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General Software Discussion / Re: MeediOS: A promising HTPC frontend.
« on: September 28, 2010, 09:55 AM »
Just an FYI.. XBMC for XBOX is still alive and well over here:  :Thmbsup:

Still love my modded XBOX...

Developer's Corner / Black box testing an OSS PHP CMS
« on: July 07, 2010, 10:05 AM »
This question is geared more towards the e107 CMS, but it really applies to all CMS solutions.

I recently developed a website for my wife for her photography.

A few days ago it was hacked by a botnet intrusion. I luckily caught it within hours.


I pulled it down and nuked the install, and began the post-mortem of the logs. As I looked through all the logs I could see the site continuously being hammered by bots trying to find vulnerabilities. I was actually fortunate that the scripting was so focused on the specific task of turning the site into another botnet node to spread to other machines and send out spam that is did very little damage to any content. 

It was a sobering lesson in web security and what it is like out there in the wild. I highly recommend making sure you compress and save your website access logs and from time to time just skim through them looking at web activity, you can find other cool stuff like where people are coming from to download stuff from your site. I actually found some software reviews for some of my freeware I didn't know existed and found some people deep linking to images on my site that were simply pieces of the site navigation..

I guess for all the time I have been a user of the internet and web technologies I'm pretty naive..

So the next question is what to do with this information.

I know there are some simple steps I can take to lock down what php can do and change some of the CMS file names so the bots can't find them, because they seem to be using profiles to search for known exploits.

But beyond that I think I need to both increase my knowledge so I don't code up anything that lets the baddies in, but I can't know everything an OSS CMS is doing and while an automated solution can't catch everything it is a good place to start.

So I'm wondering if there is any OSS black box testing solution out there that people have used to at least test for the most obvious and common exploits?

+1 for Darik's Boot and Nuke.

If you need the version for a bootable floppy get this:


It will create the floppy for you..

Otherwise use the latest and greatest to make a bootable CD.

General Software Discussion / Re: Clipboard Managing-Which one?
« on: May 06, 2010, 02:38 PM »
Didn't see anyone mention CLCL yet ( ).. been using it for years..  :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Redirect screen output to clipboard
« on: November 11, 2009, 10:11 PM »
Well guys and gals I know it has been a while, a few things came up and monopolized my time but I'm finally ready to realease my set of command line tools. So those you who are interested, head on over to the new thread in the "Other Programs" forum..

Finished Programs / DSToolBox for the command line inclined user
« on: November 11, 2009, 10:08 PM »
This is just a collection of command line apps that I developed over the years that lanux128 gave me the idea to release. This is the first bunch I have cleaned up and documented, I expect to keep adding to this collection as time permits. Right now I have 11 in the pack. I've done my best to test them, but I'm sure there are bugs here and there.  Hopefully someone will find them useful.  I don't know how much time I'll have to work on them so I probably won't have many cycles for feature requests unless it is something trivial, but I'll always fix bugs. You can find them here.

share and enjoy  :Thmbsup:

That video was amazing.. I've been really enjoying Boyland Black Cherry, which you can get at many grocery stores around here now in the specialty food sections. Also really enjoy Maine Root Ginger Brew... I'd spend hours in that store..

Thanks for the video mouser, that was great..

General Software Discussion / Re: Redirect screen output to clipboard
« on: October 28, 2009, 09:16 PM »
w00t! +1 on the geek points  :D

General Software Discussion / Re: Redirect screen output to clipboard
« on: October 28, 2009, 07:35 PM »
Ok guys and gals.. almost ready for a release, just tidying up a few loose ends.. I really don't like releasing anything 0.5f done if I don't absolutely have to, so getting this stuff ready took a while and I'm a few days away from having it all ready, but the page is up on my site if you want to have a look.

I'll be moving the rest of the conversation about these tools over to the Other Programs forum once the download is up there..

Again, thanks for the interest  :up:

Living Room / Re: How much Soda/Energy-Drinks you drink / week?
« on: October 19, 2009, 10:24 AM »
Coffee addict on 2 coffees a day? :huh: :-\
Not sure what that makes a lot of the rest of us.

I'm only addicted in the sense that I can't go without it... Not that I need tons of it, but I do need it to be decent..

So I guess in the end, I'm addicted to daily doses of good coffee  :D..

The whole setup wasn't that hard to put together, more planning than actual work.. but the benefits..  :Thmbsup:.. oh man.. I think I need a coffee now.. and I'm at work... Time to break out the Aeropress

Living Room / Re: How much Soda/Energy-Drinks you drink / week?
« on: October 01, 2009, 02:44 PM »
2 double espressos, one in the morning and one at night, and black teas during the day:

Enjoying this one currently ( Upton Tea )

Roasting my own coffee and pulling my own espresso shots for the last few years, I consider myself an addict with no hope of recovery...

I use to do lots of sugary drinks, then I looked at how many of my close relatives were diabetic and switched to diet, then started to read the bad stuff about artificial sweeteners.. 

So I do the tea and coffee without the sweet stuff.. I'll leave that to you young-ins.. I can't abuse myself like I use to, recovery period seems to increase exponentially with age/mileage.

When I say coffee addict.. I mean it  :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Redirect screen output to clipboard
« on: September 10, 2009, 10:17 AM »
me... burnout... never..  :D

General Software Discussion / Re: Redirect screen output to clipboard
« on: September 09, 2009, 10:52 PM »
Well I'm about 4 apps in, and have found a few bugs along the way, I think I'll shoot for 10 and then release it and then start on the next batch..

General Software Discussion / Re: Redirect screen output to clipboard
« on: September 08, 2009, 02:03 PM »
I've started work on this and I'm currently cleaning up docs and code and putting together a web page..

I'm going to package it all up into one self-extracting archive with docs and put it up on my site. I'll get the stuff that is closer to being complete out first and the other stuff will come later..

I'll start a thread over in 'Other Programs' rather than hijack this one, when things are ready...

General Software Discussion / Re: Redirect screen output to clipboard
« on: September 06, 2009, 12:06 PM »
I guess at last count I have over 50 of these things I wrote to solve this problem or that, they are in various states of completeness. Some have wacky command line params that do odd things if you combine them, that I have never fixed or documented, and some continue to evolve to help me do things in my 'day job'..

I guess I really should run through them and see whats there.. Maybe this is the little push I need to package some of these up for general use..

General Software Discussion / Re: Redirect screen output to clipboard
« on: September 05, 2009, 08:43 PM »
I'm glad you find it useful, thanks for the reply  :Thmbsup:

I prefer Waveosaur to Audacity:

Here is a mini tutorial on digitizing vinyl: http://www.wavosaur....i-tutorial-t317.html

Maybe Lotus Symphony is worth a look:


Congrats on the website launch and good luck on the new game.. I've been messing around in Ogre3D for years on game ideas, just never hide the time to complete any one project.  :D

Good luck..

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: DFT to GEDCOM converter
« on: June 08, 2009, 09:35 AM »
Thanks to a gentle nudge from Mouser  :D I'm posting the link to where I have this app posted:

Here is a little info on what it does:

DFT2GED is a simple command line utility that takes a dft database and converts it back to GEDCOM format. It will read both DTA files as well as the zip file archives the DftCom2 compiler creates. The DFT files do not contain the original GEDCOM information. Like many other compilers, data is lost in the process. The DftCom2 compiler only supports a limited set of GEDCOM tags and ignores the rest, it also combines some date and place information, making it very hard to programmatically parse apart. I have done my best to have the program do most of the work, but some hand editing of the GEDCOM output may be necessary.

If you find yourself in the situation where you have a bunch of DFT data and need to get it back in GEDCOM format, this little app may do the trick..

I would use something like tee to do this:

so. something like the following command line:

dir /b | clipcopy -e | tee dirlist.txt


Developer's Corner / Re: donation edicate
« on: March 21, 2009, 11:03 PM »
Thanks for the advice, that was my first inclination.. Since the donation was through paypal it just felt odd getting his email 2nd hand through the process instead of directly..

I'll send him a thanks email  :Thmbsup:

appreciate the advice as always.. 

Developer's Corner / donation edicate
« on: March 21, 2009, 10:35 PM »
I've been writing freeware as a hobby for over ten years, and only in the last few years have I added a donation link in my applications.. And no one has used it, that is up until yesterday.   :D

Someone sent me, what I consider to be a very generous donation for my text-to-speech plugin for trillian ( TalkBack ).

So, I'm kind of a newbie with this.. Should I send a thank you.. add a donation credits page to my site.. or something else...

What do you guys normally do to recognize someone for their contribution...?

Living Room / Re: Your favorite quotes?
« on: December 05, 2008, 09:45 PM »
To add to Shook's post.. one of my favorite Einstein quotes in the same spirit:

   The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. -Albert Einstein

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