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There has been a phone app placed on the Android Market that steals your personal information and sends it to a Chinese website. Are we having fun yet?

Here is more info:

Malicious Android Wallpaper App Raided Personal Data

posted Yesterday, 9:17 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Mobile security firm Lookout has exposed a wallpaper application available in the Android Market that collects personal information and sends it to a web site in China. The application, developed by Jackeey Wallpaper, snags data from users such as their SIM card number, subscriber information, and voicemail password and sent it to, which is registered to a person living in China. According to Lookout, the application (which offered branded wallpapers from the likes of My Little Pony and Star Wars), was downloaded between 1.1 million and 4.6 million times. The application was discovered as part of an analysis of how free Android applications access and use personal data. Android device users are reminded to use caution when downloading apps from the Android Market, and to check what systems and information the application wants to access during the installation process. Google has recently added some anti-piracy measures to the Android Market, but it hasn’t responded directly to this situation.


No evidence of malicious intent, however looking at the data sent from the wallpaper app to the website shows the following items pulled from the phone. So, you call it. Is it malicious to steal this information from your phone and send it to China via a hidden HTTP message?


Well, it seems the last five instruments have been integrated onto the NPP satellite. NPP is the NPOESS Prepatory Project. The first of what was going to be 5 satellites, then 4, now?

  1. CrIS: The Cross-track Infrared Sounder
  2. ATMS: Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder
  3. VIRS: Fisible/Infrared Imager/Radiometer Suite
  4. OMPS: Ozone Mapping and Profiler Suite
  5. CERES: Cloads and Earth Radiant Energy System

So, now if they can keep from smoking anything the plan is to launch in October 2011.

Well, there was some instability with my old Fatal1ty mother board and the version of Leopard 10.5.3 I was running. It would occasionally lock up and I could only run with 1 CPU. So, I stepped up and purchased a new motherboard.

A GigaByte GA-EP45-UDL3 from Newegg. That way I could use all of the  same components from my old system. The Duo-Core CPU, Memory, etc. It was just a straight motherboard swap. Plus I could run the video card at PCIe 2.0 speeds, use both cpu’s, and more than 3GB of RAM. All limitations with Leopard on the Fatal1ty board. (Nforce chipsets we’re never really good for hackintoshes).

I actually went out to the local Apple store and purchased a full version of Snow Leopard 10.6.3. $29 plus tax. So, I’m semi legit now. (-:

I downloaded iBoot vanilla and Multibeast, grabbed a EP45 style DSDT then followed TonyMAC’s tutorial on installing a retail OSX on an Intel system based on Gigabyte motherboards. Found here.

Turned out to be fairly straightforward. Some simple bios settings, boot on iBoot, switch in the Snow Leopard DVD and install. Once installed reboot on iBoot, update to 10.6.4, run multibeast with the DSDT on the desktop and reboot. Boom and I was almost done.

Seems the update from 10.6.3 to 10.6.4 broke the sound so I found a KEXT for the ALC888 style audio system, installed with Kext Utility and rebooted. Done. No muss, no fuss. An hour from closing the case to looking at a 10.6.4 Snow Leopard screen. World of Warcraft took another 3 hours to download, install, and patch. Sheesh.

System Hackintosh part Deux.

  • Gigabyte GA-EP45-UDL3
  • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 ghz
  • 4 GB Gskill memory (800 mhz)
  • Nvidia 9500 GT 1GB RAM (PNY Verto)
  • 250 GB SATA HD
  • DVD-RW SATA (HP DVD1170)
  • Generic Case and Pwr Supply.
  • Dell 22″ LCD Monitor.
  • Logitech Speakers

FYI. We now have World of Warcraft running in 1920×1080 Ultra mode at about 30-40 frames per second. Not too shabby for an older 9500GT card.

Total cost to upgrade. $102 for motherboard, tax, and shipping. $29 plus tax for OSX. So, $130 to upgrade to a stable release and system.

Eileen found this  link  and I loved it.

You can make your own minion.
I've created a Minion to join Gru's Minion army.

Here’s Popcorn. He’s a Kernel in the Minion Army. (-:

I finally got around to taking out the fuel tank in Wally, my 1974 VW Super Beetle to figure out why my steering was all messed up. Had a big dead spot and crunched when I turned at a stop or slow speed.

Well, it turns out that taking the gas tank out of a Super Beetle is actually less difficult than I expected. 4 bolts, 3 hose clamps, 3 slide on vent hoses, a pulled and plugged fuel line, and a couple of minutes of wiggling and out it came.


From Wally the Superbeetle


From Wally the Superbeetle

The wonky knuckle joint. The white bolt is actually just painted that way as a warning, take this off and steering falls apart. At least that’s what I read. This splined shaft and knuckle joint were loose. All I had to do was crank it down again and all was better.

From Wally the Superbeetle

The Wobble in action:

Now the steering is back to being nice and tight feeling. No crunchies, no slop.

I taught myself to juggle using tennis balls in th 6th grade. Here is Nora, teaching herself to juggle with scarves, she starts the 6th grade in a month.

My father and Sister used to be Boeing clowns. So, we’re a family of crazy people. (-:

One of the members from the Nitten Folk Club made a comment on Roberta’s blog about the song Reaching by Lesley and Rebecca Hale. I tried to upload a copy so folks could check it out, unfortunately wordpress has that “feature” disabled.

Anyhow, in my poking around I jumped over to the Nitten Folk Clubs web site. Nitten, by the way is the locals name for the town of Newtongrange, Midlothian, Scotland, where we used to live, and miss terribly.

The Nitten Folk club would meet on Thursday evenings at the Dean Tavern in downtown (read as only main street) in Newtongrange. Well, it turns out that some of the folk there have put together a band. The Ragged Glory. The web site isn’t filled in yet, but I’m WAITING patiently to hear some of their music, once it’s up on their website.

I’m in nostalgia mode. I sure miss those Thursday nights.

The Washington Post has decided to create a website showing all Top Secret Facilities,  Contractor’s,  etc. Thanks for nothing you traitorous bastards.

According to an internal US Government email no employee’s of the facilities are allowed to confirm or deny that they work there. Not that that will matter. Nothing like putting a big fat terrorist target on Joe Schmoe and his family just for working at a job that’s sensitive or secret.  Not just for terrorists, but also every nut job out there with a bone to pick with the Government.  What the hell purpose does it serve the Washington Post to do this? Other than to blatantly say “We are traitors and proud to admit it!”

State Department warns employees about new website highlighting Top Secret facilities

The State Department is bracing for a potentially explosive new feature on the Washington Post website that would publish the names and locations of agencies and firms conducting Top Secret work on behalf of the U.S. government, according to the copy of an email obtained by The Cable.

The Diplomatic Security Bureau at State sent out a notice Thursday to all department employees warning them to protect classified information and reject inquiries from the press when the new web feature goes live.

“The Washington Post plans to publish a website listing all agencies and contractors believed to conduct Top Secret work on behalf of the U.S. Government,” the notice reads. “The website provides a graphic representation pinpointing the location of firms conducting Top Secret work, describing the type of work they perform, and identifying many facilities where such work is done.”

According to the notice, the Post used only open-source information to compile its site. However, if some of that open-source information turns out to have been classified, its publication by the Post doesn’t change that classification, the State Department emphasized.

“All Department personnel should remain aware of their responsibility to protect classified and other sensitive information, such as the Department’s relationships with contract firms, other U.S. Government agencies, and foreign governments,” the notice says.

Just my personal opinion.

Well, it seems Wally is having some steering issues. I’m not sure if I have a knuckle joint going out, a loose bolt, or a failing steeing box, but there is suddenly a flat spot in the steering (dead center) and a crunch when I turn the wheel while driving slowly.

So, this weekend it looks like I will have to disassemble my steering system. If it’s not one thing it’s another with this car. On the plus side I adjusted all the brakes while I had the car in the air yesterday trying to figure out what was making the crunchy  noise. So, at least the brakes are good.

Part of the down side to the steering system of a superbeetle is that you have to remove the fuel tank to get to anything. So that should be fun.

Well, as long as I don’t lose the steering completely on the way home at 65 over the next few nights and die in a fiery crash, I have a project for this weekend.

Not only can it be fun to be a nerd, it can also come back to haunt you. Many times in the past I have spoken loudly about my utter dislike of Java. That slow, nasty, pain in the ass language that’s good for nothing but piss poor web pages. Or, how I used to think. Based on experience mind you. Try using a java driven cluster management tool with more than 200 nodes attatched and you’ll have the same opinion I do. And yes, that is a direct slur to the IBM CSM developers in Austin Texas.  Your product sucked crap!

Anyhow. I may need to change my opinion.  I spent a good part of today watching different talks given at the GoogleIO developers conference. It’s mainly directed towards the Android Mobile OS, which I happen to like very much and think it would be really cool to learn how to program for. What really kicked me in the teeth was the fact that the Android phones use Java mainly. It’s a base linux kernel with a Java Virtual Machine driving the apps.

So, now I might actually have to learn Java. I’ve avoided it in the past because I’ve seen almost zero useful applications written in Java, outside of a web utility or two.  Other than this blog I haven’t done much with Web development or with Java, outside of some poorly written supercomputer apps written in it. It’s just not something I’ve done. Now however, I do believe, Java may have come into it’s own. Watching the talks, reading some of the tutorials, and thinking about the way the Android OS works. Well, it might be time to get a book or two on the language and start teaching myself. Sadly, because of my prejudice, I’m going to be starting a bit behind the curve. Why couldn’t this be written in C? Or even C++ for that matter? Oh well.

Here’s the GoogleIO keynote. It’s a pretty interesting talk. It’s almost Cosmic Karma that I was watching this on an iTouch across a wireless network. Technology is pretty cool.

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