Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Free Music On the Internet

Well here is another little goodie to come along and offer up free music to the masses. I don't think this one will last long if the RIAA has its way, so grab wat you can now kiddies :) The website is called Sideload. What is Sideload you ask??

Well Sideload.com is a website that aggregates popular free music tracks on the web that have been sideloaded into Oboe, the MP3tunes online Music Locker. Sideload.com is an easy way to find great MP3 files from bands all over the internet. You can quickly preview tracks and store them permanently in your Locker with one click!

Check it out here.


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Best Security Live CD Distros

Here is a list of the 10 best LiveCD distributions dealing with security. These distros can be run entirely off the CD without any install on the machine. They are great for penetration testing and offer portability. Best of all you get to choose which flavor you need at any given point just by switching a cd.

Some of them are:

1. BackTrack
BackTrack is the result of the merging of two Innovative Penetration Testing live Linux distributions Whax and Auditor.
check it out here.

2. Operator
Operator is a very fully featured LiveCD totally oriented around network security (with open source tools of course). Check it out here.

Mainly based around Penetration Testing, PHLAK is a must have for any pro hacker/pen-tester. Check it out here or at the mirror here.

4. Auditor
The Auditor security collection is a Live-System based on KNOPPIX. With no installation whatsoever, the analysis platform is started directly from the CD-Rom and is fully accessible within minutes. Chec kit out here.

5. L.A.S Linux
Local Area Security Linux is a ‘Live CD’ distribution with a strong emphasis on security tools and small footprint. Check it out here.

6. Knoppix-STD
STD is a Linux-based Security Tool. Actually, it is a collection of hundreds if not thousands of open source security tools. Check it out here.

7. Helix
Helix is more on the forensics and incident response side. Helix is a customized distribution of the Knoppix Live Linux CD. Check it out here.

8. F.I.R.E
FIRE is a portable bootable cdrom based distribution with the goal of providing an immediate environment to perform forensic analysis, incident response, data recovery, virus scanning and vulnerability assessment. check it out here.

9. nUbuntu
The main goal of nUbuntu is to create a distribution which is derived from the Ubuntu distribution. Check it out here.

10. INSERT Rescue Security Toolkit
INSERT is a complete, bootable linux system. It comes with a graphical user interface running the fluxbox window manager while still being sufficiently small to fit on a credit card-sized CD-ROM. Check it out here.


Saturday, March 11, 2006

101 Free Games

Being a hardcore gamer I play allot of new titles out there. From strategy based games to FPS to adventure style RPG's I love them all. Usually these games are between $30.00 and $50.00 bucks, leaving the budget conscious gamer to be very selective. Well for those who just want to pass the time and not pay anything for some worthwhile distraction, comes a listing of Free Gaming titles anyone can download off the net for free.

Some of the titles are pretty kewl and worth taking a look at:

Cave Story
URL: http://www.acid-play.com/download/cave-story
You get it all right here. Action. Adventure. RPG elements. Platforming. And it all comes in under 1MB.

Daikatana--Game Boy Color
URL: http://www.rome.ro/games_daikatana.htm
Straight from the homepage of John Romero comes his blessing to download the Game Boy Color version of Daikatana. Here's the crazy part: It's actually not bad for an adventure/RPG.

Dungeon Siege: Copperhead
URL: http://www.planetcopperhead.com/main.htm
Proof that some good things can come from Dungeon Siege, this sci-fi total conversion is a free game that's good enough to pay for. More interesting news: A Copperhead take on Far Cry is also in the works.

Dungeon Siege: Ultima V: Lazarus
URL: http://www.u5lazarus.com/
More good things from Dungeon Siege. These guys have re-created the classic Ultima V with this Dungeon Siege mod. We dug it so much that we gave it a review (check out page 88).

Eternal Daughter
URL: http://www.acid-play.com/download/eternal-daughter/
Addictive, fun, and in the vein of all those early '90s Nintendo RPGs, Eternal Daughter is a must-play bit of freeware, especially for Nintendo fanboys.

Flight of the Amazon Queen
URL: http://www.scummvm.org/
FOTAQ is a throwback to the simpler days of LucasArts-style adventure games. This classic has it all: crazy Nazi scientists, great dialogue, and lots of puns! If you want the whole experience, download the CD version.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game_nolan.shtml
The classic Infocom text adventure is back, it's an online Web game, and now, technically, it's a graphic adventure.

Mount & Blade
URL: http://www.taleworlds.com/mb_download.html
This isn't a typical RPG. Sure, it's got your standard stat building, but combat takes place with third-person action. It's a little primitive but certainly worth the free download.

To see a full list of freebies, head on over to 1up.com and get your gaming fix.


Friday, March 10, 2006

VideoBomb - Hottest Internet Videos

VideoBomb, is a Digg like site which highlights the latest hot viedos from around the web. Users can bomb or rate each video thus forcing it to the homepage based on popularity. There is some whacky stuff up there, some of which is quite entertaining :) I particularly thought the woman breastfeeding a cat was distrubing yet somewhat facinating. It was like staring at the sun, you know you shouldn't look but you stare anyways ;) The site is totally free, although you do have to register to bomb stuff.

Check it out here.


The Democracy Player

The Democracy Player is an awesome open source Internet TV application that allows you to subscribe to video RSS feeds from anywhere on the web. There are many default feeds that will keep you supplied with endless content and music videos from sites like:


Check it out here.


DIY Keylogger

Here is a nice little tutorial on how to construct a keylogger using hardware any techie should have laying around the pad, with the exception of the micro controller.

What's a keylogger?? Well a keylogger is a either software or hardware which captures every keyboard stroke that is typed on a computer. This data can then be reviewed revealing passwords, conversations, important numbers etc. This device is made using a PS2 extension cable and some basic electronics.

Check it out here.


Thursday, March 09, 2006

Grabbing Free Music Using Streams

We all love free stuff right. Well here is a way of grabbing some free music using an application called StationRipper. StationRipper allows you to Record Internet Radio Stations and broadcasts. It will record Shoutcast streams, video streams and podcasts.

Some of its features are:
  • Record Shoutcast Audio and Video streams, and Podcasts.
  • Records up to 600 streams at one time. Although the free version only allows 2 streams at a time.
  • Auto-download Album art.
  • Integrate with iTunes - auto-generate iTunes playlists of songs recorded.
  • Keeps track of the songs you've already recorded, only keeping the songs you don't already have.
Check it out here or download the application and try it out for yourself.


Free Ebooks

Although I can't say I love curling up with a good pdf in front of a fire :) Ebooks are a great resource for doing research, getting tech info or just learning a new skill. Here is a website that has many different Ebooks in numerous categories that can be downloaded for free. They have everything from Espionage to Adventure to Romance and Horror.

Check it out here.


Free Children's AudioBooks

Storynory is a nice little resource that has free audiobooks for children. You can play these on your PC or transfer them to your iPod for playback. There are some classic tales among the list and some new ones I have never heard of. All in all it's a great way to entertain your child on a long trip or at bedtime.

Check it out here.


Back From Walking The Plank

Sorry posts have been scarce these days. I have been pretty busy with work, freelance stuff and family day to day fun. I hope everyone is doing great, and thanks for checking in from time to time to see what kooky stuff I find and post.