SLED VMWare image

Whilst downloading the SLES 10 DVD ISO for our Altix box Just In Case (we want to upgrade to PP5 for the cpuset support) I noticed that Novell also have a VMWare image of SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, aka SLED.
Good deal, it’s huge but the tubes here are pretty big so it came down in almost no time. I didn’t have time to fire it up til today.
Boo SuSE, the default NIC in the image is bridged, and the default root password is “root”. Hiss boo.
The gecko is pretty cute in a set of samurai armour though.
I think more OS vendors should do things like this. If nothing else, I’m sure the vmware image is a boon to their helpdesk – I’m wondering if that’s who developed it originally anyway.

VPNs: Hamachi

One of my co-workers gave a short presentation regarding VPNs. Pretty softball stuff – the audience (us) was technical, and mostly knew what a VPN was, but institutionally we haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about this sort of thing. Largely, that’s because our campus network is mostly unfirewalled, and we’ve not had much need for it. However, the firewalls, they be coming, and about half of CS is currently firewalled.
The built-in OS X VPN works well enough with the solution we’re currently using, but something that’s been pulling at me has been Hamachi.
Hamachi has an OS X client, and Lifehacker has an article about Hamachi itself.
I don’t know if this particular technology is really the solution for us – it appears to be aimed at our individual clients, since we’re currently without a “corporate” VPN. I don’t know if it’s meant to really *be* that corporate VPN, but it’s worth looking at anyway – several of our clients have their own private networks, and perhaps this would be useful to them.

Free a/v for Windows?

Linda’s mother was asking about antivirus software for her Windows machine after I cleaned her machine up from spyware. She had NAV 2005 that “came with” her PC, but it was one of those trial thingies and the trial expired. I told her I’d look, and honestly, basically forgot about it because, well, it’s not my PC.
I saw this the other day as it went through my RSS reader, and figured I’d have a look. Kind of a lightweight review, but it’s a start. I may see if ClamAV has been ported to WIndows as well – I know it had been to the Mac.
(My huge bookmarks file contains mostly bookmarks of things like this that I’d note and then forget about, and it’s annoying me. I’ve been culling the bookmarks, and figured I’d adopt a more Richard Bejtlich approach: no bookmarks, just a weblog posting and a note about why the thing was of any note at all. I’ll see how it works out. I expect that will make me a fair bit more chatty.)

Big Bad Apple

Looks like Maynor was prevented from presenting at ToorCon, and Johnny Cache refused to present without him.
If I made this stuff up, you wouldn’t believe me. Truth is stranger than fiction, my friends; that’s why I like Coen Brothers movies so much. They seem contrived, but really… they’re just reality.
Do I believe them entirely? No, of course not. Do I believe Apple entirely? Hell no. Is the truth somewhere in the middle? Who the hell knows. What I do know is guys like the PaulDotCom crew are going to be all over Apple and “the Mac bloggers” (whoever the hell they are; I write about Apple sometimes, does that make me one?), and “the Mac bloggers” are going to be all over… well, anybody who speaks ill of Apple.