I'm headed to RSA Conference next month in San Jose. That should be pretty fun. I doubt I'll go to DefCon/Black Hat, but might try to get to something in the fall.

I need to get my butt in gear and submit some proposals so I can speak at some of these events. There are a couple in Dallas and Houston that I was thinking about. Apparently nothing in Austin anymore Alex.

Blah, it's Friday and I have a ton of work to drag me through the weekend. Luckily I'm going out to a comedy club Saturday. That will have to serve as my ray of fun pushing through all the clouds of responsibility.



Anyone thinking about going to a conference this year? Defcon 14? Black Hat Conference? not even sure what conferences are out there now.



Links from the ultimate boot cd

Image - Utility - Web Address - Documentation .
aida16 - AIDA16 - http://www.aida32.hu/dos/ - users guide (html)
amset - AMSET Utility (Maxtor) - http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/downloads/setacm.htm - notes (html)
- ATA Password Tool - http://rockbox.haxx.se/lock.html - user guide (html)
autorun - Ultimate Boot CD - http://www.ultimatebootcd.com - web page (html)
basiclin - BasicLinux - http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/opsys/linux/baslinux/ - faq (html/text) add x-windows (text) addons (text)
cdrom - Bart's CD-Rom Boot Disk - http://www.nu2.nu/bootdisk/cdrom/ - web page (html)
clave - AutoClave - http://staff.washington.edu/jdlarios/autoclave/ - usage instructions (html)
cmospwd - CMOS Password Recovery - http://www.cgsecurity.org/?cmospwd.html - usage (text)
- Darik's Boot and Nuke - http://dban.sourceforge.net/ - faq (html)
dldiag - DLG Diagnostic (Western Digital) - http://support.wdc.com/download/ - readme (text)
dlduma - Ultra ATA Manager (Western Digital) - http://support.wdc.com/download/ - readme (text)
docmem - DocMemory PC Memory Diagnostics - http://www.simmtester.com/PAGE/products/doc/docinfo.asp - user guide (text)(pdf)
dosnavig - DOS Navigator - http://www.dnosp.ru/ - news (html)
fdisk - Free FDISK - http://www.23cc.com/free-fdisk/ - web page (html)
fmaven - File Maven (DOS) - http://www.briggsoft.com/fmdos.htm - man (html) faq (html)
fprot - F-Prot Antivirus for DOS - http://www.f-prot.com/download/home_user/ - web page (html)
- FreeDOS boot disk - http://www.freedos.com - archived manual (html)
freesco - Freesco - http://www.freesco.org - overview (text) modules (text) howto (text)
fujitsu - Diagnostic Tool (Fujitsu) - http://www.fcpa.com/download/hard-drives/ - web page (html)
g4u - g4u "ghost for unix" - http://www.feyrer.de/g4u/ - faq (text)
gujin - Gujin - http://freshmeat.net/projects/gujin/ - description (text)
hdclone - HDClone (Free Edition) - http://www.miray.de/download/sat.hdclone.html - web page (html)
hutil - HUTIL (Samsung) - http://www.samsung.com/Products/HardDiskDrive/utilities/hutil.htm - web page (html)
ibm - Drive Fitness Test (IBM/Hitachi) - http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm - web page (text)
ibmft - IBM/Hitachi Feature Tool - http://www.hgst.com/hdd/support/download.htm - web page (text)
killdisk - Active@ KillDisk Free Edition - http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm - user guide (text)(pdf)
- Maxtor's MaxBlast 3 - http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/downloads/maxblast3.htm - web page (html)
maxtor - PowerMax (Maxtor/Quantum) - http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/downloads/powermax.htm - guide (text)
- MBRtool - http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/~tkuurstra/mbrtool.htm - manual (html)
memtest - Memtest86 - http://www.memtest86.com/ - web page (text)
- memtest86+ - http://www.memtest.org/ - web page (html)
msnet - Bart's Network Boot Disk - http://www.nu2.nu/bootdisk/network/ - web page (html)
nssi - NSSI - http://www.navsoft.cz/ - web page (html)
ntfsread - Active NTFS Reader for DOS - http://www.ntfs.com/products.htm - web page (text)
offline - Offline NT Password & Registry Editor - http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/ - faq (html)
pcconfig - PC-Config Sysinfo Software for DOS - http://www.holin.com/ - web page (html)
- PCI - http://members.datafast.net.au/~dft0802/downloads.htm - web page (html)
presizer - the Partition Resizer - http://zeleps.com/ - faq (text)
ranish - Ranish Partition Manager - http://www.ranish.com/part/ - faq (text)
rip - Recovery Is Possible (RIP) - http://www.tux.org/pub/people/kent-robotti/looplinux/rip/ - readme (text)
samgung - SHDIAG (Samsung) - http://www.samsung.com/Products/HardDiskDrive/utilities/shdiag.htm - web page (html)
savepart - SavePart - http://perso.club-internet.fr/guiboure/en/index_frame.html - howto (text)
- Seagate's DiscWizard 2003 - http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/drivers/discwiz.html - how to (html)
seagate - Seagate's SeaTools Desktop - http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/seatoold_reg.html - web page (html)
smartudm - SMARTUDM - HDD S.M.A.R.T. Viewer - http://www.sysinfolab.com/ru/smartudm.htm - web page (html)
smrtboot - Smart BootManager - http://btmgr.sourceforge.net/ - user guide (text)(pdf)
spfdisk - SPFDISK (Special FDISK) - http://spfdisk.sf.net/ - none (text)
sst - System Speed Test - http://user.rol.ru/~dxover/speedsys/download.htm - web page (html)
testdisk - TestDisk - http://www.cgsecurity.org/index.html?testdisk.html - documentation (html)(text)
tomsrbt - Tom's Boot Disk - http://www.toms.net/rb/ - faq (text)
trinux - Trinux Linux Security Tool Kit - http://trinux.sourceforge.net/ - faq (html) basics (html) docs (text)
uata100 - UATA100 (Seagate) - http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/drivers/index.html - web page (html)
western - Ultra ATA Manager (Western Digital) - http://support.wdc.com/download/ - web page (html)
- Western Digital's Data Lifeguard - http://support.wdc.com/download/ - web page (html)
windiag - Windows Memory Diagnostic - http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp - web page (text)
xfdisk - XFDISK (Extended FDISK) - http://www.mecronome.de/xfdisk/download.php - web page (text)


anyone have suggestions for forum software? linux based would be ideal.


Probably not going to be able to make a NIN concert (in Austin) as much as I would like to do that.

Here's something for you TQDB (possibly alx as well) a basic compiler that as inline assembly capabilities and a lot of the same capabilities as C++

FreeBASIC - as the name suggests - is a completely free, open-source, 32-bit BASIC compiler, with the syntax the most compatible possible with MS-QuickBASIC, that adds new features such as pointers, unsigned data types, inline-assembly and many others.

Road trip anyone? Nine Inch Nails will be in Austin on March 24th, that is if you guys aren't already going to the KC show.

I saw Moby here a couple years ago. He does an awesome live show. Definitely an all over the map kinda guy. I don't think there's an instrument he can't play, and he is very impressive on a guitar.


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I've enjoyed Hotel as well. It is a definite change from Play and 18, but the music is enjoyable in a different way. I actually went to the Moby concert in KC around a year ago. It was my first concert in about a decade and Moby puts on a pretty energetic show. I have been keeping an eye on the music scene and plan to attend more.

I'm down in Stillwater OK this week. I decided that half of the population under 30 has a pierced nose. I don't know why the nose and not an eyebrow or lip. Piercings are a bit weird to me anyway. I was with a woman who had a pierced belly button and I was worried about snagging it on something. Maybe I should have covered it with duct tape?

If you are interested in body modification, I still think canine tooth buds are the way to go.



Mathematical links and some fractal related links


Algorithmic Botany, the website of the Biological Modeling and Visualization research group in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary.

Led by Professor Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz, the BMV group studies the modeling, simulation, and visualization of plants. One of our primary focuses is the ongoing development of a suite of software tools for performing simulated experiments: the "Virtual Laboratory". You can also read more about our research, about the members of BMV, see our publications, or read other documents, including The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants and Visual Models of Morphogenesis.

(more links are available in the above paragraph text at the main site)


Fractint is a freeware fractal generator created for IBMPC's and compatible computers. It is the most versatile and extensive fractal program available for any price. The authors (of which I am not one), work very hard to keep it that way. It has many great features and it is constantly being upgraded and improved by the Stone Soup team. Keep this link as a reference to stay up-to-date with the latest developments.

Wikipedias Portal page for Mathematics

Current album that I've been listening to:

Hotel by Moby

This is a 2 cd set album

the first disc is the vocal set of songs the second disc is the type of ambient electronica that moby is know for I haven't listened to it nearly as much so this review is going to be about disc 1.

01. Hotel Intro
02. Raining Again
03. Beautiful
04. Lift Me Up
05. Where You End
06. Temptation (Excellent cover of New Order/Joy Division song)
07. Spiders
08. Dream About Me
09. Very
10. I Like It
11. Love Should
12. Slipping Away
13. Forever
14. Homeward Angel
15. 35 Minutes

Track 1 - Hotel Intro 1:55
A short song with no vocals

Track 2 - Raining Again
Strong electronic percussion with good lyrics. My take on this song is it's more of a personal exploration/relationship with people type song. Introspective.

Track 3 - Beautiful
More rockish with a guitar sound driving the song. Seems to be about the 'beautiful' elite who are caught up in being better then others because of their beauty and those of use who idolize them.

sample lyrics:

look at us we're beautiful
all the people push and pull
but let's just go out and ride
talk about the things we've tried
look at us we're beautiful
all the people push and pull
but they'll never get inside
we've got too much to hide
look at us we're beautiful
look at us we're beautiful
look at us we're beautiful...

That's all for now I'll be adding more later as time allows.


Woohoo! Thanks for re-inviting me to the migrated blog. Yes, I sometimes feel like I am obligated to update my blog, but then I can't think of anything to write about.

Lewis... good luck in your quest for good kung fu in Wichita. I trained with grace wu for awhile and found I didn't really like it. She focuses mainly on wushu which seems more for gymnatics and fitness than actual fighting. Applying it to real fighting it seemed was very difficult, even for those that had been there for a long time. I did Escrima down here for awhile, back when we were the WingTsun/Escrima orgranization. Due to various political maneuvering in the european organization, the Escrima part has kind of split away. If you are looking for Escrima, I recommend the Rene Latosa system, and avoid the Dan Inosanto system. Escrima is a strange art, especially when coming from a WingTsun background becuase in WT our weight is normally held back, and in Escrima the weight is held forward, although there are lots of WT guys who are really good Escrima guys and can switch back and forth quite well. I have some video of some escrima demonstrations form back when the european org was doing escrima, I will post some clips shortly. I'll see if I can borrow some of my sifu's videos as well, as he has lots more good stuff than I do.

Speaking of schools, one of my former WT instructors just moved to Wichita. I've been asking him if he's going to start as school there and he said he might. I am now the same rank as he is but he has been doing it a lot longer than I have. If he doesn't do it, I'd say your best hope for kung fu in Wichita is the Chan brothers. They are amazing, the tricky question is will they teach you anything. I have some video of ted chan doing drunken sword form, I will try to post that as well. The reason I would put my Sihing Rick above the chan brothers is that he has a western mindset, won't bullshit, and he will answer your questions without a bunch of chinese mysticism or racism. The other reason is that I think the WT branch of wing chun has a more complete understanding of the correct application of the art than the Chan brother's version, if the Chan's are still teaching wing chun. Maybe I can encourage my Si-hing to open a school sooner if I tell him that I'm finding him students. :)

Sorry I was not able to connect over Christmas. I just got back like 20 minutes ago and the weekend was ccrRAAAAAZy.... becky's family is completely nuts, and there are a lot of them, which means lots of drama to deal with. I will try to be back in Wichita sometime early next year, maybe around March time frame. You guys could also come down here ya know!

Science toys you can make with your kids


also some not so simple science toys that are fun to make for those of you inclined to do so.


Thanks for the blog invite MLW. Now I have somewhere to air all my deep thoughts or my very shallow thoughts.

The best thing I learned this year is that risk isn't always bad. When you work in security (or are just naturally a conservative rube like me) you tend to think about how bad risk is. You constantly try to reduce risk. You chastise people who take risks. Risk = potential loss. Loss = pain. We don't want pain, do we?

However, the alternative to risk is just as dangerous: stagnation. Life becomes boring and predictable. You could eliminate any particular day in your life and it wouldn't matter. And while we need predictability at times, we also need to experience the thrill and wonder that comes with the unknown.

A friend sent me an email this morning and her tagline properly sums up this thought: "If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances." -- Julia Sorel

My resolution for 2006 is to take more chances. So, watch out. I'll probably try to involve you guys.

And now for something completely different. This is the funniest thing I've read all week:

Have a great Christmas and New Years!


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download the new firefox 1.5 and install the del.icio.us plug in!

social bookmarking rocks!



Amazingly this blog has come to life again! Hello all I'm planning on a get together next thanksgiving weekend. Wiz Kid is going to be in town and there a several people that I'm still in contact with in town that were in the BBS scene back in the 80's and 90's.

Alex as usual you start updating your website and posting at the end/beginning of the year. :-)

ah what have I been up to lately?

going to school at BCCC working on an Associates of Applied Computer Science with a focus on Multimedia.

new websites

Family Website

Linux Group Website

Future home of Cyberpunk System 3.0

My homepage address for now. :-D

I haven't had much time for anything besides work/school/family. I have been trying to learn stick fighting/escrima. I've always breifly look at taking classes again at Grace Wu's Kung Fu school.

That's about it for now!


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blarg! this blog needs a little life. It's been so long since anybody has posted anything so I figured I would post something.

I'm in San Antonio for a WingTsun seminar. I'm completely exhausted and bored out of my mind. Seminar is REALLY good though.

I'm in my hotel room browsing iTunes via SharpMusique (to avoid DRMed files). Debated about buying DepecheMode remixes box set, but is expensive, and I've spent enough on music right now.
I will listen to Playing the Angel for the 10,000th time. I ended up not going to the concert because I was sick.

There is a strip club next door to the hotel. Hotel is near the airport. Actually, I think I counted 10 strip clubs within 5 miles of the airport. I could do that, but then I would be broke.

I think I will order some more room service and go play some Day of Defeat. It's either that or start researching the tech for my new job which starts Wednesday.


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Using BOOT.INI Startup Switches (Windows NT/2000/XP) at Registry Guide for Windows

Using BOOT.INI Startup Switches (Windows NT/2000/XP) Popular
Windows NT, 2000 and XP use a configuration file called BOOT.INI to control how the operating system is booted and any startup options. By modifying the startup switches you can manage the boot process including booting Windows in Safe mode, creating a log file, or disabling the splash screen.

Open you the root partition of your hard drive (normally C:\) and find the file called "BOOT.INI". You may need to enable hidden files under Folder > Options.
Right-click on the file, select Properties and uncheck "Read-only" then click OK. You may like to make a backup of the file at this point to allow you to restore if you experience problems.

Open the file in Notepad and under the [operating systems] section you will find a list of all the installed operating systems. For example:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect

To enable or disable startup options simply change or add any of the switches listed below to the default command-line. For example you could add "/SOS" to the command-line above to display the splash screen and view the drivers being loaded.

/3GB - New to Service Pack 3. This causes the split between user and system portions of the Windows NT map to become 3GB for user applications, 1GB for System. To take advantage of this the system must be part of the NT Enterprise suite and the application must be flagged as a 3GB aware application.

/BASEVIDEO - The computer starts up using the standard VGA video driver. Use this if you have installed a graphics driver that is not working.

/BAUDRATE - Specifies the baud rate to be used for debugging. If you do not set the baud rate, the default baud rate is 9600 if a modem is attached, and 19200 for a null-modem cable.

/BOOTLOG - Makes 2000 write a log of the boot to the file %SystemRoot%\NTBTLOG.TXT Windows 2000/XP Only.

/BURNMEMORY=x - Makes NT forget about the given amount of memory in MB. If /burnmemory=64 was given then 64MB of memory would be unavailable.

/CRASHDEBUG - The debugger is loaded when you start Windows NT, but remains inactive unless a Kernel error occurs. This mode is useful if you are experiencing random, unpredictable Kernel errors.

/DEBUG - The debugger is loaded when you start Windows NT, and can be activated at any time by a host debugger connected to the computer. This is the mode to use when you are debugging problems that are regularly reproducible.

/DEBUGPORT=comx - Specifies the com port to use for debugging, where x is the communications port that you want to use.

/FASTDETECT - Specifying FASTDETECT causes NTDETECT to skip parallel and serial device enumeration for a boot into Win2K, whereas omitting the switch has NTDETECT perform enumeration for a boot into NT 4.0. Win2K setup automatically recognizes dual-boot configurations and sets this switch for BOOT.INI lines that specify a Win2K boot. Windows 2000/XP Only.

/HAL= - Allows you to override the HAL used, for example using a checked version.

/INTAFFINITY - Sets the multiprocessor HAL (HALMPS.DLL) to set interrupt affinities such that only the highest numbered processor in an SMP will receive interrupts. Without the switch the HAL defaults to its normal behavior of letting all processors receive interrupts. Windows 2000/XP Only.

/KERNEL= - Same as above but for the kernel.

/MAXMEM:n - Specifies the maximum amount of RAM that Windows NT can use. This switch is useful if you suspect a memory chip is bad.

/NODEBUG - No debugging information is being used.

/NOGUIBOOT - When this option is specified the VGA video driver responsible for presenting bit mapped graphics during Win2K's boot process is not initialized. The driver is used to display boot progress information, as well as to print the Blue Screen crash screen, so disabling it will disable Win2K's ability to do those things as well. Windows 2000/XP only.

/NOSERIALMICE=[COMx | COMx,y,z...] - Disables serial mouse detection of the specified COM port(s). Use this switch if you have a component other than a mouse attached to a serial port during the startup sequence. If you use /NOSERIALMICE without specifying a COM port, serial mouse detection is disabled on all COM ports.

/NUMPROC=n - Only enables the first n processors on a multiple processor system.

/ONECPU - Only use the first CPU in a multiple processor system.

/PCILOCK - Stops Windows NT from dynamically assigning IO/IRQ resources to PCI devices and leaves the devices configured by the BIOS.

/SAFEBOOT - This is an automatic switch which NTLDR should complete for you when you use the F8 menu to perform a safe boot. Following the colon in the option you must specify one of three additional switches: MINIMAL, NETWORK, or DSREPAIR. The MINIMAL and NETWORK flags correspond to safe boot with no network and safe boot with network support. The safe boot is a boot where Windows 2000/XP only loads drivers and services that are specified by name or group in the Minimal or Network Registry keys under HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\SafeBoot. The DSREPAIR (Directory Services Repair) switch causes NT to boot into a mode where it restores the Active Directory from a backup medium you present. An additional option that you can append is "(ALTERNATESHELL)". This tells NT to use the program specified by HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\SafeBoot\AlternateShell as the graphical shell, rather than to use the default which is Explorer. Windows 2000/XP only.

/SOS - Displays the driver names while they are being loaded. Use this switch if Windows NT won’t start up and you think a driver is missing. This option is configured by default on the [VGA] option on the boot menu.

/WIN95 - This switch is only pertinent on a triple-boot system that has DOS, Win9x and Windows NT installed. Specifying the /WIN95 switch directs NTLDR to boot the Win9x boot sector stored in BOOTSECT.W40. See Microsoft KB Article Q157992 for more information.

/WIN95DOS - This switch is only pertinent on a triple-boot system that has DOS, Win9x and Windows NT installed. Specifying the /WIN95DOS switch directs NTLDR to boot the DOS boot sector stored in BOOTSECT.DOS. See Microsoft KB Article Q157992 for more information.

/YEAR= - Specifying this value causes NT/Windows 2000 core time function to ignore the year that the computer's real-time clock reports and instead use the one indicated. Thus, the year used in the switch affects every piece of software on the system, including the NT kernel. Example: /YEAR=2005. Note: this option is only available on NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 and Windows 2000/XP.



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Almost as dead as your homepage.... but not quite... you should check out some of my other blogs which are more active

start from


that should get you to most of the stuff I have up on internet..




Wow... this blog has been almost as dead as my website. :)

So I'm feeling nostalgic tonight. Been watching VH1 classics and they've been playing 80s metal which is the crap I was listening to in the 80s till about the time I started getting into the BBS scene and listening to more alternative stuff. I'll be damned if I don't still love it though. Now the metal show is over and they are showing the more popish stuff. No alternative stuff yet.

Of course, what put me in this mood is my 15 year old cousin telling me she's going to see Motley Crue and being surprised that I listen to Motley Crue. I got to tell her that I was listening to Motley Crue before she was born. Woohoo! I'm officially old. Seriously, I'll be 30 in 2 months, which in itself is scary.

So, in order to stay on topic, I should probably say something about technology, so here goes. My new powerbook should be here next week. Woohoo! According to paul graham macs are the new hackers platform. I'm a java developer by profession which is supposed to kick ass on macs, but I plan on learning objective-c and getting into doing some serious mac hacking for funzies sake.


google api interface


Click here to view the original posting from Joe Murphy's Website.

1.If you are in Windows, exit to DOS.

2 .Press Ctrl+Alt+Esc. The setup screen appears. If you have made certain changes to your system,
or are having certain problems with your system, this may not work. If Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Esc
doesn't open the setup program, follow these steps:

1.(Leave the computer switched on.) Use the key to lock the keyboard.

2.Press the Reset button on the front of the computer. A message appears asking you to unlock the

3.Unlock the keyboard and press F2 to run the CMOS setup.

4.Press Del. This brings up the CMOS setup program.

If you have an EISA computer:

1.Press the Reset button on the front of the computer, then press Ctrl+Alt+Esc immediately when the
memory count begins. If this conbination doesn't work, use Crtl+Alt+S.

Many AST 486's require CTRL-ALT-ESC

Generally Compaq Setup can be entered by hitting the 'F10' key when booting up. As soon
as you see the cursor go to the upper right hand side of the screen, hit 'F10'. Compaq setup
program resides on a small partition on the hard drive and if you have fdisked and
reformatted or installed a new hard drive you will need to use the Compaq setup program
from here: Compaq Setup Download http://www5.compaq.com/support/files/wsdsfr.html

Older Dells (486 models) require you to enter the sequence: CTRL-ALT-ENTER

Hewlett Packard
Pentium Systems: Hold down the F1 key upon startup/bootup

IBM ThinkPad
ThinkPad using IBM BIOS (Early Models):
Press CTRL-ALT-INS when cursor is in upper-right corner of screen

ThinkPad using IBM BIOS (Later Models):
Press and hold F1 key while powering-up laptop
ThinkPad using Phoenix BIOS:
Press CTRL-ALT-F11 from DOS prompt

Packard Bell
Early models (386,486) require the sequence Ctrl-ALT-S at any time

NEC Versa Notebooks
Hold down the F1 key upon startup/bootup

EC Versa Notebooks
Hold down the F1 key upon startup/bootup

Other Common BIOS Key Sequences

Ctrl S = Phoenix
Ctrl Shift Esc = Tandon 386

The CMOS setup is stored in the BIOS ROM.
1.You are now in the CMOS SETUP. If you are prompted to choose Standard or Extended setup,
choose Standard. Here a few example's of menu's in SETUP :


OK you finally got into SETUP NOW what do I do.

Each BIOS Setup is different depanding on the the BIOS installed on which motherboard. The above menu item's are general in nature and are the most common. Rather then trying to show all the possible settings within a particular SETUP, I will provide links to different pages. Before you go to the links there is one thing to remember. When you Enter SETUP you may not see menu items but ICONS instead and you may not have a mouse. If you do not have use of your mouse, to get around within SETUP you can use the following:

Arrow Keys to navigate

EnterKey to get into a menu item

PageUp/Down or Space Bar to change a menu item

Escape Key to go from one menu to another

Here are some good links that will show you how to tweak/set your BIOS SETUP:

BIOS Tweaks

Optimizing BIOS Settings

BIOS Settings for Overclocking

BIOS Setup Settings that do not Appear to Exist


Tweaking the ABit KT7 & KT7 Raid

The Ultimate BIOS Configuration Utility


Download Drivers For Older 'Setups'


Wow 7 months for a new post to show up!!!!!!

very tiny computers



How Much is Inside a Pack of Oreos?


If you can read this, TINIWebServer is running

The TINIWebServer application uses the HTTPServer class to implement a simple web server.

Current temperature 41 F
Current time 22:53:27


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scene.org - news


(this is a repost from linuxmednews.com) mlw

This Care2X product looks amazing! As an IT Consultant, I'm looking to focus on the Health Care market where I can make a difference in society. How does this product compare to the other following Open Source Health Care projects?
For example, here are some other prominent projects!

- TORCH: http://www.openparadigms.com/torch_demo
"TORCH is a web enabled electronic health record (EHR) application. Lead development is being provided by Open Paradigms,LLC TORCH is scalable up to multi-site practices."

- McMaster University (Canada) Health Sciences' OSCAR:
"OSCAR (Open Source Clinical Application Resource) is an open source web-based electronic patient record system for delivery of evidence resources at the point of care."

- Res Medicinae:
"Res Medicinae is the attempt to overcome high pricing in the realm of Medical Information Systems and to provide users with a free, stable, secure, platform-independent, extensive system."

- GNU-Med: http://www.gnumed.org/
"The Gnumed group supports Open Source Software and its application to medical uses.

The major project of the group is to develop a medical software package that is:
open source, free, secure, respecting patient privacy, based on open standards, flexible, fully featured, networked (client-server architecture),
easy to use, multi platform, multi lingual"

- OpenEMR: http://www.synitech.com/
"What is OpenEMR?
Thanks to the global efforts of physicians and developers, OpenEMR is now the most widely-distributed EMR System in the world.

OpenEMR is a modular, HIPAA compliant, Open Source, cross-platform Electronic Medical Records system (EMRS). It facilitates efficient office management through automated patient record journaling and billing integration, and has been successfully integrated with third-party technologies including speech recognition, secure wireless access, touch screen portables, and biometric authentication. Interface screens are customizable and optimized for consistency, simplicity, speed of access to patient information, and minimum eye strain."

Please let me know your thoughts as I want to focus on maybe 1 or 2 projects.

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Against TCPA | TCPA would TAKE your FREEDOM | This is NO FAKE


Richard Stallman is the initiator of the GNU project, and the founder of the Free Software Foundation, an organization that seeks to put source code of software into the hands of the people.

This is important for a multitude of reasons, mostly so that commercial enterprise in this field can not misuse data originating from end users of software, or prevent end users from accessing data to which they can not justifiably be denied access. Since the development of closed-source/non-free software is not under scrutiny by the people the ultimate behaviour of that software is unclear. The question is not will the industry use software to pry, limit freedom, and cheat us out of what could be ours: obviously that which is not under public scrutiny will be used to the best advantage of enterprises involved (namely to pry, limit freedom, and cheat us out of what can be theirs.) And, if users don't make it a crime to do so, those companies whose practices are corrupt will flourish, first ruling the market, then the people.

I think it is evident even to the unconcerned how important and unique the role of computers in our lives is. If the control over such a thing were lost, how could we get it back? I fear there would be no way.

That is why I propose we should avoid losing control of it, we should assert our rights, and secure our freedom, by using software which is FREE (free may be thought of as FREE as in free speech, free as in freedom. Not free as in free cola. )
Not all software which costs $0 is open-source. Lack of charge for software is not of any benefit if that software is used to hijack our future. If open-source software ever were to increase in price to where it equalled or even surpassed the price of run-of-the-mill commercial software, it would still be worth every penny! Can you put a price on freedom? Fortunately at this time, freedom is (and probably will be for as long as there is a free software movement) cheaper than the alternatives.
The best examples of open-source software available are GNU/Darwin for Mac, and GNU/Linux for PC.

For more information see where this takes you!





Need some reading material? Here's a speech delivered by Richard Stallman, early in the GNU project, in which he announces the release of and describes the development of several core GNU components.Speech in Sweden - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation (FSF)


Star Wars Origins - Frank Herbert's Dune Very interesting analysis


Mark Rosenfelder's Metaverse

12480 -- The script of the future?12480 - [Main Chart]

I think this looks like a great resource. Free books (legally too!)www.oreilly.com -- O'Reilly Open Books Project I found it while looking for some biographical info on Richard Stallman and was pleased to find an entire book on him.

I think this is pretty funny.Welcome to the LNSEMSF World Headquarters

The $20,000 Zig All your smurf are belong to smurf!



TA is a better artist than I, but this is fun... how to draw manga

ogg is all I use.... KDE has built in support for it, and no pesky licensing issues.


Are you familiar with ogg?Xiph.org will tell you why you should be.


MIT OpenCourseWare | OCW Home

MIT's OpenCourseWare:
a free and open educational resource for faculty, students, and self-learners around the world. OCW supports MIT's mission to advance knowledge and education, and serve the world in the 21st century. It is true to MIT's values of excellence, innovation, and leadership.


Is a publication of MIT course materials
Does not require any registration
Is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity
Does not provide access to MIT faculty


Check it out, a 4 dimensional Rubik's cube!4dCube

I was checking to see what the status of KNOPPIX (an ultra-cool linux distro) was, and I was surprised to find THIS on the KNOPPIX home page.


The painful birth of TI99/4


The Fastest Man on Earth (Overview and Index) or Why Everthing You Know About Murphy's Law is Wrong


Quite a cool page. MLW sent me the link.Electronic Musical Instrument 1870 - 1990


We seem to be at a crossroads. Organizations like the MPAA, the RIAA, and SCO are trying to drive the internet to a state where content and ideas are heavily restricted and controlled. On the other heand, I believe the internet is on it's way to becoming a more anarchistic ocean of ideas and content than it already is simply because of the hug discrepancy between the progress of technology, and the progress of law. Hopefully, law will come out on the side of the populous and not on the side of corporations laying claimes to large amounst of intellectual property. I fear this may not be the case simply becuase these corporations have huge lobbying budgets, but even if they do win, it will be irrelevant. The internet will become an even more vast collective of ideas and content with no ownership attached to it. What are they going to do, sue the world?

Because of this, I think the concept of intellectual property is going to become extinct. I can see both bad and good in this, but more good than bad. I think an idea with no "property" concept attached to it will be proven to be a good idea simply by how many people subscribe to the idea. Bad ideas, will simply fade away into oblivion. In fact, this is preferrable to the way things currently work, where bad ideas can propogate simply because the have huge corporate backing. Classic example, Microsoft outlook. Remember when viruses were diffucult to write? Usually involving some assembly langauge and knowledge of the inner workings of the machine? The really nasty ones being able to hide in unused portions of ROM? You don't see much of those these days, simply because a bad idea like microsoft outlook allows what amounts to nothing more than little script kiddies being able to flood the internet with traffic.

I just read an article about copying where the author suggests that everyone who uses the internet uses illegaly copied software (mail reader, etc). This is why I use linux. None of my software is illegal and it's all free. My payment is my contributions back to the open source community. Oh, and no silly outlook viruses.

Speaking of piracy, is it really as bad as they say it is? Thinking specifically of software piracy, and the "crackdowns" on pirate BBSes back in the day. Was piracy really as bad as they made it out to be. Think about this, currently I use windows for one thing: games. I paid for the OS and I paid for all the games I play (except for the free ones like america's army and enemy territory). This is different than 12 years ago where almost every game and piece of software I had was pirated, thanks to our friendly neighborhood warez bbs. As a 16 year old with very little cash there is no way I could have afforded all that software, but I learned so much with it and also became an avid gamer. Without that, I probably would have not become the technology addict I am today and would not be spending near the amount of money I do on technology. Software piracy, and subversive intellectual content played a huge role in my being able to earn a living today. Much of that living I spend back into the industry. So I don't think one can rightly say (at least in my case) that software piracy hurts the industry. I think it insures it's longevity.


I thought I'd learned as much as I could expect to learn about the history of UNIX, already having read several reiterations of more or less the same sketchy details. Well, fortunately, I was wrong! Read on to learn more about the creation of UNIX and the C programming language.The Creation of the UNIX* Operating System

Amiga Book Gallery The Amiga History Guide!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!!


The Computer History Museum Home Page is awesome!

Wow 5 members of the CPS Collective Blog already!

World Power Systems - The man who invented Fidonet!


Those of you who are new to blogging I would definitely encourage getting the Google Toolbar it has a built in blog function so you can blog while you're surfing(without having to log into blogger)! Rob and I are still working on getting an old school style BBS running on a Linux system.

ah yes... feel free to post what you like. The web message base format didn't seem to be taking off so I thought we could try a collective blog just to kinda post what you've been up to lately. Not too much going on in dooda... I am forming a new group here called the Retro Computists of Wichita we are looking for old computers from the 70's and 80's Apple II's, Commodore's old game console's etc.


So, I guess I was invited here to post so I will post something... how about some rants:

On RoadRunner:
Boy are these guys a bunch of clueless morons. First of all DNS response is really slow right now. First guy I talk to tells me to reset my modem, as I might get a different DNS server than the ones I already got. Doubtful this will help but he refuses to help me anymore unless I do this, so I do... like I suspected, it didn't work, so I come back talk to another guy even more clueless than the first, tell him my problem. I tell him DNS is really slow, like 1-2 seconds per lookup (which makes page loading REALLY slow, especially if there are a lot of img refs on the page). He tells me if pages are loading fine then there is no issue. I reiterate the issue is that roadrunner is SLOOOOOW and it's the DNS server latency that's causing it. He cut's and pastes a network message from the status page that says they are working on the network. I look at the status page, nothing of the sort there... I respond back, he tells me he got it off the status page... he asks if he can help me with anything else... at this point I give up... anyway, I have a better solution: switch to non-roadrunner DNS... much faster now.

On school:
Yep... I'm going back to school... those who knew me back in the day knew I was going to school.... few know that I never finished :) because I got sucked into the workforce before graduating (I was learning more there than at school). Well, now seems like a good time to go back to school since the economy sucks and all, so I'm doing it. I'm currently taking a really cool class that I took at WSU but got a D in, so they wouldn't accept transfer credit for it. Basically it's digital circuits, so I'm currently re-learning all about karnaugh maps. For the record, when I took the class at WSU I got an A in the lab and was the first one done building a 4 bit programmable computer on a breadboard. Problem was, I never did the homework, so I got a D in the lecture portion. Anyway, I never studied much either, but now I'm studying my ass off and this stuff is pretty cool, I'm wondering if maybe I shoulda majored in EE.

On Viruses:
Okay, so back in the day I remember how cool I thought I was because I collected computer viruses.... they are interesting things to look at and examine how they work, but why the hell some idiot would want to unleash one on the internet is kind of silly to me... also, back then viruses were a little more difficult to write... knowledge of some assembly and system level programming were the main tools, today any idiot can write a VB script that launches through outlook...... anyway, back to today's virus writers....think about this, what kind of person is this.... my guess is it's someone who wants to get some attention as being the latest infamous virus writer in a kind of john hinkley way, only in this case the world is Jodie Foster. So this is probably someone who uses the internet pretty heavily... why in the world would they want to unleash something which makes the internet more difficult to use? These seem like smart people lacking a few crucial brain cells.... wait a minute, what am I thinking, these things are primarily spread through MS Outlook.... that takes smart out of the equation... I guess I just answered my own question.

Woohoo! Cheers! btw... I'll be in Kansas City in October...

it works!



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