This time on the show Jason joins us to talk DSLR video hacks and homebrew Google TV. Shannon brings us her favorite portable apps, and Jackie and Darren tackle your questions concerning secure FTP, Ubuntu Server, and document stealing with USB Dumper.
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Darren and Jason take a few questions regarding video equipment and building your own Google TV.
Darren states that Hak5 uses the Panasonic AG-HMC40, as well as some inexpensive consumer cameras, and recommends the Creative Vado HD 3rd Gen.
Jason is still very happy with the Magic Lantern firmware.
Ty wants to know about building a Google TV. While Jason loves the ASS AT3IONT-I Deluxe motherboard he explains that it may be some time before we see homebrew Google TV boxes, al la Boxee. Google states that the source code will be available "next year".
I reviewed Unlocker a while back, a tool that can help you unlock locked files for copying, moving, renaming, deleting, etc. If you didn't like Unlocker, perhaps you'll like Lock Hunter instead.
Lock Hunter has an easy interface. Will show you what process is locking the files Allows unlocking, deleting, copying, and renaming. Allows you to kill the locking process. You can remove the locking process from your harddrive (if it's malware for example) Integrates in Explorer menu. Deletes into the recycle bin so you can restore files. Supported in both versions of windows.32/ 64
Downloading the program is simple. Just click the 32 or 64 bit version, run through the install, and run thr program. If something is locked, you can browse to that files, click enter, and it will show a list of programs that have locked that file. So, for example, this file didn't have any locks on it so it tells me nothing was found. Now, I have this Hak5 Theme song downloaded and I'm playing it in VLC. I try to delete it and it says it can't be done. I open the file in Lock Hunter and it tells me it's being locked by VLC. From here I can unlock it, delete it, as well as close the locking processes or delete the locker from my disc. You can also right click the file and choose 'whats unlocking this file?' which will open the same window.
Lock Hunter's interface is a little easier than Unlocker but really it's your call on which one you prefer. I think I like Lock Hunter more....
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A while back, I reviewed FastStone Capture, a screen capturing tool for basic needs. If you didn't like FastStone Capture, maybe you'll like PicPick instead. Features:
Overview: WinderStat is a handy tool that will show you how your harddrive is being used, and where everything is saved. It'll also help you clean up your disc drive.
Features: The directory list, which resembles the tree view of the Windows Explorer but is sorted by file/subtree size, The treemap, which shows the whole contents of the directory tree straight away, The extension list, which serves as a legend and shows statistics about the file types.
Download and open the program, let it run it's first statistic findings and open the 3 windows. On mine, I see the virtual memory takes up a big block, but so does a big cache of DropBox video's that I can delete, clearing up a TON of space for myself.
Conclusion: WinDerStat is a great find and super useful for anyone who needs a little more space on their harddrive. I'm definetly keeping this one. Email me at Feedback@hak5.org with your comments.
Shan writes in to ask about setting up a secure FTP server on Ubuntu and wonders what the differences are between Desktop and Server. Darren recommends Ubuntu Server with vsftpd or OpenSSH.
Zdeno writes in to ask about a program to silently copy data from USB drives. Zdeno, look no further than USB Dumper.