SSH Lockout 0.3.1 Released

I've release SSH Lockout 0.3.1 today. I quietly released 0.3.0 a few days ago but just discovered a few bugs in it that warrant a new release. I sorta figured that would be the case and that's why I didn't announce it.

New in this release are whitelists, a user configurable iptables system call, and blacklist purging. The program also now runs tainted just in case somebody gets a funny idea.

SSH Lockout 0.3.1

Making Video CDs

Something I've been toying with pretty much ever since I got a CD burner is making Video CDs, or VCDs. If you're not familiar with the format, just think of a DVD only a lot shorter and lower quality. Boy, with features like that how can you pass it up? *grin*

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SSH Lockout Tool

A few weeks ago a guy on a mailing list I'm on asked if there was a way to lock out users who generate too many failed SSH logins. You see, there's a worm going around that tries to guess passwords and break in to your machine. There's not a lot you can do if your users have poorly chosen passwords. Well, now there is.

File types and extension

To a computer, all data is just bits. It has no way of looking at a series of bits and just knowing what sort of data it is. So that picture of Aunt Lulu is completely indistinguishable from your web browser. That's actually a great feature but it has some drawbacks, the most annoying one being that when you double click on a file the computer can't know with 100% certainty what to do with that file. Instead, programmers have come up with some clever ideas to tell the computer what type of file it is.

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Dave Barry In Cyberspace

Title: Dave Barry In Cyberspace
Author: Dave Barry
Published: 1996 by Crown Publishers
ISBN: 0-517-59575-3

Normally I love Dave Barry but this book left me lacking. The humor seems forced and it's severly out of date. Granted, part of that is my fault for not having read it earlier but I don't exactly have a time machine and neither do you. In the end, I didn't finish even half the book and felt a bit let down.

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Look ma! I'm a cowboy!

Last weekend (Oct. 1st - Oct. 3rd), we took a trip to Twin Falls, ID to stay with a friend of ours. More correctly, we stayed at our friend's parent's house which happens to be a large cattle ranch that's been in the family for about a hundred years (or so I gather).

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Suspend and resume

I took a moment last night to figure out why my laptop sometimes resumes from a suspend and sometimes doesn't. It seemed to work so well for quite a while that I was very surprised when it begain failing on a regular basis.

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