Atom the hackable text editor

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Today I ran across a text editor over on GitHub called Atom that is just absolutely amazing in my book. It is also worth pointing out that there are a number of cross platform release such a Debian, Windows, Mac and more. I would suggest that if Atom sounds like something that you may be interested in then you should spend some time reading over the documentation. First Run Once you have installed Atom and you open it for the first time you are presented a dialog that both introduces Atom and what you can do with Atom. The latter …

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Manage the pain in the rear passwords

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At this time no matter where you turn you likely require a password. For this reason you need a way to manage those passwords in order to prevent others from accessing your private data or worse making it much more difficult for you password to be cracked if a service you use is ever breached. Of course, we all know that no service is ever breached and if you believe that then the safest password for you is Password1. Now if you are old school, you could always use the The Personal Internet Address & Password Log Book. Of course, …

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Mr. Robot

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If you’re a geek like myself then you have probably seen many television shows that fall flat dealing with the topic of cyber security in this day of the Internet of things. Two shows that I watched were Scorpion and CSI Cyber and both of them made me laugh. I mean listening to the cast speak all the correct buzz words and having flashing gadgets does not make a great, or even good television series. If you have not seen either of these shows, give the following trailers a watch. Scorpion Trailer CSI Cyber Trailer Mr. Robot With the release …

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Rip music from YouTube using youtube-dl, ffmpeg, and lame

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In a previous post I wrote about how to Rip DEFCON videos from YouTube and this got me to thinking about music. Is it possible to take a video that contains a music track and extract the audio to MP3 format? Well the answer surprisingly enough is yes. Now before you get to excited, you must understand that doing this clearly violates copyright laws and for that reason, I am writing about this purely from an educational point of view. Everything I am covering here is done on OS X and I used the homebrew package manager to install the required …

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Life in a digital world means little or no privacy

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I want to start 2014 off by looking at security and privacy. One can argue that we are more secure today than we were just a few short years ago, but security comes at a cost and that cost is privacy. During discussions with others that I come into contact with, I am disturbed when I hear the response “if you are doing nothing illegal then you have nothing to worry about”. Obviously these individuals have not idea what privacy means. For those individuals, the Webster Dictionary defines privacy as the state of being alone. For those of you who …

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