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I was introduced to the world of computers at a very young age through my school and their Apple IIe’s, while learning LOGO. We would program the turtle to move in various directions and play Oregon Trail as our reward, but my story doesn’t really begin here.

Me at the age of 15.

At the age of 12, my parents split up and I went through some serious personal trauma, which I won’t divulge, but I started reading in order to pass the time. I read through an entire section of science fiction books from the local bookstore (and the entire Magic The Gathering series at…

It’s one of the iconic end scenes from 1995 film Hackers, where everyone bands together and attacks the Gibson from all over the world. Interestingly enough, while a Gibson in the film is a term for the supercomputer attacked, in reality it was a tribute to William Gibson’s work as a Cyberpunk author. …

Beginning OSCP Preparations

This has been a really trying year for many people, including myself, and beginning next Saturday, I will start preparing for a long awaited attempt at one of the more difficult certification goals I have wanted to embark on for a while now…the OSCP. The pre-preparation anxiety is already in full swing, and I have had to come to terms with a lot of harsh realities these past few years I wasn’t really mentally prepared for.

Between the loss of my father’s business, the COVID diagnosis my mother received, a layoff, and my 16 year old brother-in-law almost dying in…

With recent winter storms, seeing a machine titled after an ice sport peaked my interest, so I used it as an opener for my first write-up. Curling is a game where granite stones are slid across ice for score accumulation, and curlers try to find ideal paths, which is partly why the game has been given the moniker chess on ice.

I started off by making a curling folder and added my scan results for organization and analysis later: mkdir curling; cd curling; nmap -sC -sV -oN curling.txt

Nmap tells us Joomla! is used and ssh is open, which…

Many of us remember playing telephone and learning about attaching cans to a string and speaking through them as kids. That’s what’s known as the lover’s phone and was created sometime in the 16th century by a guy named Robert Hooke. The next 200 years or so became wrought with individuals working on similar telephony ideas, so history is less clear on the actual inventor of the phone and holds a debate on “who did it first”. …

In part 1 of my recaps, I touched up on core foundations for CCNA 1, to clear up misconceptions new readers may face. This section however, is probably the harshest portion of material to digest, primarily because of the dense capacity combined with routing protocols and subnetting. So here goes round two of my condensed notes to help solidify some ground here. If you would like to view the raw compilation I’ve written, please feel free to check out my repo.

Each section is separated by a divider, so feel free to skip around.

The first portion of material contains…

Learning about networks can feel like a frustrating and daunting task, so I wrote a condensed version of my notes that covers some ground over what transpires across the wire. If you would like to view the raw compilation I’ve written, please feel free to check out my repo.

This post will discuss layers from the ground up.
Each section is separated by a divider, so feel free to skip around.

The Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI model), was a system devised in the 1970’s in order to help categorize the communicative functions happening at each layer of its design…

As a parent and avid tech enthusiast, I often find myself in an awkward dilemma when it comes to my children and have discovered that I am not alone when I ask:

How do I not only inspire, but find resources to foster the inquisitiveness prevalent in hack culture for my children and how do I do so on a budget?

Over time, I have picked up a few tricks and learned some do’s and don’ts when it comes to the subject.

First and foremost, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! You want to encourage active learning by…


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