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Ultimate Boot CD on Thumb Drive…

Here is an easy how-to on installing and running the Ultimate Boot CD on a thumb drive.


18/05/2008 Posted by | how-to, Productivity, Random | 1 Comment

Bastille Hardening Program

You have heard of DISA’s Gold Disk as a tool to harden a Windows machine.  Well, Bastille is a program specifically designed to harden a Linux box.  Users can choose to run the program through command line or a GUI.  Bastille is designed for use on Red Hat, Fedora, SuSE, Mandrake, Debian, Gentoo, HP-UX, or Mac OS X.  The web site offers an easy how-to for installation.  On my OpenSuSE 10.3 machine, I had to add Perl-TK and the Curses packages for the GUI to work.

Through the GUI, Bastille asks the user a set of questions, and the user’s answers determine what settings are applied to the system.  One of the best features of Bastille is the ability to revert to previous settings if unwanted settings are applied.


12/05/2008 Posted by | how-to, Linux, open source, Security | Leave a comment

Conduit – Gnome Synchronization


Conduit is a synchronization application for GNOME. It allows you to synchronize your files, photos, emails, contacts, notes, calendar data and any other type of personal information and synchronize that data with another computer, an online service, or even another electronic device.

05/05/2008 Posted by | 1 | Leave a comment

Faster UDP port scanner

When you are using Nmap to scan ports, you have probably noticed that it takes FOREVER to scan UDP ports.  Well, here’s a port scanner that can scan UDP ports a little faster and it is very handy to have in your arsenal.


03/05/2008 Posted by | Productivity, Security | Leave a comment