Xbox Portable

It's here! The Xbox portable is here! Oh wait, it wheighs 3 pounds. Oh well, it's still portable. CES has released a hard shell case for any generic Xbox 360, or PS3. It has a little built in screen so that you can just strap in your console and start playing. Lots of foam and padding inside to protect it when you are carting it around but can be easily peeled back so that the console can breathe. It looks fairly awesome but as always I prefer the geekier and perhaps cheaper, method. Modding. It's awesome. I love it. Fuh-Evah. All over the interwebs I have been reading about mods people have made that makes their Xbox xompletely portable! (PS3 is yet to be discovered) Some mods go as far as installing a keyboard, camera, volume dial, headphone jack, slots for the controllers, basically everything. And they have really good tutorials. Ben Heck has one of my favorite Xbox 360 mods ever, and according to him only costs $50 over the cost of the Xbox. There are of course services out there for doing this to your Xbox for a price. Also a few people are willling to sell you theirs but then you might want to go with the CES version as you're more garunteed a good service and, is normally cheaper. This sounds to me to be pretty slick and I waiting for someone to go hack the 360 so I don't have to have anything Microsoft anymore. They'd be great except for the whole razorblade company thing. Should I explain razorblade company's in more depth? What else is the buzz on the internet? Let me know at oneofmany@fugow.com and I will make sure to include it in my next blog post. armorgames.com is an awesome site with lots of cool flash games. Check it out. Keep up the geek. Peace off. :P

ADHD Version: They made an official Xbox 360 portable. Not much else. oneofmany@fugow.com to give me stuff to put in my blog. I will always put it in.

High School Finals

Don't worry this isn't a rant about finals even though they do suck, and are the worst way of testing a persons knowledge about a subject. This is just a post of me letting my fan base of 3 people (me, myself, and I) that I do have finals coming up. Perhaps I could look around to find some advice on getting a better grade or studying, or maybe even cheating but that will have to wait as I think I need to log off the net for a week. I really need to study. Also as you know, although I don't know how, I do always try and post from an internet connection that I am tunneling out of. You know how I feel about restrictive firewalls. I find it really ironic to post a topic on geekiness in the midst of school. You know you're a geek when you're skipping class to get on a computer, or talk about math, or play DD. (magic the gathering as well I guess) I hope to get the wiki up soon with some help lists but that may take a while. I have zero experience with wiki's. Other than that no news for geeks at the moment that I know about. Maybe I missed something? Contact me at oneofmany@fugow.com to let me know. Also check out www.revision3.com for some awesome completely internet based TV.

ADHD Version: This post wasn't that long, just read it. 

School or Buisness Firewalls: They Suck

I hate school firewalls, I hate them with a fiery passion. They suck. Can I check my email? NO! Can I use any social networks? NO! Can I use any sites even remotely related to computers or security to find info on my machine? NO! In other words I can't use my machine. Why would they do this? Two common reasons: one, the network admins are paranoid little #$*(&@# that don't want anyone on their network getting more knowledgable than they are about computers. Or two, the actual network is so cheap and slow they can't have a bunch of people checking their facebook and using ANY bandwidth whatsoever. WHY??!!! Fortunately there is an easy solution to this, proxies. Now any random Joe whos school or work has any competence with networks whatsoever will know that internet or browser proxies don't really work. If the Admin of your network has any brains he will have a large black list of proxy sites. Sometimes you may find one they haven't blocked yet, but normally that dosen't last for long. Pretty soon you'll be back to searching for a recently built proxy site that isn't known, and still encrypts your traffic. I know you vets out there who know WAY more than me already know why you want to encrypt your stuff when using a proxy but for those FUGOW's out there who are just starting up, here's a brief explanation. Encrypting your traffic (turning it into wickedly hard mathematical code) is important when using proxies because almost all of the time you don't know who could be watching the node you routed out too. He could have malicious intent and steal some passwords or he could just want internet freedom, YOU don't know. So encrypt your traffic. It will make it a major pain for him to sniff your packets as well. Of course this does not mean you are completely safe. NEVER check your banking site through a proxy, heck never check it on anything but your home network as their are too many newbies out there that could potentially sniff your traffic. Just use proxies for your little fun sites that are blocked on your average network. Facebook and Twitter, or Flickr or your favorite gaming site. Just so long as it isn't tied into your money somehow there isn't a lot of incentive to hack it. Why would someone want your FB password? Post spam on your wall? So what? You can just send an email to facebook letting them know and voila password changed and back to posting about whatever you post about! Hooray! So in essence proxies are great for just going to sites that shouldn't be blocked on a network. So, if online proxies are out the window how to I get out? The answer is simple, get a downloaded and installed proxy that runs on your computer. Simple and efficient, and webpage blocking has no effect as it is a program that they do not have any power over. Simple huh? The programs I reccomend are Hotspot Shield, which you can even get for apple and android devices as well as your PC, and Tor the onion router. If you are just someone who just wants to check your email, then get Hotspot shield and don't even think about Tor. Hotspot encrypts your traffic and sends it to it's own VPN which then takes your page requests fteches them and sends them back. Tor is the same way but with a lot more VPN's so your traffic is hidden among layers of an anonymous onion. So use Tor if you are paranoid! I digress use Tor for a even more secured approach. Of course Tor is not completely secure and it has been proven that the government can set up honey pots to steal your traffic and catch up to you, but they need to really suspect you, and you would need to have some really bad luck. So, it's mostly for paranoid people who are fine with sacrificing their internet speeds and YouTube. (Tor blocks Flash Player and Quick Time and all the others.) Of course if your school or company makes you use their computer and blocks user installation, well then you're screwed right? Fortunately, no, you're wrong. I have two favorite and fast ways of getting around this. One is a Linux live cd. Bam! You're out of their eyes and without thier stinky spy programs. Or go home and download, say, Hot Spot Shield, and then before the installation go and get Cameyo the package editor, and turn that hot spot shield into a portable flash drive version runnable off any basic flash drive. Bam! You are free to roam the web. Tor comes preinstalled with a portable version as well. If you don't get some of this, remember Google!! Finally, what did you think about all this? Any better ideas? Need more in depth instructions? Email me at oneofmany@fugow.com And I will always read it and respond. (so long is it isn't already covered) Also you greyhats out there or maybe even white hats, check out www.hak5.org for more info on securing you stuff.

Happy Geeking.

 

ADHD version: Go get Hot Spot Shield, or Tor if you are mega paranoid. Turn it into a portable version and run it on your school or company computer for access to whatever websites you want! Don't go to banking websites on any network but your own even with a proxy. Email me at oneofmany@fugow.com, and check out www.hak5.org for security information and giggles. Also Linux is god!

FUGOW

Welcome to Cian's blog! Creator and owner of FUGOW.com

Well here it is, FUGOW is up with forums for uber geeks, a Wiki for the site, and blogs from the admins. Blogs will be mostly used for sharing geek stuff, tutorials, and basic updates. Forums are of course for geek conversations. Any topic related to a blog post is always welcome but also troubleshooting and general talking is not looked down upon. Wiki will most likely be a more in depth guide to tutorials, and site guidance. This is all keeping in mind that every thing is fluid on the internet and subject to change. Hope you guys find it fun, and entertaining! Keep up the Geek!