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  1. I don't see any reason why the rest of the board wouldn't work OK without the DB25 fitted, however you'll have a job getting it out in one piece without knocking any other components off the board. If you really don't want it I'd suggest just taking some side-cutters to the individual pins and then (optionally) de-soldering the bits that are left. And you might want to check the height clearance on the DIMMs and processor heatsink as well ;-) Mungewell.
  2. Plus you can also sell one the display with a bust CFL as spares for someone with a cracked screen... ;-) I did see some projects which use LEDs to replace CFL backlights. Just an option Munge
  3. Picked up one of these a couple of weeks ago, not a bad little unit for $160. Includes 4.3" screen, Bluetooth, SD-Card slot, Audio/Video player and rechargable battery. It's also quite hackable, so (obviously) I started hacking around: Cheers, Mungewell.
  4. If you wanted to be a 'bad boy' I suppose that you could interrupt cellphone coverage at a particular location forcing each cellphone to re-register to the network. If you were able to monitor the re-registration you might be able to grab the IMEA for each phone, and thus work out the appropriate phone numbers.... not exactly subtle though. Another way is to run a fake Cell site with the correct profile for a particular network, local phones would register to the stronger signal. If she really doesn't want to give you her number, then give up ;-). Munge.
  5. You can select an area (say the 'bonnet' or 'hood'), and then use the right-click 'Layer' 'Colours' 'Hue-Saturation' to slide the Hue to whatever you want... Munge.
  6. It's more or less standard practice to use a seperate VLAN for VoIP phones, that said I believe that my company's switch is configured to allow both VLAN (for IP phones) and non-VLAN should someone just plug a normal device (PC or Laptop) into the port. If (and that's a big if) they done it 'right', the port of the network switch should be configured to only allow the MAC address of the phone and tie it to a specific VLAN to restrict what network it can use. Rather than replace the phone connection, you'd be better off adding something (802.11 AP?) to it so that the 'adjustment' doesn't get noticed too quickly. Just how much would 'they' freak out if they found an AP connected to the back of the phone? Mungewell.
  7. Hi, You don't mention what type of handset was used in the Loby. If it was a 'modern' design then a lot (!!) of information might be available about the company network. For example we use Cisco 7911. Using 'Menu', 'Settings', ... you can find out a lot! Including whether the PC RJ45 is enabled or not. If it were properly configured then it should be possible to lock down that phone complete, best would be to lift receiver to automatically dial receptionist. From you description this is obviously not the case. Munge.
  8. You don't mention what band (frequency) you want to work in, or what you're hoping to do with it. Technically it would be illegal to operate a HAM transceiver without a license, since you suggest you are a 'nube' it would be worthwhile taking the exam first and then considering what to get, Cheers, Mungewell.
  9. Am I correct in assuming this isn't at all needed, but that I should follow the rest of the instructions? Thanks for any advice, thought it best to ask as having to re-install all this again would be a major 'ball ache'. Once again, my doing this to to allow the hosting of some sites, and to be able to SSH into the server allowing the avoidance of filtering programs, from where ever I may be in the world. Finally an extra bonus would be the ability to run a mail server, running at the same time as the other features. Thanks! The VPS they mention in the article is a 'virtual private server'. This is a VM-Wared (or the like) machine that you might have access to should you 'rent' one at an hosting company. In your system I believe that you will be using your own (real) machine on a home connection. You can ignore this paragraph. Putty is a good tool to access ssh servers from Windows machines. Webmin is a web based configuration tool, it can make setting up/administering a server a bit easier. Webmin was briefly mentioned in Linux Reality #275 (see On suggestion I have it to use that spare partition for a data/home partion, that way you can re-install Linux without trashing all your data. Munge.
  10. Shh..... that's 'Transcrypt Confidential' ;-) Fairly pricey, combined with that these would only be legal to use on Licensed 'private' frequencies. If you don't know about it, check out cryptophone (encrypted cell phone via GSM data calls): Munge.
  11. Sounds like a meeting not to forget.... ;-) Hoping to get to HOPE this year, I'll have to see how family plans pan out. Munge. PS. Should be easy to spot, I'm the scruffy geek.
  12. For the RX side of things, just connecting audio jacks together should be OK. You may need to play with volume/record level to get something working. For TX you would need a transmitter (as scanner does not transmit) running at the appropriate frequency. I would presume that these remotes operate within a license free band (ie Part 15) Obviously breaking into people's houses/garages is illegal.... I can't really encourage you to actually construct something which _could_ be used as a 'break & enter' tool. Mungewell.
  13. A quick bit of googling and here's some more information. 1). there is a 'security+' scheme which implements a rolling key, used on modern systems. 2). remotes appear to work on 390MHz band. 3). All in one chips are available, see 4). US embassies are acting to prevent the criminals intent by blocking the 390MHz band, see Munge
  14. You can use a scanner (or some form of radio) feeding into the sound card of a PC/Laptop. This obviously is RX only, but using application like 'Multimon' you can recieve and decode pagers/packet radio/APRS/etc. If you have TX capability there is no reason why you couldn't do a replay attack. My wife's car has an in-built door opener, you can put it into learning mode to clone a third party garage door opener. I guess that this is no-different. I assume there there has not been a concern about security on this before, so most likely the codes would be pretty easy to clone. Unless of course they use a rolling key, in the same way that car door remotes work. Mungewell.
  15. Hmmmm..... don't tease me!!! Following on from PurpleJesus's excellent comments.... Before starting engine check the rad to see if it is warm, if not you can pop the rad cap off (carefully!) to see if there's a scum on the coolant. Could signify a oil leak into coolant. Also if it's cold then you'll get a sense of the cold-start capability of the car. Munge.
  16. You will have to have a ssh server on one end of the connection, I suggest you do this at you (Linux) end. To enable the ssh server on you Linux box you should install 'openssh_server', this will create the key pairs and start the service. Providing you have the appropriate ports forward so that port 22 is accessible from the internet your Mac friend would be able to log into a shell account (using Linux machine's username/password) with his ssh client. Once this works the Mac user can use the '-R' or '-L' options in the ssh client to enable port forwarding of particular port via the ssh link. If you want to enable the ssh server on the Windows machine, then I suggest you look at Cygwin which can install the ssh server as a windows service (ie. it is started when machine boots). You'll also want to confirm that the ports are forwarded through the Windows firewall. Cheers, Mungewell.
  17. It's possible that the audio chip set actually has seperate outputs for the speakers (rear panel) and the headphone (front panel) and that in Windows the driver is being cleaver on how it manages these. First suggestion I would have is try 'alsamixer' on the command line. Usually has full control over all the alsa settings, the gui clients are sometimes limited to just a few parameters. Also do a 'lspci' to find out what audio hardware you actually have, you may be able to set it up better in the alsa conf files. Mungewell.
  18. You seem to have quite a price differential in the cars you've selected (down to 1500). I figure that you've not been looking long and are going for 'glitz'. Not that there's anything necessarily wrong with that. If you're going to spend the whole $7000, would suggest that you figure $5000 purchase/$2000 repairs. Take some time to look around (even out of your area) so that you can see average prices/conditions for specific models. Don't jump in all excited and regret it later. You don't say whether you're mechanically minded, or have access to tools. Being young is a great time to learn about the mechanical side (often you'll have to). Happy Hunting, Mungewell. PS. I drive a Forester with a leaking head gasket, before you ask... PPS How come there's no snow in any of the pictures. Check when they were listed.
  19. If you just mean collecting email securely, most providers will allow a 'Secure POP'/'Secure SMTP' connection using SSL. Just reconfigure your email client to use these. If you need to secure connect to a remote network, via a public network. SSH is good, or you can use a VPN. Mungewell.
  20. So many questions.... ;-) 1). A LiveCD is a good way to try out Linux without having to install it. You will have to download an ISO image and burn to CD, if you have a Linux User Group (LUG) near you they may have a selection of distro's you could try. One of the most popular at present is Ubuntu. You can download from, they can even send you a CD in the post. 2). If you decide you like what you see, installing to harddisk will improve performance. Most CD's come with an installation wizard which will resize your Windows partition and install Linux. This will enable you to 'dual boot', selecting whether to start Linux or Windows when you turn your computer on. 3). Almost all data files (images, audio, etc) are support under Linux, the applications will recognise the 'usual' extensions. There is a slight issue with MP3 in the USA as this is a patented file format, 'pay for' codecs are available, or you can just be a rebel and download the ones that the rest of the world use. 4). Mostly the applications which you use on Windows will not run on Linux. There are likely native Linux applications which will serve the same purpose. There are techniques for running Windows applications. Try it and see how many applications you are 'missing'. 5). I'm not a gamer... but this might answer your question. 6). Hardware support is MUCH better than it used to be, basically a modern Linux distribution will automatically detect and configure your hardware. Cheers, Mungewell.
  21. Anyone have any more info on this.... Apparently there is a remote exploitable flaw in the Windows TCP/IP stack related to the IGMP. This means that any machine on an infected network can be affected by this, since it is a stack flaw it is NOT caught by software firewalls (MS or 3rd party). Patches are out so get updating, originally reported June 2006. (nothing like a tardy fix ;-). Mungewell.
  22. A scanner is slightly more than a receiver, it normally can scan (hence the name) through a sequence of frequencies quickly looking for a signal. It normally stops when it finds one so that you can listen to it. A two way radio can TX and RX, but nominally only on specific frequencies. A mobile transceiver can TX and RX on specific frequencies, however with the event of modern electronics they can easily roll in the functionality of a scanner. (RX is easy, TX needs carefully designed electronics.) Cheers, Munge.
  23. I'd add my vote for Xubuntu (Ubuntu with XFCE gui).... it's what I use on my POS machines. Can be downloaded from: Cheers, Mungewell.
  24. If you're looking for cheap [edit: OK 'cheaper'] clustering you can go the multiple GFX card route. Nvidia provide an API to program arbetory code onto they cards: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> This is what the fore mentioned Acceleware ( <a href="" target="_blank"></a> ) uses in their clusters. Munge.
  25. Normally you have to put something like: source=prism,wlan0,wireless Where 'prism' is the driver, 'wlan0' is the interface and 'wireless' is your name for the capture device. Try: source=ipw3945,eth1,ipw3945 Munge.