Porting Freemint to ARM – Retro Challenge RC2017/10

The Retro Challenge is an interesting idea – pick a project that is over 10 years old, and blog about working on it for a month. Most folks pick older computers that they acquire and fix up, or do something interesting, such as add network functionality to Apple II’s, or running Twitter clients over serial. These […]

Standing for the OWASP Board

I have formally submitted my name to be in the Board Elections 2014. I am standing for: Reforming the Board. We need to improve the independence, ethics and dispute resolution processes. I will be a root and branches reformer to encourage the Board to make a couple of the positions available to truly independent directors. […]

So your Twitter has been hacked. Now what?

So I’m getting a lot of Twitter spam with links to install bad crap on my computer. More than just occasionally, these DM’s are sent by folks in the infosec field. They should know better than to click unknown links without taking precautions. So what do you need to do? Simple. Follow these basic NIST […]

El Reg and the troubling case of climate denialism

This post is a last resort as I’ve had two comments rejected by the moderators at The Register, one of my favorite IT news websites. Lewis Page is a regular contributor to the Register. For whatever reason, around 50% of his total output there is (willful mis-) reporting on various papers and research on climate […]

Installing Fedora 18 (RTM) to VMWare Fusion 5 or VMWare Workstation 9

I always live in hope that just one day, the folks over at Fedora will actually have a pain free VMWare installation. Not to be. Here’s how to do it with the minimal gnashing of teeth. Bugs that get you before anything else On VMWare Fusion 5, currently Fedora 18 x86_64 Live DVD’s graphical installer […]

PTV iPhone app – worst public transport app ever, or just pure evil?

I take the train between Marshall and Southern Cross Station, a terminus station with 14 or 15 platforms and hundreds of V/Line country, suburban and bus services daily. I had an app that worked (the old MetLink app). That wasn’t stellar, but it worked well enough that I didn’t need to get a paper timetable. […]

Resurrecting the wife’s laptop – Asus hates you and you and you

At Christmas last year, I bought a new laptop for the wife, an Asus K52DR with 4 GB of RAM and 500 GB hard drive. I quote from then: […Asus should…] supply a real copy of Windows 7 installation media, so you can clean install the OS easily instead of wasting hours and hours and […]