Attack of the show is a /b/-tard

When I watch anything on television that has a computer, I always watch very closely to see what I can find out about the computer and the person using it. I have mentioned here before that I have caught some interesting things on Attack of the Show on G4. Well, they are at it again.

During a segment where they were demonstrating the new halo game, or some other such nonsense, I noticed that their firefox browser had another tab open at the same time. I do not have the capacity at home to do a proper screen capture, but I did pause it long enough to get a blurry camera phone picture.
AOTS 4chan screenie
If anyone doesn’t know, 4chan is an imageboard/forum type site that is well known for creating some of the most enduring internet memes. My personal favorite is CATURDAY where the LOLCATS run free. But their biggest claim to fame is the total chaos that is “/b/” or the random channel. This particular board is an anything goes world where the easily offended should stay away. Very NSFW and insanely hilarious, it is not the place for the feint of heart. This is why it is so funny to see the mention on a big show like AOTS.

Attack of The Show desktop capture

I was watching Attack Of the Show this weekend on my DVR and during the “Around the net” section, after showing a live web site tool, they minimized the browser quickly before the director has changed the camera. This allowed a 1 second glimpse of the desktop of that machine and I paused it to find some interesting things.

The obvious thing that I noticed was that the computer was running (surprise!) Microsoft Windows. (This was assumed?) The interesting part to me, is the sort of thing that I spoke about in my “Electronic Deduction” article.? There were a lot of little icons and clues on the desktop that are listed below.

  • Ugly AOTS logo wallpaper (tiled)
  • Safari browser icon (which had just been released earlier that week)
  • Last.fm icon/shortcut (someone is listening to some music in the studio)
  • Yahoo messenger icon (along with some other yahoo icon so someone has a yahoo account!)
  • There were also a couple of unidentifiable icons.? Maybe someone else recognized the description or saw it better than I did.
  • Some camera icon (It did not look like webshots or picassa, but it could have been an internet shortcut to flickr or something also)
  • A default DOS application icon.? Something that seemed very out of place. There was a name under it, but I could not make it out.
  • A folder.? This one also had a description that was unreadable.
  • An icon with a red letter “S” on it with a white background.? This was certainly an application of some kind, but again, I did not recognize it.

So what does all this mean?? I guess it means that I watch things to damn closely, but I just always find it interesting to look really closely at everything.? I was expecting that a live system in a studio for a live show would be pristine and only have the bare minimum installed to avoid the potential for crashing while live or to prevent embarrassing things from happening on the air.? I guess that they use this machine for whatever they want.

I did not get a screen capture of it before I deleted it, but if someone out there has it, please send it to me and I will post it here.

HackTV episode 3 released

The wait for HackTV was a long one. We were learning a lot as we went along, making mistakes and then having to fix them. I think we are finally learning from those mistakes because the wait between episode 2 and episode 3 was much shorter.

This episode contains 4 segments and some more hilarious outtakes.

This episode contains a segment on geocaching, Bar Game Kiosk Hacking, Hacking Conference overview, and hacking laserlocks. There are also a few (more than one) little hidden surprises in there for you to look for. Thanks to Dr^ZigMan for his great work on this project!

HackTV episode 2 released

It took us over a year, but HackTV episode 2 is finally out!

We had quite a few things going on that slowed us down such as the weekly radio show, the new BinRev Meetings, preparing for my defcon presentation, and tons of other projects. Hopefully we can get this back on track and coming out more often. We certainly owe a lot of thanks to Dr^ZigMan as well as many others for their help in getting this released.

One of the most time consuming parts of putting a show like this together is that we are truly an underground show. What I mean is that we film this with mini-DV cameras (or 8MM) and we are usually on-location (many times in places where we possibly shouldn’t be). This means that the camera work is not as smooth as we would like. We are not filmed in a studio, a home, or other controlled environment like some other shows.

Also, due to the nature of the subject matter, it is necessary to blur/edit out a lot of the things that we capture on film for legal reasons as well as personal safety and privacy. These facts, combined with the jumpy camera work, make for a bad combination. It causes the editing process to be both time consuming, and painful beyond words.

Mix in a couple of hurricanes last year (and one coming already this year) and the fact that we are probably stretching ourselves to thin as it is, has caused the lateness of this episode (which required a large amount of blurring). Huge thanks to Dr^ZigMan who helped tremendously to get this done before defcon.

We already have a good bit of footage recorded for upcoming episodes and they should be much easier to edit. Hopefully, we can get these coming out on a more regular schedule.

My HOPE5 presentation video available

In July 2004, I attended and presented at the 5th HOPE conference in NYC. The subject of my presentation was “AS/400: Lifting the veil of obscurity” which was an introduction to the AS/400, how it works, and where common mistakes are made from an administration standpoint.

While the MP3 audio version has been available for some time, it appears that 2600 magazine (the people who run the conference) have made all of the videos available on their web site now as well.

You can get a copy of my presentation for $5.00 on SVCD at the 2600 store. The entire list of presentations is at this page. I also made a 5-10 minute appearance on sl1pm0de’s excellent “hacker radio” presentation as well, so I recommend you pick that up while you are there.

HackTV special episode 1: “PWNED”

While doing the editing for episode 2 of HackTV, I had some footage that didn’t really fit in with the regular episodes of HackTV but it was too good to leave out! Instead of watching it rot on my hard drive, I put together a special episode called “PWNED” and you might be wondering why”

You see, I was fortunate enough to attend The Phreaknic 8 conference in Nashville Tennessee in October of 2004. While there I played a little prank on some of the guys in DDP (and one person who became “collateral damage”) and that is exactly what this episode is about. It is about 8.5 minutes long and I didn’t want to spend that much of the real HackTV episode on a prank, so I thought it was a great reason to make a special episode. It will also give you something to help pass the time until episode 2.

So you can find this episode, and all episodes of HackTV over at the official HackTV site. We hope you enjoy it and spread the word!

PS: Before you ask… Yes there is a new episode coming soon and no, I do not know when. I work on it on the weekends and when I get time. I try my best. Please be patient.