Archive for December, 2013

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Has your email address and password been leaked?

Pwn: from the verb own, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer, compromise or control.

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It seems like a month doesn’t go by where we don’t hear about another account breach at a major organization.  Well some clever guys over at haveibeenpwned.com set it up so that you can check your email address against a database of accounts associated with security breaches.   The site will immediately tell you whether you’re at risk for your email/password being in the hands of bad guys, or you’re safe…for now.

Currently, the site contains leaked user data from the breaches at Adobe earlier this year, the Yahoo Leak in 2012, Sony’s cluster @$%^ in 2011, Start for from the same year, and the Gawker security breach in 2010.  They plan on adding more to the list when more breaches happen in the future.  Note that I said when, not if…

So, this just bears prudence to the idea that you shouldn’t reuse the same password at different places.

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Amazing gif of how digital cameras work

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Source captured from a Nokia promotional video for the 41 mp camera in the Lumia 1020.

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How to install Steam OS

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There are two different install methods for SteamOS. ”’WARNING: BOTH METHODS WILL ERASE EVERYTHING ON THE MACHINE”’

1- The easiest method is an image-based install using CloneZilla.
You will need to create a SteamOS System Restore USB stick to perform this install. The image provided here requires at least a 1TB disk.

-Format a 4GB or larger USB stick with the FAT32 filesystem. Use “SYSRESTORE” as the partition name
-Unzip the contents of SYSRESTORE.zip to this USB stick to create the System Restore USB stick
-Put the System Restore USB stick in your target machine. Boot your machine and tell the BIOS to boot off the stick. (usually something like F8, F11 or F12 will bring up the BIOS boot menu).
-Make sure you select the UEFI entry, it may look something like “UEFI: Patriot Memory PMAP”
-Select “Restore Entire Disk” from the GRUB menu.
-System Restore will proceed automatically. When it is complete it will reboot into your freshly re-imaged SteamOS

2 – The second method is based on the Debian Installer.
It requires multiple configuration steps:

-Unzip the SteamOSInstaller.zip file to a blank, FAT32-formatted USB stick.
-Put the USB stick in your target machine. Boot your machine and tell the BIOS to boot off the stick. (usually something like F8, F11, or F12 will bring up the BIOS boot menu).
-Make sure you select the UEFI entry, it may look something like “UEFI: Patriot Memory PMAP”
-Pick “Automated Install” from the next menu.
-The rest of the installation is unattended and will repartition the drive and install SteamOS.
-After installation is complete, log onto the resulting system (using the Gnome session) with the predefined “steam” account. The password is “steam”. Run steam, accept the EULA, and let it bootstrap. Logoff the steam account
-Log on with the “desktop” account. The password is “desktop”
-From a terminal window, run ~/post_logon.sh. This will prompt for a password – enter “desktop”. This script will perform the post-install customizations, delete itself, then reboot into the recovery partition capture utility.
-Confirm “y” to continue and the recovery partition will be created. When it is finished, reboot into your freshly installed SteamOS.

Source: Steam FAQs