Upgrade Tor to TRUE latest version (in Ubuntu)

October 8th, 2006
Very out of date by now. Just use these instructions.

The Tor packages in the Debian (and Ubuntu) respositories are not up-to-date. This is dangerous, since people do rely on them for strong anonymity, even though the package warns them not to do so (it's still the best out there.) To get the latest stable version, you'll have to add another repository to your sources.list file and set your system to trust it.

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Use your home computer from work (VNC over SSH)

August 21st, 2006

I've got a handy tip for folks who have a desk job: Keep your personal and professional life separate by securely controlling your home computer from work (VNC over SSH). As long as you're aware of the advantages and disadvantages of this technique, it's very convenient and useful.

Edit 2006-10-8: I flubbed the ssh installation instructions. There is no "openssh" package. There is "openssh-client" and "openssh-server", both of which are necessary. You can install them both by installing the package "ssh".

Edit 2008-2-17: Changed local VNC listening port to 5901 to avoid port conflicts.

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Why not to click on links in unexpected email

August 2nd, 2006

This is a quick explanation you can send to folks who are a little too trusting of what ends up in their inbox.

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Because even terrorists blog, apparently

July 31st, 2006

DHS funds research targeting anonymity and blogs.

From Osama Bin Laden's livejournal:

Current Mood: emo

I hate living in this cave, and I think I'm gtting fat from not moving around. lol. By ALlah, I think I'll go bomb some infidels.

Seriously. Doesn't the DHS have something better to do, like strip-searching grannies at the airport?

Anti-filming system will fail

June 20th, 2006

BBC News recently carried a story on an anti-filming system in development at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I predict it will fail miserably.

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