Category Archives: computers

Flash Player 9 beta for Linux is here.

It is about time someone got there act together and released this for linux. I am stuck with flash player 7 in only a 32 bit browser no 64 bit support. I still cannot see any support mentioned for a 64 bit Linux operating system but it is a start. So go get it what are you still doing here.

Adobe Labs – Flash Player 9 Update

powered by performancing firefox

Old time Analog computing.

Thanks to blog.deobald.org I found this well animated video:

I wish I could print out a piece of pizza and get a cup of coffee from my computer. Of course they do have edible inks so you can print out what you want to eat on paper. Or you can check out Moto Restaurant if you are in the Chicago area.

Not the same as printing out a piece of pizza though is it?

Update: It appears to be an advertisement for The First Post but still worth a look.

Grub and Super Grub

When you are reading through all the forums looking for those elusive answers to all your questions that you seem to be unable to answer yourself you will always find people that are asking for help on booting windows or Linux with grub. This gets doubly troublesome when you have more than one distribution installed on you computer as I do. Well finally all you troubles are over so to speak with this little gem: Super Grub Disk . What a great tool a long time in coming. For all of you having problems with booting all those operating systems on you one computer this is your answer. Now if I can just get my sound to work properly in KDE I will be all set.

Linux.com | Super Grub Disk delivers easy boot record recovery

Virus and Spam the How and Why.

I have a lot of friends that ask me
about what to do with all the spam, Trojans, and viruses. I have
found a few current articles that I think that people should read.
It will answer many questions about the aforementioned.

If you read about you recent statistics
on virus and spam infections will understand how much of a problem
this is. And all this leads to bot
nets
that take control of multiple computers to send out spam.
There is a good article
at the Washington Post
about what gets done with bot nets. Over at Linux-Watch
is a good article about why one should not use Windows or at least be
vary cautious about using it.

There are some things that you can do
about this and there are people
that are working on getting rid of ‘Command and Control’ servers
that control all these bot nets. Again at the Washington Post there
is another
article
about what you can do about protecting yourself from
these threats.

How about a backdoor in your router?

Could Your VoIP Phone Be Tapped? And other types of routers and modems. Like we do not have enough trouble keeping Crackers out of are system but we are going to be asked to let the Government in any time that they want. I do not think so. And how long before all the crackers get a hold of the back door information and use it against us? Pretty quick I would imagine.

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

Back up and restore data in Outlook 2002

A friend of mine as trying to migrate his Outlook 2002 emails and contacts over to his new laptop and had called me in to help. Unfortunately it has been years since I have worked with Microsoft products so I was not able to help him in time for his business trip, however today I managed to track down the way to do it on the Microsoft web site. So here it is below so no one else has to go searching for it. I also published it to del.icio.us.

And while I am at it here is the link for backing up outlook express.

My personal page at delicious is here.

How to back up, to restore, or to move Outlook 2002 data in Outlook 2002

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