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War Driving – WiFi antenna booster

A popular hacking past time among rural Minnesota dorks, is war-driving. Hackers actually leave the house and go driving around neighborhood looking for wireless (802.11b) networks.

A tool that greatly aids their search is a Pringles can, seriously. Apparently with a few household items (simple how-to and shopping list) you can boost your easily boost your signal by 15%, and a lot more with a little know how. Another site has an antenna shootout that compares different kinds of cans to see which produces the most signal gain.

This has been around for a while, but I thought I would mention it for practical reasons. Like, for example, if you want to be able to access your wireless network from your garage you could place one of these wave guides out there. Or if your walls use the old thick sheet-rock and your having trouble getting signal in some parts of your house. Oh hell, mostly it’s just for stealing your neighbors bandwidth, so watch for renegade dorks with Chunky Soup or Pringles cans aimed at your front porch.

StinkFactor.com – cinnamon challage and more

Much to my delight, Michael overhauled stinkfactor.com, the site most commonly recognized as “that one site where the guy eats a lot of cinnamon then pukes.” Aside from the nice layout, the coolest new feature is the ability to add dare money with paypal to see that a challenge is met. You can also suggest new challenges. Enough people already chipped in the required dough to see a guy eat 12 oz’s of tabasco, (if you’re thinking it couldn’t be done, you’re wrong)

What a freekin’ brilliant way to make some cash, and get linked up the wazoo.

My favorite quote from stinkfactor (on dry-heaves): Stomachs can play tricks, like the “invisible barf” trick.

MarchFirst – the demise

Because it’s customary to talk about MarchFirst (the company – er used to be) on march first — here’s a link to the top 100 dot-com blunders. Take special note of number 3. Here is the gist:

E-business consultancy MarchFirst launches a national branding campaign in June 2000. The campaign’s main goal, executives say, is not to bring in new business, but to enable them to recruit employees. Price tag: $50 million. The company has since laid off 2,100 employees.

I would also like to add, out of business. This guy had to mention on his resume that what happened to the company’s stock wasn’t his fault. I think the long list of laid off bloggers was significantly due to MarchFirst.

Time to retrench, everyone

I’ve been posting to this weblog for a length of time approaching 2 years. I’ve at times lost focus on what I want to accomplish with this my weblog adventure. I’ve slacked and posted the obligatory popular link from Day Pop or Kottke. I’ve posted the trite “I don’t have anything to post about” post, but from now on I will do better, for I have a weblog creed. This creed, Write a Better Weblog written by Dennis Mahoney for A List Apart, should be – in my opinion – required reading for anyone just starting a weblog, or anyone who has been blogging for years. It explains exactly why sites like LYD, Kottke, and Fury are so popular. Web readers require pith (read: significance, importance).

Internet, the level playing field

I’ve been emailing back and forth with this guy that last few days helping him with BlogScript, and such. The entire time in my minds eye I’m picturing a regular Joe, young web type guy with his own domain and weblog, I think you know what I mean. I decide to check out his site, and I’m impressed. I love his photos and such, clean site, and I’m thinking to myself “…this guy, he has a knack for making simple things look really cool, like MTV cool”. So I follow the resume link, low and behold he is the visual effects supervisor guru, and MTV is all over his resume — not to mention a truckload of other jobs that are so much more interesting than, developer.