Archive for the ‘PSA-Types’ Category

WEP Cracking

Posted on November 22nd, 2009 in Downloads, Dumb Things That Happen, Linux, PSA-Types, Things we should do more of | Comments Off on WEP Cracking

So, in the interest of those of us who are poor college students and cannot afford good interwebs, or those of us who just moved into a new apartment and can’t get that internet up in time….
Here are the moderately idiot proof ways of cracking the WEP encrypted network of your neighbors, whom you should bake cookies for and give to them for their kind supplying of internets.
SpoonWep in BackTrack3. Boot into Backtrack 3, KDE Menu>Backtrack>Radio Network>Analysis>80211>cracking>SpoonWep
You need the channel and the BSSID which you can get from BackTrack>Radio Network Analysis>80211>Analyser>Kismet

What this pretty much means…DON’T USE WEP to encrypt your wifi! It keeps no one out, and its pretty much a useless and empty gesture.
Cheers and remember those cookies!

Sweet Dreams…

Posted on April 26th, 2009 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, PSA-Types, Sleep/Naptime!, Software/Hardware Reviews, Tech News, Things we should do more of | 1 Comment »

If you live with several people or in close proximity, such as dorms, apartments, etc, you generally will encounter at some point in time the problem of someone being loud when your trying to go to sleep. It could be intentional, but most of the time, its completely unintentional and could probably be easily fixed by popping out and asking nicely. However, if its not, or if you just don’t feel like it, Sweet Dreams can gradually lower your system volume based on a schedule.
What does this mean?
Your trying to go to sleep, set Sweet Dreams to decrease the volume on your computer over the course of 30 minutes, stopping at the final volume of 5%, and tell it to shutdown afterwards. Well…that’s exactly what it will do.
It does it quite gradually, and I really did fall asleep without even noticing that it had gotten so quiet. Very useful if you have some music you can fall asleep to, but don’t feel like having to turn it off or listening to it all night.
Check it out: Sweet Dreams

Weather Reports

Posted on September 19th, 2008 in Dumb Things That Happen, Lacking a Category, PSA-Types, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Weather Reports

You know, sometimes the weather report is just too much. You really don’t need to know that theres a 39.8% chance of rain with a standard deviation of 2, that the relative humidity is going to be 60%, and that, in the next hour, its going to change by 3 percent.
Instead…umbrella today? tells you a very simple thing. Do you need an umbrella today?
It can even send you text messages on the days you need an umbrella (kind of unnecessary).
Kind of useless, but heh, on some days, you just don’t want to mess around.
Check it out:

Interesting Tip for the Summer

Posted on June 29th, 2008 in Hands On/Build This!, PSA-Types | Comments Off on Interesting Tip for the Summer

Kind of out of the range of this blog, but then again, nothing is out of range! *plans a post on the complex math behind string theory*
but, anyways…apparently, a lot of fans can turn both counterclockwise and clockwise. And furthermore…theres a difference between the two settings 😛
Since its summer, Simple Dollar recommends that you use counterclockwise in the summer. The way to verify that it IS right, other than staring at the fan of course, is to stand underneath it and feel if a breeze appears immediately after you turn it on. This makes the most sense during the summer of course. In the winter however, you spin it clockwise. The angle of the fins pushes air upwards, which will allow the cold air to circulate with the warmer air up by the ceiling. Of course, weigh the cost savings of having the fan turned on vs the heating benefit.

Cheers, and thanks to The Simple Dollar


Posted on May 16th, 2008 in Computer software/hardware, Downloads, Dumb Things That Happen, PSA-Types, Tech News, Viruses spyware and other nasty things | 2 Comments »

For those of our readers in England, heres a post for you guys. Firstly, before we start, if you’ve been reading this blog all this time, we apologize for spelling words in the US way, although some of the spellings make more sense without the -u- in them..but, enough about that.

If you live in the UK, most likely, your ISP is BT and have had dealings with Virgin Media. Chances are…you have a program installed on your computer called Phorm which sits at your computer and reports browsing activity and sends it back to the company. This is such a ridiculous piece of software, that really, if it got installed on my system, I would be writing rant after rant. Instead, however, theres AntiPhormLite, which is a program for XP and Vista that runs in the background generating fake browsing activity. To save up bandwidth, it only loads the text of a page. Pretty much, it lets you do whatever you want, and screws with the company who installed it. As i quote:

Just run it and go and watch TV if you want. Someone somewhere will
assume you like to shop for red shoes and caravans and be rubbing their
hands with glee.

Brilliant! Thank you AntiPhorm

Just a headsup

Posted on April 20th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, PSA-Types, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events, Time Wasters | Comments Off on Just a headsup

For people who use computers alot….and their computers that don’t have batteries…or external drives…either make sure you have a nice trusty ups, or some pretty reliable power service 😛
Here i was…burning a 4 gig dvd. Half way through, whirrrr, zeeeeeee, silence. “AH CRAP!” I was burning from my network pc. Well….theres a coaster. Waits patiently for the power to return. YAY! Pops in a new dvd and starts burning. 3 gigs in, whirrrrrr, silence. “OMG. WHY?”
Twice. Two coasters, and corrupt data on my network now. Its just great…lol. then again, we’re talking about my laptop which has a battery life of an hour when its on low everything. So…do what i just did if you dont want this happening to ya: EBAY>>Search>>UPS>>Buy.>>Pay…>>>Happy!
lol…this is a normal public service message brought to you by Brian’s crazy paranoid house that has too many packages arriving at his door every day. 🙂

Why you need long passwords…

Posted on March 27th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Photos/Videoes, PSA-Types, Tech News | 6 Comments »

After a brief hiatus….i’m back 😛
And here with a command from the ladybug itself. USE LONG PASSWORDS!
i can tell you right now, that my usual password consists of around 16-17 chars, with one non-alpha numeric char thrown in just for fun. Joe know part of it, but he only knows the easy part 😛
But, yes, someone did a study on password lengths. Just lookit it:

thanks downloadsquad

Ways to STOP Piracy

Posted on February 26th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Dumb Things That Happen, PSA-Types, Tech News | Comments Off on Ways to STOP Piracy

Ok…lets review this for the people who think this is a good idea or are just ignorant of this event.
Programmer makes a piece of software that records your screen into a quicktime movie. Fine. THats all good.
License it, by using serial codes. Good Job…
Make it, so if you enter in certain “pirated” serial codes, program DELETES THE HOME FOLDER OF THE USER. BAD IDIOTIC MORONIC IDEA. This is for Mac’s by the way…
Some sentiments about this idea:
1) Prepare for the lawsuits.
2) File for bankruptcy NOW
3) Remove yourself from the face of the earth for your moronic judgment skills.

I’m sorry…but, this ACTUALLY HAPPENED. As one commenter said, he is an embarrassment to all programmers out there.
And I QUOTE: “there exist several illegal cd-keys that you can use to unlock the demo program. If display eater detects that you are using these, it will erase something.”


Again, i state…this is an example of nonexistant judgment skills. PLEASE take this as a warning to all you budding programmers…don’t ever ever ever ever dream up of some pathetic/dangerous program protection system?! PLEASE.

/end rant. Read the comments on versiontracker

Big Combined Post :-)

Posted on February 18th, 2007 in Dumb Things That Happen, Hands On/Build This!, How To's, Labs/Experiments, Photos/Videoes, PSA-Types, Science!, Tech News, Time Wasters | 2 Comments »

Dilbert Movie
First off…..theres going to be…a DILBERT MOVIE!
Warner Bros via Chris Columbus has gotten movie rights to the Dilbert Comic. Woot!

Who wants Coca Cola when you can get OPEN SOURCE Coca Cola?!
Presenting…OpenCola. Amazingly, people say it actually tastes like Coke and Pepsi combined. The can even says “check out the source at” If you go, its actually a recipe FOR OpenCola. The recipe is..of course, licensed under the GNU General Public License. Crazy people…Sadly, the website that made it at first died after selling a some cans, but hey…its open source. Go go GO! Open Source Coca Cola

UN Radiation Warning Signs

the UN has decided that they need universal radiation signs. and i quote “the new symbol will not be visible under normal use, but only if someone attempts to disassemble a device that is a source of dangerous radiation”….uhhhh…ok…
crazy…check it out at the UN site

Finally, NukeProof USB Drive

now, plenty of these usb drives have been taken to the test. The bullet proof usb key was recently tested and it surprisingly withstood quite a few blasts, cept a shotgun. Now…this one, i dont think anyone is eager to test. Nuke proof? WHO NEEDS ONE? Anyways…check it out at Slashgear

PayPerPost: Review My Post

Posted on February 16th, 2007 in Computer software/hardware, Hands On/Build This!, PSA-Types, Tech News, The Never Ending Story/Other FLB Events | Comments Off on PayPerPost: Review My Post

Review My Post is an interesting program provided by PayPerPost. If a blogger goes to your blog, reads a post, and blogs about in their own blog via the “Review My Post,” that blogger gets some money for the post as well as you. Its an interesting concept thats simply an evolved form of referrals, but its probably very effective. This is definitely a good opportunity for bloggers to build traffic and offset their costs. We’ll give it a shot.
Heres how it goes:
Flashladybug has its PayPerPost account.
We post anything. Lets just say….quantum computers and their influence on cheese production
You…a blogger, have read abovementioned post and have decided that its totally wrong. that its totally right, that we’re all on drugs.
You click on the “Review my post” button that will be located under each post.
You sign in/create a PayPerPost account.
You write your post and finish the assignment.
Once it has been verified, Flashladybug gets money, you get money
We all get money
We’re happy.
See, its simple, easy, and ya know what? it supports both you and us!
We shall implement this feature soon, probably tomorrow. For now, you can check out the specifics at the PPP site and generate traffic.

Oh, and just for your knowledge:

All posts that are paid for via PayPerPost on this blog shall have that nice blue bar indicating that we have received monetary compensation. However, please note that very few opportunities exist where the tone of the post is either positive or negative. Its usually neutral. Also, if we do not agree with the post’s required tone, I wont do it. All the ideas and reviews shall be from the poster and not affected by the payment. Thanks!