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Outcome: To create a USB stick that contains multiple GNU/Linux (Linux) distributions using syslinux as the boot loader.

I love to play around with different Linux distributions; I find certain ones to be better suited at certain tasks, but having to switch between, and carry around, a key chain full of USB stick is not really practical, or something I can afford.
Thankfully, syslinux allows me to easily create a single, multi distribution USB stick, which is my little geeky life saver: whenever I’m asked to do a bit of repair work on a friends computer, I can bring along a single stick full of maintenance goodness; and also, if I’m away from home and don’t have my laptop with me, I can boot up my beloved, live version of Arch Linux customised with all my usual programs and files (see my ‘howto’ if you’re interested).

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I love Firefox.
The sheer number of customisations it offers is more than enough to keep me jumping ship; being a security and privacy freak, it allows me to control exactly what it’s doing and how, enough so to put my paranoia of entering the deep, dark web to a slight ease.

This is what this post is here to offer: ways to configure Firefox through about:config, and using extensions to increase the privacy and security aspects. It is mainly for my future reference for when I’m re-installing Firefox so my choices my not suite everyone, but hopefully others may find it useful.
Any input or extra tips are greatly appreciated.

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Quick video showing Arch Linux running on an Acer W500 laptop.

I’ve tried to make it as touch friendly as possible, but ‘m not completley there yet; if you have any suggestions then that would be appreciated.

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I had my head banging against the wall recently with a project I am working on; what I thought would be a relatively simple task turned out to be quite the opposite, well for a new comer to Java at least: copying one directory to another using Java.

After a relentless search I came across a number of different approaches using varying techniques, all of which were either poorly documented, used out dated components, or had me reaching for my dunce hat.

I did eventually find a solution, it didn’t quite fit my needs perfectly so I have modified slightly and included within my FileUtils class which also allows directory creation; creds go to the anonymous author on exampledepot.


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My current desktop; I’m really like grey right now.

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Outcome: To extract flash streams, from sites such as youtube, from a packet capture.
These steps can also be used to extract many files, such as PDFs and MP3s.

Required tools: Perl, tcpdump, and tcpflow.

I’m quite interested in network forensics and one thing I’ve always wondered was if it is possible to extract flash, and RTMP streams from a packet capture; whilst I haven’t had much luck yet with RTMP streams (any one know how?), I have managed to sucessfully extract a flash video being streamed from YouTube, thanks to a handy perl script and blog post on

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Last Update: 1st January 2013.

Outcome: To create a custom, bootable version of the Arch Linux operating system that will allow you to carry your OS,
pre-installed with all your needed programs, on a USB stick.

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