Day: December 30, 2002

  • News Roundup

    I’m getting (really) close to my disk quota on my web provider, so I’m going to keep things succinct until I can upgrade the account:

  • Localhost Groove Web Services

    Simon Fell:

    Do Groove Web Services really need a local web server? Wouldn’t it be better to do SOAP over standard input and standard output when you just need to integrate on a single machine? [matt.griffith] Well, I’ve yet to see a SOAP toolkit that doesn’t ship with a HTTP transport, whilst SOAP::Lite it the only one i know that ships with stdin/out support. In addition certain platforms (*cough*cough*, are overly tied to HTTP.

    Localhost web services, here we come!

  • Kismet: An 802.11b Network Sniffer


    Kismet is a 802.11b wireless network sniffer – it is different from a normal network sniffer (such as Ethereal or tcpdump) because it separates and identifies different wireless networks in the area. Kismet works with any wireless card which is capable of reporting raw packets (rfmon support), which include any prism2 based card (Linksys, D-Link, Rangelan, etc), Cisco Aironet cards, and Orinoco based cards. Kismet also supports the WSP100 remote sensor by Network Chemistry.

    Utilities such as this will become more important as 802.11 networks overlap, mesh, and do other stuff that we haven’t thought of yet.  There’s also another reason to covet a Sharp Zarus.

  • Phrack


    I remember reading Phrack when I was in middle school.

    [via the dot]

  • Gentoo Weekly Newsletter

    DIY Linux junkies will enjoy the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter:

    The GWN was started as a way of giving the Gentoo community one source of information about the Gentoo Linux project. The GWN will summarize issues and discussions from the community, as well as major news items and announcements, as well as security vulnerabilities, bugs and changes to the Portage tree. As we gather feedback from the user community, we will continue to add features and additional areas of coverage to the GWN, with the ultimate goal being to make this newsletter your main source of information about Gentoo Linux.

    [via Linux Today]

  • Zen and the Art of Comprehensive Archive Networks

    This is a great article for many audiences.  Anyone from geeks and programmers to sysadmins or architects of distributed storage systems would get a kick out of this article:

    It seems that there is a lot of interest in having similar archives for other languages like CPAN [1] is for Perl. I should know; over the years people from at least Python, Ruby, and Java communities have approached me or other core CPAN people to ask basically “How did we do it?”. Very recently I’ve seen even more interest from some people in the Perl community wanting to actively reach out a helping hand to other communities. This ‘missive’ tries to describe my thinking and help people wanting to build their own CANs. Since I hope this message will somehow end up reaching the other language communities I will explicitly include URLs that are (hopefully) obvious to Perl people. Note that I’m going to describe what things worked for Perl, translate appropriately for other languages.

    [via Use Perl;]

  • 10-Codes Over IP Followup

    Steve Makofsky (furrygoat) gets it:

    This would be awsome. Its simple, yet an effective means for location based services. Imagine a Pocket PC Phone specifing it’s current location based on cell towers, by the current Wifi access point it’s using, or some sort of integrated GPS – with little more overhead than a standard HTTP GET.

    Yep.  Isn’t that sexy?

  • Russell Beattie on the Universal Personal Proxy

    Russ outlines out loud about the universal personal proxy idea.  I had previously tuned out the personal proxy conversation because my head was already swimming to keep up with everything else floating around.  Now it looks like I should play catchup.  Read the outline if you want to dig into Russ’ head.

  • Web Services Usage

    Australian IT:

    NEW research contradicts recent technology vendor claims that web services are “real” and being deployed by as many as half of Australia’s large companies.

    The real number stands at less than 50, according to research by analyst S2 Intelligence.

    Deploy some more!  [via Doug Kaye]