Stumble: Blackpool illuminations

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We went to see the Blackpool illuminations this evening, and I thought it’d be perfect for a stumble, as I’ve not done one in a while. Windy, sporadic rain, but I collected 1,122 SSIDs!

Wardriving with an EEE

wEEEdriving? Anyway, with Mac OS X on the Asus, Kismac was next. While I waited for the Dell mini pci-e card to arrive, I dug out the old D-Link DWL-G122 USB stick and the GlobalSat USB GPS and hooked it all up.

After remembering where all the relevant drivers were, Kismac worked fine, found my two SSIDs at home, and the GPS was getting a signal and put me roughly in the right place. I say roughly as the dot to show where you are covers about 70% of the UK on the default map!

The Asus is so light weight, and OS X gets roughly 2.5 hrs on the battery (this will drop with it powering USB devices, but certainly long enough to go for a cycle or walk with the EEE in a backpack. Gets a bit warm, but nothing too alarming. We’ll see how it fares on holiday in Spain!

Mac OS on Asus

Really enjoying my Asus EEE, and have tried a few linux distros (mostly Ubuntu based) but I’m a mac boy, and once I started reading about the Uphuck and JaS hacks, well… it’s was only a couple of gig away!

I’m sure Nathan will be relieved that I’m no longer asking n00b linux questions, ad the next step is to get Kismac and the GPS on the Asus EEE.


I know I’m late in mentioning this, but I’ve been very busy in both professional and personal life, so things like spewing bile on a blog have to wait.

Anyway, Kismac has been moved away from it’s German roots, due to draconian and rather pathetic laws that have been passed there, from the Kismac team;

“As you may well be aware, we have moved this part of the site offshore to Switzerland. The German politicians have shown their lack of understanding of security matters by deciding to ban anything that can be used to breach security.”

The new site is located at so drop by there, and if you can program, get involved!

Stumble: War-walking

Gijón is pretty much uncharted territory on, so I brought my GPS, laptop and USB wifis with me this trip. Since I didn’t have a car to cruise round in, I set up my laptop up on my son’s walker and pushed him down to the beach for a stroll in the evening…

I was pretty amazed by the results, a helluva lot of APs, and a lot of the were unprotected or just WEP.

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View from the apartment

I’m on holiday in Spain, Gijón to be precise. It’s a lovely town, right by the sea, very hot, affluent and safe… and lots of APs. So what does a geek do? Get the laptop and wifi gear out for a scan!

From a walk through the apartment, into each room, I collected 124 APs. Not bad going! The placement of the APs is all over the place, because the GPS unit was indoors and probably lost it’s signal. But here’s the results of a 30 second walk!

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