Month: May 2012

QuickStart: Port scanning with nmap

Disclaimer: Port scanning anything other than your own machines on your own LAN can be considered illegal and a precursor to attack. I do not condone port scanning anything other than your own PCs, or any type of illegal activity. Overview Port scanning is a way to discover open ports on a machine. This can…


HowTo: install an rpm package in Ubuntu

  Overview Packages in Linux are pre-compiled binaries that can be used to easily install software. Debian and Debian derivative (Ubuntu, Mint) distributions use .deb packages. Redhat and Redhat derivative (Fedora, CentOS) distributions use .rpm packages. Sometimes you need to install a package in Ubuntu, but an rpm package is all that is available. You…


HowTo: Backup/Synchronize files and folders using SyncToy

Overview SyncToy is a free application from Microsoft. It can be very useful for keeping two folders identical between user accounts, across network drives, or for backup purposes. It does not have as many features as a full, commercial backup application, but it can be useful for light-duty backup and sync.  Download and Install You…


HowTo: Install VMWare ESXi 4.1 on ASUS P5Q-E

Overview VMWare’s ESXi is a bare metal hypervisor that can host your virtual machines. ESXi is meant to be installed on server hardware, but it will run on most PC hardware. The issue you will run into when installing on PC hardware is driver support. The ESXi installation will fail without a proper LAN driver,…


Free Windows Utilities

7-Zip – File Compression Unpack almost any formatHigh compression ratioAES-256 EncryptionShell integration http://www.7-zip.org/download.html  AVG Free – Anti-Virus Virus and spyware protectionhttp://free.avg.com/us-en/free-antivirus-download  Audacity – Audio Editor and Recorder Records audio, edits multiple formats such as Ogg, Vorbis, MP3, WAV and AIFFhttp://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/  CCleaner – Optimization and Cleaning Cleans registry and temporary fileshttp://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download/standard  DAEMON Tools Lite – Optical…