Cool Russian Soyuz software demo. This is the coolest DOS software ever.

Download this from: http://astronaut.ru/bookcase/prog.htm. click on “программой” unzip the file and run inpu.exe in Dosbox. I used the following command: dosbox -c “mount c: soyuz” -c “c:” -c “inpu” -c “exit” Where soyuz is the directory that holds the files. This software has no mouse support, the arrow keys move the cursor and ENTER selects […]


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How to get hardware information about your network adapters on Windows Server 2012.

Windows Server 2012 R2 supports quite a few cmdlets that allow the user to gain quite a bit of information about the networking configuration of the server machine. Here are a few examples with output. This command: Get-NetAdapterHardwareInfo gets hardware information about your wireless adapters. PS C:\Users\Administrator> Get-NetAdapterHardwareInfo   Name Segment Bus Device Function Slot […]


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How to use vlc to record a timelapse video for fun.

VLC can be used to record a timelapse video with a USB webcam. I have just done this and it worked a treat when I tried this. Connect your webcam to your computer and run this command to begin recording. cvlc v4l2:// :v4l2-dev="/dev/video0" –video-filter=scene –vout=dummy –aout=dummy\ –intf=dummy –scene-format=jpg –scene-ratio=400 –scene-prefix=snap \ –scene-path=/home/homer/Videos/shots v4l2:// vlc://quit I […]


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How to make the best use of apt on Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

This is how to automatically remove unneeded packages on your Linux Mint system. [email protected]:~$ sudo apt-get autoremove [sudo] password for jason: Reading package lists… Done Building dependency tree Reading state information… Done The following packages will be REMOVED: libglib2.0-0:i386 libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0 libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0:i386 libgstreamer0.10-0 libgstreamer0.10-0:i386 liborc-0.4-0:i386 libpgm-5.1-0 libpoppler57 libpth20 libsndio6.0 libzmq3 qtdeclarative5-qtfeedback-plugin qtdeclarative5-ubuntu-web-plugin 0 to upgrade, 0 […]


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A quick look at redirection in the bash shell.

The bash shell allows the user to redirect output from one application to another or to a file. This is very useful when you are building a one liner script to perform a certain action. Here is a simple redirection. ls > ls.out This redirects the output of the ls command to a file that […]


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How we could get to a planet 500 light years away in 12 years with a special type of spaceship.

One way that we could get to another planet 500 light-years away without warp drive is a interstellar ram-scoop ship. This would allow us to reach an exoplanet in 12 years ship time. But 500 years would pass on Earth. This could be used to reach the center of the Milky Way Galaxy in 21 […]


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Useful Linux networking tricks.

Change the mac address of your network adapter. sudo ifconfig wlan0 down && sudo ifconfig wlan0 hw ether 00:11:22:33:44:55 && sudo ifconfig wlan0 up This will change the mac address of your network interface instantly. Below is an example. [email protected] ~ $ sudo ifconfig eth0 down && sudo ifconfig eth0 hw ether 00:11:22:33:44:55 && sudo […]


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FreeBSD. A very useful UNIX distribution that makes using your computer a lot of fun.

I have just setup FreeBSD with a high resolution framebuffer console easily. I just typed vidcontrol -i mode to list all available framebuffer video modes and then I set the appropriate mode for my laptop screen. I then added this line to the /etc/rc.conf file: allscreens_flags=”MODE_332″. This sets a 1366*768 resolution for the framebuffer console. […]


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Australian piracy to be curbed with large fines for illegal downloads of Game Of Thrones and other shows.

This is the beginning of the end for the Internet if the Attorney-General George Brandis gets his way. There are a large number of people downloading the latest episodes of Game Of Thrones, but this is a massively popular TV show. The battle at the wall was well worth watching. People want the episodes as […]


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I managed to compile the 14.4 ATI drivers on Linux Mint 16 against the 3.15 kernel.

I have managed to get the 14.4 ATI drivers to compile against the new 3.15 kernel on Linux Mint 16. I followed this guide: http://bluehatrecord.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/amd-catalyst-14-4-for-linux-loses-support-for-linux-kernel-versions-above-3-11/ and I used the commands on this page as well as this linked patch. This is how I managed to do it. I am now running a 3.15 kernel with […]


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How to compile a 3.15 kernel on Linux the easy way using the command line.

Compiling a kernel on Linux is very easy using the command line. You may download the latest mainline kernel from kernel.org. This is 3.15. Extract the file using this command. tar -xvf linux-3.15.tar.xz Clean the source tree using this command. make mrproper Then open the configuration menus using this command. make menuconfig If you get […]


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Fixing the failed checksum from server error on FreeBSD 10 with the command line.

The failed checksum from server error is very annoying on FreeBSD 10. I fixed this by using the following command. pkg update -f This updated the package repositories information for FreeBSD 10 and allowed me to install the packages I required. This is a good command to run from time to time that will keep […]


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Watchdogs game showcasing more realistic hacking with Linux and SSH; but the crashes spoil this fine game.

The watchdogs game is a new shooter game that uses strategies such as hacking into phones and streetlights to achieve various game strategies. The intro shows a reverse SSH tunnel and various Linux hacking tools that the protagonist and his friends use against the enemies. This is rather common in modern films as well, Dredd […]


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Setting up Debian 7.0 in VMware, how to install the VMware tools extensions.

The VMware tools are useful extensions for Debian, that allow a Linux distribution to be more usable in the VMware hypervisor. Use this simple command to install them in Debian 7.0. [email protected]:/home/homer# apt-get install open-vm-tools-desktop The open-vm-tools-desktop package installs the graphical VMware tools additions that will speed up the desktop and enable the desktop to […]


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How I got Xorg mouse and keyboard working on FreeBSD 10

I recently installed FreeBSD 10 in VMware and I had problems getting the mouse and keyboard to work with Xorg. I solved this in the following manner. I added these four lines to my /etc/rc.conf file. moused_enable="NO" moused_nondefault_enable="NO" hald_enable="YES" dbus_enable="YES" The /etc/rc.conf file looks like this. hostname="deusexmachina" ifconfig_em0="DHCP" ifconfig_em0_ipv6="inet6 accept_rtadv" sshd_enable="YES" # Set dumpdev to […]


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How to update the grub menu manually on Kali Linux.

The update-grub will update the grub menu on Kali Linux. [email protected]:~# update-grub Generating grub.cfg … Found background image: /usr/share/images/desktop-base/desktop-grub.png Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.12-kali1-amd64 Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.12-kali1-amd64 Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin Found memtest86+ multiboot image: /boot/memtest86+_multiboot.bin No volume groups found done Just run this command and the GRUB menu will be updated ready for your […]


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Using OpenSolaris UNIX for the first time in ages. This is a very good OS.

I have just installed OpenSolaris UNIX in VMware. First impressions really are good; the LiveCD environment works very well indeed. The Gnome desktop is a breath of fresh air compared to the crap Unity desktop that comes with Ubuntu 14.10. Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 is the default web browser; this is due to the fact […]


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How to scan your Kali Linux system for security vulnerabilities using the lynis tool.

The lynis tool for Kali Linux allows you to scan your computer system for security vulnerabilities. Execute this command as root and this will allow you to find out if you have any problems with your installation. [email protected]:/home/homer# lynis –check-all   [ Lynis 1.4.1 ]   ################################################################################ Lynis comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY. This is […]


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Why Linux uses .dotfiles for hidden filenames.

The original UNIX programmers created a bug in the early UNIX code 40 years ago. This code had the side effect of making files starting with a dot hidden to the normal ls command. This was adopted as a ‘feature’. Nowadays, the dotfile is the standard way of hiding configuration files in the home directories […]


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How to scan for vulnerable ports on a host with the Kali Linux distribution.

Scanning for vulnerable ports is easy with the Kali Linux distribution. Here is a simple port scan of my Windows Server 2012 R2 laptop host OS using Kali Linux. [email protected]:~$ sudo nmap 192.168.1.6   Starting Nmap 6.46 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2014-05-28 20:44 EST Nmap scan report for 192.168.1.6 Host is up (1.0s latency). Not […]


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