Russell Petersen's Home Page



Hello, and welcome to my page. I currently work for a financial firm. Prior to that I was the network administrator for Provident Bank. Prior to that I was the systems administrator for Cooper & McCann, LLP. I went to Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY where I am a member of Zeta Nu Fraternity.
In 1999 I went for my third trip to Nepal. This time I went back to the Annapurna area. Click here to see my itineraries, and some pictures, from my Everest trek in Dec. 1997 - Jan. 1998 and my Annapurna trek in January 1996.



Computer Links:

freshmeat.net Get the latest Linux programs
Hobbes OS/2 Archive
Network Professional Association
Is your network secure? Better take a look at these hacker pages to make sure.
2600 Magazine, the hackers quarterly
OpenSSH Why telnet, when you can ssh and keep your password secure
Rootshell
Nessus Find vulnerabilities on your computer, before somebody else does it for you.
Nomad Mobile Research Centre - Trust No One
Hacking Novell Netware FAQ


A Novell Netware NLM I have written:

Adminadd Creates a NDS user with supervior rights to the [Root]. This program can also be used to unlock an existing user by changing the user's password and removing login restrictions.

OS/2 Programs I have written:

A colorful psychedelic kaleidoscope
A command line program that lists all the objects on a NetWare server, along with the full name This program requires CALOS232.DLL which is included in os232.exe, available from Novell by going here
Display OS/2 system and memory information good for showing which programs have memory leaks

Warning: Although these programs run fine on my system, I can not guarantee they will run fine on yours. In no event shall I be liable for any damages of any kind arising out of use of these programs. If you run one of these programs and it corrupts your hard drive and abends your server, do not say I didn't warn you.



Other links:

Zeta Nu Fraternity
Introducing The Objective Standard
Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan
Grey Fox
Pictures of Winterhawk 1999
Switchboard: Find a Person
Cisco ISDN Setup


Weather links:

Current U.S. Radar Summary
Current New York Radar Summary
Current Weather Maps
Boston Area Forcast
Winds Aloft Forecasts - North Eastern US
METAR's: HPN CDW TEB POU ALB BAF BDR HFD LGA JFK ALB SLK MSS SFO KTM KHI
Slow METAR's HPN POU ALB BAF BDR HFD LGA JFK ALB SLK MSS SFO KTM KHI
TAF's: Aviation Weather Center - Northeast TAF
TAF Lookup
TAF's: HPN TEB POU SWF EWR ALB BAF BDL BDR LGA JFK MSS SLK SFO KTM KHI
Really slow TAF's if the above don't work: HPN POU ALB BAF BDR LGA JFK ALB SLK MSS SFO KTM KHI
Short TAF HPN
Low Level SIGWX Charts
Weather Depiction Chart in TIFF format: 3 HOURLY WX DEPICTION
Significant Weather: Low Altitude Chart in TIFF format: SIG WX LL 06/18
HOURLY RADAR SUMMARY in TIFF format: QAUA00
COLLABORATIVE CONVECTIVE 4 HR. FCST: QGTM98
Plot of all AIRMETs/SIGMETs
METAR Coding Information
METAR/TAF Information
Aviation Weather Center
New York regional summary
Weather depiction chart from Unisys
Surface Map from Unisys
AIA Weather Center
Current Weather Conditions - Kathmandu Airport, Nepal
Current Weather Conditions - Karachi Airport, Pakistan



Something you should have learned in high school (had you been paying attention).

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

United States Constitution [www.house.gov]
Amendments to the United States Constitution [www.house.gov]



E-mail Viruses

Thanks to certain software developers in the quest to develop more "user friendly software" that allow executable code within E-mail messages to be automatically executed E-mail viruses are now possible, and prevalent. What was once a somewhat amusing hoax is now a reality. Fortunately those of us who still use less feature-rich E-Mail programs cannot be infected with such email-viruses. The below can be considered mostly obsolete.
There has been a lot of bandwidth wasted on misinformation about e-mail viruses. These are viruses that spread themselves via e-mail. This is not possible, a virus is a program, and must be executed before it can replicate itself or cause any damage. When you read e-mail you are simply displaying the information within that message on your screen, you are never executing code within the e-mail message. It is possible to include a virus in an executable binary attachment, but the receiver would have to download and intentionally execute the virus. The virus would not execute automatically upon being read.

Here are some links for additional info
The goodtimes virus FAQ
Data Fellows' Virus Information Pages: Good Times Penpal Greetings
McAfee: Virus Hoax

If you're still worried about e-mail viruses then you better look out for Goodtimes II. It's like goodtimes, but it randomly picks a subject line from a past e-mail you sent or received. Then it sends copies of itself to everyone whose e-mail address is contained in a received-mail file or a sent-mail file using the new subject line. At least with goodtimes you could protect yourself by never reading an e-mail message with the subject line 'Good times.' With goodtimes II the only way to protect yourself is to never read e-mail, because any message may be infected, regardless of header. The only way to really protect yourself is to keep off the internet altogether then you will also be safe from the HTML version of Goodtimes II.

Urgent update: I have recently recieved info on the 60Hz subcarrier power line virus. Click here for more info



But What About Bob??

The world ended on July 5th 1998 and you missed it. Click here for details.



Click here and remove *nospam* to send me mail, or better yet an e-mail virus.



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