Thursday, October 31, 2013

Hacked a Govt Website using Backbox (PenTesting)

Little did i know about hacking before i got to know Backbox. There was a time when i used to think how cool & awesome were the people who'd know hacking. And now i know what it feels like to be one. Although i wouldn't call myself a hacker but i'd like to be known as a Penetration Tester. (You know all that grey hat stuff people do).

2days ago, i downloaded Backbox, there are other more popular linux distrubutions too apart from backbox which offers more in dept knowledge in terms of pentesting and security but i choose backbox since its organised and is very fast (lightweight too). 

Previously i had Ubuntu 12.04 LTS running Gnome installed on my machine but Xfce (which comes with backbox) is much much blazing fast.

It took me 1 day to understand all the Audit Tools in backbox to understand. I already worked with few tools (metasploit, beef, armitage) previously so i know more than half the tools that's present in this linux distro.

Seafile 2.0 final released

Seafile v2.0 - dropbox alternative for self hosted cloud storage

Privacy Protection

  • Deploy on your own machine

  • Encrypt files with your own password

  • Keep password only on clients

Reliable and Stable

  • Reliable file syncing and conflict handling

  • Full version control

  • Complete guide on backup

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sci-fi Insight

All of our Puranas & Vedas tell us that life & death is more of a cycle. which keeps on repeating and there’s no end to it. But the real fact is Science and Religious superstitions are both closely related to each other. Just like the two sides of a coin.

[After Death] There are people around the globe who have/had near death experience and their say’s all point towards one and one thing only. I.e White light everywhere & being carried away in a hole (tube) like structure.

Why is that so ? Is it coincidence ?

[Believe it or Not] Scientists now say that they have found an astonishing answer to all of this. They think this makes sense. Continue Reading→

Friday, October 18, 2013

Canonical launches Ubuntu 13.10 representing a “very significant push towards mobile devices”.

Canonical has announced its free Ubuntu 13.10 Linux operating system (OS) release, which is available for both PCs and smartphones from today.

Canonical is touting the Ubuntu 13.10 release as the "first step to mobile [and] PC convergence" as it unites all devices.

Oddly enough, Ubuntu 13.10 arrives on the same day as Microsoft's remedial Windows 8.1 service pack update.

13.10 is one of those rare operating systems releases that get it right. It's obvious that Canonical has put enormous amounts of work into making this release the crowning jewel of everything they've been working on for the last six months. It's fast, responsive, stable, and usable for just about anyone. With 13.10, Canonical has finally delivered what Linux has promised for years: making a distro that grandma can use without many problem.
Canonical founder and Ubuntu creator Mark Shuttleworth ahead of the launch, who told  that Ubuntu 13.10 represents a "very significant push towards our first mobile devices".

Considering that 13.10 is the last release before the next LTS, a lot was riding on the company to get things right. If they screwed up this release, the LTS six months from now would likely have been a complete disaster. Had they done something silly, like include the Mir display server when it wasn't quite ready for prime time, both this release and the 14.04 LTS would have been garbage. Thankfully, they over promised with 13.10 but then backed that up by over delivering too. Continue Reading→

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Github is wonderful open source database but itself is closed source

As far as my googleing has led me I cannot find the source for GitHub anywhere, so unless (and I might be wrong) I missed something I think the platform is closed sourced.

That would not concern me much, but given the recent hype in the media regarding influencing developers to release their software as open source, and the number of open source projects they host etc I find a bit bothersome.

On the one had there can be no doubt that they are providing a great service for open source projects, on the other hand as a figurehead of opensource they might not be the best choice.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Poem for today..

I remember endless aching
Timeless nights spent sleepless, taking
Anything to stop the shaking,
Anything I'd found -

Thinking nothing - feeling hollow,
Planning all the highs to follow;
All the pain and pills to swallow,
Stolen; hidden; downed.

I remember darkness creeping
Up and out and sinking, seeping,
Crying in the night and sleeping,
Lost without a sound.

Memories can serve the warning -
Now it is I wake to dawning
Sunlight most of every morning...
Glad to be around.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Problem with Open Source Games

I'm going to use this space as my soapbox feel free to leave a comment if you disagree with me. I want to have a discussion.
Open source games suck.

There, I said it. And it's not because of the open source model.

The best open source games are rip-offs of commercial titles

Here's a list I found: (Note: I haven't played most of these games, but I know what they sort of look like)

And these are some of the best games the open source community has to offer. Yet they aren't original or ground-breaking. Why do open source games play it even safer than some major game publishers?

These games have another thing in common:

Saturday, October 12, 2013

El Ten Eleven - "Connie" (live) - [Progressive/Experimental]

Something about the song makes me think of my ex. Probably because I discovered it around the same time when things were new and exciting with us, and partly because of the 'intimate' undertones of the song. I just can't help but still love the song, no matter what feelings it stirs up in me.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

why I ditched Ubuntu and went to Debian

Hello. I'm not doing this for the drama. The thing is some of my friends ask me why I ditched Ubuntu and went to Debian, and I'm tired to repeat the same things over and over. Also, I want to be able to just point to this post instead of repeating things again all over on the Internet.

With reasons, I mean ethical/moral reasons, not preference reasons (eg: "I don't like Unity"), said objectively.


  • Libhybris used by Canonical to promote Mir as it was developed by them.

Earlier this year however, I discovered that a well-known company had taken the code - disappeared underground with it for several months, improved upon it, utilized the capability in their advertisements and demos and in the end posted the code utilizing their own source control system, detached from any state of that of the upstream project's. Even to the extent some posters around the web thought libhybris was done by that company itself.


Sunday, October 6, 2013

I wish more people realized this kind of thing

As corny as it sounds, it's never okay to do a mean thing. I've been an adult for some time now and I'm still surprised at how many of my contemporaries find it okay to pass the buck or find cold dishes delicious. I've done bad things in my life. I've done very wrong things. I don't look down upon people who do them because I have been there. I have had bad things done to me and I have had the urge to pay it back to those who saw fit to do me wrong.

There has to be a point in history when it gets better. You can't simply point out the idea of intent, feel good enough some days to turn the other cheek. Humanity has a ceiling far greater than this. The petty things, the things deemed fine by the fickle hand of the internet, the spiteful things; we have the capacity to stop them.

We all know the arc of the super Villian. We've seen the movies. We've read the comic books. The good ones are sympathetic. The good ones wish well for the world until the wrong ones wish them ill. I beg for all of you who read this to do one less petty evil to the world. Hug your co worker who won't return your stapler. High five the roommate who won't wash his dishes. Forgive the friend who has spread rumors about you. Speak with the ex who still sends you texts. Do your part to turn things around. Evil is not the natural state of life, it is learned. You do not have to take the good with the bad. It is never an excuse.

Please, pass on the right side of life. Life really does return what it gets.

I'm 20. This is what I've learnt thus far.

  1. I'm an introvert and proud, was pretty asocial but now working to be more social and less of a perfectionist. I've socially deprived myself (don't do this) and now cringe at conversations that go well as a result. At the same time, I have learnt I am not socially inept (from a recent school residential), as much as I like to self-pity myself that I am. I know that I still can't handle being the center of attention. I'm still the same as I always was. Being a child who had a tantrum every birthday, I just express my anger differently, inwardly now.

  2. I have a love-hate relationship with people. My default template or defense mechanism is to be pessimistic and cynical about them and the world. I can sometimes lapse into being almost misanthropic. But finding beauty in everyone should be mandatory and is rewarding.

  3. I find beauty in everything and I love being inherently curious. It's best to stay open minded and not be too judgmental, nobody's perfect.

  4. I don't mind arrogance, as long as it can be backed up. I have heightened respect for people who do good, are working at their passion or simply do their job well.

  5. I forgive people too easily and I am a people pleaser. Don't be taken advantage of and don't be too much of a conformist. Be you, be different.

  6. People are inherently selfish, but this is a good thing. In social conversation you'll be considered a good conversationalist by others, even if you just ask the other speaker questions continuously.

  7. There is no meaning to life. The earth in its form is a blank state, we apply our own meaning. If I was to apply my own meaning for people it would be to creation, working at your passion and cooperatively making the world a better place. Life is not about comparing yourself to others, it's your own self-improvement game. You should help people with theirs and maximize your own.

  8. You've got to strike a balance between thinking and doing.

  9. Surprise yourself, apply yourself. Stop reading stuff on the Internet, go out and make mistakes.

  10. My memory is damn bad. Improve your memory, take pictures of memorable moments but don't live in the past.

  11. Don't underestimate the inevitability of change and your ability to manipulate tough situations you may be in.

  12. I like summarizing things, as this list exemplifies. I can use these summarizing words to describe myself but at this moment in time, I do not know myself. As Einstein notes: "The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible."

  13. I'm a man. I think with my d**k. I'm not going to say all I care about is personality and not looks because I don't. The 'halo effect' is such a strong phenomenon, that it's incredibly easy to think that there is no one else who could replace this person, but there always is.

  14. Music connects with me like nothing else. Having a song to go to for every mood I'm in is such a luxury. I like electronic music, as it is a fusion of many branches of music. Here is my favorite song for when I'm down:

  15. Read and travel. Culture yourself goddammit.

  16. Positive honesty is a highly valued attribute as well as modesty. Compliment people, it will make you feel better and make their day. It's nice to be warmed to.

  17. Life is for living. I often think that people who sleep considerably more than others are boring. This isn't really true but you should sleep enough to be healthy. Although remember that you can sleep when you're dead.

  18. No one gives a shit. You are atoms, Hitler killed millions, you just failed your exam.

I know the above seems a little pretentiously profound and cheesy, but I hope you enjoyed reading my general tangents.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Why the specs used in the hardware beta definitely won't be the final specs

"The Steam universe is expanding in 2014."

Image representing NVidia as depicted in Crunc...

The new GTX 8** series will probably be out by the time Valve's Steam Machine is coming out. It would make sense for them to use the newer cards.

Also, the prices won't be as high as everyone is saying ($2000). Since neither console used nvidia this time, nvidia is almost certainly giving Valve a price cut to use their hardware. That's why nvidia has been saying things like

"Consoles will never be on par with PCs" (completely true, but unusual for a hardware company to come out and say that)

"We're making open source drivers"

"We're working with Valve for SteamOS"

And also literally every prototype has nvidia cards. I know I just said the hardware beta isn't finalized but I was referring to the series; the final hardware will almost definitely be nvidia.