- A community brought together for the intention of learning something new.

18 May, 2015 08:57 CST6CDT

I went back in time with the help of and took a look at one of my first, and possibly the very first, public accessible website I created,  The snapshot shown here from 2004-08-26 I believe is using a simple CMS I put together along with a custom forum application and a nostalgic guest book application written in PHP.

I soon after grew a distaste for the domain name and went on a journey of preponderance that ultimately led me to the domain name in which to host content and media related to my interests and my opinions throughout these many years after and to this current day and time. Wayback Machine 2004-08-26: - A community brought together for the intention of learning something new.

The real treasure for this morning's blast from the past is the archive of five Blog post entries linked from the home page.  I will in short time insert these posts into the current CMS so I may look back on to it occasionally when I would like a smile.

Article & Comments Tags: Day to Day

Amazon is giving away $10 in credit at the Amazon Appstore for those whom have recently browsed their website using an Android device

17 May, 2015 23:07 CST6CDT

If you have used an Android device to browse and do not have an Amazon device linked to your account, the company is offering a $10 credit to purchase apps from the Amazon Appstore.

This offer came in the form of an e-mail from Amazon after they had tracked my use on the website while using an Android device with Google Play Services running the show.

You will have a few weeks to use the credit given to you.  Haven't received this offer though use in a web browser on a Android device?  I am sure if you send them a quick message they may be able to accommodate you.  No promises from me however.

Take note that you will need to sideload Amazon's Appstore onto your Android device.  They give a link to the APK along with instructions which include allowing applications from untrusted or unknown sources to be installed which may be enabled in the security section of your device's settings.

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WD TV Live (Western Digital Media Device) Specifications

Article & Comments Tags: Day to Day, Software

Use The ATI Remote Wonder with OpenELEC and Kodi

06 May, 2015 17:31 CST6CDT

This is the process for enabling the ATI Remote Wonder remote control for use with Kodi (formerly XBMC) on OpenELEC.  Thank you Chris for the installation process and the key-bindings.

  • Enable the SSH and Samba servers in OpenELEC's control panel.
  • Upload ati_x10 to the Config directory shared by Samba.  This keytable is the key-bindings for the ATI Remote Wonder and the Kodi interface.
  • Execute this command to enable the remote: ir-keytable -w /storage/.config/ati_x10

To load the ATI Remote Wonder keytable at startup automatically, create and edit the file in the configuration directory using this command: nano /storage/.config/  Copy and paste the following, then press control-x, then y, and finally press the enter key to save the file.


ir-keytable -w /storage/.config/ati_x10

exit 0

You will need to make executable with the command: chmod +x /storage/.config/  For changing or tweaking the remote control codes, use the ATI Remote Wonder Codes along with the available Kodi Remote Control Codes as references.  As a last note, in some instances the ATI Remote Wonder mouse actions may crash the system if used before the keytable is loaded.

A year ago I was writing...

The Zend, The XCache, and The eAccelerator OPCODE Caching PHP Shared Privy

Article & Comments Tags: Software, Projects

wpa_supplicant P2P (WiFi Direct) Vulnerability CVE-2015-1863

23 April, 2015 05:53 CST6CDT

A serious vulnerability in wpa_supplicant was announced on the OSS mailing list April 22nd that involves an improper overflow check of an SSID payload during peer to peer (P2P) negotiations.  It is possible to overflow up to 223 bytes with 150 bytes writable beyond the heap.  Data beyond 32 octets of valid SSID information is where the overflow is sourced.  Responses sent out to SSID probe requests unrelated to P2P network negotiations could also be susceptible to attack.

The threat is that an unfriendly AP may be able to both read and write to memory of a vulnerable wpa_supplicant software release.  The heap overflow is able to write to two variables and a then released pointer.  Minimally this could cause wpa_supplicant to crash along wtih its dependent or related processes.  Code execution is also a possibility.

[oss-security] wpa_supplicant P2P SSID processing vulnerability original e-mail

'Wi-Fi peer-to-peer (P2P) allows Android 4.0 (API level 14) or later devices with the appropriate hardware to connect directly to each other via Wi-Fi without an intermediate access point (Android's Wi-Fi P2P framework complies with the Wi-Fi Alliance's Wi-Fi Direct™ certification program). Using these APIs, you can discover and connect to other devices when each device supports Wi-Fi P2P, then communicate over a speedy connection across distances much longer than a Bluetooth connection. This is useful for applications that share data among users, such as a multiplayer game or a photo sharing application.' - Wi-Fi Peer-to-Peer

The open source software security [oss-security] wpa_supplicant vulnerability announcement is found in text here.

Article & Comments Tags: Software

Make a Raspberry Pi Cover With What You Already Have

21 April, 2015 00:15 CST6CDT

You don't need to rush out and buy a case for your new Raspberry Pi.  As long as the circuitry can't be shorted by metal, just plug it in and go.  If you don't care to spring for a case right away like myself, you can make a cover with the box the Pi came in to mask the clutter of wires or USB devices and also block the Pi's blinking and distracting status lights.

This is the design and cut out of the Pi's box to be used as a cover:

Here is a Raspberry Pi with connected USB devices and an ethernet cable:

Wala! Here is the zero cost Raspberry Pi cover:

A year ago I was writing...

Advancing With E-CIGS

Article & Comments Tags: Projects

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