Archive for May, 2007

Joey Stanford

Ubuntu Live is approaching

This is a quick reminder that Ubuntu Live is rapidly approaching. The team has lined up an impressive amount of speakers.

Register with the code joeyismyhero ubu07ucm and you’ll get a 35% discount.

Enjoy!

Joey Stanford

21 Days Late (Another DMCA Post)

I figured I owed my friends Kevin Rose and Dan Huard (and the rest of the Digg staff) this “job well done” post.

What better way than with the 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0 Music Video by GeekBrief.

Well done Digg. Well done Cali and Neal. Well done Geoff.

Joey Stanford

Ubucon Boulder – June 2nd

The Colorado LoCo Team has done something amazing. They have gotten Google to sponsor a stand-alone Ubucon in Boulder, dubbed Ubucon Boulder. Thanks to Jim and Leslie for hosting and Neal, Mitch, David, and others for pulling this off.  I think we can expect more greatness from the Colorado folks in the future. The Gutsy release party plans call for renting a hotel. :-)

Joey Stanford

Meraki – wifi mesh done right?

I used to run the now defunct Longmont Community Wireless project. We couldn’t get the price point right for the technology (even roll your own) which ultimately led us to disband. (The city has started a commercial offering in this space.) We experimented with the WRT54Gs (new at that time) and got close to the functionality that we wanted but we were unable to mature the meshing system we wanted. Everyone got busy and we eventually shutdown. Fast forward to year or so ago and the birth of FON. The old team was really excited to see FON achieve a measure of success, even building their own mini adapter called the La Fonero. Still, we really weren’t satisfied because FON lacks the meshing code (and thus properties) that we really needed here in our community. Fast forward again today. Meraki has come to town. They have one product, a “mini” available in indoor and outdoor packages. The indoor model costs $49. It’s a wifi mesh repeater hostpot. It comes with free management software. If you want to go commercial, Meraki can even do the billing for you. If you want to stay free, you can be. I bought several. :-)

Joey Stanford

Cleaning out Firefox Spyware Cookies with Nixory

Ask most Linux users and they say that spyware is not an issue with Linux. For the most part that’s true as most spyware comes in the form of installed applications. Tracking cookies, however, still apply to Linux. Nixory is a python script you can download and run against Firefox. It will identify bad cookies and, with the removal tool, allow you to delete them. Don’t forget to update the spyware database before you begin.

Nixory Screenshoot

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Joey Stanford

DenyHosts Package – Install it.

I was kicking around today and installed logcheck with the syslog summary option enabled. (Yeah I know, better late than ever). I noticed on my main server a bunch of ssh hacking attempts. A rather useful way of preventing these is via the DenyHosts package. This package searches for bad sshd login attempts (like futile attempts to brute force my locked root account) and adds them to /etc/hosts.deny. Interestingly the DenyHosts community has a sync server setup. Anytime any of them find malicious activity, the client uploads it to the site. You can download the data via proper /etc/denyhosts.conf editing and securely prevent future attacks from those IPs. A little risky that you might get a block for a local ip for but for small fish like me, not so bad.

While I was at it, I also installed the harden deb packages. These prevent you from installing programs with known security exploits. Don’t try installing harden-clients though, it fails on telnet and tries to uninstall ubuntu-desktop. Thankfully, my trusted rkhunter script didn’t report anything bad.

Joey Stanford

Qnext on Ubuntu

Word of warning: Sending invites really sends email. Oops.

I stumbled upon Qnext today. It’s a java-based cross platform p2p tool that allows you to share files, music, pictures as well as email and IM (including irc) right from the application. It’s closed software but obviously comes with the jar files. It allows for group sharing and several other interesting things. Surprisingly, no jabber support. Firefox support is also lacking.

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Joey Stanford

iFolder

SLED 10 has a nifty program called iFolder. iFolder is all about file sharing – making, sharing, and backing up files easier. Emplify has some debs up. Does not work in Feisty. It probably needs some MOTU guru to work on packaging this properly.

Folder is a simple and secure storage solution that can increase your productivity by enabling you to back up, access and manage your personal files-from anywhere, at any time. Once you have installed iFolder, you simply save your files locally-as you have always done-and iFolder automatically updates the files on a network server and delivers them to the other machines you use.

Joey Stanford

Ubuntu in the Library

This video by Jessamyn at the Washington, Vermont, USA library just makes me smile.  Proof that some people “Just Get It”!