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Special Judo Fitness Test Resources 

Hi All,
I have added a small sub section to the Judo section of my site to include some resources on the Special Judo Fitness Test.

I have added: - Interview with Stanislaw Sterkowicz
Video footage of the Special Judo Fitness test at University of Bath
Excel Spreadsheet to help you calculate the Speciall Judo Fitness Index
Methodology of the Special Judo Fitness Test in .DOC (Word) format.

The info is on my page. Please let me know if you know of any other good resources to include.
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Interview with Stanislaw Sterkowicz online! 

Hi Everyone! The interview with Stanislaw Sterkowicz is now online over at the audio level is really low as there was a 10mb file size limitation on the server, sorry.

I understand there is a way around this, and as soon as I find it I shall upload a better quality version.

The podcast is my latest project that I have been hinting at for a few weeks now. I am really excited by the possibilities and would love for you to contact me if you would be happy to participate.

It has been born with the encouragement and support (and saving my bacon second recording) by the good guys over at, do visit there site and consider signing up as they are putting some terrific video footage together for subscribers along with early access to their podcast.

Anyway, shoot over to and let me know how awful my voice sounds!

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Special Judo Fitness Test 

Hi, just in preparation for the podcast entry which I hope to have only in the next half hour or so.

Here is a link to the video file of the test for you to watch and perhaps it will help you understand the tests methodology.

Heres the video file: Special Judo Fitness test.

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Windows 2003 - Phone Home! 

as many of you know I am not a fan of those folk in Redmond. To be frank the label "Evil Empire" is one I use more often than not.

I do appreciate the fact the Windoze has made computing really easy for all, I appreciate all the clever people in the company and lots of things that Micro$oft do.

What I do not appreciate is the way some tings happen with M$.

Take this example.

Windows 2003 server, an enterprise level operating system. Something you are more than likely to have in a secure environment right? Say one that is not connected to the Internet.

Which is a good idea and last week when I was setting up a server that is eaxactly what I had. And why am I bringing it up? Because I started getting stange errors in the event log. will show you the message and tells you why you get it.

The short of it is, W2K3 "phones home".
Now I am sure that there is a good and ethical reason for it. By the looks of it, all that is happening is WinDoze is downloading a text file that will be used for setting up crytographic services.


What if the site gets hacked? What if the way that text file is processed sucks and a clever cracker works out what code to put in that text file to publish all the data on that server to youtube?

Unlikely I know, but there was no dialog box asking if I wanted to go online and get this file. It just happened! My security is potentially compromised and my privacy too.

M$ presumably know how to track hits to a web page so would know the IP address of your server, they'd know when you accessed that file. And what if Johnny script-kiddy works out how to get that info? What if he then writes a script that portscans all those addresses looking for W2K3 vulnerabilities?

Why M$ didn't you give me some indication that you were going outside onto the web and doing this?
When else is this happening M$?
How would we know?


So... grumpy grumpy.

Thoughts folks?
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Podcast on its way. 

Hi all,
well, i have recorded (with Mike darter's crisis saving help) the interview with Stanislaw Sterkowicz.

It is really interesting and I hope to get it online tonight, tommorow, by the end of the weekend at worst! :-)

Stay tuned for some exciting domain related news.

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