It always feels good when someone comes to you and says that he actually finds your work useful and likes it. It’s not because you ask them for the appreciation but it’s more like that you realize that what you do has contributed something valuable to others. That is what I am going to share with you right now, a SLAMPP showcase written by a SLAMPP user. Of course through this entry I would encourage other users to share their own stories on what they have done with SLAMPP and what they think about it. I will publish your stories here.
This showcase was actually written and submitted to me last year by Brian Papile from Texas. Although he already gave me the permission, unfortunately, I was not able to publish it in a timely manner. My apologies for that. FYI, Brian used SLAMPP as training material for his web application security class. I was absolutely amazed that he could master and customize SLAMPP within a short period of time and then finally shared the work to his class. Well done!
Please read his full story by downloading this PDF file. I hope it could inspire other users to do the same.
As last note, if you are interested to get a copy of his work, please contact me.
Thanks all for your contribution to SLAMPP. Much appreciated.
Now, I will focus on the next release which has been delayed for a while.
Note: This is a reposted article. You can read the original entry over here.
In the last few months I’ve gathered some links that may trigger your interest. Most of them are IT and FOSS related and only one is from Oil and Gas sector. Yes, it is sometimes hard to share Oil and Gas resources because of the closed and competitive nature of the business and copyrights/trademarks or other Intellectual Property Rights issues. And I don’t want to get in trouble by doing that for sure. I hope you will get some benefits from the following links.
IT and FOSS
Oil and Gas
Perhaps you ever tried the Random Hadith Quotation, the free service I provide through this website, and you are kind of interested to run it by yourself so that you can have full control on the content. Since I started it in October 2004, I received so many e-mails asking whether the scripts is available for public or the content can be edited or changing the way it looks, etc. Hopefully all the questions will be answered through this entry. Now, I would like to share with you the base script I use for that service.
Basically I am using the existing the script available on the net and customize it in the way I want. You can, of course, make your own script if you want to. But, I assume, you all will agree with me. Why reinventing the wheel, if the solution is already there, ready to use. What really matters me (and us) is the idea behind the service. It is certainly priceless and worth more than just a script. Right? In case you think that nobody would pay intention to what you do with the script. Believe me! I started the Random Hadith Quotation service with single user which is me. No expectation at all at that time. As time goes by, the service began to gain its popularity, published in many forums or websites and now has many active users. As long as you provide something which may be useful for someone else, soon or late, it is going to be successful project.
OK, without further due, please download the base script here, provided by Starsol Scripts. After downloading it, read and follow the installation instructions and your random quotation is set up. The usage is beyond the sky. Do whatever you want and please share it to others.
My reading list today from various sources on the Net.
- How To: Getting a lean system with a custom Ubuntu install – Decide what you want with your Ubuntu system and install just what you need. Nice and useful how to, BTW!
- Tiny Core Linux – Amazingly Linux is getting smaller every day. This Linux distribution is just 10 MB in size and has minimal applications to boot in a very minimal X desktop. Of course you can extend its capabilities by adding other applications online. No wonder, the previous main developer of Damn Small Linux (DSL), Robert Shingledecker, is the mastermind of this creation. I don’t know precisely whether Tiny Core Linux was the result of conflict happened in DSL recently. Because of this conflict, the DSL development is now a little bit stagnant.
- murgaLua – Learn the programming language that is being used extensively inside Puppy Linux and Damn Small Linux. (Probably Tiny Core Linux uses it as well.) I also deploy some Lua applications in SLAMPP.
- Can Open Source Help the Economy? – Yes, it can. Read the article for the explanation.
I have collected some interesting links I found on the Net with various topics. I hope they could inspire you.
- Hardening the Linux desktop – Please login first to get the article in PDF. This tutorial was written for the Linux beginners. It shows you how to make your Linux desktop secure and free from virus/malware attacks. Although it was meant for the desktop, this tutorial put basics for hardening the Linux server. A recommended reading material for Linux users. (via Linux.com)
- Lazy Linux: 11 secrets for lazy cluster admins – Do you have Linux clusters running on your organization? Don’t waste your valuable time by learning those secrets to manage the clusters. (via Linux.com)
- Reducing IT Costs with Linux – Setting aside the OS wars, Windows and Linux can be combined in any number of scenarios. (via Linux.com)
- Apa sih DNS Awari? – Do you live in Indonesia and want to surf the internet worry free from things like pornography, etc? Try this free DNS service. Just fill this IP address 184.108.40.206 in your DNS settings of your PC or network. However, it seems it still relies on the OpenDNS servers. OR, you can set up your own machine by following this simple and quick tutorial. Sorry guys, all articles are in Indonesian only.
- WordPress Legacy – Did you ever notice that when you visited a website, you got “This is an Attack Site!” warning on your Firefox browser provided by Google? That message is warning you that Google has found something unusual and marks that website as a dangerous place to visit. How could this happen anyway? It seems that someone out there has successfully inserted or put malicious and often dangerous links or applications on someone’s else website for their own profits. However, the infected sites will behave normally until Firefox displays the warning. Moreover, believe it or not, some recent studies said that most of those websites use the outdated WordPress which surely contains many security problems. So, it is wisely, strongly recommended to upgrade your WP website right away to the latest release to avoid this ridiculous thing. I think everyone would agree with this solution. Now, what should you do if you don’t have enough time or energy to keep up with all the WP releases? You know the fact, staying with the old one would harm you badly, but continuously upgrading to the new one would be costly regarding time etc. But don’t you worry, stop those worries by using this WordPress Legacy 2.0 Branch. It will provide security and critical fixes until 2010 (first release in 2005). Be happy and productive! (via Harry Sufehmi)
- Important note: You should apply the same action for any CMS you use on your website. This thing can happen to everyone. Personally I would suggest you a simple rule. Always use the stable version, in favor of legacy one if any, just like what WordPress has done. Never put the testing/unstable version onto production site, unless you know what you are doing.
- Have You Ever Been Embarrassed To Be Frugal? – I don’t. Do you?
- Tips for working from home – In case you are working at home. Nice tips! (via Frugal Dad)
- 34 reminders to help you find your way
- Money is 100 percent emotional – I am afraid what this guy wrote is 100% true. It hits directly to what we feel about money. (via Frugal Dad)
Managing is like communicating and connecting with other people. How you manage will show who you are in real. Sometimes doing or following basic things will improve or boost your management skills. And, I, personally, and perhaps you too, will agree and admit that fact. To get to know more what all those basic things or rules are, InsideCRM has a great article talking about this. Please read this article thoroughly, “The Manager’s Cheat Sheet: 101 Common-Sense Rules for Leaders“. No matter on what business you are into, these rules just apply anywhere. Happy reading!
(Tips: CXO Community on Linkedin)
In last few days I found various interesting links on the Net that are worth visiting.