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I warn you that this post might be something that a lot of people can't handle. They may not want to know or care about such a strange story or they may think it is just too depressing. I found it inspirational.

The person that I am talking about is Shiloh Pepin who is probably better known as "the Mermaid girl". She is called this because she has a rare condition called Sirenomelia which causes her legs to be fused together. I am terrible at medical stuff and while that part is interesting to me, what I was more amazed at was this girls love of life and strength of character.

TLC is airing a documentary about the last 6 months of her life. Sadly, Shiloh passed away at the end of 2009.

Watching the troubles that this girl overcame on a daily basis and watching her do it with such strength and faith made me feel like a weak man. I even changed my signature in the forum to quote Shiloh, not out of sympathy, but out of respect for the wisdom of a 10 year old girl who was able to see the good side of life despite the bad things that had happened to her.

I got depressed and felt bad about myself over some crazy chick who dumped me without even so much as an apology and this girl has gone through more hardship in her life than I could even imagine. All of the things that I worry about like finances and relationships and other silly things are simply inconveniences. Money isn't important. Beauty isn't important. Power isn't important. Strength of character and integrity is what's important in life. After watching this girls life, I have a new conviction to be a stronger person.

Everyone reading this who whines about how hard their life is should take a good, long, hard look at themselves and where their life is going. You don't even know what it is like to truly struggle. I don't have a lot of sympathy for whiners who won't help themselves. I then get called an un-compassionate asshole for it. But can you look at this girl and still tell me that you have truly struggled in life? I can't and I am not afraid to admit that.

I made a small donation to her benefit fund to help build more handicap accessible playgrounds and I would encourage others, if they are able, to do the same. It is the least that I can do to thank you Shiloh.

A 10 year old girl showed me what real strength is all about.

StankDawg

Conformity quiz results

Since I am a worthless blogger now, that means I have to take stupid quizzes like these and post them online as though anyone gave a fuck. Here is yet another one.

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<strong>You Are 77% Non Conformist</strong>

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You are a pretty serious non conformist. You live a life hardly anyone understands.<br />

And while some may call you a freak, you're happy with who you are.

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StankDawg

I have been slowly but surely uploading episodes of Binary Revolution Radio to our downloads module after a long drought of not having a valid archive.

I customized the section include air dates and show hosts and I have been copying over show notes (which has been an adventure since HTML does not always play well with BBCODE) and as I do this I am reminded of a lot of great times with great friends. I ended the show after 4 seasons because towards the end, it started to become a chore and a burden because expectation were there every week for people and I was trying to keep everyone happy but at the cost of my own enjoyment of the show. When I realized this, I knew that it was time to end it.

But man, while I was doing it, even the last stressful episodes, I had a blast. This was one of the funnest things that I ever did in my life. It was me along with some of my best friends just talking tech and hacking and just being ourselves and doing what we do. We were thinking, challenging boundaries, questioning authority and taking stances on what we believed in. We were learning and teaching at the same time. We were laughing, joking around, and even, on some pathetic occasions, singing. I bore my soul on that show sometimes. I look back and do not regret anything I ever said on that show and if you really want to know who StankDawg really is and what he is all about, just go back and listen to these shows.

That was me.

That *is* me.

I am not, nor have I ever been, fake and I know exactly who I am. You will not find me saying or doing one thing and then going on livejournal or a blog somewhere and pretending to be someone that I am not to people that don't even know the real me. If you listened to those episodes, you already know the real me.

StankDawg

As I post this, most of you see the message at the top about how I am cleaning up posts from the linkz section.

The original idea for the linkz section was to handle the large number of posts from members, many of them one time posters to spam their sites, that were simple links to their sites. We also wanted to have a place for people to post links to interesting ebay auctions or craigslist finds. It did a good job and kept the rest pf the forums pretty clean from that type of content in the early years. Now that we have grown larger, the amount of content is sufficient enough to send those type of posts down the post list pretty fast, thus rendering them less annoying.

As we grew, there was actually a minor phenomenon that happened where some people were confused as to what the linkz section was for and where they should post some content. People started posting links to news articles that were hacking or phreaking related in the linkz section thinking that was the correct place for ALL links. Now this was a good thing that people were trying to follow the rules and post in appropriate areas, so obviously we never had any problems with that, but truth be told, a lot of those posts probably should have gone directly into the General Hacking section or the Old Skool Phreaking section instead. As I go through it, I also find some that I am moving into other parts of the forums like the graphics section and a lot of off-topic stuff. Since each thread has to be judged individually, I have to go through them one by one and decide what to do with them.

That forum has around 2800 posts in it before I started. Now that we have an actual links module, I do not see the need anymore for having a linkz forum. But what do we do with all of that content? There are a lot of good links that are still valid and useful and a lot of great discussion on many of them. While there is a "mass move" function that I can use to just dump EVERY post into another forum of my choice, I do not want to use that since the topics are diverse and no single forum is a good place for all of them. Basically, I have to go through them one by one and decide 2 things.

  • Whether the link is worth adding to our new links database.
  • Where to move the thread itself.

How do I decide what to save, you might wonder? Well, admittedly, it is just me using my best judgment, so please don't be offended if I skip a link that you think should have been in our new database. For the most part, I read each thread and decide whether the link is still active and valuable to keep on file. If so, I find the proper section of our links database to put it in and save it. Since the links database is just beginning, I am having to add sections as I see a need, so new categories are popping up all the time. Some I skip intentionally, some I just miss on accident. Many of the links are simply to news stories of some kind and there is not really a need to keep them in a database. They may still have valuable discussion and content however.

This leads to step 2. I then decide what the thread is about and find another place in the forums to move it. If it is about hacking, I move it to GH. If it is about Phreaking, I move it to OSP. We have many forums that cover a lot of different topics and so far, I have found an appropriate place fore everything. If anything is questionable, I move it to off-topic. While I work through this, which may take months, you will see content disappearing from that forum and popping up elsewhere on the site. Since it is older, it will get shuffled in chronologically and you will not see them appearing at the top of any forums, don't worry about that.

If you want to help out, what you can do is just add links to our links database. I am going through the linkz section, but if you have any links that you think deserve to stay in out database because they are good, ongoing, useful or fun sites, by all means submit them. To prevent SPAM, all links must be approved by moderators. Try to post them in the appropriate category, but a moderators may decide to move it if they think it is better served elsewhere. Don't worry, the links database is searchable.

This is just one of many news apps that we are now offering on binrev.com so keep checking back. You can subscribe to my blog to get announcements (and other assorted drama) on all things binrev and StankDawg in nature.

StankDawg

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

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I mentioned on Binary Revolution Radio about a month or two ago that I passed the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) exam. Just this past week, I finally got a welcome packet with my printed certificate (which was very unimpressive) along with some other things.

I went from the stereotypical evil hacker to Certified Ethical Hacker and a "security professional" in the matter of a few hours. Does anyone out there really think that I am any different for having this piece of paper?

Also included in the packet was a sticker for the back window of a car that reminds me of those found at universities. I do not foresee myself putting this on the "StankMobile" anytime soon.

I also received a congratulation letter and some little papers repeating the mindwash of what an "ethical hacker" is supposed to be in their minds.

The final thing that was in the packet, and the thing that was most interesting to me, was a small business card sized CD with a linux distro on it. The CD itself said "CEH" on the front along with the word "membership card" and I got a little bit excited wondering if they had developed their own special little security distro. I always like playing with new bootable security distros. I was very disappointed to find out that the disc was nothing more than LNX-BBC with a different label on it. It has not been updated since 2003 and seems to be a dead distro, regardless of what their page says. If it hasn't been updated in 2 years, it is dead.

I really should have expected that, but oh well. I knew what I was getting into with that certification and I am still glad that I got it, just for the factor of knowing that I can pass an exam based on their view of what a hacker is. Of course when they say I'm an "ethical hacker" and I say that I'm an "ethical hacker" we are describing two totally different people.

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StankDawg

My presentation from interz0ne 5 is now available for download. The Powerpoint file is included below with this post and the article is finally up over on docdroppers.org right here.

The presentation covers a lot more than the article does, but the articles goes into more depth and does a better job of explaining some of the examples used. Feel free to use and/or redistribute these files as explained in our standard creative commons license.

The Art of Electronic Deduction.ppt

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The Art of Electronic Deduction.ppt

The Art of Electronic Deduction.ppt

StankDawg

Possibly the greatest singer of all time made her way to Orlando Florida this past weekend. I have always wanted to see Aretha in concert and I have been looking forward to it since it was announced. I am sad to say that it was a bit disappointing.

I know that when you have such reverence and high expectations for someone, that you are setting yourself up for a fall, but I don't think that is the reason that the concert was disappointing. It was disappointing because Aretha just didn't seem to be into being there in the first place. She wasn't "into" the whole thing. Maybe because this was at Universal Studios and not at a fancy/expensive venue. Maybe she was sick. Maybe she is just tired of touring. It might even be a combination of all of these reasons. After performing for about an hour and a half (no complaints there) she left the stage without singing "Respect" which is, as everyone knows, the classic Aretha song. She pulled the classic, leave the stage move and everyone thought that she would come right back out for an encore to do that one last song. The crowd was chanting and everything and the band was still sitting there as though they were also waiting for her...but she never came back out. Slowly, the band started packing up one by one but they also seemed confused. Eventually, they brought up the lights and everyone headed home but the whole thing was just strange. The conspiracy theorist in me wonders if she saves that big song for the expensive concerts and not the large venues.

Either way, she is amazing. She is one of the few people that I put in my "gifted" category. She has a God-given gift that very few people on the planet have. Sure, lots of people can sing...and sing very well. But Aretha is on a whole different plane. No one on Earth can sing like her. She has complete control over her voice, incredible power, and the whole thing is effortless. she doesn't strain...she doesn't run out of breath. She just sings. When people say that someone can sing, Aretha Franklin epitomizes that. Aretha Franklin could sing the phone book and I would be mesmerized. I once saw her perform on some awards show (the grammys one year, don't remember when) when Pavarotti was supposed to sing an opera song but he was too sick and unable to perform. Aretha stepped in on extremely short notice (I heard only an hour to learn the song) and sang this amazing and beautiful opera song...in Italian! Are you kidding me? And I was watching...it was beautiful...just amazing. I mean, you think of Aretha as motown and soul, which is true. But this woman can sing everything.

A lot of people claim to be divas and call themselves Divas, but Aretha is the only Diva in my book. I think the word was invented for her since there is no other way to describe her greatness. If you ever get a chance to see her perform, do it. Despite the slight disappointment I mentioned earlier, I would see her again in a heartbeat.

StankDawg

I took a poll on one of those online dating sites and it gave me this personality description as a result on how to get along with me:

6 - the Questioner

you chose CY - your Enneagram type is SIX (aka "The Loyalist").

"I am affectionate and skeptical"

Questioners are responsible, trustworthy, and value loyalty to family, friends, groups, and causes. Their personalities range broadly from reserved and timid to outspoken and confrontative.

How to Get Along with Me

• Be direct and clear.

• Listen to me carefully.

• Don't judge me for my anxiety.

• Work things through with me.

• Reassure me that everything is OK between us.

• Laugh and make jokes with me.

• Gently push me toward new experiences.

• Try not to overreact to my overreacting.

What I Like About Being a SIX

• being committed and faithful to family and friends

• being responsible and hardworking

• being compassionate toward others

• having intellect and wit

• being a nonconformist

• confronting danger bravely

• being direct and assertive

What's Hard About Being a SIX

• the constant push and pull involved in trying to make up my mind

• procrastinating because of fear of failure; having little confidence in myself

• fearing being abandoned or taken advantage of

• exhausting myself by worrying and scanning for danger

• wishing I had a rule book at work so I could do everything right

• being too critical of myself when I haven't lived up to my expectations

SIXes as Children Often

• are friendly, likable, and dependable, and/or sarcastic, bossy, and stubborn

• are anxious and hypervigilant; anticipate danger

• form a team of "us against them" with a best friend or parent

• look to groups or authorities to protect them and/or question authority and rebel

• are neglected or abused, come from unpredictable or alcoholic families, and/or take on the fearfulness of an overly anxious parent

SIXes as Parents

• are often loving, nurturing, and have a strong sense of duty

• are sometimes reluctant to give their children independence

• worry more than most that their children will get hurt

• sometimes have trouble saying no and setting boundaries

I find it to be pretty accurate. I do overreact sometimes, but not as badly as others that I know. I do laugh things off a lot and MOST things I do not take too seriously. If you are clear about what is serious and what is joking with me, which I try to do with others, then we are usually on the same page. I am loyal, but I expect people to be loyal to me.

But it also explains why some people don't get along with me. It reaffirms that I should not stress out so much over these people. It is not that it is anyones fault, it is just that we weren't meant to be together or get along. We aren't compatible, that's all. Work with me and communicate and we will get along just fine. Judge me and give up on me and abandon me and we are not meant to get along.

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

I have been watching Shen Yun for a year or so now, waiting for it to come to Orlando. Orlando usually gets a lot of these type of shows, but for some reason I have not seen it come here. It went down to Broward county where I used to live, but not here. I have seen the muscle musical while in Las Vegas a few years ago (2006 I think) which went by the name Matsuri so look for it if they come back to Vegas at some point. To be clear, these are two entirely different shows. Matsuri is a more athletic show with acrobats, stunts, and similar content. Shen Yun looks to be much more artistic and cultural which is why I want to see it so badly.

If anyone has a chance to see this, make sure that you do. It may be a once in a lifetime type event.

StankDawg

Ok, so I am not exactly boycotting it, but I am not getting all heavy into it this year. I am not falling into the commercialization anymore. I never really thought of Christmas as a commercial holiday, but somehow it became one out of entitlement. Someone buys you a gift and you are obligated to buy one back for them and it grows and grows. I don't think this is at all what this holiday is supposed to be about.

Without going into a religious topic here, since I tend to keep my personal beliefs to myself, but this holiday is to celebrate the birth of our lord and savior Jesus Christ. Now, believe that or not, thats fine. Personal decisions and all of that...but I do believe that and I do not understand how that became "buy everyone you know lots of gifts". The tradition comes from the wise men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus and we keep that tradition up this very day. That is all well and good, but the obligation needs to stop.

I do not see the point in buying my sister a gift card only to have her buy me a gift card of the same value for another store. why bother? The stores are the ones who really benefit from this token gesture in the form of a guaranteed sale. Don't get me wrong, I am not a Grinch. I love Christmas and what it truly stands for. But let's be honest, Christmas is a childrens holiday. I have no problem buying gifts for kids and keeping the holidays magical and fun. But for those of us who grew up, it is just all false idolatry to the almighty dollar. Not "idol" in a Godlike way, but in a shift of priorities. I am not doing it anymore.

Similar to the way that I don't want gifts to celebrate my birthday (and arbitrary day if there ever was one) I don't want gifts out of obligation. If you want to buy me a gift, do it because you think of me or care about me and thought it would be a nice thing that has no relevance to a date. I buy gifts for people all the time. Why should I wait to give them at Christmas or some particular day? I will give them when I think of that person and buy the gift for them. Personally, if someone gave me a small gift or a card on some strange Wednesday for no reason at all other than that they simply cared about me, that would mean far more to me than if someone bought me a brand new car on Christmas. I can buy a new car myself. You cannot buy caring and love.

So that being said, I only bought a few small practical gifts for my new baby niece. I made arrangements with my family to not do the gift exchange mockery this this. I do have a few small things for people, but not out of obligation, but because I care. They are small, cheap things that I picked up on my travels and I don't count that is going out of my way to get gifts.

No matter what your feeling are on gift-giving, please let me wish you all a happy holiday. I still love the holiday and the intent behind it, so don't misinterpret that. I will be out of town for the rest of the year visiting my family. Hopefully, I make it back alive. I am going to start 2010 strong and refocused and hopefully it treats me a whole lot better than 2009 did. ;)

StankDawg

My most recent article, entitles "The Art of Electronic Deduction" is in the current issue of Blacklisted411 magazine.

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This is my second article to be published by Blacklisted411 magazine.

The article is interesting because it started out as a silly little game that I made up for my local (at that time) BR561 meeting. It was surprisingly fun and a huge success at the meeting, prompting me to write it up into a formal article. I have also taken it a step further and put together a presentation on the same topic for my new BR407 meeting.

The article is posted here on DocDroppers.

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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

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

Starting this weekend, the worlds phirst hacking/phreaking reality radio show begins! It is a LIVE show appearing EXCLUSIVELY on DDP HackRadio and YOU can easily participate.

This will be an enormously phun project that anyone can get involved in. It was another "phirst of its kind" project that required some interest setup and coding on our part. Nottheory did a phantastic job in coding up the interface and the connections between servers. Click below for more information.

We have set up a system that allows multiple users to call in to the BellsMind PBX and participate in the show. The show itself is really not a formal show like many of the others that we have done in the past. This is a freestyle show that is really just a conference call that is streamed live over the internet. That is what makes it a "reality" show. We have no idea who is going to be doing what.

Ideally, we would like to think that it will be a lot of phun phone calls and maybe some light-hearted jokes and phone system "exploration". We would also love to see people take it upon themselves to bring actual topics of discussion phor everyone, but that may be a little too organized phor this type of show.

The reality aspect of the show will be interesting to observe as well. While we hope and encourage people to enjoy the show, and while we will be liberal with the content, we also realize that some people will just be the complete jerks that they are and try to ruin it phor everyone. There will be people who try to TONE out the line and others who will spout abusive and offensive language. While we will allow an almost unlimited amount of phreedom, if someone does cross the line to the point where they endanger themselves or others, or commit act of an illegal nature, we do have an administrative system written to address these issues and kick people phrom the conference if they become a problem.

We are also in the process of implementing some other phun pheatures such as the ability to vote off other callers like the television reality shows (a la Survivor, the apprentice, etc...). These changes, when implemented, along with phull instructions (including the call-in number) can be phound at PhreakPhactor.net and all changes/announcements will be posted there phirst!!

StankDawg

Well, with so many people all getting butthurt over stupid (and irrelevant) IRC activity, combined with the comments of how the forums have "gone downhill" we have taken some steps to improve the situation.

I still firmly believe that it is YOU, the binrev community, who need to police yourselves better and stand up when people are bringing down YOUR forums. However, since no one seems to want to do that, you have left it to me to fix...again. So I am going to fix it the only way that I know how. I am about to implement MARTIAL LAW! Many of you will not like it. That is too bad since you had the opportunity to fix the problems yourselves before it got to this point, so now you must deal with my way of handling things.

The first step was actually done last weekend. We added 3 new moderators to our moderating team. I would like to publicly announce and welcome mirrorshades, Alk3, and deepgeek to the moderating team. They have all been trained on the forum rules and our policies and will all make excellent additions to our existing moderating team. This is only the beginning as we are considering a few more people who may also be joining as well. This is not something that we take lightly. This is a serious job and it takes a lot to earn your spot on this team. I have nothing but the utmost respect for all of them and I appreciate the drama that they have to put up with on a daily basis even if many of our member do not. If you earn your way onto this team, then you are head and shoulders worthy of my respect.

With a strong moderating team in place, we will now begin to clean up the forums. There will be NO MORE slaps on the wrist for offenses. We are now under a no-tolerance policy. This includes not only the letter of the laws, but also the general civility level of the forums. There will be NO MORE FLAMING ANYWHERE IN THE FORUMS! Let me say it again to make it crystal clear. THERE WILL BE NO MORE FLAMING IN THE FORUMS! and there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule. You will get warned or banned for violating this mandate.

This MARTIAL LAW status will endure until the forums are cleaned up. It may take a month, it may take longer,. If you want it to go back to normal, I suggest that you PARTICIPATE by policing each other. How? Send PM to people who post something that is bad, illegible, off-topic, or just plain wrong. REPORT posts to the moderating team so that we can address them faster. Defend people who get flamed instead of letting bystander apathy take over your life and this community. Do not stand by and watch people ruin the forums. CALL THEM OUT!

Please everyone: Help us make these forums a better place by participating. If you stop trying, then we will stop trying and we will shut the whole thing down. I really do not need this headache, stress, and aggravation. It is your site, not mine. If it has to go down, then it is on you, not me. Please do not let that happen.

StankDawg

I took a business trip to San Francisco a few weeks ago and I have to say it was one of my favorite cities ever. I have been to San Diego before and no offense to San Diegans (is that a word?) but it just didn't really stand apart from many other big cities that I have seen. That isn't a bad thing necessarily, just that there was nothing unique about it. Until this trip, San Diego was my limited experience of California. This trip has made me want to travel to Kali again.

The big difference was that San Francisco just had so much...character. It was just a city with such great history and personality. I would even say more than NYC! It had a great chinatown, but also a j-town (Japan town), and many other cultures represented as well. This place, more than any that I have seen in the United States, best represents our "melting pot" and acceptance of many different cultures. All cultures have their own identity and place where they can really express themselves but at the same time, people were mixed and living together in unison. No one was restricted or forced into a particular area. No one was looked down upon. No one was treated differently. This is what America is all about.

Here are a few pictures that I took, but I definitely want to go back and do a few more touristy things.

StankDawg

Besides discussing the reliability and professionalism of a place in Chinatown NYC that has a washed out and faded sign. I just can’t help find it interesting that a 23 minute massage is unusually precise. Maybe it is 20 for the “rub” and 3 more for the happy ending “tug”?

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StankDawg

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

On Tuesday, January 4th BlackRatchet and I released our latest project on the unsuspecting Internet world. DocDroppers is a hacking library of sorts. On it, you will find not only all of the texts from myself and the DDP, but any and all text files from the world of hacking. People have attempted collections like this before, but ours is much different.

DocDroppers (or DD for short) is different for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it is organized and well maintained. We have started and maintained many projects and understand what an undertaking it is to maintain projects for a period of time. We know full well the time that would be needed to keep this site alive and we did our best to minimize the time needed to maintain it, but still be prepared to give it the time that it requires.

This leads to the second reason that I think this site will survive. It is wiki-based which means it was designed from the ground up to be a collaborative project. We got it started and added all of our personal articles, articles from many of the sites that we maintain, and articles from friends out there who have submitted material to us. This is just the tip of the iceburg. The project will really shine when people start adding their material to the site. We have barely scratched the surface.

Another reason that we expect this to live and grow for a long time is because we are treating it very seriously and taking a lot of care to maintain that it does not get shut down for copyright violations. We do not think that we need copyrighted material on the site. The hacking community is filled with people who write better stuff than many magazines and books anyway! Everything on the site is under some sort of open license or we have gotten EXPRESSED PERMISSION from the copyright holder to display their work and the copyright notice is displayed. While individual copyright takes precedence over the respective articles, all general contents of the site fall under a different creative commons license than usual. This "share-alike" license allows any and all transformation to the site, which enhances the collaborative environment so everyone can feel free to help improve the site. We don't need copyrighted material!

Finally, the thing that I like best about the site is the functionality. I sat down and hammered out a design scheme and a plan of attack before we even installed the software. Other sites out there collect files with little or no order. What good is a list of alphabetical files if you can't find what you are looking for? I wanted this site to be easier to navigate and fully searchable. I also wanted it broken down by keyword so that articles could easily be found by common topic or subject matter. You should be able to easily find anything you are looking for on DocDroppers and if you don't find it... please add it!

We hope you enjoy DocDroppers. We got it started and I know that with your help, we will keep improving it and making it the "go-to" hacking reference site

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

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

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

I recently presented at the interz0ne 4 conference in Atlanta on a topic entitled "Disposable Email Vulnerabilities". During this presentation, I announced the latest DDP project to go live.

The name of the site is "Will Hack For Food" (or WH4F for short) and it is a new Disposable Email Service that is much safer to use than any of the others.

You can download the actual presentation here which explains it better, but the short version is that this system cannot be backdoored as easily as the others. You can feel safe using this to avoid SPAM and protect your privacy and you don't have to go through the hassle of creating another hotmail or gmail account and filling out all of that personal information.

As for the unusual URL, it was actually a site that we registered as a joke a while back. We thought it a funny name and we registered it as a ".biz" simply because .biz domains were only 4.95 per year at that time. We were using this site simply as a sandbox to test things and decided it would be good to use for this project.

Thanks to Nick84 for all of his patience and work on this project and be sure to check out his site at rootsecure.net. Also thanks go to my friends over at memestreams who helped beta test.

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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Holiday break

I am finally getting around to posting about my holiday break and the end of my catastrophic 2009. Fittingly, 2009 started in the emergency room and it ended in the emergency room. I guess that is appropriate. Regardless of my 2009 health events both my family and I are perfectly healthy and looking forward to a good 2010.

One of the things I was most excited about was finally getting to see my new 4 month old niece for the first time. This is my sisters first child and while I may be a bit biased, she is a beautiful baby girl and you can't help but smile looking at her. Here she is wondering who is this wolf/dawg creature that is kissing her. It's the beard...chicks dig the beard. ;)

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Here we both are chilling on the couch both with our respective headgear.

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I also didn't waste any time getting her starting on her hacking career by teaching her the basics of phone phreaking.

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Both pictures were taken before the haircut so these were the last photos of a creature that might just belong on an episode of MonsterQuest. Due to the aforementioned emergency room visit, it put me behind on a lot of things including the haircut and the fund raiser (which I will wrap up this week, I promise). I *did* get the hair buzzed after I got back home and I did get it filmed to be released in a future episode of HackTV:PWNED. I also have a few photos that I took with the cameraphone that I will post in the Financiers section of the forum.

I went to visit my grandmother, whom I have spoken of before, but they put them to sleep in the nursing home very early after supper (it was only 5:30 PM) so she was already in bed when I arrived and I wasn't able to spend much time with her this trip which was disappointing (and entirely my fault for not staying an extra few days to see more of her). I regret not making more time for her.

In addition to spending time with my real family, I spent time with my hacking family as well. I got together with long time friends logosx, zer0db, and meaflux. We hung out and caught up on real life drama (thats what friends do) and talked tech and hax (thats what hackers do) and I missed hanging out with them every month at the BR561 meeting. Luckily I stay in touch with them all and pledge to stay even closer to them in 2010.

My rebirth is complete and I am ready for a fresh start on life. I will be posting some big news about my future sometime within the next month so stay tuned for a new direction not only for me personally, but also for the entire binrev family of sites.

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StankDawg

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

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The AdWords program is an advertising system used by Google. It is a pay-per-click system like may others but Google doesn't give it the attention to design that it deserves. Not only does Google take some liberties with the Terms of Service and what they allow and don't allow in the program, but also have several flaws in the logical design of the system. There are several loopholes in this system and they will be explained and demonstrated with proof of concepts for every example.

There is also an upcoming article on this topic.

UPDATE!!! I was just informed that my speaking time has been moved to 3 PM Friday, July 29 on track 3 in the Apollo room! These people do not seem to have it all together, so all I can say is to check the schedule and see what other changes they make.

UPDATE!! 09/28/2005 - The mp3 file is floating around in the internet, so I am putting it up here for you to download.

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StankDawg

Activity Increase

As August closes and we move into September (my Birth month), I thought it was worth pointing out some really great threads that have been brought up in our forums.

There is some interesting discussion on "the New York phantom exchanges" about some missing blocks of number from 212-394 and 212-955. Blue Box building is still around thanks to projectMF from our friend Phiber Optik. This and lots more is in the Old skool Phreaking forum.

From the hacking side of things, I recently posted a new entry on the official DDP blawg about interesting things caught on MythBusters. There is also lots of great hacking discussion in the forums in general. All of these forums are OPEN and DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION! But if you do choose to register for the forums, you also get access to our registered members section with talk that is more focused on specific topics like hardware hacking, Retail Hacking, and our always excellent programming section.

We also appreciate our artistic side here at binrev so registered member can participate in our photoshop contests or our desktop of the month threads in the graphics section. Right now, I am anxiously awaiting more submissions to the Hacker Magic Cards contest. The templates are provided, all you have to do is register to access these sections (which is free). We also have an off-topic general chat section where zaniness abounds. Everything from comics, to humor, to poetry to pr0n is shared in this section.

If you are really into the Binary Revolution, you should consider donating 25 bucks to join our donors program. This will give you the ability to host your own blog here at binrev.com (or get a nice link to your own blog from a high google-ranked site) along with extra gallery storage space and access to an awesome forum with exclusive content. Right now there are active threads on accounts that were harvested from disposable email accounts and shared with the group as well as much more.

We have been picking up some steam after a long summer with lots of distractions and reorganization here at binrev. I am glad to see that we are on the right track and I look forward to seeing the news threads in the forums every day. I hope you feel the same!