Archive for March, 2006

Fresh keys for the PowerBook

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

After hobbling along without a ‘D’ key for about a week, the faulty behavior of my ailing keyboard changed from “no ‘D’ key” to “all ‘D’, all the time.” At least with no ‘D’, I could work so long as I didn’t have to use words like “didn’t” or “words.” But with D’s spewing out nonstop, I quickly ran out of words I could use at all. There’s only so much you can say with “dddddddddddddddddddddddddd.”

The upshot: I got my new keyboard installed a little ahead of schedule, discovering along the way how the backlighting system works and just how precise the manufacture of these PowerBooks is, down to the last fraction of a millimeter on the tiniest of myriad screws.

There’s pics!


And a video of the bare backlight in action!

Pi, Robot

Monday, March 20th, 2006


MySQL socket file relocated in Tiger

Monday, March 6th, 2006

I just finished fixing the blog and forums of one Doctor Pantzo, unleashing no doubt a fury of obscenities upon an unsuspecting galaxy. Here’s how.

Routers vulnerable to IRC DoS attack

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

Certain routers from Netgear and Linksys can apparently be triggered to drop their connections by sending a DCC SEND in an IRC channel. I just witnessed a demonstration, and sure enough, it works. And it’s fun.