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How to install Mutt-ng on OSX

First. Go download Mutt-ng. I'm not going to help you with that.

after you download muttng, tar zxvf
cd

./autogen.sh

Next you wanna see the options you need to configure the box with... so type:
./configure --help

This will show you all the config options, now, I had to compile mine with imap support and with ssl support so I used...

./configure --with-imap --with-ssl --enable-hcache

After that gets done: make install

It will installl the Muttngrc file in /usr/local/etc

Go there and edit that to your config. If you need help doing that, go to the mutt-ng website and download the pdf, read.

kthnkx.

How to install Mutt-ng on OSX

First. Go download Mutt-ng. I'm not going to help you with that.

after you download muttng, tar zxvf
cd

./autogen.sh

Next you wanna see the options you need to configure the box with... so type:
./configure --help

This will show you all the config options, now, I had to compile mine with imap support and with ssl support so I used...

./configure --with-imap --with-ssl --enable-hcache

After that gets done: make install

It will installl the Muttngrc file in /usr/local/etc

Go there and edit that to your config. If you need help doing that, go to the mutt-ng website and download the pdf, read.

kthnkx.

Got Milk?

Okay, so... I saw this video one time on the internet, a guy named Dennis Brown tries to drink a gallon of milk in an hour.



I met him today. He works at one of my customer sites... It was awesome.

Got Milk?

Okay, so... I saw this video one time on the internet, a guy named Dennis Brown tries to drink a gallon of milk in an hour.



I met him today. He works at one of my customer sites... It was awesome.

Does secrecy hurt Apple? - Ars Technica

APPLE
Does secrecy hurt Apple?
Ars Technica -5 hours ago
Robert L. Renck is something of a bear when it comes to Apple Computer, being one of relatively few analysts who maintain a "sell" rating for AAPL. In a financial note last week, he suggested demand for iPods may be sluggish for the current quarter. ...

What a tool.  I hope that Apple outsells all the bears that have aapl rated as 'sell'.  Bite me, bite Apple, and I hope your wrong as hell.
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Limbaugh..... and the airport follies

Limbaugh detained at Palm Beach airport (AP) AP - Rush Limbaugh was detained for more than three hours Monday at Palm Beach International Airport after authorities said they found a bottle of Viagra in his possession without a prescription.
Is this embarrasing?  I think it's funny as hell.
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Does secrecy hurt Apple? - Ars Technica

APPLE
Does secrecy hurt Apple?
Ars Technica -5 hours ago
Robert L. Renck is something of a bear when it comes to Apple Computer, being one of relatively few analysts who maintain a "sell" rating for AAPL. In a financial note last week, he suggested demand for iPods may be sluggish for the current quarter. ...

What a tool.  I hope that Apple outsells all the bears that have aapl rated as 'sell'.  Bite me, bite Apple, and I hope your wrong as hell.
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Windows Live

Recently, I've been reading alot of FUD about 'Windows Live' and how freaking great it is/going to be.

I decided, you know, okay, i'll check it out...




Nevermind. I'll stick with Google.

Windows Live

Recently, I've been reading alot of FUD about 'Windows Live' and how freaking great it is/going to be.

I decided, you know, okay, i'll check it out...




Nevermind. I'll stick with Google.

Excel '0-day' thing

Okay, first off 'Excel' doesn't have a 0 day, it actually is a vulnerability in hlink.dll which is a Windows component that handles operations involving hyperlinks.

Not only would someone have to send you an excel spreadsheet with this hyperlink built in, but you would have to find it and click on it. (you would have to CONTROL-Click on it).

I suppose you could set up a macro to click the hyperlink (or execute the link) when excel is opened, but since Excel's macros are turned off by default... kinda defeats the purpose of it.

As a reminder, it’s important to make sure that you only accept and open files from a trusted source, as well as be careful what websites you visit.

So, while it's rare you will find me defending Microsoft (because, really, I don't really use their products... come to think of it, the only product I DO use is Excel), it seems like MS may have covered their ass this time.

Excel '0-day' thing

Okay, first off 'Excel' doesn't have a 0 day, it actually is a vulnerability in hlink.dll which is a Windows component that handles operations involving hyperlinks.

Not only would someone have to send you an excel spreadsheet with this hyperlink built in, but you would have to find it and click on it. (you would have to CONTROL-Click on it).

I suppose you could set up a macro to click the hyperlink (or execute the link) when excel is opened, but since Excel's macros are turned off by default... kinda defeats the purpose of it.

As a reminder, it’s important to make sure that you only accept and open files from a trusted source, as well as be careful what websites you visit.

So, while it's rare you will find me defending Microsoft (because, really, I don't really use their products... come to think of it, the only product I DO use is Excel), it seems like MS may have covered their ass this time.

Joy of Tech

Joy of Tech

denyhosts is in python.. but it still works

For awhile now i've been running a nice program by the name of 'denyhosts'. For those of you that have a server somewhere on the internet with port 22 open, you know what I am talking about when I say 'see all those brute force ssh attacks?!'.

People use the brute force ssh method to try and gain access to your machine. I did it once, just to see what would happen, on a honeypot, and they put an irc controlling bot on there. ghey.

denyhosts works by monitoring your /var/log/secure (or whatever file on your OS, it's /secure on mine -- running Fedora on this box), for brute force attacks to one of two things, either brute force to accounts that don't exist, or brute force to the root account.

The root account gets ONE bad try. (you can set these thresholds in the /usr/local/denyhosts/denyhosts.cfg), after that one bad try you are added to the /etc/hosts.deny file and are forever ignored. Unknown accounts, by default, get 5 bad tries, well I thought that w…

When Gates leaves

mod_security and other fun tools

You're only minutes away from protecting your web sites from all manner of attack and spam. To do this, you need to download one piece of software, mod_security, install it on your web server and then configure it. Its not difficult or time consuming at all, and if you follow these instructions you should be ready to go in minutes!Got Root : Setup of mod_security
No, I didn't follow this setup, but I ripped this of the "Got Root?" Website for an easy setup of mod_Security. I started playing with it awhile ago to see if I could use it to block all these wonderful attacks that I get constantly pointed at my site.So... I installed it, with it's default ruleset, it started dropping all the virus and Rbot crap that is all around my network here at knology.net.I run Snort-inline too with a bunch of stuff set to drop, so it was kinda cool to be able to control all this stuff coming at my webserver...
I jumped on Google and searched for "mod_security rules".. …

When Gates leaves

Stuff that I basically think is really f'in dumb. pt 2

Okay, you people in the airport, that feel a need to talk on your cell phone IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HALLWAY, LOUDLY... knock it off.

Today I was in the ATL airport (and in the Orlando Airport, and in the Augusta Airport), and I saw one of these turds. Pay attention to the queer in the red shirt.

(Right click on the below link and "Save As..." (Save the video on your desktop)
Click here for video

So this dude.. Has a bluetooth headset and a phone, but he's CARRYING his phone. The point of the bluetooth headset (yes I have one) is to not HAVE to carry your phone.. If you are going to carry your phone, put it up to your ear asshole.

Now, here's some action shots. Because this dude was apparently moving so fast, the pictures are blurred.



Now, you will notice from these shots (and the video) that the dude is pacing. back and forth, back and forth.. talking LOUDLY on his bluetooth headset, while holding this big ass verizon whateverthehell it is phone in his hand.



What a sp…

Stuff that I basically think is really f'in dumb. pt 2

Okay, you people in the airport, that feel a need to talk on your cell phone IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HALLWAY, LOUDLY... knock it off.

Today I was in the ATL airport (and in the Orlando Airport, and in the Augusta Airport), and I saw one of these turds. Pay attention to the queer in the red shirt.

(Right click on the below link and "Save As..." (Save the video on your desktop)
Click here for video

So this dude.. Has a bluetooth headset and a phone, but he's CARRYING his phone. The point of the bluetooth headset (yes I have one) is to not HAVE to carry your phone.. If you are going to carry your phone, put it up to your ear asshole.

Now, here's some action shots. Because this dude was apparently moving so fast, the pictures are blurred.



Now, you will notice from these shots (and the video) that the dude is pacing. back and forth, back and forth.. talking LOUDLY on his bluetooth headset, while holding this big ass verizon whateverthehell it is phone in his hand.



What a sp…

Stuff that I basically think is really f'in dumb.

Okay, it has come time for me to just jot down a few thoughts about shit that I think it stupid. Hopefully this won't wind up being lame, I just feel that maybe, just maybe, if I write it down, then someone else will write it down, and then the madness will stop. Although since everything must balance, more madness will spring up in it's place.

Some things written here will be from some various stand-up comedy acts. I'm not trying to copy. I could care less with what they said, or you think. I just agree with what the comedian says, therefore -- blogged..

1. Referring to female Comedians as "Comedianns" (or whatever the hell they want to be called)
2. Telemarketers
3. Airline announcements.
a) "Pre-Boarding" -- How can you get on the plane before you get on the plane?
b) "De-planeing" -- Apparently they didn't want to say "getting off"
c) "Seat Area" -- How about "around your seat" -- "for any it…

Airport Extreme Powerbook, poor range

**USE AT OWN RISK, IF YOU DO THIS AND FRY SOMETHING, NOT MY FAULT, and DON'T ASK ME FOR HELP, I WROTE THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOU**

I have a 15" Powerbook, 1.67 Ghz. (not the HD screen model, the one before it). The Airport Extreme range really really sucks in it. I can't go to the other side of my house, and have it work.

I am also currently in a hotel where, apparently, the WAP is really far away from me or something, because I have one bar. So, I googled solutions.

I saw a bit about reset-ing my PRAM, so I did that. (Turn off computer, hold down Command + Option + P + R, and turn computer on, hold buttons until the Apple boot sound, and release). This will reset your NVRAM/PRAM and may help. I did that. I don't know if it helped at all, but I still only had one bar.

I saw a bit about reset-ing my PMU, so I did that. (Turn off computer, unplug, remove battery, and then press and hold the power key for 5 seconds -- i did it for 10.) This will reset your PMU. I di…

Airport Extreme Powerbook, poor range

**USE AT OWN RISK, IF YOU DO THIS AND FRY SOMETHING, NOT MY FAULT, and DON'T ASK ME FOR HELP, I WROTE THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR YOU**

I have a 15" Powerbook, 1.67 Ghz. (not the HD screen model, the one before it). The Airport Extreme range really really sucks in it. I can't go to the other side of my house, and have it work.

I am also currently in a hotel where, apparently, the WAP is really far away from me or something, because I have one bar. So, I googled solutions.

I saw a bit about reset-ing my PRAM, so I did that. (Turn off computer, hold down Command + Option + P + R, and turn computer on, hold buttons until the Apple boot sound, and release). This will reset your NVRAM/PRAM and may help. I did that. I don't know if it helped at all, but I still only had one bar.

I saw a bit about reset-ing my PMU, so I did that. (Turn off computer, unplug, remove battery, and then press and hold the power key for 5 seconds -- i did it for 10.) This will reset your PMU. I di…

Cisco VPN OSX

Every once in awhile my Cisco VPN Client for OSX gets kinda messed up and I have to "reset it".

I recently upgraded to 4.9.0 version of the VPN client, and I have only noticed this error once since then, but when I had <4.9.0, it was alot more prominent.

Cisco will come up with an error (I can't get the problem to replicate right now) but it says something about "Can't connect to Socket" or something similar, and the only way to fix it is to restart the computer or log out/in.

Well not anymore.

There is a way to fix it, you have to manually unload the kernel extension (kext) and then manually reload it. Since these commands are simple, but easily forgotten, I wrote a 3 second bash script to do this for me.

I placed it in my /Users/ directory, that way I can just start terminal, and run the command "./ciscoreset.sh", and it does the work for me.

Here's the script.

---- begin

#!/bin/sh
#written by Joel to hax0r (aka fix) Cisco's error problem wit…

Cisco VPN OSX

Every once in awhile my Cisco VPN Client for OSX gets kinda messed up and I have to "reset it".

I recently upgraded to 4.9.0 version of the VPN client, and I have only noticed this error once since then, but when I had <4.9.0, it was alot more prominent.

Cisco will come up with an error (I can't get the problem to replicate right now) but it says something about "Can't connect to Socket" or something similar, and the only way to fix it is to restart the computer or log out/in.

Well not anymore.

There is a way to fix it, you have to manually unload the kernel extension (kext) and then manually reload it. Since these commands are simple, but easily forgotten, I wrote a 3 second bash script to do this for me.

I placed it in my /Users/ directory, that way I can just start terminal, and run the command "./ciscoreset.sh", and it does the work for me.

Here's the script.

---- begin

#!/bin/sh
#written by Joel to hax0r (aka fix) Cisco's error problem wit…

The Da VInci Code

Well, I, along with the rest of America (apparently) have been biten by "The Da Vinci Code" bug.

I've read the Da Vinci Code, I've read every book by Dan Brown, I've read Holy Blood, Holy Grail (the basis of the Da Vinci Code). I've read two different "about the Da Vinci Code" type books, one called "Fodor's Guide to the Da Vinci Code" and another named "Cracking the Da Vinci Code". Both excellent. I am now reading "The Jesus Papers". I'll let you know how it turns out.

Tonight I saw the movie. Pretty good. They left some stuff out of the movie that was in the book, and some stuff that was in the movie wasn't in the book. However, it was a great movie, and followed the plot closely. I recommend it.

The Da VInci Code

Well, I, along with the rest of America (apparently) have been biten by "The Da Vinci Code" bug.

I've read the Da Vinci Code, I've read every book by Dan Brown, I've read Holy Blood, Holy Grail (the basis of the Da Vinci Code). I've read two different "about the Da Vinci Code" type books, one called "Fodor's Guide to the Da Vinci Code" and another named "Cracking the Da Vinci Code". Both excellent. I am now reading "The Jesus Papers". I'll let you know how it turns out.

Tonight I saw the movie. Pretty good. They left some stuff out of the movie that was in the book, and some stuff that was in the movie wasn't in the book. However, it was a great movie, and followed the plot closely. I recommend it.

How to Manage Really Smart People

Want great people to work for your security department? Here's what you do:

1. Hire Really Good People
What is a "good hire"? you can usually spot a fishy situation if you're paying attention. Someone who lies on a resume, doesn't have good references, doesn't pass a background check or just can't back it all up (give them a technical test in the interview!!) is not to be trusted. Don't hire them.

2. Set them Free
One you have the right people in the right place doing the things they are good at, leave them alone. Micromanagement pisses smart people off.

3. Give Credit
Never, ever take credit for what the smart guys do. It pisses them off, and they'll quit.

Is it possible that three simple rules can make you a great manager? yes. Hire the right guys, set them free, and give them all the glory. It works.


Poritions of this entry written by "C.J. Kelly" whose name and employer have been disguised.

How to Manage Really Smart People

Want great people to work for your security department? Here's what you do:

1. Hire Really Good People
What is a "good hire"? you can usually spot a fishy situation if you're paying attention. Someone who lies on a resume, doesn't have good references, doesn't pass a background check or just can't back it all up (give them a technical test in the interview!!) is not to be trusted. Don't hire them.

2. Set them Free
One you have the right people in the right place doing the things they are good at, leave them alone. Micromanagement pisses smart people off.

3. Give Credit
Never, ever take credit for what the smart guys do. It pisses them off, and they'll quit.

Is it possible that three simple rules can make you a great manager? yes. Hire the right guys, set them free, and give them all the glory. It works.


Poritions of this entry written by "C.J. Kelly" whose name and employer have been disguised.