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Cisco PIX Firewall Capture Tutorial

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

In what can only be described as desperately needed, Computer Networking Help has posted a great tutorial on how to use the capture command for Cisco PIX firewalls. What is the capture command you ask? Well, many times you will want to "capture" the packets that flow on your network for analysis, intrusion detection, bandwith hogs, slowdowns, etc. and a packet sniffer is always needed. Instead of replicating all yrou traffic to a port so you can plug your laptop with Ethereal installation directly into a switch or firewall, the Cisco PIX IOS offers you its very own packet capturer.

If you are looking to run a network, this is a must read - even if you don't use Cisco PIX in your infrastructure. You would be surprised how many companies I have worked for that had networking guys that couldn't run a packet sniffer and even if they could, had no idea what they were actually looking at.

Add Digg News to Your Website

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

The guys over at Digg have created an easy to use application that creates the code necessary for you to dynamically generate Digg content on your own site. This is a great feature for many sites that are looking to create some content for their site and drive certain stories otherwise unposted to their site. I applaud Digg for opening up their site and information like this especially during the days of content scraping which is the process of web crawlers taking your original content and stealing it by displaying that content as their own. I am incorporating Digg content on my site; however, I like to think that the quality of the articles posted here far exceed that at Digg which is constantly spammed with dupes and useless blogs.

Launch FireFox with Multiple Tabs

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

If you want to know one of the reasons why I switched away from Internet Explorer, here's one reason why. This isn't exactly "new" news, but I figured I would pass this invaluable tip to my readers. The Search Engine Journal reports that there are two documented ways to quickly setup your FireFox to open up to multiple home pages. You can either:

  1. From the Firefox Tools menu, choose Options
  2. Click on the text box under Homepage - Location(s) group
  3. Type the address of the webpage that you want to load when Firefox loads. Now insert a vertical bar (pipe) | (generally located beside the backspace key on Qwerty keyboards). Next, type the web address of another webpage that you want to load. You can insert any number of pages separated by a pipe symbol.

Gravee Search Engine

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

I know, I know - another search engine. However, due to its unique features, I figured I would pass this one along. Gravee is a new search engine that combines automated rankings with human input. This idea combines Google's page ranking system with the concept of social bookmarking to drive SERPs. In addition to combining influences to determine rankings, Gravee offers quite a few affiliate options to make money by having people using their search engine and driving traffic through Gravee. It's an interesting concept especially since Yahoo!

Opera Labs

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Opera announced today that their Opera Labs page has been released to the public and will be the de facto source for new and experimental technologies being developed by Opera. Currently, Opera Technology Preview 2 is available for download and since Opera really is the leading innovator for browser software, this page will be the source for many of the best browser features around.

History of Firefox

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Ben Goodger, a FireFox module owner, posts a very in-depth description about the history of FireFox. Firefox, which has recently come into the limelight, has started to take marketshare away from Internet Explorer. As for geeks, FireFox is the browser of choice (along with Opera) and FireFox's huge extension library has even pushed the power of FF even further. It's a fluff piece, but a decent read.

Del.icio.us as a Search Engine?

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Cre8d Design has a great post concerning using social bookmarking sites as search engines. The concept is interesting because human intervention had previously been frowned upon because of the exploitation factor. However, the article clearly demonstrates through an example how some search results are extremely more relevant through del.icio.us than through super power Google. Also, the author talks about a link vs. a bookmark and the power associated to both. It's an interesting debate as to the power of each where (personally) I think the power of the bookmark really is more powerful than the link in terms of defining how useful a page is. Whether a link or a bookmark generates more traffic is probably subjective, but a bookmark (at least in my computer using habits) clearly marks a page I value higher than something I link to on this blog.

MSN Responds to Privacy Concerns

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

The MSN Search Blog has responded to speculation about the actual data that they released to the government. They have clarified what was handed over as the following:

  • How frequently some query terms occurred.
  • The government CANNOT look up an IP and see what they queried.
  • The government CANNOT look for users who queried for both “TERM A” and “TERM B”.

Basically, the data that they can see would be the equivalent of the Overture Keyowrd Search tool and the AdWords related tools which are publically available to anyone using those advertising programs.

Convert Blog into Podcasts

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Very cool use of text-to-speech technology. Feed2Podcast has created a technology that will take your blog or RSS feed and convert it into a podcast by using a text-to-speech translator. Now, you can use this type of technology to take your blog posts and automatically create your very own podcast so you can enter the ever growing podcasting market. This is a great tool to get an extra mile off your existing blog setup and from such tools as Wordpress.

DIY: $9.00 Lockpicker

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Some people are just so creative mechanically it's scary. Invent Geek has posted a guide on how to make your own $9.00 lockpicking device from a toothbrush, some batteries, some picks and that's basically it. Fantastic (or to quote the Guiness guys - Brilliant!). These devices cost approximately $60-100 dollars online when purchased from some company so a cheap, easy to assemble alternative really shows the industry that profit margins on these devices may be coming down. Good read and a good test of your geek