Steve's random ramblings and technical notes

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Very cool illusion

Originally found here
If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color, pink.
If you stare at the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to green.
Now, concentrate on the black + in the center of the picture. After a short period of time,
all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will only see a green dot rotating if you're lucky!
It's amazing how our brain works. There really is no green dot, and the pink ones really don't disappear.
This should be proof enough, we don't always see what we think we see.

@2005 M Bach & JL Hinton

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

eText & eBooks

I ran across a nice concise listing at the AceReader site which includes:

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Tyler Tool - Discount Power Tools

Secure Online Power Tool Store
Tyler Tool carries a large inventory of Metal Working and Wood Working Power Tools. What ever your Home Improvement project calls for Tyler Tool has it.

I particularly like their list of Reconditioned Tools (for price) and Leatherman Store (because it's Leatherman)!

Gotta love tools!

Friday, October 14, 2005

Security Auditor's Research Assistant

Security Auditor's Research Assistant
The first generation assistant, the Security Administrator's Tool for Analyzing Networks (SATAN) was developed in early 1995. It became the benchmark for network security analysis for several years. However, few updates were provided and the tool slowly became obsolete in the growing threat environment.
The Security Auditor's Research Assistant (SARA) is a third generation network security analysis tool that:

1. Operates under Unix, Linux, MAC OS/X or Windows (through coLinux) OS'.
2. Supports the FBI/SANS Top 20 Consensus (8 Oct 04).
3. Can adapt to many firewalled environments.
4. Support remote self scan and API facilities.
5. Used for CIS benchmark initiatives
6. Plug-in facility for third party apps
7. SANS/ISTS Certified
8. CVE standards support (20040901)
9. Enterprise search module
10. Standalone or daemon mode
11. Free-use open SATAN oriented license
12. Updated twice a month (we try)
13. User extension support

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

klik - Linux Software "Klik & Run"

I stumbled across klik a few days ago and although I haven't tried it yet, the documentation makes it look especially promising. The basic idea behind klik is that all libraries and required files are bundled into a package which is decompressed into a temporary file-system at run time - thus providing a complete package which doesn't interfere with other installed or running programs. It is using the same basic premise that various Live-CD distributions run on.
The downside of this is that common libraries (dll's in the Windows world) are taking up more space on the machine's hard disk because each package has its own set of files which are (potentially) duplicated in other packages...
All the same, this is very interesting and promising.

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