2006 in the MIX

Breathe In – Frou Frou
Fire – Duran Duran by Ferry Corsten
A State of Trance Episode 229 presented by Armin Van Buuren (mix album I guess)
Waiting for you – Narcotic Thrust
De Nuit – All That Mattered (Love You Down)
Under the sun – Whirlpook
Reach for me – Kirsty Hawkshaw (Solasso Remix)
On a High – Duncan Sheik
SOS – Filterfunk (Hi-Tac Remix)
Dream on – Depeche Mode (Morels Pink Noise Club Mix)
Summer Rain – ATB
Looking back – Route 33
Take my hand – Jurgen Vries and Andrea Britton
Home – Lost Witness and Tiff Lacy (Mike Shiver Remix)
Stoned in Love – Chicane and Tom Jones
Forever and a day – State one
Beautiful Things – Andain (Gabriel and Dresden Mix)
Beautiful World – Sara Jorge
Home – Lost Witness and Tiff Lacey (Mike Shiver Remix)
Swing to Harmony – Perasma and Nico Gala

Linux screensaver for Windows

LiveCDs demonstrate that, yes, Linux can run under Windows

Chris Ward (tjcw@uk.ibm.com), Advisory Software Engineer, IBM

20 Dec 2005

Construct and package a Linux® LiveCD so that it will install using the standard Microsoft® Windows® install process and will operate as a standard Windows screensaver. Answering the most common concern about open source software, this article shows that, yes, Linux will run under Windows.
So why should you read this article? Why, indeed, should I write it? My motive is to help remove two obstacles to the wider adoption of free and open source software. Those obstacles are:

The perceived difficulty and disruptive effects of installing Linux
The uncertainty of hardware support for Linux
Most computer users are familiar with a Microsoft Windows environment and with the variety of screensavers available to prevent unauthorized access to the data on the computer when unattended.

There is sufficient free and open source software available nowadays to enable Linux to install and run as a Windows screensaver. This article shows you how to construct an appropriate CD or DVD, and in doing so, demonstrates that the “free” and “non-free” sides of the software Grand Canyon are not so far apart after all.

The examples in this article correspond to three current IBM objectives:

Concluding the OS/2 business
Reinventing education
Encouraging people to learn science


The Microsoft Killer

WinFS – I reckon it’ll kill ’em or it will never get rolled out in corporates.
Microsoft will have imploded before it’s successfully rolled out in corporates or quietly abandoned.

The Hacker Crackdown

by Bruce Sterling I bought this book years ago, but for some reason decided to reread it before checking it out.

What a mistake that would have been, after reading Freakonomics which gives you a different way of looking at facts I learnt more about the effects of perceived computer intrusion than at first glance.

Little snippets:

The US Secret Service was set up to counter conterfeit currency, protecting the President was a duty tacked on. Thus in the early ’90s these guys had to into wirefraud in big way.

The amount of money lost to phone freaking paled into significance the volume of money extracted out of people on the back of charity raising scams.

Hacks “used” to use war dialers to derive 800 pre-paid telephone cards, scammers would set up shell company 10 deep, hack US phone exchanges to forward calls via an anonymous warehouses and call up little old grannies who regularly gave money to charity. They got the credit users details from hackers as well. Setup up a credit card account. Next, “Hello I’m calling from Lightbulbs for the Blind…”. Bank the money for a month and wind up the shell companies and start all over again!

It left me thinking – what the hell are the dark sided phone freaks up to now!

Green Christmas

According to the Big Issue South West Dec 5-11th 2005:

“This year around 200,000 trees will be used to produce 1.7 billlion Christmas cards the nation sends. Sadly just 10 per cent o f these will be recycled, leaving the rest to fill up swelling landfill sites.”