Monthly Archives: december 2007

!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

As 2008 is getting closer and closer by the second (Yes, not even by the minute), I’m once again sitting here on my office chair, in my room, in front of my screen, chatting with some dork (You know who you are! 😉 ) on the Internet, and wondering what the next 365 days, or year, is gonna be like. It’s really somewhat fascinating, when you sit down and think about it. Time is always an interesting thing, especially when we talk about time and space together, what do we have then? I say we have reality …. the reality that we, and our universe, exists in.

Anyway, to everybody…

Happy New Year! (English)
Godt Nytår! (Danish)
Akemashite Omedeto Gozaimasu! (Japanese)
Glückliches neues Jahr! (German)

(Those are the language that I either know, know a little bit of, or are working on learning)

I’ll see you all on the other side! 🙂

Wii homebrew … coming soon! :D

It would seem that the Germans and friends have done it again! At the 24th Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, on the 28th of December Michael Steil and Felix Domke (Of Xbox-Linux fame) did a presentation titled Deconstructing Xbox 360 Security, and at the end of that, a person showed running his own code on the Wii, and also briefly explained what he and some friends had done (Pretty amusing, if you’re into security stuff), so do so.

I personally think this is fantastic, because the Wii is very very efficient in terms of power consumption, so running GNU/Linux or a BSD system on it, and essentially using it as the computer that it is, would be extremely cool. Plus one could possibly write some neat games for it. With GNU/Linux on the system, one could also use to stream movies and music, show pictures a little more efficiently than you can with the officially sanctioned functionality for that.

So hopefully, GNU/Linux and *BSD plus all sorts of homebrew will becoming to the Wii in the near future. Because the Wii is largely based on the GameCube architecture, it could be possible (If I’m wrong, I’d be interested to know why, I’m just guessing here since I’m not a programmer) to reuse some of the stuff done for GNU/Linux on the GameCube.

It’s gonna be a little interesting to see what Nintendo is gonna say about this, obviously they’re not gonna be happy about people potentially being able to easily run unauthorized copies of games, or write unlicensed games (They make money by charging developers wanting to make games). Although one would hope that they don’t pull an RIAA on the hackers, because since they make a fairly hefty amount of money on the hardware, more uses for it could potentially make them some extra cash! Heck, I’d be very interested in getting more than one Wii if I could use for things such as a small web server, IRC server or something like that.

You can see the Wii part of the presentation. that I mentioned earlier, on YouTube: The state of the Wii – 24c3.
As a free software guy, I encourage you to not use Flash, but use KeepVid.com to actually download the video, and then play it using something like MPlayer. This is also a very nice way to avoid the infamous “buffering …” of streaming video.

2.3.1 secretly comes around!

Because of Christmas holiday, I finally got around to upgrading my blog to WordPress 2.3.1, which I had been neglecting for the past month, mainly because of laziness. When I was on The Linux Link Tech Show last week, we talked about SQL-injection and stuff like that, which reminded me to really get off my lazy ass and upgrade my blog. Because terrible vulnerabilities turn up every now and then!!

The Akismet anti-spam plugin also had a new version, which is good, the more than thing gets improved the better, because all of us with just half a brain HATE SPAM !!!!!!! Frustrating devils those damn spammers are!

Was Santa nice to you?

Because he certainly wasn’t mean to me! 😛

Yet another Christmas has passed, and yet more billions of the world’s various currencies, have been spent on presents. This year I got a good new book to read, Essential System Administration by Æleen Frisch, published by O’Reilly. It’s a huge, thick 1152-page book on UNIX system administration, covering GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Tru64, AIX and Solaris. The book is from 2002, so it’s a little old, but I figure that system administration can’t change fundamentally that quickly, you have still have to be paranoid about security and all those sorts of things. I also got a bunch of cash, which will come in handy, because I’ve been meaning to start saving up for a new computer for a while and have not gotten around to it. I also got a cool new shirt, plus three pairs of socks. Also I got small fun things like a little dark-blue, glass dolphin, and various sorts of stuff.

To anyone reading this, hopefully you got something nice for Christmas as well!

I am a backup solution!

I totally feel like backup solution right now … well in a good sense that is, not like in a bad way. What happened was that on tonight’s episode of The Linux Link Tech Show, the guest hadn’t showed up, Then the guys went on to talk about multimedia stuff, but Dann seemed to have a little bit of difficulty understanding some of the confusing DMCA, EUCD, patent licensing stuff. So I prodded in the IRC channel, and hey I was allowed to come on and tell ‘em about it, which I did, it was great. I ended up staying on until the show was over, the original guest never showed up for some reason. But whatever the case is, hopefully I was a good backup solution, now that this week’s guest didn’t turn up.

Hopefully Dann will get the podcast version posted soon, so that all of you can hear it.

Update: The show is now available for now download: tllts_224-12-19-07.ogg.