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After a more than a year messing around with Linux on my laptop, I finally took the plunge when Slackware 11 came out. Windows went away, and I popped in my install dvd. I plan on writing up my experience getting it running on my Averatec 3270 one of these days... hopefully in the early days of December.

So about that Macbook... a friend of mine finally bought his last night, and we played with it. I love it... the last time I had the chance to play with a Mac, it was OS7 in my grandmother's newspaper office... a rather underwhelming experience, let me assure you. I had a close friend with OSX, but I never really did anything with his computer... but last night I played with that Macbook Pro, and I was impressed. It was responsive, it wasn't difficult to find things, and best of all, it had a remote... I've decided that I'm going to investigate putting an infrared adapter inside my notebook. tnkgrl of the Averatec Forums added bluetooth to another model from the same maker... I have high hopes for doing something similar on mine. The Apple Remote only costs $30, so if I could get this working, it'd be pimptastic.

Alright, so I REALLY liked the interface in OSX... so, I downloaded Baghira and Kxdocker, and went to work. Now my Slack 11 looks like OSX... eh heh heh... I'm still working out the kinks in Kxdocker, but it seems to work fine. Only downside? I need to upgrade my memory. The interface is really nice... but you notice how sluggish it is. This IS Slackware, after all.

So that leads me to my next project... Making Fluxbox look like OSX. I'll return KDE to its pristine state (or maybe make it look like Windows Classic, I'm not sure which yet), and fix Fluxbox to work like KDE does now (only much faster, of course.) I haven't found anybody else who's done this, so we'll see how it works.

Well, that should sufficiently do it. I'll try to find time to document what I'm doing in future blog posts... posts in the near future, that is. Persephone!

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Security Leftovers

  • Thousands of FedEx customers' private info exposed in legacy server data breach

    Uncovered by Kromtech Security Center, the parent company of MacKeeper Security, the breach exposed data such as passport information, driver's licenses and other high profile security IDs, all of which were hosted on a password-less Amazon S3 storage server.

  • Correlated Cryptojacking

    they include The City University of New York (cuny.edu), Uncle Sam's court information portal (uscourts.gov), Lund University (lu.se), the UK's Student Loans Company (slc.co.uk), privacy watchdog The Information Commissioner's Office (ico.org.uk) and the Financial Ombudsman Service (financial-ombudsman.org.uk), plus a shedload of other .gov.uk and .gov.au sites, UK NHS services, and other organizations across the globe.

    Manchester.gov.uk, NHSinform.scot, agriculture.gov.ie, Croydon.gov.uk, ouh.nhs.uk, legislation.qld.gov.au, the list goes on.

  • Facebook using 2FA cell numbers for spam, replies get posted to the platform

    Replies ending up as comments appears to be a bizarre bug, but the spamming seems intentional.

  • Swedish Police website hacked [sic] to mine cryptocurrency

    Remember now, it is a Police Force that allowed their website to be hijacked by this simple attack vector. The authority assigned to serve and protect. More specifically, the authority that argues that wiretapping is totally safe because the Police is competent in IT security matters, so there’s no risk whatsoever your data will leak or be mishandled.

    This is one of the websites that were trivially hacked [sic].

    It gives pause for thought.

    It also tells you what you already knew: authorities can’t even keep their own dirtiest laundry under wraps, so the notion that they’re capable or even willing to protect your sensitive data is hogwash of the highest order.

  • New EU Privacy Law May Weaken Security

    In a bid to help domain registrars comply with the GDPR regulations, ICANN has floated several proposals, all of which would redact some of the registrant data from WHOIS records. Its mildest proposal would remove the registrant’s name, email, and phone number, while allowing self-certified 3rd parties to request access to said data at the approval of a higher authority — such as the registrar used to register the domain name.

    The most restrictive proposal would remove all registrant data from public WHOIS records, and would require legal due process (such as a subpoena or court order) to reveal any information supplied by the domain registrant.

  • Intel hit with 32 lawsuits over security flaws

    Intel Corp said on Friday shareholders and customers had filed 32 class action lawsuits against the company in connection with recently-disclosed security flaws in its microchips.

  • The Risks of "Responsible Encryption"

    Federal law enforcement officials in the United States have recently renewed their periodic demands for legislation to regulate encryption. While they offer few technical specifics, their general proposal—that vendors must retain the ability to decrypt for law enforcement the devices they manufacture or communications their services transmit—presents intractable problems that would-be regulators must not ignore.

  • Reviewing SSH Mastery 2nd Ed

    It’s finally out ! Michael W Lucas is one of the best authors of technical books out there. I was curious about this new edition. It is not a reference book, but covers the practical aspects of SSH that I wish everybody knew. Rather than aggregating different articles/blogs on SSH, this book covers 90% of the common use cases for SSH that you will ever encounter.