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StankDawg

To quote someone from the off-topic section, "The Revolution will be Monetized!"

WHAT IT IS:

Many of our long-time users here know that we have been through a long road of increasing server costs that have come out of my pocket personally. I have not bothered anyone about money because I want to share as much information for free as we could to help our community grow. I always tried to find alternative ways to pay for our family of sites. Increased server costs and software licenses have made that difficult financially, but I think I have found a solution that if fair to everyone *and* will hopefully help ease my personal financial burden.

I never set up a donations link because I wanted to give people something back in appreciation for their support and I think that I have found a way to do that. What I have done is create a new member group called "Agents of the Revolution" that is a subscription based group. What this means is that you can only join this group by donating $25.00 towards binrev and all of our services each year as part of this subscription. It is important to immediately point out after that statement that THIS IS TOTALLY OPTIONAL! It will not impact any current members in any way whatsoever! All of the forums that we have currently are not going to change and are still under the same settings that they always have been. This new group is strictly on a voluntary basis.

So why would you want to join this group? Besides just the show of support, we tried to give you a lot of extra bonuses and capacity on the server. They are as follows..

WHAT YOU GET:

  • More PM space (500!)
  • Unlimited gallery space!
  • Free blog space right here on binrev.com
  • Access to 1 special private agents-only forum
  • Advance previews of content (like articles, radio shows, videos, etc...)
  • Exclusive and Advanced offers before public availability (discounts with affiliate sites, pre-purchase of binrev merchandise, etc...)
  • More forum features to numerous to mention (no flood control on searches, ability to view offline board, change your forum name, etc...)
  • Our appreciation for your support!

IMPORTANT NOTES and FAQ:

  • Forum rules still apply! You MUST FOLLOW THE FORUMS RULES or you can still be warned and/or banned and your money WILL NOT be refunded!
  • You can choose not to renew at any time if you are no longer interested.
  • There is another separate group called "Senior Agents" who have access to this private forum as well. Membership to the senior agents group is by invite only for members who participate in project and content for the hacking community. YOU CANNOT BUY MEMBERSHIP TO THIS GROUP!

DIRECTIONS:

How do you subscribe to this group?

If you have decided that you like what you see and want to subscribe to this new group, you can do so by going into your "MY CONTROLS" section using the link located in the upper right hand corner of the forums. On the left hand side menu system you will see a section labeled "OPTIONS". Here you should click on "Purchase Paid Subscriptions" and you will see that there is only 1 subscription available. Select it and click the continue button which will take you to the PAYPAL payment gateway. At this time, we are only able to offer paypal as our payment gateway. New users will be presented with this option when they join the forums.

The payment and activation should be immediate assuming your paypal account works properly. If it does not, you can PM me with your information and I will look into it. When you come back to the forums, you should notice yourself in the member list for the new group.

CLOSING:

I know that some of you will not agree with this and think that everything should be free, but please understand that it is getting more and more difficult to sustain these ongoing costs which I have covered personally for the past 5+ years. I have come out of my own pocket for literally tens of thousands of dollars during this time. I have resisted advertising on binrev.com and want to continue to do so. I thought that this was a fair compromise that still provides the same service but offers you something in return for your donation. Between this and the ads that we have put on our smaller sites (most of you probably didn't even notice these either) we hope that we will be able to cover our monthly costs long into the future.

Thank you for your support, whether financial or participation in the forums. I understand that not everyone can afford to do this, but we appreciate everyone none-the-less. I look forward to a long life for the Revolution!

-StankDawg

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
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 created a new masthead for our real DDP "blawg" over at digitaldawgpound.org. I suck at graphics, but this was simply some cropping and resizing and some CSS edits. I think it looks ok, but if anyone wants to donate and create something new and better, be my guest!




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 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 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
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
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. 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 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.
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.

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

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.



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

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: .