Posts in Category "tech"

Ah, Collegiate Internet

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As you may or may not know, HMC shares what is essentially a backbone line to the Internet. Sometimes, if you get it just right, that can mean really, really excellent things. As this photo shows. No, that's not doctored. If you go to some of my photos on flickr, you can see more of these insane speeds. And I just wanted to say that that is awesome.

Beryl 0.1999.1, and Other News of Note

I've just gotten around to upgrading my version of Beryl to the latest svn/prerelease (through the xeffects overlay) and, wow. It's a huge improvement over 0.1.4. Much faster, more stable, and more featureful. I can't get over how awesome tabs are (under the Grouping configuration). I have yet to find something they're useful for, but they're still totally awesome.

In other news, mechanics midterm today. Woo. Well, I suppose it could have been worse.

Okay, that's enough mucking around with the blog I suppose. I've got a chemistry section quiz tomorrow that I ought to be studying …

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"Hacking" Attempts

This is my latest attempt at putting up some interesting content here. I intend to make this a regular feature containt the various attempts made to "hack" into my linux box. Here's today's logs and summary:


Mar 6 19:58:36 [sshd] Did not receive identification string from
Mar 6 20:20:09 [sshd] Invalid user jordan from
Mar 6 20:20:10 [sshd] Invalid user michael from
Mar 6 20:20:11 [sshd] Invalid user nicole from
Mar 6 20:20 …
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Mozilla Firefox


As of yesterday (Saturday, September 18, 2004), Mozilla Firefox has gotten over one million downloads in less than 5 days. That's pretty damned good, but I think we as an Internet community can do better. They're aiming for another million downloads in the next five days. So if you're not using Firefox, click on the little button off to the right there and get browsing! If you're curious as to what Mozilla Firefox is, just click "Read More".

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EULA Happy!

I just installed the latest Critical Update for Windows XP SP2, "Microsoft GDI+ Detection Tool". With it, I can officially say that Microsoft has become EULA-happy. This tool has a multi-page license agreement, complete with warnings about invalid product keys and Microsoft JVM legalese. They even make disclosing benchmarks illegal! Anyhow, the full EULA content is below.



IMPORTANT: READ CAREFULLY - These Microsoft Corporation ("Microsoft") operating system components, including any "online" or electronic documentation ("OS Components") are subject to the terms and conditions of the agreement under which …

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My Linux box uses a fairly sophisticated array of software on it. The first level is the distribution. I use gentoo linux, a distribution aimed at fairly experienced users. It has no graphical installation or configuration tools, and all of its software is compiled from source. Here's my stats as of this writing (7/9/2004):

Software Version
Kernel 2.6.7-rc3-love2
gcc 3.3.3-r6
X11 xorg-x11 6.7.0-r1
Gnome 2.6.1_rc1
KDE 3.3.0_beta1
ROX-Filer 2.1.2
Mozilla 1.6-r1