31 October 2005

Windows 2000/XP Password Recovery with Linux

My Window-based laptop was backdoored allegedly by a China-based site, it locked and disabled my account and the administrator's account. Therefore it rendered my system useless for a mean time since I can't login to my two most important accounts in the system. I looked into a lot of Password recovery tools out there and most are so expensive, unbelievably expensive and practically useless. Until I stumbled into this Linux-based password recovery tool. In fact, it cannot be called a password recovery tool because it can't recover a password. What it does however is it allows you to reset password including the Administrator so you can login again.

This little nifty tool is called Austrumi. It is a Slacware-based business card sized bootable Live CD Linux distribution. Unlike any Windows bootable disk, Austrumi is a fully-functional operating system by itself. This tool is so simple, you only to insert the CD and reboot and at the boot prompt just type:

boot: nt_pass

That's it! and you're on your way to recovering and regaining your system from those nasty script kiddies. But before I forgot, the working version that I've used is the Austrumi 0.8.4

27 October 2005

7 months after

Time flies as they say. So far it's a pretty interesting year. So I am going to go for a round down on how things has became in my Singapore Adventure.

  • First month - Is always exciting everything seems to smell like a fresh box out of an airplane that just landed at Changi Airport. Everyday technologies are fun like tapping the EZ-Link card when going places, buying movie tickets online, getting used to the Windows Non-Operating System, still mesmerized by the users' acceptance that virus will always be in their PC's forever, little did they know that Linux is now as equally or even more than capable in the Desktop area as WinBlows can cut off their dependencies from companies such as McAfee, Norton and even Microsoft. That could translate into millions of dollars in savings. Oh what the heck, what savings am I talking about? It doesn't exist here. A dollar saved is a dollar earned.

  • Second month - Almost everyone is so in love with BEA Weblogic, it's almost like buzzword, but try asking those jerks(BEA Consultants) what is an Avalon Framework they will give you a dead stare, little did they know(again) that this is the soul of that shitty application server.

  • Third month - Nothing like the sound of "Watercooler employees" buzzing in conversation, this time it's Chinese version but the substance is still the same, the subject always drills down to the politics of laziness.

  • Fourth month - I made a prediction this month that will happen on the seventh month, and it did.

  • Fifth month - Finally I am reunited with Linux! Not just any Linux, it's Slackware 10.1, I just wish Patrick Volderking good health in the next years to come because I am not worthy to take over his work but I wish I could. After getting used to Singapore's everyday technologies, it has became so boring. Local retailers still manifests very poor customer relations/service, but Auntie who cooks the best Chao Fan in Guillemard is nice but some are so fucking arrogant as if they can speak good English and they think they are the center of the world(literally they are, since this island is in the Equator), oh sheez "Fuck them leh!"

  • Sixth month - Here, typical career path is Programmer->Team Leader->Project Manager->CIO, mostly are 9-5 until 95 types. which is like the Industrial Revolution of the 20's. I know the motto here is "whatever works", a 1979 Toyota Starlet can be as functional as the 2005 Mercedes Benz E320, take your pick. I remember one of my former boss said "In the Philippines there's a lot of ideas but there are no investors, while in Singapore there are a lot of investors but no ideas". Necessity is the mother of all inventions, here it's hard to get a necessity going, that explains the "no idea" thing.

  • Seventh month - Huh! This time we have an idea! Eureka! But what's that? Clue: it's open source. Start the engine, we're on our way.

07 October 2005

Slackware Rules!

After trying several distros from the past and latest being Ubuntu, I still come home to Slackware. First I consider this as a developer's distro. The only people I respect as kick-ass, power-developers(especially in Java) are those who have been using Slackware as their primary operating environment. Suprisingly, a Slackware Skill can really go a long way. First is versatility, although not really unique in Slackware but a Slackware user can easily adapt to any other Unix/Linux/BSD flavors around.

From previous experiences, my Slackware Skill has got me around AIX, Solaris, HP-UX with zero or minimal adjustments. Frustratingly, some local profiles I see around here mostly just have Windows/Java, Windows/Java, Windows/Java...WTF'ing skill sets! Yeah, I understand what users want and what users are asking. I also foresee the troubles they will be facing about the things they are asking today. I know the "ease-of-use" issues, we've been there. In the enterprise, only muggles should have Windows. Developers should be able to switch from one operating environment to another with little trouble.

Second is reliability. My PC, after just 72 hours of continous operation has to be rebooted due to lags, CPU hogs and sudden unknown memory spikes probably due to SpyWares, problems that never existed on my Slackware box even on a continious operation, currently in Singapore my longest uptime for Slackware is 28 days.

Last but not the least is simplicity. Slacware is so simple, on a decent hardware it can boot completely in less than 10 secs. with all the GUIs and necessary services loaded. Most command-line tasks are much shorter than its point-and-click counterpart.

06 October 2005


Also known as the Java Desktop Integration Components. You know, those girlie stuff you put on your Windows. Although I've been itching to write one about JDIC long ago. And the much distraction the XBox Live is putting on me. Now I got a time to do so. At least it's good to know that Java isn't completely isolating itself from its host environment. With JDIC, you don't need to write JNI codes by yourself in order to make wonders with your Java applications on your desktop especially on Windows. In short, that saves a lot of time and effort.

More on this coming up.