Archive for January, 2012


Review: Acer Aspire easyStore AH340-U2T1H Home Server

Acer Aspire easyStore AH340-U2T1H Home Server

Out of the box this unit doesn’t take long to get up and running. I believe I had it going and actually transferring data over to it under 15 minutes after unboxing and powering it up. I agree with a previous review– this server actually responds so quickly that its almost as if it was an external HDD and not a server. I haven’t encountered one problem with it, and quickly after I bought the server I purchased another HDD for it so I could have a little bit more storage.

One thing I have to address though– if you have common sense and generally understand what you’re doing you’re not going to have a problem with this device. That being said, if you’re unsure of what you’re doing with the server do not do it. You can very quickly mess things up on the server if you start venturing into the unknown.

I mainly use this for storing gameplay videos and audio commentary for walkthroughs that I post to YouTube and I generally don’t want to use an external HDD to store all of it (as I have been burned by that in the past when it crashed and I wasn’t able to recover all my data). The server when unboxed, once you have installed the software for it will actually start backing up your computer off the start so make sure that you’re aware of that– you’re not going to want to power down the server once it starts doing that. You can even set it up to start backing it up after hours when you’re more than likely asleep or at work. I’m actually quite pleased with this unit– once I’ve used up all the bays for it and need more space I will probably go ahead and get another. Very satisfied with it!

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Review: Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide


Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide

Metasploit is an open source framework for penetration testing. The Metasploit 4.0 framework is currently available for free download for Windows, Linux and Unix.

“Metasploit The Penetration Tester’s Guide” is authored by Kennedy, O’Gorman, Kearns and Aharoni and is published by No Starch Press just this year 2011.The book opens with a short and sweet introduction to penetration testing and security. But worry not, this introduction won’t keep the anxious beginner waiting too long, and won’t bore the experienced. In the next few chapters the authors provide a copious amount of screenshots, ensuring that the reader can always follow along.
The authors then run us through some Metasploit basics and it’s not long before we’re already looking the source for a basic port scanner program.

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