Archive for May, 2005
This Week In Tech: Episode 6 Outline

With Leo Laporte, Patrick Norton, Robert Heron, David
Prager, Roger Chang, Yoshi

Contacting the
Skype handle:
(206) 339-TWIT through K7 (Seattle)
TWIT Blogs


Kevin lost in Canada


Steve Baumer says “google is a one hit wonder
Will Google filter their info for China like Yahoo?
Google Portal
Google maps + Craig’s list = badass
Google Suggest
Google Ride finder
Microsoft employees going to Google
Working at Google Labs

  ITEM #2 David
Prager on 3G

3G system on CDMA back bone
EDVO to do Webserver


Unlimited downloads for $5/mos (sue THAT, RIAA)
Statutory File traders treated worse than child molesters in

Yahoo! Music vs. iTunes
Video iPod?
Wireless headphone, WMA iPod
Hilary Rosen  

 David Prager – Ratings up on Attack of the Show


Roger Chang’s adventures setting up the GameSpot booth at
Xbox 360 infomercial
Nintendo announced the Nintendo “Revolution
Console hype
Xbox 360 (3 3.2GHz + 500MHz ATI) vs. PS3 (Cell Processor
Xbox release this fall
PSP Sales

 TWIT Console Picks
(Xbox 360 or PS3):

Robert Heron PS3
Yoshi Xbox
Roger Xbox (MicroSoft Media extender)
Patrick PS3
Leo Xbox

DVD Wars
Blu Ray in PS3
What will studios put their media content on?

Brendan, MD Will PS3 have iTunes (will it be a media Coverence device), will this be a
threat to Rental services such as Netflix and BlockBuster?

Would have to use storage. 
What storage will PS3
Microsoft’s Strangle hold on online Distribution

Early online release of Revenge of the Sith and resulting success undercut the
MPAA position on online movies?

Star Wars 50mil in first Week!!
Discussion of fans and quality of DVDs

 ITEM #7 QUESTION Dorthy [TWIT icon designer] 10-20 year
vision of technology impacting everyday life (positive and negative)? 

Patrick – Terminator
Roger – Mad Max
   Rich will get Richer and Poor will get Poorer

Robert – Huge TV’s at great prices (Max Headroom?)
   Nano tech very bad or very good
Leo – Biotech will be bigger than


Yosh & Robert
        From the shadows – real Jedis, wifi mod

Patrick Norton
        [cut the TWIT cast to 8-track and vinyl]

Leo Laporte
        Leo World Tour in Athens,
Ohio [South East     
        Ohio Macromedia
User’s Group]

 Roger Chang
        Still on GameSpot


Leaving G4 to head up small production company and
Kevin’s start on the Screen Savers
Connection with Alex Albrecht
What happened the day they laid off Alex, Yosh and
Why was the Screen Savers name changed to Attack
     of the Show?
What do Leo & Kevin think about Attack of the 
      Show, Kevin Pereira and the G4 crew?

Leo and Kevin Rose covered in Bear grease


All the TWITs have hands in the IPTV
Man never understood tech
Remember Napster

 ITEM #11 IT’S A


The future is here. 
Its just not evenly distributed yet.—William Gibson


 Contacting the

Skype handle:
(206) 339-TWIT through K7 (Seattle)



Is the KitKat Club a Canadian strip club?  Enquiring TWITS want to know.


This Week In Tech: Episode 5 Outline.

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Featuring: Leo Laporte, Kevin Rose, Patrick Norton, Robert Heron, Yoshi Herrerra



Drinking Caffeine

How many TWIT Torrents are being downloaded?

Contribute to the TWIT.  Donation will go toward the new equipment for the next show

Roger Chang & David Prager with E3 Update on Episode 6.


Patrick Norton on Security Updates

Firefox – big updates

Itunes – has buffer overflow

Mozilla 1.4 –

Firefox has more exploits than I.E.?  What do the TWITS use? 


Xbox 360

20 Gig hard drive, 3 Powerpc processors + 500MHZ ATI processor

Xbox 360 coverage on Mtv

The TWIT comment on the future gaming systems


Contacting the TWIT SHOW

Skype handle: thisweekintech

(206) 339-TWIT through K7 (Seattle)



ITEM # 1 – QUESTION: Aaron, Maine Hardware Hacking Resources:

Kevin’s overclocked toothbrush

Aaron asks for TWITS recommendation on Resources


Yoshi gives advice

Google “how to soder”

And other resources will be posted on his blog  


ITEM #2 – BATTLESTAR GALACTICA – BITorrent vs. Traditional Broadcasting

Early release of BSG online actually 

         increases fan base!

SourceForce Project – Broadcast

         Machine  (Beta)

Bittorrent to create a “Television

        Station” with your computer

Motion Picture of

       Association of America

       (MPAA) Taking action against


Robert Heron on projector technology and digital delivery systems (1080P)

       Star Wars Revenge of the Sith


ITEM #3 – QUESTION Johnathan, NY –Who will the win in the DVD format wars?  Will the Standard unify into one?

            Remember to turn off your TV

                 before you ask questions, you


            Sony vs. Toshiba (HDDVD vs. Blu


            Multi format drives


ITEM #4 – Leo does best impression of BILL GATES Comments on IPOD

            MP3 player battle (Sony vs. Nokia

                vs. Apple)

            Video IPOD??!!

            Leo played volley ball with Steve


            Apple and Sony flirting


ITEM #5 – QUESTIONS [TWIT Soldier] Philip, AUS – What do I encode with?

            Getting the right bit rates, right

                 resolution and quality

            Nero Divx, XVid and others

Some one needs to hack the PSP

Quicktime Pro (recommended)


ITEM #6 – QUESTION [TWIT Soldier] Ashley, UK – What components do you recommend for building a PC for gaming and high res. Graphics editing?

            Kevin’s picks

            Yoshi’s picks

AMD Mobile

Robert Heron’s builds

Patrick gives advice on purchasing

video card for graphics editing

Magic Bullet plug-in and faster


Awaiting the Direct X upgrade


ITEM #7 – QUESTION [TWIT Soldier] Tristen, ILL – What kind of processor will the computers of the future use?

            Intel’s optical chip proto-type

            Leo on the Play Station 3’s Cell

            Processor, Distributed Processing

and next generation processing


ITEM #8 — QUESTION [TWIT Soldier] Mike, Fl – What is everyone looking forward to at the E3?      

            Roger will give a report on E3 next



ITEM #9 — Release of the Systm – 23rd May Release date


ITEM #10 – QUESTION [TWIT Soldier] Is the PSP worth buying?

            Portable gaming device that is

            highly hackableRead feeds 


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The best way to predict the future… invented yourself. – Leo Laporte




Contacting the TWIT SHOW

Skype handle: thisweekintech

Phone: (206) 339-TWIT through K7 (Seattle)
















Review of ROTSS Episode 2

I saw episode 2 of the ROTSS which is now called TWIT or This Week in Tech.  I think it is a great show.  It is like the Screen Savers to the 2nd power because you've got Leo Laporte, KRose, Patrick Norton, and Robert Heron (even Dovorak show up, kind of). 

I listened to the podcast right after seeing SystmSystm is great but it doesn't give me the feel of being the Screen Savers.  TWIT definitely delivered.  They talked about Hitch Hiker's Guide the the Galaxy, they talked about the trailer for Serinity.  They went tech and discussed Long Horn and OS X and some old formats that didn't work.  They talked about and  They even took a couple of audio emails.  I am impressed.  I will be surprised if no one picks these guys up to do another Screen Savers like show.  Unfortunately, the best candidate would be G4TV. 

You know I don't have anything bad to say about any of the tech show (Broken, Systm or TWIT).  I guess it would be like a starving man complaining about a cracker.  There is such a void on TV when it comes to actual tech.  Yet its the Information Age and our reliance on computers and the Internet continue to grow exponentially at scary proportions.  It will always amaze me that G4 did not take advantage of the existing market that was held by TechTv.  It has pushed us all completely on line to get the content we crave.  The original crew have really formed a bond with their viewers that is begining to approach Trekie level… o.k. maybe not that crazy.


p.s. thebroken kicks TWITS ASSSS!! They just need to get Leo Laporte on there.  Get Leo in some fly Pimp Gear, put a hoe on each arm and them let him school us on Mac hacking.  That would be the SHIZNIT!

Review of the Systm (the bittoreent)

I'm a huge fan of the old Screen Savers show.  I had recorded
all the last (and in my oppinion) the best Screen Savers shows that
featured the HILARIOUS Alex Albrech and Tech Talented Kevin Rose
The show was out of control.  I laughed out loud on every single
show.  I thought they'd finally established a groove and you could
feel it in the voice and reaction of the fans that were screamed in the
audience and callers. 

And then my wife erased all the files from my DVR which I planned on downloading and keeping forever… Why… Why, honey.

I eventually got over it.  But then out of the
blue G4, fired half the original crew and hired geek gamers
and gear whores from like three other shows.  WTF.  That
asian chick is kinda tasty [some kinda of freaky asian fetish I have]

but those other pukes
make me want to turn off the TV.  Kevin Pereira has become
the face of all things unholy.  For me he represents the end of
the Screen Savers.  I know its not his fault, but someone must
suffer for this atrocity.

What followed was scandalous.  They changed the whole format of the show and nuked Screen Savers
Attack of the Show was born.  It was like seeing Anakin Skywalker
get sedused by the darkside.  I felt betrayed.

But now there is a New Hope.  The first Systm show is pure, unforgiving, hardcore tech.  Kevin Rose and Dan Huard host the show in a smooth, effective rythm that leaves you hungry for more. 

In there first show they talk about WarSpying, something they
covered briefly on the Screen Savers.  These geeks actually tell
you how to create a hand held WarSpying device that you plug into
your car to drive around and pick up unencrypted Video feeds from CCTVs
in peoples homes and commercial establishments.  I will admit I
thought is was Geeked OUT!  But whenever people start breaking out
the soder sucker and microchips my eyes start glazing over. 
Electronics is TOTAL magic to me.  But the message is clear.. get
CCTV, home and commercial security cameras with built in

It was a good show.  Kevin once again shows his amazing skills
in producing quality, quality content leaning toward my one of my
favorite subjects, security.  If you are a fan of the old Screen
Savers and you're a TRUE geek you will love Systm. 

p.s. theBroken kicks Systms ASS, but I ain't one to gossip.. so you ain't heard that from me.


Security+ Authentication Methods Explained: Kerberos, CHAP, Certificates

Authentication and Crypto are two of the hardest subject for me.  So I've tried to break each one down in terms I can understand.  I've only gotten up the Certificates.  I'll finish the others soon.


1.2 Recognize and be able to differentiate and explain the following methods of authentication · Kerberos
· CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol)
· Certificates
Username / Password
· Tokens
· Multi-factor
· Mutual
· Biometrics


The following definitions are necessary to understand the different methods of



Authentication: Verification of person who created or sent the data and the integrity of the data.


Data Integrity:  Assurance (confidence) that the data created or sent by an authenticated person has not been corrupted and/or tampered with, data is in original form.


Principal: Authenticated person.


Peer: client or user trying to get authenticated


Verifier : server or application approving the principal.  CHAP term is “authenticator.”  These terms are used interchangeably.


Hackers tools make it very easy to “sniff” out passwords and logins over a network or computers and allow unauthorized programs or users to impersonate authorized users.  That is why authentication is so important to computer security.




Kerberos was created in the ’80 by MIT’s Athena Project.  Kerberos is a distributed application that works over a network.  A Kerberos client acts on behalf of the principal to authenticate with a verifier without exposing the users data to hacker tools.


The Kerberos client sends encrypted messages to the verifier.  These messages are time stamped and sent using Kerberos protocol.  Kerberos protocol is based on the Needham and Schroeder authentication protocol.  The current implementation of Kerberos uses Data Encryption Standard (DES).


CHAP (Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol)


The CHAP authenticator (a.k.a verifier) randomly sends “challenge” message to the peer (a.k.a client, or user).  The responses with a value that calculated by running the “challenge” message through a one way hash function (using MD5).  The authenticator checks the message against its own calculations. 


CHAP replaces Password Authentication Protocol (PAP) which sends logins and passwords CLEAR TEXT over the network.  Upon initial connection between peer and authentication CHAP is used and maybe used over and over again as the authenticators sends random challenge messages.


The disadvantage is that the challenge message is sent in plain text allowing a hacker to possible capture the data and do a Man in the Middle attack.




Certificates are used a lot on web pages with a need for strong security.  Certificates are based on two or more people or groups using a trusted third party to confirm that each of the two parties are who they claim to be.  Certificates provide public-key infrastructure (PKI) solutions.  Certificates are provided by Certificate Authorities such as thawte and VeriSign.  These, and other Certificate Authorities, act as a third party issuing Private keys to organization, groups and/or persons and confirm the identities of by verifying the issued private key with a public key.  Usually Certificate Authorities us a secure method of communication called Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to send and receive messages.  SSL was developed by Netscape.  SSL uses a private key to encrypt data over the SSL connections.  Secure Http is an alternative to SSL.  Public keys are not need for S-Http or SSL.  When a secure session is occurring when the URL turns from HTTP to HTTPS.


Issues digital IDs to enable authenticated, 128-bit SSL encryption that secure e-commerce and online payments across the Internet.



  1. Neuman b. & Theodore T. Kerberos: An Authentication Service for Computer Networks. USC/ISI Technical Report number ISI/RS-94-399.
  2. Simpson W. PPP Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP), RFC 1994 (RFC1994). Internet RFC Archives. August 1996
  3. Karve, Anita. SSL and S-HTTP: Secure Communication over the Internet. 1 Jan 1997.

Importance of applying security to your system

This is an update on my first post about the removing the trojan called smithfraud.  I help my friend get rid of the trojan and had the system purring, but shortly after he got back on the Internet with no protection and got hacked again.  This time worse then before.  Not only did he get smithfraud AGAIN but he got some crap I never even heard of.  I may have to wipe his entire hard drive.

I constantly tell him how important it is to secure your system even if your on dial-up.  Just having Sp2 for XP is not enough.  I recommend at least a firewall

If you have a broadband connection check out my walk through on securing broadband Internet connections.

Common Criteria, the Rainbow Series and Windows 2K

Windows 2000 was awarded the Common Criteria Certificate.  This
is the first Microsoft Operating System to receive such a prestigious
certification putting it on the same level as SecureOS Solaris Unix,
both built on an operating system that has been around for over thirty
years.  This document will explain what the Common Criteria Certificate is, how a vendor achieves it and why a vendor would want it.

Common Criteria is based on the idea of a sound way of evaluating the security of an operating system.  Common Criteria has evolved over the years.  Security evaluation criteria goes back to the ‘70’s.  The
first standard for this criteria was published in the United States
Trusted Computer Systems Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC), the “Orange Book.”  It was published in 1985 by the National Security Agency.  Europe
came up with similar standards in an effort to create an international
standard called Information Technology Security Evaluation and
Certification (ITSEC) in 1991.  This led to the CC Editorial Board (CCEB) which was formed establishing globally recognized standards for security evaluation (dinopolis).  Each country has its own organization that enforces and advertises these international standards.  In the United States,
both the NSA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology
meet the security and testing needs of Information Technology producers
and consumers.  They do this through a joint program called the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP).  The responsibilities of these organization are outlined in the Computer Security Act of 1987 (epic).

In order for a vendor to be awarded the Common Criteria Certification it must pass all required tests for a security certification accepted in 15 countries.  There
are three parts to the CC: 1) Introduction and general model, is the
introduction to the CC. It defines general concepts and principles of
IT security evaluation and presents a general model of evaluation.  2)
Security functional requirements, establishes a set of security
functional components as a standard way of requirements for Targets of
Evaluation (TOEs).  3) Security assurance
requirements, establishes a set of assurance components as a standard
way of expressing the assurance requirements for TOEs (CRYPTIC).

Common Criteria is essential particularly in these times of heightened Information security awareness.  The CC Certification is verification that the operating system has met a specific level of security.  Consumers
are more likely to purchase an operating system that is internationally
accredited than one with just a good reputation.

This certification took Microsoft three years and millions of dollars to attain.  Very few companies have the time, money and resources to reach this level security.  According to Microsoft they obtained the Common Criteria “because its evaluation and certification process helps consumers make informed security decisions (Microsoft).”


Works Cited


Dinopolis. Common Criteria History. 11 May 2001.

 NIAP. Common Criteria Evaluation Verification Scheme.

 Electronic Privacy Center. Computer Security Act of 1987.

 Microsoft. Windows 2000 achieves the Common Criteria Certificate. 29 Oct 2002.

Radium. The Rainbow Series Library. 28 June 2000.

Digg This

I finally found Cat Schwartz or Kat Shwartz

The reason I haven’t been able to find Cat Schwartz is because I’ve been spelling her name with a “K” Kat Schwartz. My graMARr and speling Good, it is not.

Silly me. Shes at [dead and gone]a pretty cool blog hi tech mommy. I feel so empty now that I’ve found you Catherine.

I know I should be happy but the guess I let the obsession of finding you fill me for so long that it began to comfort me. Wait… perhaps I can meet you in REAL life. Just kidding Cat, I’m not really psycho. Or am I?

Contact Cat:[dead?]

Cat Schwartz Obsession:


Old Cat Schwartz Pictures:

ISP versus the SSAA

a System Security Engineer most of my work has been on DITSCAP (SOON DIACAP)
Certification and Accreditation and producing System Security
Authorization Agreements. But now the government is have us SSEs do
Information Support Plan (formerly C4ISP). Anyway, the Program Managers
want us to do it.

While it is a little frustrating that I'm
stepping out of my security world and into Acquisitions, I can see the
potential for growth as I'm force to learn the Military equivalent of a
Business Continuity Plan.

Once I get a handle on the ISP I have a feeling that it will lead me to great things.

Internet Revolution for old TechTV crew

Something is happening.   G4TV has made the mistake of releasing Mr. Kevin Rose from his contract on “Attack of the Show.”  Kevin is about to go buck wild and cause some sort of Internet revolution by releasing ground breaking HIGH QUALITY technical shows similar to what used to be on TechTV (before it was seduced by the Dark Side).  He is going to be hooking up with some Internet Celebs like:


Leo Laporte

Dan Huard




O.k. all they need now is Alex Albretch (former SAIC employee), Kat Swartz (hottie who seems to have fallen off the face of the Earth) and Lockergnome (don't remember his name but its that guy that used to host Call For Help–man, I hated that show, but Lockergnome has a pretty kick ass site in my useless opinion). 

My only question is how the hell will they get paid.  Donations are cool but I'm not sure if donations alone will pay the light bills.  They shouldn't have a problem though.  Their names alone will get them $100K traffic and thousands of dollars in ads.  That is a winning combination.

This is a comprehensive list of all the most popular TechTV folks and where they are now.  from Redlobo dot com.

Here is Kevin's call to arms:

After several weeks of lawyer negotations with G4, they have agreed to release me from my contract.  Friday May 27th 2005 marks my last day on the G4 network.

I’m leaving G4 so that I can focus on what I love most, in-depth tech content. Starting with today’s premiere release of our new tech HOW-TO show ’Systm,’ we will begin to build a network of technology television programming from the ground up.  While Systm and thebroken will be our two flagship shows, in time, we hope to add more shows to the schedule with former TechTV cast members you all know and love.  All episodes will be released free of charge, in a variety of formats (Theora, Xvid, WMV, H.264, PSP), wrapped in RSS (for vidcasting), and liscensed under the Creative Commons.

How you can help –
– Spread the word: Post in message boards, blog about it, email/IM your friends.  Let anyone and everyone know that tech programming is alive and well.

– Sign up for the newsletter: Ecourage your friends and family to sign up for the systm newsletter so that we can keep you up-to-date with all the latest happenings.

– Help us distribute: Keep your bittorrent lines open after you finished the download.

– Advertise: Get your product or service in front of thousands of geeks!  Email: ads at systm dot org