Feb 092013

One thing I can’t stand is waiting on software to download.  I mean, I have a blazingly fast internet connection and I expect everything I do to be blazingly fast also.  So, one thing I noticed was my backbox linux installation was taking forever to download updates.  Looking into why, I noticed there were static addresses used in the /etc/apt/sources.list for ubuntu software repositories.

So here is how to fix it so that you always get the mirror closest to you:

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Oct 312012
# By Ed Wiget
# This script grabs the latest nmap, zenmap, ncat, nping in rpm format and converts them to deb
# 20121031 - original script
# the version we are grabbing
# the architecture we are using
# our working dir
# check if it exists and if not, create it
if [ ! -d ${TEMP_DIR} ]; then
	mkdir -p ${TEMP_DIR}
# check to make sure alien is installed and if not, install it
if [ ! -f /usr/bin/alien ]; then
	sudo apt-get install alien
# cd to the working dir
cd ${TEMP_DIR}
# 386 files
# http://nmap.org/dist/nmap-6.01-1.i386.rpm
# http://nmap.org/dist/zenmap-6.01-1.noarch.rpm
# http://nmap.org/dist/ncat-6.01-1.i386.rpm
# http://nmap.org/dist/nping-0.6.01-1.i386.rpm
# x86_64 files
# http://nmap.org/dist/nmap-6.01-1.x86_64.rpm
# http://nmap.org/dist/ncat-6.01-1.x86_64.rpm
# http://nmap.org/dist/nping-0.6.01-1.x86_64.rpm
# no arch
# http://nmap.org/dist/zenmap-6.01-1.noarch.rpm
# grab the files
wget -O ${TEMP_DIR}/nmap-${VER}.${ARCH}.rpm http://nmap.org/dist/nmap-${VER}.${ARCH}.rpm
wget -O ${TEMP_DIR}/ncat-${VER}.${ARCH}.rpm http://nmap.org/dist/ncat-${VER}.${ARCH}.rpm
wget -O ${TEMP_DIR}/nping-0.${VER}.${ARCH}.rpm http://nmap.org/dist/nping-0.${VER}.${ARCH}.rpm
wget -O ${TEMP_DIR}/zenmap-${VER}.noarch.rpm http://nmap.org/dist/zenmap-${VER}.noarch.rpm
# remove any deb files currently in this dir
rm -f *.deb
# convert the downloaded files to deb
sudo alien nmap-${VER}.${ARCH}.rpm
sudo alien ncat-${VER}.${ARCH}.rpm
sudo alien nping-0.${VER}.${ARCH}.rpm
sudo alien zenmap-${VER}.noarch.rpm
# install the packages
sudo dpkg --install *.deb

Jun 182012

So, a few guys at work are using this and I was looking for something lighter than what I use when I need syntax highlighting, which normally I use kate or eclipse.  When I don’t need syntax highlighting I use vim.

First, from the web page “Sublime Text is a sophisticated text editor for code, html and prose. You’ll love the slick user interface and extraordinary features”.

Installation is really easy on ubuntu

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Mar 022012

After upgrading to Linux kernel 3.2.6, rebooting, reconfiguring initramfs for encrypted drives, rebooting again, and reinstalling ati graphics, my normal xrandr command no longer worked.  That command is:

xrandr --output LVDS --mode 1920x1200 --pos 1680x0 --rotate normal --output CRT1 --mode 1680x1050 --pos 0x0 --rotate normal --output DFP2 --off --output DFP1 --off

And the error was “xrandr screen only supports 1920 x 1200”

The fix is really simple….

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Dec 102011

Why did I build a new xchat package for backtrack 5?  Because there is a bug in the one that is included.  The bug causes favorites to not be saved on exit.  I don’t know if it affects everybody but I found a bug on the xchat website that is over a year old regarding it.  So, if ubuntu or backtrack maintainers won’t fix it…..I will.

You can get the source and deb packages here:


The requires libperl-dev which apparently doesn’t exist in the repos too….so its here:

May 112011

The installation went great on my samsung n150 plus netbook, but my HP DV7 laptop was a different story.

Fix White Screen of Death (ati video cards)

Boot and at the grub menu, highlight the boot mode you want and press TAB key to edit.

At the end of the line and before the –, add

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