Sunday, October 31, 2010

The first attempt at Intimidation by Wayne McAlpine

This is the first bout of intimidation from Wayne McAlpine when he thought that I was an employee of an auto shop. 31 Oct - Mid-Nov 2010
So we stop or play more games you will not like my games
Replay or  we play up to you --- sent from - I guess he meant REPLY
He seemed to have taken exception was taken to what I observed as an "unsafe web form"

Some links that were both sent to me and placed on a website set-up by Wayne to impersonate an Auto Shop.
The links above were sent by email to me at   - interesting spelling of coming

This is clearly a case of intended intimidation. Wayne McAlpine went to the trouble of registering a Domain name in name of the company that he thought that I worked for. (This is clearly in Google's list of things that they see as a violation of their Terms of Service). The domain registration was so that Wayne could post the links shown above.

If you are reading this from Santa Clara (Mountainview?) I hope thatyou can see the folly of this man.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

How many times do I have deleted the AVG icon?`

Seems like every time boot my computer it is back!

I DON'T WANT THE ICON ON MY DESKTOP! Why do they insist on putting there every time they do an update?

I also don't want to "Speed up my computer" or "Analyze it"

Friday, October 22, 2010

Immutable Virtual Machine

Running Torrenting and IP obfuscation software in a Virtual Machine. 

The theory here is that you create a Virtual Machine (computer) that is a new computer every time it is created and if it is corrupted no damage is done to the host computer when the VM is running. If the VM becomes corrupted, due to the files that are downloaded on it, on closing the corruption and/or malware goes away. Re-starting the Immutable VM will return you to where you were before the infection.

The trick is to remember to copy the (clean) downloads to another storage medium before closing the VM. There is no reason that the Immutable VM is not run indefinitely until a corruption happens or the complete system is re-started.

The other thing to bear in mind when running an Immutable VM is that Windows Updates will cause the host computer to re-start periodically. You can control this but be mindful that keeping the host computer up-to-date is also key to keeping yourself free from overall infection.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Running Torrenting and IP obfuscation software in a Virtual Machine

If you are using a service such as TorrentPrivacy or BTGuard you are fully aware of what you are dealing with in regard to malicious downloads. If you download a lot of material it will not be long before you infect your computer despite your best efforts.

A Virtual Machine that cannot be changed, or reverts back to its original state when closed (i.e. immutable) will prevent this from happening.

However your IP obfuscation software needs to able to run in this virtual environment. If the client software causes a stack overflow then you have a problem.

Chicken of the VNC

Having used VNC Viewer on Windows and Linux PCs I downloaded Chicken of the VNC when I was test driving a Mac Book Air.

cityExplorer™ and London Planning

Verdict (Fall 2009): The cityExplorer™ maps are a waste of time and money - the $14.99US is better invested in a good guide book.

Friday, October 15, 2010

LimeWire P2P

It is interesting that GMail serves up an ad for LimeWire P2P that when followed renders a "page not found" error.

The LimeWire site when searched for and accessed directly gives the following page:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

HTTP Error Handling

This is synopsis of the error handling on my webserver.

In fact, "error" is a misnomer here - it should be "response" handling or the "Handling of Server Status Codes"

  • 404 - File Not found
  • 401 - Authorization Required
  • 403 - Forbidden
  • 3xx - Moved handling
The 404 response can be customized on the Blogger platform

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rotating Ubuntu Logs

This applies to all logs - Access logs - error logs - ftp logs and more

This is a cron task   - I need to dig out what changes I made to the config files         
  • /etc/logrotate.d/apache2        
  • logrotate.conf        
  • /etc/crontab

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Advanced configuration of an Ubuntu Webserver

This will eventually be the home of my notes on configuration of an Ubuntu webserver

Friday, October 8, 2010

A translation lookaside buffer (TLB) is nonexistent

"A translation lookaside buffer (TLB) is nonexistent, however a small fringe group of people assert that it is a CPU cache that memory management hardware....."

Interesting that this text appears in the Google SERP but is nowhere to be found if searching for the exact text. It is presumed that the text was in a META tag description but is not found in the source listing for the WikiPedia page.

I think that it has been removed - Intel or AMD shill(work)

Thursday, October 7, 2010


My experiences with the Canon EOS Software Development Kit

I have downloaded all the Canon SDKs as they have been released. These SDKs are stored on my own private intranet.

I have programmed a few applications using the SDK but I have found that it is a lot of work. It would seem that you are far better off either finding another generic solution or using the software as-is. I have found that there is little to no support for the software either from Canon directly, especially Japan and not even from the development group in Australia where it is thought that the major development work for products such as Zoombrowser EX is performed.