debian update notification script

I realized I mentioned this script previously, but never got around to actually posting it. This is a handy shell script you can use on your Debian system (woody or sarge, or anything that uses apt, really) to check for security (or any other) updates as per whatever repositories you have in your /etc/apt/sources.list. I…


vim references

I have been evangelizing a lot to our developers about the merits of vim lately. Two good references I’ve found: VIM Cheat Sheet – in various formats, including a compact 2-page PDF. VIM Tutorial (PDF) – an excellent walkthrough of VIM from the basics to advanced usage. It’s hefty at 500+ pages, but even going…


T1 too little?

A good article over at Techrepublic focuses on the narrowing bandwidth crunch many businesses are feeling: As e-mail worms like the resilient Sober variants spread, they consume a lot of bandwidth and computing resources. However, it really doesn’t take much worm traffic to disable e-mail services for an entire company, especially if that organization is…


Nashville Traffic Accidents via Google Maps

While reading Jackson Miller’s Blog, I saw a interesting post about Nashville Accidents Google Maps – written by John Mora. I told everyone that Google Maps would be huge! When I first posted the article about HousingMaps.com – I could tell there were huge possibilities. I agree with John, someone needs to integrate with the…


ISP’s Protective Measures – A Discussion

Chris previously posted on a mock trial for ISP’s that weren’t doing enough to protect their users. Their argument is that its a slippery slope – which can be construed as ‘no argument’ at all. However the slippery slope (in this case, IMHO) is actually a good argument. That argument represents the true issue at…


Debian security

Don’t go burning a copy of Debian 3.1 yet. Looks like they forgot to uncomment the entry for security.debian.org in /etc/apt/sources.list on the ISOs recently released. This is of course a relatively minor issue — all you have to do is uncomment the entry in /etc/apt/sources.list. But it’s still an unfortunate oversight that some users…


mock trial

I don’t know where these people found time to hold a mock trial with all the real ones going on in the industry, but they did, and it looks pretty interesting:


symantec sues Hotbar

Kudos to Symantec for taking the initiative and filing a lawsuit against Hotbar: CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 7, 2005–Symantec Corp. (SYMC – news) , the global leader in information security, today announced that it has filed suit against Hotbar.com, Inc. The suit asks the court for a ruling supporting Symantec’s right to detect certain Hotbar program…


AOL: just trust us

A few weeks ago, AOL received a lot of flak for Netscape’s new “trust rating” system, its system for ranking the danger posed by a particular website. The problem is with some of the partners it “trusts” implicitly. which includes such luminaries as: VeriSign, TRUSTe, ParetoLogic. VeriSign openly acknowledges it does nothing to actually check…