Monday, January 30, 2006

M254: TMA 04

Mostly completed question 4 (create a threaded version of the file transfer server) this morning whilst on my way to work. All I have to do is some testing. This now leaves me with just question 5 were I have to reflect upon my approach to designing the file transfer client and server.


M301 officially started on Saturday and I spent some of the day doing TMA 00. This TMA comprises of 1 question split into 15 parts, varying between 1 and 2 marks per part. The first 10 parts are to do with the M301 website, FirstClass, and supplied adhoc documentation. The remaining 5 parts are to do with unit 1.1 of the course text.

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Press release from the department of the bleeding obvious
Cutting down trees can hinder forest regeneration.
Oregon State University

ref: METRO

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

M254: TMA 04

I have finished the client side of question 2, both the CommandProcessor and the CommandLineClient, today. So question 2 is now complete. Think I will move onto the GUI client front-end next (question 1).

Monday, January 23, 2006

M254: TMA 04

Having finished TMA 03, I decided to make a start on TMA 04 over the weekend. The objective of this TMA is to construct a simple system for the transfer of text files between a client and server. I have completed the Server side, and am now half way through the CommandProcessor part of the client side.

My reason for doing the Server side first is that IMO it is the easiest to test, in that you can use Telnet (or something similiar such as PuTTY) to test whether the server side of the connection works properly and that it responds to commands correctly. I also add output messages to the code so that I can track what the server is receiving and how it is repsonding to these request. Using this approach has proved very successful as I have been able to test each part as it has been coded.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

M254: TMA 03

Have finished TMA03, so am now making a start on TMA04.


Press release from the department of the bleeding obvious
Men largely go online to explore solitary pursuits...
Pew Internet and American Life Project

ref: METRO

Friday, January 13, 2006

The WMF Backdoor

Security Now 22: The WMF Backdoor

Leo Laporte's picture

Flash: Steve Gibson has been working with the WMF vulnerability and is now convinced that this is an intentional backdoor into Windows added by Microsoft.

Main feed - courtesy AOL Radio

Microsoft has patched the WMF vulnerability in Windows 2000 and XP, but in his research for a fix for Windows 95/98/Me Steve has come up with a blockbuster. It is his considered opinion that the WMF vulnerability could not have been a mistake. It was an intentional backdoor inserted into Windows by Microsoft for reasons unknown. Listen for details.

Steve also hosts transcripts, show notes, and a 16kbps version of the show for the bandwidth impaired at

First Web Server

This NeXT workstation (a NeXTcube) was used by Tim Berners-Lee as the first Web server on the World Wide Web. Today, it is kept in Microcosm, the public museum at the Meyrin site of CERN, in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland.

The document resting on the keyboard is a copy of "Information Management: A Proposal," which was Berners-Lee's original proposal for the World Wide Web.

The label on the cube itself has the following text: "This machine is a server. DO NOT POWER IT DOWN!!"

Just below the keyboard (not shown) is a label which reads: "At the end of the 80s, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web using this Next computer as the first Web server."

Photographed on August 10, 2005, by user Coolcaesar.

ref: Wikipedia

Thursday, January 12, 2006

M254: TMA 03

Yesterday I finished all the coding related questions for the TMA, so now onto the questions requiring wordy answers.


Press release from the department of the bleeding obvious
Car make, age and fuel economy all affect how much vehicles pollute.
Journal of Transportation Research

ref: METRO

... so all I need to do now is win the lottery!!!

I'am a James Bond fanatic, both the books and films, and this is one of the reason why the Austin Martin DB5 is one of my ultimate dream cars. Well I have just discovered that the 1964 Austin Martin DB5, used in the Goldfinger and Thunderball films, is up for auction, with a reported price of £1.4m. So all I need to do now is win the lottery!!!

Monday, January 09, 2006


Just picked up Firefly (The Complete Series) from my local HMV for £17.99 instead of the usual £34.99. Now I know what I will be doing tonight.

M301: Website

The M301 student website has gone live. I will have to spend sometime exploring it as there appears to be a lot of information to digest.

Thursday, January 05, 2006


Press release from the department of the bleeding obvious
Wind farms are not a danger to migrating birds as they can just fly around them.
Environmental Research Institute in Ronde,

ref: METRO

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I Could Be Rich ;)

I received the following eMail today, and it looks as though I could become very wealthy, to the sum of USD20.5m.

I hope this message finds you hale and healthy.I am Mr.Joseph Chau of Investment Banking,Union Bank Of China.On July 6, 2004,our client Mr.Irvin poot,a businessman,made a numbered fixed deposit for 6 (six) calendar months,with a value of US$20.5m only in my branch. Upon maturity several notice was sent to him and no response came from him. Another notification was sent early February and still no response came from him.

The Bank officially sent a two-man delegate to his residence in Malaysia were he resides only to find out that the business mogul and his family perished in the Tsunami disaster.After further investigations,it was also discovered that Mr.Irvin Poot did not declare any next of kin in his official papers,including the paper work of his bank deposit.So, Twenty million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars is still lying in my bank and no one will ever come forward to claim it.According to the laws of my country, at the expiration of one year and eight months the funds will revert to the ownership of Hong Kong Government if nobody applies to claim the funds.

I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr.Irvin Poot to enable you receive the funds.Lets put heads together to claim and transfer these funds out of Hong Kong and use it judiciously.I have contacted an Attorney that will prepare the necessary documents that will back you up as the next of kin to Mr.Irvin Poot,all that is required from you at this stage is for you to provide me with your full names and Address including your direct phone and fax numbers for my Attorney to commence his job.Endeavour to get back to me via my confidential email. to enable us commence.

Compliments, Joseph Chau.