PAX: the universal UNIX and GNU Linux archiver

pax, which means peace in Latin, combines the best of both cpio and tar, which are found in nearly all modern GNU/Linux distributions. However, it appears as though it hasn’t been updated in several years!

Benefits include:

  • can use ‘find’ to get list of files, which is then piped through to pax (cpio style)
  • can read and write many archive formats, including ustar (default), cpio, and many others
  • can do copy-pass mode (copy entire directory tree to another location)
  • can do gzip compression on the fly (tar style)

man pax will show you more example

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Cron Crontab Schedule

*    *    *    *    *  command to be executed
┬    ┬    ┬    ┬    ┬
│    │    │    │    │
│    │    │    │    │
│    │    │    │    └───── day of week (0 - 7) (Sunday=0 or 7)
│    │    │    └────────── month (1 - 12)
│    │    └─────────────── day of month (1 - 31)
│    └──────────────────── hour (0 - 23)
└───────────────────────── min (0 - 59)

I suggest big corporations, and important public services stop using insecure operating systems

On April 21, 2010, beginning at approximately 14:00 UTC, millions of computers worldwide running Windows XP Service Pack 3 were affected by an erroneous virus definition file update by McAfee, resulting in the removal of a Windows system file (svchost.exe) on those machines, causing machines to lose network access and, in some cases, enter a reboot loop. Mcafee rectified this by removing and replacing the faulty DAT file, version 5958, with an emergency DAT file, version 5959 and has posted a fix for the affected machines in their consumer knowledge base. The University of Michigan’s medical school reported that 8,000 of its 25,000 computers crashed. Police in Lexington, Ky., resorted to hand-writing reports and turned off their patrol car terminals as a precaution. Some jails canceled visitation, and Rhode Island hospitals turned away non-trauma patients at emergency rooms and postponed some elective surgeries. Australian supermarket behemoth Coles reported that 10 percent (1,100) of its point-of-sales terminals were affected and was forced to shut down stores in both western and southern parts of the country.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McAfee#History

zenphoto upgrades

I was initially having some issues doing an upgrade. It was, as it always seems to be, because I did not RTFM.

  • Backup your MySQL database.
  • Backup customised themes or plugins or any other files
  • Delete the following files and folders:
    • The zp-core folder
    • The themes that were distributed with Zenphoto
    • The files in the home dir (index.php, rss.php, sitemap.php etc.) that came with the distribution
  • Download the latest version and upload it to your server. Do not replace your albums or cache folder!
  • Make sure the .htaccess file is writeable. (If you do not have a .htaccess file, you will be given the opportunity to create one during setup.)
  • Move robots.txt
  • Visit www.example.org/zenphoto/ to start the automated setup wizard.
  • If it does not automatically start, visit www.example.org/zenphoto/zp-core/setup.php
  • Make sure everything checks out, and click go!
  • Follow the instructions.
  • You’re done! Enjoy.

LSO local shared object flash cookies

better privacy lso flash cookiesWhy are Flash Cookies Harmful?

  • they are never expiring – staying on your computer for an unlimited time.
  • by default they offer a storage of 100 KB (compare: Usual cookies 4 KB).
  • browsers are not aware of those cookies, LSO’s usually cannot be removed by browsers.
  • via Flash they can access and store highly specific personal and technical information (system, user name, .).
  • ability to send the stored information to the appropriate server, without user’s permission.
  • flash applications do not need to be visible to the user
  • there is no easy way to tell which flash-cookie sites are tracking you.
  • shared folders allow cross-browser tracking, all browsers use the same LSO folder
  • the company doesn’t provide a user-friendly way to manage LSO’s, in fact it’s incredible cumbersome.
  • many domains and tracking companies make extensive use of flash-cookies.
  • flash-cookies are used to re-create data of deleted traditional cookies.

Read more about LSO’s on wikipedia and Download Better Privacy firefox extension to keep track of those who keep track of you!