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Loony Guitarist

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  1. It really depends on your level of experience with Linux and what you are planning on using it for. If you just want to try it out I recommend using a live CD of ubuntu. this boots off the CD and allows you to play around with Linux without having to install it on your machine. If you want or need to install it and dual boot then ubuntu is good for basic desktop stuff like word processing and internet and games. if you are looking to play with the various servers like FTP or HTTP (web server) then I prefer the latest Fedora Core. if you are wanting to dabble with some hacking and other fun forensic tools then backtrack is the best... it comes on a live CD but their are some tutorials out their for installing it. There are alot of flavors out there You'll be lucky to find anyone that has tried them all and everyone has their own prefrence of what they like. I would start with the live cds and maybe a small VMware enviroment to test them in and see what you like. Also the test that Keiyentai mentioned is pretty accurate and can help you narrow your selection to a few options
  2. A quick google search should net you a bunch of tutorials that will go into greater detail but basically... You need to have some unallocated space available for your linux install. since you already have vista installed you are halfway there so find a linux distro that you want to install. run the installation and it will ask you where you want to install linux... choose your unallocated space. next it should ask you about the boot loader... install that to the MBR of your master hard drive (probably the one you have vista installed on.) you can also create names for your different OS' but you might want to just leave them at default. make sure that there is enough time in the delay for you to be able to choose which one you want before the default is auto loaded. choose which one you want the default to be. finish the linux install and reboot. you should now be able to dual boot.
  3. When I decided my website needed a face lift I did all kinds of searching on the net for html and css tags and what they do. I stumbled on w3schools and now they are the first place I go when I need to find a tag and its properties. But then again I'm not a web developer. It's more of a hobby so I just dabble.
  4. No problem. Wordpress is brilliant... especially when you start using some of the plugins that are out their for it. I only wish I had found it sooner then I did.
  5. Oops... my bad forgot the calls to your theme. it should look like this. &lt;html&gt; &lt;head&gt; &lt;meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" /&gt; &lt;title&gt;KCCS: Error&lt;/title&gt; &lt;?php /** Loads the WordPress Environment and Template */ require('../wp-blog-header.php'); ?&gt; &lt;?php get_header(); ?&gt; &lt;/head&gt; &lt;body&gt; &lt;h1 align="center"&gt; OOPS! There was a problem with sending your message. Please try again later.&lt;/h1&gt; &lt;p align="center"&gt;&lt;img src="kccs logo.jpg" alt="Logo" /&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;br/&gt; &lt;h2 align="center"&gt; Sorry KCCS Admin Team&lt;/h2&gt; &lt;?php get_sidebar(); ?&gt; &lt;?php get_footer(); ?&gt; &lt;/body&gt; &lt;/html&gt; require('./wp-blog-header.php'); <- just makes your page aware of wordpress but doesn't actually load anything <?php get_header(); ?> <- fetches the current template's header file which will display your header <?php get_sidebar(); ?> <- Fetches your sidebar if you want delete it if you dont <?php get_footer(); ?> <- gets the themes footer template just like the header.
  6. insert this code in or before the <head></head> section of the page and it should load all your wordpress stuff. you can even use the functions. &lt;?php /** Loads the WordPress Environment and Template */ require('./wp-blog-header.php'); ?&gt; just make sure that './wp-blog-header.php' reflects the location of that file on your server. Example: './wordpress/wp-blog-header.php'
  7. Simple But works... Plus my place of employment auctions off their old equipment so I don't get any freebies.
  8. Yay Missouri!! the allergy capitol of the US. (sneezes) It's still home though! We have a business casual dress code at work but when I'm lounging around at home I am usually wearing some kind of geek shirt or christian shirt.
  9. I have no idea what the make and model of the PC was but i remember some of the specs. it was a 286 with I think 32k memory. booted off of two 5 1/4" floppy drives (no hard drive) and ran MSDOS like a dream... well once you got past the 5 minuet boot time off of the floppy. all it was good for was learning basic and running word perfect. or maybe the occasional game of asteroids. The family also had a commodore 64 with the tape drive. and I think there was a brief moment when we had a commodore Vic 20 but I kinda view those as more gaming platforms. In college (long after I had a much better machine) I picked up an Atari 800XL with a 28 baud modem and a 5 1/4" floppy drive. Ahh the good old days.
  10. When you add someone as a friend you are essentially messaging them a request to add and they reply back if they wish to accept. when You added him as a friend it sent that request from your client (packets contained your IP address) to his. If he was running wire shark while the friend add was happening then all he would have to do is filter out all the packets that come from Messenger and it would only take an experienced Wire shark user a few seconds to see what IP the packets came from. By the way this is kinda old news. I believe this was covered on the show a couple of seasons ago (season 2?) with cain & able and wire shark intercepting Instant messaging conversations. basically the same concept. Lesson: Don't add people you don't trust to any social network site or messenger service.
  11. "Panera" is a chain of restaurants that offer a coffee shop (Think Starbucks) kind of feel but sell food as well (soups and sandwiches) and are mostly known for their wide variates of bread hence "Panera Bread Co. (Or Saint Louis Bread Co. If you live in St louis Mo.) the switch is "Napera" Darren just keeps pronouncing it wrong (On purpose?) in the episodes.
  12. I have used both. It depends on what you are doing. If I'm just screwing around on an open network i usually use Cain but if I'm seriously trying to go after a specific target I would rather use ettercap. since I graduated I haven't had time to use either of them lately so I probably need a refresher on ettercap.
  13. Where at on the Gulf Coast? My Wife was living in Waveland / Bay St. Louis when Katrina Hit. I met her a year later so I got to see a lot of the aftermath when we went back and visited her folks.
  14. Unfortunately the Backup concept is still beyond my fathers grasp... Although hopefully this dead drive will help change that. Thanks for the reply's so far, I had heard about the freezing but wasn't quite sure if it was a serious option. I would prefer the platter replacement method but I am unsure if I can create a static free clean room in my apartment and i don't have access to any kind of clean room.
  15. if i leave it in longer would I be able to get enough time to do a dd image of the drive? or should I just ask where the most important files are and try to grab as much as I can. (Id have to double check but I believe it is a 20gig drive.)
  16. Hey Guys, A few days ago my Dad's laptop Hard drive stopped working and just makes a clicking noise whenever you try to power it on. I figured the read/write heads are toast so my question to you is if you know of any methods to retrieve data from the physical platters themselves that I could do at home. I know there are send off services for this kind of thing but the data is not quite that important to justify the cost.
  17. Definitely! I got into an internship at st. Louis' police department's IT section and because I did a good job they just hired me on as a IT contractor. A+, MCSC, Sec+, and Net+ are all highly recommended. if you have the time and resources to get it done do it. Before I got hired on as a contractor a network admin I position opened up and I applied for it. one of the things that hurt me the most was I didn't have any certifications, and because I was fairly new to the company (I had only been interning for 3 -4 months). But yeah I'm a IT contractor I have an associates in Networking and a Bachelors in system security. although school helps and certifications help, it usually depends on "being in the right place ant the right time" or "who you know"
  18. I haven't done this in a while but my average time was about 1 min 30 sec. I started to memorize a new algorithm that would make solving it a lot faster but I found better things to do with my time.
  19. Actually we are testing it at work on one of our old crap boxes and (so far) it has been performing better then xp even with the areo effects on. after seeing the tests today I guess I'm going to have to download it at home and play with it. In a VM however it is considerably slower then the XP VM we were running.
  20. I have actually used a hammer to destroy HDDs at work (Police Dept.) though I thought it was a bad idea because I knew the platters were not getting damaged enough. Now I use a program called BCWipe. it writes all 1's then all 0's to the drive 7 times to ensure that data has been overwritten but I still run the program 2 - 3 times just to be sure. I have actually had somone at the Department suggest that I take the HDD's to our repair shop and use their drill press to drill sevral holes through the platters. As for the CD's I havent had to destroy any for work but I have a shredder at home that will shred a CD. or you could just throw them in a metal trash can with some shredded paper documents and set them on fire.
  21. This is all too true. anyone with physical access and enough time will be able to get around anything so the answer is to do enough to make most people give up and move on to somthing else. Encrypting the drive will probably make it extreamly difficult but not entirly impossible. preventing physical accedd to the machine is helpfull too. spend some cash and build a PC storage case that is lockable. If you make it hard for them to even get at the machine most people will give up. again I say MOST. In the case of Snubs' sister and her roomate, she probable would have been fine with making sure that the administrative account had a decent password to begin with and then used a power user or regular user account to actually do work on the computer. that way if she does leave it unlocked anyone who walks up to the machine will only be able to mess with the normal user account and she will still have the admin account to fix things. (in other words, only use the admin account for administering the computer and use the user account for actual day to day work.) again it all depends on how knowlagable the people are that you are trying to protect against.
  22. I once fixed my Ex Girlfriend's PC two weeks after we broke up. What did I get out of it??? I got to see her new boyfriend. Should have snuck a couple of backdoors on her machine!!
  23. all you need to do to boot from a CD is put it in your CD drive and turn on your computer. When the CD loads you should be able to copy the SAM file and run it against rainbow tables. I recomend Ophcrack (http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/) as it automatically gets the SAM file and will start cracking the password against a limited Rainbow Table as soon as it boots. if the password is too complex however, you'll need to copy the SAM and run it against a better Table. Does she know anyone that can download a live distro and burn the CD for her?
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