Hacked!

July 27, 2009

On Friday or Saturday, something went wrong and this here blog thing of mine upped and died.

It turns out some hidden iFrame links had been injected into some of my pages and this caused the problems.

There is some info here if you think you could use it.

http://blog.unmaskparasites.com/2009/04/15/malicious-income-iframes-from-cn-domains/

On this useful page you can check your own web pages.

http://www.unmaskparasites.com/

Re-installing clean code to my servers should have been an easy job, except I panicked and deleted things too soon, causing me all sorts of grief with the SQL databases. Still it’s a learning curve isn’t it? The upside being that I know a lot more than I did before.

I suppose that a second upside is that its given me a reason to blog!

So like, Yay! it’s a win/win. NOT!

I actually have loads to blog about but sadly have little inclination to do so. I only discovered the problem when I went to blog on Saturday, the subject being me notching up another year as a non-smoker. I may still make a retrospect posting to commemorate that little milestone πŸ™‚

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Another day, another OS

August 20, 2008

Today, I got a little sidetracked in my search for a groovy new operating system. Inspired by The Lovely Jonathan, I tried out Mac OS 10. I know! On Intel-type PC hardware!

Remember the old days when the Mac peeps were all like, “oh, yeah Macs are better cos they run on superior Processors and hardware.” Well, not any more, you see the recent generation of Mac have been quite happily running on Intel processors for some time. So its perhaps not surprising that people are now coming up with ways to run the Mac OS on PC’s they have put together themselves at a fraction of the cost of a Mac. They call them Hackintosh.

I chose a DVD image called Kalyway, which is Mac OS 10.5.2. It was very easy to get it going as you can see here.

Once it was finished it was like, totally like a Mac. Which I shouldn’t have been surprised about since that is what it was! Connecting to my mobile by bluetooth confirmed this, announcing the connection as Andy’s Mac Pro πŸ™‚

I wish I taken a picture after I changed the desktop to the grass wallpaper 😦 I have the grass wallpaper on my PC at the moment so I’m quite fond of it.

I’m not a total novice, a few years ago I used to use an iMac at work, so some things came flooding back and others, like the Dock, were brand new.

So what did I make of OS 10 ?

Plus points were the start up speed, wow it was fast. The Dock is pretty cool, I’m deffo getting me one of those for my PC πŸ™‚

Downside? One of the things that came flooding back was the way the applications dont have their own menu across the top. Instead, whichever app is in focus has its menu on the task bar at the top of the screen. It feels disconnected and (I think) its annoying. Overall, it feels restricted, perhaps thats just me, but its all very Apple controlled isn’t it?

It’s gone now, (I’m already onto my next install) but the deciding factor? No support for my ethernet or wireless connections, plus I dont have all the apple keys on my keyboard which affects the usability.

So, in summary, MacOS 10 (or X if you prefer) isn’t the one for me, but I can see why people like it πŸ™‚

Next stop, Mandriva……..


We did get back from Prague!

August 15, 2008

A record of our holiday (in reverse order) as Twittered by me, strangely lacking in comments about Prague itself!

I’m sure I’ll put some photos up soon, I’ve been a bit busy messing around with Linux over the last few days, a bit scary being a newbie again but also having fun with it πŸ™‚

Home πŸ™‚ 06:44 PM August 13, 2008 from mobile web

Feeling sad, sat in hotel lobby waiting for car to airport 😦 10:40 AM August 13, 2008 from mobile web

Enjoying free wifi in the hotel πŸ™‚ 10:14 AM August 11, 2008 from mobile web

Just started boarding, better switch phone off, will I be able to twitter from Prague? 03:23 PM August 10, 2008 from txt

is now in the airport having a beer, thats how all holidays should start πŸ™‚ 02:21 PM August 10, 2008 from txt

is setting off for the Airport 11:47 AM August 10, 2008 from txt


Greedy Geek

August 6, 2008

A few weeks ahead of the new season starting here in the UK, I’ve got hold of* the first 4 episodes of Stargate Atlantis.

I got them on Sunday and had already watched them all by the time I went to bed last night. How greedy am I? Now I’m all sad that they’re gone. Oh, why couldn’t I have rationed myself to one per week, and just been happy that I was weeks ahead of the UK? Oh no, not this greedy geek!

I discovered this morning that the upcoming Stargate Continuum movie was available ahead of its mid-August DVD release.

So of course, I had to get* it. The sensible thing to do now would be to save it, maybe for the weekend. That would be good, except of course, shortly after I’ve posted this and been and brought a beer, I’ll be watching that Lion roar and the credits start rolling. Greedy geek!

I’ll never learn!

*Don’t ask me how, I’m not sure it’s even legal to mention downloading anything these days!


I want candy

July 26, 2008

Remember the 80’s Bow Wow Wow (The future of pop, ooops no they weren’t) and their single “I want candy?” At the time the shaved headed 14 year old girl was a bit shocking but the Internet has changed everything, what do you make of this?

“Yeah, a candy penis!”

Still hungry for more, maybe its like car crash TV, you cant tear your eyes away?

Barbie Girl…..

At least they are not out on the streets spitting on grannies and kicking dogs and stuff!


Just a very quickie, horrible I know :-)

July 19, 2008

You must see this, imagine that singing Buffy episode with more humour and Doogie Howser!

http://www.drhorrible.com/


Zattoo, trust me, it IS worth reading this :-)

June 15, 2008

Zattoo, frankly its amazing, live TV, real time streaming, its uber! I really can’t say enough about this, go to http://zattoo.com/, download and sign up and youre watching telly. Oh, I’m running XP but had to use the Vista version, it works for me πŸ™‚

Yes Stella, its allowed in Switzerland, the channels include;

* BBC One
* BBC Two
* ITV
* Five
* BBC Three
* BBC Four
* BBC News
* BBC Parliament
* S4C
* Bloomberg UK
* CBBC Channel
* CBeebies
* Channel 4
* Community Channel
* Deutsche Welle
* EuroNews
* France 24
* France 24
* Information TV
* Russia Today
* SF info
* ABC News Now
* Al Jazeera Arabic
* AutoMoto TV