Monthly Archives: January 2006

I wish I was in Amyville

Welcome to Amyville I discovered this site the other day and for some reason I just can not stop watching. Great snippets of a persons bizarre inner life in a video blog with some great music mixes. I just can not stop watching it, wait the last video just stopped hold on, got to get another one. Ahhh, all better, just go and watch and understand. And while you are there don’t forget to checkout The Super Secret Dance Society.

Some to check out are possessed and bubbles of light. Just go. Now!

P.S. They are from my neck of the woods. Massachusetts.

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The Draconian RIAA and MPAA

It is almost insane what these to body´s want to do to technology. Just take a look at the broadcast flag draft legislation. It is bad enough that these fools control so much of what you are to see and here now that want to take control of what you invent and how you use your own hardware. Stop the Bastards now! Also check out the article here at Public Knowledge and another article at the EFF.
Big Content would like to outlaw things no one has even thought of yet

Yes We have come this far and learned to make Mud Balls that shine.

So, tell me, this is really something that you really wanted to know how to do isn’t it? Yes, you can learn how to make mud balls that shine. Hey,making making hikaru dorodango is all the rage in Japan. Check out Bits and Pieces and learn how yourself. Definitely one way to waste four hours or so.

Windows’ Trojan and Virus Hell Part Two

So, as I was saying yesterday about all the trouble I was having trying to clean up my friends´ infected computer I finally got all their stuff off there computer that they wanted to save and took the cleaned and reformatted hard drive back to the ailing dung heap of a Dell computer. I spent another couple of hours reinstalling, yes, you guessed it, Windows XP all the drivers, the Verizon high speed crap, and all the accompanying updates for everything. I made it really difficult to start up Internet Explorer, installed Firefox and all the goodies that I like to go with it, installed Thunderbird, some anti-virus and finally a firewall. I felt pretty good about everything and released it back into the wild.

I let them play on it for a while, and at the end of the night while we were having a glass of wine I figured I would go in and check on things and give it a quick virus scan. Well you would not believe that two hours after I have finished putting it all back together again they had managed to get two dozen trojans on the machine and now I am back to square one. I have to back there again tomorrow night and do it all again. Ugh. I am so glad I am a Linux man, Fedora that is

Windows’ Trojan and Virus Hell.

Well I have to say windows can really be a disaster or more importantly those that use the operating system. I spent about four hours last night and about the same this morning trying to remove and clean viruses and trojans out of a friends of mine Dell Dimension computer with Windows XP

They have a Dsl modem and a teenage daughter who likes download all kinds of stuff as well as instant message her friends. They called me up because they could no longer log in. The computer would get to the login screen but, as soon as you tried to log in to a account the computer would act like it was and then say saving system settings and put you right back to the login screen. They had tried to remove the AOL aim program and that is when the fun started.

After trying to get into windows safe mode with command prompt I finally gave up and removed the hard drive home to dissect it and find out what was up. Wow! That is all I will say. Trojans and viruses galore.

I ended up just cleaning out the user files, burning them to Cd´s since they do not have a DVD player (which is a good enough reason to go out and buy DVD Burner) and reformatting the disk. Well now I am off to re-install the hard drive, reinstall windows and install fresh anti-virus software and a fire wall.
I am bringing over a Knoppix disk for them to use in case of another emergency. Got to love linux.

I am going to do my best to hide Internet Explorer from them and install the newest Firefox with some cool extensions such as NoScript and Ad-Block.

Until later when I am out from under Windows world and can breath again.

Mounting Windows Partitions in Linux

Here is a straightforward way for you to mount windows partitions in linux. However with fedora core 4 they have added fstab_sync and I myself am not sure how this effects your editing of the fstab file and making changes permenent. If any one has something to add about that please do. I will continue to look for more information on it and experiment.

Mounting Windows partitions