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Subject:Returning to work
Time:09:50 pm
Right then. A small update would seem in order at this time,
considering I havn't posted anything in quite some time. I
returned yesterday from my five week vacation. Having driven
for about 11 hours to get home, I'm only now starting to get
back into gear again.

Work starts as usual on monday, and begins with a trip together
with the members of the department to a conference hotel north
of Gothenburg, where the future of the department will be
discussed in detail. Some material for this conference was sent
to us on our vacation -- it's apparently rather urgent.

In a few weeks time, I'm going to Visby on the island of Gotland
for a small trip over the weekend. This will mark the start of
the Software Engineering program I'm taking at the university
there.

In the meantime, between studies and work, I will need to find
time to get the FSF Europes fund raising going in Sweden. A
task that I'm looking forward to with mixed feelings.
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Subject:Mobile Post
Time:11:28 pm
Every few months they scrape the road to town. This makes the road easier to hurtle down at 100 km/h but you have to look out for small stones hitting the car. My poor saab!
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Subject:Mobile Post
Time:06:27 pm
Benz being his usual nosy self at tre bjornar (the three bears) where we are spending the night before continuing tomorrow.
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Subject:Mobile Post
Time:06:20 pm
On the road...
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Subject:on my way
Time:02:18 pm
I am now on my way to Ostersund where i will spend 5 weeks vacation far away from civilization.
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Subject:Anonymity on the Internet
Time:12:15 am
I think many times people think they are more anonymous than they
really are on the Internet. At a couple of times now over the years,
I've sometimes found myself in a position where I needed to track
someone down, for one reason or another.

Obviously, search engines like Google, are a good tool for this.
People often sign guest books and other materials that are publicly
available with their names and email addresses or addresses of home
pages, so that's a good start.

Then there's a ton of other databases to use, for example whois data
from email domains, if they have any non-standard email address.
Not to mention phone directories and staff listings from some companies.

One guy I met about a year ago had only been on the Internet for
maybe a month or two. His complaint was with the Swedish phone company
Telia for giving him the same IP address several times in a row when
he was using his computer. He thought this was his biggest problem
when it came to anonymity on the Internet.

I proved him wrong. It took me about half an hour, but by that time,
I knew quite a bit about the guy. I knew where he lived and who he was
married to. I knew he had three children, one of which was turning
20 just the next week. I knew he had siblings in Toronto and Ottawa,
the names of his parents, his current employer, when he first came to
Sweden and where he worked in the military. I even knew the name and
employers of his neighbors.

And this, without having touched his IP address once. In fact, his
IP address probably wouldn't have given me anything since the logs
from Telia is not public.


So now that we have established that finding information about someone
using the Internet is relatively easy (you just need to know where to
look), the question then becomes; should we do it?

This is touching a debate that so far I have not seen much about. Lets
say you meet someone in a bar, club, school or even on the Internet, and
you become interested in that person. If you're like 50% of the
population with knowledge about search engines and easy access to the
Internet, you type the persons name into it to see if you can find him.

Question is of course, is this acceptable behaviour? If someone tells
you their name, email address, or any other type of information. Is it
acceptable behaviour to track down every last bit of information about
them that is publicly available?
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Subject:another view of our server room
Time:06:45 pm
Just thought i would commit this picture as well. We have one of the most organised wirings i have ever seen in a network rack. :)
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Subject:Car Hacking
Time:12:29 pm
While yesterday was that kind of day when everything goes wrong
(it was thursday, so I don't think I need to say anything else),
today was the day when everything went right. Or at least so far.

Two weeks ago I tried changing the oil in my transmission (see previous
entry). I say tried, because I only succeeded with unfastening one of
the three plugs required and broke my tools in the process.

Today, I had another go at it and was much more successful. Using some
BAHCO tools borrowed from work, as well as some special tools from
HCJ, I was able to unfasten the two remaining plugs and quickly drained
the oil from the transmission.

Fill, empty, repeat. Twice, in fact, before filling it up the last time.
This, since I changed the type of transmission oil and had to rinse out
the previous oil in two steps.

Successful procedure all in all, and the car runs slightly quieter than
before, which was suspected that it would. I'll continue this afternoon
with changing the air filter and cleaning out the interior of the car
before vacation next week.
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Subject:Server failure
Time:04:54 pm
Why is it that everytime vacation approaches, servers start failing? Luckily, the ones in this picture are hardly ever used any more, or i would have had a wonderful time trying to get spare parts from ibm. They have improved though and almost never delay more than a few days.
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Subject:First post from my phone
Time:05:11 pm
Techno-freak as i am, i just got a cellphone with a lousy camera. And the ability to post directly from it. Enjoy :)
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