New DDP Member: BlackRatchet

The DDP welcomes it’s newest member BlackRatchet into the mix. I noticed BlackRatchet from his work on the YAPL project (YAPL = Yet Another Payphone List) and his knowledgeable answers to programming questions in IRC and on the BinRev forums. I also liked his self-assigned project of putting an LED sign online. I began working closely with him on an upcoming project and realized that he not only has the technical skills but he also as a great attitude and willingness to help out and cooperate for the betterment of the community. With a bio like his, I can tell you he has a lot of knowledge and experience to share.

BlackRatchet is 24 and lives in the NorthEast United States. He is an application developer by day and a fellow code monkey by night. He has his BS (Bachelors of Science) degree in Computer Engineering Technology and is skilled in C/C++, Perl, and PHP. He also has a deep knowledge of exploits and penetration testing and general “hackish behavior”.

We welcome him into the DDP roster which is filled with some extremely talented and well educated people. He is already fitting in well and we are glad to have him on board. You will be hearing a lot from him in the future.

New DDP Member: PsypherX

The DDP is proud to announce the addition of a very talented new member who many of you already know. We are glad to announce that PsypherX is our newest member!

If you frequent our forums, you have seen his fantastic work in the form of our official DDP skin which he created with little or no input from me. I just said that it should somewhat match the rest of the site and he created what you see there now.

But that is not the only project he has assisted with…

He also worked very closely with me on the cover for issue 3.1 (the fourth issue overall) of our magazine. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted it to look like (unlike the forum skin) and that makes it very difficult to work with me. He made an amazing cover that you will all be seeing very soon.

Besides those 2 HUGE projects, we also designed several of our link boxes and has contributed a lot of art to our gallery. Everything that he designs is just digitally sexy.

The DDP roster grows by one more member today and we are very happy to have PsypherX on board.

DDP HackRadio is on the net!

It is has been a long time coming, but we have finally gotten DDP HackRadio up and running! Click here to listen to our new 24/7 hacking radio station.

It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of a lot of people…

First of all, I should apologize for it taking so long. It has taken us probably a year or more to get this up and running, but we finally did it.

I installed both shoutcast and icecast in the beginning and got them up and running. icecast did not support streaming mp3 at the time, only ogg vorbis. There was support for it, but it was a little extra work. I had to get the packages for mp3 support and then recompile the server with that support built-in without losing some of the other support. My friend Saitou helped me to get the packages all cooperating and taught me a lot along the way of conflicts and getting through compiling problems. Once I had it up and running, we began testing to see if we could get a whole station up and running, but there was a problem.

The problem was that both shoutcast and icecast, the 2 predominant open-source streaming software applications, did not have the features that we needed for SCHEDULING. The stream itself has been running off and on for quite some time, but it was only me using it to stream BRR and not what I wanted from the station. That is where vooduhal came in.

Vooduhal is the man. We worked for quite some time thinking through the logistics of what we wanted to accomplish and how best to go about doing it. We came up with a mixture of a using a database and using the file system itself to control what gets played. Vooduhal wrote most of the fundamental scripts and cron jobs necessary to get basic functionality working. We also got the basic database built and it worked, but it was just flaky and spontaneously dropped offline and other assorted problems. Vooduhal got it working and had it almost finished except for the administrative functionality. We needed it so that our broadcasters/DJs/personalities could use it easily. Being that we are busy guys who work for a living, it was just hard to find the time to get this thing finished.

Thats when I called on Nick84. Nick84 was also a busy guy, but it just so happened that he had a break in between projects that we were working on and I asked him if he felt like helping finish this up. All of the work for the scheduling needed to be done. We worked together a little bit to discuss strategies and needs and some database structure as well as ideas on how to make it run smoothly and easily. Nick84 wrote a beautiful PHP interface (with all the security that goes with it) so that we could schedule shows. Now, authorized users can add their own shows in a safe, secure, and reliable way. This was not small task and kudos go to Nick84 for a great job. It only took a little bit of testing and some minor tweaks before we finally knew that it was ready to go.