Caleb Cushing's Blog

Google trashed my Google Site’s Content

When I forked Regen2 from Funtoo over a year ago I created a web page for it on sites.google.com. The hosting and uptime were both right for what I needed. The dns has long expired but I went to sites today to find a public link to the content, only to find that at some point they upgraded sites and completely trashed all the content I had put on there. Sure they have a revision control on there now… but it doesn’t contain ANY of the content I had left. Read more →

Bad Customer Service from T-Mobile

So about 2 months ago I got fed up with Sprint (they suck for different reasons) and I already knew that they had better service coverage than Verizon in my area. My friend suggested T-Mobile, so I went and got setup with them for a 14 day trial period. I took the phone made some calls tried the web browser, I didn’t like the blackberry itself, but that’s besides the point. Read more →

Can’t Find Google’s OpenID

I think that Google’s (not Blogger’s) OpenID is a failure. It’s not memorable and you can’t find it. I’ve been trying to figure out where google has my OpenID listed for 30 minutes now. This is not the first time I’ve had to do this. I usually use Blogger’s because it uses my blog’s url, but it’s currently error-ing with a typepad blog. Why can’t google use something like google.com/username ? Read more →

Bypassing disabled accounts with KDM

So the most common way of disabling an account in a unix system is changing the users shell in /etc/passwd to /bin/false or /sbin/nologin. However, I’ve discovered on Arch Linux that if I do this only shell login’s are disabled, I was still able to log the user in with gui via kdm. I also tried using usermod –expiredate 1. this was not effective either however. the only way I found to lock the account from kdm login was to do a passwd -l accountname, which only locks password authentication. Read more →

FSDaily security fail (see image)

Hint, Hint! FSDaily don’t access your db with the root account. and definitely make sure that, that error page doesn’t show that to users.– This work by Caleb Cushing is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Read more →

can’t reach google.com for at least 4 hours

no it isn’t my browser, no it isn’t my computer, and no it isn’t my network. It could be my isp’s network I don’t really know. I can’t contact google… tried mailing webmaster, but guess what. Thank you for writing to Google. We’d like to assist you, but we only respond to messages submitted through our online contact form. Please visit http://www.google.com/support/ to submit your message, and we’ll get Read more →

Tagged - A site that doesn’t get it right

Tagged yet another Social Networking site. I don’t mind that these sites want to connect to my email and check for contacts… but always ALWAYS allow me to skip that section. I find it poor security to enter my password just because something asks for it. Fortunately I was smart enough to stop entering data, and click a link in the ‘welcome to’ email to go straight to my profile. I’m adding them to the hall of shame for being a security risk. Read more →