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First Look: Zotac Nvidia Ion Mini-ITX

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We've got one of the first ever mini-ITX Nvidia Ion motherboards direct from Zotac's Macau office. To our surprise, it's far more than just a dual core Atom N330 with Nvidia 9400M mGPU...

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AMSAT Forum Videos

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Videos of the six presentations at the AMSAT Forum at the 2009 Dayton Hamvention are now on the AMSAT website

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Mitsubishi Releases HC6800 Projector

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Mitsubishi is proud to announce the release of their latest home theater projector, the HC6800 (AKA LVP-HC6800). This projector features a 30000:1 contrast ratio, 1500 ANSI lumens, and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution.


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Samsung aims to triple smartphone sales in 2010 (Reuters)

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Models pose for photographs with Samsung Electronics' Android 2.1 platform-based smartphone model during a news conference at the company's headquarters in Seoul February 4, 2010. REUTERS/Jo Yong-HakReuters - South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it aimed to triple smartphone shipments this year to more than 18 million units as the world's second-biggest cellphone maker scrambles to make a mark in the fast-growing smartphone market.


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BlackBerry Curve 8520 For T-Mobile, Out August 5.

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Good news, T-Mo subscribers. The BlackBerry Curve 8520 will be out on your network come August 5 of this year. The Curve 8520 was originally set to be exclusive with Wal-Mart for the first two months after its launch.


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MSI GX403 14.1 Gaming Laptop Announced

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MSI has uveiled the GX403 14. 1-inch gaming laptop, based on Intels Centrino 2 processor technology and NVIDIA GeForce graphics. Along with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and the Geforce GT 130M 256MB dedicated video card, the MSI GX403 includes up to 4GB of DDR2 memory, up to 500GB of hard drive space, and a DVD burner or a Blu-ray optical drive.

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Creative ZEN MX 16GB credit card-size digital media player

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The Creative ZEN MX is a credit card-sized digital media player for music, video and photos. The Creative ZEN MX comes with a large vibrant 2. 5 TFT 16.


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K9JY Hacked!

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The K9JY site was hacked over the last couple of days and you should have seen some weird screen renderings of the site. All should now be good. At least I hope so.

I’m security-minded

I try and not go nuts on the security stuff, but ever since I started putting out the K9JY WriteLog User Site, people started putting me in their Outlook contacts and you know how that goes. The mail lists get hacked and sends out viruses and other assorted malware and then I get all the hacked e-mails filled with the viruses. So I’ve always been careful and, thankfully, have never had my computers hacked from any of that stuff.

And my passwords are relatively bulletproof. The classic strong password generated and installed.

But you can’t prevent everything

In the relatively newest version of the software I use on this site, there was an “XSS” vulnerability identified. On Monday night, I first saw the updated version of the software that fixed the vulnerability. Tuesday morning I was going to install it since installing software at 9 PM in the evening after enjoying wine and company is not exactly the smart approach to doing upgrades.

But, the time I tried on Tuesday morning, it was clear something was not working right — I couldn’t access the admin panel, I couldn’t get any of my posts listed, nor could I list my installed plug-ins. Like, hosed.

Plus, the site, to visitors, would load great. Or not. Or sometimes.

Looking at the server error messages, there were many. With some good help from my hosting company, we eliminated the possible server issues and concluded I’d been hacked. First time ever.

The K9JY Rule of Troubleshooting

That troubleshooting rule is simple: the first thing you fix will reveal the other two things that went wrong in the first place.

So it was here. I couldn’t do the automatic upgrade to the software because I couldn’t access the admin panel to do it. So I quickly learned how to manually get the software, download it, unzip it and then carefully follow the directions to do the upgrade.

Sounds easy and I’ve done this before with other software. But, when it is this site, you get a bit chilled when the first words in the instructions are “delete all XXX files except those you’ve modified.”

The instructions don’t tell you that when the software was originally installed, there were passwords to access the databases for the application. And the database names for the application. Fortunately, I knew that there was a file that had that information in it and downloaded it via FTP to a nice safe place. It was a big potential gotcha. Whew.

Then, I carefully deleted all of the files and kept all of the other non-related platform files, like the layout of the site (called a “theme”) and some plug-ins that make things show up right (like the listing of the most popular posts in the sidebar is done via a plug-in).

Finally, I uploaded the new upgrade, hit the upgrade executable and logged in.

The upgrade was a success. But the problem didn’t go away.

When I logged into the dashboard, I could see that I was on the new version of the software. But I still couldn’t do anything.

So then I re-installed my Theme. Nothing changed.

Then I went to the Plug-ins. I couldn’t see the entire list of installed plug-ins (I wanted to deactivate all of them to get to a vanilla installation), but I could individually click on the plug-in name and go to the settings page for it.

Finally, a plug-in that searches Flickr so I can insert cool pictures on the site (like the pics for Sunspot Saturday) said it needed authentication before it could work. And since I’ve had that plug-in authenticated for about 18-months, something was up. When I went to authenticate it to Flickr, my Flickr account opened and politely told me that something was trying to authenticate with it, but what it was sending to authenticate was crap.

I went and deleted the plugin that interfaced to Flickr and then…finally…all was well.

The admin pages loaded correctly and so did the site. After looking through everything and updating all my stuff in the Theme that was reinstalled, I declared victory.

Another day lost to software infrastructure problems, that thing that is supposed to make us more productive.

The lesson?

The software people are really good at quickly identifying security issues and putting out fixes. Rare that it happens now as the security sweep is part of the overall testing. But hackers love to hack. I just hope that my sites (all the rest were fine) don’t fall into the IP address range the hacker is attacking before installing the fix.

And, yes, I have several weeks of backups, so if push came to shove, I could get all of it back. But, that’s a pain in the rear as well. And takes time and resources to do. And to verify once the backup is done.

But, all is well. At least I learned how to manually upgrade the software and I added a few things to my upgrade checklist.

Now, to turn on the radio.

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Sporadic E season starting

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The start of the Sporadic E (Es) season means enhanced progagation on the 28, 50, 70 and 144 MHz bands. KA5DWI has just made available an article on "Es" season predictions

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History Of The Tablet Computer, In Case You Have Not Been There

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The rumors about the Apple Tablet and the recent appearance of the cool Microsoft Courier prototype have put Tablet computers back into the center of attention.


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HP Pavilion dv8t Quad Edition Overview

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The HP Pavilion dv8t Quad Edition series is Hewlett-Packards new 18. 4-inch entertainment notebook. The Pavilion dv8t Quad Edition utilizes the latest quad-core Intel Core i7 720QM or 820QM processor and replaces the 18.


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Thermaltake has a fantastic concept case: Level 10

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CeBIT 09: Created by BMW Group in the US, Thermaltake's new Level 10 is an awesome design, but will it be king of quality?

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3M MPro110 Pocket Projector will Release Soon in Australia

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The 3M MPro110 pocket projector has been around for a while now, but it is has not made its way completely around the world yet. Smart House has recently announced that the MPro110 will finally be released in Australia be April this year.

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nru for Android is like a radar

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nru (reads near you) is a new application for the Android platform; however only available in the UK. nru; using the GPS and compass feature of the T-Mobile G1 can show you where things are around you whether it is a bar, restaurant, movie theater, or a cafe.

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Calvin Walker, W4CMJ (SK):

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One of the voices of old-time Charlotte radio has gone silent. Calvin Walker, who worked at 10 local stations and outlived most of them, was found dead in his home Monday. He was 62 and had been in failing health. During his heyday in the 1970s, he was a pioneer of the new FM sound of album rock. It was called "underground radio" in those days, an undisciplined blend of emerging groups like Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. Even as a child, Walker was fascinated by radio. At age 12, his voice rode invisible waves on a new ham radio, and he was hooked.

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Motorola ZN300 looks possibly okay, sort of

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We knew the name, but when it comes to phones, its not really the name we care about, now is it? (Is it?) Looks like we now have the first totally unofficial shot of Motorolas upcoming ZN300 slider, said to feature a QVGA display and 3 megapixel cam around back.

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Monitoring Monthly ceases publication

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The hobby radio magazine Monitoring Monthly appears to be the latest casualty of the economic downturn, and is reported to have ceased publication

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ARISS event - Pilton Bluecoat Junior School, Barnstaple, UK

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An International Space Station school contact has been planned with participants at the Pilton Bluecoat Junior School, Barnstaple, UK on Friday, the 6th of February. The contact should be audible over most of Europe

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Robot Masters Ancient And Mystical Art Of Garment Folding

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Its great that my Roomba can vacuum the floor, but you know what? So can I. I know how to vacuum. Vacuuming is not a problem for me. Folding clothing, on the other hand, is (as far as I can tell) a science (or is it an art?) that human brains simply cannot master.


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Acer Aspire AS5516-5474 15.6-Incher Offered for $290

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Newegg now offers the Acer Aspire AS5516-5474 15. 6-inch laptop for a discounted price of $290. The Aspire AS5516-5474 includes the AMD Athlon 64 TF-20 1.


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New Tron game planned by Disney

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Disney Interactive is apparently planning to create a new Tron game to tie-in with the upcoming movie.

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It Seems to Us: It Doesn't Just Happen

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Are you enjoying the fall operating season? Whether it's because radio conditions improve or just because our attention returns to indoor pursuits as the days get shorter, on-the-air activity always picks up at this time of the year.

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