RSS: there's nothing better

“An RSS feed? That’s so 2007!” “Well then what do you suggest instead?” “Everyone gets their updates through their Facebook feeds these days! Just make a Facebook page!” “That sounds great! Then half of my subscribers will see half of my updates, during weeks in which Zuckerberg choses to weigh the algorithms more towards news and less towards friends’ photos. Also everyone has to have a Facebook account.” “Yeah, okay, point made. Twitter is better anyway: it’s totally public, doesn’t force people to sign in to see feeds, and its feeds aren’t subject to...

The first three years

I started this blog on the 7th of April 2014, exactly three years ago. Since then I’ve done two retrospective posts, and that’s become a tradition. So let’s talk about the process of writing this blog and what’s gone on since the last one of these retrospectives. Since 7 April 2016, I’ve written 11 posts, not counting this one. This is less than the 18 posts written between 7 April 2015 and 7 April 2016,...

Ways to download a file from a remote Windows machine

During network exploitation/pentesting/system administration, sometimes you’ll get on a Windows target and need to download a file – i.e. move it from your client to the target. This is a common problem with a lot of good, quick solutions. Other times, you’ll get on a Windows target and need to upload a file – i.e. move it from the target back to your client. This tends to be a little trickier, but there are nonetheless a few reasonably quick and easy ways to do it. I’ve documented five of them...

The Mandela Effect and your imperfect memory

If you haven’t heard of it, the Mandela Effect is a conspiracy theory that uses the shared false memories of multiple people as a jumping off point for outlandish ideas about alternate realities and diverging timelines. While initially appearing to be an interesting thought experiment, the most cursory exploration reveals it to be profoundly retarded. That, or it’s a big joke that everyone in the world but me...

Review: The Magic Circle

The Magic Circle is a first-person puzzle game by Question Games. It is also a “genre-obliterating 1st person epic” by Ishmael Gilder’s TMC Games. Like The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Infinite Jest, it’s a work about a fictional work that bears as its own title the title of said fictional work, causing much confusion. To alleviate as much of that as possible, I’m going to be referring to the real game as The Magic Circle and the in-universe game as “The Magic Circle”. Minor...