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Microsoft has set a trap. DON’T BITE!

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Justin Breithaupt | *NIXEDBLOG

According to Microsoft and other sources it’s now safe to use Microsoft software in Linux without being sued and Microsoft is going to release their source code! WHAT!

Microsoft can say whatever they want to say but that does not mean I will believe it. I want to see it in writing first! If Microsoft will colaborate with people like me I will put their software into my Linux distribution and freely distribute their software. Wait that would put them out of Business right? Well yes it would unless they still keep the rights to their .net framework and other core systems that are needed to run their new software. Of course open source alternitives could be quickly made using their source code but what other choice does Microsoft have left?

Microsoft has to give in to Open Source sooner or later.

If Microsoft wants my trust they MUST sign the GPLv3. If they will do that then they have my support. If they can get Richard Stallman’s approval of their openness then I will use Microsoft code in my Linux OS.

Of course there is the matter of Microsoft and privacy. Will Microsoft code keep my data private? I don’t think so.

EU Skeptical of Microsoft’s Open Grizzly Bear Embrace

So DON’T BITE!!!

Maybe all Microsoft really wants is the ability to run Linux software in Windows?

Also apparently Microsoft is now using a Linux based wireless network!

GNU Consumer Reviews

Saturday, February 16th, 2008

Justin Breithaupt | *NIXEDBLOG

Right now you can go to http://gnuconsumerreports.blogspot.com/ and read the first GNU Consumer Review blog entries.

This site rates products and services based on real world facts and not on who pays us the most money to review their item. You as the reader also get to comment and rate these companies as well as suggest new companies to review.

We haven’t dugg this page yet or put it on lxer because we are waiting for our registered domains to be linked to this site and for our advertisers to approve our site. Once they do we will open up for everyone. We also want to post several product reviews before announcing the site to the world so if you have any ideas please don’t hesitate to suggest them to us. If you want to write for us you can also let me know at admin @ mindblowingidea.com. Thanks.

You will find GNU Consumer Review by using one of these links. (will be available after Edwin gets them working with his Linux web server.)
http://gnuconsumerreports.blogspot.com/

businessfactfinders.com

americanconsumerpal.com

usaconsumerpal.com

gnuconsumer.com

linuxconsumer.com

opensourceconsumer.com

freesoftwareconsumer.com

WA State will not represent you against PayPal.com

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

From: “ATG MI Seattle CRC” <SeaCRC@atg.wa.gov>
To: admin@mindblowingidea.com
Date: 14 Feb 2008 10:31:11 -0800
Subject: A notice from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office

2/14/2008

Justin — Breithaupt
PO Box 485
Pomeroy, WA 99347

RE: PayPal
File #: 304741

Dear Justin —- Breithaupt:

As you will note in the attached copy of the response we received,
PayPal declines to make full adjustment of your complaint for the reasons
outlined.

We realize you may disagree with the firm’s position, but our office
does not have the authority under the law to force a resolution on the
parties. We regret that we are unable to provide further assistance to
you in this situation.

We do not have the authority to represent individuals as their
attorney, nor may we act as a judge or arbiter in individual disputes. You may
want to contact an attorney if you wish to pursue this matter. If you
do not have an attorney, there are six county bar associations that
will provide lawyer referral services.

For referrals to attorneys in:

Snohomish County: (425) 388-3018
King County: (206) 623-2551
Pierce County: (253) 383-3432
Lewis County: (360) 748-0430
Clark County: (360) 695-5313
Thurston County: (360) 705-8194

We appreciate your bringing this matter to our attention. Your
complaint will remain a part of our record of this firm’s business practices.

SANDRA M. HATCHER
Customer Services Specialist 3

Consumer Protection Division
(206) 389-2743

Enclosure

—————————————————

Now if this was not bad enough the attachment they sent was in Microsoft’s new Office 2007

format that you can’t open in anything else. I believe after reading this that the WA

State Attorney’s Office has been bought off by PayPal.com. It’s their job to protect you.

So why would they deny this protection to PayPal customers? “our office
does not have the authority under the law to force a resolution on the
parties.” They don’t have permission to go against PayPal. WOW!

I can’t tell you what is in the Word 2007 file they sent me and I can’t upload it because

I don’t know what is in it. What I can tell you is Office 2003 told me I had to download

a converter from Microsoft and I did. However the converter was unable to open the file

as well. Sad Our US Government has major computer issues.

PayPal Update. They have turned to mental warfare.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

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usacomputertec
Command Sergeant Major
Command Sergeant Major
Joined: 23 Oct 2007
Posts: 60
Location: WA State USA

Ok PayPal has finally done it. One of their employees has gone insane and decided to post this:

PPman

“You people are ALL IDIOTS. You sign up and then you whine! I am so tired of dealing my my CR’s complaining about your stupid idiot calls and now I have to deal with the people calling telling us about this site.

We are on to you! This site is going down. You cannot fight PayPal. We own you and your money. If you people just followed our rules you would have your money today. Our user agreement is very fair and very easy to understand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I promise you this site will be down by Friday! You cannot get away with making these accusations and think nothing is going to happen to you. I am sick of you and your stupid website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Manager of a REAL company”

Here

You can draw more attention and spread this to others by clicking here.

How do we know it was PayPal? Well we can’t be 100% sure but here is what we do know.

1. PayPal’s escalations specialists are in:

Attention PayPal
PO Box 45950
Omaha Nebraska 68145

2. This guy who posted this has an IP that was traced back to Oneal Nebraska. (he claims he is in WA state)

3. He has been sending all kinds of strange e-mails from the same IP to the owner of the site.

This gives us good reason to believe that this is just an escalations specialist or a manager of the escalations specialists in Nebraska. So why the strange threat? Can the really shut down Screw-PayPal.com ? No they can’t shut down Screw-PayPal.com but they can try to do something legal to them. However Screw-PayPal.com has not put out any slander against PayPal. Hmmm. One thing I can’t figure out is why this guy isn’t defending himself.

I can’t believe PayPal would do something so foolish but then again here is some other things they have done in the past.

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=323A9B4B8876ADD9

You get the picture. However this is not the only web site to get a threat from PayPal

http://www.paypalsucks.com/
http://www.internationalterrorist.com/paypal.html
http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/04/05/18/0128201.shtml?tid=126&tid=153&tid=172&tid=93&tid=95&tid=99
http://www.gnutellanews.com/article/12148
http://www.tcj.com/messboard/ubb/Forum1/HTML/007500.html
http://seclists.org/lists/politech/2003/Mar/0040.html
http://dir.salon.com/tech/feature/2001/02/23/pay_pal/index.html
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/paypal.html
http://www.aboutpaypal.org/
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/paypalperil/
http://www.outofthedark.com/CorporateWars/PayPal/index.html
http://www.ygoodman.com/paypal.aspetc.

Can PayPal afford to keep fighting this? I don’t think so. Not with all the new alternatives. My new employer is even going to start ibeforeebay.com, ibeforeebayandsometimesybay.com ibeforeebayexceptaftercbay.com and others. 🙂

http://paypalsucks.com/images/NoPayPal468banner1black.gif

The image “http://banners.paypalwarning.com/paypalwarning1.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

The image “http://www.screw-paypal.com/images/banner_4.gif” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.

And my personal favorite

Click here for full size.

I’m sorry but our skilled professionals using a highly scientific algorithm have determined your account must be frozen.

For more PayPal fun go here http://www.screw-paypal.com/paypal_videos.html

More Insight Into the XBOX 360 Hacking.

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Yesterday I discovered a whole new world of Trusted Computing in the XBOX 360 that I had never heard of on the Internet or anywhere before.

I was going in for a job interview at a computer repair / video game arcade / XBOX repair shop. The first thing that they asked me was if I knew much about XBOX 360s. I told them that the only thing I knew was how they worked. I had never taken one apart before and worked on it. I asked them what the problem was. They told me that the original CD/DVD drive had broken inside and they took it out and sent the XBOX 360 to Microsoft for repairs 3 times and each time they got it back they would stick an XBOX 360 game into the console and it said to please put it into an XBOX 360. So the XBOX was having an identity crisis of sorts or was it a trusted computing program in the game itself? They told me that they had been working on the problem for 3 weeks now trying to fix it themselves. So what was the problem?

Lets think back to the chain of trust that the XBOX uses (video here). First the secret BIOS checks the flash memory and passes trust to it and then it checks the hardware and software and passes trust to it and then it checks the game in the drive and passes root access to it. So where were we going wrong here? The XBOX 360 would play DVDs and CDs. So where were we breaking the chain of Trust? Well the secret Bios was passing control to the flash and to the HD software and playing DVDs and CDs. For some reason when we stuck in a Game and it tried to verify that it was an XBOX 360 it panicked. My conclusion was that every piece of hardware had a hardware ID of sorts and that the BIOS was to check all of them against each other to make sure that the system matched. The game however did not see that all of them matched up the way they were suppose to so It said it didn’t like us.

So I wanted to see the two XBOX 360 CD/DVD drives. Both had the same model number on them and both looked identical from the outside. But I was suspicious. Why was this drive twice as thick as a standard CD/DVD drive and enclosed in a strange metal cage? I looked at the model number more closely and found a strange unidentified number underneath that ended in 014 and the other new one was 009 if I remember which was which. So now we took the outer shells off and looked at the circuit boards. Both boards looked identical to most people but if you really looked the circuits had different shapes and different resisters in different places. Also the big chips that were in the same place had different numbers on them even though they were the same brand. It had a Panasonic controller chip. So I instructed the guy to exchange the boards (which had the same connectors) between the new and old drives. We put the new drive back in with the old board and the games played.

Before I knew that they had the old drive still I figured they would have to call Microsoft and explain the problem to them and hope that 1. they understood and 2. they agreed that it could be a possibility.

We are not done here. Then the guy asked me if we could add more RAM by putting ram chips on top of the old ones in there. I said that if it’s so picky about the hardware being just right then I would not try it because it probably would not work. Besides that it could hurt the Linux hacking ability by changing memory addresses.

Somewhere in a forum on the net a man claimed that his friend had a 100MB program that put files into Windows XP and turned it into the XBOX 360 game system without needing the secret BIOS or any of the hardware. That got us thinking. What if you could add these files into WINE and convert it into an XBOX 360? What would be the problem? I’ll tell you the problem. 1. The software probably can’t be modified due to the End User License Agreement, 2. The game might try to verify the XBOX 360, 3. WINE runs slow. However this might also give us the free Cedega we’ve been looking for like PlayOnLinux.

If anyone can use this information to do further XBOX 360 hacking please have at it.

Related articles and material that might help you with XBOX hacking.

Hacking the XBOX and Microsoft’s 17 classes of Mistakes http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-749497642180741726

XBOX 360 Hacking Videos http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=XBOX+360+Hacking&sitesearch=

XBOX 360 gives off dangerous levels of Radiation and screws up Wal Mart’s Computer system. http://www.gamespot.com/xbox360/action/perfectdarkzero/news_6136388.html

Ultumix 0.0.1.3 and beyond. What’s new?

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

OK Lets Get Right Too It! ( www.ultumix.com )

The question that is on everyone’s mind is What will Ultumix 0.0.1.3 have over the buggy 0.0.1.2 and the impressive 0.0.1.1? Well thats a 3 part question because there will be 3 editions in the end.

First of all we will have Ultumix Light. It’s the most stable version and the fastest. Based on Mint XFCE 4.0 it runs very fast, has tons of hardware support, supports dial up a lot better than 0.0.1.2 and 0.0.1.1, and it has a very nice Windows User friendly interface. It has a few programs on the desktop. Not as many as in the other versions. 0.0.1.3 should be able to fit on the Eee PC. I would recommend replacing the 4 GB memory module with an 8 GB memory module. It just makes more sense. You should also buy an external DVD drive. We also want to add a nice video editor. If it works out we may even put some Linux programs directly onto a CD or DVD so that you can pop the disk in your Eee PC and play the game or open the program installed on it without compiling first.

Ultumix Standard Edition will have all of the nice jaw dropping graphics and programs that Ultumix Light will have but it will have an even more Windows User Friendly user interface because it will be based on KDE with a custom Kmenu. Unlike Ultumix Light it won’t support Dial Up as well and it will require more RAM and processor power but it will be worth it because you will have more programs available and it will be easier to use than it’s XFCE counter part. Don’t get your hopes up because this project will come out long after the XFCE version. We hope to have Cinelerra installed and working right this time. (future versions will be in 64 bit)

Ultumix Ultimate Edition will have everything Standard edition had and be very similar except for one thing. It will have tons of Games and media center applications pre installed to maximize the user’s experience. Ultimate Edition will probably require a 20+ GB root partition but Oh well. All that matters in life is Games, Junk Food, and That Name Tag In Lights You Are Wearing right? I’m sorry if you think so but anyway there is something for everyone. (future versions will be in 64 bit)

In future versions of Ultumix we plan to release our OS compiled for the PS2, PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS, iPhone, XBOX 360, XBOX, and other future Game Consoles. Maybe we could even find a way to hack that mysterious TiVo?

Ultumix 0.0.1.3 is comming soon to a Desktop near you!

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

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LOOK OUT! Ultumix is running faster than ever thanks to the new XFCE interface. It’s running so fast with such a small RAM requirement that It does not even slow my PC down when I start it up in a Virtual Machine.

But thats not what makes Ultumix 0.0.1.3 so cool. I found a Start Button on the internet that looked very similar to the XP start button. It looked so similar that I decided it needed some tweaking first. Basically it’s like an ICE version of the XP start menu button if there is such a thing. It’s a cool blue button with START in Big Red Letters across it. No more excuses to not use this OS.

Now there is one thing or make that two things that are driving me crazy. First of all I can’t edit the start menu the way I’d like too because it’s not KDE. The editor only lets me have some abilities. The second thing is that I can’t just right click on the icons in the menu and add them to the desktop.

However in XFCE there are no monitor resolution problems. This is a very good Plus.

In order to add the applications to the desktop I will need to write down the commands used to open each one. It also appears the link to writer is broken in the menu. It opens office but it does not open a document.

There is a lot of work to be done yet to make it more Windows user friendly but I’m getting there. The hardest thing yet may be to edit the GRUB and boot splash.

Diggworthy Entry from LiveJournal.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

I used to be (somewhat) active on LiveJournal, which is a very popular blogging site.  It was the first one I was ever on.  That’s how I got hooked on blogging in the first place.  Well, now I’m going to point all of you towards a diggworthy post on Steve Kelley’s part.  It’s in response to Bonnie Ruberg of the Village Voice who had an initial complaint concerning the trailer for Resident Evil 5, an upcoming game, then followed up about a month later.  Anything deemed diggworthy by me will be added to digg by me.  😉

For those who could care less about digging, here’s a link to the original LJ post.