Amazon Kindle 2 with international gprs service would be available in Europe from October 19th! At last! Count me in as a first buyer. UPDATE: It’s not so sweet as it first looked:( Instead of 279$ Kindle 2 when shipping to Europe (Czech Republic at least) would cost you 359$. It’s not so bad, still pretty cheap as other e-book readers cost more in this part of Europe. But when you’ll add to it the fact that every e-book from amazon would cost you more than your US based friends, then it’s not so good anymore.
Bruce Schneier is the person well known to everybody interested in IT security. Recently he published blog post about why two-factor authentication is not solving all security problems. For those who don’t know what this term means, two-factor authentication is basically system where first you’re giving your “constant” password (password which doesn’t change), then if you’ve provided correct password system is sending you another one which is generated for you just for this single use (this password can be generated also by some small device provided to you by system admin).
Today I’ve faced embarrassing situation, I’ve forgot my root password to my Debian VM. I know this is lame. But happened, so I’ve started looking for solution and after viewing few more or less helpful websites I’ve compiled my own solution. To reset root password on Debian (Lenny) do following: 1. During start of PC when there is your boot manager displayed press “e”. 2. Move arrow on the keyboard to highlight “kernel”.
I’m using VMWare Workstation a lot to virtualize my testing environments. Along with many other OSs that I’m using there are Linux systems and one of the most useful functionality in Linux are (in my opinion) virtual terminals. Virtual terminal is like your another monitor, so when doing many things you can avoid mess by using few “desktops” instead of one. In Linux you’re creating and switching between terminals by pressing CTRL+ALT+F1-12.
Have you ever seen first digital camera? Here it is: It was developed by Kodak engineer Steve Sasson in December 1975. It was capable of making black/white photos, had 0.01 Megapixel and taking picture took him about 23 seconds. Oh, and it stored your photos on simple magnetic tape, like for Walkman. And now you have a lot better device in your pocket size cell phone, nice.
I’m using Debian Linux as a second operating system. Previously I was using it only for my servers, but now I’ve decided to start doing some software development on it. As I love bash environment, the choice of text editor was pretty obvious, Vim, the greatest editor ever made. But problem was that I like my syntax to be colored, it’s easier to write program code then. No problem, I thought, quick searching via Google gave me the “:syntax on” command which should enable what I’ve wanted.
I’ve found set of old Budweiser advertising posters and among them was this one: If you don’t know who was Kosciusko ask WikipediaWell, it’s a little shame that Polish hero was used for advertising such beer as Bud. I’m talking about American Budweiser which is not drinkable, not Czech one which is very good. America has definitively got good beers, but Bud is not one of them.
Another movie added to my to-watch list. Looks like story is pretty stupid and naive, but it would be smashing with special effects and action. And Quaid is playing there, one of my favorite actors. Although scene with ice cream man is one the dumbest I’ve ever seen. Fortunately rest of “monsters” look good, so I’ll definitively give it a try. Oh, and grandma is awesome!