Archive for November, 2003

NStorm games connect to their site

November 29, 2003

I forgot to mention this and a friend of mine brought it to my attention. The NStorm games connect back to the mothership (i.e. the NStorm site). Their Privacy Policy discusses this under the Gaming heading and they say that all they do is collect the fact that a specific game is being played. Their “About NStorm” page tells you that they’re an “advergaming” company so it makes sense. For what it’s worth, I still play their games. YMMV.

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Super Elf Bowling!

November 28, 2003

NStorm has been one of my favorite gaming sites for a long time. That’s saying something cause I’m not much of a gamer … just occasional visits to the Space Invaders site and NStorm. Anyway, I’m a fan of quite a few of their games such as Elf Bowling. Haven’t played it yet but I’m looking forward to it.

List of Northern California high-tech businesses

November 28, 2003

Check this out. Looks like their business is listing companies because they’ve got printed directories as well. And they have them for more than just Northern California, like one for Arkansas, Louisana and Oklahoma, one for Texas and a couple for Southern California.

Quarterly CERT summary is out

November 24, 2003

CERT issues quarterly summaries and the one for this quarter is out. Besides some new Windows vulnerabilities and some Win32 viruses, there are exposures in SSL/TLS, Sendmail and OpenSSH.

1&1 Control Panel performance resolved

November 24, 2003

OK, I don’t know why but a simple change of browser rectified the Control Panel performance issue I wrote about earlier. I now use Firebird and the Control Panel performs quite nicely!

Smart directory assistance and more – Infone

November 24, 2003

I saw this a couple of weeks ago and forgot to post something about it and, wouldn’t you know, when I thought of it again, I had to go dig up the info again.
Anyway, Infone is a relatively new service which, for 89 cents, gives you 15 minutes of talk-time to a real person for assistance (time beyond 15 minutes is billed at 5 cents/minute). What kind of assistance? Well, nationwide directory assistance, of course, but there’s more. You can upload your address book and have the attendant read you information from it or place a call. You can upload your calendar and get information on your appointments. You can call and get dinner reservations or check on flight status or get driving directions … y’know, stuff that, if you’re like me, you’ve said “Gee, I wish I could …”
No monthly fees, no charges of any kind until/unless you use the service.
Oh, by the way, if you have them place a call for you, the clock is running until you hang up.

voiceglo — phone calls over the Internet

November 24, 2003

It’s not the same-old, same-old. voiceglo offers phone calls over the Internet for, get this, DIAL-UP as well as broadband users. The information on their site is pretty sparse as to the particulars but it looks like you can use your existing phones if you have a broadband connection, otherwise you have to use one of their free USB phones. Apparently they are a full-fledged telephone service provider as you get an actual phone number (how else would someone call you?). The good news is you get to pick the area code you want. I can’t tell what area codes they serve as their area code map won’t come up on my machine for some reason.
Prices look good. Since they operate over your existing Internet connection, you’ll have to keep a wireline provider.

Gvnadigayisdi

November 21, 2003

No, it’s not gibberish — it’s Tsalagi for “turkey eating time” (in the page referenced above, look just above item 3). The 2nd letter, “v” is actually pronounced like “uh” and the rest of the letters are pronounced as we do in our version of English.

The definitive Product Activation article

November 20, 2003

PC Magazine has a Product Activation FAQ which supposedly takes the mystery out of the process. See for yourself.

PC Anywhere privilege escalation

November 17, 2003

Secunia has issued this advisory for a privilege escalation vulnerability in PC Anywhere. No fix yet … the workaround is to
1) NOT run PC Anywhere as a service — or —
2) grant only trusted users access to vulnerable systems (yeah, right!)