Archive for December, 2004

IT Conversations – Pure Brainfood

Friday, December 17th, 2004

IT Conversations

I just wanna plug IT Conversations for a sec here.

IT Conversations is a network of high-end tech talk-radio interviews, discussions and presentations from major conferences delivered live and on-demand via the Internet. It’s a one-person labor of love. Doug Kaye is ITC’s host, producer, developer, writer, interviewer and engineer. He launched IT Conversations in June 2003 and produces three to five programs each week.

Been listening for a while now, one of the first podcasts I subscibed to. (they have been around longer than podcasting though)
I just listened to the last few offerings, and felt my IQ increase about 40 points 😉

No, I don’t think just listening to this stuff actually makes you smarter, but it certainly makes you more aware!

… Being aware of things…being more aware of things   hmmm.    could be the beginning of a personal slogan… bout time to, I am sick of quoting Confucius

Doug is now offering personalized selections of recordings though customized rss feeds. Well, I’ll have my information overload, thank you very much!


Windows Update Services Reviews

Friday, December 17th, 2004

Eric Maynard posted a link to a review of WUS, Microsoft’s Windows Update Services, over at

I started messing with WUS almost immediately, but couldn’t get it to work properly (couldn’t get my hosts to appear), and then I didn’t get the change to really dig into it cause work got in the way.

For what its worth I have some stuff here:, but I never managed to finish it.

E-mail hoax sparks ‘Do Not Call’ stampede | CNET

Thursday, December 16th, 2004

E-mail hoax sparks ‘Do Not Call’ stampede | CNET

You know… I cant help but wonder. With 9.5 million Americans rushing to sign up, I suppose we have to be tankfull this wasn’t a phishing scam, or other corrupt activity.

Imagine for a moment if it was, and the registration page of the FTC service that was linked to in this email, was in fact a fake site.

I think that most people would get suspicious if they had to fill in their credit card -or other personal details (like home adress/tel number, email), but the amount of pc’s you could try to infect using the standard set of vulnerability exploits, would be massive.

Imagine if the fake site had been set up by a hack-for-profit group, and it had succesfully pushed a trojan to even a small percentage of those 9.5 million pc’s.  Imagine if that trojan then harvested all your passwords from your local profile (paypal, Amazon, etc), or deleted all office documents it found, or formatted your drive, or overwrote your bios….       The sadistic and synical part of me wishes that would had happened, just to prove the point 😉

Why Nerds Are Unpopular

Monday, December 13th, 2004

Wired 12.12: VIEW

This struck a chord. Nuff said.

Dutch computer security awareness campaign – They’re out to get you!

Friday, December 10th, 2004

Laat Je Niet Pakken (link to the English Language version)

Suftnet and Kennisnet are dutch internet organisations that specialise in the educational services. They are quite big on advice and promotion of internet use. Surftnet is an ISP that does internet access for schools and learning institutions.

Surfnet has had a security awareness campaign “They’re out to get you!” since beginning of the year, but now they have teamed up with Kennisnet, and have relaunched the campaign.  The result is that at major train stations all over the country, the following poster can be seen:


Or at least the Dutch version of the poster. Currently, because of it almost being new year, the sharkfin has been replaced by a sparkly, and the layout is a but different.

Now if you follow my blog at all, you know how cynical and critical I am of security awareness in the Netherlands. Imagine my suprise seeing these things hanging around! Wow! Its about fucking time!

The shame is…  unless you actually kinda read the poster and think a bit, I dont think it is immediately transparent to the non-tech what this poster is talking about. I think there will be quiet a few people who will simply dismiss it cause they dont get it at a glance.

But anyway.. I think its a really great initiative!