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Tuesday, July 6th, 2004
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Worked today, then went to my neighbors and worked to free their computers from spyware. Came back here an hour ago, ate and watched some terrible reality programming with my parents, and now I'm going to sleep.

Let's see... I do have auto insurance, the card was just lost. So that's good. I think that's about it for today.

Thought this might be neat. Never done one of these before, but I'm pretty much whoring for comments, so I'll have something to look forward to tomorrow at work.

"This is the problem with LJ, we all think we are close, but we know nothing about each other. To rectify this, I want you to ask something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you"
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[User Picture]From: dormando
2004-07-07 02:37 am (UTC)
How tall are you?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-07-07 11:36 am (UTC)
Fair question, don't think I've ever mentioned it. I'm 6' even, probably plus or minus some fraction of an inch. Just over the average height.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-07-07 11:37 am (UTC)
IN YUOR DREAMS!!
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-07-07 11:42 am (UTC)
If you were in the class of 2002, then yes. I went to UHS, but I never saw you there. Not surprising, since I put a lot of effort into ignoring everyone and everything while I was there.
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[User Picture]From: axiem
2004-07-07 01:07 pm (UTC)
Reality programming? Is that anything like object-oriented?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-07-07 01:21 pm (UTC)
Well... if you mean that it's highly popular but grossly overrated... then I guess it is just like OO! :)
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From: ex_md744
2004-07-08 02:07 am (UTC)
Can you write to NTFS under linux yet? I'm hoping to make some hella-awesome morpheus distribution for removing spyware.

Also, what the hell is up with spyware? It's a goddamn epidemic. I just cleaned this computer, my brother's, three of my cousin's, and I'm probably going to get a job doing it at a local computer store.
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-07-08 12:58 pm (UTC)
You can safely *read* NTFS in linux (don't laugh, you couldn't do this in 2.4), but write support is really rudimentary. AFAIK, the only OS with full support for NTFS is WNT.

Once I had to write to NTFS in linux because I had to download wireless drivers using my wireless card, which has native support in linux but not XP. Linux's write support can not create or unlink files, and can only modify bytes in existing files. So I loaded up notepad and created some files filled with 100 A's, 1000 A's, 10000 A's, etc. Then I concatenated these files together until I had one the right size. Boot up linux, and wrote 3 lines of C to dump the contents of one file into another without clobbering it. Then overwrite my correctly-sized dummy file in NTFS with the data from the original. And that's what I mean by rudimentary support.

I've been thinking a lot about a "final solution" to the spyware problem. A boot CD would be nice, but I think you'd have to do something like BartPE and require the windows CD to create a bootable environment. Until a free OS gets full NTFS support, I don't think this is realistic.

Something that ran in safe mode would get the job done, I think, since the big problem is that you can't terminate or erase the really nasty spyware processes once they've loaded.
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From: ex_md744
2004-07-08 09:17 pm (UTC)
Could wine mount ntfs?

What was that good virtual computer software you made a crack for?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-07-09 11:14 am (UTC)
There is a project called captive-ntfs that uses parts of WINE and ReactOS to get ntfs.sys running on linux. I'm not sure how safe it is, though.

VMWare is the original x86 virtualizer software. There have been other free ones created since then, but VMWare has the most features, etc.
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[User Picture]From: nearby
2004-07-08 03:12 pm (UTC)

What are you wearing?
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[User Picture]From: kvance
2004-07-08 05:37 pm (UTC)
Kevin's feet rest, crossed, on the carpeted floor beneath his desk. The gray sneakers are covered with a stylized 'N' logo, betraying their manufacture. His blue jeans are slightly faded on the front. Secured by a minimal amount of belt, they seem to have only a tenuous hold to his waist. A button-down shirt with a simple white, black, and green pattern looks to have been thrown on top of his white t-shirt. Neither shirt is tucked in, and probably won't be all day.

Kevin looks around expectantly.

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