October 30, 2013

Pretty Sweet Gaming PC from the Guys at Tested

The guys from the YouTube channel Tested build a gaming PC with a Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, absolutely ridiculous. This GPU is amazing! Although, it will set you back around $2,500.00 bucks for the entire build, and that's not including the peripherals, such as the mouse, keyboard, monitor(s) etceteras.


I really enjoyed watching these guys talk about the build. They gave good reasons for why they chose the parts that they did, and they gave some good alternatives if you do not want to shell out the money to build the crazy rig.

If you want to see this full video for this build, follow this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XnU8MPjp1Y

Adobe Breach Has More Victims Than Previously Thought

Initially it was thought that the Adobe breach,which was reported a few weeks ago, only affected 2.9 million users. As of yesterday, October 29th, Adobe says that the usernames and passwords of 38 million active accounts were stolen by the hackers. As you can see this is a significant increase from the previously reported amount of affected users. Adobe says that they were able to contact all people affected by the hack and have had them reset their account passwords.

The hackers were also able to get source code belonging to a few of the Adobe applications. Some of these applications include Adobe Acrobat, Reader, and ColdFusion.

This is a pretty big breach, one of the largest in resent years. Hopefully Adobe will up their security practices to better protect their user base in the future.

Read at fierceitsecurity.com: Adobe ups breach estimate from 2.9M to 38M affected users

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October 28, 2013

Sony's Game Sharing

The rules for sharing games on the PS4 platform are sounding a bit complicated. Although, sharing the physical game is still just as simple as lending the disc to a friend. Sharing downloaded content is going to be a little more confusing at best.

Sony says that its users will be able to download content to as many consoles as they so desire, but only two instances of that game will be able to be played at the same time, one game being played on the primary console and the second copy of the game on a secondary console. One caveat to this is that the primary user must be logged into both consoles for the games to be played concurrently.

Being a person that has download a few games just to play by myself, I really do not see much issue in what Sony is proposing. I generally only download single player games, but I can see where this might come into play a bit more when multiplayer comes into play.

For more on this article, visit TheVerge.com
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Free Speech in Video Game Critics Being Threatened

In this video the YouTuber TotalBiscuit discusses how some video game developers are abusing their rights to revoke video commentaries and critics of their games, even when they have been contacted through all of the right channels and have agreed to allow the YouTubers to make video commentaries on their games.

TotalBiscuit is right when he says that the right to free speech and the right to critic are being threatened. Everyone should be allowed to give their view/opinion on a product, even if the reviewer gives a bad review of a product, they should be entitled to their opinion. If you ask me, the video game companies should be glad that their games are being reviewed. They should take what is said about their game and either fix the problems or choose to ignore them, but they should not punish the YouTube channel holders.






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October 26, 2013

Warface ...



The video above is a commentary form Hutch on the FPS called Warface. This First Person Shooter looks pretty sweet for a free-to-play game. I think I'm going to check it out and see what it's all about. Just from looking at some of the videos, it looks a little Call of Duty/ Battle Field esk. I will do a review and let everyone know what I think about Warface.

Play Warface Here: http://www.warface.com
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The New iPadAir and iPad mini (retina)



The new iPads are getting a little bit of a face lift along wih some changes to the guts. 

The iPad Mini (retina) is getting upgraded to a retina display, as the name would suggest and it is getting the new A7 processor chip along with the M7 motion sensor chip. These upgrades are definitely a step up from the first generation mini and would be enough for me to definite make the decision to buy, even if the cost has gone up by $70 for the 16g model. 

The iPad Air has been redesigned to look like it's smaller counter part. It is also getting the new A7 and M7 chips as well. Along with being only 7.5mm thin and weighing in at 1 pound. I think this new look will be a good one for the iPad. I was really hoping that Apple would make an iPad with a smaller bezel while still keeping the same screen size. 

I think I would rather go with the iPad mini retina over the new iPad Air just because I like the smaller form factor and the fact that it will have exactly the same processors that the new iPad Air. But I will have to take both of them for a test drive before I make a final decision as to which one I will ultimately decide to pick up. 

What do you guys think? Are you more excited about the iPad Mini retina with all the upgrades it brings to the table or are you looking forward to the iPad Air with its smaller form factor and snappier processor?

IT Retreat - USG Rock Eagle 2013

I really enjoyed the sessions that I was able to attend at this years USG Rock Eagle!

I was able to learn a little bit more about database security from the guys at Oracle. They brought a really great concept to the table in have a firewall specifically dedicated to the database. From what I was able to gather, this firewall would be able to monitor not only who was accessing the database but also it what way they where querying the database. If someone was able to steal a database administrators credentials then start making queries, which we're taking huge amounts of data, the firewall would be able to flag that traffic then alert IT Security immediately. Pretty cool stuff!

The last session I went to was probably the one that I enjoyed the most. Christopher Workman from UGA went through the process they took to install a Security Information and Event Management System (SIEM) solution on their network and some of the things they could have done differently, as well as, what to consider if we decide to implement a SIEM solution on our campus. Some of the main points he mentioned were to be sure that we define the logs that we want to use before implementing the solution and be sure do define all possible use cases we might need before deciding which direction we would like to go. Chris had many other great pointers, but these two were the ones I thought to be the most helpful. 

October 25, 2013

BenQ XL2420TE 144Hz Gaming LCD Unboxing & Review (+playlist)

Check out this review by LinusTechTips:

This BenQ monitor is an absolute beast for gaming because of the insane refresh rates and it actually has a pretty good color pallet...



Looks like a pretty good monitor to consider if you are in the market for a good gaming display.

October 23, 2013

October 22, 2013

Sacramento State Hacking

From SC Magazine

It seems that there were some individuals up to no good, hacking into one of Sacramento State's servers. I read from SC Magazine that the hackers were able to steal social security numbers and license numbers from close to 2,000 staff members, and the only thing that the University was willing to do was to open an investigation and notify the individuals affected by the break in. Fortunately, non of the people affected have reported any identity theft.

Source: "Sacramento State Server Hack Affects Nearly  2,00 Employees." Rev. of Sacramento State Employees Just Being Notified About August Security Breach by Adam Greenberg. Web log post. The Data Breach Blog. SC Magazine, 17 Oct. 2013. Web. 22 Oct. 2013. http://www.scmagazine.com/sacramento-state-server-hack-affects-nearly-2000-employees/article/316690/

How Network Address Translation Works

I thought this video did a pretty good high-level explanation for Network Address Translation (NAT) and how it works.

October 21, 2013

Common Port Numbers

If you have ever been frustrated because you cannot remember what port TACACS(49) runs on or you are just curious about which protocols run on which ports. Then the following link is for you. The author of this pdf did a pretty good job listing out most of the common ports and the protocols that run on those ports. He even went so far as to color code specific ports to signify which ones were used for gaming, chat, encryption, malicious content and a few others.

Source: http://packetlife.net/media/library/23/common-ports.pdf

GNU Linux Bible

The GNU Linux Bible has been completely restructured with updates, complete with exercises, which allows the book to become a better learning tool for the individual just being introduced to Linux. The book also places is mainly about using command line and command line tools, and the great thing about it is that it can be used with all distributions and versions of the Linux OS. I think I'm going to enjoy using this book because I'm starting to delve into the Linux server admin realm.

If you are interested in downloading this reference the following link will take you to debianadmin.com: http://www.debianadmin.com/linux-bible-pdf-guide.html

October 19, 2013

The WAN Show: Steam Controller Showcase, GPU Wars, and GUEST Totalbiscui...

These guys are actually kind of cool and entertaining. I'm liking how they cover a wide variety of topics, and I like how they like Linux for mobile OS. What was Fox News thinking with the giant 55'' touch screens. I would have to agree that the bigger picture does not make they experience any better.



I usually don't really care to much about longer videos, but depending on the content of they video, I will tend to sit around.

Keep up the good work guys.

Malware Analysis

If you want to become more familiar with Malware analysis or you are just curious and would like to learn more, checkout this article from novainfosec.com. It contains slides explaining and showing you how to set up a Malware analysis lab yourself using VMware or virtual box. I thought it was pretty interesting myself.

Link to site: https://www.novainfosec.com/2013/10/19/malware-analysis-slides-from-bsidesdc/

iMessage Not So Secure

It appears that Apple's iMessage is not as secure as they claim it to be. The encryption key infrastructure is controlled and held by Apple, which means they have the ability to change any public key they wish, giving them the ability view messages ...

Read more: http://thehackernews.com/2013/10/unbreakable-apples-imessage-encryption.html?m=1

October 18, 2013

HTC One Max

So the HTC One Max is trying to integrate a finger print scanner, but they put it on the back of the phone just below the camera lens. I'm not so sure this was the best placement for a fingerprint scanner. Especially sense the camera lens and the scanner are said to feel almost identical, and it seems that the device would have to be turned over just to be sure that the scan was completed properly. It would have made more sense to me if HTC would have added the scanner to the front side of the phone. Some of the features are kind of cool though, such as using each one of each finger for a separate function or app launch. 

One Time Pad Cipher - Khan Acadamy

(2) Perfect Secrecy Exploration | Ancient Cryptography | Khan Academy

Check out the above link. It is about the perfect cipher. I like the explanation and analogies used to describe the complexity of the "One Time Pad" cipher.

PS4 News...

I heard yesterday that the PS4 will be giving its users the option to remove the stock HDD and replace it with a bigger one or even upgrading to an SSD (Solid State Drive). It may take some work on the users part, but it can be done. This is also the case for the PS3 as well.

Head over to this link for the full details: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/10/18/new-photos-show-how-to-replace-the-ps4-hard-drive


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