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Submission + - Internet Cafe in Kyrgyzstan

JPribe writes: "So, the other day I got the following email from my brother, a peace corp volunteer:

"Hello Bro,
I have a question. Do you know a free program to monitor internet usage, time and megabyte preferred but megabyte at the least for multiple computers. I am starting an internet cafe and need to know what to charge people. I know you are the computer genius who can help me in any area or with any question. (I hope that butters you up). When are you leaving? I am getting ready to go in less than two months, May 11th is the date to leave. I cannot wait, I will miss it hear but I am also ready to go home. How is the family. It was great ot talk to **** and see ***. Thanks for your help"

****

Obviously he thinks my genius just runs over — when in reality I merely appear to be a genius because I read /. Don't tell him.

He has a basic residential wireless router and 5 desktops, running (no doubt pirated) copies of WinXP. I suggested he setup one of the desktops to act as the router and use the wireless router as just a switch. I drew a schematic for him and he will ensure it gets setup that way, but I'm not sure what the best monitoring solution would be. My initial thought was using a VM for DHCP and traffic monitoring on the one desktop but he has 5+ year old hardware. He thinks Linux is a prescription medication, so a windows based solution is the way to go.

Anyway — suggestions? What would you do?"

Comment Re:*First post.. (Score 1) 590

How on earth is this insightful. My wife starts at least 30 days prior to school starting to write her lesson plans. You are apparently under the impression that because teachers don't get paid during the summer, they must screw off the entire time the kids are on vacation. Nothing could be further from the truth. Additionally, the first 2-3 weeks after the kids are out of school she spends each day moving classrooms, packing up all her stuff so the janitorial staff can redo floors throughout the school, bring all the material home she has purchased with her measly paycheck (it ends up "disappearing" otherwise) and doing crap the principal dreamed up - team building garbage, "required' training (more principal dreams) and a host of other, unpaid, ridiculous stuff that has no bearing on teaching the children. Did I mention all those hours are UNPAID but expected. And oh by the way, she has to earn at least 6 semester hours a year of education, whether it be working towards a masters or just education related. I'd go on, but there isn't much point. I can't think of a job that has more importance that is so looked down upon.

In short, the school (state) provides a curriculum, NOT lesson plans. Teachers are expected to do that in their own time - which is why many are obviously willing to part with hard earned $$$ to not have to do a lot of that work.

Security

Submission + - How to scan your office for rogue WI-FI devices?

An anonymous reader writes: I've just started working for a financial institution, and I've been assigned to finding ways (procedures/technology) to defend our offices against rogue wi-fi devices. After an incident, one has identified the risk that an attacker could place a sniffing or other malicious device in the network, that transmits data to outside our offices, over a wi-fi networking interface.
The company I work for has sought the help of consultants, but I have found both their approach and solutions less than satisfying. They have proposed that someone walks around the office with a scanning device, searching for unregistered wi-fi devices. This approach is very time-consuming (if you have several offices to scan, on a regular basis), it won't find devices that will only transmit data at night, and the scan itself is complicated by the fact that it also will find devices in nearby buildings.
Other things to consider:
— Performing a physical search of our offices is not an option.
— Putting the office in a Faraday cage is not an option either, as it would block cell phone traffic as well.
— The complete ban on wi-fi is probably going to be lifted. Higher management just loves wi-fi...
— I've been considering the introduction of IPv6, so that one could more easily assign IP addresses to bona fide wi-fi devices, and control wi-fi access. But that would still require additional measures.

What would you do to prevent and/or detect rogue wi-fi devices?
Security

Submission + - Ajax fingerprinting for Web 2.0 applications

An anonymous reader writes: Fingerprinting is an age old concept and one that adds great value to assessment methodologies. There are several tools available for fingerprinting and each one uses a different method — inspecting the TCP stack, ICMP responses, HTTP responses. With this evolution of Web 2.0 applications that use Ajax extensively, it is important to fingerprint Ajax tools, framework or library used by a particular web site or a page. This paper describes the method of doing Ajax fingerprinting with a simple prototype serving as an example.
PHP

Submission + - Midgard 1.8.2 "Hoitsu" released

Piotr Pokora writes: "Lodz, January 30th 2007 — The Midgard Project has released stable, 1.8.2 release version of the Midgard Open Source Content Management System.

Midgard 1.8.2 release includes major bugfixes and replication framework enchancements:
  • Improved replication API
  • Major sitegroup and multilang fixes
  • Major stability fixes for PHP5 bindings


Read more about changes. Midgard

Midgard is a capable open source content management system for running mid-to-high-end websites. In addition to the built-in content management features, Midgard also provides a highly object-oriented component architecture for building interactive web applications that integrate seamlessly with the website.

Midgard provides unique technology so can be easily integrated with any kind of environment. From web applications ( Midgard CMS with its component framework — MidCOM ) to typical desktop ones ( Midgard Framework ). From personal blog to corporate portals and intranets.

Midgard is also language independent and due to its powerfull architecture is proved as stable, secure and flexible solution implemented in high range of environmental targets:
  • PHP or Java applications
  • PHP extension
  • Apache module
  • GTK desktop applications
  • C++ applications.
Get started with Midgard 1.8 today

Midgard CMS provides a powerful toolkit for web publishing and building interactive web applications. The features include:
  • Comprehensive authoring tools
  • Website management
  • Multilingual support
  • User management and access control
  • Web development


Read more about features and learn how to create content. Planned for next releases
  • First alpha release of 1.9 branch : March 2007
  • Automated database MgdSchema management and table initialization
  • Deprecation of the classic functional Midgard API in favor of MgdSchema and Query Builder
  • Deprecation of repligard and apache1 support.
  • Integrated midgard-java package
Midgard resources User and developers support: About Midgard

The Midgard Content Management Framework was initially released in May 1999, and has since gathered a sizable user and developer community. Midgard powers thousands of web sites ranging from simple organizational websites to major portals like New Zealand eGovernment site and Playbill.

Midgard is being developed by an international team of professionals. Midgard's development team includes new media designers, system integrators and content management consultants. Midgard development is being supported by several commercial and governmental entities including the European Union.

Piotr Pokora, Midgard release manager piotrek.pokora(at)gmail.com

Henri Bergius, Midgard spokesman henri.bergius(at)iki.fi

The Midgard Project http://www.midgard-project.org"
Linux Business

Submission + - Linux kernel devs provide free driver development

Goodgerster writes: "Businesses worldwide now no longer have to develop their own Linux drivers, and users no longer have to rely upon reverse-engineering (hopefully.) The Linux kernel community will now write your driver for you, provided you can supply some specs or an engineer's email address. They also provide some support if you have NDA worries. Hopefully this should lead to better hardware support in the more esoteric device categories, such as graphics tablets."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Universal filesystem for removable drives

Cap'n Crax writes: As external USB and FireWire hard drives are becoming more and more common, I often wonder how I can use one for native read and write access between Win, Mac, and Linux systems. As far as I have been able to research, Windows can read and write NTFS and FAT32, but cannot handle HFS or HFS+ systems, nor any Linux EXT systems. Mac can read and write HFS and HFS+ of course, but only read NTFS. Linux it seems has good read support, but dodgy write support for both. All systems, it seems, have good support for FAT32, but it has major limits, expecially the 4GB file size limit.

Is there any modern filesystem that all major OS's today can effectively use on external drives, especially for large files? Is anyone even working on this?

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