OCZ Neural Impulse Actuator notes and roll-up post.

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While reading the files in /usr/src/linux/Documentation/usb/ I got it in my head to see if anyone else had spent any time reverse engineering the OCZ NIA, or at least had figured out how to get output from it. I spent some time a couple of days ago playing with it on Windbringer (running Gentoo Linux and all I was able to determine in the short time I worked on it was that it successfully registers itself with the Linux kernel's USB subsystem as an USB Human Interface Device (heh). After collecting some information I put the …

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An announcement from your electronic lords and masters.

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Gina Trapani over at Lifehacker posted this morning that at least some users of Gmail are showing support for IMAP in addition to the nifty-keen-like-wow AJAX web and POP3 interfaces to the service. Right now, only a small number of users have IMAP support available to them but Google's announced that it'll be opened up to everyone else within a couple of days. To see if you have support for it, log into your Gmail account, click on the Settings link (top-right corner, to the right of your e-mail address), "Forwarding and POP/IMAP", and scroll down to see if …

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Random knowledge VIII.

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You're getting old if you consider sleeping until 0900 'sleeping in'.



When configuring a firewall with IPTables you have to specify the protocol before the port number(s) in each command. Do this:

iptables -A INPUT -s 1.2.3.4 -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT

and not this

iptables -A INPUT -s 1.2.3.4 --dport 22 -p tcp -j ACCEPT

If you don't, you'll see error messages to the effect of "Unknown arg '--dport'"

When writing Snort rules, there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, rules come in two parts: the …

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