Free IRC hosting!

Well, I am not sure if hosting is the best wording there, but now that we are on a nice stable new server, we are able to offer any sites or hacking groups who want their own IRC channel or channels a place to live.

IRC.BINREV.NET is our official IRC network and home of a very active #binrev community. Beyond that, it also houses channels for the assorted BR groups (not many left these days), the HPR channel, and many more. If you have a small community and want to have a reliable server where you can have your own registered channels and nicks, run bots (not botnets, lets be clear about that), and join a server that is already active with members that may cross over into your channels or channels that you may also join, then binrev.net is the place for you.

Contact me if you are interested. I’m pretty easy to find. Post a reply to this entry if all else fails.

Here we go again

Possible hosting changes in the future. What a fucking mess. I retired to get away from this shit!

I am scrambling to find hosting solutions again. I am 95% sure that I can find something but there is a small chance that this is the final nail in the coffin of binrev. BinRev is holding on to the edge of the cliff by its last fingers here people. None of you people help out. No one contributes. Its all up to me to hold it together and I don’t care anymore if you all don’t care. I treat it like an archive now more than anything.

SHOW ME THAT YOU CARE!!! How?

lurk moar and Post moar!
volunteer to help moderate the site(s).
record episodes of HPR.
Use the blogs and galleries that we provide.
link to us from your sites.
recruit others to come and join binrev.
create new project.
do research and write articles.

Just fucking HACK!!!! something! anything!

I will go through the work of moving hosts (I don’t need hosting offers, I have that in-progress) but unless someone starts stepping up, we are going down for the last gasp. I served my time. 12 years of my life to this family of sites trying to make a difference in the hacking world and herd cats into cooperating and working together. It was a short-term success with great people like dual parallel, bland, decoder, enigma, droops, nick84, so many others and then it just fell off. It is a long-term failure. Where is the next generation to replace us old farts? I know you are smarter than me. Show us! I will finance it all as long as I can and as long and I see people caring. If you stop caring, so will I.

You provide the content now. My shift is over. I clocked out.

It is a good things I have normal Canadian friends

I had some people in my life last year that were Canadians. Now, I have other Canadian friends here as well and I had never thought that there was any animosity between our countries. I mean, I had no problem with Canada (or Canadia as I jokingly refer to it). I may not agree with their form of government or some of their lifestyle differences, but I certainly respect them. They are not a bad country. What they do, works for them and God bless them for that.

But those Canadians did seem to have horrible animosity towards the United States. I had to constantly ask them to watch the US bashing around me. I don’t know if they are getting brainwashed by their own media or if they are just arrogant as a society or what. Luckily, as I said earlier, I have some other Canadians friend in real life. They inform me that most Canadians don’t feel animosity towards the United states at all. And When I thought about that I realized that the same holds true for Americans. Most of us don’t think poorly of Canada at all. But there are a few vocal minorities here that seem to have some hatred and distaste for Canada. I usually label these Americans as kooks and extremists for the most part. After realizing that, I also labeled these Canadians that I dealt with as kooks as well. I did not let their negativity influence me any more than I let other Americans influence me with their anti-Canadian rhetoric either. But I do understand it a little more now. I mean, if their experience with Canadians was anything like mine, I can see why they have such feelings. If I did not have Canadian friends outside of those that I dealt with last year, I would probably be pretty bitter towards them myself based on this experience.

Luckily, I instead decided to examine the root cause and investigate. I asked my friends here and others who have had issues with Canadians and I have come to the conclusion that I just had a run-in with a bad group of Canadians. They were all lazy, arrogant Generation X slackers (and they ironically bashed Gen Y as spoiled “vapid twits”) that simply wanted someone to blame in life. They blame the US for all of the problems in the world because we have, admittedly, been involved in some questionable wars and conflicts over the years. At the same time, we are sending billions into Haiti to help the earthquake victims. Some people put on blinders to the good because they want so badly to have something to be indignant about. Haters are always going to find something to hate. Some people are just negative by nature.

I would like to know why. I am just curious like that (I am a hacker after all). Maybe if they saw the root cause, they would open their eyes and realize it and change. This particular group of people, as I said before, were lazy “gen-X” folks who had not really accomplished much in life. They get by and make a living, but that is about it. I cannot say that they ever helped anyone or did anything to improve or benefit society. The Canadian government provides so much for them that it becomes easy to become a leech on the system there. They get enough to get by in life from a minimum wage job and the government handouts (which is actually money from the 99% of good people in Canada who do work hard and strive for better things) but they aren’t really prospering. This is the same with the welfare system in this country. These services exists to give you the minimum to survive. If you don’t like the minimum, then get some ambition and move up in life. That is what I did. I grew up poor. I got an education. I got out of it. Do Canadians have that same opportunity? It sure looks like they do. If they do not, then come down here to the US (which many of them do). We always have room for hard working people! Despite the vocal minority of anti-Canada rhetoric mentioned earlier, I would be the first one to extend my hand and welcome you here.

Basically, I think it is simply the caliber of person you are dealing with. Some people are just low-class (which has nothing to do with job or finances) and have bad attitudes and have their hand out. IT is just a universal truth and has nothing to do with the countries at all. People just need someone to blame for their own inadequacies and in this case, it is to point at another country who seems to have more than you. Really it is no different than the same mentality and animosity that some of these middle Eastern countries have for us. Is Canada poised to attack next?

It is the old story of the ant and the grasshopper. The ants work all day and get ahead and then the grasshopper just mooches of of the ants. The people that I dealt with were the grasshoppers and they are just bitching about how the ant is holding them down and how unfair it is that the government does not give them as much as the ant earned for itself via hard work. They view the United states as the ant and this animosity grows. I really don’t think it is between the countries, I think it is between a few individuals with bad attitudes on both sides.

That is just my theory based on a handful of people that I dealt with last year. I know that we have some Canadians here on binrev and a couple of them are really great people who I like and respect like Seal and Aghaster. I would love to hear the opinions of any Canadians on binrev and although we may not be able to change the world view, maybe we can educate people here on binrev about why there is such anti-American and anti-Canadian sentiment between our two countries.

Haters…Why do they hate?

I awoke one morning to find this message in IRC at around 5 AM.

–> Peroxyde (Dylan@omghax-4CF3650B.home.cgocable.net) has joined #binrev
<Peroxyde> Huh, just as pathetic as I expected.
<Peroxyde> Kudos on ruining the community, StankDawg.
<– Peroxyde has quit (Quit: SHAZAM)

This is the shit that I have to put up with… Is there no wonder why I want to quit?

Binary Revolution Radio uploads bring back memories

I have been slowly but surely uploading episodes of Binary Revolution Radio to our downloads module after a long drought of not having a valid archive.

I customized the section include air dates and show hosts and I have been copying over show notes (which has been an adventure since HTML does not always play well with BBCODE) and as I do this I am reminded of a lot of great times with great friends. I ended the show after 4 seasons because towards the end, it started to become a chore and a burden because expectation were there every week for people and I was trying to keep everyone happy but at the cost of my own enjoyment of the show. When I realized this, I knew that it was time to end it.

But man, while I was doing it, even the last stressful episodes, I had a blast. This was one of the funnest things that I ever did in my life. It was me along with some of my best friends just talking tech and hacking and just being ourselves and doing what we do. We were thinking, challenging boundaries, questioning authority and taking stances on what we believed in. We were learning and teaching at the same time. We were laughing, joking around, and even, on some pathetic occasions, singing. I bore my soul on that show sometimes. I look back and do not regret anything I ever said on that show and if you really want to know who StankDawg really is and what he is all about, just go back and listen to these shows.

That was me.

That *is* me.

I am not, nor have I ever been, fake and I know exactly who I am. You will not find me saying or doing one thing and then going on livejournal or a blog somewhere and pretending to be someone that I am not to people that don’t even know the real me. If you listened to those episodes, you already know the real me.

So many new features, I have never been this excited for the site!

I learned something a long time ago on this site and in this community. I learned not to mention projects and content early because sometimes, it never materializes. So it is very hard for me to bite my tongue and hold in the excitement that I have for the new features that we have in store for BinRev. I know that makes this posts and any vague references like it a huge cocktease, but trust me when I say that the site will be revitalized. You can already see many of the changes with our new blogs section becoming more and more active by the day. Our gallery is now more tightly integrated with the site which makes the need for off-site image storage unnecessary. We have a new Links Database and the calendar app is easier than ever to use. We also purchased the downloads module which is on the to-do list to populate as soon as possible, so that will make a nice place to store files, source code, and any content that might be of interest to our users.

And notice that I HAVE NOT EVEN MENTIONED THE FORUMS! Everything that I just mentioned above are all NEW features to the site! The forums, besides being upgraded in basic functionality and features also have a lot of new add-ons that make it more fun and interactive with our users. It has really been rebuilt to emphasize the community aspect of our site, which we have always prided ourselves on. You do not just have accounts, you have profiles. You can customize your profile, update your status, add friends, and have a social networking environment just for hackers.

Also enhancing the forums, are great new features and modifications like the reputation system and integrated sidebar apps to make site navigation easier and bring more content together. the “Show new posts” feature that many people used has now been replaced with a “Show new Content” feature that works the same but lets you know about ALL new content including posts, blog posts, links, uploads, and so much more!

And I may be the only statistics junkie that likes these mods, but I have enhanced the forums to include statistics almost EVERYWHERE! Your profile page even has a statistics TAB that breaks down so much information about your posting habits and tendencies. The general forum statistics are awesome, the gallery statistics are much more in-depth, and if you look, you will also find blog and download statistics integrated as well.

All of that and I did not break my rule about discussing new things too early! We have so much more to come! We have rolled out SO MUCH STUFF already, and a lot of it came quickly when we rebuilt the site so that you may not have noticed it all. Look around at all of the great things on the site and all I can say is wait until you see what comes next!

Building a links database, a long slow process

As I post this, most of you see the message at the top about how I am cleaning up posts from the linkz section.

The original idea for the linkz section was to handle the large number of posts from members, many of them one time posters to spam their sites, that were simple links to their sites. We also wanted to have a place for people to post links to interesting ebay auctions or craigslist finds. It did a good job and kept the rest pf the forums pretty clean from that type of content in the early years. Now that we have grown larger, the amount of content is sufficient enough to send those type of posts down the post list pretty fast, thus rendering them less annoying.

As we grew, there was actually a minor phenomenon that happened where some people were confused as to what the linkz section was for and where they should post some content. People started posting links to news articles that were hacking or phreaking related in the linkz section thinking that was the correct place for ALL links. Now this was a good thing that people were trying to follow the rules and post in appropriate areas, so obviously we never had any problems with that, but truth be told, a lot of those posts probably should have gone directly into the General Hacking section or the Old Skool Phreaking section instead. As I go through it, I also find some that I am moving into other parts of the forums like the graphics section and a lot of off-topic stuff. Since each thread has to be judged individually, I have to go through them one by one and decide what to do with them.

That forum has around 2800 posts in it before I started. Now that we have an actual links module, I do not see the need anymore for having a linkz forum. But what do we do with all of that content? There are a lot of good links that are still valid and useful and a lot of great discussion on many of them. While there is a “mass move” function that I can use to just dump EVERY post into another forum of my choice, I do not want to use that since the topics are diverse and no single forum is a good place for all of them. Basically, I have to go through them one by one and decide 2 things.

  • Whether the link is worth adding to our new links database.
  • Where to move the thread itself.

How do I decide what to save, you might wonder? Well, admittedly, it is just me using my best judgment, so please don’t be offended if I skip a link that you think should have been in our new database. For the most part, I read each thread and decide whether the link is still active and valuable to keep on file. If so, I find the proper section of our links database to put it in and save it. Since the links database is just beginning, I am having to add sections as I see a need, so new categories are popping up all the time. Some I skip intentionally, some I just miss on accident. Many of the links are simply to news stories of some kind and there is not really a need to keep them in a database. They may still have valuable discussion and content however.

This leads to step 2. I then decide what the thread is about and find another place in the forums to move it. If it is about hacking, I move it to GH. If it is about Phreaking, I move it to OSP. We have many forums that cover a lot of different topics and so far, I have found an appropriate place fore everything. If anything is questionable, I move it to off-topic. While I work through this, which may take months, you will see content disappearing from that forum and popping up elsewhere on the site. Since it is older, it will get shuffled in chronologically and you will not see them appearing at the top of any forums, don’t worry about that.

If you want to help out, what you can do is just add links to our links database. I am going through the linkz section, but if you have any links that you think deserve to stay in out database because they are good, ongoing, useful or fun sites, by all means submit them. To prevent SPAM, all links must be approved by moderators. Try to post them in the appropriate category, but a moderators may decide to move it if they think it is better served elsewhere. Don’t worry, the links database is searchable.

This is just one of many news apps that we are now offering on binrev.com so keep checking back. You can subscribe to my blog to get announcements (and other assorted drama) on all things binrev and StankDawg in nature.

FUCK YOU I’M AN ALLIGATOR!

OK, so I am stepping away from the day-to-day operation of binrev and all of the associated sites. BAwwww…. whatever. Anyway, I am going into the semi-retirement life that is blogging and producing content again. You will see me less involved in forum maintenance and content and becoming more of a standard user here. I will be moving the content from my old site over to this one and try to blog regularly. Why? Because FUCK YOU I’M AN ALLIGATOR!
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That is my new attitude. You guys all hate me, and hate how I run things, so fine…fuck you, I’m the dawg. I don’t need your shit. I am living my life no and doing what I want. Right now, I have more important personal drama and bullshit in my head to deal with skiddies and asshats. I am going to focus more on my friends and family and get all of the recent negativity out of my life. That shit brings you down. I will use this blog to post shit that I find kool and probably to whine and bitch about my life. I don’t do livejournal and myspace and shit like that, so you fuckers will have to put up with it or don’t read it. This is my personal place to vent and get shit off of my chest. I have been going through a lot of personal issues lately and I am finding it therapeutic to talk and write about it. It helps to get it off of my chest.

If you don’t like it…

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I will explain more about your new team and structure soon.

Activity Increase

As August closes and we move into September (my Birth month), I thought it was worth pointing out some really great threads that have been brought up in our forums.

There is some interesting discussion on “the New York phantom exchanges” about some missing blocks of number from 212-394 and 212-955. Blue Box building is still around thanks to projectMF from our friend Phiber Optik. This and lots more is in the Old skool Phreaking forum.

From the hacking side of things, I recently posted a new entry on the official DDP blawg about interesting things caught on MythBusters. There is also lots of great hacking discussion in the forums in general. All of these forums are OPEN and DO NOT REQUIRE REGISTRATION! But if you do choose to register for the forums, you also get access to our registered members section with talk that is more focused on specific topics like hardware hacking, Retail Hacking, and our always excellent programming section.

We also appreciate our artistic side here at binrev so registered member can participate in our photoshop contests or our desktop of the month threads in the graphics section. Right now, I am anxiously awaiting more submissions to the Hacker Magic Cards contest. The templates are provided, all you have to do is register to access these sections (which is free). We also have an off-topic general chat section where zaniness abounds. Everything from comics, to humor, to poetry to pr0n is shared in this section.

If you are really into the Binary Revolution, you should consider donating 25 bucks to join our donors program. This will give you the ability to host your own blog here at binrev.com (or get a nice link to your own blog from a high google-ranked site) along with extra gallery storage space and access to an awesome forum with exclusive content. Right now there are active threads on accounts that were harvested from disposable email accounts and shared with the group as well as much more.

We have been picking up some steam after a long summer with lots of distractions and reorganization here at binrev. I am glad to see that we are on the right track and I look forward to seeing the news threads in the forums every day. I hope you feel the same!

BinRev meetup at “The Last HOPE”

OK, so we are about 3 weeks out and now that the schedule has come out, I have a better grasp on what is a good time to meetup. It looks like I am wide open Friday night, so perhaps a meetup at around 10 PM Friday the 18th would be good.

I will be in and out of the conference the whole weekend, but we need to pick one time so that I can plan to be there to meet everyone. Otherwise, my availability will be pretty random between sleeping, talks, volunteering on cameras, and other things.

Please post a confirmation here. We will meet in the vendor area at 10 PM and we can find a place to hang out and talk and then make our traditional trek to white castle (unless anyone else has better ideas). As always, I will have some presentations with me if anyone wants to see them. If anyone has any show and tell or swag that they want to bring, please do so.

WEAR YOUR BINREV TSHIRTS FRIDAY IF YOU HAVE THEM!   I will try to bring a few (XL only) but do not count on it.