DarkCompass 16

Podcast 16

Monday 31st Jan 05

Drive to work today 7 – 9am


Why am I driving this time?

Car Trouble

Four Wheel Drive

Musical Interlude

What happened over the weekend

Musical Interlude

Final few minutes of drive

Park up


Sign off

Not David Brent


DarkCompass 15

darkcompass: Darkcompass Podcast 15

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25 minutes, 11mb




Wireless Security


Open Connections

IT in Schools

Informing the school

It’s still open!

Tuesday Night – More games

Deathmatch on Metroid Echoes

Quake 3

Musical Interlude

Bootleg information

My Pods Forecast


More Geekie

Going Broadband with Demon

Previous work

Disconnect current dialup connections

Demon’s Dialup Service

Explanation of dialup in UK

Music Interlude

Sign Off

Request for Bootlegs, Request for Audio Comments



Music From:

Lost Prophets

Net Security

Stumbling back to school.

This is all true.

I decided to do some work last night in the bedsit. Some wep password design, and I put on my laptop NetStumbler, a handy dandy program that scans the airwaves for Access Points to connect to.

Being in the city of an evening I did not think much of how many I could see, but I was surprised to find a number of Access Points open.

All the signals were poor, but netstumbler connected to one and gave me an ip address. Firstly I thought it was the little office down the road, after hours, no one in.

Looking at the DNS, I found it was the local school, and using my network places saw 5 computers all with shares, 3 printers.

I’m not going to tell you the local school’s name for fear or abuse.

This morning I phoned to school to warn of the security breach, and talked to the head teacher about it.

She was friendly – but seemed a little naive. When I said anyone with a wireless device (laptop and wireless adapter I said to her), could sit outside the school grounds and hack in, she started to get a bit concerned.

I said “If I can do it then a paedophile can”.

She replied saying she’d get onto it, and if I needed my help could she?

I gave her my number.

Now … get this. I scanned the area and found 5 access points, one the school, the other 4 I presume local houses. I don’t know how knowledgable these people are, but I bet they can see the schools access points.

I’m now either waiting for their technicians to call me, or the police to turn up at work and haul me away.

Anyway, I’m awaiting some response. I’m not going to try and connect again unless I’m invited to test the security.

If I had my kids at that school, I’d want the school details secure, not available to any idiot with a laptop.

Never had this problem when I was a kid, mind you computers were not standard issue then, and paper only flies through the air when it’s folded correctly.

I’m sure I’ve done the right thing and told them.

You think?

DarkCompass 14

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Tuesday evening with Vikki and Graeme.

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This podcast is of the 25th January, a tuesday evening with Graeme and Vikki from Liverpool. I go over with some alcohol, and play board and computer games. This podcast is what happens. Do I get an award for the longest podcast?




Drink selection

Scissor Sisters

Harry Enfield

Telescope Jokes

Lighthouse Project North West)

Fluxx Rules

Stoner Fluxx

Graeme the Spaced Fan promotes Spaced-Out.org.uk

Podcast explanation

Tank Boy the Hamster

Hamster Acrobatics

More Fluxx


Other Animals


End of Fluxx, Vikki Wins.

Fact or Crap (45 minutes in, podcast gets more interesting)

More Music

A-Z CD Stacking


Graeme’s Mums House Rental in Florida


More Fact or Crap

Fag Break for Vikki and Graeme

Rowley on his own.

Vikki wants to know…..

Comments to me please

Handheld neglect

More Fact or Crap

Diwali question debate, Graeme’s hindu/muslim mate story.

Vikki Wins F or C

Bye-bye Internet


Background Music provided by

Scissor Sisters

Stan Getz


The Darkness