Hacker Camp!

Friday, June 26th to Sunday June 28th.  We will camp.  We will hack.  Hacker Camp II will commence.

Register Here!

This will be an outdoor weekend-long event featuring crypto challenges, geocaching, packet analysis, web apps, wifi and more. The competition will be jeopardy board style with challenges in each category. This is an individual event – no formal teams. Collaboration is discouraged but totally allowed. The challenges will range in skills and difficulty and hopefully provide fun for all. I’ll provide the core infrastructure to hack, but internet connectivity and power are on you. We’ll have a generator on site so you can charge up, but it shouldn’t be your only source of power.  Inverters and solar are highly encouraged over generators.

There will be prizes awarded for:

Top 3 high scores and most creative/efficient/effective/awesome power setup. Additional categories may be added later.

This will be a family friendly event but expect beer drinking, late night campfire shenanigans,
and the potential for dialog that would make a longshoreman blush. We’ll do our best to
behave, but if you and/or your brood have deep sensitivities and/or a deep prudish streak,
you may want to sit this one out.

The campground is near water. Don’t drown. Do enjoy swimming, boating and general marine frolicking.  We’ll have a fire pit and a bbq. Bring wood and food. You’ll want to eat occasionally and wood burning fires burn wood so we’ll need wood to burn.

Location: Near Strawberry Reservoir past Heber.  The specifics will be sent to registrants as we get closer to the event.

The camping area is near trail systems for hiking, ATV use, dirt bikes, or whatever.  Feel free to bring motorized toys if you’d like, rental is available at nearby Daniel’s Summit.

Cost: Cheap. As cheap as possible to cover costs, and this depends on attendance. Right now it looks like $5 or so per competitor for the weekend.  We’ve lowered costs this year by using a site that is first come, first serve instead of reserving a group site.  The sites will be primitive camping with pit toilets and other services nearby.

Want to help?

2 options:

You can help and still compete, or you can help run the game and not compete. Email [email protected] and we’ll work out specifics.

We are seeking donations to enhance our prize offerings. If you or your company would like to contribute, please hit me up – [email protected]

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My Favorite OSX Utilities

OSX is a capable operating system out of the box, but there are a few tools that I like to add to every new system I get.  I’ve been asked for the list a few times, so in no particular order,  here goes:

Keka is a free file archiver for Mac OS X. The main compression core is p7zip (7-zip port). Compression formats supported: 7z, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, DMG, ISO.  Extraction formats supported: RAR, 7z, Lzma, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, ISO, EXE, CAB, PAX, ACE (PPC).

Chicken of the VNC
Chicken is a VNC client for Mac OS X. A VNC client allows remote access to another computer over the network. Chicken is based on Chicken of the VNC.

Remote Desktop (RDP) software that saves sessions and preferences.  A must have if you’re using Terminal Services/RDP.

Airconsole Driver
The Airconsole is device that provides bluetooth & wifi access to serial devices (no more serial to USB).  This driver maps the wireless port to a local serial port that your terminal programs can reference.

A fine note taking program with cloud sync, ability to import for physical notes and a nice web-clipping tool to import sections of content.

Scans target folders/drives for duplicate files and folders.

LimeChat is an IRC client for Mac OS X

Wireless discovery tool that will show networks & devices discovered (and signal strength) on Wifi and Bluetooth. 

Text Wrangler
TextWrangler is a very capable text editor. 

VMWare Fusion
Virtualize all the things.  Virtualbox and Parellels also work well here, but VMWare remains my preference for compatibility and functionality.

A damn fine console program, albeit a little pricey at around $100 per user.

Console into things for free if SecureCRT isn’t in the budget.

Zenmap is the official Nmap Security Scanner GUI. It is a multi-platform (Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, BSD, etc.)

Password Management.

Vienna is an RSS/ATOM reader for OSX.

HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs.

The gold standard for packet analysis.  Don’t forget to update X11 as well.

A Linux command to continuously execute a program and monitor output.

Did I miss anything?  Let me know!


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