January 28, 2006 Leave a comment
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Objective: To reinstall Windows XP in order to obtain a fresh
install/registry, but without possibly deleting data stored on the
drive by the customer.Â This document assumes that Windows XP is presently installed in the standard WINDOWS directory.
nUbuntu is a collection of network and server security testing tools, piled on top of the existing Ubuntu system. While aimed to be mainly a security testing platform, nUbuntu also operates as a desktop enviroment for the advanced linux user. New Release out now.
Respondents were allowed to list open source or commercial tools on any platform. Commercial tools are noted as such in the list below. Many of the descriptions were taken from the application home page or the Debian or Freshmeat package descriptions. I removed marketing fluff like “revolutionary” and “next generation”. No votes for the Nmap Security Scanner were counted because the survey was taken on an Nmap mailing list. This audience also means that the list is slightly biased toward “attack” tools rather than defensive ones.
The Top 5 are: Nessus, Ethereal, snort, Netcat, TCPDump
Read on for the complete list and links…
January 6, 2006 Leave a comment
So you bought a new PC for yourself or a relative during the holidays. There was the initial excitement about its speed and the nice screen %u2013 and then it came time to actually get it running. Which meant embarking on some real work -%u2013 downloading a browser, a couple of multimedia players, a PDF reader, a toolbar, and maybe something for voice and instant messaging. Don%u2019t forget the anti-spyware and anti-virus apps %u2013 you%u2019ve got to have those. Hours, maybe even days, go by. How many wizards have you clicked through, not to mention license agreements and preference pickers? And then you have to ask: did I get everything? And how am I going to keep all of this up to date? This was the experience both Sergey and Larry had a year ago. And they%u2019re computer guys, after all. Which led them to ask more of us to make it easier for everyone. So we created the Google Pack — a one-stop software package that helps you discover, install, and maintain a wide range of essential PC programs. It%u2019s yours today %u2013 and it%u2019s something we hope you find to be painless, easy, and even fun (if computer setup can ever be called that). And it%u2019s free.
Installing Alfresco to create workflows and manage your documents
Alfresco is a fun open source project that I’ve been playing around with lately. It’s similar to EMC’s Documentum, which if you’ve never played with allows you to create workflows for documents. It’s billed as a “content management solution” but that term is very overloaded with all the web CMS systems out there. For those of you still confused, it allows you to manage all of your documents, such as MS Word files and such, and create workflows with them.
For example you could create a workflow that takes a new logo design, requires that a few people sign off on it, then the logo is converted into a PDF and e-mailed to a client. That kind of content management.
A recent post reminded me of a trick I’ve been using for the past year or so with great success, so I figured I’d share. Being a Mac specialist, I find myself having to do OS installs on a pretty regular basis. I carry around a couple of 2.5″ FireWire hard drives loaded with installers, diagnostics, and other goodies.
I wanted to be able to install the OS from one of my hard drives, like in the old days of OS 9, instead of having to boot the the machine from a CD or DVD. So here’s what I did:
I used Mike Bombich’s NetRestore Helper application (part of the NetRestore package) to create an Apple Software Restore (ASR) disk image of the Mac OS X install DVD. Then I applied that disk image to a partition on one of my hard drives, and voila! I had a clone of the install disc on my hard drive, which boots in seconds, and takes mere minutes to perform a system install (depending, obviously, on the speed of the machine you’re working on, and which options you’re installing).
Read on for a step-by-step walkthrough and some additional notes and thoughts.
Bwana is a manual page viewer for your browser. It parses man pages in real time to provide the most up to date pages in an easy to read format. The pages have links to other man pages, http and email references–the way man pages should have been from the start.
January 1, 2006 Leave a comment
One advertised feature of Mac OS X was the services menu, that allows other applications to perform tasks globally. Unfortunately, nobody I know of actually utilizes this menu which eventually becomes bloated with unnecessary services. Now you can disable any unwanted services, rearrange the order, or even change the key command for them!