Google public DNS servers launched

Today, Google has announced the launch of their free DNS resolution service. Many ISPs and 3rd party provider such as OpenDNS snoops around or send traffic to ad servers. However, Google promises not to play with end users and send the exact response his or her computer expects without performing any blocking, filtering, or redirection that may hamper a user’s browsing experience. In other words Google will not hijacking your traffic on non-existent domain name and it will follow strict RFC standard. Thank you NixCraft

Here’s looking at you TELSTRA!

openSUSE 11.2 Disappointing

I must say I found openSUSE 11.2 to be a major disappointment. I’ve come to expect better, much better, from Novell. If it weren’t for the stability issues with KDE and relatively poor netbook support this distribution would have been a keeper for me. There really is a lot to like. Perhaps the results will be different for people with different hardware. For me, though, openSUSE 11.2 just doesn’t compare favorably to the other major distributions and I can’t recommend it at this time.

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It’s that busy time of year

I’m getting totally knocked down by all the shit I have going on over the next 11 days. Nov 7th, I have two exams, one for Network Administration (GNU), and one Cicso CCNA exam. On Nov 5th, I have two Cisco CCNA exams. Nov 3rd, I have a Security exam worth 50% of my grade. On Nov 2nd I have an Advanced Cryptology exam also worth 50%. On October 30th, my Cisco CCNA case study report is due. On October 26th I have a Advanced Cryptology presentation on Enigma. I work Oct 23th, 24th, 25th. Today is Oct 22nd.

Can you do the math?

Strategy:

My strategy is to read one lecture for Crypto and Security every day, for 12 days. This way I have a hope of getting a decent mark on those exams, as they are the ones coming up. A colleague of mine from my UNIX/GNU class wants to start going over some of the sample questions posted on BlackBoard. I had to politely decline as I have no more room on my plate atm. I’ll have some time on Nov4th, and Nov6th to lay out some time for GNU and CCNA.

Opinion:

It isn’t fair. The university should have a “no lectures, presentations, or assignments seven days before first exam” policy. Maybe they do, I’ll have to investigate.

Some long awaited updates

In case any noticed, I haven’t updated in a while. Quick hash of what’s been going on:

  • bought tickets to fly back home
  • crunch time at Uni, lots of assignments, and little time to do it in
  • lots of work, working 9-5 today, and 9-5 again Friday, half day Saturday, and also Sunday
  • Too much windows 7 has my brain in knots. Try to Alt + F2 to no avail. No konsole, no dig, no quick ssh tunneling, no built-in public key encryption support, no symmetric key encryption support, no zypper or yum, no composite window managers, no freedom to copy, modify, and redistribute
  • Sister got engaged! Having wedding in foreign country. Will cut costs of wedding my more than 50%.
  • Realised the Security is right for me. Takes hard work, dedication, constant learning, and a very delicate fusion of business goals, financial planning, project management, and technological solution to complex problems including data management, security, information availability, information integrity, and data confidentiality

Have a nice day =)

WOO HOO! Done exams!

It feels so good to be done Semester 1 Year 1 at QUT. I finally feel like I have accomplished something, and I feel like I accomplished a lot.

  1. Cryptology – learning the mathematics and concepts behind cryptography, the basis of information security techniques, technology, and protocols.
  2. Security – understanding the reasons to enforce security policies, and the myriad ways in which to use information security models.
  3. Digital Forensics – looked at the things forensic investigators have to face and to consider when collecting digital evidence. Looked at various methods of collecting digital evidence, and the obstacles an investigator must try to overcome to gain as much evidence as possible, without tampering or destroying it to ensure it is admissible as evidence in a court of law.
  4. Project Management – I’m just glad its over!

Long time…

I has been nearly 6 1/2 months since I left Canada, and arrived half-way around the world in Brisbane, Australia. it has been several months that I have not posted something that wasn’t computer or humour related… not that there’s anything wrong with that.
I’m fine.
There, does that satisfy? of course not =)
I’m cramming for exams, two down, two more to go. Security and Cryptology exams went well, IMO, but only time can tell for sure what the true results are. Next up is Computer forensics. My prof is keeping tight-lipped about this one. “The exam will be based on subject matter from all the lecture material. Review of the tutorial materials is also recommended.” That’s a nice way of saying, “Please memorise everything that we have ever discussed in class, as well as everything in tutorial.” He has also asked us to be aware of the material submitted for both of our assignments. This makes it quite difficult for me to narrow down my focus. I can’t be sure what is relevant, and what isn’t; or what will be tested on and what won’t; what i should study and what i should ignore. Welcome to university.
Haven’t make too many new friends. People just don’t seem to want to get a hold of me, despite me trying to get in touch with them, go out to eat, come over for a poker game, come over to watch some movies or TV, drink a beer. I must admit, however, that I have been doing less of that since exams start. They finish on June 23rd, so maybe then we can get back into the swing of things.

Primos en Brisbane

sebas_felipe_2009-05Having a blood-cousin in Australia is pretty cool. We met some weeks ago and went out for a few drinks. He likes Australia, and is studying to be a Chef, but is growing tired of working in a kitchen. In January, he plans to start school as a Mechanical Engineer. Good for him.

Taco Night

Ground turkey, green capsicums (green peppers in Aussie), tomatoes, cheese (in slices, not grater), tortillas (on sale). Probably the most delicious tacos I’ve had in a very long while. Took a while to clean up the dishes, but I felt as though I was home again. This time, though, there wasn’t anyone to join me …