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Screen 4.0.2 for Solaris 10/Sparc

While looking for the screen utility I realized that it’s neither part of the GNU utilities provided by Sun nor can it be found on SunFreeware.com. Since I’m seldom right but never hesitant, I decided to build my own. Turns out that only one line in the source package has to be adapted. And since I needed to distribute it to more than one T2000 server, I also built a package that can be used with pkgadd.
I alreday submitted the package to SunFreeware.com but in the meantime you can grab it here: screen-4.0.2-sol10-sparc-local.gz

Stöckchen received

Now I’m a victim, too. Dieter sent me the Stöckchen (baton). So let’s get over with it.

Why do you blog?“

I don’t, but thanks for asking.

Since when do you blog?

As said above: I don’t. However, the first *real* entry on this site is dated May, 2002. You may take that as a starting point but actually I’m using online technologies since the 80ies of the last century ;)

Self-Portrait?

I actually never bothered to think about how I’d describe myself. Try Google. But my favorite avatar is this:

Yup, that's me!

Think ”Bastard Admin From Hell“.

Why do people read your blog?

First: It’s not a blog. Second: How should I know? You’d better ask them. Also there aren’t that many frequent readers I know of. So probably nobody is really reading these pages.

The latest search string that led a user to your site?

I honestly don’t know. The top three entries are:

Error Loading Operating System

iPod nano

pervers

Which of your blog posts got too little attention?

Can’t say. I write the stuff because I want to. If someone finds it to be interesting, that’s fine with me. If not, well, that’s fine with me, too. Also, I’d like to add that this isn’t a blog.

Your favorite blog?

I’m tempted to say vowe.net, but that’s not a blog either.

The last blog you read?

That would again be vowe.net if that’d be a blog. Besides, I tend to use an RSS reader instead of actually browsing web pages so maybe the better answer is: none.

To how many feeds are you subscribed to at the moment?

Not that much. Around 80 or so. Most of which I don’t read but instead just scan for news.

To which four blogs do you pass this stick and why?

Now that’s a hard one for I wouldn’t know four bloggers who haven’t yet received the stick. I could try Volker, Sascha and Christoph. But I won’t bet on them picking it up ;) Maybe that’s why.

Firefox 1.5 released

Firefox 1.5 releasedFirefox 1.5 is finally released. My first tests show that this version as well as all release candidates before won’t work with some webchat applications. So if you’re running such a beast, expect a LOT of reports from your users over the next few weeks. I’m still not sure whether this is a bug in the new firefox DOM handling or a problem with the applications. I tend to believe it’s a problem on both sides for earlier versions of Firefox did work without any problems and I haven’t found a hint in the docs about major changes in version 1.5 that could cause these problems.

Heimlich, still und leise

Haben sich doch glatt Johann Dasch und Diana Malsbender von STRATO verabschiedet und sind jetzt bei der 1blu AG als Vorstand und Presse-Verantwortliche zu finden. Na, dann wünsche ich mal viel Erfolg im Haifischbecken der Web-Hosting- und Server-Anbieter. Die Produkte und Preise sehen ja schon einmal nicht schlecht aus.

mt-daapd startup file for SuSE Linux

As I submitted this several times now but it hasn’t made it’s way into the nightlies yet, I decided to provide my startup script for mt-daapd on SuSE Linux here:

mt-daapd.suse.tar.bz2

To install, log in as root and issue the following commands in the directory where you placed the archive:

tar xvjf mt-daapd.suse.tar.bz2
cp mt-daapd.suse /etc/init.d/mt-daapd
chkconfig -a mt-daapd

This should work on all recent versions of SuSE Linux starting with I believe 9.2 where the mDNS service is running. If you’re using Howl instead, you’ll have to adjust the line in the startup script that reads # Required-Start: rendezvous accordingly.

If you want to get the same behaviour as with other startup scripts, e.g. that you can call it from everywhere using the rc… prefix, log on to your SuSE Linux machine as root and execute the following commands:

cd /usr/sbin
ln -s /etc/init.d/mt-daapd rcmt-daapd

Have fun.

SkypeIn jetzt auch mit deutschen Rufnummern

Skype bietet jetzt auch SkypeIn-Rufnummern für alle deutschen Vorwahlbereiche an. Als Partner fungiert dabei Telefonica. Das hilft mir zwar nicht sonderlich, ist aber sicher nett für Leute, die vor allem aus Deutschland angerufen werden und deren Partner nicht über Skype verfügen. Ich hingegen muss mir jetzt endlich mal eine SkypeIn-Nummer aus den USA holen …

Fear your copier

In an article over at Network World, Xerox’s Jim Joyce is quoted warning about security issues with your network attached equipment at the Office Document Solutions conference in Boston:

Network-connected output devices are becoming an absolute primary target of people, foreign and domestic, who are penetrating networks.The reason for that is many of them are large devices with large disk drives, with a fair amount of memory and are network connected and are not secure.

While the second part is true I wonder about the first sentence. How would someone get his code into any network attached device without breaking into the network first? Granted, an unsuspicious device like a printer-copier, a networked fax or scanner would be an interesting place to put code for industrial espionage on. The problem is how to get it there. Running a sheet of paper with the code on it through the machine obviously won’t do. So you’ll need some very specialized cracker for the job and the right guy might be hard to find, given the veriety of vendors, products and models. But then, there might be another reason behind the whole thing:

Joyce said during an interview after his speech that Xerox has poured some $20 million in recent years into technologies to better manage office and document systems and is putting a particular emphasis on security these days.

I’ve seen many environments where the manufacturer of copying/printing/faxing hardware was able to sell the machines but unable to sell the additional software to centrally manage them. The vendors, however, did put some money into the development, so maybe after many years of being unsuccessful in selling it, they now try a different angle to get some ROI out of it. Let me quote Network World again:

While the term “solutions” might qualify as the single-most overused word in the IT industry over the years, presenters embraced it as a fresh concept capable of bringing new life to their industry.

q.e.d.

gpsd 2.30 for Mac OS X

The folks at Berlios keep churning out new versions of gpsd so fast that I can barely keep up compiling them for the Mac.

So here is version 2.30, compiled using XCode 2.1:

gpsd-2.30-ru.1.dmg.zip

Changes:

  • Updated to version 2.30
  • Fixed some permission errors in 2.29-ru.1
  • New Toy: Fortuna Slim GPS

    Fortuna Slim GPS Sirf IIIWhile looking for a good way to improve my Karma, I considered adding a GPS mouse to my collection of gadgets. Volker recommended Fortuna so I went for the Slim GPS. The receiver is really tiny (think two matchboxes) and with just 80 grams it is easy to carry around. Battery life is 10 hours – a lot more than I need. Installation was a breeze, getting a fix on my position, however, was not. My office is located in the basement and the only window points due north so I only get two satellites at a time from here. To get a reading I had to resort to the kitchen and was rewarded with an instant connection. Expect to see some more plazes discovered by me in the next days ;)

    Überdoll

    Die auf Hightech-Zubehör spezialisierte US-Firma Sparkfun Electronics bringt ein Handy im Retro-Look auf den Markt. Das “Portable Rotary Phone” ist im Stil eines alten Wählscheiben-Telefons designt und erinnert dessen Besitzer auch mit einem echt metallischen Klingeln an alte Telekommunikationszeiten. Das Liebhaberstück soll laut Angaben von SparFun überdoll dort funktionieren, wo es Mobilfunknetze im 900MHz/1800MHz bzw. 1900MHz-Bereich gibt.

    Wer alle Fehler in diesem Absatz oder im ganzen Artikel findet darf sie behalten.

    Firewall Fiction

    With broadband routers becoming more and more common even in private households, using and maintaining a firewall is no longer the exclusive job of a professional IT administrator. Even the mainstream IT press is starting to cover the setup and configuration of firewalls and there are many tips and tricks to be found on public web sites.

    However, as with many new technologies, there are a lot of “urban myths” to be found about how firewalls work and about what they and some of their settings actually do. Below, you’ll find the most common errors when dealing with firewalls in particular order. Check for yourself whether you stumbled in one of the traps listed.

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    Testing PlogIt

    Was tut man, wenn das Wetter endlich mal wieder schön ist und man sich dementsprechend an der frischen Luft befindet? Genau: man packt den Treo aus und bloggt per PlogIt. Sofern die Tochter das gestattet, versteht sich :-)

    Novell vs. Microsoft – The Other Way Round This Time?

    The decline of Netware and thus Novell started when Windows got hold of corporate desktops. In its wake, Windows NT got its foot into the enterprise networks, replacing Netware. Now, Novell is targeting the corprate desktops with Novell Linux Desktop 10, due next year. And judging from what Nat Friedman, vice president of desktop and collaboration engineering at Novell, said, the challenge is on:

    “We are outpacing Microsoft on the desktop. The Linux desktop has been in development for less time than Windows, and we are already surpassing them.”

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    Hallo, UMTS!

    Umts AbdeckungIch gestehe, ich bin überrascht. UMTS, hier auf’m Dorf? Und dann noch in (angeblich) guter Qualität von meinem derzeit präferierten Mobilfunk-Anbieter? Das verspricht spannend zu werden.

    Wer möchte, kann die Verfügbarkeit von O2-UMTS für seine Postleitzahl hier testen: