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  • No More Secrets – Recreate Famous Data Decryption Effect Seen On Sneakers Movie

    A while ago, we published a guide that described how to turn your Ubuntu Linux console into a veritable Hollywood technical melodrama hacker interface using Hollywood utility which is written by Dustin Kirkland from Canonical. Today, I have stumbled upon a similar CLI utility named “No More Secrets”, shortly nms. Like Hollywood utility, the nms utility is also USELESS (Sorry!). You can use it just for fun. The nms will recreate the famous data decryption effect seen on Sneakers, released in 1992.

    Sneakers is a comedy and crime-thriller genre movie, starred by Robert Redford among other famous actors named Dan Aykroyd, David Strathairn and Ben Kingsley. This movie is one of the popular hacker movie released in 1990s. If you haven’t watched it already, there is a scene in Sneakers movie where a group of experts who specialize in testing security systems will recover a top secret black box that has the ability to decrypt all existing encryption systems around the world. The nms utility simply simulates how exactly the data decryption effect scene looks like on Sneakers movie in your Terminal.

  • Discus – Show Colourised Disk Space Usage in Linux

    In our last article, we have explained how to use df (disk filesystem) utility to report file system disk space usage in Linux. We have discovered yet a another great utility for the same purpose but with a prettier output, called discus.

    Discus is a df-like, highly configurable utility for checking disk space utilization in Linux, intended to make df prettier with fancy features such as colored output, bar graphs, and smart formatting of numbers. To configure it, you may copy its main configuration file /etc/discusrc to ~/.discusrc and do your customization in there.

  • googler: Google Web and Google News from the command-line

    I love working with the command line. Seriously, I think there’s hardly anything more productive and versatile for a software developer than the terminal. Maybe it’s the hacker in me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a heavy user of graphical applications, but the terminal will always have a special place.

    I’ve recently come across a command-line tool that’s right up my street. It’s called googler, an open source tool to Google from the command-line. It’s written in Python, so that ticks another box for me. googler isn’t affiliated to Google in any way.

  • Beast 0.12.0-beta.1

    It’s been a while since the last Beast release, mainly because we have a lot of code migrations going on, some of which caused severe regressions.

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