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  1. Recently installed Kali to my RPi3, and also to a USB drive for use on my Ubuntu16/Win10 laptop. Today I tried to make the Kali USB drive 'persistent,' and I thought maybe some people even more newbie than me might be interested in hearing what i had to do to make it work. Following the instructions blindly doesn't always work: (1) Creating the USB drive, no problem: https://docs.kali.org/downloading/kali-linux-live-usb-install However i had to do it using Win32 Disk Imager, because when i used the 'dd' method (from Ubuntu16 in a VirtualBox) it ran all night and still hadn't finished. So, Win32 imager. (2) Then on to make the Kali installation have 'persistence' so it would save settings and be able to save downloaded applications and scripts: https://docs.kali.org/downloading/kali-linux-live-usb-persistence ... which is where i began to have some problems. Under Step 1. i wasn't getting the prescribed sdb1 and sdb2. I had 3 sdb drives already. So i went back and repeated the Win32 Disk Imager process, and then doing fdisk -l on the usb drive, in a Ubuntu16 machine, showed me sdb1 and sdb2. ... Step 2. went well, in my case it was kali-linux-2018.1-i386.iso and i executed each line in Step 2 separately, waiting for each process to finish. ... Step 3. again execute each line separately and wait for each one to finish before going on to the next. ... Step 4. is where i was baffled; i wasn't getting persistence on re-boot. It turns out the directory wasn't being created, nor was the persistence.conf file. I had to go to /mnt, create the directory, cd to it, create persistence.conf and enter the ' / union ' and save it. Then unmount. I think that is all i had to do. Create a dummy text file in my home directory, save it, re-boot into Kali Persistent mode, and voila i had persistence. ... To experienced users, this all must seem silly, but six months ago i would have been totally baffled by the instructions "not working." Even newer newbies may find this hair-pulling today useful. ... THEN: (3) Why wouldn't my command-line rtl-sdr WBFM script work? rtl_fm -f 93.3e6 -M wbfm -s 200000 -r 48k - | aplay -r 48000 -f S16_LE First, of course, sudo apt-get rtl-sdr. But my one-liner wouldn't put out because my Kali didn't have aplay. So: sudo apt-get install alsa-utils, then the script would run. Almost. This version of aplay didn't like ' -r 48k ' so i had to change that to ' -r 48000 '. Then i got my FM station. Audio quality poor, so i will have to tweak that script on Kali. On Ubuntu16 i think it sounded just fine. So that was my day today. NEXT: installing rfcat on my Pentoo USB stick. I haven't a clue, yet. I did figure out that 'sudo apt-get install' gets replaced by 'sudo emerge --ask' but it doesn't find rfcat anywhere out there. I'm probably doing something wrong? ... Cheers.
  2. Thinking about buying the Seeed RF Explorer 3G. This seller (EIO) price is $204, sounds too good to be true? Allegedly shipped from California. Amazon seller wants $289 and most others sell it for around $269. https://www.eio.com/seeedstudio-109990009-rf-explorer-3g-combo.html So is this a reputable dealer? ...Any comments, please. Thanks
  3. Laptop Clarification

    -- So now i did find some dual-boot info as you suggest, and put Ubuntu16 dual-boot with Win10 on the "new" HP laptop. The Ubuntu runs very fast, unlike when it was in a VirtualBox on the HP where it was so slow it was unusable. ... I think i must have made some error in making the dual-boot, because i don't get a grub menu when i turn on the machine. I have to hit ESC, then F9 (Boot Manager), then boot option "Notebook Hard Drive" and then i get the Grub menu. It works for me for now; i'm not going to re-do the whole process. I followed two identical tutorials, but as often happens, the tutorials don't correspond exactly to the reality. You wrote: Okay, I don't know if that's good or bad - depends what you do with it :P You could try making it more secure, though, as it sounds like others can hack it fairly easily too - unless you were just hacking the software? -- Well i don't intend to do anything that will make this 'hobby' too expensive, such as doing something that will get me a hearing by a judge! Next i'm going to hack my remote light switch, a motion detector, my wireless thermometer, and then my TVs. If i want to try some pranks (very few pranks), i'll just buy a TV-B-Gone LOL.
  4. Laptop Clarification

    Dave, thanks for the response. I will have to think about this. My questions now are: (1) Can my Win10 HP be made dual-boot? I know how to do it, but will doing this on Win10 break the laptop? (As i said, for some odd HP reason, boot order can't be changed in the BIOS. Can only be changed by hitting F11 to enter an HP boot utility. Don't know if this is relevant to making it dual-boot.) and (2) Have you or anyone put Ubuntu16 on a Thinkpad T400? (Would it be too slow.) I put Ubuntu14 on it, not knowing that apps like inspectrum need Ubuntu16. (3) (not a question): Ubuntu16 works fine in VirtualBox on an older, higher quality Toshiba here. Communicates fine with the Yardstick. I just need another Ubuntu16 machine here. Off-topic: Today I hacked my wireless doorbell! My first success. Using my notes from Hak5 + ConsoleCowboy videos. Def a rush! And i can ssh to it from the outside world if i want to.
  5. Laptop Clarification

    Sebkinne & folks, that is the kind of advice i've been looking for: that Thinkpads are good for this. But could you help me out with this: (1) okay, i have Ubuntu14 running on a Thinkpad T400. I am just the past month getting into rfcat, a Yardstick, and using an rtl-sdr dongle for this (instead of just using the rtl-sdr dongle to listen to FM and AM stations). (2) When i learned about inspectrum from a Hak5 video, i found that Ubuntu14 could not find it anywhere, so i assumed it needed Ubuntu16. I now am running Ubuntu16 in a VirtualBox on one of my Win10 machines. With that config, rfcat is communicating with the Yardstick, and inspectrum is installed. Am about to try using inspectrum today. (3) Another, cheap, Win10 laptop here (new 6 months ago, an HP product # X7T78UA#ABA, model 15-ba009dx) doesn't seem to "like" anything later than Ubuntu12, either from LiveCD or in VirtualBox. Ubuntu14 is so slow it's unusable. (4) So now i finally get to my point or question: what about putting Ubuntu16 on the HP, wiping out Win10 completely? (If I could even get an Ubuntu16 LiveCD to load; if not, try Ubuntu12 and then upgrade to 16?) ... Will i brick the HP by trying to wipe out Windows completely and make the laptop boot right into Ubuntu16? (And can the HP be made into dual-boot Ubuntu16/Win10? I read that it can be hazardous.) The HP will not boot off a USB or CD unless i hit one of the F keys to get into an HP boot utility. In the BIOS settings, changing the boot order does not work. I think this HP is kind of lame. (5) Or should i leave the HP the way it is (Win10 with only Ubuntu12 in VirtualBox), and just get another Thinkpad T400 on eBay for Ubuntu16? Discovering that inspectrum is not available for my Ubuntu14 T400 is what is booting me into asking these questions. Thanks for any comments. --orrin in NE California
  6. Update, an hour later: I got rfcat working under Ubuntu14 using the Ep. 1908 procedures, and rfcat communicates with the Yardstick, and the Yardstick communicates (is received by) an rtl-sdr across the room, so i'm a happy camper. But i would still like to resolve the pentoo-on-a-stick issue. Thank you, hundra tak.
  7. Howdy folks, thanks for any comments, I am stuck basically because Pentoo doesn't have the apt-get command. I've looked on Gentoo forums but have no idea what commands to use. Something to do with 'emerge' but the syntax is totally unfamiliar to me. (1) In one of the other Episodes, Pentoo is recommended. But in Ep. 1908, we have: wget https://bitbucket.org/atlas0fd00m/rfcat/downloads/rfcat_150225.tgz tar zxvf rfcat_150225.tgz cd rfcat_150225 sudo apt-get install python-usb sudo python setup.py install sudo rfcat -r I'm fine till i get to "sudo apt-get install python-usb' because pentoo/gentoo doesn't have apt-get. What 'emerge' command can i substitute, and will that even work. And will the *next* line (sudo python setup.py install) work as is in Pentoo. I could go back and use Ubuntu 14 for everything, but then why did i get Pentoo? Thanks... --orrin