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Idiot gets prize for leaving door unlocked.

Link here

Apparently this dude got off of the train and went to his car only to find a 15,000.00 ring sitting in a seat with a note. The note read:
"Merry Christmas. Thank you for leaving your car door unlocked. Instead of stealing your car I gave you a present. Hopefully this will land in the hands of someone you love, for my love is gone now. Merry Christmas to you."

Bullhonkey. First of all, why would some dude just thank someone for leaving the car door unlocked. Did this apparently Rich man just sleep there in this random dude's car for the night? in Boston? Freezing his butt off without heat?

Why would someone that could afford to buy a 15,000 ring for his engagement need to sleep in a car? BS. BS. BS.

Idiot gets prize for leaving door unlocked.

Link here

Apparently this dude got off of the train and went to his car only to find a 15,000.00 ring sitting in a seat with a note. The note read:
"Merry Christmas. Thank you for leaving your car door unlocked. Instead of stealing your car I gave you a present. Hopefully this will land in the hands of someone you love, for my love is gone now. Merry Christmas to you."

Bullhonkey. First of all, why would some dude just thank someone for leaving the car door unlocked. Did this apparently Rich man just sleep there in this random dude's car for the night? in Boston? Freezing his butt off without heat?

Why would someone that could afford to buy a 15,000 ring for his engagement need to sleep in a car? BS. BS. BS.

Microsoft/MTV Urge users to ditch iTunes - vnunet.com

Microsoft/MTV Urge users to ditch iTunes - vnunet.com

Microsoft can't let anyone compete with them, they always have to make a competing product. Because if MS doesn't make it, it's not worth anything.

To that I say, Up yours Microsoft. You know, I have hated MS for a long time, I refuse to buy their products, and I encourage all that I meet to do the same. I run 1 Windows machine in my house, and the only reason that I do is so that I can change my pay options (which require IE).

MS is cold, exacting, and heartless. Unfair and competitive. It's not like Microsoft is not making enough money as it is. Microsoft has so much money it could buy the presidency. Microsoft is so rich, and so utterly maniacal they can't help just bashing everyone that makes a competing product.

Apple invented the iPod. They didn't invent the Mp3 player. They didn't invent the music store. They invented a seamless and utterly simple user experience. Apple thinks years a…

Microsoft/MTV Urge users to ditch iTunes - vnunet.com

Microsoft/MTV Urge users to ditch iTunes - vnunet.com


Microsoft can't let anyone compete with them, they always have to make a competing product. Because if MS doesn't make it, it's not worth anything.


To that I say, Up yours Microsoft. You know, I have hated MS for a long time, I refuse to buy their products, and I encourage all that I meet to do the same. I run 1 Windows machine in my house, and the only reason that I do is so that I can change my pay options (which require IE).


MS is cold, exacting, and heartless. Unfair and competitive. It's not like Microsoft is not making enough money as it is. Microsoft has so much money it could buy the presidency. Microsoft is so rich, and so utterly maniacal they can't help just bashing everyone that makes a competing product.


Apple invented the iPod. They didn't invent the Mp3 player. They didn't invent the music store. They invented a seamless and utterly simple user experience. Apple thinks years ahea…

A Serendipitous Intention » Blog Archive » Dating an Apple Developer

A Serendipitous Intention » Blog Archive » Dating an Apple Developer
I like to think that behind every good developer there is a good woman. No. A great woman. It takes a special breed to put up with the stuff that comes along with dating a computer nerd. Those of you who have ever been with a hard core geek know what I’m talking about. Some day I think it would be easier to date one of those guys who hangs out at the golf course all day with his buddies drinking beer.

This weekend I drove up from Nashville to see Justin. I knew he was busy with a Web development project, but I have dealt with that stuff before so it was no big deal. This particular project was for the Rails Day contest. This contest went from midnight on Friday to midnight on Saturday. While he was working I did some MacZealots work, caught up on sleep, cleaned the apartment and did the laundry. While I was folding some shirts I got to thinking about what life with a developer is like. I thought I would share my thoug…

A Serendipitous Intention » Blog Archive » Dating an Apple Developer

A Serendipitous Intention » Blog Archive » Dating an Apple Developer
I like to think that behind every good developer there is a good woman. No. A great woman. It takes a special breed to put up with the stuff that comes along with dating a computer nerd. Those of you who have ever been with a hard core geek know what I’m talking about. Some day I think it would be easier to date one of those guys who hangs out at the golf course all day with his buddies drinking beer.

This weekend I drove up from Nashville to see Justin. I knew he was busy with a Web development project, but I have dealt with that stuff before so it was no big deal. This particular project was for the Rails Day contest. This contest went from midnight on Friday to midnight on Saturday. While he was working I did some MacZealots work, caught up on sleep, cleaned the apartment and did the laundry. While I was folding some shirts I got to thinking about what life with a developer is like. I thought I would share my thoug…

Halloween

"Trick or Treat"

Is that so hard to say? We had so many kids walk up to the house last night and say "Ya'll got anything"? What happened to Trick or Treat?

Kids are also getting lazy.. we had to walk everywhere. EVERYWHERE when we were kids. Now their parents are driving their kids from house to house in a car!? what kinda crap is that? Then, I know we live in Golf Cart country around here, but what is with parents driving their kids from house to house in a Golf cart!? Or even no parents... just the kids!

Kids are getting lazy. I swear to God my kids will walk.

Halloween

"Trick or Treat"

Is that so hard to say? We had so many kids walk up to the house last night and say "Ya'll got anything"? What happened to Trick or Treat?

Kids are also getting lazy.. we had to walk everywhere. EVERYWHERE when we were kids. Now their parents are driving their kids from house to house in a car!? what kinda crap is that? Then, I know we live in Golf Cart country around here, but what is with parents driving their kids from house to house in a Golf cart!? Or even no parents... just the kids!

Kids are getting lazy. I swear to God my kids will walk.

Techworld.com - Hackers Snort at intrusion detection security

Techworld.com - Hackers Snort at intrusion detection security


First of all the exploit can't be done on every version of Snort, on every platform with a single UDP packet. True, that it only takes one UDP packet to trip the system, it physically cannot be coded to affect every version of Snort into one packet.


This is not the Witty Worm, and it's not the Slammer worm either. For as "trivial" as ISS claims it to be, I don't see a worm out yet!!!


HD Moore (of metasploit fame) has attempted to exploit the vulernability on every platform (proving to the community it can't be done), he is on his 33rd attempt at last known point.

It's all Bush's fault... or is it?

Written by Neal Boortz, September 19, 2005

JUST THE SAME .... IT'S ALL BUSH'S FAULT

Now here's something you probably didn't know about Louisiana and Hurricane Katrina. At the very time Katrina was bearing down on New Orleans, there were several top-level officials in the very department of Louisiana government that prepares for emergencies such as Katrina sitting around and waiting for their trial. Trial, you say? Trial for what? Let's try corruption and throw in a bit of fraud.

It seems that these Louisiana officials either misspent or misplaced or ... worse ... about 60 million federal taxpayer bucks. Here are some details

In March of this year -- that's about five months before Katrina -- FEMA was asking for the return of $30.4 million that the federal government had sent to Louisiana for emergency planning and preparedness. Most of this money was sent to some state office called the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Wai…

It's all Bush's fault... or is it?

Written by Neal Boortz, September 19, 2005

JUST THE SAME .... IT'S ALL BUSH'S FAULT

Now here's something you probably didn't know about Louisiana and Hurricane Katrina. At the very time Katrina was bearing down on New Orleans, there were several top-level officials in the very department of Louisiana government that prepares for emergencies such as Katrina sitting around and waiting for their trial. Trial, you say? Trial for what? Let's try corruption and throw in a bit of fraud.

It seems that these Louisiana officials either misspent or misplaced or ... worse ... about 60 million federal taxpayer bucks. Here are some details

In March of this year -- that's about five months before Katrina -- FEMA was asking for the return of $30.4 million that the federal government had sent to Louisiana for emergency planning and preparedness. Most of this money was sent to some state office called the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Wai…

Mac OS X 10.4 Mods

Think I am going to start posting a few OSX 10.4 mods in the ol' blog. Lots of people need em.


Hint #2
1. When you log in. First thing you should do... Spotlight the word "quartz"
2. Start "Quartz Debug"
3. Close the little popup window
4. Go to Tools -> Enable 2d Extreme
5. Say thank you to the next little popup.
6. Leave it running, go on about your life.

This enables the 2d Extreme graphic rendering tool (not just for graphics, but for everything, even your desktop programs...) Makes every program you start after you start the debugger much faster. No, I don't know why Apple doesn't have this on by default, I read this in an article. Google it. It's a good article. Basically 2d Extreme is the most overlooked tool there is. (Note: You must have the XCode tools installed for this trick to work. IMHO It's worth it.)

Hint #2
Tinkertool. Download it. Use it.

Hint #3
Cocktail. Download it. Use it.

HInt #4
Put the terminal on the dock. Its…

Mac OS X 10.4 Mods

Think I am going to start posting a few OSX 10.4 mods in the ol' blog. Lots of people need em.


Hint #2
1. When you log in. First thing you should do... Spotlight the word "quartz"
2. Start "Quartz Debug"
3. Close the little popup window
4. Go to Tools -> Enable 2d Extreme
5. Say thank you to the next little popup.
6. Leave it running, go on about your life.

This enables the 2d Extreme graphic rendering tool (not just for graphics, but for everything, even your desktop programs...) Makes every program you start after you start the debugger much faster. No, I don't know why Apple doesn't have this on by default, I read this in an article. Google it. It's a good article. Basically 2d Extreme is the most overlooked tool there is. (Note: You must have the XCode tools installed for this trick to work. IMHO It's worth it.)

Hint #2
Tinkertool. Download it. Use it.

Hint #3
Cocktail. Download it. Use it.

HInt #4
Put the terminal on the dock. Its…

All this New Orleans News

You know, I have basically grown tired of hearing about New Orleans and how bad everyone has it and how horrible it is, boo hoo.

Look people, the gov't told you to leave, and you didn't leave. Hello? It doesn't take a rocket scientist! I live in a city, right next to three major bodies of water, and I live below sea level. I would move. That's just me.

The Mayor's bright idea of emergency recovery was to have everyone go to the Superdome. Well that's fine, but where was the water? Food? Electricity? Lights? Security? I mean, come on! Your one (or two, the convention center) buildings that you wanted people to go, and you don't have a way to help the people that go there? You don't have a way to get them out?

The buses! Oh, the buses. Everyone has seen it by now, but in case you haven't, I stole this picture from "impeachblanco.org" (which IMO, is not a bad idea, impeach the chick who was at fault) That was the way to get ev…

Steve Gibson is a tool

Steve Gibson, grc.com is a tool.

He claims to be an internet security expert, yet posts nothing in any public forum about any security topic whatsoever. His products and claims are stupid and for the most part idiotic.

"he only posts on his private forums because he is so popular" -- Tool, Steve Gibson's "shaft".. errr staff...

Maybe i'll rant more on this later, But for the meantime, he's a tool.

SingleMind.Net: A Kurdish-Iranian American Christian Blasting Away at Stupidity ;) » Louisiana Gov’t Blocked Red Cross

SingleMind.Net: A Kurdish-Iranian American Christian Blasting Away at Stupidity ;) » Louisiana Gov’t Blocked Red Cross:
"All she had to do was make the request, and Bush would have ordered FEMA into New Orleans before the storm. (That would have allowed FEMA to provide real-time assessments of situations as they were developing.)"

Exactly. EXACTLY.

SingleMind.Net: A Kurdish-Iranian American Christian Blasting Away at Stupidity ;) » Louisiana Gov’t Blocked Red Cross

SingleMind.Net: A Kurdish-Iranian American Christian Blasting Away at Stupidity ;) » Louisiana Gov’t Blocked Red Cross:

"All she had to do was make the request, and Bush would have ordered FEMA into New Orleans before the storm. (That would have allowed FEMA to provide real-time assessments of situations as they were developing.)"


Exactly. EXACTLY.

Comment Spam

It started the other day, about the 2nd of September, I started receiving Comment Spam hits. Hundreds of them. Just shy of a thousand hits a day. It's crazy... Of those of you that don't know what a comment spam hit is.. here's a traffic dump:

GET /2005/04/enterprise-will-take-its-longhorn.html HTTP/1.1
Accept: */*
Accept-Language: en-us
x-aaaaaaaaaaaa: 1
Referer: http://www.casino-bu.com/blackjack.html
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.0; N_o_k_i_a)
x-aaaaaaaaaa: 300000
UA-CPU: x86
Host: esler.is-a-geek.net
Connection: Keep-Alive

See the wierd "x-aaaaaaaaa" user-agent string? See the referer? Some blackjack site? Welp, I don't know why they have suddenly followed me over here, but they have.

I'm considering doing one of several things.

A) Stopping the blog -- Shutting it off completely.
B) Changing the DNS name to something like esler.is-a-geek.org
C) I don't know.

In the meantime I have made some changes to the IDS.

A) A secret
B)…

Busy

I haven't written anything in awhile. Been a bit busy. I'm in Portland, Oregon right now, enjoying the nice weather. Looking out my window at Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. (yes, it is very nice)

Apple released their iPod nano yesterday. Very nice Click here for a picture Thing is sweet.

I just confirmed my reservations on Delta and I already have my first class seats. Quite happy about that. I think I will get promoted (ehhh) to Diamond Status through Hilton next month (if I keep this stay rate up...)

*yawn* hungry..

Busy

I haven't written anything in awhile. Been a bit busy. I'm in Portland, Oregon right now, enjoying the nice weather. Looking out my window at Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood. (yes, it is very nice)

Apple released their iPod nano yesterday. Very nice Click here for a picture Thing is sweet.

I just confirmed my reservations on Delta and I already have my first class seats. Quite happy about that. I think I will get promoted (ehhh) to Diamond Status through Hilton next month (if I keep this stay rate up...)

*yawn* hungry..

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan

This lady is getting on my nerves. She's not special. She doesn't get to talk to the President. I've never talked to him, and I at least SERVED this country! To each, their own, but I don't think it's fair that she is "demanding" to see the President.

Cindy Sheehan

Cindy Sheehan


This lady is getting on my nerves. She's not special. She doesn't get to talk to the President. I've never talked to him, and I at least SERVED this country! To each, their own, but I don't think it's fair that she is "demanding" to see the President.

Just as a side note

Just as a side note, I thought it might be nice to tell you guys, sitting down next to Marty Roesch and have him explain how Snort is going to work for the next couple of years it really cool. Then him sitting down with you and taking the time to show you how the code works, (because it's already written).. it even cooler.

BTW -- I had a lot of questions about "can Snort run on OS X?". The Answer is yes. Why? Because it's coded on OS X!!

Didn't know that did you? Most of Snort's code is written in "vi" on mac os x. impressive.

Other than that, LinuxWorld is great. The food out here in San Francisco is fantastic, and if this week is anything like the preview of how it's going to be working for Sourcefire, this is going to be a very cool job.

12 great new features in Cisco IOS

12 great new features in Cisco IOS 12.3 (Tech Republic)
Cisco's IOS 12.3 and its sub-releases contain far more than basic incremental changes and bug fixes. Get a closer look at 12 of the most useful new changes, including Network Admission Control, Optimized Edge Routing, Dynamic Multipoint VPN, IPSec Stateful Failover, and more.

What the ability to not get hacked? That should be a good feature..

12 great new features in Cisco IOS

12 great new features in Cisco IOS 12.3 (Tech Republic)

Cisco's IOS 12.3 and its sub-releases contain far more than basic incremental changes and bug fixes. Get a closer look at 12 of the most useful new changes, including Network Admission Control, Optimized Edge Routing, Dynamic Multipoint VPN, IPSec Stateful Failover, and more.


What the ability to not get hacked? That should be a good feature..

10News.com - News - Security Firm Founder Hacks His Way To Probation

10News.com - News - Security Firm Founder Hacks His Way To Probation:
"U.S. District Judge John S. Rhoades also placed Edward O'Keefe on probation for two years, ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service and instructed him to refrain from doing any work involving computer security while he's on probation, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported."

I don't know much about this story, so don't ask, but from what I have heard, this guy (in all of his infinate wisdom), hacked into Army Computers to prove he could. I remember it, but it was a couple years ago. Moronic move by this guy.

10News.com - News - Security Firm Founder Hacks His Way To Probation

10News.com - News - Security Firm Founder Hacks His Way To Probation:

"U.S. District Judge John S. Rhoades also placed Edward O'Keefe on probation for two years, ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service and instructed him to refrain from doing any work involving computer security while he's on probation, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported."


I don't know much about this story, so don't ask, but from what I have heard, this guy (in all of his infinate wisdom), hacked into Army Computers to prove he could. I remember it, but it was a couple years ago. Moronic move by this guy.

Change in jobs

Hey everyone..

Short post, but important (probably the most important)..

Starting 5 Aug 2005, I will no longer be working for the RCERT-S. I will instead, starting 8 Aug 2005, be working for: SOURCEfire, the makers of Snort. The IDS.

Pretty much anyone who reads my blog is going to know who that is. But I just thought I would let you all know.

PowerMac G5 Review (cont)

The only change I made was to go to Spotlight, search for "Quartz" and open "Quartz debug". I enabled Quartz 2d extreme mode (from the drop down menu) and then went about my merry way. Believe it or not.

It made it even faster.

PowerMac G5 Review (cont)

The only change I made was to go to Spotlight, search for "Quartz" and open "Quartz debug". I enabled Quartz 2d extreme mode (from the drop down menu) and then went about my merry way. Believe it or not.

It made it even faster.

PowerMac G5 Review

Okay, I've had my PowerMac for about 2 weeks now, and I thought I'd go ahead and write my opinion.

First, let me give you a rundown on the product I own:

PowerMac PPC Dual 2.0 G5 Processors (64 bit processors)
512 MB of RAM
9650 AGP ATI Video Card
Sony DVD RW (Writes DVD's and CD's)
Dual Firewire, Triple USB 2.0
Max OS X 10.4.1 Tiger


So, it's a pretty high speed machine.

First things first.. This thing is fast. This is easily the fastest computer I have ever used. When I click on something, it appears. The only thing that takes a bit of a minute to start is "America's Army" (The Game).. but.. it's a 3-D Game!!

Okay..

MOUSE:
I ditched the Apple single button mouse. That thing stinks. It's touch sensitive, you can't rest your hand on it, it will click. Kinda stinks. So I had a spare USB logitech mouse sitting around here, plugged it into the back of the Apple Keyboard and it worked immediately.

KEYBOARD:
It's the typical Mac keyboard that …

Tennessee

I recently (this past weekend) took a trip to Tennessee. I would like to that the Department of Motor Vehicles and Transportation Bureaus for keeping the roads relatively free of traffic. The trip was a delight, and despite what other drivers thought, it was a great drive. Thanks!

On the other hand, I had a great time up there, and look forward to returning!!

Tennessee

I recently (this past weekend) took a trip to Tennessee. I would like to that the Department of Motor Vehicles and Transportation Bureaus for keeping the roads relatively free of traffic. The trip was a delight, and despite what other drivers thought, it was a great drive. Thanks!

On the other hand, I had a great time up there, and look forward to returning!!

Welp -- My thoughts on God.

Well, it's 1:00, so much for FedEx efficiency.. My Mac is not here yet.

Okay, well in response to the religious discussion we've been having on there, let me give me give my revamped conclusions.

1. I am not very religious

--> I just want to have an understanding.
2. I do not believe in a "religion" (ex. Baptist, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu)

--> The Church is in our hearts. Not in a "steepled" facility. Church is where you are.
4. God never said he was a "Christian"
--> Christian is a word we invented as Humans. God just is.
5. God didn't say he was anything.
--> God said that we are God. We are all a part of Him, as He is a part of Us.
6. God said "I am God."
--> They (God) don't need to. We (humans) know this. Even though we do not believe it.
7. If the Ten Commandments are law. There should be more.
--> Humans made up laws to try and tell others what to do. The Truth is, is that God already knows what you are going…

Welp -- My thoughts on God.

Well, it's 1:00, so much for FedEx efficiency.. My Mac is not here yet.

Okay, well in response to the religious discussion we've been having on there, let me give me give my revamped conclusions.

1. I am not very religious

--> I just want to have an understanding.
2. I do not believe in a "religion" (ex. Baptist, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu)

--> The Church is in our hearts. Not in a "steepled" facility. Church is where you are.
4. God never said he was a "Christian"
--> Christian is a word we invented as Humans. God just is.
5. God didn't say he was anything.
--> God said that we are God. We are all a part of Him, as He is a part of Us.
6. God said "I am God."
--> They (God) don't need to. We (humans) know this. Even though we do not believe it.
7. If the Ten Commandments are law. There should be more.
--> Humans made up laws to try and tell others what to do. The Truth is, is that God already knows what you are going…

Respect for the soldier

What follows is a message from Vicki Pierce about her nephew James' funeral (he was serving our country in Iraq): "I'm back, it was certainly a quick trip, but I have to also say it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. There is a lot to be said for growing up in a small town in Texas.

The service itself was impressive with wonderful flowers and sprays, a portrait of James, his uniform and boots, his awards and ribbons. There was lots of military brass and an eloquent (though inappropriately longwinded) Baptist preacher. There were easily 1000 people at the service, filling the church sanctuary as well as the fellowship hall and spilling out into the parking lot.

However, the most incredible thing was what happened following the service on the way to the cemetery. We went to our cars and drove to the cemetery escorted by at least 10 police cars with lights flashing and some other emergency vehicles, with Texas Rangers handling traffic. Everyone on the road w…

Going into the Military

Recently, secretly, (I've haven't told my wife about my thoughts) I've been thinking about going back into the Army.

Actually, I've been thinking about what it would be like if I went back into the Military. It's a different Army now then when I got out. The Soliders are different, but it is also weaker (IMO). They promote everyone to E-5 (read: I didn't say "NCO", you have to earn the righ to be an NCO) without even going to a promotion board!!

I miss the guys. I miss the life, the fun, the deployments, (the 30 days vacation). The Army is a great place, and I loved it when I was in. I got out just before the war started (actually was Medically discharged) and missed the whole thing. Sad.

Ironically, I can't go back in. The only way I could get back in is with a Medical waiver. The only job I could do would be a secretary (back injury)... I'd want to go back in as infantry, and I know my back couldn't physically handle it, so that k…

Space -- Deep Impact

Space

I think this is kinda cool. Imagine the people working on this though..

You have to aim a spaceship at a comet, which, by launching it in certain direction you have to aim a this little dot, where you think the little dot will be in 6 months. That's gotta suck.

Cablevision Teams With Narad to Deliver Fastest Two-Way Broadband Experience in the New York Metropolitan Area

Cablevision Teams With Narad to Deliver Fastest Two-Way Broadband Experience in the New York Metropolitan Area:
"In the initial targeted deployment of this high-speed service in Oyster Bay, Long Island, Cablevision is providing a committed information rate of 50 Mbps, out of the available 100 Mbps, symmetrical services."

That's pretty cool. Those are the machines that all the sckipt kiddies need to target to get a hold of for botnet control, DOS, and the wonderful Blaster Worm.

Respect for the soldier

What follows is a message from Vicki Pierce about her nephew James' funeral (he was serving our country in Iraq): "I'm back, it was certainly a quick trip, but I have to also say it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. There is a lot to be said for growing up in a small town in Texas.

The service itself was impressive with wonderful flowers and sprays, a portrait of James, his uniform and boots, his awards and ribbons. There was lots of military brass and an eloquent (though inappropriately longwinded) Baptist preacher. There were easily 1000 people at the service, filling the church sanctuary as well as the fellowship hall and spilling out into the parking lot.

However, the most incredible thing was what happened following the service on the way to the cemetery. We went to our cars and drove to the cemetery escorted by at least 10 police cars with lights flashing and some other emergency vehicles, with Texas Rangers handling traffic. Everyone on the road w…