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  1. My first was some version of ProDOS running on an Apple IIe. Next was Windows 95, Windows 98, NT 3.1, 2000, XP. At school I would occasionally touch Mac OS 8,9 & OSX based Computers and my first Linux experience started with Mandrake Linux 9.2 & SuSe 9 in 2004/2005.
  2. try telnetting to, I was impressed by this; must have taken forever to make.
  3. wow that makes life easy, but I'm definitely glad I learned how to format output.
  4. I found these useful, I hope you do as well. Making these helped me learn some basic but useful things about bash, linux and python. #!/bin/bash ## ### - use nmap to watch local network for active hosts ## Note: don't forget to set 'NETWORK' to your subnet # export NETWORK="10.0.1." # Cleanup function cancel() { echo "" echo "deleting /tmp/netmon.tmp.."; rm -f /tmp/netmon.tmp echo "killing all instances of nmap.."; killall -g nmap echo "killing all instances of"; killall -g } # Make sure to catch ctrl-c for cleanup routine trap cancel SIGINT # Check if nmap is installed if [ -f `which nmap` ] then touch /tmp/netmon.tmp while true; do nmap -sP $NETWORK*|grep $NETWORK > /tmp/netmon.tmp; sleep 30; done & while true; do clear; echo "Local Network: "; cat /tmp/netmon.tmp; sleep 7; done else # If nmap is not installed tell the user and quit echo "nmap not found: install nmap and run again" && exit fi #!/usr/bin/python ## ### - get external ip from ## # import httplib conn = httplib.HTTPConnection("") conn.request("GET", "/") resp = conn.getresponse() if resp.status != 200: print resp.status, resp.reason exit() elif resp.status == 200: output = output = output[output.find('<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="5" color="#0000FF"><b>'): output.find('<A HREF="javascript:makeLink()"><font size="2">')] output = output.strip('font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="5" color="#0000FF"><b>') output = output.strip() output = output.strip('<br>') print output else: print resp.status, resp.reason exit()
  5. I use xfce4 primarily for speed and the motif theme. It works well out of the box, and it supports window compositing. Gnome is always a viable candidate. Other ones I like are fluxbox, openbox, and windowmanager(GNUStep).
  6. as far as i know, ettercap has the ability to spoof ssl certificates(enabling you to sniff ssl-encrypted logins), another option is to use dsniff and sslstrip
  7. I tried changing resolution to 800x600 and it worked with no screen flickering. I am unwilling to use my machine at 800x600 though, so I tried configuring Xorg from scratch with no difference(screen still cuts in and out). The problem with configuring xorg is that some of these distros use a combination of files for xorg config rather than one xorg.conf. I don't have any trouble using the same monitor with windows, so this is kind of baffling. The funny thing is, when I plug my old CRT monitor in there's no flickering whatsoever and the problem is fixed. You would think it's my refresh rates in my Xorg configuration, but I tried changing those as well. Also, within gnome's display options there is only one option for refresh rate which is 60 hertz. When I use the CRT monitor, the problem is fixed. It seems all these new distros(opensuse 11.3, fedora core 13, ubuntu 10.04) use software that likes to cut my monitor's signal in and out on me, rendering the operating system useless. What a piece. The last test is to try another LCD monitor and see if I get similar results. I'm fed up with this problem, and I can only hope to upgrade my video card for better results in the future. Btw, thanks for all the suggestions.
  8. I recently switched browsers because firefox seems to be the slowest browser out of what's available. As you say it wants more resources than I am willing to give up(I still use a single-core processor; 2gb ram). Opera just released a new browser, and it's much faster than firefox. I wasn't a fan tho so I ended up using chrome. Chrome does everything I need it to do and it's trivial to get my bookmarks from one place to the next so I say f**k firefox. Btw, I just read today on slashdot that the going price for anybody who finds a bug in mozilla's products will be a recipient of $3,000. If I were you, I would try what's available to you & make a decision based on your experience with these programs. I've used firefox for years and from my experience and comparison with 'synonymous' software in the present, it's garbage. I say one of the only features that is keeping it afloat is the abundance of plugins. FF is a needy bastard. Just my two cents..
  9. That's a really neat system you have there. Reminds me of an Apple II. I used Apple II/IIe's a lot when I was in elementary school; we used to sneak into the building during recess and play games. Funny thing is when we got caught doing this we never once received punishment. They probably thought it was a good thing that we knew how to use the computers. I will never forget those old ass computers tho, as the Apple II is the first computer I've ever seen/used.
  10. That's very cool, I like how you used bg/fg coloring on the phone numbers to indicate their status. I'm also a huge fan of ncurses interfaces. Nice work dude.
  11. lol, you're right. I'll check it out.
  12. I'm wondering if anybody else has been experiencing constant and unpredictable screen flickering using these two (x86) distributions. My video-card is an AGP-based ATI Radeon 9800 pro and I'm almost convinced this is relevant to the issue. Maybe the video driver that these distros use just doesn't like my video card. The screen blanking at random intervals and these intervals are short so I can't these much faster distributions on my main-machine. Anyone else experience this problem?
  13. It is difficult to find somebody that will just 'feed' you. Some value the information they hold greatly, and most don't want to share their findings. Some will help you if you ask politely and stay objective. It take's too much time to teach you everything so you need a starting point so you can build on that to start learning on your own. Common knowledge of breaking the security of web applications resides on the internet and you can find books that centralize a lot of this information. I picked up a copy of 'The Web Application Hackers Handbook' and it thoroughly covers all of the widely known vulnerabilities in web technologies. I suggest you start there, and try to apply what you learn as you go along. It's more than knowing about how to break security though, it's about how to implement what you know and find out more. That's the fun in it though, when you really get to understand what you're playing with. My advice is read, read, and read again. Try to find an active irc channel related to security(or web security) and listen in. Even log the chats if things are interesting to you. On the contrary, you might be lucky enough to find a mentor. I have become good friends with a fellow hacker who was mentored by an older and much more experienced individual, and as time went on he eventually had enough of a base knowledge that he could go out on his own and learn more. If you are altruistic about your intentions, you should have no problem learning and finding people along the way that are willing to teach; just stick to it and stay focused on what you want to learn about. Just remember, you most likely will never be the best. There will always be somebody out there that knows more.
  14. Thanks for the info. I would like to get another Sun workstation, but I don't really have a reason to. If I had the money I would get one of those Sun Fire servers, a new gaming desktop, and a new laptop; then I would be set. As for the error message during the Solaris install it says: Hardware failure - unformatted disk. So my guess is that it doesn't recognize the disk because of FreeBSD's UFS partitions. I need to take the drive out and connect it to my desktop and use linux to format the drive, then maybe it will work(I hope). I'm definitely going to get a smart-switch eventually, because as you say they are much cheaper. I will be moving out of the house I'm in over the next 6 months, so eventually I will have a nice wired setup rather than the shared wireless network that my room-mate and I use. There will be many more opportunities there for a networked server machine. In the meantime, I'm going to get a usb-pci card and some more pci-nics as well. I like adding to capabilities to the system, especially if they make things more convenient. I'm looking forward to not using this Sun ball-mouse anymore for one, lol.
  15. What if you need to install the key-logger remotely? If you're going to use a software-based key-logger you should probably make your own if you can, I mean once it's done you will always have it for future use. And if you do, you should make it run as a kernel module, like vulture said; this will provide resilience against scanners. But yea, if you can get physical access to the machine, a hardware-based one would be ideal.