Wednesday, November 17, 2004



Thanks to everyone for your vote. Crack Talk took bronze place in the TechWeb blogger contest.

I want to say welcome to the people who may be checking out this blog/newsletter for the first time.

Crack Talk is starting the 8th year of publication. You are reading the public versions. The public versions
are posted a week or two after the member's editions are emailed to supporting members. At one time I
was emailing a free edition to almost 50,000 readers but that got to be too much trouble so I put a free
edition on a web site then moved it to this blogging site a few months ago. If you want to sign up for the
member's edition it's about $1 per issue, we take credit cards and bill $30 two times a year. Send my
wife email with your credit card info if you want to join. We have been processing credit cards since
1992 when we were selling the Cream of the Crop shareware cd rom disk and never had a problem
that wasn't immediately resolved. Her email address is:

The member's edition has additional info like links to great underground sites, hacking tips and hardware
deals that are not included in the free editions. I guess the best thing I could say about the member's
edition is that it is EXTREMELY rare that a member unsubscribes (and when they do it is usually because
of some hardship) and about half the time the members comes back later. Although I do manually scan
through at least 4,000 rss headlines every week and open at least 300 web pages and check out the
stories and message boards, the main success of the newsletter is the contributions made by members.
Not only do they alert us all to extremely useful info but they find the most amusing clips on the net.

Although Crack Talk came in third in the contest, I still think it's number ONE ... or I would be copying the
blogs that got more votes!


Wednesday, November 10, 2004


Cracktalk Newsletter 11-5-4

Crack Talk 11-5-4
Terry Blount

Cracktalk will soon begin it's 8th year. The first issues were onlysent to customers who were on the Cream of the Crop autoship list. Thenewsletter went public a couple months later (12-18-97). I combined allthe back issues and the word count came to about a half million words,over 3 million characters and over 10,000 links... and that's withoutthe hot deals, cool links and a lot of "special services" thatsupporting members have been emailed, ad free! You can download a 1 megzipped file of all back issues through the last one from:

A HIGHLY critical vulnerability has been discovered in MicrosoftInternet Explorer and an exploit has already been seen on a publicmailing list. According to the security advisory outfit Secunia, theflaw can be exploited remotely and an attacker could execute arbitrarycode on a victim's machine.
A security company has found IE attacks are more common than any otherhacking techniques.,39020375,39172428,00.htm
Fast-Moving Bagle Worms Open PCs' Backdoors
Two new versions of the venerable Bagle worm are on the loose, infectingPCs and opening backdoors as they go. Once the backdoor is opened onPort 81, the worms listen passively for instructions from a remote host.Experts say that the worm likely will try to upload more files toinfected PCs at some point in the future.,1759,1696931,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03129TX1K0000614
AN Israeli hacker on October 30 has found a security hole in Google'sGmail web-based e-mail service that would allow remote users to hijackaccounts.
"A remote user can create a specially crafted link that, when loaded bythe target user, will disclose the target user's cookie. With the targetuser's cookie, the remote user can then access the target user'saccount," the website added.
Google has acknowledged the security flaw but reports indicated that theproblem has yet to be fixed.
Kenny Writes:
Free program to easily copy entire websitesOnce you backup/mirror a site you can easily share it with your friends.
Jay Writes:
The Wi-Fi-FreeSpot Directory is a listing of Wi-Fi enabled locationsthat offer Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access.
Here are a few of the quality tips that were posted on the cracktalkboard:

Fred Writes:
Some excellent links:
Great list of "how-to's"
Microsoft Partner Pack for Windows XP
Microsoft has just released a free suite of software dubbed the "PartnerPack", for computers running Windows XP. The free add-on pack includesnew Microsoft and 3rd party software items.
IPScanner is a tool that is designed for the day-to-day monitoring ofcomputers. It allows Systems Administrators to gather information fromall the computers in the network without installing server-sideapplications on these computers. With its powerful engine, this utilitycan scan hundreds of computers using different scan types and can helpyou make "snapshots" of the systems for future comparison and notationof changes. (Check groups for keygen)*
Phil Writes:
Adobe Reader SpeedUp is a simple application that was created to helpmake the loading time of Adobe's Acrobat/Reader software bearable foreveryday use. AR SpeedUp only needs to be used once (a process takingonly a few seconds) and then your 'Reader will be transformed forever.There are also some tweaking options available. "w00t!", as the youngkids say.
One of the best mass file renamers - was created as a mechanism to quickly bypass the login ofweb sites that require compulsory registration and/or the collection ofpersonal/demographic information (such as the New York Times).
The other day, I got a video file in a MKV format. Impossible to read onmy DVD player (which plays Divx)
I found this site which helps you do what ever you want with any type offiles and explains to you step by step how to do it. It also links you tothe appropriate codec and software you need.
Microsoft E-Mail Looks Like Spam
For a year, Microsoft Corp. has extolled the virtues of the Can-SpamAct, which Congress passed in late 2003 to crack down on purveyors ofunwanted bulk e-mail. But some think the software giant is engaged inits own spamming. Chief executive Steven A. Ballmer's mass e-mailpromoting Microsoft products has caused a stir among spam opponents.
15 Year Old Hacker With Quite a Resume'
He is a self-taught hacker going by his Net alias 'Wired'.
'I read about all these things that were happening on the Internet, andI couldn't believe you could do it so I went to find out for myself,'said Wired.
His curiosity led him to scour the Internet for how-to information onhacking. Along the way, he also taught himself programming skills.
Wired spends six to eight hours a day in front of the computer - andthat's just on weekdays.
Wired is now occupied with what he calls 'Internet marketing', fromwhich he gets a stable income to the tune of $10,000 a month. He has 12PCs in his HDB apartment, and sitting next to one is a Sony Aibo, arobotic dog - a gift from a client.
AOl loses 2.2 million customers and lays off 700 employees
Beam me up
An Air Force Research Lab report calls for $7.5 million to conductpsychic teleportation experiments. The Air Force paid $25,000 for thereport. And while Star Trek fans may be happy to hear that the Air Forcehas paid to study psychic teleportation, scientists aren't so thrilled,calling it "crackpot physics."
20 reasons you shouldn't post your picture on the internet
I have to say that was done incredibly well.
Google's innovative ways of finding new talent to put on the payroll
11 Western states back medical marijuana
HOW-TO: Get music OFF your iPod
In this How-To we show you several different ways of getting the musicoff of your iPod and onto both Macs and PCs, all with free tools.
Queen of the Sky Gets the Pink Slip
Air hostess Ellen Simonetti, who was suspended for including photos ofherself in uniform on her personal blog, has been sacked by DeltaAirlines. She was originally suspended without pay in early Octoberwhile an investigation was carried out. (darn... that site disappeared)
Never fear... Google archived it:
How ironic it is that an airline would fire a lady for photos on herblog in their uniform (she wasn't nude.) I can remember when theairlines used ads with nice young flight attendants saying "Fly me, I'mJane," or "We really shake our tails for you" or "coffee, tea, or me."
They didn't fire male attendants when it was pointed out that they hadposted photos in their Delta uniforms.
Delta, the company that fired her, has used slogans like "fly Delta fora bucking good time" and "we promise you a good ride."
I think the queen should consider herself lucky
Here is a top ten list of Delta's slogans:
Some RAW political humor at this site. Don't say I didn't warn you. Itgets real raw under the Regan/Nancy section.
Not your grandfather's Catholic Church
The Vatican has published a pamphlet called "It's a Sin Not to Do It,"in which the Church sanctions masturbation for married women, and urgesCatholics to have sex more frequently.
We have wondered where celibate Catholic Cardinals get such profoundinsight to human sexuality?
Map of the recent US presidential election
This county by county map shows how rural people everywhere voteRepublican while city folk vote Democratic. Note the statistic that Bushwon nearly 5 times as many square miles as Kerry.
It's really interesting to save both images to a folder then load themin a viewer and click back and forth and see how little changed...except some noticeably dwindling in the support for the Democraticcandidate.
I was explaining phobias to my son the other night during Monday NightFootball because John Madden - the color commentator - has such a fearof flying (aerophobia) that he travels in a motor home to the events inspite of a LOT of driving.
Then I ran across taphephobia in the news. Anyone know what it is? Here is a hint and what a man did to deal with it:
Many people who suffer from phobias begin to think that something iswrong with them or that they're crazy. This is simply not true. In fact,in a strange sort of way having a phobia proves that your brain isworking. This article explains more:
There are hundreds of phobias... probably the best known isArachnophobia - fear of spiders - because there was a popular movie bythat title or claustrophobia - fear of close places.
Here is a good pickup line: "Hi, I have gynophobia. Can you help me?"
You don't have to worry about this one this month: Paraskavedekatriaphobia
Now close your eyes and spell that.
Spammers get Slammer
A North Carolina man has become the latest example of Virginia'scrackdown on spam, after being found guilty for sending hundreds ofthousands of unwanted advertising e-mails. Jeremy Jaynes, considered oneof the top ten spammers in the world by Spamhaus, was sentenced to nineyears in prison.
For all the talk about how this was an anti-spam case, that's notentirely true. The focus was less on the spamming and more on thescamming of what was in the email -- even if it was brought underVirgina's anti-spam law. It makes you wonder why they used the anti-spamlaw at all, rather than using more time-tested anti-fraud laws. In fact,the defendant, who insists he's "innocent" is vowing to challenge theconviction because he claims the anti-spam law violates his FirstAmendment rights.

Farmers in India Spray Crops With Coca-Cola
The sugar in Coke attracts red ants which in turn feed on other pestswhich attack the crops.
Hummm.... isn't it cheaper to just dust with sugar or spray sugar water?
I can't tell you how many headsets I've worn out over they past 10 yearsbut this is the last set I bought and definitely the best I ever had.It's not showing any signs of wear even after a year with daily use.Quality and comfort are A++. They are on sale now for $35. I would buyan extra set but I just don't think I'll need it for a long time.,EWB06495
The End

Monday, November 01, 2004


Cracktalk Newsletter 10-29-4

Crack Talk 10-29-4
Terry Blount

Microsoft Plans Windows XP Second Edition
Interesting Case on Music Sharing in Australia
After being taken to court by music industry lawyers for copywriteviolations lead counsel for the defence, Anthony Morris QC, said Coopercould not have abused any copyright material as "all he has done is putin a set of pointers to MP3 sites around the world". The site generatedmoney by offering advertising space.
"He has done nothing that Google or Yahoo hasn't" he provided adirectory for certain types of content," Morris said. "He only provideda hyperlink.",39023166,39164069,00.htm
Extortion Pays
Rather than brass knuckles and baseball bats, the weapons of choice forthese digital extortionists are thousands of computers. They use them tolaunch coordinated attacks that knock targeted websites off-line fordays, or even weeks, at a time.
The shakedowns generate millions of dollars. Many Internet operatorswould rather pay protection money than risk even greater losses if theirwebsites go down.
After more than a year perfecting their techniques on gambling andpornographic websites, the gangs are starting to turn their talents tomainstream e-commerce operations.,1,5082191,email.story?coll=la-headlines-technology
Search Engine for Travel Bargains recently unveiled its SuperSearch feature, a sort of smart"aggregator" that performs like a Google search engine for travel sites,scanning the websites of 45 travel suppliers.,1,4002633,email.column?coll=la-headlines-technology
Google Surpasses Yahoo
Google surpassed Yahoo in stock market capitalization on Monday, as thestock continued its three-day surge on stronger than expected results.
After Monday's 8.7% gain, investors are now valuing Google at $50.8billion, more than Yahoo's $47.9 billion market cap, more than nine ofthe 30 Dow Industrials, and more than all but about 50 of the S&P 500stocks. At $187.40, shares of Google have more than doubled from their$85 IPO price just two months ago.
I never did like Yahoo and almost never used it. Yahoo is on my "doomed"list with AOL. Yahoo's cluttered page looks as bad as and takes a long time to load on dialup... whileGoogle is instant.
Sex Is Out, Consuming Is In
University of Pittsburgh and Penn State researchers conclude people aregetting bored with internet sex/pornography and are doing more onlineshopping. Queries for e-business or commerce increased by 86 percent inthe past seven years.

What's in a Name?
With all the IE browser security issues many people have looked foralternative browsers. The hottest one is called FireFox and even Googleis working on an "arrangement" to promote it and incorporate theirtools. Well it turns out that FireFox is running the core code ofNetscape. So there you have it. Change your name and slap on a different"skin" and you are born again.
10 Facts You Should Know About Homeland Security
Although the first section deals with campaign rhetoric, the rest of thearticle is interesting and informative. Fact #4 was especiallyinteresting: Homeland security spending has less oversight than Pentagonfunding. (YIKES.. just throw those tax dollars away!)
Scientists Develop Clean Diesel System
Scientists at the Idaho National Engineering and EnvironmentalLaboratory say they have developed the first system to convert dirtydiesel fuel into a quiet, self-contained and efficient energy source.
Schaison Writes:
Recently I was given MPC music files. These are not recognize by myIpod. You need to convert them into MP3s. Here is the solution:
Call me suspicious or paranoid... but this doesn't look quite right
Someone is selling a ppc on eBay but look at the bidding...
Someone with the nick MarkZ signed up for eBay almost the same day thiswent up for auction... and has been running the bid up. They could belegit but when I see someone running up a bid that has never bought orsold ANYTHING and has just signed on eBay recently... well it looks likeit COULD be the seller using another nick.
Running up the bid is THE most common scam on eBay. The way it works isthat you will always be oubid on expensive items and the next day or twothe seller will contact you and say the winning bidder backed out andyou can have it at your last bid price. That way they squeeze every centout of you they can.
If you are bidding on anything expensive you are wise to check theperson bidding against you and see if they have bought any related itemsor anything expensive and how long they have been a member. The moreexperienced scammers will set up a nick and use it for a while and win20 or 30 auction on books or cosmetics or any junk that's under $10 tobuild up their rating and look legit. Then they bid against you on theirbig ticket items.
Ask your Doctor... has HE had enough sleep lately?
You see all those ads on tv from pharmaceutical companies telling you to"ask your Doctor about..." But here is something you do REALLY need toask your Doctor about...
Harvard Study Shows Sleep-Deprived Doctors-In-Training Make SeriousErrors More Often.
While it's no surprise that anyone who needs rest is prone to make moremistakes, it does seem a bit strange that a truck driver is required toget much more rest than a Doctor. "There are currently more than100,000 physicians-in-training in the United States, most of whom workthese kinds of 30-hour shifts on a regular basis."
Google mapping - What are your neighbors hammering on over there?
Google has acquired Keyhole, a supplier of online satellite maps thatallow users to zoom down to street level to specific locations. Thesystem is built on database with trillions of bits of mapping datacollected from satellites and airplanes.
As part of its growing effort to thwart piracy, Microsoft is offeringfree photo slideshow software to customers who verify that they have agenuine copy of Windows. There is still no "stick," or penalty, forcustomers whose software is found not to be genuine. That could change,Microsoft said.
I wonder how many people are going to pay $100 to register theirbootlegged version of Windows to get a $20 program they don't want?
Wait... more incentive...
Users who agree to participate in Microsoft's program will be offered upto $390 worth of software for free or reduced prices. In one month828,000 users logged in to check their software.,1759,1684765,00.asp
Skeletal Remains Reveal Human Species That Measured 3-Feet High
The US Military Has Ordered 277 Fighter Jets $260 Million Each
The FA-22 stealth fighter can fly at 1500 km/h and still remainundetected by radar. It fires precisely targeted smart bombs and canengage hostile aircraft far beyond the pilot's vision.
Some years ago there was a serious attempt in the Congress to scrap thewhole project, especially as the revised cost exceeded four times theoriginal estimate.
It failed largely because of pressure from military contractors andlabour unions in states that will directly benefit from thismulti-billion dollar programme.
Nuclear Waste Map
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has shut down its online documentlibrary. The action came after a report by NBC that among the itemsfound on the NRC Web site were detailed information on the location ofradioactive substances, generally used in medicine and for industrialpurposes, that could be used to make a so-called dirty bomb.
In some cases, the data included detailed building diagrams thatpinpointed the location of the material in hospitals and otherfacilities, according to the NBC report.
Howard Stern confronts Michael Powell for fining him millions andholding radio stations hostage (withholding their licenses) till theypay the fines.
2005 Tour de France Racing Course to be Less Demanding
Organizers try to find a way to give Lance Armstrong's rival's a chance.
Damn, you know you are good when the officials try to find a way to giveyour opponents an edge. That's like giving a poor hitter 4 strikesbefore they are out or letting a lesser defense in football play with 12men. Maybe they should make him carry extra weight like a strongerhorse has to do in a race?
A hacker defaced more than 200 Brazilian government Web sites this weekwhat appears to be a political protest.
You may have missed it but this is a great report on the eclipse of the moon that occurred last night.
Another good article with interesting facts about lunar eclipses.
141 Photos of the eclipse taken by armatures
Three very strange stories I saw this week
Mi casa su casa
A woman came home from vacation to find a stranger living there, wearingher clothes, changing utilities into her name and even ripping outcarpet and repainting a room she didn't like. She first told police shewas renting the house but later admitted to breaking in with a shoveland squatting on the property.

Take This Nickel and Shove it
A man was jailed for five years without parole for sexually assaultingfour women with a coin after convincing them he had magical healingpowers. He met women at railway platforms and at shopping centres,convincing them he had magical powers by performing sleight of handtricks. After gaining their confidence he went to their homes where theyallowed him to place a five cent coin on their bodies and theneventually in their vaginas - constituting rape under Queensland laws.,4057,11223115%255E421,00.html

You Light Up My Life
A man who said he threw a live electrical wire into his wife's bathhoping a near-death experience would save their marriage was convictedof attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
This one reminds me of a joke I once heard. You want to hear it? Ok itgoes like this: An elderly couple revisited their hometown and returnedto the place they first made love. The man asked his wife if sheremembered the time they made love leaning against a wooden rail fence.She said of course. He then suggested they do it like that again for oldtime sake. She agreed and they got started. When they finished the mansaid "THAT WAS INCREDIBLE!" The way you were moving around and wasmaking wild animal passion love to me was much better than 40 years agowhen we were young. His wife replied... "40 years ago there was noelectric fence here."
Door Goes Up... Door Goes Down
An upgraded PC has turned itself into an unintentional emitter thatworks a nearby garage-door opener when a certain video game is played onit.
Tips for Hygiene on the Road
If you travel and not staying in motels or pulling a travel trailer hereare some tip on how/where to get a free bath.
I'll add this tip. Truckstops have great showers but they require youto buy a lot of fuel and keep them locked to keep out rif-raf like me.When I owned my moving company a couple times a month I would move someout of state. I usually unloaded and headed straight home but after thework of unloading their furniture I would be sweaty and wanted to getthe road funk off. So the first time I stopped to fuel up I wouldusually try to get a shower. One time the lady who took my moneywouldn't give me a shower key because she said I hadn't bought a 100gallons of fuel. I've heard that before but I always said that I alwaysfill up at Petro (or whatever the station name was that I was at) andthat my truck only would hold 50 gallons. Usually they say ok and gaveme a key and towel. But this lady was a tough old broad and said sorry,can't do it. I said.. "I understand, can you tell me where there is aHoliday Inn in town? I'll just go jump in their swimming pool. I'll beclean by the time the security guard kicks me out." The lady moaned"you would probably do that" and said... "here is the key, don't tellanyone I gave it to you." I guess I get a kick out of getting peopleto reverse their decisions.
Amazing Treatment for a Horrible Condition - Parkinson's disease
First doctors drill a hole in your skull then insert a blunt solderingiron type probe into your head. It pushes it's way through brain tissueto the desired location and the heat is turned on for about 2 minutes.This process, called a pallidotomy, if done correctly, destroys a verysmall part of an overactive area of the brain called the globuspallidus.
Amazon has a huge dvd movie blowout with many titles under $5
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