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Ten signs your son might be a hacker January 31, 2009

Posted by Matsu in Fun, Humor, Information Technology, Open Source, Security.

hacker-installing-linuxYes, you read correctly. There are ten (10) signs that your son (or daughter) might be a hacker.

This is from an old post that’s been around a while, but I just happened to stumble across it today.

My favorite is sign number eight, which is:

8. Is your son obsessed with “Lunix”?

BSD, Lunix, Debian and Mandrake are all versions of an illegal hacker operation system, invented by a Soviet computer hacker named Linyos Torovoltos, before the Russians lost the Cold War.

It is based on a program called “xenix“, which was written by Microsoft for the US government. These programs are used by hackers to break into other people’s computer systems to steal credit card numbers. They may also be used to break into people’s stereos to steal their music, using the “mp3” program.

Torovoltos is a notorious hacker, responsible for writing many hacker programs, such as “telnet”, which is used by hackers to connect to machines on the internet without using a telephone.

You can read all ten signs that your child may be a hacker on this website. They are very funny.


Best Photo of Obama Presidendial Inauguration January 25, 2009

Posted by Matsu in History, News, News and politics, Photography, Technology, Web.
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Click photo to be able to pan or zoom into image

At first glance this appears to be yet another photo of the historic presidential inauguration on January 20, 2009. But, there’s much more to this than first meets the eye.

The best part about this photo is the website behind it. If you click on the photo it will take you to this cool website where you can zoom in and pan and each time you do, it will show you more detail. The shortcut for zooming is done by just double-clicking the area of interest.

Try it. Zoom in on the capital building dome. There are people on the dome balcony. At first I wondered if they were Secret Service agents but they turn out to be (or look like they are) just camera men.

Another thing that amazed me was the wall of photographers on the opposite side. I imagine that where this photo was taken (where the photographer is standing) it pretty much looks the same as the other area full of press photographers.

I think it’s pretty cool.  Have fun!

Happy New Year! January 11, 2009

Posted by Matsu in Random.
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Happy New Year

Wow, where has the time gone? The calendar has “rolled over” and we are now living our lives and cataloging our activities in the year known as 2009.

I have not said a whole lot on my blog in the past month, though I’ve been thinking a lot. I guess that some times I just want to keep my thoughts to myself. Not that they are all that private and my guess is you would not find them all that profound (don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything).

This year I have some goals, but I’ve decided to forgo the usual tradition of crafting “resolutions.” I had three New Years Resolutions last year. I didn’t meet them all. Oh, well. I guess they automatically roll over into this new year as leftovers. That’s okay with me. I will make them goals and work on them, still. They were good last year and I still think they are worth pursuing, so I will do just that.

Maybe next year I’ll have a whole new set of resolutions for the year 2010. Whoa! Next year is 2010. That sounds a lot like a sci-fi movie. (Okay, I know. It was.)

Cheers, everyone. I hope that 2009 is a great year for us all.