Archive for August, 2009

xkcd: Branding, browsing interwebs without Adblock Plus

August 17th, 2009 No comments

xkcd - Branding

So I guess you better download it now!

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Meet the L33ts: n00b boyfriend

August 11th, 2009 No comments


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Windows 7 available for MSDN and Technet subscribers!

August 8th, 2009 1 comment

A bit late on this one, Windows 7 has finally hit MSDN and Technet subscribers, go grab your product key and ISO.

Windows 7 MSDN

As posted earlier the Windows 7 hashes remain the same. Dont forget to grab the latest Windows 7 SDK and the RTM version of the Windows API Code Pack for .NET Framework.

From Channel 9:

Enjoy, I’m house hunting this weekend!

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Boffins get 1,000,000 Linux Kernels running as virtual machines!

August 4th, 2009 No comments

Thats right, that wasn’t a typo. Some crazy boffins at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, have run more than a million Linux kernels as virtual machines out of which 20,000 can be run simultaneously! Why on earth would they attempt such feats?

Prehaps this XKCD may jog your memory

XKCD: Networking

Yep, just about:

The technique will allow them to effectively observe behaviour found in malicious botnets, or networks of infected machines that can operate on the scale of a million nodes.


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New Google Image search options bring some coolness!

August 3rd, 2009 No comments
Google Image Search Options

Google Image Search Options

I haven’t searched for images in quite sometime but just realised that Google has updated its image search options!

Lets say your looking for some photos on Windows 7, but you don’t want all the screenshots of the operating system, instead you want just people. Select Faces option and voilla, people images.

What about some photos of Australia? Maybe photos that show just how harsh our climate is in the dessert? Historical or artsy Black & White ones? You get the idea 🙂

Awesome and useful! If you’ve ever wondered what I look like, all you have to do is search (heheh).

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Preorder Snow Lepoard on

August 3rd, 2009 No comments

You can now preorder Snow Lepoard (the worlds most advanced operating system!) on now!


I’ve pre-ordered mine for our Macs at home.

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Quick Tip: Converting an Enum from a string using C# Generics

August 3rd, 2009 No comments

Here’s a quick tip for you. Converting a string back to an Enum using Generics in C#.

private static T ToEnum<T>(string value)
	return (T) Enum.Parse(typeof(T), value);

Nice and easy, here’s an example usage – very lame I know.

// Original enum
UriFormat uriFormat = UriFormat.SafeUnescaped;
// Persisted value
string uriFormatText = uriFormat.ToString();
// Back to the enum from the persisted value
UriFormat uriFormatParsed = ToEnum<UriFormat>(uriFormatText);


Another juicy tidbit is coming, hang in there.

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Linux Btrfs: A short history of btrfs

August 2nd, 2009 No comments

Valerie Aurora (such a cool name!) takes a look into the history of Btrfs, well written and easy to follow.

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Apple Security: I’m in yo keeboards hax0ring yo porn sitez.

August 2nd, 2009 No comments

I’ll let you decide if this is LOL worthy.

APPLE KEYBOARDS ARE vulnerable to a hack that puts keyloggers and malware directly into the keyboard. This could be a serious problem, and now that the presentation and code is out there, the bad guys will surely be exploiting it.

The vulnerability was discovered by K. Chen, and he gave a talk on it at Blackhat this year. The concept is simple, a modern Apple keyboard has about 8K of flash memory, and 256 bytes of working ram. For the intelligent, this is more than enough space to have a field day.

Nothing is encrypted, decrypted, and the process is simple. You then resume HIDFirmwareUpdaterTool, and in a few seconds, your keyboard is compromised. Formatting the OS won’t do you any good, the code is in keyboard flash. There are no batteries to pull, no nothing, the keyboard is simply compromised.

Then from the proof of concept document:

The application checks a number of properties of the keyboard and checks the validity of the ?rmware image ?le kbd 0x0069 0x0220.irrxfw in the bundle. The ?rmware validity checking routine is called CRC32: and is the 75 byte routine starting at 0x00003005. Despite the name, this routine does not do CRC32 at all and in fact, it simply just adds up the bytes of the ?rmware image ?le and the application veri?es that the sum is 0x252ed7.

EPIC FAIL. While the rest of the world has been working hard on securing the fabrics of their kernel, Apple have concentrated on painting the Lepoard with new stripes. Before you fall into a trap thinking this isn’t as big as they make it out to be – because you need physical (and root) access to update firmware (and the user would have to approve), think of malware or a Safari related exploit. How many security conscience Mac users are there do you think? Wasn’t the original deal move to Mac and forget all your troubles?

Surely Apple can’t be the only keyboard at fault, I’m sure my Razer Tarrantula (with a few modifications) can fall into the same trap – atleast you’d hope so, for Apple’s sake (or not!).

Anyway, woo WINdows 7 to Technet/MSDN guys this week!

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