Free (as in Freedom) Antivirus Software for Windows

Submitted by jbreland on Sat, 12/04/2004 - 11:24

For you open source freaks out there who want (or need) to use Windows, stay virus free, but only use open source software (besides your OS), there is a new piece of antivirus software out there. ClamWin is a Windows port of the well-known ClamAV, released under the GPL, and it works very well. Besides your own use, it's also good to have a free/legal solution to those house calls where your friends/neighbors/family has a virus but doesn't want to buy AV software.

Check it out at the ClamWin website.

New theme

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 08/18/2004 - 08:46

As you can see, I've finally gone live with the new theme for LegRoom. It still needs a good bit of work to make everything work in IE (of course, you should be using Firefox instead of IE -, but at this point I feel it's ready for public consumption.

So far I've identified problems with IE's rendering of the images on this site, and IE's layout and positioning (notice the overlap of some boxes?). I'm going to start working on these issues tonight. If you notice any other issues with the site, please let me know. Also, if you have any comments or feedback in general, I'd be glad to hear it.

One last thing - I've spent a lot of time optimizing the new theme, coding to standards and making it as small and fast as possible. As a result, all pages on this site should load a good bit quicker now, which will be especially helpful for anyone on dial-up. If you're using dial-up and can confirm this (one way or the other), please let me know.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Jared's New Hair Style

Submitted by jbreland on Fri, 08/13/2004 - 22:56

I'm almost afraid to post this, but here goes:
Jared Shaved

In case you're wondering what possessed me to do this, let me explain. We had a fund raiser at work for St. Jude's, and as an incentive a couple of co-workers volunteered to have their heads shaved if a certain dollar amount was met (originally $500, then upped to $1500 by the second person). In order to sweeten the deal even more, David and I both agreed to the shaving if they reached $2000, thinking surely they wouldn't raise that much money from just our building.

Now, let this be a lesson to all of you: Never underestimate the desire to inflect humiliation on others. Needless to say, we exceeded $2000, and the party got started. You can view the first batch of pictures in the photo gallery, and more are on the way. Enjoy! Update

Submitted by jbreland on Tue, 08/10/2004 - 00:52

This is just a quick update to let everyone know that I'm still alive. Yes, I know the site hasn't been updated for quite some time, but that's just because I've been really busy with work.

For visitors interested in something new, my brother has been periodically adding pictures from his tour in Afghanistan to the Photo Gallery. Some of those may pique your interest. Additionally, don't forget that the Daily Strips section is updated each day (although, as previously discussed, you must first register for the site before you can view this page). You can also check out ClanTMNT, my cousin's gaming clan website, which is also hosted on

Finally, just to let you know it's coming, I've been working on a new theme for this site for some time now (though it's been back-burnered for a while). I'm hoping to go live with this in the next couple of weeks, and after that I should have some time to begin regularly updating the site again. In the meantime, you can get a sneak preview of the new site (clicking a link will return you to the old theme), and I'd appreciate any feedback while I'm still making the final changes.


Sony Launches Three Linux-based In-car Navigation Devices

Submitted by jbreland on Fri, 06/11/2004 - 07:24


An anonymous reader writes "Sony has introduced three Linux-based in-car navigation and entertainment devices in Japan today. The NV-XYZ 33, 55, and 77 feature 3D map navigation technology, media players, hard drives, GPS, and PC connectivity. They are based on MIPS processors and a Linux 2.4-series kernel. They also appear to use a GateKeeper copy protection scheme, which may prevent them from being used with Linux desktops and normal media files." Still, the 3-D representations of actual buildings on the maps is pretty impressive.

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 04/15/2004 - 00:06

Okay, this is actually one of the coolest things I've seen in a while. According to the site: is a directory of information security articles, white papers, and other documents that information security professionals find useful.

I spent a little bit of time earlier browsing the site, and it looks like there's some REALLY good content on here, covering everything ranging from firewall rulesets to OS hardening to security awareness. Very cool.

Multiple UNIX Compromises

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 04/14/2004 - 23:49

Recently, a string of attacks has taken place against numerous University systems and other high performance computing centers. This bulletin from the Stanford University ITSS provides an excellent overview of the attacks, covering how they were compromised, what evidence to look for, possible countermeasures, etc.

This is a very well-written article that also provides background information on the hows and whys of expoits. I highly recommend it.

Here's the full story.

Chat, Copy, Paste, Prison

Submitted by jbreland on Tue, 04/13/2004 - 14:45

You are engaged in a chat session with some friends and colleagues, when one of them makes a witty remark or imparts a pithy bit of information. You hit CTRL-A and select the conversation, then copy it to a document that you save. Under a little-noticed decision in a New Hampshire Superior Court in late February, these actions may just land you in jail.

So does that sound as rediculous to you as it does to me? You'll need to read the full story on SecurityFocus for all the details, but needless to say, it's an awful situation. Heck, all major chat clients (including the oh-so-wonderful Gaim include features to automatically save transcripts. This is a selling point. Let's hope this situation gets resolved quickly.

Here's the full story.