Author Archives: samurai

About samurai

I like computers... A lot. So I tend to spend a lot of time doing varied things with them. Often you'll find me playing with Python or PHP, fighting with operating systems, ranting about some off-the-wall concept, or preparing for zombies.

IRC Upgrades (and downtime) … [and other issues]

The IRC has been a bit dodgy the week due to some updates we’ve been working to push out.  As part of our irregular upgrade cycles, I’ve been working on getting Storm re-built and back online.  A large part of … Continue reading

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A look at PHP session write locks

Recently, I was working on a web application in which we were passing PHP session IDs around to emulate users.  As a result, the app experienced severe slowness on page load as well as in a few other places.  Upon … Continue reading

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DefCon XX

This year’s DefCon may have been the most anticipated for me yet and it certainly lived up to expectations.  For the last few years, we’ve discussed the possibility of a psych0tik meet-up at DefCon, and with a little bit of … Continue reading

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Mac-tacular backups, Apple, and OSX

This post started out as a bit of a rant about back-ups I needed to make, due to a dieing Mac Book Pro.  Over the course of writing it, I’ve come across a few other issues and have looped in … Continue reading

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New box: Juggernaut

I’ve been working on getting Juggernaut up and running for a couple weeks now and have promised a few people pictures and a summary of what’s going on… so here we have it. I was lucky enough to be given … Continue reading

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Updates to proxyElite: pE-API and fresher proxies

Over the last few months, I’ve been working to refine the beast that is proxyElite to provide more functionality and better results.  One of the key ingredients for that was the pE-API, an HTTP API to our proxy databases.   This … Continue reading

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