For a wile I have been planning on writing a “Trustix Vs. OpenBSD security” article for a few security portals.

I finaly got around to starting it this weekend by installing Trustix on a test box.

I must now say that I am calling off the article. Trustix may or may not be secure. I didnt get that far. It is honestly one of the most buggy Operating Systems I have had the displesure of working with in recent years.

It can be as secure as it wants. If its unusable it doesnt matter. 🙂

Seriosly though, It looks like a striped down redhat 7.3 down to the pre X redhat installer. They chucked in a couple different packages (The OpenBSD ftpdaemon, snort and a few others) hacked some of the daemons to tighten them up a bit and called it good.

Thanks but I ‘ll stick with OpenBSD when mission critical security is at stake.

I know you gonna dig this.

I am currently reinventing my design/development and hosting biz as a very secure and stable business class host.

I am offering hosting on security hardened Linux, FreeBSD and OpenBSD.

Playing on that angle I plan on becoming a mirror site for packet storm. 🙂

I also just purchased from the Lithuanian domain registration site. Aint that an awsome domain?! 🙂 Im going to use that a hosting specific security portal with exploit lists, security news feeds, message forums and so forth. Plus lots of hosting specific security articles and other fun stuff.

I think this should position sigil studios very nicely in a niche hosting market.

w00t! 🙂

My life in my pocket

I am in love with the concept of the Removable Storage USB Keychain (or Pen) Drives.

I have a 64 meg one right now that I do all kinds of wacky stuff on.

I export reg files that have all of my program prefferences and drive mappings and keep on the keychain.

I have this KICK ASS program installed to the drive called Password Manager XP. Its a realy good password management database. You can high light a record and hit a button to transfer the pw to the clipboard or you view it.

It stores the pw database encrypted with about 6 different algorythms all at one time. Including 3DES, Blowfish and RSA. Its only $18 so I bought it.

I also just put in an order for a 256meg keychain drive. Time to upgrade.


[00:10] Things are good. I ‘m just free thought codeing
[00:10] I just wrote 200 lines of code in like 30 minutes without stoping to think.
[00:10] I was in a freeken zone. 🙂

So beside being up late and writing an email retriver and dealer with robot (dont ask) I am working and relaxing. Not much more need be said about that.

I got paid for the first time today from my new job. Its been a wile since I had a steady pay check. I can ‘t resist and ebay.

I ‘m weak.

Updates n ‘ stuff

My new gig at SiteObjects is a blast! Its pretty much what I have been doing for Sigil this whole time only now I ‘m getting paid a regular, decent amount for it. 🙂

I have finaly made CFMX work on linux. For those of you who have tride and are still running CF5 here is what you have to do…

1. Remove CF5 wile backing up all of your dsn ‘s and stuff.
2. Install CFMX
3. Pretend you dont care that it doesnt work.
4. Install the CFMX 6.1 Upgrade.
5. Jump up and down because CFMX finaly works on linux.

Aside from that not much is up cept for the fact that I am sick as dog.

Every year at about this time I get the exact same illness. My throte is all tore up, I cough, my nose is plugged and my ears close up. This is only my second week at my new job and I had to stay home sick today in hope of getting better. Man it sucks.

A job?

Welp, after about a month and half of searching I managed to get myself a job at SiteObjects. I am VERY excited as I have wanted to work there for a long time. I will be doing support and development.

I will update everyone Monday (my first day) on how things are.

Comcast hell

I spent literaly all day yesterday at my parents house setting up a Comcast cable modem and getting a router all good to go so they can use it in any room of the house.

The house was purchased from myself so it was fully wired for a cat5 network. They have 2 laptops and two desktops that I was configuring for it. NOTHING went right. Network adapter drivers didnt install, the cable modem account wasnt set up properly by comcast and so on and so forth. I will heading back over to finish it up today.

It should be cool as hell to see my mom, sister and grandma using the net and email regularly though.

“In a moment it will be time to execute rock concert movement number 2, the up and down jumping movement. Ready… go..”

Heh, anyway. With the huge stress of running my own business and looking for gainfull employ I have begun the disgusting habit of smokeing (again). It sickens me to see the prices of a pack of cigerettes (almost $5 per pack) with all the new sin taxes they have stacked onto it; so I began rolling own. The cost turns out to be about $1 per pack this way. It still doesnt justify me smokeing… but hay.. whatever.

OpenBSD and my old blog entrys.

As mentioned in my last entry I am using new blog software. All of my old blogs are gone for this reason. I think you will get over it. 🙂

Anyway, I downloaded the files for OpenBSD today and plan to start playing with it again. I used it in the past and realy dug it… but alas, that was a long time ago.

I think its leet as hell that they boast “Only one remote hole in the default install, in more than 7 years!”

I also realy thought this recent article on it was funny as hell. 🙂

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Velvet Revolver

I have been listening to the new Velvet Revolver ( cd non stop for the last week.  Its so freaken great to hear Guns N ' Roses again.  I 'm not ashamed to admit that I am a very large GnR fan.  I own every cd and tried to mimic slash with some of my gee-tar sty lings.  For those of you who haven 't heard of these guys, its Slash, Duff and Matt Sorum of GnR, Dave Kushner (formally of Suicidal Tendencies and Infection Groove) and former Stone Temple pilots singer Scott Weiland. 

As an GnR fan I find it funny that this band is more GnR then the new GnR with axle, bucket head and so on.

Eh, I digress…  I have spent the last two days switching over to linux on my desktop.  Its not really something I gave much thought to.  I just sort of decided.  I 'm having a hell of a time getting my ATI Radeon 7000/VE working under X.  It.s a dual monitor thing and it powers both monitors… It just mirrors them.  That sucks.

The distro I went with was slackware, simply because I have been working with it on a couple other projects and have been fairly comfortable in it lately.  Now I 'm thinking I may have made a poor choice.  Slack is pure gold for servers.  Very tunable, flexible, minimal and POSIX compliant.  These are all good things in a server.  Not so important on a desktop.  I found that Eclipse and Evolution won 't even work, much less those ati drivers.  So I 'll most likely end up moving what I have working over to the network, grab another drive and try again with another distro.

If anyone has any insight as to the best desktop Linux I would love to hear.

My config is as follows:
Intel P4 2.3Ghz
Matrox Graphics Mystique PCI
Radeon 7000 ve family (dual vga)
Lite-On dvdrw ldw-851s usb (running under scsi emulation)
SoundMax integrated digital audio
Intel Pro/1000 Gigabit Lan