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HOWTO: Change the mood of any user on Facebook who has the Moods application installed

This "hack" has already been patched but the method is still useful to any good script kiddie. In fact, it's barely a "hack." You are only modifying the information being sent to a 3rd party that is used within a Facebook application. LOL. Personally, I don't want to be responsible for putting someone in a bad mood.

HOWTO: Back Up and Restore Your MySQL Database

HOWTO: Back Up and Restore Your MySQL Database

Do you need to change your web host or switch your database server? This is probably the only time when you really think of backing up your MySQL data. If you've got a website with a database or your custom database running for your applications, it is imperative that you make regular backups of the database. In this article, I will outline two [...]

HOWTO: Linux kill and logout users

HOWTO: Linux kill and logout users

Yet another newbie question that suggests people love to kill and show their power to rest of the world... There is a package called procps. It includes various useful (READ: nifty) utilities. One of such utility is skill which is responsible to send a signal to users and process such as: Halt user terminal Kill user and logout Also [...]

HOWTO: Find a Job with RSS Feeds

HOWTO: Find a Job with RSS Feeds

The Productivity Portfolio has a great walk-through on how to create a collection of personalized RSS feeds to show any new jobs that pop up on eight popular or specialized job search sites, including Craigslist, CareerBuilder.com, and Indeed. Even if RSS feeds are old news for you, you might not know just what each of the major job-finding sites [...]

HOWTO: Disable your relationship status on Facebook without sounding the horn

HOWTO: Disable your relationship status on Facebook without sounding the horn

The printed March 2008 version of Wired issue has a handy hint for how to break up on Facebook without sending a news blast to your friends list about it. To change your relationship status without the press release, go to Facebook's privacy options, deselect "Remove My Relationship Status" then, in your profile settings, change "In a [...]

HOWTO: Recover Deleted Files on an ext3 File System

HOWTO: Recover Deleted Files on an ext3 File System

After a classic 'rm -rf ~' on ext3, Carlo Wood succeeded in recovering most of his data. Here's how... "It happens to everyone sooner or later: a split second after you hit Enter you realize your mistake, but it's too late; you just deleted a valuable file or directory for which no backup exists. Or maybe you have a backup, but it's a month old... [...]

HOWTO: Block Bots and Cheaters From Your Website

HOWTO: Block Bots and Cheaters From Your Website

So there was an online poll set up on a website I help admin and noticed one contestant's votes going up by 300 votes overnight. In comparison, other contestants would go up 100 votes in a whole day. This person was obviously cheating by using proxys and/or intercepting/modifying the HTTP headers, as the IP addresses in the IP log were all [...]

HOWTO: Making a USB Key Bootable in Linux

HOWTO: Making a USB Key Bootable in Linux

When I needed to make a USB key (aka. USB pen drive, USB memory stick, whatever) bootable under Linux I found there was a number of pages on the Internet that listed the steps needed. Some of these pages required you to do some steps from DOS and/or used the syslinux command. I did not want to boot DOS in order to get the job done. I wanted to [...]

HOWTO: Defeat Sealed PDFs, A DRM Nightmare

HOWTO: Defeat Sealed PDFs, A DRM Nightmare

Have you ever heard of a "sealed" PDF? I don't mean password-protected or branded with your name (as some eBook sellers do). This is a different beast. Let me introduce a company called SealedMedia. Their business is protecting electronic documents (PDFs), a form of Digital Rights Management (DRM) which has always been a topic of ongoing debate. [...]

HOWTO: Setup Encrypted Partitions in Linux

HOWTO: Setup Encrypted Partitions in Linux

To start out we need free space on a drive that isn’t partitioned, or enough patience to resize an existing one. Just about everything here needs root privileges, since we’re working with filesystems. It would be easiest to start a root terminal with su -, then enter your password.First, we install the tools to get the encrypted [...]

Write an Online Bulk Image Downloader Using BASH

Write an Online Bulk Image Downloader Using BASH

So my girlfriend tells me that I need to download several large image files from a photographer's website. I manage her online portfolio/website so I'm used to these types of requests... but this time I was going to find a better way to "leech them all." So anyway, she IM's me the URL for her most recent shoot... I was greeted by a nice default [...]

HOWTO: Create a Custom Windows PE Build

HOWTO: Create a Custom Windows PE Build

I thought some people might benefit from a quick step by step guide to creating a Windows PE custom boot CD. This guide will get you as far as creating an ISO at the end, ready to be burnt with your CD burner software. You will need a Windows XP SP2 CD, Windows PE and some hard disk space. (more…)

HOWTO: E-file your federal taxes for FREE

HOWTO: E-file your federal taxes for FREE

If you have an AGI of $54,000 or less you can e-file your taxes for free, and use a program such as TurboTax or H&R Block. 1. go to http://www.irs.gov 2. you must find the program you want to use and click to it from the IRS website. if you just type in Turbotax (for example) into Google, and get there that way, you will probably have to [...]

HOWTO: Access the Internet When Web Browsers are Disabled

HOWTO: Access the Internet When Web Browsers are Disabled

Ever been on PC where Internet Explorer was blocked? One solution would be to use a portable version of Firefox on a USB drive, or you can access a hidden browser in Microsoft HTML Help program if removable media is not an option. This was tested on Windows XP SP2 with Internet Explorer 6. (more…)

HOWTO: Use md5sum to Verify Data Integrity

HOWTO: Use md5sum to Verify Data Integrity

First of all, what’s a hash? A hash is the output of a one-way, reproducible function for creating a small fingerprint from a chunk of data. For example, when the popular hash function MD5 is given the word “cat”, it produces the following output every time: 54b8617eca0e54c7d3c8e6732c6b687a If “cat” is changed [...]

HOWTO: Protect chmod 777 folders

HOWTO: Protect chmod 777 folders

Sometimes linux hosting users need to change the permissions on a folder to use upload scripts or other applications that need this permissions. With chmod 777 their folder gain the rights: writing / reading and execute for everyone. Malicious hackers like these kind of folders. How can you protect that folders? You can turn PHP off on that [...]

HOWTO: Install Win32 Codecs in Linux

HOWTO: Install Win32 Codecs in Linux

Installing libxine-extracodecs will get you the most wide-spread codecs installed, but not all of them. MPlayer, a movie player program for Linux, has support for a big bunch of video and audio formats. Installing them in Linux ( Ubuntu / Fedora / SUSE ) should be as easy as sudo yum (or aptitude) install w32codecs but for some reason it says [...]

HOWTO: Convert A Friend To Linux

HOWTO: Convert A Friend To Linux

Warning: You should proceed with caution using this Howto, if you do not know what you are doing you could damage your relationship with Friend 2.0 or totally break it. Also, using this Howto extensively with multiple Friend 2.0’s may damage Life 4.5, and end up as a sorrow lonely geek. Prerequisites : Before attempting to convert [...]

HOWTO: Advanced SSH configuration and tunneling

HOWTO: Advanced SSH configuration and tunneling

Excellent article/guide to using SSH tunnels to bypass using third pary VPN software. I agree with them on all points. SSH FTW. In a recent Red Hat Magazine article, Paul Frields gave some examples of how SSH port forwarding can be used to remotely gain access to resources, or ports, from a remote location. This article will show a pragmatic [...]

HOWTO: Watch the Fox Prison Break American Express exclusive without a card

HOWTO: Watch the Fox Prison Break American Express exclusive without a card

Tried to catch up on the Prison Break highlights and came across the Amex Only previews. Well since I don't have an AMEX there's only one choice. Google American Express support numbers. Enter any one of these phone number numbers: 8004924920 8004928468 8005216121 8005253355 8005282122 8005284800 then enter anything longer than 5 [...]

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