Archive for March, 2004

4GB microdrive for Canon EOS Digital Rebel and others — $200

March 27, 2004

TechLive reports here that you can buy a Creative Muvo MP3 player for about $200 and inside is a Hitachi hard drive that sells for $500
Here’s a partial list of cameras that’ll accept the drive:
Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel)
Canon EOS Kiss Digital
Canon G5
Kodak DCS Pro 14n
Minolta DiMAGE A1
Nikon D100
Nikon D1H
Olympus Camedia C-5060
The article has a pointer to a more comprehensive list.


Prevent other WinXP machines from becoming Master Browser

March 27, 2004

(This is really pretty deeply technical and I’m not going into a long explanation about it. If you understand what I’m talking about, fine. If not, don’t worry about it.)
Also, the WebClient service (used with WebDAV to browse and share files via IE) can slow browsing of Network Neighborhood. Turn it off by stopping the WebClient service and see if it impacts on your operation.

“Bagel” worm can infect you without an attachment

March 26, 2004

PC Magazine reports in this article that the Bagel worm exploits the vulnerability talked about in Microsoft’s MS03-040 update without requiring the user to do anything other than view the email, even in a preview pane.. If you haven’t applied the update, do it now or switch to an email client like Thunderbird or Mulberry or PINE.

WinXP SP2, RC1 available

March 23, 2004

Microsoft has made Release Candidate 1 of the Windows XP Service Pack 2 available for general download from their Windows XP Service Pack 2 Technical Preview Program page. Don’t go charging in and install it just yet, though. Read some of the documents available from that page first and see if you’re willing to offer up your machine to the software gods.

San Diego State Private Data Theft

March 19, 2004

SDSU says they were compromised and the personal data of all 178,000 students and alumni may have been compromised. Read about it at Sign On San Diego

It’s B-day!

March 18, 2004

No, Broadband day. After waiting 7 years, I finally got broadband. Yeah, believe it or not, in Silicon Valley there’re whole neighborhoods that can’t get any broadband — too far for DSL and no digital cable. Well, Comcast has been dragging fibre and tearing up the streets around here for a couple of weeks now and yesterday I got a call from an automated voice. I almost hung up but when she said “Comcast” I listened.
To make a long story short, I installed my modem with my self-install kit today and have been hitting 3.1Mbps on my downloads.
Yes, welcome to the 90s.

OpenSSL vulnerabilities

March 18, 2004

CERT has released advisory TA04-078A which discusses several vulnerabilities in OpenSSL. I’ve seen quite a few update notices from the major Linux vendors (including Cygwin) so they’re convering it, the only thing that we have to do is install the updates.

Offshore data security/data privacy

March 15, 2004

Information Week has this article which discusses one of my main concerns about offshoring — what about the security of the data we ship over and how can we make sure it a) doesn’t get in to the wrong hands and b) isn’t used for the “wrong” purposes?

In search of the perfect IMAP email client

March 13, 2004

I’ve been on this quest for quite a while now and I’ve just finished testing out the new release of Mulberry V3.1.2, Becky V2.08.01, The Bat! V2.04.07 and PocoMail V3.03 Build 1740. Unfortunately, none of them passed muster. The one that’s come the closest is Mulberry but even that’s not there yet.
What am I looking for? Well, I thought it was pretty simple:
* excellent IMAP support including SSL
* secure SMTP support (SMTP over SSL or TLS)
Sounds simple, right? Well, it’s not! As it turns out, “excellent IMAP support” means more than just supporting the protocol. It also means understanding how to work with IMAP’s capabilities. Like what? Like, most of them require me to download ALL messages, headers and body, from the server before I can look at any message. If I’ve got 300 messages on the server I have to download all 300 messages to my machine before I can look at or respond to any of them. What’s the big deal? — I’m on dial-up (not because I wanna be but because I have no other cost-effective option right now). Downloading those messages, especially when I’m gonna delete 90% of them as SPAM, takes forever. That’s one. Another is that those messages take up a lot of space on my hard-drive. I don’t have a lot to spare. And if I wanted them on my hard drive I could use POP3.
Which one came closest to satisfying my IMAP needs? — Mulberry. Why isn’t it my choice? — the UI is really funky! Doesn’t obey typical Windows keyboard shortcuts. And in the current version some of their own funky shortcuts just aren’t working. This is the 2nd time I’ve tried Mulberry and it’s getting better. Hopefully in the next couple of revs they’ll get it right (for me).
PocoMail’s UI is really nice but it’s one of those clients that makes me download the entire message base. Same for The Bat! Sorry guys, no can do. No matter what other features you have, this is a deal breaker.
Becky was pretty good on the IMAP front and has a GREAT message editor but has no support for SSL neither for the IMAP server nor the SMTP server. I won’t do IMAP nor SMTP without SSL. Yeah, I could tunnel it through a pre-established SSL connection but that’s too futzy.
So where does that leave me? I’m still with Thunderbird and PINE with Outlook Express. I’ll keep at looking, though. If you know of any other clients I should check out, leave a comment or drop me an email. But please don’t bother telling me about Outlook — I’ve got it and have some issues with it, too. But that’s for another posting.

Linux System Administration Guide available online

March 12, 2004

For all the budding Linux sysadmins,