Thursday, August 31, 2006

OpenBSD Errata 005, 006, 007, 008

OpenBSDThe OpenBSD team has released 4 updates for OpenBSD 3.9:
  • 005: potential denial of service problem has been found in sendmail
  • 006: off-by-one error in dhcpd(8) -- it is possible to cause dhcpd(8) to exit (CVE-2006-3122)
  • 007: possible to cause kernel panic when more than the default number of sempahores have been allocated
  • 008: problem in isakmpd(8) caused IPsec to run partly without replay protection

I've uploaded more binpatches. Additionally, I created an OpenBSD Binpatches page to list all of the binpatches I'm maintaining instead of putting them in individual posts.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Pirates 2

Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's ChestI actually saw this movie a few weeks ago and never posted about it. I did like the first Pirates of the Carribean and was looking forward to Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest.

I had heard a lot of hype about the movie and many criticisms about the decision to open Superman Returns the weekend before PotC2. If it was better than Superman, then I had to see it. I saw Superman twice. And loved it both times.

Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss SunshinePrior to seeing Little Miss Sunshine tonight, I had only spoken to three people who had seen it. All three said it was a "must see" and that it was really good. Normally I take these things with a grain of salt but two of these people are among those whose opinions I think I trust (at least in terms of spending $9 on a movie). The third was our waitress for dinner right before going to the theater.

All I have to say is: they weren't joking.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Ubuntu Revisited

Ubuntu LinuxI was able to get my hands on a currently unused Dell Latitude D505 laptop at work. I installed Ubuntu 6.06 on it. I continue to be impressed.

Most everything just works. You press the power key and you're prompted with a menu with options to Restart, Lock the screen, Switch Users, Logoff, Power Down, Hibernate or Suspend. You close the lid, plugged in, and the screen blanks & locks. You close the lid on battery and it automatically suspends. You want to modify the volume: Fn+PageUp/Down (just like Windows). You go on battery & a new icon appears with the amount of estimated battery time left. You move your finger up and down across the right side of the trackpad and windows scroll. I did have to work hard to make the wireless card work. It also took some effort to watch DVD movies & Youtube videos. Keep reading for more on that.

If I didn't already have a Mac, I'd take back my Inspiron 8600 from my wife and install Ubuntu on it.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Ubuntu Desktop

Ubuntu LinuxTo try to broaden my Linux horizons, I wanted to try out a different distribution. Most of my Linux experience has been with one Redhat release or another (Redhat <= 9, Fedora Core 1-5, RHEL 3/4) and, to a lesser extent, Mandrake. I have installed Suse only to blow it away (had no use for it). I hadn't looked into Debian, Gentoo or Ubuntu. Until now.

A co-worker told me that he replaced his Fedora install on his laptop with Ubuntu and was really happy with it. So, I fired up a Parallels session on my Mac Mini and decided to install Ubuntu Desktop 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake).

I must say, it was a very pleasant experience...

Thursday, August 3, 2006

The Dark Knight Strikes Again

The Dark Knight Strikes AgainAfter reading The Dark Knight Returns, I had to get my hands on the sequel: The Dark Knight Strikes Again.

Set three years after The Dark Knight Returns, the government is working to stifle peoples' freedoms. The president is a puppet of Lex Luthor and Brainiac. Superman seems to be a puppet too.

Batman, Catgirl (Carrie Kelly) and their small army of "batmen" and superheroes (Green Arrow, Atom, Flash, Plastic Man, Elongated Man) fight, again, to right the world. In their way is Superman, who is being blackmailed with the miniature city of Kandor.