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So the combination is 827ccb0eea8a706c4c34a16891f84e7b?

So the combination is 827ccb0eea8a706c4c34a16891f84e7b. (lifts mask) That’s the stupidest combination I’ve ever heard in my life. That’s the kinda thing an idiot would have on his luggage.

As reported by /. an online MD5 hash database has recently opened up. Just paste in any hash and, if the password is in the database, it’ll happily spit out the cleartext. This concept has been floating around for years including the beginnings of a crypt database project I helped out with at New Hack City back in the mid-nineties. Scary that an online version has popped up; I’m now just waiting for the Firefox plug-ins and Dashboard widgets to start surfacing.

Free Mac mini!

Holy crap. It actually showed up! It’s so sexy I actually kissed the box as I was walking out of work this evening. Now I get to have fun tracking who my seeded personal information gets sold to.

Free Mac mini?

It looks like I’ll be getting my free Mac mini pretty soon. I fulfilled my referrer obligations about a week ago and placed my order. My order status page now has the update Sent to Vendor, Waiting on Product. w00t!

Mixed results from Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger on older G4s

I’ve been plugging away on a Power Macintosh G4 dual 1.25 GHz MDD with 2 GB RAM for the past few years now. Overall she’s been a more than adequate workhorse running all previous versions of Mac OS X with no issues whatsoever. When Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger was released I was enamored by Spotlight as I’d been waiting for that specific feature for almost two years now. As I’m an Apple Developer Connection member I immediately upgraded both my desktop G4 and my Powerbook G4 with my free copy of Tiger.

Now I’m not saying the upgrade was a mistake but it wasn’t without its idiosyncrasies. It fixed a lot. It introduced a lot of new features. But Tiger has been responsible for making both of my systems feel sluggish for the first time since I purchased them. Not quite molasses in January sluggish but dirty air intake sluggish. And I’m pretty sure it all boils down to Spotlight dutifully chugging away in the background.

Spotlight has been a lifesaver albeit a mixed blessing; the G4 doesn’t have enough horsepower to take full advantage of realtime search and indexing. Importing a few thousand images from my camera results in a twenty minute CPU spike and a basically unusable system. Same goes for Photo Mechanic and any other files that create cache files on the fly. Spotlight sees the new file, starts processing, and slows the machine down to a crawl.

My only true regret about upgrading to Tiger is X11. It’s broken. Completely busted. Borked. Kafuckled. I rely on X11 for all Pepper Pad development and Tiger has made X11 completely unreliable with broken cut and paste, focus issues, windowing issues, authentication issues, randomly crashing shells, bad window geometry, and the occasional disappearing window. Nothing serious—it’s just made UNIX completely unusable.

Hopefully everything will fix itself sometime in the next month or so as Apple starts releasing more updates.

Barracuda Spam Firewall

Description (www.barracudanetworks.com):
The Barracuda Spam Firewall is an integrated hardware and software solution for complete protection of your e-mail server. It provides a powerful, easy to use, and affordable solution to eliminate spam and viruses from your organization.

Synopsis:
Under normal circumstances, the Barracuda Spam Firewall only relays traffic for domains it is configured for. If a sender’s domain or the Barracuda’s own domain is whitelisted, however, all rules are bypassed and the Barracuda becomes an open relay for all e-mail sent from the whitelisted domain. This is unacceptable behavior, and whitelisted senders should only be able to send e-mail to domains for which the Barracuda is configured to relay.

Effected Versions:
= Firmware 3.1.11 Fixed (Firmware 3.1.12 Released 02/09/2005)
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Olympus SmartMedia Card Error: Repairing/Recovering Corrupted Cards

Quite a few months ago my Father gave me a pile of large SmartMedia cards that stopped working in his Olympus digital camera. After a few months of use, each card slowly started reporting CARD ERROR on the camera LCD. I was able to use the cards in various other devices, but they never worked again in Olympus digital cameras.

This weekend while visiting friends in Maryland, I was presented with the same conundrum: yet more SmartMedia cards that had become corrupted and made effectively useless in Olympus digital cameras. After doing some research, I finally ran across Sally and Steve’s SmartMedia Repair Guide. All the information presented on their page is available by scouring various other resources, but it was the first page I ran across that made the modified SMPrep (smprep.exe) binaries available:

The basic gist is that some PC card readers can erase the Olympus low-level header, and running smprep1.exe intentionally breaks the low-level formatting of the card so smprep2.exe is forced to restore the Olympus low-level formatting and Panoramic mode.

The process is time consuming, but has successfully repaired all of the corrupted SmartMedia cards! Looks like I’ll be mailing a pile of SmartMedia cards back to my friend in Maryland!