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DARPA’s Hummingbird “Nanobot”

I came across this video of DARPA’s new “Nanobot.”  It is based on the hummingbird model.  While not quite as agile as a hummingbird, it is still very maneuverable.

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Networking Project Complete

I completed my network project about a week ago.  The object of this project was to create a wired extension of my network on the other end of the house without running wire (the most cost effective method).  I ended up using an ASUS WL-330gE Multi-functional Wireless AP to achieve success.  I already had a wireless router running so  attaching the WL-330eE was not a big deal.  I even lucked out and it supports passing through the wired connection while functioning in wireless repeater mode.  Before I go further, this method does have one big downside.  Every device on the extended network is limited to the bandwidth achieved by the single adapter.

Materials for Project:

  • 1 – Wireless network up and running.
  • 1 – Linksys EZXS55W EtherFast 10/100 5-Port Workgroup Switch
  • 1 – ASUS WL-330gE Multi- Functional Wireless AP – (AP, Ethernet Adapter, Gateway, Repeater 4 mode)
  • N – Patch cable for devices.

Step-by-Step:

  1. Make sure your wireless network is enabled.
  2. Use the short bit of patch cable that came with the WL-330gE to connect it to the upstream port of the EZXS55W switch.
  3. Use another length of patch cable to connect a computer to one of the client ports on the switch.
  4. Navigate to url http://192.168.1.220/ on the computer.  This will get you into the setup page of the WL-330gE.  Initially the menu is in Chinese, but this can be fixed by the drop down box in the upper right.
  5. Set the device into Repeater Mode and select the network you want to connect to.
  6. You’re done.  Now you have a wired network extension across a wifi connection.

For me this works excellent.  I don’t have to worry about the bandwidth limitations and now I have all my media devices connected at all times.

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My X11 Configuration (Should It Help Anyone)

I’ve not posted about this, but I recently repurposed an ancient pc into an ubuntu linux box.  All went well except the display configuration in the xorg.conf file.  The old ATI video card I had for that system went out years ago, since then its only had crappyvia integrated video card.  Well, after finagleing for a week (granted I didn’t spend much time on it) , I finally got everything setup the way I want it.

$ lspci returned: “01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. VT8375 [ProSavage8 KM266/KL266]

Here is a link to my configuration: xorg.conf.

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How to tell if you’re infected with Conficker

There is one really simple and easy way to tell if your infected with the Conficker worm.  The following webpage uses hotlinked images from the various antivirus supplier domains to give you sort of an eye chart.  If you have images that do not load, there is a chance you’ve been infected.  Try it out: http://www.joestewart.org/cfeyechart.html

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Robotic Crowdsourcing Experiment

I happened upon this page using stumbleupon.  Its actually a pretty neat experiment in crowdsourcing.  You can see the embedded video on page 2 of this article.

In New York City, we are very occupied with getting from one place to another. I wondered: could a human-like object traverse sidewalks and streets along with us, and in so doing, create a narrative about our relationship to space and our willingness to interact with what we find in it? More importantly, how could our actions be seen within a larger context of human connection that emerges from the complexity of the city itself? To answer these questions, I built robots.

via tweenbots | kacie kinzer.

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MonoDevelop 2.0

I heard about this today.  I’m really impressed that they’ve brought it this far.  I’m going to have it install it on one of my virtualized linux installs and try it out.

The MonoDevelop team is proud to announce the release of MonoDevelop 2.0.

MonoDevelop is a GNOME IDE primarily designed for C# and other .NET languages. MonoDevelop enables developers to quickly write desktop and ASP.NET Web applications on Linux. MonoDevelop makes it easy for developers to port .NET applications created with Visual Studio to Linux and to maintain a single code base for all platforms.

via MonoDevelop 2.0 Released – MonoDevelop.

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Programmable Matter

Wow, it sounds like something out of Star Trek (see Hologram/Holodeck or maybe changeling might be more accurate), but Intel is claiming that “Programmable Matter” is 5 years away.  Whats more, from the commets they are making, these aren’t Holograms, these are actual objects with shapeshifting abilities.  See the next page for a video from CNN.

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Malware Redirecting Users To Fake Review Sites

Here is yet another story of maliciousness in cyberspace today.  Turns out there is a bit of malware out there that will detect if you are trying to go to any review sites in a list, it redirects you to a site under the control of the botnet controllers.  See the Ars article below for more details.

“Once redirected, users are served up with what appears to be an actual, legitimate review of Anti-Virus-1 from a reputable source. These reviews appear to be thinly-veiled rips of what has been written about actual anti-virus scanners—in BleepingComputer’s example image, you can see where the words “Norton Antivirus 2009” were presumably removed, with “AntiVirus2010″ substituted. This leads to some odd-looking ad copy—”Win Your Own AntiVirus2010TM2008″—but the swap doesn’t stand out nearly as much as we might like.”

via New malware attempts legitimacy by spreading phony reviews – Ars Technica.

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