15 Aug 2012

Repairing a water damaged Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

Submitted by Gangrif

Some time ago, around the beginning of the year, Google and Samsung released the next Nexus phone. The Galaxy Nexus. A number of my co-workers were waiting for this thing to release, so they could get one. Currently 4 of my co-workers have them, one on AT&T, the others on Verizon.

One of them accidentally dropped his in a toilet... A few weeks after he got it. He made an attempt to dry it out, without dis-assembling it, and it failed, so he went to Verizon who happily charged him full price to replace it.

09 Aug 2012

I, am a hacker.

Submitted by Gangrif

The term, Hacker, has developed such a negative connotation over the past decade or so. I've fought to spread the good word, but no one seems to get it. Everyone pictures these skeezy guys that are interested solely in stealing your identity, or credit cards, or bank account. That just isn't the case! A "Hacker" is someone who hacks.. Hacking is not just computer or software related. Its more of a mind set. Bending the world, and the items in it, around you, to your will. Computer hackers make their computers, and those of others if they deem it necesary, serve them.

10 Jul 2012

You guys missed it...

Submitted by Gangrif

What a great time we live in, right? Facebook and amazon at our finger tips. Connections to all of our friends with a few taps on a touch-screen. Instant access to wheather, maps, navigation, news, and movies. All in these little devices we keep in our pockets, purses, and on our belts. Instant gratification for a fast-paced world. Teenagers with cel phones, texting all of their friends. Miniature digital cameras at everone's disposal. All of it can be yours if you're willing to hand your (or your parents, or.. the taxpayers...) hard-earned money over to somoene else.

13 Jun 2012

Backtrack linux on the Motorola Droid 4

Submitted by Gangrif

The makers of backtrack Linux have released a version of the distro which is built for ARM processors. This means that backtrack, a full Linux distribution, sort of an Ubuntu pentester's spin, will run on mobile devices. This does not however mean its a simple manner. Backtrack's website has a downloadable image built to run on the Motorola Xoom. However its not exactly plug and play.

17 Feb 2012

What Mobile Devices (and their providers) Could Learn from Computers.

Submitted by Gangrif

As I was showing a Friend my new Droid 4, and I was telling him about how Motorola and Verizon saw fit to strip the SIP capability out of Gingerbread for their own gain, he made a comment that made a lot of sense.

"Your ISP dictates what Firmware you can run on your computer, Right?"

Thanks Rich! You've given me enough fuel for another blog entry. :D

So, let's play that comment out.

16 Feb 2012

Verizon Wireless, Droid 4, initial opinions.

Submitted by Gangrif

So, I'm an android fan. I like the OS, I've owned a Droid Incredible for over a year now, and to be honest, it's operation just fits with my lifestyle. I'm not a big apple fan, and blackberry.. well, forget it. The Incredible is showing its age, its still performing well, but it's got a glitch or two. Namely that the power/sleep button seems to be acting up. That button gets used, a lot, so it's really aggravating when it doesn't work right.

13 Jan 2012

Power DNS on CentOS 6

Submitted by Gangrif

I've been using a homebrew sql backend for BIND for a while now. The idea was to make dynamic dns updates easier for my home machines. Its worked pretty well, I like my self written tool, but it lacks a web interface, and it's also a little clunky. I thought about rewriting it, but i decided to look around and see if something else already existed. A friend mentioned PowerDNS. So I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm loosely following the instructions I found here.

06 Jan 2012

Legislation wants to screw up our Internet...

Submitted by Gangrif

So, first let me say that I'm no law expert. I am however something of an IT Pro. IT's been my career, well, since I graduated High School. IT's been my hobby, and I guess you could say Passion since long before that. I've worked for ISP's, Web Hosts, and now I'm a member of the IT staff at a respectable small liberal arts college. I'm respected for my skills, opinions, and abilities. I say all of this so that you'll know who I am and what I know. Which may, or may not, add credibility to what I'm about to write in this blog entry.