Saturday, February 24, 2007

DIY Photography Projects

been googling the net these past few days to find project ideas particularly DIY camera stuff. Found some links PhotoProjects plus those in PhiPho

Fow now, I'll concentrate on making my own LED-powered Macro ring light. I'm going to Raon in Quiapo again to buy inexpensive parts in Manila's electronic haven.

For now, I'm preparing to build a DIY drybox for my equipment using an airtight plastic container, silica gel adsorbent to pluck out moisture from the air inside the box and a hygrometer to measure the amount of water in the air.

A drybox will protect your camera, lenses and other equipment from the harsh effect of moisture such as molds, fungus and static electricity.

Will post updates on this next time

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Equitable PCI Bank Phishing

I received this email toady purportedly from Equitable-PCI Bank informing me of unsuccesful login attempts on my online banking account and thus requiring me to review my account activity for any anomaly

the email is not directly addressed to me but to a resigned co-employees. I was only BCCed. The link to the FastNet site will take you not to the legitimate site i.e. but rather to this phishing site.

Note that entering my account number and PIN, the miscreant will then be able to get and use my account information for whatever evil purposes-- that is if I have an Equitable PCI Bank account!

Digging deeper into the email headers and page source, I found these details:

1. Phishing website copied from Fastnet using HTTRACK available here
2. Used FROM email address: "Equitable PCI BANK"
3. Sent to a random email typical of phishers
4. Return Path:
5. SMTP server used:
6. IP address of email sender: traced to the Czech Republic
netname: GBCOMP-NET
descr: NoRoNet
descr: Municipal Network
descr: GB-COMP v.o.s.
descr: Nova Role
country: CZ

7. Note both IP address may be routed through Czech Republic IP address and does not necessarily come from there.
8. Phishing site is using domain name HKDNR WHOIS site.
Registered on February 6, 2007 up to February 6, 2008
Registrant Name: SADA LOPA
Country: US
Account Name: HK1806283T

9. Server hosted in using there IP addresses taken from authoritative DNS server

I could have dug deeper into this one but I know I'll be facing a blank wall. I'm sure the guys at Equitable PCI Bank are already aware of this.

Note that phishing is an attack against the account holder and not directly at the bank itself. The only way to combat this is to educate users on how to discern legitimate sites from fake ones. There are, however, various ways to guard against phishing, one of which is strong 2nd factor authentication already being studied by various local banks.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Vacuum Tube Gizmos

Found these vacuum tube amplifiers in a shop in Singapore that really looked trendy:

These vintage amplifiers are often sought after by musicians due to their warm, fuzzy sound never duplicated by their modern solid-state counterparts. Something to thank for for their continued existence.

I remember when I was a child, we we have a vacuum tube tv that I took apart and played with the tube that looked like those in a Physics book pictures. I took the tubes to a local electronics repair shop to ask around due to my insatiable curiosity. The electronics technician smiled when I showed him the tubes saying they're obsolete already and instead knowing my parents offered me apprenticeship in his shop.

About a month later, due to reading and excitement, I was able to assemble my first radio. Another two weeks and was able to fix my first television.

Got hooked into electronics and since then I know what I'm gonna be someday: an electronics and communications engineer.

That was 21 years ago when I'm still in my elementary days. Many children are playing in the streets while I was tinkering with electronics and enjoying the smell of molden lead used in soldering.

Now I'm thinking of resurrecting my old hobby.