Windows

How to Root Galaxy S4!

This is a video by our buddy Zedomax on rooting the Galaxy S4. This method is only for root access, its not a video on installing custom recovery, so please enjoy and remember to subscribe to his YouTube Channel.

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This method works on all Qualcomm Galaxy S4 running Android 4.2.2 including:
AT&T SGH-i337, T-Mobile SGH-M919, Sprint SPH-L720, Verizon, US Cellular, Telus, .
Rogers, etc…

For GT-i9500 octa-core S4, see other root method here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VZd71…

Download and Step-by-Step tutorial here:
http://galaxys4root.com/galaxy-s4-roo…

For rooting Galaxy S4 on Linux/Ubuntu, please see this video instead:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIAbdV…
For rooting Galaxy S4 on Mac OSX, please see this video instead:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5Sluq…

For more awesome info on rooting the Galaxy S4 stop over at http://GalaxyS4Root.com

HowTo: Export Putty Sessions

I just rebuilt my workstation and now on the new system I would like to have all my saved Putty sessions. Putty doesn’t have a built in export feature for this. So I went looking for where Putty store its sessions info.

As there it is. In the registry, like so many other things. Here are some quick steps to do this:

  1. From the run prompt (shortcut keys: WinKey+R) enter regedit,, this opens the registry editor
  2. Locate the following branch: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SimonTatham\PuTTY\Sessions
  3. On the File menu, click Export
  4. In File name, enter a name for the registry file; In my case I named this Putty_Sessions
  5. Choose a location to save the file; You can now copy this file and import your the sessions data on the new system.

Update: I changed the export to the following

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\SimonTatham]

PowerShell: Get basic network adapter properties

Get-NetAdapter cmdlet returns to you the basic network adapter properties of visible adapters installed on your system. This is a very useful tool to gather some details about your installed network adapters.

More info and features can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj130867.aspx

 

Get to Network Connections UI by using “ncpa.cpl”

Looking for a quick way to get to your network connections: Control PanelNetwork and InternetNetwork Connections

From the run prompt (shortcut keys: WinKey+R) enter ncpa.cpl. You will immediately open a window that takes you to the network connections UI without traveling thought the network sharing center.

If you want to create a quick shortcut you can file this in the following location: “C:WindowsSystem32ncpa.cpl

This works in Windows 7, Windows 8, Server 2008 (and R2) along with Server 2012

More info: Description of Control Panel (.cpl) Files

So go; Run, you silly boy. And remember

Some Basic Use of Nmap

Nmap (“Network Mapper”) is a free and open source utility for network discovery and security auditing. I along with many other systems and network administrators also find it to be a useful tool for the right job. Nmap can be installed and used in Windows, and mostly common in Linux distributions such as Debian and the well known Ubuntu.

You can get the Windows install form http://nmap.org/ along with the Linux versions.  In Linux (Debian) I simple sudo apt-get install nmap -y and the rest is done in a few seconds.

Now that you have Nmap, what can you do? Here are some examples I use every so often:

~# nmap google.com – gives me info about google.com (Hostname google.com resolves to 11 IPs..)

~# nmap 192.168.1.0/24 – scans my network and return info on machines and service ports listening

~# nmap -sP 192.168.1.100 – attempts to detect if a host is up or down

~# nmap -PN 192.168.1.100 – attempts to detect if a host is up or down (no pings sent)

~# nmap -sT 192.168.1.100 – port scan using TCP

~# nmap -sU 192.168.1.100 – port scan using UDP

~# nmap -O 192.168.1.100 – attempts to identify the remote OS, returns TCP/IP fingerprint

And I could go on, but lets just end these example here and I’m sure you’ll find others.

Run … run, you clever boy … and remember. – Clara Oswald

Extending Windows 8 Trial


I have been using the Windows 8 Enterprise for several months this way for testing rather than backup my data and reinstall the OS just to reinstall my applications, followed by configuration tweaks, which can be time consuming. I have started extending the trail to give me more time.

The process of extending a trial is called ‘rearming’.
Here is how I have done so:

  1. Open the command prompt as (Admin) | Answer Yes to the User Account Control
  2. You can then check your license information by typing slmgr /dli – this provides information on your version and license status.
  3. You could also use the command slmgr /dlv for more detailed information – good to give you status of how long you have before complete expiration of your trial 

If you just want the expiration date info type: slmgr /xpr

And finally what you have been waiting for: The rearm command.
Like the ones I mentioned above all you need to do is type: slmgr /rearm then reboot the computer.

This can be done no more than 3 times of the life of the install of the Windows 8 system. If you time it correctly you could have Windows 8 for free for 270 days. How cool is that.

Info on my test machines:
1 Physical Machine and 2 Virtual Machines (VMware)

Filter netstat results with the Find Command

Here is a simple way to find results you might be looking for when running a command such as netstat on your computer or server. The following example should help you get an idea of how to use this in information gathering

Command Prompt Example - www.jermsmit.com Issuing the following command: “netstat -an | find /I “established” gave me the results above. So play around and discover what you can do. It’s fun, you learn things and who knows. You may find this to be of good use to you.  For example: You want to know how many connections are established to your web server.

Play Minecraft through TOR

This little how-to is more of a way to pass socks proxy parameters to a java app, however my focus here is on doing this with the Java game Minecraft over the TOR Network.

Why you ask? Because I wanted to know if it was possible and if I could do it.

Items Needed:

  1. Minecraft Account
  2. Java Installed (Latest Version)
  3. Minecraft installed and up to the current date.
  4. Windows OS – I’m using Windows 8 at this time

Open notepad and add the following values into it:
@ECHO OFF
cd C:Program Files (x86)Javajre7bin
java -DsocksProxyHost=127.0.0.1 -DsocksProxyPort=9050 –Xmx1024m -jar Minecraft.exe

The above will work with any SOCKS proxy and not limited to TOR. I am using the above as these are the defaults to TOR

Save the file at TOR-Minecraft.bat and run it. If all work as planned you will see the console open followed by the Minecraft UI. You can now connect to any remote server and you should be passing all your data through the TOR network.

Info on Minecraft: https://minecraft.net/

Info on TOR: https://www.torproject.org/

 

 

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Install Windows 7, 2008, 2008R2, 8, 2012 from USB

This is a quick how-to on installing Windows 7, Server 2008/R2, Windows 8 and Server 2010 using a USB flash drive. The reason I do this is because of the speed and not having to use, or be bothered with burning a DVD.

I will give you the steps I have taken along with some of the requirements.
First and most important; What you will need.

1. You will need a 4GB USB Flash Drive – I recommend using 8, this way you can load extra software installs, drivers etc.
2. You will need the installation media from Windows 7/8, Server 2008/R2 or Windows 2012.

Now for some simple fun – Rather than take you down the path of how to copy the files to the CD and set it to active and assign it a partition etc.  I am going to point you to some useful tools.

1. The Microsoft Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool – And this works for all the Operating Systems I listed above.  Its simple to use and 99% error proof.  Best of all this is supported by Microsoft.  You can obtain this tool here.
 2. Another tool of choice by me is the Universal USB Installer, I often use this to create live boot USB images for running things like Backtrack or Ubuntu. Also like that of Windows it allows me to have installation media without the need of a CD/DVD. The team over at pendrivelinux have done a wonderful job so I also recommend using this tool. You can download it here

If you as me, both tools has it place in my tool kit, so feel free to use which ever works best for you.  I hope this quick post was helpful.

– jermal

 

Skype 5.10 for Windows

Windows/Mac/Linux: Video chat app Skype released updates today for its Windows, Mac, and Linux versions, each with its own new improvements and bug fixes.

Download the new version now

Improvements made to Skype 5.10 for Windows:
Select and pin your favorite contacts
Facebook and Skype contacts combined into one Contacts list
Easier to understand premium subscription notices
Possibility to control Skype video rendering technology for backward compatibility for people who have trouble with video calls

Linux users:
improved chat synchronization
new presence and emoticon icons
the ability to store and view phone numbers in a Skype contact’s profile
much lower chance Skype for Linux will crash or freeze
chat history loading is now much faster