All Articles

Humor Posts via Packet

Every day or so my local packet BBS receives a humor post from W1GMF in Massachusetts. I really enjoy the jokes but I'm really impressed by the path the message has to take to make it to Yorktown, Virginia. The path looks like: KR4MA N9NDS KB0OFD N0KFQ KB8DM N4JOA N9ZZK …

Continue reading…

September VHF QSO Party is over...

Well, I survived my first VHF QSO Party. Last week I got the idea to put up my 11-element 2 meter beam in the horizontal mode so I could play around on SSB and CW. Then I learned of the QSO Party coming up and thought I'd test out my …

Continue reading…

ARRL September VHF QSO Party in progress!

I meant to post this last night but I'm up and active on 6m and 2m SSB for the ARRL September VHF QSO Party.  I can almost say that I've worked everyone that I've heard but AA4ZZ in Boone, NC is going to make me a liar.  In my defense …

Continue reading…

Open Source down falls when dealing with the US Government

I don't hide the fact that I am a contractor to a few US Government organizations and deal specifically with security issues. As such, I'm asked if I'm seeing any open source or Linux items in my daily work. Unfortunately the answer is always "not as much as I'd like …

Continue reading…

My new WiFi Card

Some of you know that I have been having problems getting my laptop on WiFi. The on-board card is proprietary and left me banging my head against the wall trying to make it work. A couple of weeks ago I decided enough was enough. I searched Newegg for a PCMCIA …

Continue reading…

ADA Tour de Cure

image0Last weekend was CRAZY! 105+F heat index and over 300 bicycles somewhere between Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary and Oxford NC. Yep, it was that time again... The American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure. Where else can you find enough crazy people to ride their bikes somewhere between 75 …

Continue reading…

New DXCC entity confirmed

Got a return QSL from EA6SX today. Before you say "You didn't have Spain?" you should know that this isn't exactly Spain. Turns out it this is from the Balearic Islands in the Med. Contact was made on 16 Mar on 17 meters.

Grid JM19ik
IOTA EU-004

Thanks Mike for …

Continue reading…

Shortwave to FM to CD

Before travelling the seven hours back to Virginia, today, Amanda reminded me to grab some stuff off the Internet that we could listen to on the way home.

I went to my favourite radio programs and downloaded their latest (and some times a few more) podcasts. I burned the files …

Continue reading…

SANS ISC goes to YELLOW: SSH vulnerability

SANS Internet Storm Center has raised the Internet Threat Level to YELLOW in response to a report of a SSH vulnerability on all Debian-based systems that generated SSH keys between September 2003 and 13 May 2008.

Continue reading…

Microsoft for Apple leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

The school newspaper where my wife is a student reported yesterday that William and Mary would start giving students an option for what computer (and thus operating system) they could run. Apple will be coming to the campus starting this summer. I'm all about giving people an option away from …

Continue reading…