Thursday 11 August 2011

.rant("Dropbox Security Breach")

Well you kept that quiet didn't you Dropbox, not so much as a "we are sorry" email. 
Well goodbye, a security mess up like that can only be trouble so I'm drop kicking you out of my e-life Dropbox. I'm just glad I didn't keep any thing important or secret on there.

Anyway I've found a much better alternative, SpiderOak. It features 2048 bit end-point encrypted data containers and 256 bit data transfer encryption (yep encryption on the transit of already encrypted data, got to love that) + its more flexible and customisable in how it does things. Have a look for yourself

As a side note, if you use the link below to sign up you'll net your self an extra gig of storage for life for FREE.

Asus Transformer + root + sqlite3 + adb = wifi c12 above unlocked

As I said previously. I'm not one for giving up on problems so easly and I've found the fix for this one. (see link below for details)

Basically all you have to do, is use adb to connect to the Asus Transformer, then remount the system partition read write, push sqlite3 to the device and run a one line sql command.
then reboot the Transformer and just like that you get the use of channels 12 and 13 no problem.

Tuesday 2 August 2011

Asus Transformer + wifi c12 above = trouble

I recently purchased the asus Transformer android tablet pc (sending this blog post from it infact) and its  a very good system but it has one pesky problem it won't connect to any wifi chanel above 11.

This could be understandable it was designed in the USA and they aren't allowed to use chanels 12 13 and 14 but this unit was bought in the UK so you would think it would allow 12 & 13 right (14 is only allowed in Japan) but no, the thing just stedfastly refuses to use those chanels.

Could be the radio chipset then I hear you say, well no its not. All it is, is one entery in setings.db. All that has to happen is changing US to EU and it would just work. but now for the problem, that db is locked, yep thats right locked even if you have root and the system partition is mounted R/W

What a pest eh. well I'm a perstant sort so I'll keep trying and will post the results here if I get anywhere with it.

Tuesday 12 July 2011


Just came across something today that reminded me of one of my pet peeves about definition misuse

Thats right the age old chestnut of Hacker vs Cracker.
Gerr can't count the number of times people have said 'ooh hacker so that means you can break the serial codes etc on things',
That is NOT what hacker means.

So I thought I would get this off my chest once and for all, with an all encompassing rant.

Amalgamated from various web dictionaries

Hacker :1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary. 2. One who programs enthusiastically (even obsessively) or who enjoys programming rather than just theorizing about programming. 3. A person who is good at programming quickly. 4. An expert at a particular program, or one who frequently does work using it or on it ;  as in 'a UNIX hacker'.

Cracker:  A "Cracker" is a computer user who attempts to break into copyrighted software or a network computer system. Sometimes this is done with intent of releasing the software so it can be used without paying royalties. Other times, cracking is to expose a system's security flaws. For the most part, crackers do their craft with the intent to steal confidential data, acquire free software, or perform malicious destruction of files.

Friday 17 June 2011

Defeats and Victories

updated my 3ds to firmware 2.x today only to discover it rendered my DStwo card (I like home-brew apps) un-useable.
This was some what of a pest, as I discovered (after the fact) the only way to update the DStwo card's firmware, was to load it in a DS of some sort which hadn't had the current patch from Nintendo.
In the end it turned out the only viable solution was to get another DS of some sort to run the twods update via.
Fortunately CEX had the solution a DS lite for only £50 as aposed to another 3DS at £180 from Game (with no certainty that that would not come with the problem causing update already installed).
So now I have a updated and perfectly working DStwo card and a DS lite that I will always be able to update it in, no matter what updates Nintendo throw my way for the 3DS ;-)

On a lighter note, I have finally managed to get enough of an understating of using jquery in conjunction with PHP to make to cool dynamically generated components for the staff directory side project I'm doing at work, eg the log viewer component dosen't (now) care how many logs pop up in the log folder, it just automatically adds em' to the viewer with no fuss and formats the interface so its always nice an clear.

I may just release a version of the 'AD based web-directory' project via my website soon (hey I might as well I wrote most of it in my spare time / during my lunch breaks), once I get it cleaned up a bit (and remove any embedded AD login credentials from it of course ;-) )