July 2006

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Ebay award

Should ebay just be leaving these out there?

http://pages.ebay.com/awards/StarAwardPurple.pdf

http://pages.ebay.com/awards/StarAwardYellow.pdf

http://pages.ebay.com/awards/StarAwardBlue.pdf

 http://pages.ebay.com/awards/StarAwardRed.pdf

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medieval times

Celebrated the anniversary in style yesterday by going to medieval times. Was it worth $100 for the two of us…..I think so. The food was good. The show was really good. They had quite a few sword slinging action scenes. I wouldn’t recommend buying any of the vast amounts of crap they try to sell you when you get in the doors.

They have some cool videos of the type of action you will see there at thier web site http://medievaltimes.com .  They also do some nice horse riding.  I think that one more interested in horses would have a nice time there.
A hidden problem with the event was that they feed you caffeinated  beverages at a fairly late hour of the evening.  This resulted in some lost sleep for me.

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Since I dropped sbc’s Internet service, they shut down my pop access to my yahoo account. This was expected. I decided to pony up the $19.95 to get access for a year. Here’s the server setup.

Incoming Mail Server (POP3): pop.mail.yahoo.com
Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): smtp.mail.yahoo.com using SMTP port 587

I also want to quit my mail.com email account completely. Between the ads and the spam, they just suck. Yahoo mail is a much better option. I purchased one month of POP3 access from mail.com for $4.95. This should be enough time for me to close out the account.

Account Name : [username:domain#mail.com]
Incoming Mail Server: [pop1.mail.com]
Outgoing Mail Server: [smtp1.mail.com]

I am posting these addresses because they are very hard to find on the vendor’s pages. They want you to visit their sites so that you can be attacked by thier ads. This is especially true of the worst webmail on the planet, mail.com.

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Think big

Trying the best I can to figure out how to attract more people to supersledonline.com. There aren’t many sled racing sites around. I’m trying to work out a merger between us and rpmextreme.com. They have about 100 uses and specialize in asphalt sledding. We have a couple of members in common. I hope they accept the offer.

Great discussion on the fedora-admin list today. I am unoffically in charge of figuring out the new account system. This will be interesting. I just have to get things in order and start running with them. I’m checking out the default LDAP schemas today to see if they will work with the system.

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Check it out www.supersledonline.com . Pretty soon it will be the best sledding site there is.

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I spent too much time trying to replace the cruddy (cause it’s not the best card in Linux) Broadcom 4318. HP has the BIOS tweeked so that it will only accept one type of card. I really wanted to switch to an Intel card. Even the HP branded intel card won’t work. The card works fine if I install it after the laptop has powered up. I’m calling price fixing on this one.

Here’s a sample eeprom dump from an HP branded Intel ipw2200.

Offset Values
—— ——
0x0000 02 a5 00 80 20 42 86 80 f5 12 3c 10 18 00 01 03
0x0010 00 dc 22 c8 00 40 01 13 00 00 00 05 00 00 00 00
0x0020 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
0x0030 00 00 00 00 30 30 31 32 46 30 43 44 45 36 34 42
0x0040 2f 9b 00 12 f0 cd e6 4b 00 46 04 05 5a 5a 4d 00
0x0050 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
0x0060 0c 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 03 00
0x0070 32 38 35 42 54 00 00 00 00 43 35 39 36 31 37 30
0x0080 31 31 00 00 34 0f e7 32 03 01 d2 05 83 ff 00 00
0x0090 14 16 12 00 0f 10 f0 00 00 00 00 01 f0 f0 00 00
0x00a0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 f8 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
0x00b0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
0x00c0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
0x00d0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00
0x00e0 00 00 00 00 03 16 01 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00 00
0x00f0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

Resources

Hp forum
Anandtech

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Photos galore

Finally put some work into integrating gallery and wordpress. I also discovered that some of the images I uploaded into wordpress didn’t thumbnail due to the fact that I didn’t have php-gd installed at the time of the uploading. I reuploaded them today and everything went okie dokie.

Images from the gallery

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I am reading the resources that go along with the vortex 1 wargame from pulltheplug.org.  For fun, I modified one of their simple buffer overflow examples from 32 to 64 bit.  Here’s the code.

void function(int a, int b, int c) {
char buffer1[5];
char buffer2[10];
int *ret;

ret = buffer1 + 24;
(*ret) += 7;
}

void main() {
int x;

x = 1;
function(1,2,3);
x = 0;
printf(“%d\n”,x);
}

The hard part was finding out what to add to the buffer1 address to point to the function’s return address.  Buffer1 takes 8 bytes wich makes sence on a 64 bit system.  What doesn’t make sense is that there is still 16bytes.  I don’t think that it is all occupied by the frame pointer, but that’s all the resources mention.

The number 7 is added because adding 7 bytes moved the IP to the printf line.  In my testing the x=0 line was at 0x00000000004004f5 and the printf was at 0x00000000004004fc.  A difference of 7 bytes.

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I recently purchased the Xantrex Xpower 400 from BestBuy for around $125. The unit is pretty hefty at 32 pounds. It is 18.5 x 4.25 x 10.5“ (47 x 10.8 x 26.7 cm) in size, so it fit nicely behind my desk. It’s not bad looking. The grey color fits in with the dark theme I have in my room.

They don’t kid about the 20 hour charging time. The unit took almost exactly 20 hours to charge up from an out of the box state. During the charging period, I noticed that the fans are quite annoying. I was plesently suprised when they turned off when the unit reached full capacity. Now the thing is practically silent.

The unit displays the battery life left by default. It is currently FUL. It also has the ability to display the power usage (in watts) by pushing the button on top.

It’s really cool that I can tell how much power my computers use now. My desktop uses a whopping 160W. No wonder it didn’t start up correctly all the time and I had to hit the power button a couple of times (a problem that the UPS fixed BTW). My epc 40 router takes about 20W. The D-Link 4300 and my laptop take around 10W.

The only real knock I have on the unit is that there is no external access to the devices status. If I want to know the load of the device, I have to mosey under my desk and hit a button. Because of this, I wouldn’t recommend it for server use (Even though the idiot I talked to at Best Buy said it worked great for servers). I highly recommend the device for personal items or for routers; devices that cannot monitor a UPS battery status in the first place. As mentioned before, it also provides cleaner power than the normal outlet.  I like getting infomation on power spikes and dips.  This infomation cannot be gotten from one of these devies either.

With my router, desktop, laptop and flatscreen plugged in I am using 220W. According to what’s on the box, it can linerally run 1W for 460 hours. Going by that, it should run my 220W for 2.1 hours (460/220) or 2 hours 6 minutes. That’s pretty amazing and much more than I actually need.

I mentioned the idiot at Best Buy. I was lied to several times by the person I was talking to. He insisted that since the box said 8 hours of power that it was better than the UPS in the box that said 2 hours of power. When I asked him if the comparison was the same, he didn’t answer. When I asked him what the battery life would be if I plugged in a microwave, he said he didn’t know. He also lied about the sticker price of the item. I should’ve buried him on the spot, but I was nice.

So far so good, I highly recommend this device in non-server situations or in situation where the operator will be at the devices and can shut them off in an emergency or if it doesn’t matter if the device gets the power cut after 2 hours.

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