Archive for janvier, 2010

A kind of antitheft software [fr]

lundi, janvier 18th, 2010

Okay, i never ever got my laptop stolen, but reading this will just make you smile.

Many laptops and netbooks comes with a built-in low to mid-resolution webcam on top of the screen, normally to be used for video chatting. If you’re running Linux and you’re slightly paranoid, you maybe would like to see that piece of hardware put to some other use. 🙂

This script is monitoring the lid/screen switch of your laptop. Once someone open the screen, the script activate the camera, take a few pictures and send them back to you to an external e-mail address. Unlike the software used in the article linked above, this one is completely invisible, independent and works even when not logged in or without X running.

Notes:

  • You must have a local SMTP server on the laptop: this server will handle the e-mail queue and retry sending to the external SMTP server if the network is unreliable. The script will consider his job done once the mail is gone to the local server. Setting up the mail servers will be part of another article someday.
  • There is a config file to set up in /etc/antitheftd.conf. There is only one variable that MUST be set: DEST_EMAIL with your destination e-mail address. You can set other variables, but the default settings are nice enough.

« It doesn’t get much better than their bringing us a picture of the guy actually using the stolen property, It certainly made our job easier. » Daniel Jackson, deputy commissioner of public safety, city of White Plains.

The code is here. Have fun !!

70000 Tonnes de METAL [fr]

mercredi, janvier 13th, 2010

Ce truc a l’air vachement amusant:

Le principe: Un festival de 4 jours tout compris (concert, lits et bouffe), 40 groupes Ă  l’affiche et un nombre de tickets super-limitĂ©s (2000). Le tout sur un paquebot de luxe qui part de Miami (Floride), qui sillonne la mer des CaraĂŻbes sous un soleil de plomb et qui va vers Cozumel au Mexique en deux jours. Il restera Ă  quai pendant une journĂ©e puis il retourne vers Miami.

Vu le prix du ticket le moins cher (666 USD sans les taxes Ă©ventuelles) et mĂȘme malgrĂ© le taux de change favorable pour nous EuropĂ©ens, ce festival sera rĂ©servĂ© Ă  une certaine Ă©lite fortunĂ©e ou hyper-motivĂ©e Ă  ĂȘtre encore plus avare qu’Harpagon pendant un an pour pouvoir espĂ©rer s’offir le sĂ©same.

J’aimerais aller, mais j’aurais besoin d’Ă  peu prĂšs 3000€ (tout compris). J’accepte les donations gĂ©nĂ©reuses. 😀

URL: http://70000tons.com/home.htm

2010: Bonne année !! [fr]

dimanche, janvier 10th, 2010

Voici mes bonnes résolutions pour 2010:

  • Cette annĂ©e je vais essayer de tenir la cadence de deux articles par mois. J’ai quelques textes bruts qui ont besoin d’ĂȘtre retravaillĂ©s et documentĂ©s avec des photos.
  • J’ai des projets plus ou moins complĂštĂ©s qui ont besoin d’un vrai article Ă  part.
  • Je dois documenter une bonne partie de ma configuration linux.
  • DĂ©velopper ici mes premier tweets Ă  propos de mon CarPC version 2.0.
  • Finir la migration vers le nouveau serveur: j’ai encore plein de trucs important sur mon vieux serveur et il disparaĂźtra Ă  la fin de l’annĂ©e.
  • Aller Ă  plus de concerts: 2009 Ă©tait une annĂ©e trĂšs pauvre Ă  ce niveau.
  • Passer plus de temps au hackerspace.
  • Faire un petit voyage en Finlande.

Dans l’ensemble, je pense que cette annĂ©e sera trĂšs amusante !! 🙂

2010: Happy new year !! [fr]

dimanche, janvier 10th, 2010

Here are my good resolutions for 2010:

  • This year i will try to make a minimum of two posts per month. I still have some rough texts that need to be reworked and documented with pictures.
  • I have a lot of projects more or less completed that need a real article.
  • I need to document here some of my linux setup.
  • Develop here some early tweets about the CarPC 2.0.
  • Finish the migration to the new server: i still have important stuff on my old server that will disappear next year.
  • Go to more concerts: 2009 was quite poor.
  • Spend more time at the hackerspace
  • Make a small trip to Finland

Overall, i think this year will be fun !! 🙂