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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I just read an interesting article on CNN Money. About how SOPA and Protect IP were killed, not by the huge sums of money throw at their opposition and support, but by technologists, like me, who opposed the bill, and made it known to as many people as they could. I have to say.. I can't stop smiling.
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.
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.