Monday, October 31, 2005
I should have some actual posts tomorrow so check back then.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Friday, October 28, 2005
However, if you are disgruntled about hearing news on non-edible babies, I bear good baby eating news and shall direct you to a piece of writing by Mr.Jonathan Swift. Enjoy.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
In a nutshell, after you have your XP installed, running RockXP will pull your product key and with that file (if you wish), or you can just take a note and scribble down that product key in case you lost it. I have used RockXP with good results and hey, it is free, so why not give it a try?
Help, I Lost My Internet!
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
"bryan goes you wanna eat POS? i'm like waht piece of shit? he goes no portuguese ommlett(spelling?) sandwich. i'm like ooooh but i wasn't
hungry...shit man i think ive gained like 10 pounds while on vacation
lol. just eat sleep and shit mostly and sit on my ass. no wonder
people here get fat. you konw why i don't back home?"
Free Things I have Gotten From Digg.com
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Free paper from HP: Had to wait, but it finally came in.
Free USB Thumbdrive from IBM: Never got it.
Free Subscription to Blender Magazine: Worked for me. Also got Mac World for free.
Don't recall if this was from digg or not but over a year ago, I got a whole bunch of full sized posters from Microsoft. So not everything I sent my information for arrived but hey, I can't argue with free.
How Much is Your Blog Worth?
Monday, October 24, 2005
So any takers on buying my blog so I can finally afford that trailer I want (that matches my plastic kiddie pool I've been dying to show off in the front yard?
Net Tools 4.0 (at a glance)
1) IP Address Scanner
3) IP Converter
4) Port Listener
7) NetStat (2 ways)
8) Trace Route (2 ways)
9) TCP/IP Configuration
10) Online - Offline Checker
11) Resolve Host & IP
13) Whois & MX Lookup
18) Net Pager
19) Active and Passive port scanner
22) HTTP flooder (DoS)
23) Mass Website Visiter
24) Advanced Port Scanner
25) Trojan Hunter (Multi IP)
26) Port Connecter Tool
27) Advanced Spoofer
28) Advanced Anonymous E-mailer
29) Simple Anonymous E-mailer
30) Anonymous E-mailer with Attachment Support
31) Mass E-mailer
32) E-mail Bomber
33) E-mail Spoofer
34) Simple Port Scanner (fast)
35) Advanced Netstat Monitoring
36) X Pinger
37) Web Page Scanner
45) Multi Ping for Cisco Routers
46) TCP Packet Sniffer
47) UDP flooder
49) Multi IP ping
50) File Dependency Sniffer
51) EXE-joiner (bind 2 files)
53) Advanced Encryption
54) File Difference Engine
55) File Comparasion
56) Mass File Renamer
57) Add Bytes to EXE
58) Variable Encryption
62) Password Unmasker
63) Credit Card Number Validate and generate
65) eXtreme UDP Flooder
71) IRC server creater
75) Remote Desktop Protocol Scanner
76) MX Query
78) API Spy
79) DHCP Restart
80) File Merger
81) E-mail Extractor (crawler / harvester bot)
87) Process Checker
88) IP String Collecter
90) Central Server (Base Server; Echo Server; Time Server; Telnet Server; HTTP Server; FTP Server)
93) Fishing Port Scanner (with Named Ports + possible Trojan/Exploit)
94) LAN Talker Client / Server
It looks like a lot of cool tools. Script kiddies will rejoice. I have just downloaded it from this mirror but dial-up users beware, the file is 15MB+. The site might be running a little slow due to bandwidth issues, but hopefully they will be resolved soon.
Condoleeza, What Are We Going to Do Now?
It is hearing shit like this that makes me not want to go to corporate sponsored shows. Throroughly disgusted. And no, I am not against Condoleeza nor harbor any hatred toward her, but am slightly annoyed that a politician (or famous person) can sweep by the average citizen and not even realize the devastation in their wake. There is my non-tech news rant for today.
Wow, I Had Better Thank My Daughter
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Just checked some stats and the main referrals are from digg and one from linkdump. The funniest site referral is from this one.
Anyway, now the kiddo is all excited and is wondering how many people have dugg her story. Thanks.
My 5 Year Old Built a Computer
Here is a shot of her workstation. The inclusion of the mint tin as a mouse was pretty ingenious (do I smell a mod here?). And that sidebar? She doesn't know anyone with a left sidebar!
The more I think about it, maybe she is running OSX on an Apple. I will have to check out her school computers. She told me the other day that now she needs a cubicle.
Flock (yeah, what a name)
Friday, October 21, 2005
The Drink For the Dead (dead guy ale)
dead guy ale that I had a few weeks back. Call it aesthetic pirate/death oriented label compulsive buy, but after seeing the label, I had to get it. Honestly, I don't even recall if it was decent or not, but it did have a kick ass label. Speaking of cool labels on beer, a few years back, I stumbled up Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale.
BlinkList Site Review
Thursday, October 20, 2005
What would happen if you took the user driven digg, combined it with a search style similar to flickr and gave it more options to tinker with? The result would BlinkList. I hate to use the inundated phrase 'social bookmarking' so I went to BlinkList's about page and they claim the site is basically 2 things: "1) BlinkList is the place where you save, share, and access all the favorite information you find online.
2) BlinkList is a "Personal Discovery Engine" that allows you to find the newest, coolest, and most personal information on the net."
Pretty bold claims, so I signed on for an account to see for myself. Here below, we have a screenshot of what the site looks like after you log in. As you can see, there are 3 different types of searches you can run as well as tabs on the left with sites that you have blinked (enjoyed) and personal user options.
Here I entered a search term under the 'my list' and since being a new user, no results came up. However, because no results were found, BlinkList offered a suggestion of possible other searches with the text varying in size (based on the popularity of that search term).
Doing a 'public' search, I soon found some submissions on linux. Listing the blinked pages, I noticed that some links even had a thumbnail to go along with the link (nice touch).
Blinking the entry gives you a quick description of the link, the URL and even tags.
Cons: *Still being in beta form, bugs are still being smoothed out. Luckily, if you find something wrong, feedback is only a simple click away.
*There might be too many options for the n00b(novice user).
*Site bandwidth might be slow at times.
Pros: *The interface is clean, site design is great and navigation is efficient.
*More options than digg.
*The inclusion of thumbs in blink entries is a wonderful idea.
My overall feeling is one of excitement. This site has much promise and I can see it spreading if the minor bugs get fixed by the seemingly overzealous staff. Keep up the good work guys.
Shout outs to Mike from BlinkList for the heads up on the site.
Surreptitiously Surfing the Net at Work
For the record, I am not at work right now. But if I were, I would consider using Ghostzilla to kill time surfing the Internet. Sounding like a moniker for a lost Wu-Tang member, Ghostzilla is a browser that looks like a work application (try Outlook) but really blends in to appear like you are not wasting company time by checking personal email, the stats of your fantasy football team or other wasteful non work related Internet activites. For the casual over the shoulder glance at what is displayed on your screen, it may fool co-workers or the person in charge. But don't be so naive to think that there are not other ways of mining surfing data from the company network. If your company or workplace is small enough or you know for a fact they don't have an admin checking the logs/viewing your destop remotely, Ghostzilla might just be the app for you. However, if you work for a large company that has you sign many a document about being monitored (as I unfortunately had to sign), chances are this slick chamleon browser will do nothing but hide your surfing habits from your boss but everything is logged and check by your IT personnel anyway.
OK, I am currently working on a site review which should be done within the next hour so check back later.
I Spend Too Much Time Online (a dedication)
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
But going back to catharsis, the internet will not stop if I never post again and one less blog is something we could all cheer for. If that site review never gets going and you never see updates, you will know why. This isn't a goodbye, it's a warning (women don't like computers or robots).
Creepy Bear Surveillance
One Small Step for Ubuntu
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Crawling the Feeds (links to sites I visit daily)
Astalavista My firefox browser opens up to this page which features 'Information and Internet Security.' They also post new or newer applications that are out, tutorials (like this one for metasploit by irongeek) as well as a slew of other great information
Hack In The Box is another good site to visit for computer security (yes, hacking) news.
Slashdot. Any self proclaimed computer geek who does not know of Slashdot is lying about geekdom.
Digg which is a social bookmarking tool for technology and news is starting to make the folks at Slashdot nervous.
Lifehacker which would be the equivalent of hacking for good (or whitehat) always has some positive life-hacks as well as some decent software reviews.
Hack a Day always has some cool DIY mods or creations that smart people from all over the world are sending in.
Engadget is the place I visit to find out the latest news in, well, gadgets. Also see Gizmodo.
hackermedia.org shows the status of updated radio/internet tv shows.
Boing Boing. Weird, random news from anywhere in the world.
rc6.org is recent tech news in the form of a blog.
dreamlogic.net. My pals at dreamlogic have wonderfully written reviews on movies you may not have seen or heard about yet, but want to see.
DC Blogs. Yeah, I do read some blogs, but shit, so do you if you're reading this line right now so refrain from the childish taunting. DC Blogs is great to find out what the people in our Nation's Capital are talking about.
makezine.com is similar to Hack a Day but not always tech related.
punkbands.com which is pretty self explanatory but they do have an ample repository of reviews and sporting a slick layout.
That rounds out the list for now. If people are still interested, I might post links to more sites in the future.
I Think The Burger King Lady Likes Me
After getting chewed out by one of my four bosses, I decided to drown my sorrows in Burger King as it was only 10AM and just a wee bit early to be hitting the bottle. As it turns out, the lady at my local BK was quite chatty and nice. After I got home, I realized that she had put an extra croissanwich in my bag. That almost makes getting yelled at redeeming (but not quite). Speaking of Burger King, I heard that Sonja Thomas (you know her as the diminutive Japanese lady at eating contests) works at the Burger King on Andrew's Air Force Base here in Maryland. I wonder if she gives people she likes an extra 15 croissanwiches?
Blame Ubuntu For My Lack of Posts
Monday, October 17, 2005
How to Disappear Completely
Fucking With Tower Records
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Lynx, the Text Only Browser
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Lynx has been around since 1993 and brings me back fond memories of telnet mail and gopher. This was back when using a terminal for checking email was the norm and using Netscape to check webmail was slow and under development.
I honestly have not used Lynx all that much as seeing that I cannot sign into my mail clients as the version I have does not support https but if this were to change, I can see cutting through the bullshit eye candy and using Lynx to check email on a regular basis. So what if I get a warm fuzzy feeling from a terminal?
Popularity on Myspace and Fashion Drunks
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Normalize Your MP3 Volume
I got a request from a friend this morning. Apparently, when playing songs on his iPod, he has so many different mp3s that are at different volumes that when jumping from one song to the next, it is not unusual for songs to go from low volume to high. Basically, he was looking for any applications that can take all of these mp3s and normalize the audio levels so that all of the tracks are set at the same volume.
I found MP3Gain on SourceForge which is open source software and claims 'MP3Gain does not just do peak normalization, as many normalizers do. Instead, it does some statistical analysis to determine how loud the file actually sounds to the human ear.
Also, the changes MP3Gain makes are completely lossless. There is no quality lost in the change because the program adjusts the mp3 file directly, without decoding and re-encoding.'
So far I have not had a chance to try this application yet so if you have any information, feel free to give me some feedback. I will review this application shortly and do a follow up post.
Burma Blue Gets Married
I am not one for posting personal pictures on this site on information on friends because most of those bloody wankers won't bother checking this page anyway but with this funny picture, I have to give my shout outs. Congratulations on getting married Blue!!!
I should have some links and information (site related, not on my boy Blue) later so check back.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
In Darkness, We Ignite
A Story of Three
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
1.)Last night after fuming because of a fight with the significant other, I nearly ran over two black teens on the freeway who were in an actual lane while it was pitch black and raining. I literally swerved out of the way of the teens fifteen feet from impact, all while on the cell phone with my mom in Hawaii (yeah I am one of those DC assholes who talk while driving).
2.)Forbes has published an article on the Best And Worst Vending Machine Snacks and I read this article all while eating 2 croissanwiches from Burger King.
3.)Ran this browser security test again last night and thought I would share it with those of you who may not have already tried it. And not that Firefox needs any plugs from me but for God's sake, use something other than I.E. 18% of the traffic to this site is still by I.E users.
Email Clients Roundup
Monday, October 10, 2005
I thought I would spend a little time today going over some pros and cons of some popular email clients. Feel free to give your input and recommend anything I might not have covered.
Popular Email Clients
Hotmail: Hotmail has been around for quite some time now and offers 250 MBs of email storage. They are quite reliable but seem to be a large spam magnet (which is the reason why I left their service).
Yahoo mail offers 1 gig of storage and has a cleaner interface than hotmail. With a decent spam filter, it is no wonder why their service has been as successful as it is. Look forward to their new beta(which is supposed to be the Gmail killer. Here are a few screenshots.
Gmail which is brought to you from the folks of Google, has a 2+ gig worth of storage, an excellent spam filter and a slew of add ons to make use of those 2 gigs worth of space. I have been happily using my Gmail account for over a year now and the only bad thing I can say is that at times (under a handful), Google was doing some maintenance on Gmail and I was unable to log on.
30Gigs offers a whopping 30 gigs (you guessed it) of storage space. Do we really need that much space for freakin email?
Lycos, are they still around?
Juno Email offers 1 gig of storage, the ability to send up to 5MB sized emails and a few other nifty features. Free to try for a month.
Dropload allows you to freely send files up to 100MBs of data. However, if your connection is slow, don't even attempt it. A similar service is YouSendIt.
Hushmail is a service for the paranoid or security minded (one and the same?). Their service will use PGP to encrypt your email so anyone sniffing the network will have to work at unencrypting your email before reading.
MailFreeOnline is for the stalker in mind who enjoys taunting his/her victims with anonymous email.
Avalanche. Want to mailbomb someone? OK n00bs, for testing purposes only. I cannot vouch for the validity of the file or site.
Guessing a Dictator or Sit-Com Character
Awhile back, I was introduced to this this 20 Questions Electronic Toy. I have to admit that it is pretty impressive. I recently stumbled upon a similar version but on the net. Here is an amusing site that will ask you questions and attempt to deduce which dictator or Sit-Com character you have guessed.
Castlebay Irish Pub in Annapolis Maryland
Sunday, October 09, 2005
We made it down to Castlebay in Annapolis last night shortly after 9PM so we could see Murphy's Law (not the signed band from NYC) but Annapolis's local Irish band. I went because of a friend of a friend of the band was promoting so after much deliberation, I decided to go. The pub itself was quaint and right when you walked in you were facing the left side of the stage. The crowd was primarily 25+ years of age and being Annapolis, was quite filled with the military (Hello Moose's in Waikiki). The crowd seemed to max out the pub at roughly 180 people and could have occupied more if not for the dining section of the pub. Irish beer was flowing, and the crowd was in support of 'the Law' as they did a 3 hour set covering everything from the Proclaimers to Jimmy Buffet. The crowd sang along and it was a warm atmosphere with less drunken rowdiness that might have accompanied a younger crowd catered pub.
At one drunken blurry moment in the night, it seemed that 80% of the people were singing merrily along with the band. However much fun it was, the mood was dampened as lady midnight strolled in and for one reason or another, the fun came to a halt as we were all displaced to other areas in Annapolis for the pub was shutting down. Midnight seems like an early time to go home on a Saturday night but I don't know the restrictions in Annapolis. None the less, it was a fun night and if you are ever in the area, stop by for a Guinness and some decent sing along music.
Speed Up the PDF Load Times
Friday, October 07, 2005
Truly a good free download for anyone that ever opens a PDF file.
A Quick Steganography Tutorial
Thursday, October 06, 2005
So go and download it and run it. Here, the program is asking for a 'carrier file' which essentially is the host file that is going to hide whatever you are planning to hide (make note that I will be choosing a .GIF file).
Find your picture and fill in a password.
Now find a file you want to embed in your .GIF file.
Here I am choosing a text file named 'secret.'
When you finish embedding the file, the .GIF file should now be larger(as you are hiding data in it). I was having problems with blogger so I am unable to show you the end result but if you check the size of the original file versus the size of the file with the embedded data, your latter picture should be larger.
Fasterfox, a Must Have Firefox Extension
If I Were A Hick....I Would Do This
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Pa!, we done got Betty(mode of transportation, usually a large tractor)stuck!
Son! Go jump on the rear bumper and quit a fussin and feudin'.
Dear lord, I had to take a picture but all I had on me at the time was my shitty cell phone camera. My better half however did have a camera handy so when she uploads the picture, I will post the more quality picture of the stuck SUV at the county fair.
Oh, and as promised, I do confess that before that jackass tried that stunt on the grassy knoll, I told Liz to drive her Toyota Corolla over it to save time. See, I can poke fun at myself too.
Coheed and Cambria Suck Monkey Nuts
OK, that is going to be my angry rant for today. I should have an amusing picture for you later today when I dump the pics from my cellphone.
Hungry Lucy (post Switchblade Symphony)
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
I haven't covered anything in music lately so I figured today I would write a little about a not so new but not so old band named Hungry Lucy. Hailing out of Ohio since the latter part of the 90's, Hungry Lucy at first sounded very reminiscent of no longer Switchblade Symphony. Moody and dark (Hungry Lucy), they still have a nice backbeat and almost trip-hop sound (not unlike Tricky). As I spent more time listening to them, I came to the conclusion that they are not a rip-off band stealing the soul of just another now defunct band. I could go on about their sound but go here(yes, it's LEGAL!) instead and have a listen for yourself.
Extracting Metadata From Jpegs (Jpgs)
Monday, October 03, 2005
Both applications were shareware and I found that I did not like UnJpeg at all. As a result, I used EXIFViewer. Now let's go over to Flickr and steal--err, borrow some pics. I looked up 'clowns' and did the old right click and saved 3 different clown pictures. Now open up EXIFViewer.
We peruse over to the files in the folder I named 'meta' and see that we are able to get the metadata for one picture (this program will not find ALL metadata but will a fair amount. Also, if the picture is scanned, from a webcam etc., it may not uncover the metadata).
As you can see, we have found that the camera used was a Sony Cybershot taken on 4/23/02. Now most likely this is the correct data as software such as we are using here can alter that, but your common non-geek will never bother changing this info or even have a clue about it. Have fun and happy hunting. I found this open source version here but have yet to try it. If you have more information on this, I would love to hear it.
Poll Results for September 2005
Well I am running a bit late on the new poll as the last day of September fell on a Friday but things should be running back on schedule shortly. Here are the results of last month's polls.
It seems like people are most disgusted with poop-play. Not a big shocker there.
Please make sure to come back and vote at the beginning of each month. I don't ask much and for the amount of traffic of people coming here looking for illegal warez(you know who you are), all I ask is that you take 5 seconds and vote. Thanks.