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August 25th, 2006

Posted In: Active Directory, Mac OS X Server, Mac Security, Network Infrastructure, Windows Server, Windows XP

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I originally posted this at To install Tripwire, run in the folder that you have extracted the tripwire files into sudo ./ Then enter passphrases/passwords when asked Then enter the shortname of the primary user of tripwire Allow the system to define the baseline state of the Server. To update your tripwire database after making system changes run this command: ./tripwire -m u -r ../report/day-month-year-initials.twr To update your tripwire config, change the /usr/local/etc/twcfg.txt file and run this command ./twadmin -m F -S ../key/site.key ../../etc/twcfg.txt To enforce a new policy, edit the /usr/local/tripwire/policy/twpol.txt file and run this command: ./twadmin -m p > ../policy/twpol.txt To view Tripwire reports run this command ./twprint -m r -r ../report/*.twr â†’ the * in this command is meant to demote your latest twr file To scan what changes have been made to the system, cd into this directory /usr/local/tripwire/bin and run ./tripwire -m c To email these changes to the email address listed in the config file, run ./tripwire –m c -M

August 21st, 2006

Posted In: Mac OS X

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I originally posted this at 10 Essential Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Windows Users to Get More from their PCs Keyboards: We all use them. Those of us that work for Three18 happen to use ours for anywhere between 6 and 18 hours a day, hopefully not more. With that kind of time, we’ve learned to be especially crafty in our pursuit to be as efficient as possible. We don’t know all the keyboard shortcuts, but we do know a bunch. Here are a few shortcuts that will have you keyboard jockeying like a pro in no time. 10 & 9: Ctrl-Tab and Alt-Tab. These 2 gems will cycle you through tabs in a window and through all open windows, respectively. 8: Ctrl-Alt-Delete. This well known keystroke combination will give you access to a plethora of information about your computer. Your task manager, current login, change password dialogue, are just a few. Explore this one, there’s more here than you think. 7: Just type! In any explorer window, or open folder you can jump to the file you’re looking for without using the scroll bars or buttons. It’s far more efficient than the scroll and read technique, just type the first few letters and you’ll jump right to it. 6: Windows-r: This combination will have the same effect as Clicking ‘Start’ and ‘Run’, leaving you with an open Run dialogue. 5: Alt-Enter: Instead of Right-clicking and choosing ‘Properties’, use this. It’s especially handy if you already have your right hand on the keyboard. Perhaps because you just used tip #7? 4: Hold Shift while inserting a CD/DVD: Need something off a disc, but don’t want to wait for the autoplay? Hold shift, and it will disable autoplay while mounting the disc. 3: Esc: In almost any window that has a ‘Cancel’ button, Esc is mapped to it. 2: Windows-m: If you’ve used a Mac for any length of time, you’ve probably used the Apple-H command to hide all windows. Here’s your Windows equivalent. 1: Hold Shift while closing a window: Open folders cascading out of control? The keystroke Alt-Shift-F4 or just holding Shift and clicking on the X to close your current window will also close all its parent windows.

August 9th, 2006

Posted In: Mac OS X

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For computers with one operating system installed, you can boot into safe mode, which Windows with a limited set of files and drivers and disables startup programs. This is pretty helpful when troubleshooting Windows problems. To start into safe mode, hold the F8 key down while rebooting a Windows computer. If you see the Windows logo appears, reboot and try again. This should load the Advanced Boot Options screen. Here, use the arrow keys to highlight safe mode option and then Enter. That’s it. Hope this helps!

August 7th, 2006

Posted In: Windows XP

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When packaging it is worth note that Apple reserves some positional paremeters for your scripts. These are defined at They include:
  • $1: Path to the package
  • $2: Path to the destination.
  • $3: Installation volume.
  • $4: Root directory

August 6th, 2006

Posted In: Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, Mass Deployment

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When you open an application you can have all the other applications minimize. To do so you’ll add the single-app key into by using the following command:
defaults write single-app -bool TRUE
Then you’ll need to restart the Dock:
killall Dock

August 5th, 2006

Posted In: Mac OS X

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My Xsan presentation from Black Hat 2006, in Las Vegas, NV: bh-us-06-edge

August 4th, 2006

Posted In: Mac Security, Xsan

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August 3rd, 2006

Posted In: sites

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You see, in my family it can get hard to buy good gifts for each other.  After my first book came out my dad decided that I needed a website.  So for my birthday he was kind enough to build me one in Flash.  Now that’s some serious Edge family gifting:

August 2nd, 2006

Posted In: personal


One city that struck me as totally different than what I thought it would be is Pittsburg.  I expected a run-down, dirty city.  But it isn’t.  It’s really modern and nice.  🙂

August 1st, 2006

Posted In: On the Road

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