Gray Flannel Dwarf

8/27/2004

Political Dynamite?

Daily Kos has this interesting thread, in which former TX Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes talks about his role in helping GWB (and to be fair, “a lot of other rich people”) duck out of Vietnam, and get into the National Guard.

“I got a young man named George W. Bush in the National Guard when I was Lieutenant Governor of Texas, and I’m not necessarily proud of that.”

It will be interesting to see how this is spun. If the swift boat veterans‘ propaganda can stick like shit to a shoe, we’ll see how much of a stink this one will cause.


cswiii @ 10:25 pm

King of Fools, that is me.

So, forever ago (as it seems) I bought a Sharp Zaurus PDA from some guy on ebay. It came with a WCF11 802.11b card. I was having fun with the thing, but the main reason I bought it was because I wanted to learn about warchalking, and figured this would be the ideal tool to do it.

Well, I was never able to get Kismet or any of these other tools to work with it, so I started mucking around with wlanctl-ng, digging deep into the murky depths of the CF card. Still couldn’t get it to work. Mucked with more stuff along the way, never quite remembering what I changed.

Next thing I knew, I was no longer to ever grab an IP address from a wireless connection. I could eth0 up and eth0 down, etc; I could locate wireless connections, i.e., the card would go from blinking (“not connected”) to a solid light whenever I had SSIDs matched up. But I could never grab an IP address!

For months this went on, and I pretty much assumed I fried the card somehow. Every once in a while, I picked the thing up, fiddled with it, never could get it to work. I still used the PDA functions on occasion, but for the most part, I gave up on the device, because, again, the main reason I bought it was to mess around w/ WLAN.

Well, cleaning tonight, I picked it up again. The thing has been plugged in for about 3 months now (this, after having drained all battery — and thus SD card content, twice), but unused. I halfheartedly google for some information.

Oh, wait, what’s that? Network | Settings….

What? I see all these modules for PPP and TCP..what… no, can’t be….

… I enabled TCP over Ethernet, and was browsing websites in 5 seconds.

Unbelieveable.


cswiii @ 2:45 am