Monthly Archive: January 2008

JBoss, Enterprise Java Beans, Webservices and Session Management

This summer term, I chose to work in a group of students to implement a Web 2.0 ‘social’ web filter for children, called “Safer Web”. The basic idea is to let people, especially parents, decide themselves which websites are safe for (their) children, by suggesting and voting for websites in a digg-like process (and tagging, of course! We didn’t forget tagging!). Instead of keeping a blacklist, children are only alllowed to access websites that received enough positive votes. Strangely enough, all current filter I know of use black- and whitelists maintained by some “experts”, instead of a community. What we...

Austria, and Other Privacy Related News in January 2008

Quite a few things happened this month in regard to privacy. I highly recommend the [url=http://berlin.ccc.de/~24c3_torrents/24c3-2382-de-tor.mkv.torrent]24C3 Conference Talk about Tor[/url] to all german readers. Tor allows oppressed citizens of censoring countries such as China and the USA (see below) to bypass filters and surf anonymously, but only with your support (see “related links”). It is not yet clear whether german Tor nodes will be required to log IP data next year as a result of the new data retention law passed in December, which will effectively kill most of them (the amount of data collected over a period of 6...

Vista and XP Dual Boot Adventures…

I finally managed to purchase a new computer! Well, parts for a new computer. With neither ATI or Nvidia able to ship their latest mid-range video cards, I skipped that one, for now. Fortunately a friend had a spare 7900GT lying around waiting for me to borrow it. The plan was to migrate to Vista 64bit as my main system, but keep a familiar XP as backup system in case something doesn’t work. I went through a series of problems which ate my whole weekend. [u]Installation[/u] 1. AHCI. Determined to install both XP and Vista with AHCI, I enabled the...