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  1. Wow, it's good to know that other people out there push their "trash" hardware into modern usage too! I use Debian on my parallel port control testbed, which is a 486-66 with 32 MB RAM. Oh yeah. I'm all about the old hardware. Got 10 old computers sitting in my garage that I'm looking to turn into a computing cluster. I take any chance I get to grab some more equipment. Even on the way to FIRST Robotics meetings, I'll look for computers sitting lonely by a bin of trash. Just this week I was offered a desktop machine from a friend who thought it was "old". I gladly took it off her hands and made it my new main Linux workstation. 1.7GHz P4, 128 memory, 40GB HDD - a very good computer. Runs just as fast for daily use as my Windows XP box with a 3.4GHz P4 with 1GB memory, and will be even faster when my eBayed RAM upgrade arrives. I absolutely agree with this. The best part about Debian is aptitude. To be able to type "sudo apt-get install abiword" and have a program downloaded, installed, configured properly, and even integrated into my menus is simply amazing. That is one killing point Debian has over most other Linux distros, Mac, and even Windows. I used Slackware as my first distro and found it quite stable albeit a bit confusing. I tried Debian about 2 years later and loved it. Everything seamless, integrated, stable, fast, easy - it's beautiful and Just Works. Be wary that on the install CD, when it asks what to install, choosing "Desktop Environment" will install KDE for you, something you don't want. Just install the base system and apt-get your way to a desktop by following guides in the Debian Wiki.
  2. That's far from a "POS" computer. It's a very capable machine. I'd stay away from Ubuntu or any of its variants on that computer - from my experience, Xubuntu runs much slower than a Debian install with an apt-get to install Xfce. I definitely recommend Xfce for a nice mix of eye candy and speed. It runs fast even on my laptop with a 180MHz Cyrix and 48MB RAM. If you only install what you need and don't add on bloat, Debian can be a very fast and stable distro. I recommend using the net install CD to get only the base system running then use apt-get to add in more software. On my new Linux desktop, this has created a very fast experience. Check out the Debian website and Wiki. The QuickInstall guide should work well for your needs. www.debian.org wiki.debian.org
  3. Also I suggest: Counter Hack - good book that teaches the basics on security Unix Unleashed, 4th Edition Unix Weekend Crash Course if you are in a rush Hacking - A nice low level book. You can find it at thinkgeek.com Networking Complete Some of these may be at your local library - most were for me.
  4. You seem to use lots of good logic and post good stuff. Keep up the great posting.

  5. Actually, the BIOS doesn't need to support drives of that size. I have an old '95 computer running Slackware as a file server, with a 9.5GB HDD for storing files. The BIOS can't properly detect the 9.5GB drive, but if you use Linux/BSD for hosting files they bypass the BIOS and use direct hardware access. I disabled the 9.5GB in the BIOS so the computer will startup properly, and Linux detects and mounts the drive just fine. But I do agree with you, that computer would make a nice file server.
  6. Slackware is the best base distro for me because of its ease and simplicity if you know how to do things, the great many software packages you can choose to install allow you to build whatever you want in. Slackware is all about tinkering with the engine, so to speak. It is rock solid stable and simple to configure.
  7. BinRev is by far the best place to get started, at least in my experience. This topic has some good information for beginners in the hacking "scene". Here's a list of some things you should do to get started: Read. Check your local library for computer books. Install and use Linux. I recommend Ubuntu as it is great especially for novices and intermediate users, and its ease of use is really very nice, not having to deal with dependencies and such. It just works. Don't be a script kiddie or a jerk; no one will like you. Use correct spelling and grammar. Typing "plaese halp me fnid theez sploitz i think it taeks ovr a box e-z" makes you look a lot dumber than typing "Hi, I'd like to know how to do xxxxx". I see you already spell good so you're off to a good start. Talk to your friend if he knows what he's doing. Human help is better than reading a book usually. Do whatever interests you, be it hardware hacking, networking, programming, encryption, etc. Don't ditch your school grades for hacking. They follow you for the rest of your life. Learn from the community, be active in the community, and help make the community. Google works wonders. Learn how to search good . One final point: I'm glad there are actually some girls interested in the "scene". Good luck!
  8. Hey Rightcoast, I would be glad to grab a ride with you, but I doubt my parents would let me, considering it's arranged online. I'm in the same area code as you, so it wouldn't be much of a problem. I live in Titusville by the way. The con (more of a comping trip) sounds like fun. I look forward to attending if possible.
  9. Bookmarked. That was 1337 to the max! Magnificent! Also, check this out for some more geek humor.
  10. Instead of using fdisk /dev/sda, try using sdb, sdc, etc. From what it sounds like, the USB drive isn't on sda.
  11. It's not sha; it's sda. A USB drive is masked as a SCSI volume. If it's not sda, use whatever lsusb shows.
  12. To format a flash drive is actually fairly simple. Open a console an enter this command, assuming your flash drive is /dev/sda and make sure the device is unmounted (should be no problem) fdisk /dev/sda If you don't have fdisk, try cfdisk instead, with the same arguments. fdisk is a partition manager, so just delete the old one and write a new partition to the disk of whatever file system type you specify. It's worked fine for me in the past.
  13. I really like this hack, and have been planning for a while to do it. I do have a few questions, Linux. The Engadget article requires the RP-MMCX pigtails, however, I do not have access to a connector of this type. What pigtail did you use on it? Would this antenna hack work with a RP-SMA pigtail? For all those wondering how Linux did this, there's an Engadget article, but since the pictures are all gone, the Internet archive has them here.
  14. This topic contains some fine information about OS development. This website and this one have some great information on OS development. GNU's GRUB is a nice bootloader to use. As BigBrother mentioned, knowledge of assembly helps out a lot. Google around for tutorials or check your local library for a book. I don't suggest making an operating system for the money, because from my experience, they are insanely hard to make and become fully usable. By usable, I mean you would use that OS for working/web browsing because it's superior than the other OS. Make an operating system to learn how to make an operating system.
  15. I once started trying to make an OS, even though I had only rudimentary knowledge of C++, I didn't get very far. I'm considering restarting it. Making an OS won't exactly bring in the big bucks, but if you like challenges like I do, it's pure fun. Coding an OS can be, like any other coding, frustrating, but when you succeed the feeling is great. I suggest making something simple and command line based at the start. Write some basic programs and commands to run on it. A friend of mine wrote an open source OS, Sendla OS, and although it's not the most useful practically, it's still something. Writing one sure helps to improve your knowledge of how OSes and computer hardware work, down at the low level stuff. Definitely a great learning experience. The aforementioned sites are all great for the fledgling operating system developer, especially OSDev. Get ready to learn, Tyler