Nitek Plus problem ?

My Dive Rite Nitek Plus follows me on every dive the last 2 years.

Today i show something strange. After a small repeated dive (just 3-4 meters) it correctly displays the dive but it give a 0 C temperature.

Strange ? Yes.

Dreambox DM7000

Starting from today i am a proud owner of a DM7000 🙂

It was on the whishlist for a long time.

The box came with a 80GB hardisk installed=plenty of room to store recordings.

First thoughts: The box is more than perfect.
Channel Switching is really fast. I cannot compare it with my old skystar 2 PC card.
Channel searching is also fast. Movie quality on the Sony 29″ awsome.

Now i can say that i will have all my weekend to do tests. Install a new image and a couple of plugins.

Of course the network cable is allready plugged and i can do the usual [b]ping dreambox[/b] 🙂

Happy playing 🙂

Sveasoft Talisman Firmware

Yesterday sveasoft released their new firmware. A lot of changes if you compare it with Alchemy, and a really nice interface

The only problem is that pppoe doesn’t work. I cannot get an IP from the DHCP server. Probably they will fix it in a day or two.

I will keep you posted.

Solaris 9 on Sparcstation 5

I had some spare time and i tried to install Solaris 9 from media 09/04 on my Sparcstation 5, solaris 10 wasn’t and option since Sun dropped support for sun4m architecture.

It was the first time that i was decided to start the install using the Install CD insted of the usual Software 1/2 CD. OK i will not do it again. Read why…

I tried booting from the install CD using a “boot cdrom”, here is the output:
SunOS Release 5.9 Version Generic_117171-07 32-bit
Copyright 1983-2003 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All rights reserved.
Use is subject to license terms.
Configuring /dev and /devices
Using RPC Bootparams for network configuration information.
Skipping interface le0
Searching for configuration file(s)…
Search complete.

The Solaris Installer can be run in English, or any of the following languages:

1) English 6) Japanese
2) German 7) Korean
3) Spanish 8) Swedish
4) French 9) Simplified_Chinese
5) Italian 10) Traditional_Chinese
Select the language you want to use to run the installer: 1
[b]96Mb of memory is required for Solaris[/b].
[b]64Mb was found[/b].
Exiting

Nice ? I don’t meet the memory requirements 🙂 :).

Ok we have 2 options. Either buy some more memory or try the usual installation using the Software 1/2 CD.

I choose the second one.

The installation worked like a harm, no problems, no needs for updating the memory.

Just a small warning for the readers: The Full installation takes about 4 hours on a sparcstation.
Don’t try it at home 🙂

Solaris 10 and sun4m architecture

I was just about to download Solaris 10 for my little/old Sparcstation 5….

Sun dropped support for the sun4m architecture on Solaris 10 🙁

From the Solaris 10 Release Notes:
[url]http://docs.sun.com/app/docs/doc/817-0552/6mgbi4fh8?a=view[/url]
[quote]The following servers that are based on the sun4m architecture are
no longer supported in this Solaris release.
SPARCstation® 4
SPARCstation 5
SPARCstation 10
SPARCstation 20
SPARCstation LX
SPARCstation LX+
SPARCclassic
SPARCclassic X
SPARCengineTM EC 3
[/quote]

ethereal and securemote

Today i updated my securemote/secureclient to version R56 Build 619.

After the upgrade my ethereal stopped working.
The problem was with the winpcap driver. It didn’t return me any interface for capture.
Upgrading the winpcap from version 3.0 to version 3.01a solved my problem.

Debian drops Sparc development

The Register has an article about the decision of Debian release manager Steve Langasek to drop some architectures… Sparc is one of them.

[url]http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/03/14/debian_reduced/[/url]

Could somebody please explain me what i i will run on my sparc machines (beside Solaris of course) ?

Let’s hope that they will reconsider it again….

The Abyss Club

We are open and we are waiting.

TheAbyss club is open. [url]http://www.theabyss.gr[/url], for divers and non divers (yet). Only in Greek language for now.

Greek Divers come on and register yourself in the forum [url]http://www.theabyss.gr/forum[/url]

kernel 2.6.11

Or maybe it is 2.6.11.1, or it is 2.6.11.2 or it is 2.6.11.3 ?

Edit: 14/05/2004 I think today they desided that the latest 2.6 kernel is the 2.6.11.3 🙂

I was thinking to upgrade my machines…. NO, I will stay with the 2.6.10.
Read why…
[url]http://kerneltrap.org/node/4827[/url]

Remember the kernel numbering has changed….
The *.x.y kernels are unstable.
The *.x only kernels are stable.

That means that 2.6.12 will be a stable one, and 2.6.11.y is unstable

Good or bad… Time will tell

LAND attack

Do you remember those funny days 8 years ago, where you could crash your win95 colleague pc with a nice Blue screen of Death ?

Microsoft hasn’t forgotten you. Now you can still do it on Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2003.
Have a look at securityfocus: [url]http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/392354/2005-03-02/2005-03-08/0[/url]

Thank you microsoft

New gmail features

More gmail features:
a) Now we have a selection for the Gmail view:
A basic HTML view in case we don’t have a fully supported browser and the usual standard one.
b) We can also login to Gmail directly from Picasa and send the photos from your Gmail account

Firefox 1.0.1 Released

Firefox 1.0.1 released to fix a lot of security problems. The good think is that it appears that they corrected (a bit) the problem with rendering the slashdot pages

openwrt on WRT54GS

I found some time today to test the openwrt (again) in my WRT54GS.

I desided to drop the sveasoft firmware. The main reason is that every change in the firewall or QoS requires a reboot of the WRT54GS.

Building the openwrt firmware and all the packages talk about 2 hours. I provide all the packages on the following page [url]http://www.billy.gr/openwrt[/url]. I desided also that i need more stuff compiled in the busybox such as the following tools: hostname,ip,tftp and ftpget,ftpput,watch, telnet. Without them the original firmware is useless for me.

Getting to the internet is easy:
nvram set wan_ifname=ppp0
nvram set wan_proto=pppoe
nvram set wan_mtu=1492
nvram set pppoe_ifname=vlan1
nvram set ppp_username=username
nvram set ppp_passwd=password
nvram commit

Install the pppd,pppoecd packages and do a ifup wan, and you are up and running.

I will work a bit tomorrow regarding snmp support. Yes mrtg is an option that i use all the time

People looking for awstats

I see a lot of people trying to find out if i have awstats installed on my web site in order to use the configdir exploit. Logged attempts include:
/cgi-bin/awstats/awstats.pl
/cgi-bin/awstats.pl
/cgi/awstats.pl
/cp/awstats.pl
/awstats/awstats.pl
/stat-cgi/awstats.pl
/awstats/perl/awstats.pl
/cgi/awstats.pl

I don’t have awstats guys 🙂 🙂

Debrick a WRT54G for the second time

I week ago i debrick a WRT54G ([url]http://blog.billy.gr/archives/2005/02/12/debrick-a-wrt54g/[/url]) unfortunately it died again.

This time it wasn’t so easy. The main problem was that the CFE.BIN was corrupted = NO TFTP to put a new firmware.

The solution was to find a CFE.BIN and write it again on the WRT. After finally founding an image, i was able to put a new openwrt firmware. It took a lot of retries and erases of the nvram till the firmware boots. Which i cannot explain since it should create again the nvram filesystem on first reboot.

Don’t try a firmware over 3MB it will not work out. Believe me 🙂

I don’t know what exactly is the problem with that device. Maybe a flash problem. Anyway now it works, let’s see for how long 🙂

DSPAM 3.4.RC1

I use dspam for its speed and accuracy, for it’s web interface and statistics.

I miss one feature. Retrain via History. Why ? Cause i don’t like to bounce messages. Cause you cannot convince your users to do it, and do it properly, cause i use the signatureLocation=headers, and the only MUA that works is mutt.

I had a look today on the 3.4 RC-1 changelog.

Quoting from dspam site [url]http://dspam.nuclearelephant.com[/url]:

[quote]Retrain Options via History
Retraining options have been added to the history tab, allowing users to
quickly retrain messages without actually delivering or forwarding them. This
is ideal for lazy users.[/quote]

Yes i am a lazy user.

Thank you very much guys.

software suspend finally

After many, many reboots and kernel recompiles i can hibernate 🙂

It appears that it is an ACPI problem, but if a use a hdparm like this for my disk
[b]hdparm -d 1 -A 1 -m 16 -u 1 -a 64 /dev/hda[/b]

IT WORKS.

Probably that i can read from the disk fast before an ACPI event, i don’t know.

I haven’t test it yet with laptop mode, but at least it works without any problems so far.

See also my previous post:
[url]http://blog.billy.gr/archives/2005/02/14/software-suspend-217/[/url]

SHA-1 Broken ?

Slashdot has a REALLY interesting article about SHA-1.

It appears that SHA-1 is broken as Bruce Schneier says in his weblog
[url]http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2005/02/sha1_broken.html[/url]

I work in the PKI market for about 5 years. As you can understand if SHA-1 is broken means a lot to me, you and the world.

wordpress as a cms

In the 1.5 version of wordpress we have a really nice feature: “static pages”
Now i am thinking to use wordpress as a cms.

One of my problems with my site ([url]www.billy.gr[/url]) is that i don’t have a CMS in order to change content as often as i want.

I must create a style in wordpress in order to have the same layout in my site if i want to use it as a CMS. Having a look in the web it looks as it is not so diffucult.

Let’s see if i will be able to do it. I really like the idea to have a CMS based on wordpress.