2007-06-06 The King's Arms, Bournemouth
Present: Terry Coles, Ralph Corderoy, Steve Hemingway, David Stanton, Peter Washington, James Weeks.
Despite England beating Estonia 3-0 at football in the other bar, the Lounge bar was nice and quiet.
Not many topics were covered, mainly because we stuck to one or two for quite a while. Some of them were:
The Gold Standard, and how all the world now uses fiat currencies. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_standard
FUSE, a method of implementing filesystems in userspace, including some more unusual ideas of what makes a filesystem. Your GMail email account can be used to provide the space for a filesystem giving you 2GiB of online storage for free. http://fuse.sourceforge.net/ http://richard.jones.name/google-hacks/gmail-filesystem/gmail-filesystem.html
The Linux-based Linksys NSLU2, a device for making a USB drive accessible over a network, and how its firmware can be replaced to alter functionality. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSLU2
ATA drives have their own password, some code could trivally lock you out of your hard drive. http://linuxbios.org/pipermail/linuxbios/2005-May/011609.html http://www.t13.org/Documents/UploadedDocuments/project/d2008r7b-ATA-3.pdf
Hard drive computer forensics, and write-blocker devices. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_forensics http://www.forensicswiki.org/wiki/Write_Blockers http://www.logicube.com/products/hd_duplication/sf5000.asp
— Ralph Corderoy