There was a bit of trouble in Husby last week in Stockholm. Reports of the police shooting a guy who had threatened them with a machete lead to what are being termed as riots. Now its true some cars and buildings got burned, and that some bad stuff did happen but the media seems a little out of control. I know people who are within 5 minutes walk of Husby and they were not even aware of the trouble. The riots seem to be a group of kids protesting in isolated pockets. And the guy that got shot just seems to have been an excuse for some vandalism.
I cant blame the Swedish media for getting a bit excited – nothing ever really happens in Stockholm, so a couple of kids toasting marshmallows over a burning car must seem a great opportunity to them. I was rather surprised to see its getting some global coverage now, and that one or two places are issuing travel alerts for people travelling to Stockholm – to my mind this is crazy and blown all out of proportion.
I kind of laugh at the thought of all these kids setting fire to their own homes in protest, and ending up living in burned shells – and i have to ask where the hell are the parents, and what does this say about their upbringing?
Posted by Owen Richardson on May 25, 2013
I have a Logitech H390 Headset and was suffering from really bad audio hum. This video very quickly demonstrates both the problem and the solution. Enjoy.
Posted by Owen Richardson on May 5, 2013
This is a photo I took for a PowerPoint presentation at work. I took a quick shot with my iPhone 5, picked up the photo from my photo stream on the iPad directly from Photoshop touch. It then took only 5 minutes of editing to get the really evil look.
I am not generally a fan of starring in my own presentations, but I was under a tight deadline to get this on complete. I will leave you to guess the subject of the presentation!
Posted by Owen Richardson on April 27, 2013
Heres a very quick introduction to virtualisation for people that have never seen it before. I had developers in mind when i prepped it – it amazes me that some people still develop on their native OS.
Posted by Owen Richardson on April 25, 2013
When a company provides you with a shines new gadget they should really focus a little more on security, today I recieved a shines new cable modem from comhem – a net gear GC3100. First thing I wanted to do was configure up my ssh tunnels and dynamic dns; the getting started document didn't so much as even mention this box had an admin interface, which is pretty important. I was too lazy to download the manual so I took a guess. Sure enough when I navigated to 192.168.0.1 I had a password box pop up. I tried username admin – password password – and I was in, needless to say I changed the password immediately. Now it's true that's an internal address and you would have to be connected to the network to reconfigure it but still it's pretty bad. As comhem had gone to the trouble of changing the SSID and WPA2 details on this modem, you would think they would secure the admin password. Apparently not!
Macs are also pretty insecure out of the box as well. By default miniroot isn't password protected which means you can start up the machine without a password and get elevated privs – enough to make breaking into these systems easy.
On PCs people rarely encrypt their disks and secure the BIOS – which means you can bypass security literally in under 5 mins.
People miss the importance of security until things are too late.
Posted by Owen Richardson on April 25, 2013
I really like my Mac – it's an awesome piece of technology but sometimes I can't help but be a bit annoyed at how many little adapters and cables I have to carry – macs have different connectors from PCs, and for good reason.
Here's what I had to carry in my laptop bag:
- Starting with the charger – my latest Mac has a different charger from the previous ones – it has a MagSafe 2 connector
- Thundetbolt connector for Ethernet.
- Thunderbolt connector for VGA
- USB keyboard – because some of the keys I use under my virtual machines such as the backslash just aren't on the Mac keyboard. Sure there's a key press combination and way around these things but its not worth the hassle
- External 2 TB drive
- External speakers
- Pair of iPhone earphones
Non related I also carry
- Packed lunch
- iPhone 5
- Samsung Galaxy SII
- Sunglasses (I am an optimist)
- Whiteboard marked (in black and white)
- A 5m network cable
- 3 different types of USB cable
- iPhone and iPad charger
- Galaxy charger
I actually own two models of MacBook Pro – the 15 inch retina version and the 13 inch non retina laptop. The non retina laptop has a standard Ethernet connector and a Kensington security point which sadly isn't available on the new retina machine – I guess it's the price you have to pay for something so slim and sexy. Sometimes it's tough to be a Mac owner.
Posted by Owen Richardson on April 22, 2013
This is for glen – who is a cat lover, and can probably relate to this picture!
Posted by Owen Richardson on April 14, 2013
I was listening to the score of the animated movie how to train your dragon today on my iPhone on the way to work. As I listened very loudly to the track Forbidden Friendship by John Powell I could make out all the instruments and it was pretty awesome. It then occurred to me that working with an orchestra must be a fairly awesome job. Live music of any kind is pretty awesome, but a full blown orchestra has such energy that it touches the darkest reaches of your soul.
I've been to many rock concerts that are awesome and I've really loved them, but they are a very different experience to an orchestra – think its something to do with the pure number of people expressing themselves through music. Awesome.
Posted by Owen Richardson on March 11, 2013