Scott's Weblog The weblog of an IT pro specializing in virtualization, networking, open source, and cloud computing

Secure Remote Filesystem

This is something that only a computer junkie could enjoy. In conjunction with the FUSE project (now an official part of the Linux kernel as of version 2.6.14), an SSH-wrapped remote filesystem—called sshfs—has been created.

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Open Enough for Massachusetts

Not suprisingly, Microsoft’s moves to “open” up its XML-based file formats for current and future versions of Microsoft Office have swayed the State of Massachusetts back to its side again. Get the details here.

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Microsoft Promises Not to Sue

Microsoft recently made a move to “open” up its XML-based file formats for Microsoft Office 2003 and the forthcoming Office 12. These file formats were offered to ECMA International for consideration as a formal open standard. However, the “license” for these file formats was merely a promise not to sue people violating its patents on the use of the file formats. Read more here.

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IE Exploit Moves from DoS to Remote Code Execution

As a follow-up to my posting Zero-Day IE Exploit, it has now been discovered that this exploit is no longer just a denial of service (DoS) flaw, but rather a flaw that can allow remote code execution (see here for more information). As of this writing, there is no patch for this vulnerability and the only workaround is to disable Active Scripting in IE.

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ipfw Rules for Bonjour

I originally published this information on my business website, but thought I’d reproduce it here in the event someone needs it.

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Making Backup DVD Copies

I love DVDs. Ever since I bought my surround sound system around Christmas of 2000, I have preferred DVDs over VHS for any new movies that we purchase. The big problem, though, is that DVDs aren’t nearly as durable as videotapes, and in a family with kids that’s a big deal. I have younger kids, and it doesn’t take much for a kid to scratch a DVD when putting it into or taking it out of the DVD player. All it takes is one scratch and that’s pretty much the end of that movie.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

For those of you that celebrate the holiday, I’d like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. May the Lord richly bless you in the coming year!

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Cisco PIX VPN and Active Directory Integration

Rather than publishing this information in PDF form on my business website, I’ve decided to try something new and post it here as a blog entry. So, here goes.

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Another Take on Life(song)

In my earlier posting about Lifesong, the second CD by the Christian group Casting Crowns, I spoke primarily about their musical style and their sound. At the time, I was so wrapped up in how the music sounded in comparison with their debut album that I was disappointed in this latest effort.

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Microsoft's Counter-Move

The rallying cry around OpenDocument prompted Microsoft to make its counter-move. As fully expected, Microsoft is trying to create a standard based on Microsoft’s own (until now) proprietary XML formats. Please tell me you saw this coming, right?

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