Monday, July 30, 2007

MacOS fans

For some reason I don't like the default compiz that came with Ubuntu, so I removed and install a new one. Of course Ubuntu developer doing a great jobs, it's just about having fun by imitating and finding the limits of Gnome desktop.

slash@shaolinint# apt-get remove compiz
slash@shaolinint# apt-get install compiz compiz-manager

Added this lines to my apt sources.list:

deb feisty avant-window-navigator
deb-src feisty avant-window-navigator

Download the gpg key and updated the repo.

slash@shaolinint# wget -O- | pt-key add -
slash@shaolinint# apt-get update

Install the AWN, Tracker and Affinity:

slash@shaolinint# apt-get install avant-window-navigator-svn
slash@shaolinint# apt-get install tracker
slash@shaolinint# apt-get install affinity-svn

Installed Mac fonts, login screen and Macos theme:


login screen

Configured my desktop to use Lucida Grande and MacGrande. Finally, I ran the Avant-Window-Navigator and start my compiz from the main menu and preference. That's it! My brand new Ubuntu Feisty MacOS look, sexy just like Jessica Alba :)

Monday, July 23, 2007

Makkah Schoolgirls in Memory

After a year living in Saudi's, I found that Muttawa has a different power. They can do whatever they wants according to their law. Like this one:

In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.

"Saudi Arabia's religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, according to Saudi newspapers.

In a rare criticism of the kingdom's powerful "mutaween" police, the Saudi media has accused them of hindering attempts to save 15 girls who died in the fire on Monday.

About 800 pupils were inside the school in the holy city of Mecca when the tragedy occurred.

According to the al-Eqtisadiah daily, firemen confronted police after they tried to keep the girls inside because they were not wearing the headscarves and abayas (black robes) required by the kingdom's strict interpretation of Islam.

One witness said he saw three policemen "beating young girls to prevent them from leaving the school because they were not wearing the abaya".

The father of one of the dead girls said that the school watchman even refused to open the gates to let the girls out.

"Lives could have been saved had they not been stopped by members of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice," the newspaper concluded.

The religious police are widely feared in Saudi Arabia. They roam the streets enforcing dress codes and sex segregation, and ensuring prayers are performed on time.

Those who refuse to obey their orders are often beaten and sometimes put in jail."

- bbc

Monday, July 9, 2007

Seaweed v1.0

Seaweed, coded in Cocoa Object-C, is a SQL Injection scanner, able to crawl, detect SQL injection vectors, identify the back-end database and grab function call/UDF results (even execute system commands for MS-SQL). The concepts in use are different than the one used in other SQL injection scanners. I'm planning to import few script from perl and python instead of using my own kung-fu :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Speedstep by Tuxx

SpeedStep is a lightweight cocoa CPU speed stepping application coded by Tuxx, which supports custom set speeds as well as automated speed stepping with threshold adjustment. It is resident in the status bar, allowing the user to monitor and adjust the current speed.

Speedstep customize the speed of CPU, "it helps cpu" when loading and running lot of process. It is nice piece of tools indeed.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Will The Real Open Source CRM Please Stand Up?

I agreed with TaoSecurity post and slashdot article. Michael Tiemann, president of the Open Source Initiative. Essentially he writes:

Enough is enough. Open Source has grown up. Now it is time for us to stand up. I believe that when we do, the vendors who ignore our norms will suddenly recognize that they really do need to make a choice: to label their software correctly and honestly, or to license it with an OSI-approved license that matches their open source label.

I posted same topic in April and of course this is a good news for all Open Source Community.