Steve's random ramblings and technical notes

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Cisco DHCP Snooping with ISC DHCPd - TreehouseTechnologies

Cisco DHCP Snooping with ISC DHCPd - TreehouseTechnologies
Cisco has equipped some of its newer switches, notably the 3550 series and particular 2950 models, with a feature they have termed "DHCP Snooping." This feature allows a switch to protect a network from rogue DHCP servers, as well as provide port information to the DHCP server. The linked article shows how to set this up and use the information provided.


[ I need to read a little more on this one... ]
"WebLibrary is a very simple tool that allows the creation of documentation that can be:
* read on screen
* put on CD
* printed
* used as a slide show in a classroom

and that support the following components:
* traditional written text
* images and animations
* external html files (for example packet traces in case of Networking documentation)"
An example web site that was created with WebLibrary. This includes a network trace and a PDF file showing how WebLibrary files look like when printed.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Supersize Your TV for $300: Build Your Own XGA Projector!

Supersize Your TV for $300: Build Your Own XGA Projector!
"You should come away from our tutorial with a good foundation for building your own XGA projector, and of course, there's no charge! In order to offer a realistic impression of the picture quality possible, our new video provides a step-by-step guide to building and operating your own projector."

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Portable Firefox 1.0 (USB Drive-Friendly) :: Mozilla Stuff ::

Portable Firefox 1.0 (USB Drive-Friendly) :: Mozilla Stuff ::
"Portable Firefox is a fully functional package of Firefox optimized for use on a USB key drive. It has some specially-selected optimizations to make it perform faster and extend the life of your USB key as well as a specialized launcher that will allow most of your favorite extensions to work as you switch computers."
This project is now an official project
on MozDev and will soon be moving to a new address:

Friday, November 19, 2004

Snakefoot's Windows NT4/2000/XP Services

Snakefoot's Windows NT4/2000/XP Services
This page has good explanations and recommendations for Windows Services. I went through it and found some that weren't really being used but were taking up memory and processor time just the same.

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Online Exotic Game Hunting - Real Online Hunting, Exotic Game Hunting, Internet Hunting

LIVE-SHOT is a new concept. You can challenge yourself and compare your skills to other members with our on-line target shooting. We have developed a system where you can control a pan/tilt/zoom camera and a firearm to shoot at real targets in real time.

While your membership is active, access the viewing cameras to see how others stack up to your abilities, control the pan/tilt/zoom camera to take a look around, and schedule a reservation for your on-line shooting experience.

Currently, shooters will be able to fire 10 (ten) .22 caliber rounds at paper and silhouette targets. You may also have a DVD recording and/or the paper target from the session shipped as an option. Look for additional, varied shooting systems along with competitions to come online soon.

Take a gander at this! You can watch a demo of a target session or purchase a membership to have a go at it yourself.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

CSS Tutorial

CSS Tutorial: "Save a lot of work with CSS!
In our CSS tutorial you will learn how to use CSS to control the style and layout of multiple Web pages all at once."
This page also contains a good deal of information on XHTML.

Just so I don't forget...

It took me forever to find the syntax for adding a background image in XHTML so here's how it works...
(The trick I wasn't getting at first was that the URL has to be in parenthesis.)

style="background-image: url(http://your.url/here.jpg);"

Here's how it's taught at - The definitive source for CSS.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Declaration of Expulsion

HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE :: Declaration of Expulsion: A Modest Proposal It's Time to Reconfigure the United States by Mike Thompson: "Declaration of Expulsion: A Modest Proposal
It's Time to Reconfigure the United States"

I don't care for the names on this map (but they're close).
I'd prefer the green area to be called "The United States of America" and the pink to be referred to as "Heathen".

"That is why the unthinkable must become thinkable. If the so-called "Red States" (those that voted for George W. Bush) cannot be respected or at least tolerated by the "Blue States" (those that voted for Al Gore and John Kerry), then the most disparate of them must live apart--not by secession of the former (a majority), but by expulsion of the latter. Here is how to do it.

Having been amended only 17 times since 10 vital amendments (the Bill of Rights) were added at the republic's inception, the U.S. Constitution is not easily changed, primarily because so many states (75%, now 38 of 50) must agree. Yet, there are 38 states today that may be inclined to adopt, let us call it, a "Declaration of Expulsion," that is, a specific constitutional amendment to kick out the systemically troublesome states and those trending rapidly toward anti-American, if not outright subversive, behavior. The 12 states that must go: California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Maryland, and Delaware. Only the remaining 38 states would retain the name, "United States of America." The 12 expelled mobs could call themselves the "Dirty Dozen," or individually keep their identity and go their separate ways, probably straight to Hell."
Link found at


Driftnet: "Inspired by EtherPEG, Driftnet is a program which listens to network traffic and picks out images from TCP streams it observes. Fun to run on a host which sees lots of web traffic."

One use of this technology can be seen on WebCollage

sntm - Snort Monitor for Linux/Unix

sntm - Snort Monitor for Linux/Unix
"Sntm is a Qt-based GUI snort monitor for Linux/Unix written in C/C++. Currently, it is capable of monitoring multiple snort sensors in a centralized monitor screen, save the event information to a database and generate analysis and report. Each snort sensor creates a SSL encrypted communication thread to connect to the moniter server and each communication channel has its own certificate and private key."
sntm Project Page

An American Citizen's Page: Use Pain and Pleasure To Get Your Way

An American Citizen's Page: Use Pain and Pleasure To Get Your Way
"pain and pleasure, how to use them to move friend or foe in the direction you want them to go.

A very good principal to remember is this : People will only negotiate with you if they believe you can help them or hurt them. Other wise, they will ignore you, because you have nothing to offer and that's a fact. So, how is this useful? It helps you maximize your power in any given situation. If you are dealing with person or business, a public official or offering a service to the public or what ever, ask yourself "why should they deal with me?" "What can I offer to help them for helping me?", or "How can I hurt them if I need to?" In very few places do you actually have no power when you think about it!

Tips to help others: Praise, Compliments, Give nice assignments or chores, A pleasant scene, Give good feedback to their boss, stock holders etc, Do all your business with them, Avoid lawsuits, Help their family, Do small favors & on and on. You can help others in numerous ways!

Tips to hurt others: Ridicule or embarrass, Effect a reputation by revealing a secret, or plain tell lies, Give painful assignments and chores, Waste their time, Cost them money Attack their family or friends interest, Create a nasty scene, Take your business else where, Threats of lawsuits, violents or worse and on & on. You can hurt people & businesses in many many ways. Its amazing what one determined person can really do! Never make a threat you do not intend on carrying out! Put teeth in it.

So the next time you are dealing with a banker or waiter, a public official, your mechanic, a realtor, neighbor, landlord or what ever, remember to ask yourself these key questions, size up your power base & assert yourself. One more helpful principal to live by "I never forget a face & always repay my debts".

Lastly: Have fun, there is no battle worth your health or piece of mind!!"


dropload: "Dropload is a place for you to drop your files off and have them picked up by someone else at a later time. Recipients you specify are sent an email with instructions on how to download the file. Files are removed from the system after 7 days, regardless if they have been picked up or not. You can upload any type of file, mp3, movies, docs, pdfs, up to 100MB each! Recipients can be anyone with an email address."

Stock Bedding 101 for Savage Rifles article Stock Bedding 101
is a complete walk-through of bedding your rifle barrel.
Why? - The objective of bedding is to eliminate stresses in the action-to-stock fit. This increases accuracy because there are no outside forces from the stock acting on your bullet as it traverses the length of the barrel.

Handy looking little camera

l'espion XS

I'm sure it would suck for taking pictures of wiring closets since it has no flash, but the tiny size and feature set (not to mention the price) make it look pretty cool. It's something I'd think about for the kids for Christmas...

Some features:
  • The only camera in the world with Body heat sensor to trigger photograph (Infra Red Technology). Takes an image whenever the camera detects body heat up to 5 metres.

  • Takes timed photo sequence - Set the camera to take an image every 1, 2, 5, 10,...90 minutes over a period of up to 6 days.

  • Works with fluorescent lighting to take indoor shots without need of Flash.

  • Available here for $24.95 or here for $23.50.
    Gizmodo Post
    Manufacturer's Site

    Wednesday, November 10, 2004


    The technical team that puts together the infrastructure for Supercomputing conference series. Check back here for the slides from their SC04 presentation.
    For one week in Nov 2004, they pulled in 170Mb of I2 and 155Mb of commodity internet bandwidth - and more...

    InfoStar - SC2004
    Real Time Information Management system for the SC Conference

    Tuesday, November 09, 2004

    allSnap: make all windows snap

    allSnap: make all windows snap
    allSnap is a small system tray app that makes all top level windows automatically align like they do in programs such as Winamp or Photoshop.
    This works great for all the little video windows generated by an Access Grid Node!

    Monday, November 08, 2004

    Waste of Cyberspace
    Waste of Cyberspace
    Hoby's mind dump, digital diary, place to rant.
    a friend of Todd Helt's - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
    Konfabulator Link

    Shepherd Scopes

    The only Range Finding Scope that doesn't require 3 hands to operate
    Thanks to Tank's Rifle Shop for including a description on his Links page - Google pointed me there from a search of range-finding rifle scopes.'s FREE Target Gallery's FREE Target Gallery
    Here are a few more. This looks like a pretty good site for information about shooting in general.

    Free downloadable targets

    Targets Webring Hub

    Free downloadable targets for 6mm BR benchrest and Long Distance shooting.
    - Targets for 100 to 1000 yards and varmint hunting.

    - Free Printable Targets

    The Varmints Den
    - Free Targets

    The Glock FAQ
    - Target Gallery

    Tom Haller's Free Targets
    - Bullseye
    - Silhouette
    - Photo

    - Visio-drawn Targets

    Saturday, November 06, 2004

    From the "Great Quotes" category

    The Straight Shooters Collection of Firearms & Shooting Information
    'A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.'
    Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoanlysis (1952)

    'There is no such thing as a dangerous weapon, only dangerous people.'
    Robert Heinlein

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