Monday, May 22, 2006

Oops, Microsoft did it again

Oops, Microsoft did it again.



It's interesting how the anti-spyware ad has a Mac, and how this anti-piracy ad has a Mac as well.

Talking to the walls, as if you were home...

What if the NSA or other instances would decide to wiretap all new or renovated houses - how long would it take before anyone would notice? When you move to a new house, you unlikely turn upside down every square inch of every surface, open the stoves and walls and air conditioners just to make sure there are no bugs ... instead of wiretapping what people say on the phone, wouldn't it be more efficient to spy what the people say in the peace of their home?

Yes, the privacy has value. And if everyone would be observed long enough, there would probably be something fishy enough to investigate. Someone writing a letter to their lover, keeping their room in a suspicious order, having a too weird collection of not Republican approved items, talking too much to their family or friends outside the country...

The only good why this wouldn't happen is probably that there are a lot of people involved in construction. If there was a central system for approving the houses, with a board of people able to circle in the house for half an hour, it could be still easy to technically achieve. What would be the advantages of listening to everyone is beyond me, but since there are millions of phones wiretapped without warrant, why not wiretap everyone at their own homes, and in public places too? That way it wouldn't even matter if you changed your phone numbers.

"What do you have to hide?" would be as valid as on those other two articles by Schneier. Instead, why do you / they want to spy "observe" everyone for the "security's" sake?

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Finnish airport security goes high tech

Airport Video Surveillance Goes Hi-Tech, and that in a bit more detailed view.

Great. In the case of that country, it will mean that they can even better point the different skin colored people the suspicious behavior.

And fortunately it is no e.g. Joensuu on the East part of the country - there the city and the area seems to be proud to be racist. Nationalist, whatever is the more polite way to say it.

Suspicious behavior in that country includes, based on only first hand experience, e.g. of the following: wrong skin color, wrong hair color, someone smiling what they should not, unusual name or last name, someone being of a wrong country for their taste, anyone not thinking that country is the center of the world... If someone is laughing, they are either drunk, foreigners, high, nuts, or all of the above. If someone does not think that Finnair has the Greatest Customer Service on earth and friendly on flight personnel, that is suspicious.

Cannot wait to see the Finnish version of this happening. "Sir, we are arresting you for the security reasons as we could see you smiled sarcastically to a flight attendant / you are wearing too many clothes" ... something as more than a Finn would wear in July (even if it's +15 C / 70 F out).

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Serialbox 05/2006

Serialbox 05/2006 for your entertainment.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Jesus was a honky

How hard is it to prove that Jesus was a honky? (whatever it takes to look like a Dutch woman with a beard).

Also another recent and interesting read to find was David Pratt - the teosophy ideas seem like a good book - can entertain for hours.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Newton Connection Kit on Windows XP .. or Solaris?

I just made a terrible realization.

I can still so laugh on the people who call to get help for their system running Windows XP 2000, but ... despite playing with servers, with different operating systems etc, I don't think the technical side is always that much better.

So - my problem here: Can I run Newton Connection Kit with Windows XP?
As I thought, the XP thing is the only thing home that I have a floppy drive with.
And then better thinking: Do I have a floppy drive on the Dell? As if I had paid attention to it...

So here we go again, what would the Dell technical support say?

"Hi, I normally use OS X, OS X Server and Solaris but I was just wondering ... I have this Dell Inspiron laptop that I run Solaris OS in, I wonder if it has a floppy drive???? I need something where I can run a few programs on a floppy and as none of my Macs home has one, maybe my Dell does ... I need to find a floppy drive only so that I can run Newton Connection Kit in it. Or do you know if I can use Newton Connection kit directly in Solaris?"

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Slaves and immigration sceneries

Why are the immigration rules and regulations now what they are in US?

Just look back a few hundred years. The White people were lazy, and imported their own slaves from Africa. Now - were these Blacks, Africans, slaves, POSSIBLE legal immigrants? Or had they filed all their K-1, K-3, i-130 paperworks in the Outside-European British Embassies before the slaves were imported?

And what if the Native Americans, Indians, call them how ever you prefer, would have had the same immigration policies?

SubSpecies23 aka Kevin Underwood - they guy your next door?

La Repubblica mentioned today that this Kevin Underwood bad guy had a blog. They did not obviously link it - only mentioned a few phrases about its contents. Would they have linked it, it for sure would have got a lot more visitors. But even now, his sites must get a lot of traffic. I had a quick net search just because it seemed such a weird type, and to be able to compare it to what's available now to a few years forward when there will be (of course) a Hollywood version, with Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Keanu Reeves or whoever great actor as the protagonist. (And I love actors as much as the creators of Team America do).

The first thing I found was Huff's crime blog. He had a link to the crimelibrary article on the first page, and to the first post he had ever made about this Kevin. Aka SubSpecies23, SubSpecies, psycomind, KUnderw674 ... as of old usenet entries, (KUnderw674).

I also found the blogs of this Kevin - Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K. or where he some interest was pointed to a beast meme and the other blog of his, for learning Japanese. And a mirror of his myspace.

The crime library shows a non-mugshot picture of his. Looks a bit like everyone's neighbor, doesn't he? A big question on my mind was why while looking at the traces he had left in the web - yet cannot find anything worthwhile, at least now now.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Secure flight lists, homeland insecurity etc

Airline Security a Waste of Cash is an interesting read. Like a lot of other things Bruce Schneier has written about security and privacy. Secure Flight Program isn't very successful according to Schneier (and quite a few other people), yet some things start to make sense. The Secure Flight and CAPPS that it was to replace are programs to check travelers against the 30,000 to 40,000 names on the government's No-Fly list, and another 30,000 to 40,000 on its Selectee list.

These lists consists of people and aliases who are too dangerous to be allowed to fly under any circumstance, yet so innocent that they cannot be arrested, even under the draconian provisions of the Patriot Act. The Selectee list contains an equal number of travelers who must be searched extensively before they're allowed to fly.

These lists come from the Terrorist Screening Database, a hodgepodge compiled in haste from a variety of sources, with no clear rules about who should be on it or how to get off it. The government is trying to clean up the lists, but - Schneier says it doesn't have much of success.

Schneier was a member of the government's Secure Flight Working Group on Privacy and Security. They looked at the TSA's program for matching airplane passengers with the terrorist watch list, and found a complete mess: poorly defined goals, incoherent design criteria, no clear system architecture, inadequate testing.. a lot more of it is explained and linked here.

TSA was also developing Registered Traveler along with the Secure Flight.

These lists of names on the Secure Flight .. well, at least makes one feel not that special. Ted Kennedy has suffered enough of it. The well-known Massachusetts Democrat was stopped five times as he tried to board US Airways shuttles because a name similar to his appeared on a list or his name popped up for additional screening.

"If they have that kind of difficulty with a member of Congress, how in the world are average Americans, who are getting caught up in this thing, how are they going to be treated fairly and not have their rights abused?" Kennedy asked Homeland Security undersecretary Asa Hutchinson.

Kennedy said he was stopped at airports in Washington, D.C., and Boston three times in March. Airline agents told him he would not be sold a ticket because his name was on a list.

Also Cat Stevens was refused entry to US on the same grounds - "The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said the singer, who converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Islam, was denied access to the US "on national security grounds".

Flight 919 from London to Washington was diverted to Bangor International Airport in Maine, after US security officials were told Mr Islam was aboard."

These aren't really unique - there are plenty of others. And it seems very easy to get to that list. Live in another country than which your passport or nationality states, use a credit card based and issued in a different country ... if you fly, and somoene else used their credit card to pay for your flight, you most likely get intensive screened. Again.


Airplane Security and Metal Knives is another thing that I have wondered for years. How exactly is using plastic knives supposed to make me feel safer in a plane? Whereas El Al, which for sure is high on the safety, uses metal cutlery in economy class (which I have to still test).


Sometimes I really wish the Native Americans ("Indians", not the rednecks) would have been better in the homeland security back in 1492


Monday, April 03, 2006

Serialbox 04/2006

Serialbox 04/06 for your Mac. (Direct link).

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Serial Box 03/2006

Serialbox 03/2006 for your entertainment.
Or spell it Serial Box, or March 2006, or however you want.
The March file.

3rd Annual Nigerian Scam Conference

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Serialbox 02/2006

Serialbox 02/2006 for your Mac needs. Enjoy.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Attention Whore Disorder subcategories - IAWD, RLAWD, MKAWD, BAWD, PAWD, DAWD, MRAWD, SDAWD

AWD - Attention Whore Disorder can be divided into different AWD subcategories:

- IAWD = Internet Attention Whore Disorder
This attention whore disorder is shown in individuals who seek infinite amount of attention in their Internet activity and existence.
This can include e.g. bragging about their love life or the lack of it, their personal relations details, the details of their job, or their sex life, or anything that they consider interesting for the public, from the problems they have in seeking a legal status of residence in a country to rumor mangering and rumor whoring about products such as new phones or computers or operating systems.

- RLAWD = Real Life Attention Whore Disorder
This type is similar to IAWD, but it manifests in the Real Life, aka not in the Internet.
However a mixed type - with IAWD and RLAWD, and any AWD to aany AWD, is surely possible a combination.

- MKAWD = My Kids Attention Whore Disorder
This type of AWD affected person uses words such as "my kids", "my kids", "my kids" "[kids name]" "[kids name}" in every situation possible. It becomes a disorder when it is not appropriate to talk about the kids. E.g. while troubleshooting your computer, mobile phone, or internet connection; while discussing work related issues at work, or while goig out with people that are not interested in Your Kids.

- BAWD = Breeder Attention Whore Disorder
BAWD is close to MKAWD. Breeder is more of generic pro-human-reproductivity kind than actually talking about [his/her kids] all the time. BAWD and MKAWD and PAWD can and often do coexist. BAWD affected people bingo the others about why they don't want to have kids, even when the topic is gardening or how to cook octopus with rice.
BAWD people do not believe anyone can or does want to NOT have kids, and whatever was the original discussion, they do their best to direct the discussion back to human breeding.

- PAWD = Pregnant Attention Whore Disorder
A sufferer of often BAWD and MKAWD, PAWD takes all the attention available to his or her pregnancy. Again this becomes an AWD when the others are talking about a non-pregnancy related movie, science fiction, cooking, sports, ANYTHING but pregnancy and human reproductional choices.

- HAWD = Health Attention Whore Disorder
HAWD sufferer draws attention to him/herself constantly talking about his/her health issues - thus all conversation and topics become involved in whatever, real or imaginary, health issue the HAWD sufferer has - this can include pregnancy in which case the HAWD sufferer also and in specific has PAWD.

- DAWD = Dressing Attention Whore Disorder
DAWD sufferer dresses in improper ways to get attention, and even to "not" get attention.
This includes e.g. wearing a tiny top and mini skirt at office in a male environment; wearing a dress while grocery shopping; wearing anything in any situation that is far overkill for the situation in question, or highly ignores the set expectations of dressing.

- MRAWD = Mac Rumors Attention Whore Disorder
MRAWD is a subcategory of IAWD - since over 99 % of them are mainly affected in their online life.
MRAWD is not limited to, as it can be seen anywhere on the net - from lurking rumors about the next Sony Ericsson models, Oracle updates, anything to be slashdotted, and especially frequent they seem to be around any Mac rumor sites - however this AWD could as well go and goes with the alternative name of SDAWD - Slashdot Attention Whore Disorder.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Motorola Rumors - New Motorala Phone names

ROKR, RAZR, SLVR... wonder what's next?

Motorola may end up splitting their product line to different type of user groups or target markets, so based on the actual -R we might see

Bathroom line

Generic line

Teenager line

Female market

Niche market line

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Final Book Studio or what else to call the next PowerBooks and iBooks?

MacBook Pro was sure a funny name. So if it will not be a mid-market level product, a hybrid between the PowerBook and the iBook, but substitute both of them, what would their successors be called then?

Some crazy name ideas seen out there in the wild wild web:

MacBook (no "Pro")
iBook Pro
MacBook i
MacBook Express
Final Book Express
Final Book Pro
Final Book Studio
MacBook Amateur
MacBook Lite
XBook Pro
XBook Serve
Hello Macintosh
iPod Maxi

And, not particularly regarding this subject or any other,

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Get married in Apple Store opening, if some people got in MWSF...

A couple got married in MWSF this year. Cult of Mac has some links to photos about that aspect of MWSF too.

That makes me feel creative for where we would instead.

We first met in iChat, talking about some Apple products hardware and software.

We then got engaged on the day the first ever European Apple Store opened, the London, Regent Street one that is. And still totally ignored the fact that those two events happened on the same day, for at least half a year. We were on the queue, we got the photos and movies out there, and just did not make a big deal of the other event in the queue that day.

That leaves the logical place to be the opening of the first non-UK European Apple Store, Rome. Its retail jobs were announced around November or December of 2005, so the store will open some yet unannounced time in early 2006.
Unless they open something somewhere even before that, including in Japan...

Sunday, January 15, 2006

The most horrible kid names of the World

A logical continuation to the White Rich girl syndrome: the most horrendous kid names ever. Logical in the sense those two concepts seem to be sought together. Not that White, Rich girl syndrome sufferers would name their kids with total idiotic names, since there are a lot of barely alphabet, white (and not white) trash, people with typoed names - those Rich people just seem to be more kr8tiv with the names.

So here what some childfree people have seen or invented.
From that source, and still on the same community seen after:

Gwyneth Paltrow's kids: first one = Apple, second = Microsoft or Orange, third = Linux, or Banana, forth = Solaris, or Nut...
Asthma Hussein
Abcde ("Absedie" pronunciation)
Polly Ester
Latrina and Artillia
The first kid: Shyanne -The second kid: Braggin (pronounced BRAY-gin)
Savannah Rae, Skye Blue, Maverick Storm (siblings)
Zy'Asia (wtf)

So. Let's make them take in one more step to be even more kr8tiv with their kids names.
Inspired by those that really exist:

Chada Sky
Mique (yea TEH creative spelling!!!eleven)
Kuala Lumpur (oh wait need to be kr8tv... Schwe'Dhen, Qu'Ala L'umpr, N'Òruei, Doitschl-Ann, Óstrihlia, U'Quei, Moskaw, )

Seriously. Naming your kid Chardonnay? Why? Why not go with Merlot, Table Wine, Asti, Spumante, Birra, Biere, or any other substance the mother was on while she got knocked up? May be the story behing kids called Savannah or Concorde - even those could be more creative or just plain awful: Esuvee, Airbus, Mallorca, Ibiza, and so on.

Fortunately the other kids don't give a ### of what you name your cat. So the cat could be Ostrihlia if you wanted it to be. I think I will just stick with normal cat names like until now. (And then, even if the male one was to be called Leonardo, no one has ever called him with that name. A funny dog name got stick to him, and it fits his more than straight cat nature well).

Boycott music industry

I don't normally make new year resolutions. It does not have much point to promise something stupid that one plans on keeping on for a week - such as most smokers deciding to quit smoking, or whoever promising themselves to lose weight, if all that happens on 1 January of any given year. (Unless there is some good reason like a heart attack or something - which would magically occur around New Year).

My resolution is to not buy any music CDs until any further notice. Actually, I don't even remember when I bought a music CD the last time (excluding iTMS, of which 95 % are the free US downloads, one per week).

The decision is based on this, and on the full story of Sony rootkit (feel free to browse all the story if you would happen to be among the 0,01 % of people who missed it). And this is so a$$ move from the music industry that they don't deserve even one cent of my money any more.

Also, CDs are overpriced. They were charged more than audio cassettes and vinyl records in the 1980s, and since those two medium slowly disappeared, and audio CD became the standard, their price NEVER got down. To produce an audio CD costs LESS than producing a full scale Hollywood or Independent movie, and movie DVDs are often cheaper. I intend on keeping buying movie DVDs, but simply not buy any audio CDs as a moral response to this. Music industry makes too much money -- not most artists, just the industry.

Long live EFF.

Buying movie DVDs is not affected by this decision. Thus I will keep on buying movies that will entertain me. Movie industry's anti piracy ads in the beginning of the movies are annoying, especially on the UK movies, but they still are a minor annoyance compared to what audio CDs have caused to several people, AND producing a full scale movies costs a lot more than producing an audio CD. So it makes zero sense that audio CDs cost as much as full scale movies.

Couple got legally married online

Couple got married online.
La Repubblica
Hindustantimes article
W*USA news

Fri Jan 13, 4:08 AM ET
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Rita Sri Mutiara Dewi's fiance could not get time off from his job in the United States. But that didn't stop the couple — who have never met in person — from tying the knot on Thursday.

And a Muslim cleric who witnessed the ceremony between the Indonesian lovers declared it legal, she said, even though they were on opposite ends of the earth.

"We are happy that we're married now, even though we had to do it via the Internet," said Dewi, 50, noting that the two used a video link so her relatives could see her 52-year-old groom.

Dewi met Wiriadi, a physiotherapist who works at a hospital in California, in an Internet chat room several months ago. They exchanged pictures and contacted each other almost every day, she said, speaking usually online but other times by phone.

In November Wiriadi proposed. Over the Internet, of course.

Dewi, who works as a teacher in Malaysia, returned to Indonesia for the virtual wedding. Wiriadi, who uses only one name, was in California. It was the second marriage for both.

Dewi said Friday she plans to travel to the United States next month to meet her new husband.

That would have a real nice business opportunity.

Is it possible anywhere else on Earth to actually get married online? And if so, how? It just sounds so much more appealing than having to get a few days off work to go to some other country and wait in some offices and registries. The technologies are out there (skype, any otehr voip, even plain video chat like aim or iChat and iSight).

I cannot find any websites where it would be possible to get married. Such a business opportunity. Who cares about buying your flights, books, or iPods online, if you can or could get married online?

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Nigerian banker turned to a Jordan millionaire in 90 minutes

And then this Mrs Rose UBA from Central Bank of Nigeria, using his yahoo email address, and not, in the next email, sent 90 minutes after the previous one, has another fairytale:

He sent the same picture of his passport though.

Subject: Proper Investment From Engr Zeid Hajahmad.F
Date: January 14, 2006 1:22:36 AM GMT+00:00
Received: from ( [] (may be forged)) by (Xserve/smtpin19/MantshX 4.0) with SMTP id k0E1MKcn007017; Fri, 13 Jan 2006 17:22:26 -0800 (PST)
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.00.2919.6900 DM

From Engr Zeid Hajahmad.F.
Assallam-alaikum my friend.

Dear friend,

Engr Zeid hajahmad is my name 48 years old a citizen of the Hashemite
Kingdom of Jordan but presently in London. Actually I deal on
gold and diamond.

Then this is to introduce you into my project of wishing to invest in your country most likely on stocks,bonds and real estate and any invest of your chioce you think that willbe profitable to both of us.

Please if my proposal could be acceptable, kindly send to me your full name,address,telephone,mobile numbers if possible a form of identification.

I want you to stand as my foreign partner in making a smooth investment in your strong and steady economy.

Find attached of my passport.

In Shaa Allah,
Best regards
Engr,Zeid Al-hajahmad
Date: 13th day of Jan 2006.


The butt ugly passport picture.

Nigerian scammers use always a hotmail, yahoo, or lycos email (and never

Another example of these idiots business men...

Why is it that every single person who emails random people in the Internet telling they are the head of the central bank of Nigeria, use a yahoo, lycos, or hotmail email address? Guess what? I intend on blocking all of them from my mailbox.

This one is hilarious. The guy sent unrequestedly even his passport picture.

So anyone in the mood to get this one busted? Here ya go, all the delicacy as it was received:

Subject: Payment Notification
Date: January 13, 2006 11:38:40 PM GMT+00:00
To: [removed to protect privacy]
Received: from ( [] (may be forged)) by (Xserve/smtpin29/MantshX 4.0) with SMTP id k0DNcINC015109; Fri, 13 Jan 2006 15:38:23 -0800 (PST)
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 5.00.2919.6900 DM
[and some other stuff removed from headers]

Our Ref: CBN/IRD/CBX/021/04
Attn: Honorable Contractor,
From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the federal government of Nigeria your name and company was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding contractors who have not received their payments.
I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Firstly, I plead on behalf of my country and the Central Bank Of Nigeria for not contacting you all this while as regards your contract payments which I know by now must have cost you some inconveniences, I am promising you on behalf of the Central Bank Of Nigeria that this will no repeat it self any more advice you to co-operate with me and listen to my advice as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will not be held responsible for any lapses or mis-direction of your fund due to your inability of you to co-operate with me who is in-charged as the Executive Governor.
Also note that your to recieve a part payment for your contract payment is us $1.7 Million Dollars (ONE MILLION SEVEN HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS). Kindly re-confirm to me if this is inline with what you have in your record and also re-confirm to me the followings,
1) Your Full Name.
2) Phone, Fax And Mobile #.
3) Bank Name,Address and Your Account Informations
4) Company Name, Position And Address.
5) Profession,
6) Copy Of Int‘l Passport.
As soon as this informations are received, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft or wired transfer from central bank of Nigeria into your nominated Bank acount. Get back to me as soon as you receive this letter for a serious discussion.

And then he sent the delicacy picture as well:

Mrs Rose Uba is without the doubt the ugliest woman I have seen ever in my life. Secondly, her nae seems to be Jorhar Ahmad Zeid Ahman Fayyad, and he or she has a forged Jordan passport. Third, he or she is sending the email from Israel, and claims to be in Nigeria. Forth, why the f##k would any bank in the world, EVEN A F###ING NIGERIAN BANK, use yahoo or something as lame??

And fifth, central bank of nigeria #1 and link #2. The REAL Central Bank of Nigeria website. So it would be slightly more credible if all these mrs Rose or Ahmed Jihad whatever, were using at least an email that ended

Pardon my rage, but I just hate these idiots.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

iTunes Music Store mini browser paranoia

"iTunes is spyware" made a long list of talk in slashdot yesterday, and not only at slashdot.
Today it got more clarifications.

iTunes mini store browser sends anonymous data of what you listen, to feed you with what you could like to listen more. So?

The same people who bitch about that are those who wipe their Frequent Flyers high mileage clubs cards every time they fly; they use their CVS and Walgreen's cards every time they shop there, so Walgreen knowing exactly what brand of asthma medicines they use, when they bought a pregnancy test or lime flavored condoms the last time, or how much gatorade they buy; they have no issues with AmEx, Visa, and Mastercard knowing exactly what they buy, how much, when, where, thus knowing a whole lot more of where their money goes, which are exactly their shopping patters and perversions, and they never ever doubt AmEx or Visa, or American Airlines, or any partner Finnair, CVS, Kodak, Alitalia, or anything else out there, would use the data they have for anything... like marketing.

Those people concerned or worried about their privacy, could have used Little Snitch to start with, with their computer.

And they should pay only with cash in the real life. And even then, the stores they buy may notice that they buy weird stuff.

Maybe one of the fears was them being revealed for using P2P networks for obtaining the music. But that is not in the metatags or in id3 tags the mp3 or aac use.

So their Visa, Amex, and Virgin Megastores know that they have bought 5 CDs of Britney Spears. iTunes background data could have seen they were listening to one track of Britney Spears (or anything else hideous or they would not want to admit to be listening to) and could not tell how it was received.

Such a big deal.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Running Solaris 10 on Intel Macs (iMac or MacBook Pro)

Must be different or perverted thinking... when I saw the Intel based iMacs and the terribly named MacBook Pros out there, I had a sudden desire to browse for alternative laptops... with Xeon or Sparc inside. Then everything at Dell and around. Well - Sun's laptop running Solaris 10 costs $ 6,500 if I want it to be with 15" screen, and it is still only 80 GB for its hard drive (I want minimum 120 GB). Also, since I don't have to pay for Solaris 10 licence, $ 6,500 for a laptop is a bit much.

So, searched around, Fujitsu, Sony, Dell again, Sun... everything seems to sell with an operating system bundled. Dell would have had things that looked nice for the Solaris use (on laptop) but the principle turnaway for me -- all bundled with Windows XP. No thank you - since I will not want to use the laptop with XP, I do not want it installed there, and I do not want to pay for its license, as a principle. I want a laptop with Solaris. My different thinking now, after once migrating to OS X from Linux distros. I want back there, at least partially.

Since we will be getting one of those iNtelMacs .. well, iMacs with intel inside and thank god not with a sticker about that on the Mac, maybe we'll stick a 500 GB hard drive there, if there are any lying idle around (or get one spare of them from an XServe or XServe RAID) and I will rape it for a few partitions and operating systems. Very tempted.

So who would have thought? Getting a Mac, to run OS X -- and Solaris 10, and Debian, and any x86-based Linux distro there, and maybe even XP on it.

I have no clue where the idea for Solaris came now, but it just sounds like what I want to explore as for my use. Building programs for it from Linux sources does not look to be too complicated. I hope I will not have to touch the rpm files though (I admit, I am too spoiled in OS X for not needing to touch them any more).

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

MWSF notes on the fly

MWSF 2006 keynote notes
- lots of ipods sold - 14 mil this quarter.
- sold 850 mil songs to date and 8 mil videos.
- ipod fm tuner and remote announced, apple branded - for being able to listen to radio, not like the griffin thing.
- surprise surprise, ilife 2006: iphoto 2006 - more pics, features such as photocasting = apple version of flickr. podcasting built into ilife. garageband 3, and iweb announced, and that's it for $ 79.
- iwork 2006, Some of the features in iWork '06: 3d charts, advanced image editing, image reflections, free form and masking, tables with calculations, new themes and templates.. $79
- dual core imac with 2 mb l2 cache; showing benchmarks. overall 2-3x faster"; 17" and 20"
- macbook pro, 4-5x faster than existing powerbooks. video conferencing and ir remote built in. 5.6lbs. iSight, Front Row; $1999 1.67 Core Duo; 667 DDR bus, x1600; $2499 1.83GHz

Monday, January 09, 2006

Dear Spammer, Leave Me F-ing Alone.

* Nigerian Bank with only a Hotmail address
* Nigerian millionaire who is living in the concentration camp with T1 speed internet address
* Some Business man in a poor country with millions of dollars to send me with some swanky article linked to BBC webpage in your email
* Anyone who wants to send me millions of dollars from Africa
* Russian or British authority telling me I have won millions of dollars or pounds or euros in a lottery I did not participate to
* some swanky businessman out there telling me about business opportunities / about v1@grA / (iaLi5 / diamond business / some fake internet actions / something else
* Escuela Tántrica anything
* Company that granted me millions of dollars of loan that I did not apply for
* Buyer asking me about an eBay item I have not seen in my life that you are asking me about
* Barrister, Thumba Mulato, Next of Kin, Former President of Nigeria I had never head of
* PayPal buyer asking me about anything - since I don't even have a PayPal account
* Anyone I have never asked to be emailed by for your commercial, spam, religious spam needs or whatever.

For your immmediate mind refreshment: if you happen to be one of these lusers in this mailto list below, I mean especially you.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, pccs_banker@HOTMAIL.COM,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

I just wanted to tell you that
* If you live in a concentration camp with a T1 speed Internet access, where can I sign up to get to live there?
* I have zero interest in your viagra, cialis, diamond business, buying some random actions some spammer tolds me to, or sending money to anyone that approaches me over email
* That you really irritate me. The fact that you repeatedly keep spamming me irritates me that much that I want you to get if not unable to reproduce and keep your idiot genes in the gene pool, at least get that poor that you will never ever have an access to a computer so that you could spam me any more, or that you would have a Windows 3.1 with Outlook Express, and getting so millions of spams to the email addresses you have ever used to spam me. I rely on the spam harvesters in this to collect your email addresses, and send you adverts for more viagra, cialis, ephedra, diet pills, anything that makes you lose weight, lose money, get more inches in your p*nis, and at least as many proposals of these Nigerian Banks with a hotmail address, these State Owned lotteries with yahoo or other free email address, and to get also all the Blonde, Educated Russian Or Other Eastern European Ladies Who Want You To Marry For Money. I ALSO HOPE THAT PEOPLE WILL USE THE CAPS LOCK AS WELL AS YOU HAVE USED IT FOR ALL THESE YEARS. I HOPE YOUR DAUGHTER WILL HAVE PREMARITAL SEX WITH A PERSON OF THE RACE AND SEX YOU DO NOT APPROVE. I HOPE YOU WILL GET NIGHTMARES OF SPAM, AND ALL THAT YOU WILL BE EATING FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, IS CANNED SPAM.
* I very kindly ask you to leave me the f*** alone, and select some other people in the mailto: list above in this webpage to entertain you. Imagine if all you Nigerians are so rich, just unite and you could buy Saudi Arabia and a few states of USA if all your monetary investments were united.
* That if you really have millions of dollars and are still stupid enough to live in a concentration camp, I hope you die. Painfully.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

SerialBox 01/2006

SerialBox 01/2006 for your entertainment.
Enjoy the cereals.

Friday, December 23, 2005

Check if your email is read by you only

Idea not mine but from here and here.

by Richard M. Smith

With all of the controversy about the news that the NSA has been monitoring, since 9/11, telephone calls and email messages of Americans, some folks might now be wondering if they are being snooped on. Here's a quick and easy method to see if one's email messages are being read by someone else.
The steps are:

Set up a Hotmail account.
Set up a second email account with a non-U.S. provider. (eg.
Send messages between the two accounts which might be interesting to the NSA.
In each message, include a unique URL to a Web server that you have access to its server logs. This URL should only be known by you and not linked to from any other Web page. The text of the message should encourage an NSA monitor to visit the URL.
If the server log file ever shows this URL being accessed, then you know that you are being snooped on. The IP address of the access can also provide clues about who is doing the snooping.
The trick is to make the link enticing enough for someone or something to want to click on it. As part of a large-scale research project, I would suggest sending out a few hundred thousand messages using various tricks to find one that might work. Here are some possible ideas:
Include a variety of terrorist related trigger words
Include other links in a message to known AQ message boards
Include a fake CC: to Mohamed Atta's old email address (
Send the message from an SMTP server in Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.
Use a fake return address from a known terrorist organization
Use a ziplip or hushmail account.
Besides monitoring the NSA, this same technique can be used if you suspect your email account password has been stolen or if a family member or coworker is reading your email on your computer of the sly.

This wouldn't actually tell you if your mail is being read, so much as
it is a way to try to get someone (or something) to add your mail to the
"watch list". It is not a good idea to try this if you hope to ever
again fly on an American airline without first being strip-searched by
the TSA monkeys.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Make Aperture run on any Mac

Run Aperture on any Mac

Partially in desperation after discovering my Mac wouldn't install or run Aperture, I figured out a solution to both and want to share it with others wanting to use Aperture on your more than a year old Mac that Apple wants you to replace.

You need HexEdit and BBEdit or TextWrangler.

To disable the installer check:
1) Create a writable image of your Aperture DVD with Disk Utility. Eject the DVD and open the image file.
2) Hit command-shift-g in Finder and enter '/Volumes/Aperture/Aperture.mpkg/Contents'
3) Open Distribution.dist in your text editor
4) Search for 'function installationCheck() {' and enter 'return true;' on the next line. Save and close the file.
5) Et voilà! Aperture now installs with any CPU/GPU.

To disable the application startup check:
1) Install Aperture (after modifying the installer script as described above)
2) Open HexEdit and browse to '/Applications/'.
3) Open 'Aperture'. HexEdit saves a backup automatically to 'Aperture~' when you write changes to the file, so you don't have to worry about messing up. Be aware that HexEdit is quite buggy in 10.4. Don't click anywhere I didn't tell you to click.
4) Hit cmd+f. In the 'Find' field, enter '49 48 48 32 6D C9'. Make sure 'Matching:' is set to HEX. Hit return.
5) Click the bar of the 'Aperture - Data' window. Replace the selection with '49 48 48 32 59 59'.
6) Click the search window. Using the procedure in step 4 and 5, replace
'49 4C 48 32 6D 35' with '49 4C 48 32 58 C5'.
7) Save and close the file.
8) Done! Have fun : )

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Entire Newton museum collection out for sale

Newton museum is selling their entire collection on eBay.
And I am probably happy about the fact that I don't have access to a credit card available now.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

How To Know Whether Or Not You Are Ready To Have Children

Mess Test
Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Place a fish stick behind the couch and leave it there all summer.

Toy Test
Obtain a 55 gallon box of LEGOs (or you may substitute roofing tacks). Have a friend spread them all over the house. Put on a blindfold. Try to walk to the bathroom or kitchen. Do not scream because this would wake the child.

Grocery Store Test
Borrow one or two small animals (goats are best) and take them with you as you shop. Always keep them in sight and pay for anything they eat or damage.

Feeding Test
Obtain a large plastic milk jug. Fill halfway with water. Suspend from the ceiling with a cord. Start the jug swinging. Try to insert spoonfuls of soggy cereal into the mouth of the jug, while pretending to be an airplane. Now dump the contents of the jug on the floor.

Night Test
Prepare by obtaining a small cloth bag and fill it with 8-12 pounds of sand. Soak it thoroughly in water. At 3:00 p.m. begin to waltz and hum with the bag until 9:00 p.m. Lay down your bag and set your alarm for 10:00 p.m. Get up, pick up your bag, and sing every song you have ever heard. Make up about a dozen more songs and sing these too until 4:00 a.m. Set alarm for 5:00 a.m. Get up and make breakfast. Keep this up for 5 years. Look cheerful.

Ingenuity Test For School Assignments
Take an egg carton. Using a pair of scissors and pot of paint, turn it into an alligator. Now take a toilet paper tube and turn it into an attractive Christmas candle. Use only scotch tape and a piece of foil. Last, take a milk carton, a Ping-Pong ball, and an empty box of Cocoa Puffs. Make an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Automobile Test
Forget the BMW and buy a station wagon. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there. Get a dime. Stick it into the cassette player. Take a family size package of chocolate chip cookies, mash them into the back seat. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car. There, perfect.

Physical Test (Women)
Obtain a large bean bag chair and attach it to the front of your clothes. Leave it there for 9 months. Now, remove the beans and let the bag just hang there.

Physical Test (Men)
Go to the nearest drug store. Set your wallet on the counter. Ask the clerk to help himself. Now proceed to the nearest food store. Go to the manager's office and arrange for your paycheck to be directly deposited to the store. Purchase a newspaper. Go home and read it quietly for the last time.

Final Assignment
Find a couple who already have a small child. Lecture them on how they can improve their discipline, patience, tolerance, toilet training and child's table manners. Suggest many ways they can improve. Emphasize to them that they should never allow their children to run wild. Enjoy this experience. It will be the last time you will have all the answers.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Another hot air study

Another hot air study.

" Japanese ladies appear to simply fart for fun; with nearly half of them practically pumping their way through the first year of marriage. Equally unsettling is that a staggering 29% couldn’t even manage two years without reeling off the odd rasper."
"To finish up this item of trivia, they persuaded one of the wives who had never passed gas in front of her husband to try to do it, so their hidden cameras could capture this moment for posterior-ity…"

Well, I know a lot of people who would be very lousy Japanese housewifes.

Engineer and Management

A man in a hot air balloon realized that he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended a bit more and shouted.

"Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The woman below replied. "You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.

"You must be an engineer," said the balloonist.

"I am," replied the woman. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I've no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is, I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip."

The woman below responded, "You must be in management."

"I am," replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well," said the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise, which you've no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is, you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, you've managed to make it my fault.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 of OS X 10.4 shows some letters garbled, e.g. instead of ä, ö, ø, å, è, é, ñ, ã, õ. of OS X 10.4 shows some letters garbled, e.g. instead of ä, ö, ø, å, è, é, ñ, ã, õ. The mail receiver sees letters as squares, symbols, Asian characters or other wrong encoding.

User side is often PC (Windows, Linux; Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Kmail and so on); sometimes even Mac OS X 10.4, 10.3, 10.2, 10.1, OS 9.x, 8.x.

Verify if it is caused by a bad font. Mac OS X fonts list and Turning fonts off can be useful.

Unfortunately some of the people annoyed by this are graphics and other who have a need for hundreds of fonts, and who are unwilling to find a font among hundreds or thousands to be the problem; enabling then half of the fonts back, then some more and so on until a bad one would have been identified. And in some cases the problem is not a bad font but something else.

What seems the ultimate solution - here. Just take normal Terminal or command line precaution: careful with what you type. A letter MAKES a difference.

Locate Terminal in your Applications > Utilities folder. Open it.

Enter in terminal window:

defaults write NSPreferredMailCharset "UTF-8"

(including the "") and press enter.
Now it should behave correct.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Man hits 1,003,625 frequent flyer miles

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - After two months of zig-zagging across Canada by plane, frequent flyer Marc Tacchi has reached his goal of accumulating one million miles of credits -- and become something of an Internet celebrity in the process. # 2 # 3

On his blog "The Great Canadian Mileage Run 2005," Tacchi reported on Wednesday that he had racked up 1,003,625 mileage points and spent 56 of the last 61 days in an airplane.

By reaching the 1 million mile goal, Tacchi gets the equivalent of about 10 round-trip business class flights from Canada to Australia, which he has estimated would normally cost about C$70,000.

He plans to redeem his travel points to take his family to Miami at Christmas, then maybe go to Hong Kong or Thailand.

When he wasn't flying to collect travel points, Tacchi works as a contract pilot. Once a week, he flies a Boeing 747 cargo plane to Europe or Asia.

Now THAT is some serious travelling.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Proposed punishment for spammer

Prison. Solitary confinement. A very limited computer, able to
receive Email but nothing else. An Email address widely and
frequently exposed on newsgroups, web pages, and other venues
liable to harvesting.

Three times a day—at unpredictable times—an Email with a
random subject line would contain a password needed to get the
next meal served. This might be at the end of the (otherwise
typical SPAM) message, in the middle, near the beginning, but
the prisoner would need to read each and every EMail to find the
password for his next meal.

[Found in a newsgroup]
[and in email]

Monday, November 21, 2005

Windows released 20 years ago

IT-viikko, a Finnish IT news magazine, reports on their today's number that Windows was first released to public 20 years ago.

They have quite an interesting choice for pictures, I have to say.
And words.
"Steve Jobs of Apple competing with Gates, tried a mouse on a computer's side" .. doesn't make sense? As if most things written in Finnish would...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Kernel panic wear

Kernel panic mug

Kernel panic mug
... for safe boot mornings.

Kernel panic shirts

Kernel panic shirt

Kernel panic bag

Kernel panic inside?

Kernel panic fridge

Kernel panic in fridge?

And yes - why did it take so long for anyone to come up with kernel panic wear? The mug feels perfect for the mornings before 11 AM, the wear for just annoying people at work, and I want a fridge magnet - if for nothing else, to see how the people will look like when they see a fridge that asks to be shut down...

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Sajida Richawi running away from the bombs, and innocent victims kids try illegally racing cars

And more Sunday browsing and rants...

Stupid kids, now described as innocent, victims, saints. A bunch of teenagers were driving their parents cars in Rome, and had a competition which one would be the last to hit the brakes. So the kids were driving at full speed, hit the brakes 50 meters before wall, and one of the kids died in the crash, 3 ended up in the hospital. The description of how fascinating and important this sort of driving - getting to full speed and seeing who has the courage to be the last one to use the brakes, is amazing. At least they were illegally racing these cars in a zone where no one was living - so at least no one uninterested was hurt. To have such competition occur on a curvy street, and the car end in a living room would have been far worse. But victims? Of course. They were so totally not seeking that to happen.

The second "smart news" is from Amman and Jordania. The missing, failed suicide bomber, Sajida Mabrouk Atrous Richawi, has confessed, and showed her face in the TV. While she and her husband entered the Radisson hotel, her husband exploded, and she did not - she escaped with the other people. Oh why? If you are there to suicide yourself, and to kill a bunch of other people, why would you run away to save your skin?

She looks a lot older than the Internet information suggests (that would be 35).

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Evangelist's DRM opinions boingboinged and /.ed

Previous Director of Product Marketing for Apple's "Pro" applications, Mike Evangelist, does not really like DRM music - which I totally agree with him.

"From this day forward I will never spend a another dime on content that I can’t use the way I please. If I can’t copy it to my hard drive and play it using the devices I want, when and where I want, I won’t be buying it. Period.

They can all take their DRM, and their broadcast flags, and their rootkits, and their Compact Discs that aren’t really compact discs and shove them up their bottom-lines."

So entertaining - firs the story, the blog entry, was boingboinged, then nearly a day later slashdotted.

And, talking about Apple ... for your enjoyment - Serialbox November 2005.