Tag: howto

  1. Setting up AIDE in Kali Linux.

    17 June 2013

    Kali Linux (formerly Backtrack) is a distribution of Linux designed for penetration testers and information security professionals. I'll spare you the details - that's what Wikipedia is for - but I did want to post about a problem that I've been wrestling with for a couple of hours.

    Kali Linux can be installed and operated like any other distribution of Linux, which means that you get all of the nifty and handy tools that you'd expect to have, like AIDE for monitoring the file system for unauthorized changes. Unfortunately, because Kali is based upon Debian, and Debian over-engineers a lot of things …

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  2. Configuring Pidgin to connect to a Tor hidden service.

    16 May 2013

    It is, in theory, possible to configure any network service to be reachable over the Tor darknet. This includes instant messaging servers, like the XMPP server EjabberD. Conversely, it must be possible to configure your instant messaging client to connect over the Tor network. I used Pidgin as my client, and here's how I did it:

    I set up a copy of the web proxy Polipo and configured it to work with Tor.

    I then created a new XMPP account in my Pidgin client which connects to the XMPP domain the server was configured for (let's say it's 'xmpp-domain', though …

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  3. Getting yourself set up on Terasaur.

    01 February 2013

    Long-time members of the open source community no doubt remember iBiblio.org, which is one of the first and largest online archives of open source software. It doesn't see as much love as it used to due to how many open source project hosting sites there are out there (including the venerable Sourceforge, Github, and Google Code). Also, because cheap to free personal web hosting is so common, it's trivial to upload your projects these days. In recent years, however, the iBiblio team set up Terasaur, a BitTorrent tracker which makes it much easier to distribute large projects (such as …

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  4. Linux on the Dell Inspiron 17R (N7010)

    27 April 2012

    As I mentioned a couple of days ago I had to buy a new laptop because Windbringer's old hardware became unstable due to cumulative heat damage. I drive my machines pretty hard (doubly so when programming because I test in several virtual machines) so after five years of steady use it was time to upgrade. So, I upgraded with software design in mind... I purchased a Dell Inspiron 17R (under the hood it's called the N7010) and customized it online.

    To save everyone's eyes I'll put the nitty-gritty behind the cut, starting with a component inventory.

    Distribution: Arch Linux, 64-bit …

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  5. Dealing with the Maryland DMV.

    22 September 2011

    Possibly the second worst thing about pulling up roots and moving someplace new is all the paperwork: You can only accomplish so much until you brave the outermost ring of Hell and return with proof of your valor. To put it another way, until the Department of Motor Vehicles deigns to give you a new driver's license, implicitly stating that you've been accepted by the state as being a full resident you'll probably be stuck. This usually involves a two step process, the first being the acquisition of a title, or legal proof that you are the lawful owner of …

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  6. Giving datalove in HTML.

    03 July 2011

    Sharp-eyed readers may have noticed that I've been playing around with the theme for my website in subtle ways (mostly so that, if I do screw something up it won't hose my entire site). This is partially due to the fact that I simply can't leave well enough alone if I can help it, and partially due to the fact that I've been forced to learn HTML by Project Byzantium. But, that's neither here nor there. A few months back, some of the agents over at Telecomix put together a side project called the Summer of Datalove to promote the …

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  7. Running a Tor node from Amazon's Elastic Computing Cloud.

    05 March 2011

    Updated: 8 March 2011.

    After a discussion on the torservers mailing list about setting up lots of Tor bridges for people to use to connect with the network in areas where it is otherwise blocked, it struck me that I should probably write up how I set up a few back in February during the uprising in Egypt.

    Seeing as how I have a limited amount of bandwidth where I live for various reasons (most of all Verizon halting deployment of residential fibre) I've been making use of VPS companies and pushing certain tasks off of my network and onto …

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  8. Yahoo killing off Delicious.

    17 December 2010

    It was announced by Yahoo a few days ago that, amidst layoffs they will be shutting down a number of popular services, among them the online bookmark repository-cum-social networking site Delicious.

    Some people are asking why any of us would bother sharing our collections of bookmarks online; about the only thing I can tell you is that Delicious (formerly del.icio.us) made it possible to access our bookmarks from any system on the Net and not just the computer they're saved on.

    As you might imagine this causes something of a problem for those of us who fall into …

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  9. Open source desktops and closed source video drivers.

    06 July 2010

    When you have a workstation running some variant of Linux, the Gnome desktop and you have an nVidia graphics card in the box, do yourself a favor and install their drivers. Make sure that the "Driver" line in /etc/X11/xorg.conf reads "nvidia" and not "nv". And when you get around to configuring multiple displays on the same system, don't mess with Gnome's System->Preferences->Display utility, use the nvidia-settings utility to do it for you (it'll ask for the root password).

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