security Advisory

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It seems that script kiddies are taking advantage of 'randhtml.cgi' perl script that comes bundled with MT. The perl script simply does as the name suggests; allows you to embed random HTML strings into your blog entries. If you have this executable script in /cgi-bin, and it is not critical for your site, I'd suggest that you remove it. At the very least 'chmod 600', as it seems to have been targeted for mischief. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that some clever mind wanted to embed some weird HTML footer on some of my archive pages using a bit of PHP include file trickery. It seems that the footer would force a windows metafile injection, which redirects to some strange website. I wasn't to concerned about the .wmf injection, as I don't run a M$ OS( I believe that there is a patch to protect against the metafile injection vulnerability). However, it was annoying that .wmf download request.. Bottom is that these kiddies are looking for artificial page hits.

links for 2006-03-29

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links for 2006-03-22

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AOL didn't get the memo

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Pretty good article which accurately describes the thinking of another pre Web2.0 company. Apparently the board members of the AOL never read the Cluetrain Manifesto either..
I wonder how effective their carpet bombing marketing scheme has been over the years. Back in the days, I looked forward to getting that floppy disk in the mail so that I could format it and get an extra disk. Media was costly then. Since they no longer send out floppies, their 10K free hours stuff always finds its way into the trashcan.

I would venture to guess that I'm not the only one who follows this method. Regarding their user experience, I never really cared for that enclosed, sanitized environment that was AOL. Naturally, I always discouraged others from using AOL and Prodigy.

The Internet is flat; AOL just doesn't know it | By Neil McAllister

links for 2006-03-19

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I am HipHop

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Well at least I think so. The culture has been very good to me. While in undergrad, I used the trade and business element to push mixtapes on the yard of FAMU. I really enjoyed sharing my culture in the dirty south. The locals and the various students really loved hearing Premo, Kid Kapri, Evil Dee and Mister Cee. Although, most of the people who copped these tapes on campus were not from the city, they appreciated the art to the highest degree. I often wonder how my life would be without it. Yes, I do have a have a huge sense of pride and disdain for what has become of the culture. That is I take pride in knowing that it was my generation and city which birthed/created all the nine elements of Hip-Hop culture. I still remember the SL-202 with pennies taped to the cartridges so that the needle wouldn't jump. Hanging out with the homeboys drinking Moet and making our own tapes. Yeah, if you're not +30, you might not understand, it's all good tho.

Social Networks - Revisited

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It seems that people have begun to use Friendster, Ringo, and other social networking vehicles to develop secure communities. I'm not sure that I am really convinced that these really work very well. What I believe happens most often is that you rely on a smaller subset of people to share and collaborate. More often than not, you discover that people who you invite, have no clue as to how this sharing should take place. Although, I used Linked-In, it is very rare that I happen to meet new people through that particular professional social network.

I have found that simply using Web2.0 tools (ie tagging, flickr, blogging, etc), I am more apt to create some semblance of a community (albeit loosely bound).

links for 2006-03-13

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16 Blocks

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I actually went to the theatre to peep a film. A rarity indeed. The flick was pretty good. It didn't hurt that BlackStar member, Mos Def represented BK quite well. I believe he and Talib used to work in a bookstore on Flatbush Ave. He was an undergound MC from a few years back, now he has become mainstream, but he still spits conscious lyrics. It seems that more hiphop heads are embracing Hollywood. I don't believe Mos has visions of becoming a rapping Blair Underwood (that would be Will Smith), very confident that he'll maintain the street credibility. I wonder how long it took him to master that voice? I won't say anything more about it.

The producer made sure the film had its fair share of notable actors. Looking at an old overweight Bruce Willis, sparked images of Sylvester Stallone in CopLand. Dirty pigs always seem to be a good topic for a film. 16 Blocks certainly wasn't a bad film, but I think CopLand was much more riveting.

Splogs and bots

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There seems to be no end to the constant barrage of blogspot spam blogs or 'splogs' as described by Mark Cuban. It seems that I must modify the rules within my .htaccess file almost daily. These splogs play havoc on your bandwidth. Ain't know free lunch here. Yet another reason why I despise blogspot and consider it to be the scum of the earth. If I could simply get the datacenter to drop blogspot traffic from their router I would be very happy. The only problem is that there is that 1% of legitimate traffic (I happen to correspond with a couple of those blogspot types). Google really needs to tighten the reigns on the proliferation of these ghost accounts.

RIP M$

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It appears that some industry analysts believe the Redmond wooly mammoth growth days are long gone. I'm not at all certain that this is entirely true in all areas, but be assured that there really isn't much more room to grow in the desktop market.

ABC News: Silicon Insider: R.I.P. Microsoft?

Ekiga Goodness

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I've been intrigued by VOIP. It seems like only yesterday, that we were using very inadequate tools to perform voice conversations over the internet(ie Firetalk, Netmeeting, Net2Phone). I suppose the thrust at that time was to avoid the exorbitant costs of stateside long distance carrier charges. Now that wireless technology has taken off, and cell phones are practically ubiquitous, cost isn't so much of an issue stateside. The next frontier is taking advantage of the bandwidth in your home. Perhaps 50% of computer users have broadband connections, and a segment of those are using some sort of softphone.

links for 2006-03-09

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Podcast Episode 003

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As promised below are the shownotes from my discussion with David Cantrell.

Shownotes:

Hopefully, I have not forgotten anything.

Very interesting article about some students in West-Philly. It makes people wonder what the hell is wrong with our government and our auto industry. The obvious point here is that biofuel isn't crude oil, and the infrastructure of biofuel cannot be controlled. Crude oil is rife with corruption and kickbacks at the highest level of government.

Will we have to go back to the 70's and relive the gas crisis before we stop the foolishness?

Soybean Powered.

Intelligent Design

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One of my friends recently showed me a .NET smart client demo. I must say that it was truly impressive. However, I still wonder if the whole premise of smart clients doesn't seem to contradict the effort to minimize the role of the PC. I've mentioned in an earlier post, that the PC will eventually become another appliance and the 'intelligence' of the network will pushed out to the outer edge. That is, the mobile clients(ie PDAs, smartphones, webtablets, etc.). The whole idea of a smart client running with .NET hooks smells of vendor lock-in. It also seems to contradict the thought that the PC will no longer be the center of the universe. Have I missed something? If I'm way off base, someone please educate me.

Admittedly, I do not know very much about .NET, so my theory could be totally off base. However, I'm very glad that the Mono project (albeit ~1yr behind) is working very hard to make sure that the mindshare isn't cloistered by one company.

Nonetheless, I'm very interested in what will become of these smart clients. It appears that this work has not yet received mainstream adoption. Time will tell.

WAP Enabled / Podcast

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I've just made my site WAP compliant, so you can view the entries via your mobile device. I've not yet added a WAP and podcast chicklet on the navigation menu. I'll get to it eventually.

Yes, I've finally completed my 3rd podcast.
Once I figure out what is wrong with my feed, the audio will eventually be hosted by Odeo.

My Odeo Channel (odeo/752e2321a592e842)

links for 2006-03-05

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It's no secret that China is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the area of manufacturing and global commerce. One need not look any further than the collossal dam that is being erected.

Now their is increased activity in the automotive sector. Don't look now the Chinese expect to launch a vehicle that will retail for roughly $7000.00. I would imagine that the quality will be heads and shoulders above the former, Yugoslavian Yugo debacle, circa 1989. These vehicles are expected to hit the street in 2007-8.

China Seeking Auto Industry, Piece by Piece - New York Times

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