Notes from the June 2001 Meeting

By Kevin Appert

The morning talk was a wonderful lady from National Instruments talking about their Labview product.

With all the Dot Bombs going under, it's your chance to pick up cheap computers, servers, and cubicles from Able Auctions. It is ironic, they have a web site:

The Capitol Steps produce four radio programs during the year. The July 4th show will be on soon and if you don't catch it on radio it should soon be posted on the web along with the 2000 show at:

This month's theme is maps and some interesting data to display with them.

There is a web page which will tell you the current location and orbit track of nearly any satellite in orbit (sorry, no Mir or Triana). CRRES, UARS, and all the biggies! Off-line software is also available:

The slick, on-line 3D tracker with which you can zoom and rotate the earth is at:

If you aren't interested in spacecraft, perhaps a loved one is flying somewhere and you want to know where the plane is along with its heading, airspeed and altitude. Have a look at:

Anyone who has spent time in a satellite ground station or other control room of the sort has probably seen the wall clock map of the earth which has the moving sunrise/sunset terminator illuminated on it by the clock's mechanism. There is a Freeware clock program called 'Worldtime' which has time calculation, alarms, and a map of the earth in your choice of Mercator, Spherical, or Cartesian coordinates with the dawn and dusk terminator. You can watch the sun come up on the South Pole. You can watch the tilt change with the seasons. It'll ring ship's bells with the passing of the watch. It'll sync up to one of a long list of atomic clocks over the Internet.

If the map in Worldtime isn't good enough for you, there is a map and atlas program called Amiglobe 2001 which has a large database about the places on the map. It plays the National Anthems of many of the countries! It does the terminator also, and you can punch in an arbitrary time and date and step though at assorted rates.,,000R63,.html

Another map, this time of Appert Lake. This is an example USGS map available from a web vendor. Your tax dollars at work:

Want to draw your own maps, using the USGS database from Linux (and most flavors of Unix):

You remember we were talking about treaties and Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and Foreign Judgments in particular? Really scary stuff! That was the web scavenger hunt this month. Here's a Dan Gillmor collumn on it:

Also there was a little discussion about spyware. The guy I consider to be THE authority on this is Steve Gibson and he has a freeware detector for spyware:

Another good spyware site:

Skip Carter talked about network security. In particular, Linux and the book "Real World Linux Security" mscssid=3Q53A8WTUF0K8K0W9CRKBC06DKF22JDE&isbn=0130281875

We thought you might be interested in Skip's recent book review of RealWorld Linux Security, Intrusion Prevention, Detection and Recovery, by Bob Toxen. Skip's review, as a security expert representing Taygeta Scientific Inc., it can be found at: