Season 9 Premieres with the return of Shannon "Snubs" Morse and Paul "the camera guy" Tobias. We kick around the hacker headlines, get the low-down on Nexpose from Rapid7 at RSA, automate file mangement in windows, multiplex some screen sessions, capture packets from the command line and a lot more.
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Kinect hackers rejoice! Microsoft confirms that a Kinect SDK is coming for PC and Mac this spring, allowing developers to deal with the motion and voice sensor at a higher level than the informal Kinect hacks. The SDK will be free for personal use with a commercial version expected to follow.
Sony is threatening to permanently disconnect jail broken PlayStation 3 consoles from the PlayStation Network. Jeff Rubenstein, Sony's Social-Media Manager wrote in his blog "To avoid this, customers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems"
Donations have closed for the legal defense fund of George Hotz, notable iPhone jailbreaker and PS3 hacker. Sony has tied the hacker up in San Francisco federal since January court facing unspecified damages on DMCA violations. Hotz writes on his blog "I have enough to cover my legal fees for the time being." and "For now, the best you can do is spread the word"
The latest VirtualBox 4.0.4 update adds support for Ubuntu 11.04 alpha guests. The Ubuntu Alpha, code named Natty Narwhal, introduces Unity as the default desktop session. Gnome can still be accessed as a "Ubuntu Classic Session"
Urban SQL Injection -- full of win.
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What it does:
Automating file management and scripting on Windows: Belvedere.
Belvedere lets you organize any folders on your harddrive. You can create rules to move, copy, delete, rename, or open files based on name, extension, size, creation, date, and even more. So basically it's a self-cleaner tool for Windows Only. There's also a Mac cleaner called Hazel that you might want to check out if you are an Apple user.
It was created by Adam Pash back in '08, and you can check out the source of this tool over at GitHub.
It's a .exe so just install it from the download link. You can make Belvedere startup when Windows starts, but you'll have to add it manually.
How you use it:
Belvedere is really easy to use, it's just simple point and clicks. You create a folder, then name your rule from one of the choices, and build conditions with the drop down menus.
Belvedere gives me the ability to multitask and not worry so much about how clean my PC is.
Do you have another tool that works like Belve? Let me know at email@example.com.
What's more wicked than a screen session? Two screen sessions! As we've talked about recently the unix command Screen is a great way to maintain bash sessions from multiple SSH clients without losing your work. My favorite shortcut after invoking the "screen" command is CTRL+a followed by "S", which splits the screen horizontally in two. Use CTRL+a then Tab to switch between the views. Debian users get the added sexyness of vertical split by hitting CTRL+a then Pipe.
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Patrick writes in:
Hey, I'm in dire need of a command line linux packet sniffer. My servers are 3 hours away, and none have X11 installed. I used to use sniffit a long time ago, but it looks like they've added a GUI to it. Just wondering if you had any ideas off the top of your head.
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