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  1. I recently got a data plan with AT&T, but have decided to use an unlocked T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Blaze with their service. One of the apps that I have on this fine Android phone is myAT&T. Every time I have checked my data usage, it shows nothing. Specifically, the LTE Data Basic meter shows absolutely nothing. Similarly, when I login to my AT&T Wireless account online at https://www.att.com/olam/loginAction.olamexecute (login portal is easily found by searching Google for "att wireless login"), I get the following error: UD1515: Unfortunately, we are unable to display your account information at this time. Please wait a few moments and try again. Anybody know why this is? I am suspecting that it has something to do with using a T-Mobile phone on the AT&T network, but that is a guess.
  2. So far, this billing cycle, I have only used 3 megabytes of data out of a 3 Gb data plan. Because I am not using LTE or because I am using a T-Mobile device, all of my data usage does not appear to be recorded. The only down side to this is that my bandwidth seems to be limited to download speeds of 7 Mbps and the upload seems to be limited to 1 Mpbs. This is probably due to the limitation of HSPA, but it makes me wonder if I could run torrents with ADownloader and not be charged for that data. This seems to be the case at the moment. Interesting.
  3. I found this. http://forums.att.com/t5/Android-Discussion-and-Support/No-LTE-Data-Connection-AT-amp-T-PTA-APN-issue/td-p/3275673 I notice that in my APN settings, I don't have an option for bearer. I can't select LTE. I might be on to something. It should look something like this: APN: wap.cingular User Name: WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM Password: CINGULAR1 MMSC: http://mmsc.cingular.com MMS Proxy: wireless.cingular.com MMS Port: 80 MCC: 310 MNC: 410 Auth Type: none APN Type: internet + mms Bearer: unspecified (unless you're in an LTE area, then select LTE) User Name / Password ARE case sensitive.
  4. Why is your tnsnames entry at the end of that string instead of just a host name? What am I missing here? Oh, and you can probably Google the answer you are seeking. I work with Oracle all the time and Google is my best friend for solving stuff like this.
  5. I don't know how many world travelers are here at Binrev, but here it goes. I am considering a trip to Panama sometime in the near future. I wanted to ask in this forum if there is any information that has been assembled all in one place regarding GSM phones in other countries. Specifically, I would like to know if it is possible to get a SIM card after arriving in a particular country. I would then like to insert that SIM into an unlocked handset so I can do local calling during my visit and avoid insanely expensive roaming charges from my American based carrier, AT&T. For example, I know that such a thing is possible in England. Unlocked handsets and prepaid SIMs are much more common over there. I have bought 3 different travel guides about Panama. I have Fodor's, Lonely Planet, and Frommer's. Frommer's, to their credit, is the only one that even mentions the phone system in the country of Panama. From what I read, it is possible to "rent" phones from the airport, but I hear it is more expensive. Better rates can be had from the mall in Panama, so I'm told. As an aside, I think it would be useful to start providing information like this to the travel guide publishers. They might even be willing to pay for such information. I will be looking into this and I will follow up with any results that I find.
  6. http://panama-information.executivehotel-panama.com/in-panama-telephone-cellphone.htm The above link is the best reference I have found on Panama. Not one travel guide has as much information as that page does.
  7. I have found two websites that look like they could be promising. http://www.prepaidgsm.net/en/operators.html http://gsmworld.com/roaming Please post here if you can find any more than the above.
  8. This comic sums it up nicely. You can't profess computer related knowledge to immediate family. http://theoatmeal.com/comics/computers
  9. Can anyone recommend a good XTerm client? Would Putty be a good one? What about Cygwin?
  10. waiting to hear back from Tenchi

  11. Hello my fellow binrev forum users, I have been away for a while. I got kind of burned out with this whole scene, but I thought I would come back and propose some new projects for those of you with more free time than myself. I have been wanting to do some projects, but just haven't had the time or money to get them started. About a year and a half ago, I was having a lot of fun with hacking some infrared padlocks. The Laserlock and the EZ Padlock were proven to be overrated to say the least. There are many other infrared devices on the market that haven't been publicly exposed yet. I have been debating with myself whether or not I should make public any exploits I find. There are some infrared systems which I am certain are vulnerable, but as I said, I have not made the effort to go after them for aforementioned reasons. It has been brought to my attention that some older vehicles contain infrared locking systems. Jeep Cherokees that were made between the years 1993 and 1995 use infrared remotes. If I had to guess, I would guess that no rolling code was used with that particular infrared system. Releasing an exploit for those vehicles might be more permissible now since most of those vehicles are not around too much anymore since they are so old. There are aftermarket remotes all over ebay if someone wants to buy one and start experimenting. You could capture some signals with Omniremote under Palm OS and send me the Pronto hex code. From there I could construct a database that could try all of the possible codes. Or you could actually do it yourself with LIRC or WinLIRC. http://www.lirc.org I prefer the Palm myself since I think it is easier. Other possibilities exist for some infrared fun. I am sure some of us have seen the plans for the MIRT over at i-hacked.com. http://www.i-hacked.com/content/view/176/44/ A mirt could be made quite easily with LIRC or even OmniRemote, but the downside is the limited range of the PDA's infrared signal. It would be a fun proof of concept though. Mods do exist for some PDA's that might allow such a thing to actually work. I don't really have the money to spend on such things at the moment, but maybe one of you guys do.
  12. I tried a few times but I couldn't receive anything from the car. My friend also thinks this unlikely as he has a spare keyfob at home, both of which can open the car at any time. I had a wonderful black and white camera, but alas its still stuck to the front door of an old apartment I (hopefully) attached a text file with five sequential readings, about 20 seconds apart. They were taken out of range of the car. merc_sequential_readings.txt My friend pointed out the box in his trunk that works the magic, but he's reluctant to let me open it, or the keyfob. In fact he hasn't said much since I opened his car What format is that hex code in that text file, "merc_sequential_readings.txt"?
  13. I am working on getting my MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) certification so that I can get my MCSA certification. This will hopefully lead to me being a drone in the corporate world somewhere where I can make lots of money. Not having an income sucks.
  14. There is a very short scene in the movie, "The Score", when Dinero's character is checking messages on his answering machine. That answering machine is the base receiver for a cordless phone. I know this because I used to be in possession of a similar model of cordless phone. I identified it because of how the voice prompts sound. I am hoping someone knows who makes that model of phone. A lot of those voice prompts are the same across different models of cordless phones. Does anyone know what manufacturer of phone is in that scene in the movie? You have the voice prompts to listen to in the movie and you might catch a glimpse of it, too. I figured this would be a good place to ask since the binrev demographic probably loves this movie and phones as well.
  15. I am pretty sure it is a Panasonic cordless phone after listening to it again. If you want to hear what I am talking about, then look for it at almost 54 minutes into the movie. It is right after the scene when Deniro's character calls the computer criminal/gamer guy and asks him to participate in the heist.
  16. I went to a local Infragard meeting recently and while there is definitely a vibe of the "good ole boy network" there, I didn't find it to be nefarious. I didn't hear anything that alarmed me too much, nothing of a "big brother is watching you" nature. They had two presentations from from 2 different agents of the FBI respectively. I suspect that some of it was extremely elementary for the binrev crowd, but it was informative and educational nonetheless. One talk was basically how hackers identify target machines by scanning subnets. They never mentioned nmap by name, but the concept was very familiar to me. That was nothing new. The other talk was about pen testing the power grid for vulnerabilities, which was a very interesting talk. Essentially windows sucks when it comes to security. Again, nothing new here for me. This was one of their public meetings so all of the information was content that they felt comfortable releasing to the public. I found out from the VP of that chapter that there was a reporter from the local CBS affiliate sitting in the back taking notes. It is a safe bet that your local news media frequents these meetings in your area as well. My recommendation is to visit one of their public meetings and be a fly on the wall. Whether or not you bring business cards is up to you, but it might be wise to do so even if only to appear that you are a social animal who is there to network (hackers are not known as being very social animals). Whether or not the business card is real is up to you. Fake business cards are a different topic. Having said that, if you have a clean criminal background, then you might consider incorporating a business with a security-sounding title and then apply for membership. I imagine most of the content from an Infragard is quite boring, but that is just my opinion.
  17. I hope you are doing well considering the circumstances, Stank. I am trying to be at the next HOPE in 2010. Maybe I will see you then.

  18. In my most recent visit to mininova.org, I downloaded a virus that was forwarding my yahoo and google search results to various websites. I just wanted to share the news here. Lock down those browser settings, guys. It affected IE and Firefox. I had to hunt down the problem with various anti-spyware utiliites. I finally found the culprits with RootRepeal and then was able to boot off a Live CD and erase the files that were the cause of the problem. Yes, I am back from the dead. How is everyone doing?
  19. I may sound like a masochist, but in a way, the removal of the virus was fun. I got to learn some new techniques for cleaning a system of malware/spyware. It was kind of an old trick that was used though. They tried to hide the virus as two hidden driver files that were kept in c:\windows\system32\drivers. It have seen it before with Smitfraud spyware where they change one letter of a legitimate driver file in an attempt to disguise it. I can't complain. All clean now. You guys should check out the Secured2K Boot CD when you get the chance.
  20. OmniRemote is your friend. If I had a T2, that's what I would load on it.
  21. Something which remains unclear to me, did you get the virus through your browser (by loading a page that contains code to exploit a particular flaw in the browser) or did you download something with bittorrent that contained a virus? I did not download any illegal or copyrighted software from any links provided there. Google "virus mininova" and you will discover that this is not the first time that mininova has spread a virus.
  22. http://www.sandstorm.com/products/phonesweep/ Phonesweep looks really cool for wardialing. If you have 4 phone lines, a whole lot of fun can be had. The fact that it can run 4 modems at once is severly cool. :-) The downside is that it costs money. Pretty cool if you can afford it though.
  23. Some of you might recall episode 3 of the Packet Sniffers where the ANT8 is presented. There are a few USB logic analyzers out there. Let me present what I think are the best. There is the AX-Pro over at http://www.usbee.com This thing is really neat, especially since it can replay the recorded timing into the channel it recorded the timing from. You can also cut the timing from one channel and paste it to another channel and then replay it. Pretty cool. The AX-Pro is $1045.00 The other USB logic analyzer you should consider is a 34 channel USB analyzer made by Intronix. The LogicPort has some pretty impressive features as well. It runs for about $379.00. Check it out at: http://www.pctestinstruments.com/index.htm And of course there is the ANT8 by Saelig. http://www.saelig.com
  24. I recently used Google and found this: http://www.ganssle.com/microscopes.pdf It might prove useful.
  25. I need to replace an Infrared LED on a transmitter. This will require desoldering the current LED so I can put new one in its place. I need to do this because I need to wire up a logic analyzer to the anode and cathode. I am trying to acquire accurate timing data. Now, here's the question. I know some LEDs operate at 1.6 Volts and other LEDs operate at 5 Volts. Also, some LEDs are operate at 940 nanometers and others operate at 850 nanometers. Is there a way to determine the correct voltage for these and how do I determine the correct wavelength for the light that is emitted? Can I measure inductance or resistance to gather some data about the correct voltage or light wavelength? I am sure I will find the answers using Google, but I don't think this has been talked about yet so I wanted to start a thread on the topic for others to use as a reference. *Edit* Well, I need a 5mm. The operating voltage appears to be from 1.6 to 2 Volts. I know that much now.