The iPhone Security Armageddon

I was considering buying an iPhone to replace my personal cell phone. But it looks like a few security shortcuts were taken during the development of the OSX software used in the iPhone. It appears that Apple has chosen to run user applications effectively as UID 0. This means any application (especially with input control)…

500 Years Of Women in Western Art

I find this touchingly beautiful. The most striking thing I notice is the symmetry of the idealized painted faces. I am usually fascinated by the concept that the more symmetrical a face is, the more beautiful it is considered. Yet, many of the most beautiful people I know do not posses this perfect symmetry and…

Groovy Borderless Quicktime Playback Trick

According to the fine folks over at Murphy Mac, you can easily play Apple Quicktime movies without the need for a border or any of the other controls. So if you just want the video and none of the metal washed goodness of the Quicktime Player interface, head over and check it out.

Ubuntu Linux Mail Server

It is getting close to time to build a new mailserver for the various domains served from my servers. I am looking at really beefing up the spam detection and adding a greylisting feature that should significantly decrease spam. I will probably loosely follow the Linux Mail Server guide but add some of my own…

OpenSSH and OpenBSD

Many folks use OpenBSD supported products like OpenSSH, but how many of us support their effort? Can you imagine like without a transparent version of SSH? OpenSSH and OpenBSD need your support and it will only take a moment to contribute.

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Robotics Toolset

The Lego NXT Robotics Toolset: 32-bit Processor, More Memory, USB Connectivity to the PC for programming, BlueTooth so your phone can control the robot, Bump Sensor, Light Sensor, Sound Sensor, and RangeFinder Sensor. This is the RCX upgrade we were hoping for…downside, not backward compatible (so what). You want more details? Check out the Lego…

Remote Control Lawn Mowing

Right now I have a riding lawn mower. A beautiful John Deere L120 Lawn Tractor in fact. But all that riding and cutting is really tough because I am out in the heat. I would prefer to prop a chair up inside of the bay windows at the front of our house and cut the…

A Hybrid Perhaps

I am considering a new car this year or next. One of the big points to consider is fuel cost over the next few years. I believe that we will look back on the early 21st century as a time of cheap gas. With that in mind I am looking at the available and soon…

Dell Laser Printer 1100 Reviewed

BIOS Tech Guides has reviewed Dell’s brand-new low-cost laser printer. The printer is low cost but it delivers high performance and good print quality. There are some problems, no network connection, no auto duplexing, no MacOSX support and on 2MB of RAM. But for the price, this greyscale laser printer is tough to beat. Hopefully…