San Jose Here We Are

So we flew out of Heathrow Terminal 5 on Sunday at about 2pm, landed at San Francisco about 4.45pm, 8hrs behind UK time after a traumatic demon child filled 10hr flight here, but that said the flight was great. We flew British Airways on a 747 which was an experience being on something that big, and I have to say I was most impressed by their in flight entertainment service which was an on-demand video, music and TV service meaning we could watch what we wanted when we wanted and it worked really well. I’d love to know what they had running that for a media server because it must have had a hell of a lot of horsepower under the bonnet!

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DNS Exploit Now Officially Breeched

Recently a DNS exploit was discovered by Dan Kaminsky. This exploit was reportedly so big that he decided to keep the details close to hand until everyone had a chance to plug their DNS servers, however this plan failed somewhat and details of it got online.

Whilst most people fixed their DNS some major players like AT&T and Apple are still yet to fix the issue, and the first released reports of the exploit being performed came to light today.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/07/31/dns_cache_poisoning_goes_wild/

Whilst there are incidents prior to this known by Dan Kaminsky he has signed NDA’s to keep the details quiet.

Lets hope people start to look more seriously at fixing this one huh.

Apple Fan Boys Desert

No, I’m not talking about a group of Apple fans sat around eating cake, I’m talking about a lot of Apple fans seeming to be quite annoyed with Mr Jobs and his crew and it would seem to be sparked by the iPhone 2.0 firmware and MobileMe.

I was doing the normal rounds with a quick read of some of my RSS feeds and found this article.

http://www.engadget.com/2008/07/26/apple-admits-to-lost-mobileme-messages-bad-karma/

I sounded like a topic to start a row between the fan boys, the Microsoft lovers (that’s me) and the people sitting on the fence and staying the hell out of it. I read down to the comments and wow – This is the first time I have ever seen Apple fans actually taking words against Apple, so come on down the big M and enjoy the view.

PS: Did I mention that LiveMesh is free, works on PC, mobile devices via m.mesh.com and soonwill be supporting mobile devices using an actual client and Mac support too. Did I say it was free?

File Sharing Warning Letters

So in the news yesterday on TorrentFreak, Engadget to name a few news sites was the talk of the agreement to mass mail people about downloading of content from the Internet ‘illegally’.

According to news, the big six ISP’s in the UK will be part of this deal being Virgin Media, BT, Orange, Tiscali, Sky and Carphone Warehouse (AOL and TalkTalk). The current deal seems to be that they will issue warning letters to people they suspect of downloading content, a step which Virgin has already taken of late to be much ignored it would seem.

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What Another Day to Work in Farnborough

So this morning, I wrote about what I’d seen yesterday, but today the Red Arrows have blessed us with a 20min overhead display.

It would seem that they’ve landed at Farnborough also, so whether they are just popping in for fuel or staying until Monday who knows.

Britain just isn’t British without the Red Arrows 🙂

What a Day to Work in Farnborough

What a day yesterday was to work in Farnborough. As you know I work for Xerox, and one of the accounts I work on the QinetiQ account in Farnborough. The site borders Farnborough airport and the building I work in is actually next to the runway or as close as you can get at least.

Although the Farnborough International Airshow doesn’t start until next week yesterday saw some pretty good action for aircraft coming in to do their validation flights and testing their displays.

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Elonex OneTwo3 10.2″ – Another Eee

This week is the Computex convention in Taipei where Dell are expected to announce officially the launch of the various dubbed named Mini-Inspiron UMPC notebook, however one I wasn’t expecting to see was another UMPC appearing from Elonex in the form of a 10.2 inch model.

According to the information from the Computex show, the Elonex OneTwo3 10.2″ UMPC notebook will feature a hard disk up to 80GB, WiFi and a webcam, however there were no more details there at the time of this being written.

The laptop looks good, but personally I think the Eee and the proposed Dell Mini-Inspiron look nicer, but it’s all down to personal taste.

You can see the pictures for yourself at http://210.241.128.64/downloads/pictures/2008060210044773951/108231_L.jpg. The rate this UMPC market is moving, Apple better hurry up and release a MacBook Mini or they will get the door shut in their faces due to the number of other companies trying their hand at this. Whilst Apple already have the MacBook Air, the ultra-thin notebook, it is not in the league of these UMPC devices.

LazyTown Live!

Today after swimming, we came home and picked up some stuff and headed down to mums. Why? We had tickets to see LazyTown Live!

We had tickets for the 5pm showing, and it was really good. We arrived a bit early so sat in a pub next door to have a drink while we pondered if Dave would have a nervous breakdown trying to look after Jessica while me, Nicky, Mum and Maddy where out and while in the pub we where amazed by the number of kids who where all dressed up in their Stephanie and Sportacus outfits for the show.

We all really enjoyed the show and probably all ate far too many sweets and ice cream, and it was obviously all a bit too much for Maddy Moo as she fell asleep during the second half of the show and missed the ending songs and dances etc which where cool.

All in all a good day – Now CBeebies Live at Wembeley in December to look forward to 🙂