Archive for February, 2004

Running Bastille Linux Feb 14 2004

Harden your Linux box with Bastille Linux. This nifty application not only helps you harden your system but it also helps you understand exactly why it takes the steps it takes.

Listening to the Grey Album Feb 14 2004

It’s pretty good…

DJ Danger Mouse remixed Jay-Z’s “Black Album” with the Beatles “White Album” to create… The “Grey Album,” of course. The New Yorker had a little Talk of the Town piece on this, Apparently, Jay-Z created a vocals-only version of his album *explicitly* so DJs could remix it. And many have. This week, the Beatles issued a cease and desist to stop the Grey Album… which of course makes the Grey Album even more desirable as a collector’s item, so now the whole album is available for download. Here’s the commentary above the download links:

“Special interests, including the major labels, have turned copyright law into a weapon,” said Downhill Battle co-founder Holmes Wilson. “If Danger Mouse had requested permission and offered to pay royalties, EMI still would have said no and the public would never have been able to enjoy this critically acclaimed work. Artists are being forced to break the law to innovate.”

So is the Grey Album any good? Hell yes! I’ve been listening to it for a few days, and it grows on me more and more with each listen.

Download it here:

Streaming Chiptune music Feb 14 2004

Listening to Castelvania right now. 🙂

It’s pretty cool. I’m the only one listening to this stream right now. Chiptune music rocks.

Server Status: Server is currently up and public.
Stream Status: Stream is up at 56 kbps with 1 of 10 listeners (1 unique)
Listener Peak: 4
Average Listen Time: 3m 07s
Stream Title: Evelina Radio
Content Type: audio/mpeg
Stream Genre: Chip / C64 / Amiga
Stream URL:
Stream AIM: N/A
Stream IRC: #Arvika
Current Song: castlevania 1

Cory Doctorow Presentation Talk at Emerging Technologies Conference, 2004 – Ebooks: Neither E, Nor Books Feb 13 2004

Cory just finished his presentation at the Emerging Technologies conference (which I didn’t go to, though would like to next time…) and gave a presentation on the state of ebooks. I’ve read both of his released novels on-screen, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom just on HTML web pages and his latest, Eastern Standard Tribe on my Samsung i330 Palm / cellphone combo. I have to say that he rocks — not only is his writing top notch and enjoyable (and reads pretty quickly as well), but his thoughts and philosophy about the current situation regarding copyright and publishing are right on in my opinion.

Which isn’t to say that old media die. Artists still
hand-illuminate books; master pianists still stride the boards at
Carnegie Hall, and the shelves burst with tell-all biographies of
musicians that are richer in detail than any liner-notes booklet.
The thing is, when all you’ve got is monks, every book takes on
the character of a monkish Bible. Once you invent the printing
press, all the books that are better-suited to movable type
migrate into that new form. What’s left behind are those items
that are best suited to the old production scheme: the plays that
*need* to be plays, the books that are especially lovely on
creamy paper stitched between covers, the music that is most
enjoyable performed live and experienced in a throng of humanity.

Plus, he uses BBEdit on a mac to write with. Gotta love that!

Full text of his presentation on Ebooks
Boing Boing – Cory’s blog

Welcome to X5 Industries International Party Agenda Feb 12 2004

“Welcome to X5 Industries International Party Agenda”

“Worldwide Party People Manifesto

“Our emotional state of choice is ecstasy. Our nourishment of choice is Love. Our addiction of choice is technology. Our religion of choice is music. Our currency of choice is knowledge. Our politics of choice is none. Our society of choice is utopian though we know it will never be.

“You may hate us. You may dismiss us. You may misunderstand us. You may be unaware of our existence. We can only hope you do not care to judge us, because we would never judge you. We are not criminals. We are not disillusioned. We are not drug addicts. We are not naive children. We are one massive, global, tribal village that transcends man-made law, physical geography, and time itself. We are The Massive. One Massive.

“We were first drawn by the sound. From far away, the thunderous, muffled, echoing beat was comparable to a mother’s heart soothing a child in her womb of concrete, steel, and electrical wiring. We were drawn back into this womb, and there, in the heat, dampness, and darkness of it, we came to accept that we are all equal. Not only to the darkness, and to ourselves, but to the very music slamming into us and passing through our souls: we are all equal. And somewhere around 35Hz we could feel the hand of God at our backs, pushing us forward, pushing us to push ourselves to strengthen our minds, our bodies, and our spirits. Pushing us to turn to the person beside us to join hands and uplift them by sharing the uncontrollable joy we felt from creating this magical bubble that can, for one evening, protect us from the horrors, atrocities, and pollution of the outside world. It is in that very instant, with these initial realizations that each of us was truly born.

“We continue to pack our bodies into clubs, or warehouses, or buildings you’ve abandoned and left for naught, and we bring life to them for one night. Strong, throbbing, vibrant life in it’s purest, most intense, most hedonistic form. In these makeshift spaces, we seek to shed ourselves of the burden of uncertainty for a future you have been unable to stabilize and secure for us. We seek to relinquish our inhibitions, and free ourselves from the shackles and restraints you’ve put on us for your own peace of mind. We seek to re-write the programming that you have tried to indoctrinate us with since the moment we were born. Programming that tells us to hate, that tells us to judge, that tells us to stuff ourselves into the nearest and most convenient pigeon hole possible. Programming that even tells us to climb ladders for you, jump through hoops, and run through mazes and on hamster wheels. Programming that tells us to eat from the shiny silver spoon you are trying to feed us with, instead of nourish ourselves with our own capable hands. Programming that tells us to close our minds, instead of open them.

“Until the sun rises to burn our eyes by revealing the distopian reality of a world you’ve created for us, we dance fiercely with our brothers and sisters in celebration of our life, of our culture, and of the values we believe in: Peace, Love, Freedom, Tolerance, Unity, Harmony, Expression, Responsibility and Respect.

“Our enemy of choice is ignorance. Our weapon of choice is information. Our crime of choice is breaking and challenging whatever laws you feel you need to put in place to stop us from celebrating our existence. But know that while you may shut down any given party, on any given night, in any given city, in any given country or continent on this beautiful planet, you can never shut down the entire party. You don’t have access to that switch, no matter what you may think. The music will never stop. The heartbeat will never fade. The party will never end.

“We are the Party, and this our manifesto.”

(Via Bruce Sterling’s blog –

WordPress Style Sheet CSS Comptition Closed Feb 10 2004

The winners have been announced. I particularly liked the Mars-Spirit theme. 🙂

All styles:

It will be exciting to see some of these hopefully be included in a default install of WordPress.

More updates to the WordPress installation Feb 10 2004

Working on the template for the blog some more. New background, removed the calendar on the side menu for now, rearranged the links, added the footer <div>, etc…

VistaPrint Business Cards Arrived Feb 10 2004

The order of cards from VistaPrint arrived today. They look pretty nice, and came about a week earlier than they were initially scheduled to arrive. The color is a little darker than from my inkjet (Epson C80) but overally the quality is pretty good.

Business Cards

I ordered the premium cards with my own design rather than the free cards.

Try out VistaPrint:
250 FREE color business cards! An $85 value!

Googling for the Juicy Stuff Feb 10 2004

Check out Google a Dream come true (otherwise known as WATCH WHAT YOU PUBLISH ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB!!!)

Got to the honey page that linked to the paper above via search:

intitle: "Index+of..etc" + passwd

from via Google search for:


via MSNBC via Slashdot.

I’ve seen this before (Google does, after all, index everything it finds that isn’t blocked by a robots.txt file) but it appears that it has gotten rather extreme.


SEARCH PATHS……. more to be added


“Index of /admin”
“Index of /password”
“Index of /mail”
“Index of /” +passwd
“Index of /” +password.txt
“Index of /” +.htaccess
index of ftp +.mdb allinurl:/cgi-bin/ +mailto

filetype:config web
gobal.asax index

allintitle: “index of/admin”
allintitle: “index of/root”
allintitle: sensitive filetype:doc
allintitle: restricted filetype :mail
allintitle: restricted filetype:doc site:gov

inurl:passwd filetype:txt
inurl:admin filetype:db

WARNING: It is NOT a good idea to just go downloading files that are out there (even though by publishing the files on webservers the files are being “published” to the public, although almost certainly unknowingly). Webservers keep logs of files accessed, the IP address of the person accessing the files, and it really wouldn’t be hard to correlate your IP with a visit and a download. So resist the urge to go downloading people’s [probably] sensitive files. An email to the site admin wouldn’t hurt, though! 😉

The Opte Project Feb 9 2004

Map of the Internet

The Opte Project

Pretty cool project — the programmer maps the entire Internet in 1 day.

You can buy the t-shirt at Think Geek.

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