32C3 – Recommended Videos of Day 1

It's day 2 of the 32C3 in Hamburg and I'm really happy that I was able to attend in person this year. My previous tip to use a 5 GHz Wifi capable Android phone as a WiFi USB dongle for my notebook has paid out as the 2.4 GHz range is hopelessly overloaded in most places as promised. With 12.000 people attending and more streams going on in parallel than one could ever hope to follow it's total information overload so my pre-planning of what to attend paid out. In the meantime the video streams from day one are online and I can personally recommend the following ones I attended:

Towards (reasonably) trustworthy x86 laptops: Ever felt save by running Linux on your notebook? No? Well, then you probably have Coreboot as a Bios replacment and fell much better. Yes? No, have a look at the video of this session to get an idea of how Intel ME and the little microprocessors and flash in many other components of your notebook make it very hard to have trust in your hardware.

Running your own 3G/3.5G network: GSM and Osmocom are old friends and LaF0rge is working hard to bring 3G femtocells into the mix. He's almost there and if you ever wondered if you were just a bit dumb or whether ASN.1 is just a bit hard to understand, the talk will give you an answer as well. The stream's not yet online at the time of writing this but I'm sure you'll find it here by the time you read this.

How the (not so) Great Firewall discovers hidden circumvention servers: Very interesting presentation on research is presented here on how the Chinese Internet firewall actively reaches out to find out if a web server is really a web server or a hidden TOR gateway.

The Ultimate Amiga 500 Talk: For computer historians who had an Amiga of their own this 60 minute talk is a great refresher on the Amiga 500 hardware and programming. Those were the days 🙂

Lots and lots of other stuff was presented on day one is now online which will keep me busy once I'm back home as it's impossible to follow it all in real time. So head over and enjoy.