Monday, July 19, 2010

Appigo not found with iPod Touch and MacBook on same "network"

So the Touch (and iPhone for that matter) doesn't come with a todo manager. I was stunned. Appigo todo does the trick and synchronizes over a wireless network. However, there are times I'm using a wireless access point that doesn't allow DNS-SD (Service Discovery (Bonjour (zero configuration LAN))) packets to pass. Setting up the MacBook in an ad-hoc network mode works just fine; Airport, "Create Network...".

And as we're on the topic, where did the handwriting recognition go???  The Newton had it, and I dearly miss it...

Nessus, BT4, and Virtual Box

Nessus seems to believe it should mess with everyone's browser as follows:
body {    
 margin: 0px; 
 overflow: hidden;
 background: #2b4e67;
What's with hiding the scroll bars via "overflow"??? I had been running BT4 in VirtualBox under OSX, and the default is 800x600, not enough to display nessus. So, I wanted to make the screen bigger, no small feat. First
VBoxManage setextradata BT4 CustomVideoMode1 1280x1024x16
then add
vga = 0x200 | 0x160
to /boot/grub/menu.lst. Finally
cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf-vesa /etc/X11/xorg.conf
and reboot. Quite the complicated incantation for something a developer shouldn't have done in the first place.
Why do developers do stupid things like specify overflow, point sizes, etc.? Do they really believe we're all going to run on a box exactly like theirs? What if I wanted to run the nessus client from my phone?

OSX Services "Building" forever

Found this and it worked: Snow Leopard Services menu says it’s “Building…”

Logitect Orbit with OS X

At first, this didn't seem possible, but I found a hidden directory: and the IOXWebcamX-1.2-Log.dmg seems to work, even doing face tracking. I need to experiment some more to make sure...

Friday, July 2, 2010

upgraded ubuntu loses dovecot certs

ln -s /etc/ssl/certs/ssl-cert-snakeoil.pem /etc/ssl/certs/dovecot.pem
ln -s /etc/ssl/private/ssl-cert-snakeoil.key /etc/ssl/private/dovecot.pem

The other major issue I hit was the machine refusing to boot with a VFAT entry in /etc/fstab.  Remove these before the upgrade, or you'll have to do what I did and boot a live Linux disk (BackTrack 4 was what I had to hand) and fix the fstab file manually.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

MPI notes