Add “Open with Notepad++” to the Context Menu for All Files in Windows 7

Having the context menu option, “Open with Notepad++” (my favorite FREE Windows text editor) is invaluable, making it easy to quickly and easily open files with just a (right) mouse click or two. This registry hack is nothing new, it’s been around forever… think of this as a refresher course. Also note that you can […]

Windows 2008 Server on Amazon’s EC2 – a First Look

Within a couple hours of Amazon’s announcement of the availability of Windows 2008 machine images (AMI’s) on their EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) platform a few days ago I had to give it a try – see my previous post, “Amazon EC2 Now Offers Windows Server 2008 – Finally!” I used RightScale to locate and launch […]

How to start a YouTube video at a certain point

In order to start a YouTube video at a certain point you would add this to the video URL: #t=2m25s Where “2m” indicates 2 minutes and the “25s” indicates 25 seconds. So, the following will cause the video to begin playing at 2:25 of the video: This method only works for directly linking to […]

Web-based ping, traceroute and DNS lookup

Today I ran across three useful online tools to do a quick test from multiple locations worldwide of ping, traceroute and DNS lookup. – Online web-based ping: remote ping a server or web site using our network with 40 checkpoints worldwide. – Online traceroute from 4 locations worldwide. – Remote DNS lookup (nslookup/dig) […]

CDN Performance Comparison

Here is a great CDN comparison of performance (latency) from Mudy’s Blog.  Visit the original post for more information and supporting documentation. Result Summary: Network Average Median Akamai 9.67 2.9 Aol CDN 9.22 4 Panthercdn 62.36 12.7 LimeLight 58.04 13.2 Mosso Cloud Files 56.81 13.5 Amazon Cloudfront 62.82 18.6 Google Homepage 53.53 23.15 Cachefly 54.57 […]

Comparison of CDN’s used by major websites

Comparison of CDN’s (Akami, Limelicht and SAVVIS) used by,,,,,,,, and Big Websites and CDN comparison by Narabe Akamai Limelight SAVVIS Amazon ✔ ✖ ✖ Yahoo ✔ ✖ ✖ Wikipedia ✖ ✖ ✖ MySpace ✔ ✔ ✖ MSN ✖ ✖ ✔ Google ✖ ✖ ✖ eBay […]

Building the Perfect Backtrack 4 USB Thumb Drive

This post will show you how to build a USB thumb drive with the following features: Persistent Changes Nessus and NessusClient installed Encryption configured for storing data Tools and Supplies USB thumbdrive – minimum capacity 4GB BackTrack 3 CDROM, BackTrack 4 DVD or an additional USB thumbdrive (minimum 2GB) – Used to partition the thumbdrive. Optional: […]

Bypass Windows or Linux Logon With Kon-Boot

Kon-Boot is an prototype piece of software which allows to change contents of a linux kernel (and now Windows kernel also!!!) on the fly (while booting). In the current compilation state it allows to log into a linux system as ‘root’ user without typing the correct password or to elevate privileges from current user to […]

Aircrack-ng – WEP and WPA-PSK keys cracking program

Aircrack-ng is an 802.11 WEP and WPA-PSK keys cracking program that can recover keys once enough data packets have been captured. It implements the standard FMS attack along with some optimizations like KoreK attacks, as well as the all-new PTW attack, thus making the attack much faster compared to other WEP cracking tools. Aircrack-ng is […]