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1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k

Saturday, March 25th, 2006 - Comments (2) in Books, Computers, Life, Nerd Stuff

This weekend Borders is running a 25% sale on everything for educators. I don't really consider myself an educator but since I have a Faculty/Staff ID from Harley I'm all over that discount!

Most of the books I'm interested in are computer related and VERY expensive (~$50). But I found a nice cheap one that looked interesting called 1337 h4x0r h4ndb00k. It basically tells you how to recognize and live a 1337 lifestyle. It even instructs you on leet speak:

english: I didn't really care for that movie.
leet: dat dot mov was teh lose!

english: wow, i won.
leet: omgz (oh my godz) lolz!! i pwned j00r @55!

english: i am learning how to become an elite hacker.
leet: i 4/\/\ 134|2/\/i/\/9 |-|0\/\/ 2 83c0m3 4 1337 h4x0r, roffle-mayo.

english: sigh, what in the world is that supposed to be?
leet: *sighs* wtf b dat f00?

english: i'm tired.
leet: i'm 80u7 2 m4k3 lik3 ie &cr45h. /m3h y4wn5

Good stuff! If you have no idea what is going on, read Wikipedia's article on leetness.

Go Spring!

Monday, March 20th, 2006 - Comments (4) in Life

This past winter has been the mildest one I can remember since coming to Rochester. I only got to use my snow blower twice, and I really didn't need it the second time; I was being lazy.

I was hoping that warmer spring weather would come sooner rather than later but guess what I woke up to this morning (the first official day of Spring)? SNOW! Not much snow but enough to put me in a bad mood. Looking at the National Weather Service's website I see it is going to snow every day this week too. Poop.

I found this picture a few days ago on one of my computers. I remember this particular winter as being one of the worst. This picture was taken in the middle March 2004! I think I would die if this much snow was on the ground right now.

March 2004 snow in Rochester

New Webhosting

Friday, March 17th, 2006 - Comments (0) in Computers, Website
Today I switched from hosting this site on my home cable connection to a friends hosting site in Texas. The only difference should be that the site is faster now. If you do notice anything weird going on let me know so I can fix it.

I heart turkey burgers

Thursday, March 16th, 2006 - Comments (0) in Life, Recipes

We've recently been buying ground turkey from Wegmans and it is really tasty! Don't get me wrong I still like ground beef and real burgers, but the turkey is a nice change of pace. I find mixing in some chives and Mrs. Dash before forming the burger patties makes them really good. I've also tried adding a cup of shredded cheese to the mix (cheddar, taco blend or whatever) which is also very good. You should try it.

Sticking it to the State

Friday, March 10th, 2006 - Comments (5) in Computers, Work

Recently Jason, who works for the state of NY, and I have been trying to get him on Instant Messenger at work. They seem to have cut the network off completely to the internet where he works. Since only internet activity allowed is browsing web pages, the ONLY way out of his network is through their proxy server that will only play nice on port 80 (for web sites) and 443 (for secure web sites).

After a couple weeks of trying different things we finally found a combination that worked. The first barrier was getting traffic in and out of his lan. For that we used an SSH tunnel. This would allow his office computer to make an encrypted "tunnel" to his home laptop and forward the IM traffic there. The default port for ssh however is 22 which was blocked of course. The sneaky part was setting up the ssh server on his laptop at home to listen on port 443 (remember that port is allowed because it is used for secure web sites). Since SSH uses the same technology as secure web site traffic, SSL, the proxy server at work won't notice that it isn't web traffic and will let it through.

The second barrier was how to relay the IM traffic from his laptop at home to the internet. For that we used a SOCKS proxy server. I found a free one called Antinat that would work as a windows service.

All he needs to do to get on IM now is to open Putty (a free windows SSH client) and connect to his laptop at home. Then when he sets his IM client to use the proxy on his laptop (throught the tunnel) it works like a charm! This can work for ANY just need to tunnel the right ports. He could even set his web browser to use that proxy to get to websites his corporate proxy will block.