If there is one blog you should check out on a regular basis : Try “Hackaday” (thanx listener @sharky for the heads up). Its a great site with .. hacks. Whenever you like to turn your microwave into a sonic screwdriver, your doorbell into a dna-scanner or your inlaws into low orbiting space debree .. Hackaday will probably not be of any use to you … or will they ? At least they will manage to entertain you. Recently they asked their community what the ten best hacking movies/videos were .. of all time. Forget Angela Jolie in Hackers, forget computers that go bleeepediebloop whenever you touch them .. Forget Hollywood. Here is the real deal.
You can find a list of all the movies mentioned on their site. Unfortunately there are no links to where you can watch some of these online. So Geek points for ANY Knightwise.com wiseguy/wisegirl that can come up with links to youtube, vimeo or internet archive copies of these 10 films .. in the comments section.
There used to be a time when we went wardriving. We hopped into the car and drove around looking for open Wifi networks. 2 things have changed since then : Networks are so abundant now that you don’t HAVE to drive around anymore. 2 : Even redneck geeks have learned that they need to lock down their wifi network so cousin earl won’t be leeching his porn collection of their bandwidth. The whole “He might have married our mom but he won’t get our pipe” and all that.
But how hard IS it to hack a wireless network anyway ? Turns out , not THAT hard. We all know that WEP encryption is worthless and even WPA can be broken. But just how much skill do you need ? Well : It turns out we can ALL have a “crack” at it with the BackTrack live cd. This great tutorial shows you not only how to protect your own network from intruders , it also teaches you a little white hat wifi hacking skills you thought you would never learn. ” Welcome to the matrix Neo .. Here is your Wifi – Hacking Manual ”
Sometimes people ask me if I watch porn sometimes. I look at them (mostly square in the face) then I slowly nod .. and grin. 🙂 This usually makes them pretty uncomfortable, so the next step to REALLY freak them out is ask if they want to see some .. some GEEK PORN that is. If they haven’t run towards the door screaming or shuffled away backwards on their but cheeks , I tend to google up a video like the one you see below. Running Ubuntu on and Asus Transformer Prime. In all it’s not THAT hard to do once you root your Android phone / tablet, but the porn part is : Making stuff do things its not supposed to do 🙂 Taking control of the technology and make it jump through hoops the way YOU want it to. I haven’t tried this myself yet, (so please : Blame the guy in the video if you brick your Droid device) but it does look like the ultimate destiny for those overpowered quad-core tablet devices whose main effort in life is to run Angry Birds. Don’t forget to wash your hands when you are done and enjoy some Geek Porn.
A few days ago, it was discovered that the Windows Genuine Advantage program (that little tool that checks if you have a real or pirated version of Windows) actually 'phoned home' to Microsoft. Although this was far from a big surprise , it still caused a bit of an uproar in the cyber community. On the techpodcasts mailing list we were talking about this subject , so I thought , I would give you my take on all of this. ( Source )
Et Phone Hooome.
Windows Gen. Adv phones home ? What a surprise. I didn't like the program in the first place. Don't get me wrong, i'm not one of these 'if its MS : Kick-it' kind of people. Thanx to uncle Bills and Grandpa Steve's software I make a living (i'm an IT consultant). BUT .. I think WGA ( win.gen.adv) is flawed in two ways :
First of all : What it does. : If you don't have a legit version of windows, it won't let you upgrade. An unprotected (legal or illegal) copy of XP connected to the internet catches some horrible virus faster then you can say 'WillyWonka" and before you know it this little unprotected machine is becoming another oompa-loompa drone for virusmakers who just love to turn it onto a little Zombie Pc to make sure a virus like for example the BLASTER virus will be around for years to come. (if they don't select your unprotected machine to become a viagra-promo spreading spam-canon). So no genuine windows ? Sorry dude .. you'll get hacked. Now I would not mind that if the machine just died then and there , its because of these unpatched zombie pc's we get even MORE viruses out there. (and more spam)
And second of all : I don't like WGA for what its does not do ! Shut your Windows down for-good if you don't have a legitimate version. I mean : If you can write a peace of code that can see wether or not an operating system has been copied illegally .. why in hells bells leave that operating system running in the first place. I mean .. if somebody walks by my house and steals my garden gnome.. I'll run after him .. i'll catch him .. And then i'll put a pink sticker on his back saying : This man stole my garden gnome.. and send him on his merry way. If Microsoft was TRUELY serious about pirate control they would let WGA shut the illegal copy of Windows down right away.
Shut it down !
But they don't .. Why ? Because if they have to subtract the number of illegal copied versions of Windows from their total market share they would NOT be having 90 percent of the market anymore. They would have shutdown 40 percent (and i'm being mild here) of all the Windows versions out there and would FORCE people to pay for their product. And that is where the fun begins. At that moment people have to choose. 200 euros forjust XP , 85 euro's for macOSX, and any distro of Linux .. for free. Sure they would have some adaptation problems switching to the other os'es but actually having to PAY for xp would make them give it serious thought. So instead of going the full mile and shutting down the non genuine xp's , WGA just leaves them running.. unpatched and annoying the rest of us.. And they leave WGA running.. just to phone home as-well.. You never know what they could use the info for.