Jack | 2 Aug 00:42 2007
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Re: OT: Mac OS X and USB Boot

My HP laptop supports booting from a USB memory stick,
or USB Disk/CD/DVD.
Unfortunately the internal hard drive in now in the
freezer and I'm waiting for a new one from someone who
hopefully speaks understandable English. Sadly tough,
they don't seem to want me to bill them for the time
it will take me to install the "original factory
settings" on the new completely bare disk that might
arrive tomorrow. Or might not. though they do seem to
have good response time. Funny I had no problems with
the disk until they fixed the power connector. :'/

So maybe you should look at PCs instead of Macs, and
beware HP technicians working on your PC?

--- djgoku <djgoku@...> wrote:

>
http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/editors/2005/06/usbharddrives/index.php
> 
>
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106474
> 
> Seems that if you have a copy of super duper you can
> create an image
> that you are able to boot from USB hard drive. It
> just doesn't work
> other wise it seems. If you noticed the apple link
> that USB drives
> aren't even supported for PPC platform either
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djgoku | 2 Aug 00:51 2007
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Re: OT: Mac OS X and USB Boot

On 8/1/07, Jack <quiet_celt@...> wrote:
> My HP laptop supports booting from a USB memory stick,
> or USB Disk/CD/DVD.
> Unfortunately the internal hard drive in now in the
> freezer and I'm waiting for a new one from someone who
> hopefully speaks understandable English. Sadly tough,
> they don't seem to want me to bill them for the time
> it will take me to install the "original factory
> settings" on the new completely bare disk that might
> arrive tomorrow. Or might not. though they do seem to
> have good response time. Funny I had no problems with
> the disk until they fixed the power connector. :'/
>
> So maybe you should look at PCs instead of Macs, and
> beware HP technicians working on your PC?

It wasn't really that I wanted to boot to a USB hard drive, is it
possible to. I have a Firewire that boots nicely with the Mac Mini. I
really like Mac OS X, so I don't think I will by a PC for a desktop.

Jonathan
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Jack | 2 Aug 00:56 2007
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Re: Where to put user written program

--- Scott Oertel <freebsd@...> wrote:

> David Nicol wrote:
> > On 7/20/07, Scott Oertel <freebsd@...>
> wrote:
> >> >     /home/Logcooker/bin
> >> >
> >> >
> >> Well, this would be more secure, ...
> 
> I just don't see the problem really with having a
> script inside
> /root/bin, which is completely locked down to only
> the root user, which
> parses logs via a cron job. I just don't see the
> harm.
> 
I would have to concur on this. Only a user who has
hijacked the root account will be able to mess with
this script. If the root account is compriomised then
security is moot. However, if I were writing a script
to parse the log files, I would save the output under
a different account, so that those files didn't become
a security issue. Unless, only root should be looking
at the output. But then root really shouldn't be
logged onto the system doing anything, except system
maintenance.

IMHO,
Brian
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Oren Beck | 2 Aug 03:25 2007
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now more than ever ... Migrating to Linux

http://www.linuxworld.com/news/2007/051607-linux-migrating-windows-users.html
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Jim Herrmann | 3 Aug 07:38 2007

SMB Backups

I saw this today, and I thought it relevant to some of our conversations 
last night.
http://www.linux.com/feature/118225

Enjoy,
Jim

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David Nicol | 6 Aug 18:37 2007
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rabid futurist on the loose! ( I jest)

The following is copied and pasted from the comments on

http://www.informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=201202009

Peter Kogge was forced out of IBM for demonstrating that memory chips
can make use of the thousands of bits that are actually read in every
memory cycle if processors are built into the memory chips. Even if
only 8088 type processors were built into a chip that also had the
full adressable 1 megabyte of memory and operated at current processor
cycle speads, the computing, and gaming capacity of the billions (Carl
Sagan) of transistors in modern PCs would be beyond the imagination of
the most avid gamers. The hundreds of processors that could be built
on a single chip could be connected by data paths that resemble the
operations of data paths of nerve cells in the brain. Every nerve cell
in the brain has hundreds if not thousands of connections to other
cells and a few giga-bytes of data storage. USB might not be a bad
starting design, after all, with user programmable processors and RAM
with the 4 gigs of eprom. There could even be an 8088 section of the
thumb processor that could run DOS 3.1 and WordPerfect 4.7(After all,
WordPerfect was used with most of the DOS 3.1 units.) right on the
"ThumbDrive". Vista could connect the screen and keyboard in a few
seconds to the virtual screen and keyboard in the RAM of the THUMB
computer. A much simpler program running under Caldera Dos could do
the same in a few milliseconds. Such a system would do almost all of
the word processing that is now done on super-pentiums with 4 gigs of
ram.

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David Nicol | 6 Aug 20:31 2007
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Re: Where to put user written program

> > I just don't see the problem really with having a
> > script inside
> > /root/bin, which is completely locked down to only
> > the root user, which
> > parses logs via a cron job. I just don't see the
> > harm.
> >
> I would have to concur on this. Only a user who has
> hijacked the root account will be able to mess with
> this script.

Let's say there's a deliberate back-door in, let's say, bash, so that
whenever the input buffer has "xyzzy ..." in it, there's a vfork and ...
gets passed to the child shell instance.  That kind of string would
be easy to get into a log file.  Http agent strings, for instnace,
can be anything.  The problem is eliminating possible ways to
hijack the root account.  Log data is tainted.  By tainted I mean
that it can have arbitrary stranger-provided data in it.  If the log
cooking system runs as a non-root user, an exploit in log data
(which might not be possible -- if all the logs contain is internally
generated statistics and error messages, no externally provided
texts, than this particular scenario would not apply -- could lead
to a root breach.

This scenario is also an argument for centralized log processing;
which standard syslog facilities provide OOTB, but I for one have
never seen them actually set up.

Anyone else on this list actually doing network syslogging to
a central log server?
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jim | 6 Aug 21:56 2007

Re: Where to put user written program

Hi,

On Mon, Aug 06, 2007 at 01:31:30PM -0500, David Nicol wrote:

> Anyone else on this list actually doing network syslogging to
> a central log server?

Yes.
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David Nicol | 6 Aug 22:08 2007
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Re: Where to put user written program

> > Anyone else on this list actually doing network syslogging to
> > a central log server?
>
> Yes.

I have a really neat extended sh interpreter that
you would be sure to enjoy ... <g>
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Monty J. Harder | 6 Aug 22:31 2007
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Re: rabid futurist on the loose! ( I jest)

Interesting.  I've been saying for years that instead of just making ever-faster processors that can access ever-larger memory spaces, we ought to try making some processors with onboard memory (think 'cache' if you must), which can then be connected into clusters.  Setting up DMA channels between the processors. as well as pipeline architecture to let one chip stream its output to the input of the next, would make for some really powerful configurations.


On 8/6/07, David Nicol <davidnicol-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org> wrote:
The following is copied and pasted from the comments on

http://www.informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=201202009


Peter Kogge was forced out of IBM for demonstrating that memory chips
can make use of the thousands of bits that are actually read in every
memory cycle if processors are built into the memory chips. Even if
only 8088 type processors were built into a chip that also had the
full adressable 1 megabyte of memory and operated at current processor
cycle speads, the computing, and gaming capacity of the billions (Carl
Sagan) of transistors in modern PCs would be beyond the imagination of
the most avid gamers. The hundreds of processors that could be built
on a single chip could be connected by data paths that resemble the
operations of data paths of nerve cells in the brain. Every nerve cell
in the brain has hundreds if not thousands of connections to other
cells and a few giga-bytes of data storage. USB might not be a bad
starting design, after all, with user programmable processors and RAM
with the 4 gigs of eprom. There could even be an 8088 section of the
thumb processor that could run DOS 3.1 and WordPerfect 4.7(After all,
WordPerfect was used with most of the DOS 3.1 units.) right on the
"ThumbDrive". Vista could connect the screen and keyboard in a few
seconds to the virtual screen and keyboard in the RAM of the THUMB
computer. A much simpler program running under Caldera Dos could do
the same in a few milliseconds. Such a system would do almost all of
the word processing that is now done on super-pentiums with 4 gigs of
ram.

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