Everyday Free Tools – Tech Stuff

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Each and every day I use a set of tools, mostly free or open source ones that help me get through the day. I though I would list of a few of them for you so that you can give them a shot as well. Home Computer I have a Panasonic Toughbook laptop running Ubuntu 7.04 that I really haven't modified too awful much because I like the look and feel of the OS as it is. Here's a list of things that I use everyday or every so often to accomplish a task without spending any money. Operating System - Ubuntu 7.04 - Stable, clean, easy to install, based on GNOME and very well supported by the community. I would say that the forums for Ubuntu are better than…
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hackthissite.org Addiction

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My brother in law was over this weekend, and bored as any teenager gets but he stumbled across a pretty neat site. Some of you have probably seen this before but for those of you who haven't I would suggest you get yourself a comfortable place on the couch with your laptop and begin your "hacking" tutorial. The beginner portion of the hacks are very rudimentary, however, the "Basic" 5-10 stumped me pretty well as I really don't understand Java Script, HTML or PHP for the most part. It's starts off on level one with a basic "hidden" password that is in clear text in the source of the page. They get harder as you get going but I think I got the bug. I stayed up till 3 a.m.…
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pfSense – The Ultimate Free Firewall

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If any one is looking for an alternative firewall for their home, office, small / medium sized business or enterprise, I may have something in store for you. I have been using pfSense, a BSD based firewall at home for about a year and a half. Well, I was using M0n0wall for about 6 months of that but pfSense is based on M0n0wall so maybe I didn't lie. Oh well. You can check it out at http://www.pfsense.com . Please take some time to mull over all the features that the BSD based firewall offers for FREE. Unlike a Cisco or Fortigate, you don't have to pay for the extras that actually make the thing functional. This is one of the best open source firewall solutions on the marked, the best…
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Backup Strategies

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In my line of buisness, I often have to install, setup, and maintain backup services for clients on a wide array of hardware and software. In today's post, I'll discuss the PROs/CONs of doing different types of backup strategies. Daily Full- Ok, Basically this backup strategy is nothing more than backing up all of your data on a daily basis. Depending on how long you want to keep your data around, you would need a very large number of tapes to pull this off effectively. However, for a 7 day data retention policy, you would need a total of 7 tapes that would rotate in during it's day of the week. PROs: Easy to setup, easy to troubleshoot, ensures that you always have the data that you need in one…
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Cisco vs. Extreme Networks Switching Commands

Cisco, Extreme Networks
Don't get your hopes up, I'm not taking sides here. I just wanted to show how the companies differ in basic switch configuration. Now for you who don't know who Extreme is, they are the purple ones, better known as Extreme Networks. They offer some pretty nice products that compete very well with the likes of Cisco or HP. Feel free to check out their product line at http://www.extremenetworks.com/. Configuring VLANs: Extreme - Create 2 VLANs and basic configuration create vlan data configure vlan data tag 2 configure vlan data ipaddress 10.0.2.1/24 create vlan voice configure vlan voice tag 3 configure vlan voice ipaddress 10.0.3.1/24 enable ipforwarding Cisco - Create 2 VLAN interfaces and basic configuration vlan dat vlan 2 name data vlan 3 name voice exit configure terminal interface…
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