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Friday, December 1st, 2006
11:55 am
lookie what I found
OLUG is everywhere! Sound off if you're reading this.
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
2:46 pm
FYI: olug_feed
FYI: olug_feed is now fixed

Current Mood: bitchy
Sunday, June 5th, 2005
7:36 pm
Bad Caps = Bad Motherboard = OLUG Downtime
In case you did not see it on the mailing list...

Subject: [olug] Bad Caps = Bad Motherboard = OLUG Downtime
From: Jon Larsen relayer at levania dot org
Date: Fri, 27 May 2005 19:16:32 -0500
To: olug

Back in the late 1990s, a formula for a new electrolyte for capacitors was stolen from a superconductor manufacturer. It was used to make capacitors, many of which wound up in many popular motherboards. The formula was not complete, and was flawed. Over time, the 'faulty' capacitors started to exhibit behavior of producing incorrectly, or erratic voltage to the CPU (as the caps are used mostly in the voltage regulator module or VRM).

The Capacitors bulge and leak electrolyte over time. One indicator of this is the toroid choke in the VRM may show scorching or heat stress.

The motherboard from the OLUG box had such capacitors, which caused the failure last Sunday night.
Pictures can be viewed at <http://www.olug.org/albums/badmobo/>

So, one thing to take away from this is when you do your regular dusting and clean out of your PCs, check the caps, choke, and board surface for any irregularities. You may save your data. You do clean out your PCs, right? If not, check your fan exits and intakes, plus your CPU heatsink.

A good resource:

But, backups are always your first line of integrity.

Jon L.
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004
10:14 pm
My last OLUG meeting
Tonight was my last foreseeable OLUG meeting, and we even had some guys drive down from Sioux City (SUX) for the meeting & to see me off.

10:13 pm
My last OLUG meeting
Tonight was my last foreseeable OLUG meeting, and we even had some guys drive down from Sioux City (SUX) for the meeting & to see me off.

Sunday, June 6th, 2004
7:00 pm
RSS feed from OLUG.org
Yes, there is an RSs feed from OLUG: http://olug.org/backend.php

Anyone with a paid LJ account, can you add this to the syndicated RSS feeds?
Wednesday, May 19th, 2004
9:33 pm
orkut and LJ
I'm new to LJ. I've been happy with my http://www.blosxom.com/ based blog for a while. Someone invited me to orkut. Very intresting; I lost my password. Oh well. The problem with orkut is it's closed. I can't monitor things with my http://www.bloglines.com/myblogs agregator. LJ has nice RSS and ATOM feeds. There's even FOAF support! E.G. http://www.borho.net/foafer/?file=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.livejournal.com%2Fusers%2Firishmasms%2Fdata%2Ffoaf

BTW? Can I put HTML in here?
IrishMASMS on FOAFer

I've been lazy and not dug into the documentation for LJ. So there are many questions...

e.g. RSS feed for my friends agregation page? How can I get that?

Can I customize my FOAF?

LJ is open source. How do mere mortals submit patches? Can one do an apt-get lj-server and have their own community running in no time?

Is there PGP support for signing LJ posts?

Thanks for the clues.

p.s. I still have class on Tuesday nights, so no OLUG for me this Summer. In the Fall I'll be free on Tuesday nights..... woo woo.
Monday, May 3rd, 2004
10:50 pm
PHPNuke Exploit Fixed

A small exploit in PHPNuke allowed a number of email messages to be sent coming from 'webmaster@olug.org' or 'root@olug.org' advertising a executable (EXE) program, freesms.exe.
The exploit in PHPNuke was found and fixed.

Network Associates tags freesms.exe as Spyware. Please delete the message. If you did click on it and install it, please make sure you use a spyware removal tool to seek out and get rid of it.
OLUG does not send .exe or links to .exe programs (especially Windows programs)

Jon Larsen
Technical and Hardware Officer

So, a little SQl inkjection has OLUG.org as a spam relay passing out some WinDoz spyware this afternoon.

Here is my SpamCop LART:

Parsing header:

Received: from rly-nc01.mx.aol.com (rly-nc01.mail.aol.com []) by air-nc01.mail.aol.com (v98.19) with ESMTP id MAILINNC12-821740969cea1a1; Mon, 03 May 2004 15:26:34 -0500 found
host (getting name) no name discarded

Received: from olug.org (olug.org []) by rly-nc01.mx.aol.com (v98.5) with ESMTP id MAILRELAYINNC12-66040969ce429f; Mon, 03 May 2004 15:26:28 -0400 found
host (getting name) = olug.org.
host olug.org (checking ip) =
Possible spammer: is an MX for olug.org is mx
Received line accepted

Received: (qmail 4722 invoked by uid 65534); 3 May 2004 19:26:16 -0000
Removed 'by' from uid
Received: (qmail 4722 invoked (uid 65534)); 3 May 2004 19:26:16 -0000
no from

Tracking message source:
Routing details for
[refresh/show] Cached whois for : noc@novia.net
Using abuse net on noc@novia.net
No abuse net record for novia.net
Using default postmaster contacts postmaster@novia.net not listed in dnsbl.njabl.org not listed in dnsbl.njabl.org not listed in cbl.abuseat.org not listed in dnsbl.sorbs.net not listed in relays.ordb.org. not listed in query.bondedsender.org not listed in iadb.isipp.com

Finding links in message body
Parsing text part

Resolving link obfuscation
host = mp3.dns-solutions.net (cached)

Tracking link: http://sky.prohosting.com/deccode/freesms.exe
Resolves to

Tracking ip
Routing details for
[refresh/show] Cached whois for : noc@prohosting.com
Using abuse net on noc@prohosting.com
abuse net prohosting.com = abuse@prohosting.com
Using best contacts abuse@prohosting.com

Re: http://sky.prohosting.com/deccode/freesms.exe (Administrator of network hosting website referenced in spam)
To: abuse@prohosting.com (Notes)

So, prohosting is a hacker & spammer host - bastards!

Current Mood: disappointed
Saturday, May 1st, 2004
9:32 pm
Not much to say about Infotec. I helped, sat the OLUG booth handing out fliers for the upcoming install fest & answering questions.

This was the debut of the OLUG banners , which looked awesome.

There are some pics of us & the booth over on the OLUG site.
Monday, March 15th, 2004
9:47 pm
NEbraskaCERT conference 2004 Call for Papers (CFP)
Hey Everybody,

NEbraskaCERT [http://www.nebraskacert.org/] has their call for papers for this year's (August 3-5, 2004) conference up at http://www.certconf.org/call2004.php

This year the conference planners are concentrating on Practical Security, so Linux and the BSD should be a pretty hot topic. ;)

The NEbraskaCERT conference is the Midwest's Premier security conference. Honest, really :-)

Disclaimer: I am friends with the members of the NEbraskaCERT Board of directors; have attended, assisted, and presented at past NebraskaCERT conferences and will most likely be presenting this year as well.

X-posted to olug, nebraskans, infosec, midwesterners, omaha_whatever
Sunday, March 14th, 2004
9:47 pm
stats & numbers from the installfest in January
FYI: I just posted the stats & numbers from the installfest held this past January on the OLUG web site.

Interesting... Any thoughts?
Friday, March 5th, 2004
2:23 pm
The March NebraskaCERT Cyber Security Forum (CSF) Announcement
For those that are do not know, cyber security or Information Security is an important topic for anyone who uses a computer or is on the Internet - similar to knowing how to check your oil & other fluids in your car and knowing how to change your tire. Ok, well how about at least knowing who to call that can help you with these things? =)

For the uninformed, here are two links to fill you in on the background and what a beginning user should know about protecting themselves while traveling the information super-highway:
- From US-CERT, Cyber Security Tip #ST04-03:
- CERT Coodination Center Home Network Security:
- Stay safe online web site, sponsored by the National Cyber Security alliance:

All three sites are excellent resources for all levels of experience & knowledge - highly recommended reading.

For those of us in the community who are Information technology professionals, the Nebraska CERT has a monthly gathering to share information (and a free meal) with like-minded professionals. Not just for those security 'geeks', but for anyone in IT - keeping the data and systems it is stored on is a concern for developers, sys admins, to managers - everyone involved. These meetings provide a superb cross flow between everyone involved, while discussing pertinent Information Security topics in today's world.

This months scheduled gathering announcement & information is as follows:Collapse )

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Xposted to olug, theomahareview, and nebraskans
Monday, February 23rd, 2004
11:31 pm
UNIX/bash/vim/gcc how to - Friday Feb 27th @ 6pm
Have you been wondering what the Hell geeks like us are taking about when we mention UNIX? bash? vim? gcc?

Would you like an opportunity to find out? It really is not a secret code, or a secret society with the handshakes and codes - anyone can learn. And there is an excellent opportunity to do so coming up. For those that strive to be computer proficient, or those who want to learn more, the UNO ACM and MISSO will be holding a joint tutorial on Unix, bash, vim, gcc + other apps on Friday Feb 27 th at 6:00 pm at PKI in room 361

What: We (UNO ACM & MISSO) will be botting up Knoppix live-cd's of GNU/Linux for demonstration purposes, and walk through the basics of working in a Unix environment. All are invited, newbies and experts alike to teach, learn, and share the GNU/Linux experience.

Please see the student organization websites for more details.

flyer: http://acm.unomaha.edu/dnld/linux-seminar-02-04.pdf

x-posted also to nebraskans, olug, & theomahareview
Saturday, February 21st, 2004
6:40 pm
Alternative Lifestyle. Alternative OS
Alternative Lifestyle. Alternative OS.

Linux Distro Logos

Linux is love.
Saturday, February 7th, 2004
2:39 pm
found over in linux LJ community
found over in linux LJ community

Current Mood: sick
Thursday, January 15th, 2004
8:48 pm
Reminder: Omaha Linux User Group Install fest is this Saturday, January 17th
Reminder: Omaha Linux User Group Install fest is this Saturday, January 17th

For any or everyone interested, the Omaha Linux User Group will host their first Install fest for 2004 this Saturday, January 17th.

Why are we doing this? Well:

Do you want to know what the Linux Operating System is all about?
Wondering if Linux on your computer will solve your computer problems?
Do you want to install Linux or an Linux application on your computer, but do not know where to start?
Need help configuring or troubleshooting a device?

The members of the Omaha Linux User Group (OLUG) have been there before, and are more than willing to help or explain what the fastest growing Operating System is all about. To help other interested computer users, OLUG is hosting an install fest on Saturday January 17th from noon till 6pm at the AIM institute (44th & Douglas - near UNMC in midtown Omaha). Bring your computer (we will have monitors, keyboards, and mice already set up to use) to the Install fest, where Linux professionals and hobbyists will help you install, set up, and get to know your Linux system. A map, directions, a registration form, and other current OLUG happenings are available online at http://www.olug.org.

X-posted to a few places
Wednesday, November 26th, 2003
7:15 pm
OLUG December meeting conformation & reminder
Reminder: The next OLUG meeting will be held on 2 December 2003 with the following agenda:

First, our presentation: "The Pleasures of Multiple SSH Intertwinings"
by: Matthew G. Marsh, Chief Scientist, NebraskaCERT aka some old fart with too many initials... (his own words!)

A short but incomplete screed on the vagaries of the SSH structures including compilation tips and gratuitous BSD bashing. ;-}

Second: Install fest discussion & planning

The first install fest for 2004 is rapidly approaching - January 17. Have you volunteered to help out? Check the web site www.olug.org for the full details

Third: OLUG Q & A

Have a question? Problem? Bring them up during the OLUG Q & A!

After meeting: OLUG SIG-BEER at The Old Dundee, 49th & Dodge (next to the Dundee Theater)

See you all next Tuesday! If you have any questions, contact me off list.

Where & when is the OLUG meetings held? Read the FAQ:

Check out the latest reviews fellow OLUGers have submitted:
Tuesday, November 18th, 2003
5:15 pm
Wednesday, November 5th, 2003
10:21 am
How many Linux users to screw in a light bulb?
How many Linux users to screw in a light bulb?

  • One to say that on Linux their light bulbs never burn out.

  • Another to say that they don't use light bulbs with Linux, they like waving their hands around in the dark better.

  • One to find light_bulb_0.4.12.rpm

  • One to say "you should be using light_bulb.i386.0.4.12.rpm

  • One to solve the dependency on light_socket.1.0.2.lib.so and light_switch.2.1.0.lib.so

  • One to suggest using Debian, they wouldn't have dependency problems in the first place.

  • Another to suggest Mandrake, cause with Debian they wouldn't have gotten the wiring installed in the first place.

  • Another to suggest Gentoo, where he just types "emerge light_bulb".

  • Another to complain that with Gentoo he'd be waiting around for light all weekend.

  • One to suggest waiting around for next month's user group meeting where everyone could help screw in the light bulb.

  • One who says candle_3.2 works just fine for him and doesn't see why light_bulb is worth all the trouble.
Saturday, November 1st, 2003
4:12 pm
WiFi War Drive Contest in Sioux City
WiFi War Drive Contest in Sioux City

Hey all, the local Linux group in Sioux City is having a War Drive contest on November 8 th - all are welcome to participate.

After selecting teams, each group will then drive around town trying to find wireless access points. More details about the contest are at http://sclinux.org/wardrive.php. There is a point scoring system, and we will have prizes for at least the top 3 scorers (bring a pickup if you plan on winning the grand prize).

Some of us are building antennas to use on the hunt. We've purchased a quantity of antenna building parts and are selling them very cheaply as a kit to members. Details on this are at http://sclinux.org/wifi.php

Hope to see you there - lets go support our 'sister' LUG in Sioux City!
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