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Amazing binary calculator made of wood.

Just go to the website and check it out.



19/03/2008 Posted by | Productivity, Random | | Leave a comment

Traveling out of the country soon…protect your laptop.

Cnet’s Iconoclast blog has posted good steps to securing your data on your laptop when Customs decides to take it and scour it for any data that they deem a security threat.  The Customs’ agents can (and will) take your laptop, copy your data, and then return it days (maybe even weeks) later.

Now, I am all for “Homeland Security,” and protecting our borders; but don’t you think there might be a better way to go about this?

Read the blog and decide for yourself.

15/03/2008 Posted by | encryption, Random, Security | | Leave a comment

Mac OS X style dock in Javascript

Mac’s “fish-eye” dock effect has been successfully reproduced in Javascript. If you don’t know what this effect is, it’s the effect that makes the icons expand and contract when the mouse moves over them. A demonstration of this Javascript can be found at

12/03/2008 Posted by | Random | , , | Leave a comment

DVD43, a good alternative?

Looking for a alternative to DVDecrypter or the other “pay” decrypting software. I have found a free software alternative that works as good as the other well known decryption software. DVD43 is a decryption utility that runs in the background and decrypts DVDs. DVD43 will unlock your DVD so your copy program can read the contents. Although, DVD43 is only compatible with Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows XP, and Windows 2000; so this one is for you Microsoft fans. There are alternatives for you who use Linux. Check out DVD43 and tell me what you think in the comments section, and remember this should only be used to “backup” your own DVDs and not for piracy.

DVD43 screenshot

08/03/2008 Posted by | backup, Productivity, Random | | 11 Comments

AutoScan Network – Monitoring Tool


AutoScan is a network monitoring tool for Windows and Linux that scans a network and outputs all attached devices. The network administrator then can input names of devices, what OS they are running, contact information, etc. and makes monitoring a network easier. If a device is attached to the network after AutoScan has been set up, then the administrator has an option to alert himself/herself with the new device being “seen” as an intrusion. The tool also shows all ports that are open on each device that has been scanned. Download the tool and try it for yourself…


05/03/2008 Posted by | Linux, open source, Productivity | Leave a comment

Saving changes on your Backtrack 3 USB

Thanks to the Newbie Hacker, there is a good how-to about saving your changes on your newly created Backtrack 3 usb.

You can find it here.

01/03/2008 Posted by | Linux, Security | | 1 Comment