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Sometimes, you just want to store files in the cloud. This because you want your data to be available everywhere. Or you want a offsite backup. Or you want to share it with someone.

Anyway, you have to put it SOMEWHERE.
And preferable, somewhere secure, and not to expensive.

Now, you have the classic hosting providers. Providing you with an http/ftp capable webspace.But, as always, that’s a bit expensive…storage_azurestorage_googlestorage_amazon

When you start looking around, for backup, archive or file hosting services, you stumble upon the classic tools like dropbox, skydrive, backblaze, crashplan, …

But, in my case, that’s also not something I’m looking for.
I just want to mount a “cloud-drive” via a webservice, ftp or webdav. It can even has it own tool, as long as the actual files stay in the cloud…

So, into “the big three”: Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage and Windows Azure Storage blobs… Pricing is on the right of this blogpost.

Still… They’re like 5-10€/month for 100GB… That’s 100€ per year.
With 100€ you can buy yourself a 1000GB hard disk, and put it on your desk and revproxy the thing?
Even with the electricity cost you’re not going to hit that 100€ limit…

Or buy a new hard drive each year, and put the old one somewhere safe! At a friend’s house, in your basement, you can even bury it in your garden ^^

I was considering getting an Azure subscription, now not any more 🙂

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The interwebz is a complex wasteland.
Almost every websites requires a login. And I don’t want to use the same password everywhere!
I have some categories in my “default” passwords, the simple password (19bit) for the “one-time-use” websites , the more complex ones (still only max 65 bit) for the “special sites” like facebook, google, of my hr department…  Actually, my “toughest” password (my cronos admin password) only reaches 87 bits…

lotsofaccounts

only a couple of my accounts…

Anyway, when you’re on the internet for a couple of years, you gather some accounts.

Lots of them

LOTS OF THEM……

And in the beginning, it was fun.
You only have 1 computer, you only use 1 browser, you just store everything in there.

But then something new shows up.
You start experimenting with Firefox.
And you buy a laptop.
And you have a network profile at school, or at work.
Or you’re on a holiday and you need to login on your webmail.

You need something to sync all your information, and to make it all available wherever you are.
Same for bookmarks, but that’s another story…

The last couple of years I always made use of random sync tools. At first, the sync-tools from Mozillaphoto.jpg itself, later on some other 3th party tools, but the last tool I got stuck with was xmarks. But last year it was bought by lastpass. So all my passwords were suddenly in their hands…
I’m not sure I like that…

But I kept using it, because it comes in damn handy!
All your password perfectly in sync between devices, nice plugin’s for every browser, and even a nice web interface!

But, still, you trust your password with someone else…

Anyway, this week I started doing some consultancy (read, they’re teaching me) for another Cronos Group Company working on InfoSec (another blogpost about this will follow!). And the first thing that 6556_3b90_500happened when firing up my laptop in front of these guys, was firefox opening, and lastpass popping up…

fuck

10 seconds later, my new boss mentioned something like “goe bezig”, roughly translated to “nice going”

Anyway, today I present you: THE SOLUTION

You’re own sync tool build around keepass!

I’ve been using keepass as long as I can remember. It contains all my secrets, my passwords, my configs, my life. But I always used it off-line. I open it, copy paste something, close it and erase my clipboard.
Actually, it never occurred to me you can use it otherwise!

Until today, on my first hit on google: “keepass firefox” 😛

After trying out some random extensions, I kept using PassIFox. And it works! And it works gooood!

Just install the plugin for Firefox, you also need a plugin for lastpass (to enable an http web service), and you’re good to go! Uninstall lastpass, throw away all other 3th party related crap you don’t want to be associated with your passwords!
From now on, you only have 1 place you store your passwords in: your own aes-256 encrypted keepass db!

The really interested reader now wants to shout “you’re not syncing anything between computers!”.
But, then I would answer “you’re to soon with your remark” 😛

Put all of the above in a skydrive/dropbox/owncloud/anything, and you can run around using your passwords everywhere!

Jej!

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Some remarks on passifox: browse to any website with a login field, rmb -> fill user & pass. This is the ony known interface to the firefox plugin! Use this to setup the initial connect with lastpass (connect will appear).

Some remarks on the entire process: I always trusted sites like lastpass. I don’t know exactly why. But when you work for a InfoSec company, you can’t risk anything. Right? 🙂
Maybe it was of laziness, because lastpass just works that handy 😛 But in the end, so does passifox! So please, when you read this, thing twice about who you trust with what!

Remark on skydrive/dropbox/owncloud: even Microsoft’s skydrive can, in the end, leak information. Or I can forget to log off somewhere. Forget to logoff from any live-enable website and someone can have access to these files as well. Even when you run owncloud, your provider can be the target of an attack (happened in the Netherlands last week…). But hey, the only thing these “21the century burglars” can download, is an aes encrypted file! Good luck with that 🙂
Hell, with this setup you can even put an hidden truecrypt container in skydrive containing a portable firefox and keepass… But only, who’s that paranoid? 😛

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After the entire prism-saga, one might wonder why you don’t delete everything…

In the last couple of weeks, it became clear even the UK, France and the Netherlands make use of the world’s largest spying-network…
And probably Belgium is using something very likely as well…large_2962194797

So, what’s the alternative…

Delete facebook?
Stop using google?
Don’t chat with friends, sms, don’t even call them on ANY phone (landline or mobile)?PRISM-640x480

I’m not sure that’s the answer as well…
(But at least, that’s how Osama Bin Laden hid for quite some time)

I’m not giving up on twitter, facebook, foursquare, google, skype, whatsapp, sms, mobile phone calls, …, because I know someone is listening…
If I want to build a bomb, I’m sure not writing a blogpost about it 😛

All this “prism-mess” is a very creepy idea, but apparently we have to live with that?

Actually, that last one isn’t true… If one Belgian political party is fighting this crime (yes, it IS a crime from the government), they have my vote! I will go on strike! And I don’t agree on all of this…

I’m writing this blogpost on wordpress. Publicly.
Anyone can read it (probably, someone at NSA has already read it before this post is even published…  😥  ), and that’s how I like it…
If you have reasons to hide something online, you’ll probably be capable of it..
And that’s why prism is total and utter bullshit…54gQVN1

Powershell is being positioned by Microsoft as a “unix shell loookalike”.
And with the release of W8 it’s lifted to edition 3.0

If you have absolutely never heard of it: it’s the successor of dos -> cmd -> cscript (VBscript) -> powershell.

Nowadays, you can actually script a big part of almost any Microsoft product installation/configuration/administration in this shell (like windows, exchange, sharepoint, lync, …)
Plus, you can make calls to .net/COM/windows!

Let’s get you started!

Start -> search for “powershell” -> start it!

You can run commands you already know like ipconfig/nslookup, cd/ls/dir or even something like “Get-Counter -ListSet processor | Get-Counter” (more info) for more advanced usage 🙂

I’m not going to rephrase great readings, but I am going to put them in a list to get you started!

  1. Read this: http://www.johndcook.com/PowerShellCookbook.html
    It’s very brief summary of how to get you started in powershell scripting (the setup, especially the “set-executionpolicy”, and some real basic commands!)
  2. Check this page: http://www.computerperformance.co.uk/powershell/index.htm
    It’s also a very good introduction to the conditional branching, comparators and loops syntax in powershell!
  3. or google anything with “powershell” and your question 😉

If you’ve programmed before, you’ll be up and running in no time!
Otherwise, it’ll take you like 2 minutes 😛

Anyway, some example scripts for you! -> http://www.mendelonline.be/code/index.php?filename=get%20all%20servers%20from%20ad%20and%20get%20version%20of%20specific%20file.ps1

Naar aanleiding van de borden die je langs de weg ziet van het Nucleair Forum, en de deze post op GVA.be wil ik mijn gedacht ook eens melden aan de wereld 🙂

Nuclair Forum, je kent ze wel: deze borden

Blijkbaar 1 of andere campagne van Groen!

Alleszinds…

Kernenergie…
Ik weet niet waarom ze de kerncentrales willen sluiten. Oké, kernenergie is niet zo “proper”. Maar ze hebben toch geen alternatief? Doel alleen heeft een productiecapaciteit van een dikke 2839 MW. Doel alleen neem 30% van de TOTALE belgische elektriciteitsproductie van electrabel op zich!
In tegenstelling tot bovenstaande hebben we een windmolen (als we wikipedia als bron nemen) die een vermogen hebben van 2-3 MW (de nieuwe dan toch…). Dus reken maar uit, dan moete we een HOOP palen gaan planten die het uitzicht verknoeien, lawaai maken en vogels vermoorden… Over zonne-energie zwijge we gewoon, golfslag-centrales zijn ook niet zo geweldig in deze streken, kolencentrales met hun massa’s CO2 (jej, nog meer) … Jah, kernfusie 🙂 Eens dat ITER draait zijn we weeral een stap dichter eh! Da ze daar hun geld maar insteken ipv in draaimolens!

En kernafval… Indertijd gooiden we het jammer genoeg in het water (Ik heb lang gedacht dat dit enkel in de films zo was… In’t 5de middelbaar met een werk over kernafval werd ik wel op de feiten gedrukt 😐 ) wat zeker geen goed plan is! Maar nu opslag in kleilagen, zoals ze doen in bijvoorbeeld Mol, da kan toch ni ZOO erg zijn? Als we weten wat we ermee doen en het onder controle houden, wa is dan het probleem? “Onze kinderen” zeggen ze dan… Wij zitten er toch even goed mee als onze kinderen? 🙄 Wie weet lachen onze kinderen met onze onwetendheid, misschien hebben zij een apparaat dat heel dat gevaarlijk goedje op een uur wegwerkt! (oké, wss ni maar swoit 😉 )

Al die drama’s… Laat die kerncentrales nog maar even draaien! Tot ze deftige alternatieven hebben…

PS, comleet ernaast, maar google is weer met iets leuk bezig: Power to the People

Ik was op zoek naar een mooie website waar je kon opgeven waar je zoal allemaal geweest ben op deze planeet…
Eigenlijk een teleurstellende zoektocht op google, want het enige nuttige dat ik gevonden heb is een site genaamd “virtual tourist“. Op deze site kan je dan iets aanmaken dat hierop lijkt. De bedoeling van deze site is in eerste instantie ervaringen te delen van plekken, hotel’s, club’s, restaurants e.a. …

Achjah, je kan niet inzoomen zoals in google maps, maar het is al iets…

Dat laatste zinnetje bracht me op en idee… Een custom google map maken met de plekken op waar ik geweest ben… Dan krijg je dit.
Dat is perfect waar ik naartoe wil, maar het is absoluut niet zo gebruikersvriendelijk…

Misschien iemand die een site weet waar ze de 2 zowat combineren?

HULP!!!? 🙂

Nog een album op picasaweb met foto’s waar ik al geweest ben.. Ook een mooie combinatie… De plekken met eigen foto’s erbij..

Net een extra leuk weekendje achter de rug 🙂

Eerst met men vriendinnetje en haar familie naar Voeren, zo hier ergens

Best wel gezellig, beetje rondgewandeld in Maastricht en gaan kleiduifschieten op het drielandenpunt 🙂
(Wel kleiduifschiete met lasers… Niet met de klassieke rifle…)

En dan om af te sluiten tot dinsdagmorgen in Leuven gezeten in men liefje haar kot 🙂

Die had daar nog toevallig nog een guido gids liggen… Effectief met massaal bonnen in!!
Dus terwijl zij in de les zat, heb ik me nuttig bezig gehouden en wat locaties van te nuttige bonnen in mijn eerste google map gezet 🙂