Libertarianism: Liberty, Non-Aggression, Responsibility and Property

 Posted by on 2008-12-24 at 17:58  Editorial, Featured, Guest, Politics  Comments Off on Libertarianism: Liberty, Non-Aggression, Responsibility and Property
Dec 242008

In Frederic Bastiat’s 1850 masterpiece, “The Law”, he poses the following question: “Since the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to allow them liberty, how comes it to pass that the tendencies of organizers are always good?” (Bastiat 46). Over 150 years later in today’s climate of economic upheaval, public and private corruption, and widespread systemic ineptitudes, this question is all the more relevant. Considering such a question could easily leave one agreeing with Henry David Thoreau in the idea “that government is best which governs least” (Thoreau 343). At the very least, with a more hands-off approach, the damage done through meddling would be limited. Individuals who are in agreement with these statements may also find agreement with the foundations of libertarianism. Libertarianism is a philosophy which holds liberty as its highest value, and is founded upon the non-aggression axiom, individual responsibility, and absolute property rights.

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Oct 142008

I just picked up an ASUS EEE PC 1000H, an ultra portable mini-notebook. I must say, I am pleased. I purchased the EEE PC 1000H to replace my busted Acer laptop. I realize I am sacrificing some functionality for size and portability, but it is a fair trade-off. The EEE PC 1000H PC comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, but I wanted XP Professional. In this tutorial I will explain the steps necessary to install XP Professional on the Asus EEE PC 1000H. (These steps may also work to install XP Pro on the EEE PC 701, 900, or 901, but I cannot test. If it works for you on those models, please leave a note in the comments below.)  The method of making a custom Windows install is also sometimes called “slipstreaming”.

When I first tried to install XP Professional on the EEE PC, I encountered a bluescreen during install.  This is because the EEE PC uses a SATA drive, and the XP install discs do not include the SATA drivers.  In order to install XP Professional we need to build a custom install disc that includes the SATA drivers.  This is not as hard as it sounds, and I will go into detail below:


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Aug 192008

Standard Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. and its affiliates accept no liability for providing this information. Please only use to test configurations on your own equipment. Accessing WIFI networks that do not belong to you is ILLEGAL.

This article will explan how to crack 64bit and 128bit WEP on many WIFI access points and routers using Backtrack, a live linux distribution. Your mileage may very. The basic theory is that we want to connect to an Access Point using WEP Encryption, but we do not know the key. We will attack the wifi router, making it generate packets for our cracking effort, finally cracking the WEP key. I have tested this technique on an IBM Thinkpad x60 and Acer 5672 and the WIFI Chipset in those machines work for sure.

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thew0rd Welcomes a New Author: Electronaut

 Posted by on 2008-07-24 at 10:55  Editorial, Guest, the w0rd  Comments Off on thew0rd Welcomes a New Author: Electronaut
Jul 242008

Hello everyone! I am pleased to announce that thew0rd has a new co-author. He writes under the name Electronaut. I feel that his writings will add the editorial voice to thew0rd that it has been missing. His writings at his blog delusion, seclusion and conclusion are both insightful and entertaining; offering a unique perspective of the human condition, as it were.

Electronaut’s content and topics will be chosen and written by him with no editorial oversight. I look forward to the points of view he will bring to thew0rd. You should all enjoy his posts as his writing style is much better than my own. I know we are all looking forward to his posts in the future. Thank you for gracing us with your presence Electronaut.

HOPE This Weekend in NYC

 Posted by on 2008-07-18 at 09:48  Events, Hacking, Internet, Technology, the w0rd  Comments Off on HOPE This Weekend in NYC
Jul 182008

2600 Van outside Hotel Pennsylvania

I’ve made the last minute decision to attend HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth) in NYC this weekend. I will post some photos and information about the convention sometime soon. To follow the action you can search twitter for #thelastHOPE . If you are at the event, you can track attendees via the RFID tags embedded in the badges. More to follow…

The Last  HOPE Badge (non-RFID)

Unfortunately I was too late to get an RFID badge for The Last HOPE. Oh Well.

thew0rd Re-design and other News

 Posted by on 2007-09-20 at 20:50  the w0rd  Comments Off on thew0rd Re-design and other News
Sep 202007

Greetings all. I know I haven’t posted much lately. I’ve been very busy the past few weeks/months. I am beginning a total re-design and revamp of thew0rd. Hopefully it won’t take too long and I can get back to posting more soon. So please bear with me as I tweak the site a little over the next week.

Also, I’ve decided to discontinue the link summary postings. They look like crap. I’ve also decided to take a more casual tone with the blog, and let some more of my attitude shine through. You can still view my latest bookmarks from through the sidebar as well as articles I’ve dugg through digg.

I have been toying with the idea of including full stories in the RSS feed once again. My only hesitation is that in the past I have had content stolen. Some would say plagiarism is the ultimate form of flattery. I tend to agree, but at the same time it is frustrating to have people stealing my content. If any of you have suggestions as to if I should include the full text of stories in the RSS feed, let me know and I will think about it.

And finally, let me thank all of you who stop by once and a while to view this content… as sporadic as it is. Peace out and stay tuned.

The w0rd: Changes are coming

 Posted by on 2007-07-20 at 11:22  the w0rd  Comments Off on The w0rd: Changes are coming
Jul 202007

Lots of exciting things happening the past weeks. It has been difficult to keep up with everything. I just started blogging about 2 months ago, but I still find it hard to relay the information I come across in a timely fashion. By the time I get around to writing an article on a topic, its either been talked to death on other pages or I’ve come across something even more exciting to write about. I’m going to be re-designing soon. I also want to incorporate other tools I’ve found that are useful in relaying timely information to readers. This site will always be a work in progress, but hopefully the future changes will allow for more frequently updated content. Content that reflects a stream of conscious research on various topics.

When I write a blog article I want the content to be quality. I don’t really believe the main article section should be used to toss up random crap or short blurbs. Posts should be well thought out and contribute to the available information and knowledge. I will be experimenting with micro-blogging options in the future to serve up bite sized information. So yeah, sorry I haven’t posted much lately… but expect more soon.