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What is Project Alpha?

Project Alpha is my small corner of the web.

I specialise predominantly in the hard-core mechanics behind PHP along with JavaScript and jQuery, MySQL, and CSS.

I am a lover of all things mathematical, statistical and so on, especially where these two collide with my first loves.

I have developed many websites and for numerous companies and I hope to continue on this this fashion, either as a consultant, freelancer or (in the ideal case) an employee

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Veriaan's Clock

By ozzyd on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 09:43 in News

Hello Everyone.

i've just ran a few pieces of data on our main server and can't help but notice that the clock is out by two hours. I will be looking into this personally. 

I am aware that the server uses code to poll internet time servers on a daily basis - I know, I wrote it myself - as over the course of a month, it has the tendency to gain an average of ten minutes.

I have no immediate reason as to why the clock should be behind by two hours, but I can imagine that certain issues may arise if networked devices' times don't sync, particularly Windows.

Will keep you all posted.

OzzyD.

# WE SHALL NOT WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED #

By ozzyd on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 09:37 in News

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pja-satyr.projectalpha.co.uk

By ozzyd on Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 15:27 in News

Hi everybody.

Those wanting access to pja-satyr.projectalpha.co.uk over the past couple of days will by now have noticed that access requests by the server are being declined.

I woke up at 4:50am on Tuesday to the box running with its fans at full pelt and a worrysome sensation in my chest. Our little trouper has indeed passed away; it looks as though it is a processor failure, perhaps caused by a motherboard malfunction. All parts of the machine still fire up upon boot, but the fans are racing more than is healthy and the BIOS doesn't boot, either CPU or FSB failure.

As regards to the disks, I have no reason to believe there is any disk damage at the present moment. All data on the machine seems to be ALEKSI related anyway, aside from *tugs on collar* some Skrooge reports. We will be working on a fix for the l'il rascal in due course. Perhaps we can get a machine that will support more VMs than this one?

Please bear with us during this time and thank you for your patience.

The Project Alpha Service Team

Just so you know for the future.

By Ancan on Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 15:20 in News

Just a friendly reminder for all you lot that seemed to not grasp any of our legal documentation:

We at Project Alpha don't take too kindly to misrepresentation, or the distortion of our data of any kind, or the republication outside of copyright; whether it be for self-gain or ones own credit, disapprobation over events

Anything posted to Project Alpha remains the IP of the poster, but will become protected under the PJA* banner in whatever scope the domain or subdomain allows in whatever locale the server is housed. Duplication is prohibited without permission from either the IP holder or PJA, preferably both.

There was something else I wanted to copy in on this, but it seems to have escaped me. I'll return to the Joomla project on the sandbox now until I remember it, or posts of clarification or whatever roll up.

Ancan.

That genuine e-mail you think is a scam

By ozzyd on Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 11:50 in HACKtivities

I had an e-mail from Amazon last night, at 23:59 of all times, so I wasn't in to see it until the next morning and the e-mail struck me as odd for several reasons:

First off, when you get an e-mail from Amazon, it has all their colour schemes, menu bars, offers and the like. But this one seemed a little rushed. There were no pictures, no links no top or bottom bars, containing things like "Contact us" or "Terms and conditions" and the like. So I got suspicious.

The next thing I started to look at was who the addressee was. To my intrigue, the name printed was exactly the same as that assigned to my account. This is either a good guess, or this was a bone fide email from Amazon.

So not convinced either way, I checked the content of the e-mail. "This is an important message from Amazon"

A good way to start an e-mail right? Spam sense is rising here. "At Amazon," always good to keep reminding the reader who their addresser is "we take privacy very seriously"

Indeed you do! I'm reading an e-mail and I have NO clue who sent it!

"As part of our routine monitoring, we discovered a list of e-mail address and password sets posted online"

Not something you want to hear whether in an official e-mail, scam, or spam e-mail... but the next line interested me most:

"While the list was not Amazon-related, we know that many customers reuse their passwords on several websites"

Really? Seriously?! How can you KNOW this? Is that a fact or are you just making it up. I mean it's a fairly safe bet that with a customer base as huge as Amazon, that yes some password reuse would be prevalent. But my word!

Anyway that all aside, I didn't treat the e-mail as anything serious. Probably just some prank or spam... that was until I logged in to Amazon this morning and I was told my password was incorrect and to fill in a captcha or several hundred... because some of those are craaaaaazy picky even for a human!

So, I requested a password change, got through all their verification, which was easy enough, changed my password and then thought to myself: "That e-mail I saw. Was it an official Amazon correspondence?"

So I got on to the mail server, pulled the entry and started scowering through the header files. Well the document originated from an IP that gave a name of lux.smtp-out.e*******1.amazonses.com, that I cross-referenced against the password change e-mail; a13-2****t.amazonses.com ... but again this e-mail, not like the first which was sent in plaintext, was sent in HTML, and contained scant information and no links back to Amazon.

I found the whole thing curious.

In brief, I thought it was spam, but as it turns out, it's genuine! Who would have thought it!!

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