* Posts by colinm

13 posts • joined 23 Nov 2010

Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users


Manual lookup howto

You can manually look up your dynamic IP by specifically querying noip's DNS servers, e.g.

$ dig hostname @nf1.no-ip.com (or nf2, nf3, nf4 or nf5)

Intel to leave desktop motherboard market



They were my first choice because of their good Linux support.

Hexing MAC address reveals Wifi passwords


Simple fix, but...

> The good news is that users need only change the password to make the poorly-coded default codes irrelevant.

Well, yes, but it doesn't inspire confidence that they've not made other similar blunders that affect users' security.

RedSleeve does RHEL-ish clone for ARM

Thumb Up

Raspberry Pi?


src: http://lists.redsleeve.org/pipermail/users/2012-March/000002.html

Comet 'sold 94,000 pirate Windows CDs', claims Microsoft


For my last two machines, I've taken a full image of the hard drive before I boot it for the first time.

The only way to be sure.

Microsoft flags Firefox and Chrome for security failings


Qualys browser check...

...says my version of Java ( is an "Insecure version" (in red text) and I should upgrade to

I check the 6u27 release notes to find "Java SE 6u27 does not add any fixes for security vulnerabilities beyond those in Java SE 6u26".

Future Firefox to slurp updates silently


I usually run Firefox on Linux with root owning the files and chowning them temporarily when I upgrade. I can't see this method working too well in the future.

Hackers jailbreak iOS 5 in under 24 hours


If I were Apple...

If I were Apple, I'd keep any new anti-jailbreaking plans under wraps until the public iOS 5 release, not add them to a beta and give the jailbreakers a several-month heads-up.

India calls RIM's bluff on email access


RE: @colinm: Feistel

Alas my obscure xkcd comic references (http://xkcd.com/153/) appear to be too obscure...


RE: Dear India

Maybe in the Feistel cipher's s-boxes, simply take the bitstring down, flip it and reverse it?

Western Digital My Book Live Nas box


Power usage?

Could The Reg get a watt meter (e.g. N67HH from Maplin) and quote the typical power usage in their reviews of always-on equipment?

Microsoft's Office nagware dead in icy water


RE: Office 2000

Office 2000 isn't getting security patches any more, so that's one good reason to change.

Jumpin' Meerkats! Ubuntu moving to daily downloads?



That sounds rather like Debian unstable (Sid)...

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