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StankDawg

More T-shirts sent out!

All shirt orders placed from Oct 28, 2007 to Nov 15, 2007 are on their way to the post office as we speak. US should be getting your orders within a few days and one is going to the Czech Republic may take just a little longer. ;)

We are running very low on most sizes except for XL, so this is your last chance to buy other sizes. I will remove the other sizes from the orders page sometime next month. Make sure that you place your orders soon before we run out of your size!

StankDawg

Episode #200 of BRR is now available in the archive and on the podcast.

About the episode:

  • "This is your life episode" with Directors commentary on every episode from the first 4 seasons.
  • Seasons 1-2 starring ntheory (3+ hours).
  • Seasons 3-4 Starring BlackRatchet (2+ hours).
  • "Where are they now" segment featuring dual_parallel (~1 hour).
  • My closing comments and some shouts/thanks (~30 minutes).

The file is over 7 hours in length and weighs in at over 75 MB!

StankDawg

Tonight, on 11/06/2007, episode #200 of BRR will stream on DDP hackradio. I am not sure how quickly I can put this on the podcast, so if you want to be the first to hear the big news and announcements, you will want to listen to this on the pseudo-live stream since someone will inevitably ruin it for everyone else by posting about it in the forums. There is some big news on this season4 finale!

Total runtime is just over 7 hours!!!!!! Talk about your all-encompassing episode of BRR! Remember to hear it on the DDP HackRadio stream first!

StankDawg

I just wanted to let everyone know that we are having some minor issues with the server. We have identified the problem and and looking into it. During this time, apache may spontaneously die and restart. We are not under attack nor is this a critical issue. It looks like a minor misconfiguration that we have to isolate.

I have implemented a solution, but bear with us to see if it works.

StankDawg

This is just a notification that all orders from the month of October (so far obviously) are packaged up and will be shipping after I post this entry and drive to the post office. You should be getting your orders within a few days. Some of the orders were actually from as early as October 3 so thank you for being patient. I have been in and out of town on business most of the month.

We still have shirts in almost every size left but they are going fast! Make sure that you place your orders soon before we run out of your size!

StankDawg

When I watch anything on television that has a computer, I always watch very closely to see what I can find out about the computer and the person using it. I have mentioned here before that I have caught some interesting things on Attack of the Show on G4. Well, they are at it again.

During a segment where they were demonstrating the new halo game, or some other such nonsense, I noticed that their firefox browser had another tab open at the same time. I do not have the capacity at home to do a proper screen capture, but I did pause it long enough to get a blurry camera phone picture.

If anyone doesn't know, 4chan is an imageboard/forum type site that is well known for creating some of the most enduring internet memes. My personal favorite is CATURDAY where the LOLCATS run free. But their biggest claim to fame is the total chaos that is "/b/" or the random channel. This particular board is an anything goes world where the easily offended should stay away. Very NSFW and insanely hilarious, it is not the place for the feint of heart. This is why it is so funny to see the mention on a big show like AOTS.

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StankDawg

Why threads get closed

Someone made a comment to me how annoying it was that I close threads randomly, so I thought I would answer that question.

First of all, I don't close threads randomly. As a matter of fact, I rarely close threads. Our entire moderating teams discusses decisions like that together to ensure that no one gets preferential treatment and at the same time, no one gets singled out unfairly. Once we agree that a thread has become a dead end for whatever reason, it may be closed. How we we determine that? Well there are a few reasons...

1) SPAM. If a thread starts, or ends in clear and obvious SPAM, we usually close it. If there is some useful information in the thread, we will try to split the good posts out and move them somewhere appropriate in the forums. If you are here to spam your site, you should leave these forums because you will get caught and banned quickly.

2) FLAMING. This is the most common reason that threads get closed. Sometimes they start as flames, other times the end up turning into flames and there is no longer useful information being posted. When this happens, you can usually bet that there were warnings issued to people who were involved even if you do not see it. We do this to keep the forums on topic, useful, and friendly to everyone. If anyone doesn't like the way that we moderate, they should probably leave. It will make our job easier and enhance the overall enjoyment of the forums for everyone else, which is a win-win situation for us since that is what we are trying to do.

3) USELESS POSTS. This is very rare, but on occasion someone will post a question that is devoid of content or intellectual benefit. The truth is, we try not to make any assumptions on what is useful or useless because everyone has different views. The problem is that it needs to be posted in the appropriate place. We rarely close things in off-topic, so you can post useless crap there all day. That is what it is for. But if you post silly or worthless posts in other forums, they will most likely be closed. Search for answers first, give people the benefit of the doubt when they answer you, and be appreciative and respectful of your fellow members. If you are not adult enough to do this, then you should leave these forums. And if you are going to leave in a huff and post a flame of how much you hate me and BinRev and how much I have wronged you, at least do it in the proper forum in the off-topic area on your way out.

4) ILLEGAL MATERIAL. WAREZ is almost always an insta-ban. I still cannot believe how many times we have to ban people for WAREZ or posting other illegal material even though it is clearly in the rules. You do not see warez anywhere else in the forums, so why post it? There are other forums for this sort of content and BinRev is not it. If this is why you are here, then you should also leave the forums.

But apparently some people think that there is a 5) RANDOM reason for closing threads as well. I guess technically, we could play that card if we wanted to. We started these forums and built them to what they are today. I pay for them out of my pocket, so yes, technically I can do whatever I want them. But again, this is why we have a moderating team in place so that even I cannot abuse power. If a single moderator was to abuse power or I starting abusing my power, you can damn sure bet that there would be a huge revolt by the entire moderating team.

If you have had a warning, or a thread closed/moved, or any sort of action from the moderating team or myself, I want you to think for a second why we did it. If you think we enjoy it or want to piss everyone off, think about it...does that make sense? Why would we do that? The truth is that for every PM or comment that you send one of us complaining about us closing your thread, we have gotten several other PMs from other members complaining about you and your threads! Your peers don't like what you are doing and we are representing them. So you turn your misplaced anger away from us, and back towards yourself.

So, just to be clear: We welcome everyone to BinRev. WE WANT YOU HERE! We do not care about your experience or skill level. We don't care about your age, your gender, your skin tone, your nationality, or anything else. But what we do care about is that you respect the rules that we have set forth and that have been working for years. You will respect your fellow forum members, and the moderating team. We treat everyone equally and if you violate the rules and a thread get closed on you, or worse yet, you get banned, it because you did not follow the rules and advice that we have presented to you in multiple places. If you do not like these policies, you should leave this forum. The other 99.99% of our users thank you for making it a better place by leaving.

StankDawg

I have known a lot of people in my life that just talk to hear their own voice. I am sure that you all know people like this as well. I am usually pretty patient around them in real life, but for some reason it bugs me when they do the same thing online. Most people call it "post whoring" insinuating that they are just trying to increase their post count, but I don't think this is the case. Post whoring serves no purpose in general since post counts aren't very important in most places, especially here. Having a higher post count is worthless because it doesn't get you anything extra other than attention from the mods and the regulars and if your posts are not quality posts, the attention that you get is probably not what you intended.

I think that people just want to be heard so badly that they feel to need to reply to everything that they see with "I agree" or "hah" or the like. Listen, this is not myspace. This is not your personal blog...ok, this actually is MY personal blog, but it is not yours so STFU! Look, if you are reading this, think about whether the description applies to you. If you think that I am talking to you, then I probably am and I probably think that you are a total fucktard. Stop posting and GTFO the internet.

StankDawg

FIRST!

This is the first post in the first blog in the new integrated blogging system. We have installed the module and we are deciding how we will roll this out to our users and which users will have the abilities to use it.

Be patient and stay tuned for more information!

StankDawg

I got advanced screening tickets to see the new transformers movie Thursday night. I was already anxious to see it when it comes out on July 4, so I jumped at the chance to see it early and waited in line, in true geek fashion, 2 hours early. Like many people, I grew up watching the transformers, so I had high expectations of this movie and hoped that the transformers would be done properly.

WARNING: SPOILERS INSIDE! Do not click and read the rest of this article if you want to be surprised at the movie.� I will not give away the main plot or ending, but I will talk about some aspects of the movie that can be considered spoilers. DO NOT READ FURTHER UNLESS YOU ARE READY!

If you do want to read it, click the small button that says "show"...

My biggest concern going into the movie was not so much the accuracy of the cars and robots and keeping them true to the originals. I actually am not that much of a purist to insist on no changes from the originals.� Movies always make some accommodations for the new format and newer audience. It did not bother me that Wolverines claws came from between his fingers when, in the comics, they come from the back of his hand.� It did not bother me that "movie Spider Man" generated his own webs from his body while the original "comic book spider man" invented a special fluid that he created himself. I can let these things go, if it helps the movie.� I will warn you now that there are several accommodations that you will need to make going into this movie.

Bumblebee is not a Volkswagen like the cartoons. BFD! This did not bother me one little bit. Bumblebee is a Chevy Camaro, but the character was still great. He was definitely the most human-like of the autobots and had the deepest connection with the audience. He is the first transformer introduced at the beginning of the movie, and you got used to him pretty fast so that the other changes were not as bad when they were introduced.

Another small character change was one of my favorites as a kid, and that was "Jazz" originally voiced by Scatman Crouthers. In the movie, Jazz is more of a hip-hop gangster voice and attitude, right down to the posture.� He has a very small role actually, so this was also acceptable to me. The only voice that was actually kept form the original was that of Optimus Prime, and it was deserved. He did not say very much, but when he spoke, he had the voice of a leader, whatever that means. you definitely knew he was "the man" and the voice acting of the movie was great.

My other concern was the acting. I was worried that it would be all flash and special effects with bad acting, but the acting was good. This is where it becomes interesting to me as a hacker.� Hackers played a pretty big part in the plot of the movie. The government intercepts a signal that they need cracked and they bring in teams of hackers and cryptographers to try and break the code. Sure it is a Hollywood cliche, but the good thing was that they actually portrayed hackers in a positive light as people that HELPED for a change.�� It was also accurate (IMHO) showing that hackers are also into gaming, sci-fi, and music and generally normal, fun-loving people who just happen to have a gift of curiosity and knowledge. But I digress...

The code that was being cracked and the screens that were shown were all total "Hollywood" and had no reality to them. There was no NMAP siting here. Again, who cares? The technical details of the code and the hack were kept to a minimum anyway. I was just happy to see positive hacker roles in a movie.

I could go into more detail about the movie here, but I do not want to ruin the whole thing. There were other accommodations made that were not faithful to the original cartoon, but I found them all acceptable. I was also pleasantly surprised at how funny the movie was. There were a lot of jokes in there and some geek humor (watch for the Wolverine/Freddy Krueger conversation) and I was lawling several times during the movie.

I also found a lot of little hidden jokes and scenes and I am sure there were more that I missed. Keep your eyes peeled for the FURBY truck and the X-box 360 scene towards the end. It was also funny/interesting where the top-secret hiding place was located (You will know what I mean when you see it). I wonder if any conspiracy theories will grow out of that one.

We were warned repeatedly before the movie started that we were not allowed to use cel phones or cameras and no video recording of any kind and that we would be prosecuted if we were found recording the film. I was a guest here and had no intention of course, but I was a little surprised by it since I had never been warned directly like that before. Some theaters even check people as they enter with one of those magic wand metal detectors like in the airport.

All-in-all, the movie was fantastic. It was one of the best that I have seen in a long time, and I really think that it will beat out all of the other big blockbuster summer movies including spider-man 3. Go see it! It is "more than meets the eye"! And yes, that was a bad joke to end this blog entry. I will smack myself on your behalf.

StankDawg

I was watching Attack Of the Show this weekend on my DVR and during the "Around the net" section, after showing a live web site tool, they minimized the browser quickly before the director has changed the camera. This allowed a 1 second glimpse of the desktop of that machine and I paused it to find some interesting things.

The obvious thing that I noticed was that the computer was running (surprise!) Microsoft Windows. This was assumed.

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2004, not 2006.

The DDP welcomes it's newest member BlackRatchet into the mix. I noticed BlackRatchet from his work on the YAPL project (YAPL = Yet Another Payphone List) and his knowledgeable answers to programming questions in IRC and on the BinRev forums. I also liked his self-assigned project of putting an LED sign online. I began working closely with him on an upcoming project and realized that he not only has the technical skills but he also as a great attitude and willingness to help out and cooperate for the betterment of the community. With a bio like his, I can tell you he has a lot of knowledge and experience to share.

BlackRatchet is 24 and lives in the NorthEast United States. He is an application developer by day and a fellow code monkey by night. He has his BS (Bachelors of Science) degree in Computer Engineering Technology and is skilled in C/C++, Perl, and PHP. He also has a deep knowledge of exploits and penetration testing and general "hackish behavior".

We welcome him into the DDP roster which is filled with some extremely talented and well educated people. He is already fitting in well and we are glad to have him on board. You will be hearing a lot from him in the future.

StankDawg

NOTE: this was originally posted on the same date in 2004, not 2006.

The DDP is proud to announce the addition of a very talented new member who many of you already know. We are glad to announce that PsypherX is our newest member!

If you frequent our forums, you have seen his fantastic work in the form of our official DDP skin which he created with little or no input from me. I just said that it should somewhat match the rest of the site and he created what you see there now.

But that is not the only project he has assisted with...

He also worked very closely with me on the cover for issue 3.1 (the fourth issue overall) of our magazine. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted it to look like (unlike the forum skin) and that makes it very difficult to work with me. He made an amazing cover that you will all be seeing very soon.

Besides those 2 HUGE projects, we also designed several of our link boxes and has contributed a lot of art to our gallery. Everything that he designs is just digitally sexy.

The DDP roster grows by one more member today and we are very happy to have PsypherX on board.

StankDawg

NOTE: this was originally posted on the same date in 2004, not 2006.

It is has been a long time coming, but we have finally gotten DDP HackRadio up and running! Click here to listen to our new 24/7 hacking radio station.

It wouldn't have been possible without the help of a lot of people...

First of all, I should apologize for it taking so long. It has taken us probably a year or more to get this up and running, but we finally did it.

I installed both shoutcast and icecast in the beginning and got them up and running. icecast did not support streaming mp3 at the time, only ogg vorbis. There was support for it, but it was a little extra work. I had to get the packages for mp3 support and then recompile the server with that support built-in without losing some of the other support. My friend Saitou helped me to get the packages all cooperating and taught me a lot along the way of conflicts and getting through compiling problems. Once I had it up and running, we began testing to see if we could get a whole station up and running, but there was a problem.

The problem was that both shoutcast and icecast, the 2 predominant open-source streaming software applications, did not have the features that we needed for SCHEDULING. The stream itself has been running off and on for quite some time, but it was only me using it to stream BRR and not what I wanted from the station. That is where vooduhal came in.

Vooduhal is the man. We worked for quite some time thinking through the logistics of what we wanted to accomplish and how best to go about doing it. We came up with a mixture of a using a database and using the file system itself to control what gets played. Vooduhal wrote most of the fundamental scripts and cron jobs necessary to get basic functionality working. We also got the basic database built and it worked, but it was just flaky and spontaneously dropped offline and other assorted problems. Vooduhal got it working and had it almost finished except for the administrative functionality. We needed it so that our broadcasters/DJs/personalities could use it easily. Being that we are busy guys who work for a living, it was just hard to find the time to get this thing finished.

Thats when I called on Nick84. Nick84 was also a busy guy, but it just so happened that he had a break in between projects that we were working on and I asked him if he felt like helping finish this up. All of the work for the scheduling needed to be done. We worked together a little bit to discuss strategies and needs and some database structure as well as ideas on how to make it run smoothly and easily. Nick84 wrote a beautiful PHP interface (with all the security that goes with it) so that we could schedule shows. Now, authorized users can add their own shows in a safe, secure, and reliable way. This was not small task and kudos go to Nick84 for a great job. It only took a little bit of testing and some minor tweaks before we finally knew that it was ready to go.

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2004, not 2006.

I was informed that my article in Binary Revolution Magazine issue 2.1 referred to a subdirectory that I accidentally deleted while updating this site. It has since been fixed.

I used the subdirectory "/$tankDawg" as a literal example in the article, but I deleted it a couple of weeks ago. Kizzle pointed out to me that I did this, so I added it back.

StankDawg

DDP reloaded

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

Over the past year or so, many things have been happening in the DDP. Some of us have had to unplug. Some unplugged permanently, some unplug temporarily, and some are mysteriously silent about the whole thing. This does not mean that the DDP is not still alive and kicking.

I am proud to announce 3 new members of the DDP: Dr^ZigMan, droops, and LogosX. Many of you who have been around us for a while are already very familiar with all of these people. But what qualifies making the leap into the DDP?

First of all, the DDP doesn't actively "recruit" members. We do not have certain tests or challenges that we require for membership. That is just silly to me. Testing someone's technical ability only shows you one small aspect of their personality and abilities. I think about it much differently than that.

I have known some extremely intelligent and technical people in my years. I hate to be blunt, but they aren't scarce. But a select few rise to the top and those are the ones that catch my eye. You see, I have been around for a long time. I can tell who knows what they are talking about and who is just fronting. I don't need a test or initiation to some quantify someone's technical ability. To me that is a given. Everyone in DDP has some sort of technical expertise and can certainly represent us on a technical level right along with the best. Instead of some sort of meaningless evaluation, I look for something else entirely.

Technical proficiency is a given in DDP. But what else do I do to determine a good fit for the DDP? There are two things that sound really simple but are amazingly in short supply in the hacker community these days. Technical ability without both productivity, and a good attitude, is wasted.

What do I mean by productivity? Well, you may know a particular programming language inside and out, but what have you done with it? And no, acting superior to everyone in IRC does not count. If you have the skills, why aren't you using them for something productive? Look at any member of DDP and look at what they have accomplished in the hacking community. There are bunches of links here and on binrev.com to DDP projects and member sites. We apply the knowledge that we have not only through personal projects, but through public projects that we share with the rest of the hacking community. You can be sitting there with all of the technical ability in the world, but if you aren't doing anything with it, you are wasting your talent. You will not get anyone attention by complaining, whining, and acting "holier than thou". This leads me to the second thing that all DDP members have.

A positive attitude sounds like some sort of motivational speaker buzzword, but it isn't that cliche. It has become very rare for people in the hacking community to have a positive, helpful, and friendly attitude in general. Everyone thinks that to earn the respect of your peers in the hacking world is to attack each other and perpetuate elitism, which I despise more than anything in the world. I take pride in the fact that every member of the DDP has alwyas been a good person first and foremost. They are always helpful and approachable. They answer questions whenever they can and we, as a group, are trying to change the world of hacking by teaching people that hacking isn't about trying to gain fame by trampling over others. It is about working together so that we all benefit as a community.

All 3 of our new members fit perfectly in this criteria. Take a moment to meet them and you will see what I see. Good hackers, yes, but more importantly, good people. Hacking is supposed to be fun and we intend to keep it that way.

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

The wait for HackTV was a long one. We were learning a lot as we went along, making mistakes and then having to fix them. I think we are finally learning from those mistakes because the wait between episode 2 and episode 3 was much shorter.

This episode contains 4 segments and some more hilarious outtakes.

This episode contains a segment on geocaching, Bar Game Kiosk Hacking, Hacking Conference overview, and hacking laserlocks. There are also a few (more than one) little hidden surprises in there for you to look for. Thanks to Dr^ZigMan for his great work on this project!

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

2600 magazine printed my article entitled "Stupid Webstat Tricks" in their Autumn 2005 issue.

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There are several Easter eggs relating to this topic scattered around binrev.com that have been up for close to a year that no one has noticed before. Either that or they never brought it to anyone's attention. If you find one of them, post a note in the BR forums.

The article was written after reseaching several web statistic and log analysis packages out there. There is also a lot more to discover with these packages, that you can discuss on the BR forum, or in the "discussion" section on docdroppers. The article is Here in the DD library.

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StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

First of all, I don't owe anyone an explanation individually. But since there are a few people out there who wonder why I am pulling out of the public scene, I thought I would try to explain my reasons in the hopes that maybe a few people would understand. I do not have a problem sharing these reasons, but if you intend to attack me for them, you should stop reading now. I don't want to hear it.

Basically, I unplugged for 2 general reasons. Firstly, I pulled out for personal reasons. Secondly, I pulled out because hacking wasn't fun anymore. For those of you who are genuinely interested, I will gladly explain.

As far as personal things go, you have to understand that the word personal infers that I am, in fact, a "person". Somehow people think that hackers are all a bunch of punk kids who have no real life problems and run around without a care in the world. Hackers are people. I am a hacker, but I still love my country. I still love my family. I believe in God. I am not ashamed to admit any of these things, but somehow people lose sight of the fact that we are all real people with real lives. We have real hopes and real dreams. We face real triumphs and real tragedies. We find real love and face real heartbreak. Life changing events happen and hacking takes a backseat to real life. If you have ever heard my radio show, you would know that I have said this many times. I guess now you all know that I meant it. Never let the important things in your life take a backseat to anything.

In my real life, I have had some pretty big events happen lately. I have kept them private while continuing to work on numerous projects to help keep my mind off of things. My 82 year old grandmother recently moved down here to South Florida. She is the only grandparent that I have left and I love her dearly. I have been spending as much time as I could with her lately. For the most part, she is healthy for an 82 year old woman, and she is blessed to be well enough to enjoy life and live independently. Spending quality time with her is my number one priority above all else on this planet. I have been able to balance my time with her and all of the other things in my life fairly well until last month. I had another life changing event that altered my path. I was offered a job that requires me to move out of South Florida and I accepted it. It is a great opportunity for me doing something I love (programming) and using my education and my 15+ years of experience in the computer industry. It was an offer that I could not refuse. This is a very good thing and I am very happy with these changes in my life and my grandmother is happy for me as well.

The reality that I am left with, however, is that I will be physically packing my entire life and moving within a month or so. In that time period, I must sell my house and buy a new house. This means packing up everything I own and repairing my old house to sell it, which is what I have been doing since the beginning of July. As if that weren't enough, I am determined to start this new job on the right foot and really attack it with every fiber of my being. Some of you out there know how hard I work and how I give 337% on everything I do, whether it is writing "show novels" for BRR, researching material for an article, or editing HackTV. I take pride in everything I do. I was always taught that anything worth doing, is worth doing right. I want to do my very best at this new job and after my grandmother, I intend to focus the rest of my concentration on this new job.

All of these events just made me step back and realize that the balance had shifted temporarily. I could no longer juggle hacking and life. I needed to borrow from my "hacking time" to pay my "real life time" to help counter-balance the needs that I now faced. I started making plans to slowly pull out a few months ago as these changes became imminent. I made sure that the radio show would be taken care of months ago (around episode 80 to put it in perspective) and I started asking the guys in DDP to pick up some of the slack for me and carry me for a while. These guys are all so great, that not one...not a single one of them...hesitated to rescue me. I probably don't tell them enough how much I appreciate them. They are not only friends, but they are like brothers to me. I was willing to completely leave the hacking scene to concentrate on real life, but they made it possible for me to stick around...and want to stick around. This leads me to the other reason I unplugged...

The other reason is that no matter how hard I tried to keep it fun, hacking ceased being fun to me. Certainly, the real life things probably weighed into that, but it was more than that. Hacking was slowly losing its fun day by day over the past year or so anyway. There are a lot of great people in this community. There is no doubt of that. I have met several of them at different conferences. I have gotten heartwarming email from them that helped my regain some of my love of hacking. I have seen and heard a lot of great comments from people and I appreciate them all. I sincerely do. But I also got a lot of negative mail and read lots of negative comments from people as well. And they seemed to far outway the positive comments. I see the blog posts of people attacking me and insulting me. I hear the comments people make on conferences. I see the insulting messages people post in forums ( even in my *OWN DAMN FORUMS*) or put in their videos. What did I do to deserve this? I thought we were all on the same team?

Now it is easy for people to say "just ignore people like that". And actually, I am very, VERY good at ignoring people like that. I simply do not have time in my life for negative people in general. I do my very best to help out anyone who asks. But slowly, over time, they start to weigh on you. There are people out there who need help. They don't understand what hacking is. They just don't get it. But that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be helped. They may just need guidance. I have met people who were complete jerks when I first met them. They didn't know that they were being jerks because no one ever told them that they were doing the wrong things. I like to teach people the right things. But sometimes, you can't help those who don't want to be helped. Maybe I come across too strong. I guess that is my weakness, that I speak my mind. May that makes me arrogant, I don't know. Anyone who really knows me, knows that they can ask me for anything and they know I will do as much as humanly possibly to help them out. All I can do is the best that I can. Some days, that just isn't enough for some people.

Then there are other little things that make me feel bad. I get messages from people who are angry with me that I didn't answer their email. They don't understand that I get literally dozens of emails every day and I simply cannot answer them all. I wish I could, but I simply can't. Logistically, I started to feel that I was stretching myself to thin. When you are the type of person who wants to help EVERYBODY and you don't have time to GET TO everybody, it gets frustrating. And I do not have any "real life time" to borrow from anymore to do that. This is slightly frustrating, but since there is simply nothing that I can do about it (I can't alter the flow of time...yet), I have to suck it up and move on with life the best that I can.

The proverbial straw that broke the camels back, was really nothing big or overly frustrating so much as simply bad timing. I was trying my very best to do everything that I could to keep contributing to this community to the best of my ability and to keep putting out content and balance all of the things that I have been talking about and suddenly, I hit the wall. I had enough. Had I seen another random person making a bad comment, I probably could have ignored it. Had I seen yet another blog of someone talking about how much one of my projects or articles sucked, I would have brushed it off. If I had seen another ignorant "journalist" using me to sell his fear-laden articles, I would have laughed it off. Instead, what I saw was someone who I thought was a friend publicly humiliate me at the precise moment when I needed support. When I was at the end of my rope, no one was there to give me a boost. Instead, they kicked me right off.

Now, it is irrelevant to single anyone out, particularly because they probably didn't mean it to come across the way that it did. I understand that, and I don't blame them. But what it did was open my eyes. I realized the hard truth that while there are some great people out there, there are others that simply don't care about you one way or the other. It does not matter how much you give to them, they are never satisfied. They cannot enjoy anything without criticizing it. I don't know what personality trait this is, or if it is more or less prevalent in the hacker community, but I don't like it. I suddenly opened my eyes to the fact that every single thing I do is scrutinized. Here I thought that I was educating people with a radio show and having fun. I was being made fun of. I thought that I was entertaining people with a hacking television show. I was being insulted. I thought that I was providing useful services and projects that people inside (and outside) of the community could enjoy. They were simply being attacked. The thing that I didn't understand, and the thing that bothered me most, was that while all of these people were bitching and complaining about me, not a single person stood up and defended me. Not a SINGLE ONE. No posts of support. No posts defending false allegations. Nothing but silent acceptance.

This is not what the hacking spirit is all about and I don't want to be a part of it right now. It is a terrible feeling to suddenly realize that nobody cares enough to have your back.

I will never understand why some people seem to think that constantly complaining and being negative about everything can ever generate anything positive. All that you do is chase people away. New people need advice and information. Don't insult them, help them! Returning people are looking for another chance. Reach out to them, do not reinforce the negative image that caused them to leave in the first place. And the people that have managed to stay around for any length of time...just support them. You don't have to agree with them. You don't have to like them. But you will respect them. I do not need my ego stroked, nor do I need to hear a "thank you". I just don't think that I deserve the personal attacks, scrutiny and lack of common courtesy that I have been given.

So I do thank the people who have emailed me in recent weeks. I do appreciate that some people cared enough about my well being to email me and say a simple "thanks" or to offer their help and sympathy for my well being. I am honestly touched. You leave me with a great joy to know that there are some people in this community who are genuine and good hearted people. My fellow hackers...my fellow human beings. If I do come back, after some hiatus, it is because of people like you. I cannot list everyone, but you know who you are. I do have to single out my fellow DDP members (past, present, and future) for all of their support. I am proud of what they have accomplished..what we have accomplished. Thanks for keeping hacking fun. Thanks to Acidus, Decius, Elonka, rockit, droops, GIJoe, Dr^Zigman, LogosX, PixelFiend, xlogicx, austin, and Zearle. All of whom were always positive and supportive people to whom I give much deserved respect. And even with all of this, I still have not forgotten about decoder who is going through some pretty rough real life stuff as well. I am still thinking of you my friend. Trust me when I say that *I* have got *your* back.

I am still around, just no longer in the public eye. I have to stick with those people who I trust to be good people and stay away from the critics and the community that simply doesn't want me. I don't have time to be hated. I will continue to write. I will continue to keep making sites and starting projects and programming. The sites/forum/shows/projects/etc... will stick around as long as I can afford them. The DDP will still exist and grow. I will never stop hacking because I love it. If anything, I am able to dedicate more time to it because of this. I have a lot of great friends in this community. They are friends that hopefully will last my entire lifetime. I will never stop hacking. It is a part of me. It is what makes up who I am.

I am StankDawg.

I am a hacker.

StankDawg

I just finally got settled back in after my recent trips to HOPE #6 in NYC as well as DEFCON in Las Vegas. I spent 9 days at each location and met lots of interesting and intelligent people (and a few a$$holes as well).

I was scheduled to present the first episode of season 4 of Binary Revolution Radio at HOPE in front of a live audience, which was something that I was looking very forward to. We also had a very special guest in attendance for that episode as well in the form of MC Frontalot who even performed live on stage for us (sans band). It was incredible for those in attendance, but thanks to the on-site film crew, I cannot share this memory with everyone since the recording stopped right in the middle of Frontalot performing! Not only that, but the end of the show had the entire crowd participating in our closing catch phrase ("Same Hack Time, Same Hack Channel")in unison. It was a very special moment for me personally, and it is a memory that was not captured on film and lost forever. It really was a crushing feeling to find out that they had screwed up such an important event for me and I am not sure that I want to set myself up for that again by speaking at a place that simply didn't seem to care about its speakers. But let's not dwell on the negative, there were a lot of other great things that happened on my trip!

Speaking of filming, even though I had bad luck with the people who were recording mine, I did a little camera work myself over in track 1 which was surprisingly fun! Our good Friend Rax volunteers every year to do camera work, and after 2 long days of filming, I gave him a short break to grab some food and took the seat behind the camera for one of the presentations. I was a regular Scorsese behind that thing! OK, I exaggerate, but it was fun and I made it a point to really focus on the content of the speech and keep the camera trained on the speaker and the slides when appropriate so that hopefully it came out better than the recording of BRR that I mentioned earlier. If I go to HOPE again, maybe I will simply volunteer to run the cameras instead of speaking.

But the radio show wasn't the only presentation that I gave. I always have presentations on my laptop, usually for my local BR407 meeting, that are ready to give at any time. When one of the speakers was unable to give their talk (airlines all backed up due to weather) I stepped in and presented "The Art of Electronic Deduction" which I had previously given at interz0ne in Atlanta. I originally thought this to only be a small presentation for a small group of people, specifically my local BR561 meeting at the time. Now here I was at a conference of 3000+ people giving this very same presentation and it went over surprisingly well! I had a lot of audience participation, which is what the presentation was designed to elicit, and people seemed to enjoy it! Several people came up after the talk saying that they were glad that they stumbled into the presentation, since they were not expecting this talk. I had run out quickly and placed some cardboard signs up at the last minute to try and let people know about the talk. The best thing was that the volunteer who was working in that area running that speaking room (track 2) came up to me and said some very kind things about it, which meant a lot. He had seen all of the speeches that whole weekend and for him to compliment me was very much appreciated. He was the only volunteer there who made me felt appreciated. Plus he had this 31337 Nigeria soccer jersey with the number 419 on the back and NO ONE SEEMED TO GET THE JOKE! I gotta get me one of those.

Shadowing MC Frontalot every step of his way was a film crew from Vaguely Qualified Productions that was filming a nerdcore documentary. I had to make some accommodations with the conference organizers to get them in, but it worked out well as they got some good footage and probably some really bad footage any time I ended up in the shot. The Frontingest one and I even sat down to do an interview for the documentary and discussed how and why nerdcore music was interesting to hackers and geeks. We also discussed some general tech topics, how and why I host his web site, and of course spent an unusually long amount of time on everyones favorite subject, pr0n. The crew there was not only VERY qualified, but they were extremely nice and fun as well. They were good people, and so was MC Frontalot guitarist/bassist (and friend) Brandon who was super nice and really seemed to be getting into the vibe of the conference itself.

After our radio show presentation ended at around 12:30, we got a group of people together to meet and hang out. Unfortunately, there really isn't anywhere around the hotel that can accommodate a group of 30+ people and not be uber-expensive, so someone made the suggestion (I think it was Black Ratchet, but it wasn't me believe it or not) that I could get sweet iced tea at White Castle (one of my favorite restaurants) so we proceeded to moblog the local white castle at 1 in the morning. We met some interesting people there, had the cops stop by for a visit and ask us to leave, but it was all worth it when I saw the look on the face of the clerk when he watched me lead a line of 30 people right up to the register!

At Defcon, I didn't have the burden of having to speak this year so I was free to hang out and meet people and do the whole Vegas "thing" (I highly recommend anyone to go see La Reve at The Wynn hotel if you find yourself in the area). We organized a group meetup at defcon, just like we did at HOPE, which went wonderfully. Since not everyone was over 21, we avoided bars and since buffets in Vegas are not cheap (that is a myth) we did the traditional food court meeting at a local mall right there on the strip. Even though we got started kind of late, we had probably around 30-40 people or more and I enjoyed meeting everyone. I got to meet up not only with my long-time friends like dual_parallel and Elonka, but also some new friends like verbal, upside-down, and many many friends from our forums. There should be some pictures up in the BinRev Gallery.

The other thing that I planned on doing, and was able to do very successfully, was to meet up with some people to discuss some specific projects that I had in mind. I made some contacts and began the process of collaborative projects with some good people. Some who were already friends, and some who were not. I was doing some similar, or related research on a couple of topics that they were also interested in, so I think we may work together on some things in the future. I will not get into details now, since it would be pointless, but look for announcements here, or on the DDP blawg, when they become a reality.

So it was a great vacation that included sightseeing to the hoover dam in Vegas, the WTC site in NYC, and lots of places in between. It was filled with wonderful people, and I hope to keep in touch with everyone and hopefully get back into some projects again. In fact, it has already begun. No matter how hard people try to stop it...The Revolution Will continue to be Digitized!

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

I get a lot of questions from people asking me to recommend web hosting companies to them. I have used many different hosting companies and generally, I have had good luck. I plan to put together a list of web hosting companies that I support and who are "hacker-friendly" in their terms of service.

Understand that when I say "hacker-friendly" hosting, I don't mean that you will be able to do anything illegal, since that is not what hacking is about. What I mean is that the hosting company will allow you to have your freedom of speech and will not be afraid to let you discuss topics that may be borderline dangerous or questionable.

I will include a list of Web Hosting companies that will range from co-location facilities to full administered servers right down to low-end cheap hosting. You will have to determine your own web hosting needs. This is a work in progress and will be ongoing over time.

There simply is a lot of competition in the web hosting arena and a little review and/or recommendation will go a long way.

StankDawg

Mesothelioma

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006. Also note that it refers to some testing that I was trying on a different site that is no longer active (nor is my google Adwords account).

Mesothelioma is an interesting word that I discovered while doing research on Google AdWords for a presentation that I was doing. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by asbestos. There are several money-grubbing lawyers out there looking for these fat cases so that they can hopefully get a class-action lawsuit out of it and hopefully, a big payday.

In the meantime, when I present the possible negative effects that can come from PPC advertising on this subject, I am the bad guy. This is a proof of concept post on my web site to see what those effects might actually be. If there is no danger, then this is all well and good. But as I pointed out in my presentation the use of Mesothelioma in a site that really isn't about Mesothelioma or asbestos cancer could be worthless.

So this will be an interesting test of my theory to see what kind of results I get. This is a perfectly valid post and a perfectly valid web page, although it is more about experimenting with Google AdSense than it is with Mesothelioma or cancer or class action lawsuits. It is not fraudulent in any way, other than it may generate traffic towards one of the valid sites that are hopefully listed to the right.

If you are looking for valid information on Mesothelioma or asbestos cancer or are in need of a lawyer for a law suit over mesothelioma, then hopefully the ads to the right will be helpful for you. Good luck and I hope we both find what we are looking for.

StankDawg

NOTE: This post was originally made on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

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I got home from presenting at Defcon 13 and sometime over the weekend, the new Summer 2005 issue of 2600 magazine came out. It contained the article that I just presented on at Defcon entitled "Hacking Google Adwords" which can be found below if you keep reading.

This was my 9th article to be published by 2600.

The article was submitted to them around 6 months ago (give or take a month) and I continued my research on the topic as I put together my presentation for Defcon and I found a whole lot of other interesting things that were demonstrated in my presentation that I had not found when I wrote the article.

The article is posted on DocDroppers.org and the powerpoint presentation is right here: .

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StankDawg

NOTE: this was originally posted on the same date in 2005, not 2006.

It took us over a year, but HackTV episode 2 is finally out!

We had quite a few things going on that slowed us down such as the weekly radio show, the new BinRev Meetings, preparing for my defcon presentation, and tons of other projects. Hopefully we can get this back on track and coming out more often. We certainly owe a lot of thanks to Dr^ZigMan as well as many others for their help in getting this released.

One of the most time consuming parts of putting a show like this together is that we are truly an underground show. What I mean is that we film this with mini-DV cameras (or 8MM) and we are usually on-location (many times in places where we possibly shouldn't be). This means that the camera work is not as smooth as we would like. We are not filmed in a studio, a home, or other controlled environment like some other shows.

Also, due to the nature of the subject matter, it is necessary to blur/edit out a lot of the things that we capture on film for legal reasons as well as personal safety and privacy. These facts, combined with the jumpy camera work, make for a bad combination. It causes the editing process to be both time consuming, and painful beyond words.

Mix in a couple of hurricanes last year (and one coming already this year) and the fact that we are probably stretching ourselves to thin as it is, has caused the lateness of this episode (which required a large amount of blurring). Huge thanks to Dr^ZigMan who helped tremendously to get this done before defcon.

We already have a good bit of footage recorded for upcoming episodes and they should be much easier to edit. Hopefully, we can get these coming out on a more regular schedule.