travis' brain dump


they’ll let anyone online these days…

by on Jan.31, 2010, under Rants, Tech Stuff

Disclaimer: I can’t claim credit for finding this one… Carson found this one probably in his never ending quest to find the end of the internet. 🙂

wow… i mean, really… wow.

I can admit, I’ve seen some stupidity before, but this one really takes the cake. I seriously have to ponder if this kid will survive to adulthood. Evidently this kid, who posts up videos on YouTube, goes by the screen name ‘NextGenHacker101’… Personally that name makes me laugh in and of itself but pushing past that, I actually watched the video (posted below). “NextGenHacker101” goes on to explain how he’s going to show you an ip viewer than lets you see people’s connection speeds and such connected to a specific website. He goes on to explain this whole “cool” utility, etc.. etc.. and then goes to demonstrate…  

First off,  glancing at his desktop I had to stifle *some* laughter since he was instructing from Windows XP but pressing forward nearly choked on my drink as he prompted you to launch the command prompt ‘cmd’.  As the words left his mouth ‘Tracer-T’ I believe is where I completely lost all ability to maintain any composure. Seriously… if you’re going to “instruct” people on “cool tools” to view people’s connections, learn what the heck you’re talking about before making a complete idiot of yourself. *trace-rt* is short for “traceroute”… *rolls eyes*. I share this video so that you don’t actually need to go to YouTube and seek this confused individual out.

Could this tool be used in any shape or form for hacking? Sure. Could it be used the way this kid described it? Not at all.

For those of you that don’t know. The utility that this poor uninformed soul completely botched the explanation of is used to determine the route taken by packets across an IP network. It’s most often used for network troubleshooting and in no way could be used to show you who all is connected to a website or how fast their connection is.

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the avatar blues

by on Jan.12, 2010, under Rants

So I was browsing around the internet and saw an article titled ‘ avatar blues ‘ on cnn. Since the Na’vi are blue it intrigued me to find out what this article could be about. Nothing could prepare me for what I was about to read. Evidently, the weak minded are at it again in their complete failure to grasp reality and accept the life they have been given in this world. I personally blame parents for this.

An example to begin… there is a fan forum site “Avatar Forums” and one of the topics is “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible” and it has received thousands of posts from people experiencing depression and other people trying to help them cope. Really!? Seriously!? This topic became so popular that admins had to create a second thread so people could continue to post.

Be prepared, I couldn’t make stuff up this rich to save my life (or end it, LOL):

“That’s all I have been doing as of late, searching the Internet for more info about ‘Avatar.’ I guess that helps. It’s so hard  I can’t force myself to think that it’s just a movie, and to get over it, that living like the Na’vi will never happen. I think I need a rebound movie” – Elequin

“Ever since I went to see ‘Avatar’ I have been depressed. Watching the wonderful world of Pandora and all the Na’vi made me want to be one of them. I can’t stop thinking about all the things that happened in the film and all the tears and shivers I got from it. I even contemplate suicide thinking that if I do it I will be rebirthed in a world similar to Pandora and the everything is the same as in ‘Avatar.’” – Mike

“When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed … gray. It was like my whole life, everything I’ve done and worked for, lost its meaning. It just seems so … meaningless. I still don’t really see any reason to keep … doing things at all. I live in a dying world.” – Eltu (Ivar Hill) (17)

“Once can say my depression was twofold: I was depressed because I really wanted to live in Pandora, which seemed like such a perfect place, but I was also depressed and disgusted with the sight of our world, what we have done to Earth. I so much wanted to escape reality.” – Eltu (Ivar Hill) (17)

You have got to be kidding me… It’s like Emo Hippy Tree Huggers from Hell who have lost the will to live because of a movie have been unleashed on our world!? ROFLMAO! Quite honestly I think these people are a prime example of individuals who need to seek therapy. Actually, they don’t need therapy, they just need a good slap across the head and a dose of reality.

*THIS* is what our world is turning into. A bunch of whipped individuals who don’t have the will to live because their parents were too soft on them and didn’t prepare them for the world outside their little bubble. *THIS* is the result of philosophies of “Everyone is a winner”, lack of discipline in the home, lack of proper family structure and the readiness to throw medication at a child whenever they exhibit behavior that isn’t up to par.

 To quote Chris, “Dear Diary, Current Mood: apathetic. My life sucks. Diary, sometimes you’re the only one that ever gets me.” ROFLMAO!

Seriously, if you want to be disgusted with the world you live in that is one thing. But instead of acting out, begging for attention and feeling that there is nothing you can do because that’s what you’ve been indoctrinated with in your life, take some time to realize that resolving these issues starts with *YOU*. Suck it up, drop the Emo “everything is soooo…. Gray” attitude and learn to start helping fix the issues at hand.

For the record: Discipline in the home does not mean beating your kids down, but it does mean actually doing something to keep your kids in line and teach them about actions, consequences and responsibility. Seriously, it’s OK to smack your kids on the rear end when they’ve earned it. Complete and total failure to give them solid structure turns them into this. If you don’t believe me, just wait a few years and you’ll see the results. Of course by then it’ll be too late and you might as well just start your own Emo blog. 🙂

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Common courtesy…

by on Jan.11, 2010, under Rants

You know, there is a definite lack in this world of common courtesy. You would think as human beings we would gravitate towards being a little more aware of others as we evolve but alas, for as much whining and ranting about human rights and animal rights and not spanking your kids, the human race as a whole cannot seem to grasp a simple concept that could quite possibly even contribute to those very causes they feel so self important enough to rant and rave about.

Anyway, common courtesy… I’m not just talking about holding the door for someone who is walking in behind you or letting someone in while in morning traffic here. It goes far beyond that to the point I actually felt I needed to rant. Seriously folks, is it too much to ask that you flush a toilet when you leave a bathroom?

I can fully understand if you’re a germaphobe but if its that bad what are you doing in a public bathroom to begin with? When you are in that stall is it too hard to spend an extra two seconds to hit that lever? You could even kick it with your foot as you leave…

For real, people need to grow up. I’ve seen 3 year olds with better bathroom manners.

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Public transportation…

by on Jan.06, 2010, under Rants

You know… it’s awesome that I work for a company that pays for my RTD pass. It saves me money on gas, parking and maintenance. I would never in a million years complain about that aspect but I tell ya… some of the people that ride seriously need a swift kick in the butt.

This is the second day in a row I have sat on a bus to witness someones negligence and plain stupidity that makes me wonder what could they have possibly been thinking. Yesterday there was something that looked like food on a seat beside me and today someone left a pair of socks hanging on the foot rests. Really?

I wish people would be more aware of the things they do. It would make it easier for those of us who are aware to be less judgmental and angry.

… idiots.

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