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Bangalore,War Driving & New Year blast at my place !

Thursday, December 29, 2005
Yes you've read it right,its very much possible that the house besides yours is hosting a open wireless access point/router & you thought you need to be in the states to go war-driving.This is exactly what happened in my case,I discovered it early this month when I had come for the FOSS[which btw stands for Free Open Source Software,a annual GNU/Linux/Open Source conference].

The place where i stay when i turn up in Bangalore is,Cormangala,St,John Wood's,Deodar 9th Floor,its near FORUM[the only place in bangalore where you can see a jatra].Anyways back to the point,the first time I came to know about this insecure free open wireless access points I wanted to let the owners know about this stuff but unfortunately it was late in the night & I had to leave early in the morning to catch hold of a friend whom I was gonna meet after a very long time.Above that I left for Belgaum the very same day.

So this time I decided the moment I land in Bangalore I will let those people know of wireless security[call it ethics or whatever but hey, i know what it is to be taken for a ride !]
This time I found 13 open wireless access points & some of them had been configured with a static IP[mostly you find these in the corporate world as it costs money].
Out of the 13,I could login into 8 routers which had default username/passwords which are set as factory defaults.They were from all brands Netgear,SMC,Linksys,Dlink & a couple of chinese ones which I failed to read & understand. :)

So with my laptop in hand & netstumbler loaded I went in search of the owners,but to my dismay the experience was a fudd !
Instead of taking stuff like this seriously & caring about one's personal stuff these morons didnt give a damn.
So I've decided to pay my respects to schmucks,

I would like to cordially invite you all on New Years eve at my place.Free Wireless Internet Access will be provided FREE[Free as in beer & not as freedom ].Food & vodka would be from the visitors own pockets.

Pre-requisites:Wireless ready laptop,food,vodka,sprite & a Ipod Nano 4GB Black for me

Asterisk™ - the Open Source PBX!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I had stumbled upon this piece of "magic" at the recently held FOSS India.Here have a look at what its got ..

Easily build your own multiprotocol PBX on Linux!

Asterisk is a complete PBX in software. It runs on Linux, BSD and MacOSX and provides all of the features you would expect from a PBX and more. Asterisk does voice over IP in many protocols, and can interoperate with almost all standards-based telephony equipment using relatively inexpensive hardware.


If you look at the features then this can compete with the proprietary solutions available in the market as of now.
The important part I would like to know is whether the hardware is available in India,if yes then a brief idea bout prices would be much appreciated.

FOSS 2005 Part II

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Since the pics i had taken are getting delayed here is something for you to look at till then.Its the official FOSS rambling website which is kinda cool.They've got it all pretty much covered.Oh before i forget they have a huge picture gallery put up which is what I was looking forward to.


The FOSS logo taken from FOSS India website

O3:The Open Source Entreprise Data Networking Magazine

Here is a cool Open Source magazine which I found courtesy JoatBlog.
The magazine can be got from O3Magazine.Issue 1 has just been released.

My First FOSS Experience !

Monday, December 05, 2005
Before I start rambling about my likes & dislikes at the recently held FOSS its time
for some pics first...more to come in a couple of days.

The Conference Expo...place where the Sun Solaris pretty chix were hanging out.

Me in a group discussion with James Morris[left],extreme right there is Jonathan Corbet.

Alan Cox[left] having a feast on a pizza while James Morris relaxes on the chair.

More pics to come soon...