Rip DEFCON videos from YouTube

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Have you never attended DEFCON and want to watch hours upon hours of conference talks? You could always go the the DEFCON YouTube playlist and click your way around the hundreds of videos or you could download the videos. You could go search for a addon or extension for your favorite browser or search the myriad of software options. Downloading videos from YouTube can be simple, complex, free, or costly depending upon your experience, time, and resources. Years ago, I purchased a MacBook Pro and I also started learning more about Linux distributions such as Kali and Ubuntu. Moving away …

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Getting started with the Mark IV WiFi Pineapple

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The WiFi Pineapple is an amazing and fun piece of technology. To be honest, I purchased this technology late in 2013 and I never really sat down and played with it until recently. I sat down with my MacBook Pro and in no time at all I was frustrated that I was not able to get the Pineapple working properly. My issue was either I was successful at obtaining an external IP address, but I was not successful at accessing the Pineapple’s web interface of 172.16.42.1:1471 and it took a bit of research to find out the root cause. In …

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Resize an image the quick and simple way

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It is no secret that I have been getting more and move involved with digital photography and I really enjoy shooting water landscapes with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM lens. The one hurdle that I continue to face, beyond learning all that I can about photography, is being productive during post processing. The fact is it very easy to go out and shoot hundreds of photos depending on where I am. Getting back home and turning to Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop, I end up spending much more time than I should in post processing. To that …

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Alternative text for images

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Text alternatives are a primary way of making visual information accessible, because they can be rendered through any sensory modality (for example, visual, auditory or tactile) to match the needs of the user. Providing text alternatives allows the information to be rendered in a variety of ways by a variety of user agents. For example, a person who cannot see a picture can have the text alternative read aloud using synthesized speech. The alt attribute on images is a very important accessibility attribute. Authoring useful alt attribute content requires the author to carefully consider the context in which the image …

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A short introduction to creating accessible Microsoft PowerPoint documents

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PowerPoint documents are typically used for presentations – in which case tips such as the ones below will allow you to create a truly coherent presentation for all those who are attending it. By using large point text and avoiding cluttered screens, you are making the presentation easier to read for people with visual disabilities as well as people without. If you are planning on transmitting the PowerPoint electronically (such as putting it on a website), make sure that it is adequately structured and configured as to allow screen readers to read the information and understand the PowerPoint as it …

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A short introduction to creating accessible Adobe PDF documents

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Creating or converting existing documents into accessible formats is a somewhat simple process. if you are not familiar with accessibility, particularly with PDF documents, then a great place to learn about the specifics is the PDF Techniques for WCAG 2.0 from W3C.  Before you begin, set the styles for titles, headings, and text in your document. By setting the styles before you begin creating the document, you can simply select the exact style of text you want without having to modify every section. These styles provide the document’s structure for the tagged PDF file. Also before you begin, set the …

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