Friday, February 27, 2004

Sitting in Speech Class

I'm in my Public Speaking class right now, and today, one of the section teachers never showed up to her class, so that group had to come in our classroom. I took my Midterm for this class last Wednesday, and I got my score back in today. I made a 96! Woohoo! Anyways, I gotta write down my topic for my Informative Speech down on a piece of paper to hand into my teacher, Amy.

Oh, and comment more on my posts. I love reading new comments.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

The Bitch Is Goin' Down


"Attorneys for both Stewart and her former stockbroker and co-defendant, Peter Bacanovic, rested their cases Wednesday morning. Neither testified in the trial -- the most closely watched case so far involving corporate executives accused of wrongdoing. The prosecution rested its case Friday.
...
The government says Stewart and Bacanovic worried the trade was illegal and lied to cover it up. They are charged with criminal conspiracy and Stewart also is facing securities fraud charges.(CNN)"

Source: http://money.cnn.com/2004/02/25/news/companies/martha/index.htm

Yeah, I think she's done for. Everyone knows she lied to cover up her insider trading for shares of ImClone, and I don't think anyone, not even her, should get away with the crimes she commited. Now we wait to see what's gonna happen to her. What's everyone's opinion on Martha Stewart and the case she's involved in?

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

The Color Returns and ResterTech Participates in Grey Tuesday Observance

As mentioned earlier, Grey Tuesday was a direct backlash at the RIAA and EMI, the copyright holders of The Beatles. That day will definatly be in the history books one day, and I'm proud to say that ResterTech took all the color out of it's images to create a "grey" webpage, in order to observe Grey Tuesday. And as you can see now, the colors are back to normal.

In other news, I have a Public Speech midterm tomorrow that should be a piece of cake. And I re-died my hair red again to make it look nice. So anyways, I'm out for tonight, I'll be back soon to update once again. And comments really make my day, so comment more. :)

I'm feeling Grey

The Beatles White Album + Jay-Z Black Album + DJ Danger Mouse = The Grey Album

From the site:
It's time for music fans to stand up and demand change from the music industry's copyright cartel.

Tuesday, February 24 will be a day of coordinated civil disobedience: websites will post Danger Mouse's Grey Album on their site for 24 hours in protest of EMI's attempts to censor this work.

DJ Danger Mouse created a remix of Jay-Z's the Black Album and the Beatles White Album, and called it the Grey Album. Jay-Z's record label, Roc-A-Fella, released an a capella version of his Black Album specifically to encourage remixes like this one. But despite praise from music fans and major media outlets like Rolling Stone ("an ingenious hip-hop record that sounds oddly ahead of its time") and the Boston Globe (which called it the "most creatively captivating" album of the year), EMI has sent cease and desist letters demanding that stores destroy their copies of the album and websites remove them from their site. EMI claims copyright control of the Beatles 1968 White Album.


Visit http://www.greytuesday.org to download the album for free. Fight the RIAA. And today, February 24th, all I can see is grey, and so should you.

Monday, February 23, 2004

Rainy Days

I went to Public Speaking class this morning, it was a bitch to drive to campus today. The rain was so bad it was like a river, and people going 70 MPH on Hwy 98 doesn't help, either. Anyways, we had to review for our midterm in that class, which it's gonna be pretty easy. As you know, I'm preparing for another speech, and today I signed up for my speaking day. March 8th is the day I give my speech. I'm writing it on Cryptology and Authentication. So I've been taking some time out today to refresh on stuff like Ciphers, DES, 3DES, AES, ADFGVX fractionation cipher, etc. I'm really going to have to break this complicated stuff up into managable stuff for my speech, otherwise I'm going to lose everyone, and no one will know what the hell I'm talking about. Tomorrow I'm off from classes due to Mardi Gras, otherwise known as the holiday that only I get (in reference to all my peeps out there online hat don't live in the South).

So yeah, I'm gonna throw on some tunes, turn the volume low, and fall asleep. I need sleep. Actually, I need my damn coffee.

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Redesign V|3.0 Coming...

As an artist, I am always chaging the way I view life, and thus always changing my view in my blog, where I write about my life. So I'm currently working on another new design for my blog. It's generally going to be the same, with dark colors and whatnot, but you'll notice the changes.

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Sunday, February 22, 2004

Cryptonomicon


I've ordered a cool book today on BarnesandNoble.com, called "Cryptonomicon" by Neal Stephenson. Here's a small sample of the details of the book, from B&N:

Neal Stephenson's latest novel, Cryptonomicon, is an immense and extraordinary tale that unwinds with all the stylistic grandeur his fans have come to expect. With Cryptonomicon, the reader is quickly plunged into a bizarre, breakneck-paced story that interweaves World War II code making and code breaking with computerized global corporate takeovers, one that melds elements of Catch-22, A Man Called Intrepid, and a hefty dose of cyberpunk reality. Stephenson leaves behind the science fiction worlds of his previous novels — Snow Crash and The Diamond Age — to depict the madness involved in many of World War II's top-secret missions and to offer a view of how 1940s cryptography eventually led to technological developments in the world of computers.

Sounds pretty awesome, so I'm going to read it. It should be here in a week or less. And, on the same note, I have to give another speech in Public Speaking class. It's an Informative Speech, so I'm going to give mine on Cryptology and Authentication. I need to do some research for this paper, we have to have at least 3 sources. And, I'm going to record and upload the speech live as it happens on the day of the speech, just like I did last time. The speech is in a few weeks, so I have some time to prepare. If anyone has a some good links on encryption methods and such, put a link in my comments.

And in a side note: (1) A conversation between myself and someone that will remain anon, made me think about just how much I have to go until I reach that next level. No hard feelings, but I'm still young, and I need to find myself before I can achieve higher levels within computing knowledge. I work on that daily. And (2), I met this amazing girl the other day online, she's pretty cool. She's a IT administrator for a company, and I really admire her for that. I just starting to talk to her and get to know her, but so far things sound really good, so who knows where the future leads.
Ralph Nader now running for President


"After careful thought and my desire to retire our supremely selected president, I've decided to run as an independent candidate for president," Nader said during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press." (CNN)

What do you guys think about his decision? I think he's going to screw over the Democrats, because he's going to take away their votes, and Bush could become President for a 2nd time. I know the Dems are mad as hell now that Nader is running.

Friday, February 20, 2004

Track How Far My Name Goes

What is trackback?

"Trackback is a system [...] that alerts and allows a blogger to see who has blogged about posts on his or her blog. The system works by sending a 'ping' between the blogs, and therefore providing the alert."

And as you can see, I have TrackBack now! WooHoo! Now, if I can only get some people to talk about me on their blogs...
Frag Your Friends


Unreal Tournament 2004 DEMO has been released! Go and download it now so you can frag your friends in all the high-def gore of today's modern FPS! Sweet! I've played it, and it's rules. Screw UT2k3, this is gonna kick it's ass. Trust me. To download now, go to:

http://www.fileplanet.com/files/130000/136843.shtml

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

TechTV Girls Want You...To Vote!

Sexy Morgan Webb
OK, get this. You're a computer nerd. You never get chicks. Your favorite television channel, TechTV, features the most amazing thing in the world. Geek chicks...that are hot! Yeah, if you don't know what I'm talking about, then you're probably not a geek. But they're still hot! TechTV and Playboy...yes, I said Playboy, have a poll on their site now. Vote for the "Women of TechTV", and the one that wins will be featured in Playboy magazine! So, go vote here (I voted for Morgan Webb, and if you're smart, you'd vote for her too).

http://www.playboy.com/features/features/techtv/


Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Spending time in Class

So, not much really going on to talk about right now. I'm about to leave for my Psych 120 class, for over 2 hours! So, I'm going to stop by my favorite coffee shop first and get a large cup of coffee, because I'll need it, lol. Well, more updates later. Oh, and don't worry about that odd looking post right below this one. I was just kinda pissed at a few people for calling me a Script Kiddie because I decided to put a few apps on a CD.
Long Days

Well, it's been a few days since I posted, so I thought I'd write again. A bunch of stuff has happened over the past few days. To those people that know about the CD project:

At first, the CD was intended for me and me only. I wanted to archive a bunch of programs to a disc, because, infact, I'm always learning new things. I have an older computer that I don't use much, so I use it to "hack". Since I don't have to worry about data loss or anything, I'm free to do a lot of stuff to it I normally wouldn't do. So, that CD was so I could have every program I might wanna try on 1 CD. Because being in IT Security/Net Admin, you won't get very far without knowing how hackers work. I don't claim to know everything, but I do know I'm not a Script Kiddie. I have rules and ethics, and I won't cross that line. I've never and will never launch stupid SK attacks on anyone. So people that say I'm an SK, well, I don't know where you got that idea from.

And I took that post down myself about the CD, because I knew I was going to get negative comments on it.

For all those people that are pissed off at me and hate me for some reason: I'm not an SK, not interested in anything like that. I just want knowledge, so after college I can get a good IT job, and so I can have a good knowledge base to work with. Maybe I should be a stupid net admin and stay far away from hacking, that way, I have no idea what the fuck is going on when someone attacks my network.

So there, I hope that's that.
/rant

Friday, February 13, 2004

The Day of the Speech Has Come

So, today was the big day. And I went to class this morning, and delivered an awesome speech. To download the speech, right click and "Save Target As..":

http://www.geocities.com/testarp2001/HackerSpeech.mp3

Here's the written transcript:
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Commemorative Speech: Hackers
By Cody Rester

Someone is watching you online. You have a number tagged to your name, and it goes everywhere you go. Every website, every download, every e-mail is logged to a file somewhere. Someone in another country may know your name, social security number, or even your bank account. But, there’s a group of people trying to keep you safe, and they are hackers.
You may think hackers are evil, but they are actually the ones keeping your personal information confidential. They try to exploit software code to help put better security measures in place. That’s right, hackers are not the enemy, as the media would like you to believe. Think of it as the computer nerd’s version of racism.
Today I will commemorate hackers. The Definition of a hacker is someone who enjoys taking apart technology and computers to figure out how they work. Hacking can be anything from tweaking a web browser to surf the internet better, to over clocking a processor to make it run faster. Hackers are an underground group of people that have been around since the beginning of the computer era. They enjoy reading code and trying to understand how it works, and write new code to find flaws within that program. They then take those flaws and turn around and write better code to secure the piece of software.
There are three types of underground computer users: Hackers, Crackers, and Script Kiddies. Hackers don’t destroy information; they simply find flaws in computer technology to help make more secure code. Crackers use their hacking knowledge for bad. They crack passwords, steal financial data, and embarrass large companies just for bragging rights. And lastly there are Script Kiddies. No one respects this group, because they use pre-packaged “scripts” to launch devastating attacks on other machines, with no skills at all. They’re usually immature kids sending out these attacks.
Hackers also spend a great deal of time trying to find ways around security measures. They do this for several reasons, the first being that they enjoy the challenge of defeating something. In the mindset of a hacker, being told “You can’t hack this, or you can’t get into this”, just drives them on more and more. They also deal a lot with security related matters. Once they’ve successfully overcome a technical barrier for security, they will release documentation to the company to patch the system.
Hackers are all about learning. Nothing comes easy, and the only way to become good is to read books. And I’m not talking about Novels; I’m talking about thick, 1000+ pages of technical documents, to help better learn the inner workings of anything they want. And if they can’t find good enough sources in a book, they turn to their 2nd home...the internet.
This is how technology became this big movement, because people kept thinking outside the box, and exploring all the ways the computer can do things. Hackers keep finding new ways around security, to help find new ways to implement security. Sounds ironic, but it’s true. So the next time you hear someone on the news use the term “hacker” to describe someone, think about this group of people before you point the blame; because somewhere on the internet, a hacker has just kept your data safe from malicious criminals.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

Preparing for the Speech

OK, I've finished my speech, and I have to give it tomorrow morning! It's kinda scary, getting in front of a bunch of people and talking, but what the hell, I can do it. Plus, I'm going to inform a bunch of people about the truth on hackers, that we're not evil or bad or anything. Remember to check back to the site around 11:30AM CST tomorrow, because I'm going to upload a written transcript AND a audio transcript (44KHz, 8-bit Stereo WAV --Converted To-- 128Kbps MP3). It'll be a fun day.

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Patch Your Computer....NOW!

I should have written this the other day, but I'm going to write it now. Go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com and download all Critical Updates and Patches for Windows. There's been a new flaw discovered that allows for remote code execution through an ASN vulnerability, using a integer overflow (it's like a buffer overflow, but more sophisticated).

So go update your systems now! This has been stated to be the WORSE flaw EVER on a Microsoft Windows machine. If you thought MSBlast and Slammer were bad, this expliot is even worse. I wouldn't be supprised if in a week or two from now, someone releases a worm for this flaw. So if you don't wanna get bit in the ass, download all updates NOW.

And everyone should check for new updates once a week. And if you're sick of all this updating crap, go install Linux.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Building The Firefox

Well, I've gotten bored once again, so I though I'd try my hand at building my own browser via the Mozilla Firefox source code. So far, everything is looking good. I've download Cgywin, Netscape wintools, MinGW, mozset.bat, cvs server, downloaded the source code, and now I'm in the process of building it (which I've heard takes like 4 hours, and I've only been building it for 20 minutes or so). When it's finally done building, I'll get access to a DEV console and some debug stuff. I like Mozilla so much that I wanna help out, or try to at least.

Oh yeah, and as you can tell, the speech is very close to being done. It pretty much IS done, but that last little bit is cleanup/change errors. So I don't sound like an idiot.

UPDATE: My Speech is now finished, and it'll be uploaded for everyone to read around 11:30AM CST on Friday the 13th. And you know what pisses me off? I just got finished building Mozilla Firefox on my computer, and I launched it, and it's the same thing as a default install. So I went looking about Mozilla's site, and found a guide to hacking it. Turns out that a good knowledge of OOP and C++ are needed to write new stuff. I figured as much, but hey, I got it sucessfuly compiled. So that's good. I'll leave it on my system, and maybe I can figure out something to do with it. I'm tired, I'm going to bed.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Making the Grade

OK, I went to PreCal class today, and I got my first test back. Now, I did a little worse than I thought, but I still did pretty good. I made a 76, but with the online quizes in the class, my average right now is around ~80+. So, I have a B in that class. Sweet. That's good enough for me (I still want higher, but no lower than my average now).

I also have a Psych 120 exam tonight, and I've been reading all the summaries at the end of each chapter over and over. I think I'm ready for it, and I have to leave in like just under 2 hours.

And I'm still working on my speech. As you can see, the status bar is getting higher and higher. I have 3 days left until I have to be ready, so I think I'll make it.

Monday, February 09, 2004

Mozilla Firefox 0.8

Today, February 9th, Mozilla released another benchmark in browser technology. Replacing Firebird 0.7, Firefox is the new browser that everyone should own.

I downloaded it today, and it kicks ass. Fast, stable, and no security flaws like Internet Explorer (IE). Everyone reading this should go and download Firefox, and get rid of IE, because you'll be a lot more secure online. I put a link on my sidebar about Firefox, but I'll throw another one up on this post, so no one has any excuses not to get it. Trust me, this is the way of the future...Open Source.
Get Firefox

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Working on the Speech

As you can see above, I have a status bar to indicate my progress on my hacker speech I have to give this Friday. The status bar will be filling up over the next fews days, until I've completed my speech. This is to let my readers know how close I am to finishing, because I know some of you would like to read my speech. I'm going to try to record my speech and upload it here as an MP3.

It's going to be all about hackers, and all the good things they've done.
Bored

So, it's the weekend, and I'm by myself for the first time in a long time. And I have no idea what I want to do. I rented a cool game from blockbuster, XIII, and I'm doing pretty good in it. Well, I'm gonna go try to find something to do, but I wanted to post something on my blog, because it's been a day or two since I did. I'll have more to say starting tomorrow, when I have to go back to class.

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PS - I tried to send this via my API, w.bloggar, but it seems that Blogger has moved a few things around, causing the API's not to work. They hope to get them back online soon. So I had to visit the main site and enter my blog entry from the main editing part. I want my w.bloggar back!

Friday, February 06, 2004

What You Missed

I know a lot of my visitors have never seen my old blog I used to have before this one, so I did something for everyone to share those old posts. I went to my old blog, copy and pasted everything into WordPerfect 10, and created a PDF file of ALL my old posts!!!!! It's about ~190KB, so even people on dial up don't have an excuse not to download it. Trust me, if you think you've read some good posts on my blog so far, just wait until you read what you missed. Here's the link, right click and "Save Target As..."

http://www.geocities.com/testarp2001/Archive.pdf

You'll need Adobe Reader to view the PDF file.
Get Adobe Reader

Thursday, February 05, 2004

[Cody's Listening to: Paul Oakenfold - Southern Sun (DJ Tiësto remix)]

Define Your Life


So, I'd made a few more changes here and there, kinda tweaking it still to get it perfect. The artist in me will never be happy with anything. So, today was kinda boring. My grandmother had to be put in the hospital last night because she was having trouble breathing. It kinda sucks, because she's always so nice to me, and people can't live forever. I just hope I'm not around whenever it does happen, because I don't like stuff like this.

I had a PreCal exam this morning, and I fuckin' aced it. I have no idea what I made yet, but I can feel that good grade already. I have 2 more classes tomorrow, Speech and English 102. Public Speaking class is going to be cool since I get to listen to other people talk. I'm giving my commemorative speech next Friday, and I'm going to celebrate a group of people. Hackers. I feel that their story needs to reach the hears of the average student, that doesn't know about us, and gives hackers a bad rap.

I need some sleep. Later. Oh, and post me a few comments, too. I appriciate it. :)

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Geeks Put The Unsavvy on Alert: Learn or Log Off

When Scott Granneman, a technology instructor, heard that one of his former students had clicked on a strange e-mail attachment and infected her computer with the MyDoom Internet virus last week, empathy did not figure anywhere in his immediate response.

"You actually got infected by the virus?" he wrote in an e-mail message to the former student, Robin Woltman, a university grant administrator. "You, Robin? For shame!"

As MyDoom, the fastest-spreading virus ever, continues to clog e-mail in-boxes and disrupt business, the computer-savvy are becoming openly hostile toward the not-so-savvy who unwittingly play into the hands of virus writers.

The tension over the MyDoom virus underscores a growing friction between technophiles and what they see as a breed of technophobes who want to enjoy the benefits of digital technology without making the effort to use it responsibly.

The virus spreads when Internet users ignore a basic rule of Internet life: never click on an unknown e-mail attachment. Once someone does, MyDoom begins to send itself to the names in that person's e-mail address book. If no one opened the attachment, the virus's destructive power would never be unleashed.

"It takes affirmative action on the part of the clueless user to become infected," wrote Scott Bowling, president of the World Wide Web Artists Consortium, expressing frustration on the group's discussion forum. "How to beat this into these people's heads?"

Many of the million or so people who have so far infected their computers with MyDoom say it is not their fault. The virus often comes in a message that appears to be from someone they know, with an innocuous subject line like "test" or "error." It is human nature, they say, to open the mail and attachments.

But computer sophisticates say it reflects a willful ignorance of basic computer skills that goes well beyond virus etiquette. At a time when more than two-thirds of American adults use the Internet, they say, such carelessness is no longer excusable, particularly when it messes things up for everyone else.

For years, many self-described computer geeks seemed eager to usher outsiders onto their electronic frontier. Everyone, it seemed, had a friend or family member in the geek elite who could be summoned — often frequently — in times of computer crisis.

But as those same friends and family members are called upon again and again to save the computer incompetents from themselves, the geeks' patience is growing thin. As it does, a new kind of digital divide is opening up between populations of computer users who must coexist in the same digital world.

"Viruses are just the tip of the iceberg," said Bill Melcher, who runs his own technical support business in San Francisco. "When it comes to computers, a lot of intelligent people and fast learners just decide that they don't know."

Many of the computationally confused say they suffer from genuine intimidation and even panic over how to handle the mysterious machines they have come to rely on for so much of daily life. Virus writers, spammers and scammers, they say, are the ones who should be held accountable for the chaos they cause.

But as the same people equip themselves with fancy computers and take advantage of the Internet for things like shopping and banking, critics say that their perpetual state of confusion has begun to get tiresome. And while the Internet's traditional villains remain elusive, those inadvertently helping them tend to be friends and neighbors.

Some in the technocamp imagine requiring a license to operate a computer, just like the one required to drive a car. Others are calling for a punishment that fits a careless crime. People who click on virus attachments, for instance, could be cut off by their Internet service providers until they proved that their machines had been disinfected.

And some, tired of being treated like free help lines, are beginning to rebel. They are telling friends, relatives and random acquaintances to figure it out on their own.

"Go out, get a book," suggests Zack Rubenstein, 28, who has for years provided free technical support for his extended social network. "You went to college and you got a degree, you obviously can learn something. Play around with it; it's not going to kill you."

Mr. Rubenstein, a member of the technical support staff at a New York City law school he thought it best not to identify, is not at liberty to dispense such advice at work. Instead, he answers endless calls about malfunctioning monitors that turn out not to be plugged in, and broken printers that start working again as soon as he removes the single piece of paper obviously jamming them.

"Especially dealing with academics," Mr. Rubenstein added, "you'd think they'd have some ability to deduce or think problems through for a minute."

Not so long ago, he took pleasure in showing people around the brave new digital world that he moved in with such ease. Now that everyone has a technical question, he says, being a tour guide has lost its charm.

But his girlfriend, Miriam Tauber, 24, makes no apologies for her lack of computer knowledge. To her, computers are like "moody people" who behave illogically. If people like Mr. Rubenstein expect her to understand them, she suggests, perhaps they should learn to speak in a language she can understand, rather than ridiculous acronyms and suffixes.

"There are these MP3's and PDF's and a million other things that you don't even know what they are," Ms. Tauber said. "I don't feel like I need to figure out computers, because my instinct is there's just no way."

Still, if there is any evidence that the antagonism of the technical elite is having an effect, it may be in the mounting degree of shame among those who make obvious mistakes, or ask obvious questions too often.

When Julie Dillon, 33, had trouble installing a wireless card in her Macintosh laptop last weekend, for instance, she stopped herself from calling a friend three blocks away who works for Apple Computer because she knows he is besieged.

"There's this whole complicated interchange — are you calling them as a friend or are you calling them as tech support — and I definitely feel a little bit guilty," said Ms. Dillon, a musician in San Francisco. "It's a fine line that has changed because I remember a few years ago it was no big deal."

Instead, Ms. Dillon called Mr. Melcher, who has built his technical support business in part on referrals from friends who no longer wanted to handle the demands of other friends.

Ms. Dillon, who considers her laptop "a blessing" that helps her promote her music, said she was happy to pay for the help. She has also frequently received technical support in exchange for dinner, and, once, for a song.

Even parents are being left to fend for themselves as their children tire of dispensing advice.

David Hale, 25, a lawyer in St. Louis, said he had rebuilt his parents' virus-ridden computer from scratch several times in recent months before he learned that his father, Dale, was replying to every piece of his spam e-mail, asking to be taken off the spammers' mailing lists. Dale Hale, 47, also frequently clicked on pop-up ads that appeared to be messages from Microsoft telling him to upgrade his computer.

"It would cause fights between my parents because they would argue about whether a particular one was legitimate and I'm like, `It is NEVER legitimate,' " said Mr. Hale, who explained as patiently as he could that answering spam and clicking on pop-ups only invite more of the same.

After that, Dale Hale said, his son would sometimes become frustrated by his and his wife's questions. They in turn would get frustrated with their son's instructions, especially over the phone. Eventually they bought antivirus software.

"We've learned by the lumps and bumps," the father said.

(People who had installed the major antivirus software programs from companies like McAfee were largely protected from the MyDoom virus after downloading updates available a few hours after the virus's appearance on Jan. 26.)

Perhaps the one thing that technophobes and technophiles can agree on is that software companies like Microsoft should make things easier and more secure for all kinds of computer users. But Microsoft, whose Web site has so far withstood a continuing attack by the MyDoom virus, had a reminder for users, too.

"Responsibility is shared," said Scott Charney, Microsoft's chief security strategist. "With some of these viruses that require user action, people have a responsibility to be careful and protect themselves."


Source: New York Times

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

ResterTech V.2|Redesign


So, I spent all day redesigning my blog. How does everyone like it?

I think it fits well with my dark side of computing, don't you think? hehe....

Monday, February 02, 2004

Project Erida

"The wearisome goddess, Erida, or Hate, can best be invoked by reading the opening lines of Book 11 of The Iliad. After Dawn sheds her gentle light on mortals and immortals alike, Zeus sends Hate to the encampment of the Achaians. She stands on the centermost of the beached vessels and SCREAMS!!! The hearts of the soldiers are hardened as they awaken. They no longer remember their fathers or their wives and children. They rise from their beds with Hate ringing in their ears. In their hearts, they long for the sweetness of battle. Only blood will dispel the sanguine thrust of Hate."
Source: http://www.messagenet.com/myths/bios/erida.html

This is the baseline for my latest project. In these times of internet viruses and worms, I've gotten interested in just how viruses work against a computer system. So, Project Erida is going to be a study on the effects that computer virueses have on a machine. I will be using a old computer that IS NOT on my network, and IS NOT connected to the internet. Also, I will not have any personal files on this test machine. So don't freak out and think that I might unleash a virus into the internet. I DO NOT want that to happen, and it won't happen. My computer specs for the Erida test include:

HP Pavilion 7940 Desktop (Modified since purchase in 2001):

* INTEL 82810E Motherboard
* INTEL Pentium III @ 1.0GHz (100MHz FSB)
* PC100 SDRAM (two sticks of 128MB)
* Integrated 82810E AGP
* Creative Soundblaster PCI512 4.1 Surround Sound
* 40GB Western Digital EIDE (WD400BBRTL) [Average Seek Time: 8.9ms, Buffer Size: 2MB] [MASTER]
* 40GB Seagate (came with system) Not currently connected to system! (It will not have any affect to the overall system config.)
* Default Install of WindowsME (System Restore Discs that came with system)
* DVD-ROM Drive
* 8x CD-R/RW Drive
* 3 1/2 Floppy Drive
* Two (2) RJ-45 Ethernet Cards

I have no idea of how I'm going to approch this project at this point. As of right now, I've got a lot of school work to worry about, so I'll be posting detailed logs of my Project when I do them. Hopefully, I (along with my readers) will gain a deeper insight into how viruses work.

This has been something I've wanted to do for many years now, and I finally have a system to test it on. If any of my readers have any good links to visit before I start my Project (like, if someone's done this already, I'd like to view their work logs to get an idea of how I want mine to work)

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XML RSS Syndication Now Active!

I've got some good news. Blogger has finally allowed us to have an RSS feed!!!!! It's called Atom, and it allows my blog to be syndidated through XML. I suggest downloading my favorite RSS reader, Macromedia Central.

If you don't know what Syndication is, you download a reader (like Macromedia Central) and you can keep up with all the blogs you read in one central place. (that is, if the blog you read has syndication...like mine now does...hehe).

To syndicate for right now, use this link:

http://restertech.blogspot.com/atom.xml

I'll be changing my sidebar to permantaly feature the XML Syndication. It'll be the standard little orange box that says "XML" on it. You'll see it when I add it.

More Updates Later...