Tuesday, May 31, 2005
If you are feeling like sending me something special, I would love to receive an email from you (which would allow me to reply personally) or an e-card (Hallmark have some fantastic free birthday E-Cards) or perhaps just a comment on the blog. Regardless of what you choose to do (if anything), I will be most appreciative.
That reminds me: despite what some people have said to me, you don't actually need to be a member of blogger.com to comment on this blog, I have deliberately made sure that anonymous comments are allowed.
Stay tuned, after my birthday I have a new and mildly exciting statistic lined up.
Monday, May 30, 2005
I hate you!
I allways hated u the most!
I hope a giant rat lands on your head!
Amusing as it may seem to send that, I had something even more amusing for him in return, an account balance of 50 cents and turning on cost control...it was well timed actually, as I saw him today trying to access the internet and getting a "You have exceeded your download quota" message...a quick explanation and a laugh and I fixed it up for him....and for the other people who noticed and were critical of the cost control, I was monitoring his account balance and would have bumped it up a bit if it was going to run out before I got back and had a chance to talk to him.
And naturally, as we have a flat rate internet fee for students, cost control is irrelevant in the overall scheme of things...it is just a quick way to deny a person internet access but let them access the school website and email.
Memo to self: Write down 1000 times "Always heat food properly"
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Sunday, May 22, 2005
6 x Standard Mug (1 point each) = 6 Points
Total = 6 Points
Saturday, May 21, 2005
I have changed the settings slightly so that now the last 14 days appear on the front page and the feed.
For some reason this sent the feed into ga-ga land and it was only giving out 4 posts from a couple weeks back, this has fixed itself overnight (good, I didn't have to do it!) and the feed works properly again.
I apoligise to feed subscribers who experienced problems, hopefully it won't happen again.
Feed subscribers will now have a shorter list of recent posts making it easier and faster to obtain, and people visiting the front page of the blog will have a shorter page which loads much faster.
3 x Standard Mug (1 point each) = 3 Points
1 x 75% Travel Mug (1.5 points each) = 1.5 Points
1 x Full 90%ish Travel Mug (2 points each) = 2 Points
Total = 6.5 Points
Friday, May 20, 2005
George Moore, the person who was filling in for Lawsie until recently was good, but I don't think he was quite suited to Lawsie's timeslot, his weekend show is excellent, but weekends are entirely different to weekdays. So hooray for Tim!
Unfortunately, the insurance company who are insuring the event are insisting that nobody under the age of 18 attends. This is the same insurance company that insisted on having me get a perental not to fly in the 2CC Traffic Plane despit the fact I'll be over 18 by that time because they are convinced everyone wants to hijack and crash planes....
Incidentally, the dinner will be exactly one week before my 18th birthday.
I do have to wonder why I was able to enter the competition in the first place....
It led me to a site called Wildlife Control Supplies who not only sell Goose Repellant, but also Deer Repellant, Snake-a-way Snake Repellant, Bat-a-way, Rat-a-way, 4 the Birds Transparent Repellant Gel and more.
Some of the prices and quantities are even better, want a gallon on Goose repellant...sure, that is only a mere US$219.95
Some of the other products are even better, they have these giant plyer things that allow you to grab a cat that has run up a tree...you might need the arm protector sleeves and the gloves with 400 stainless steel safety bars if you attempt a cat rescue like this.
Pure Coyote and Fox toilet products are also available (the liquid type).
Don't forget the gift certificates for those times when you just don't know what to get the person who has every sane product on the planet.
Visit www.wildlifecontrolsupplies.com for more info
2 x standard mug (1 point each) = 2 points
2 x 75% travel mug (1.5 points each) = 3 points
Total = 5 Points
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
5 x Standard Mug (1 point each) = 5 points
2 x 75% Travel Mug (1.5 points each) = 3 points
Total = 8 points
The even better news is that, like Firefox and Open Office, the open source goodness isn't limited to the world of Linux, and does in fact work on Windows, Macintosh OS X & Macintosh OS 9 and earlier.
Tux Racer can be downloaded from http://tuxracer.sourceforge.net/
3 x Standard Mug (1 point each) = 3 Cups
2 x 75%ish Travel Mug (1.5 points each) = 3 Cups
Total = 6 Cups
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Of course, not only are the ads appearing during expensive hours, but they also look fairly expensive...All this money going to the TV stations and not the hospitals...To quote Mr John Stanley "Oh Dear".
I think I'll give them a piece of my mind tomorrow morning, and time permitting, bring it up on the better breakfast program (2CC Mike Jefferys).
The spammers did get one thing right though, my account was suspended because I omitted my name, address & phone number (including phone numbers which have been disconnected).
They didn't think the email through though...They wanted me to verify a suspended account...In most cases the spammers try to hide the real URL to some extent, but not this one, I hovered on it and found that it would send me to bioclass.cs.ntou.edu.tw/chat/home/index.html (I'm not making a link out of it for obvious reasons).
3 x Standard Mug (1 point each) = 3 Cups
2 x 75%ish Travel Mug (1.5 points each) = 3 Cups
Total = 6 Cups
Monday, May 16, 2005
"Now you know"
Isn't it just wonderful that some people think that I shouldn't be able to express my own opinion, I pointed out to this person that "It is my blog and my opinion" and that "I might consider them to be an idiot on one day and not another, that is my choice, and it is my right to say that."
I didn't point this out, but if the person is reading this then they can read it anyway. If you don't like something I say, you have every right to call me an idiot, to reply with comments, and to dress in an orange tutu and dance down the street with signs saying "Samuel Is Wrong"...that is your choice...however, I have a right to express my opinion, and if you don't agree, fine you don't have to, but you don't have the right to stop me from saying it.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Just because Mozilla Firefox had a little security issue during the week, all these strange people have come out of their little boxes to enlighten us all to the benefits of Internet Explorer. So now I am going to settle the argument by saying this
"Every browser will have it's own security issues from time to time, they will vary in severity, and in some cases, will be downright dreadful. However, the difference between browsers is the amount of issues, and the time it takes to fix them. Internet Explorer has a long track history of having many many security issues at any given time, and Microsoft tend to release updates once per month, on the other hand you have Mozilla, they usually have no issues, and occasionally have one or two, and in most cases, a fix is available within a few days. The other fact is that IE integrates into Windows very very closely, which effectively gives exploits access to your data if they so desire, Firefox (and just about every other browser on the face of the planet) has little to no integration with the OS, meaning that exploits have much less access to data...Now do you see why Firefox is better from a security point of view?"
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Firstly, seeing as it was just after midnight when I was fiddling with Windows & CUPS, I can say that the first idiots I ran into were Microsoft, the lovely people who have a default setting in their CUPS server which wants Internet Explorer authentication. Considering that the whole point of CUPS is OS independent printer support, and that the ONLY OS which has Internet Explorer nowadays is Windows, this has to be one of the most ridiculous setting I have seen yet.
Next Idiots, ACTION (Yea, I know, I'm beating the ACTION Rant drum again), not the drivers, just the administrators. I was at my bus stop at 8:30, a whole 5 minutes before my bus was due, but did it turn up? Of course not...but I stayed at that bus stop anyway because a teacher lives nearby and drives past there in the morning, and would be happy to give me a lift...unfortunately she had already gone, but I didn't know that, so I waited for her or the next "38" bus. The 38 is due before the 36, so there was no point walking down the street to the other bus stop where I could catch a 36 or a 38, because that would eliminate the "get a lift" possibility...but lo and behold, the 36 came nearly 10 minutes early, and I was left to watch it go around the corner. Eventually the next 38 came...but it was too late to get to Dickson College at 8:50 to do what I wanted to do, and I was late for my 9am class.
My day at Dickson College was filled with people stepping out in front of me, cutting me off, and in general, blocking my walking path...thanks, I really needed that
Idiot number three, Dinal (Yes Dinal, it is you!). I am hoping that, other than Microsoft employees, there aren't more people like Dinal who think that Internet Explorer is better than Firefox...what kind of idiot thinks that a major-security-risk-integrated
I had a bit of a break from idiots, I spent two hours in the library (good thing I was working, that way I didn't have to attend an assembly filled with idiots playing loud "music" and apparently "dancing"), then I had a class, and went into Civic to await a friend's arrival. This waiting period proved interesting:
To start with, more people blocking my walking path for no good reason...it just so happens that I walk faster than most people, and stepping out in front of me is very annoying, but it doesn't stop most people from doing it anyway.
I went to sit down on a seat to wait for the person's arrival, but just before I could sit down, somebody jumped in the way and sat down instead, so I sat on a different seat. Incidentally, this "somebody" was only seated for 30 seconds...hardly seems worth the bother does it?
While I was sitting down, two people walked past and nearly sat on me....the day keeps getting better doesn't it?
The person I was waiting for arrived on time, and I got on the bus with them, naturally, somebody had taken my favourite seat 20 seconds before me, so I sat down elsewhere and moved onto my favourite seat when it was vacated.
On the way back was no better, firstly I was treated as a bag rest by someone...they just plonked their bag right on top of me!! At an interchange, an old woman got on with a trolley overflowing with plastic bags...the bus was already crowded without that...and it seemed quite awkward for her to manoeuvre it...her trying to get off the bus with it was worse though. The other amazingly dumb idiot was just nuts. They had headphones, but they were wearing them around their neck, not on their ears, the headphones were also blaring...making it impossible to hear the driver's radio, which is a pity because I missed some good bits, I think the driver had difficulty hearing the radio over these headphones at time as well.
After getting off the bus, I sat down and got out my thermos, poured my coffee into my linux.conf.au mug, and had my coffee. This was, however, interrupted by another idiot, this one happened to be from my college, and they recognised me, so they came over and started asking me strange questions. "How old are you?" "What year are you in?" "What year were you in during 1990?" etc...this lasted about two minutes, after which they just walked off. Why did I put up with this? Quite simply because I know that they are less mentally capable than most, and have a habit of doing this.
That was Friday the 13th.
Maybe I should take the camera along and add the photos to my photo gallery.
Friday, May 13, 2005
I'm Happy :-)
At long long last I have managed to get a Linux installation to print to a windows printer, amazingly the printer is a "windows only" printer.
I have a Canon MPC400 printer, which only has drivers for Windows, I have tried connecting to it from Linux with drivers as close as possible before, but it hasn't worked...until now. Forget Samba printing, hooray for CUPS (Common Unix Printing System).
After a failed attempt at using SMB printing earlier tonight, I started thinking "Maybe I can download a program the intercepts print jobs sent to a certain compatible printer and redirects them to the windows-only printer." This was fairly pointless, and lead me to a heap of $100+ shareware apps that didn't do what I needed...then it struck me "I've seen CUPS in Windows before, but where?" I had a look throught the printer properties, nope, not there...hang on, it's in Windows Setup...
So I went to Control Panel, Add Or Remove Programs, Add/Remove Windows Components. I scrolled down to "Other Network File & Print Services", had a look inside and found "Print Services For Unix". Needless to say, I was getting excited by this stage, but the description once I clicked on it was even better "Enables UNIX clients to print to any printer available to this computer" (Linux, for those of you who don't know, is a UNIX derivative). Naturally, I installed this instantly, I watched it install as well.
After the installation I went back to the printer properties, but there was no change, and I thought "OK.....how does this work then.....", suddenly I remembered seeing it install IIS stuff (IIS being the built-in Windows web server), and I remembered that CUPS is an extension of HTTP. So, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, IIS, delve through the tree of servers, and I found printers at address http://server/printers/
So, back to my Linux machine, bring up firefox and go to http://192.168.0.5/printers/ (192.168.0.5 being the IP address of the computer with the printer), it asked me for a username and password, I entered numerous different ones, but that didn't work, so I hit cancel and got an IIS message telling me that webserver ACL's (Access Control List's) required me to login. Back to the Windows machine, try accessing the printer site using Internet Explorer and hey presto, it worked...this probably means Micorsoft did some nasty "Nothing but Internet Explorer" trick, which would be silly considering that it is supposed to give UNIX access to printers. Check authentication settings and (suprise suprise) discover that it is waiting for Internet Explorer to provide encrypted Windows style login details...well that's just stupid, Linux/Unix/The entire non-microsoft world (except for some old versions of Macintosh) don't use rubbish like Internet Explorer, we use good stuff, like Mozilla Firefox. I quickly changed it to anonymous access, but before hitting OK I realised the security implications, the rest of the world can now use my printer....oh, hang on, no they can't, I'm safe behind my firewall...hit OK.
Back to my Linux machine and Mozilla Firefox, yay, I can now access the printer site, but I need the printer address, click on the printer and I now see the address is http://192.168.0.5/printers/Printer/.printer tell Linux this and it asks me what sort of printer I have...Canon, naturally it didn't have my MPC400, so I chose the closest thing, the MPC5000 (which happens to use bjc600 drivers). For the first time ever, I didn't get a "can't connect to server" message. I sent a test page to the printer.....the printer started making noise, my excitement shot through the roof, the printer was PRINTING FROM LINUX, yes, my windows-only printer was PRINTING FROM LINUX, I saw the test page emerge from the printer, I deliberately collapsed, got up, picked up the test page, danced around the room for a bit, put down the test page and, in excitement, started typing this...yes, I repeat, my windows-only printer was PRINTING FROM LINUX.
EDIT: Due to the number of people who are landing on my blog for information on Linux and the Canon MPC400, I have decided to add this note, as per the Linux Printing post I have discovered that the MPC400 works best with the Canon S630 drivers. END EDIT
In case you're wondering, the reason I did all this is because I had two web pages to print, and was too lazy to walk to another computer and print them from there!!
I thought you might like to see my first ever Linux to Windows test page...no not particularly??? Well here it is anyway!!
Thursday, May 12, 2005
You draw pictures of course!! Which is exactly what I did...this one in fact.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
I Must be really old in dog years!!
Samuel's blog http://smoothwallsamuel.blogspot.com
Samuel at LCA 2005 www.ibiblio.org/netsec/
Protect your network www.smoothwall.org
Monday, May 09, 2005
Alrighty then, It looks like my SNAP position as an IT Admin at Dickson College will continue for the rest of the year (less paper work, and provides me with some job security). I was planning on finishing up at Dickson at the end of the semester as I have completed enough courses to do so, however paperwork is an issue there...and I'm not quite sure I've done enough hours on my SNAP to finish up at that stage. I can remain enrolled without being enrolled in classes, which is useful as I have a number of other things in the pipeline at the moment:
I am on a list of interested people (I don't know how long it is, but I don't think it is very long) at Canberra's Talk Radio 2CC as a Panel Op...we'll see what happens.
Australian Independent Radio News are looking at potentially making me a Canberra reporter, and perhaps even a weekend news reader.
The IT people at the Australian National University are apparently looking for somebody to work there for six months...it might be me, but we'll just have to wait and see.
On another note, I had a phone call from ACTION last week (or to be more precise, ACTION's version of the Iraqi Department Of Information) informing me that everything ACTION does is wonderful...nice try guys, but I'm not buying it, especially when flexibus is happily falling to pieces anyway, and the morning 38 is completely ignoring all timetables and running whenever it feels like it.
In case you don't recall the Iraqi DOI, they were the people who informed everyone that American troops were not in Iraq, even when they were being blown up by them.
Monday, May 02, 2005
Probably because I haven't posted anything...so let me make some noise....
ACTION still haven't replied to my email, however I have noticed some silent action taking place. The 8:35 bus does appear to be purposefully be running 5 minutes late now, twice in a row, maybe it will be three times in a row tommorow...
I have some interesting career news, but that will have to wait for confirmation, hopefully tommorow.
By the way, I thought you would have still been at college if you're only 17. John B1_B5.
Yes, I'm still at college, Dickson College to be precise.
I've been reliably informed by ACTION insiders that flexibus is falling to pieces anyway...just wait for the statement from ACTION saying "It's all the government's fault"