KIVILCIM Hindistan is a
general purpose Hacker and Tinkerer. He loves to interfere with technology and
then write about it.
KIVILCIM lives in Istanbul where he works full time as a CISSP in the
field of InfoSec, using Linux and Free Software as weapons of choice.
He is the co-founder of www.fazlamesai.net, a Slashdot-like
F/OSS news site in Turkish.
KIVILCIM is especially interested in strategic games (Go, Chess,
Starcraft), basketball, table tennis and reading.
Four Tough Lessons of System Recovery
Publish Date: Aug. 31, 2006
KIVILCIM Hindistan recently migrated to a new laptop and promptly destroyed his partition table. Flailing around with false laziness taught him the true value of true laziness. Here's a real-life tale of Knoppix rescue and a cautionary tale about troubleshooting.
Userspace Filesystem Encryption with EncFS
Publish Date: Apr. 14, 2005
Laptops and removable storage devices are convenient both for users and for thieves. While you can't always protect the device from wandering away, you can protect the data. EncFS, a user-level encrypted filesystem in a file, makes this possible. KIVILCIM Hindistan explains how.
Feather Linux for Firewalls
Publish Date: Feb. 10, 2005
Bootable LiveCDs have made the lives of Linux dabblers easier. They're also suitable for making your life more pleasant while on the go. KIVILCIM Hindistan shows how to use Feather Linux to share a firewalled internet connection in a few easy steps.
Feather Linux: The Swiss Army Knife of LiveCDs
Publish Date: Nov. 11, 2004
Bootable LiveCDs have made the lives of Linux dabblers easier. They're also good for administrators and people facing system recovery woes. Among LiveCDs, Feather Linux is a lean and powerful tool. KIVILCIM Hindistan demonstrates how it can make backing up and restoring partitions easy.
coLinux: Linux for Windows Without Rebooting
Publish Date: Apr. 29, 2004
Trying Linux just keeps getting easier. Knoppix and other live CDs let you take Linux with you on CD and USB keys, but you have to reboot to run your software. What about Windows users who want to use Linux in conjunction with their existing systems? KIVILCIM Hindistan explores the world of coLinux -- cooperative Linux.
BIOS Flashing and Hotflashing
Publish Date: Mar. 11, 2004
Even as software becomes more useful and reliable, hardware failures are still a sad reality. Most pieces are swappable, but when a BIOS upgrade goes bad, what can you do? If you're willing to take a bit of a risk, you can try hotflashing your BIOS -- reprogramming it in another motherboard. KIVILCIM Hindistan explains how to do this as safely as possible.
Client-Side Mail Filtering with SaveMyModem
Publish Date: Nov. 26, 2003
Junk mail--spam or mail worms--waste bandwidth. If you're running a server, server-side filtering can help. If you're on broadband, the pain is diminished. If neither applies to you, all is not lost. KIVILCIM Hindistan introduces SaveMyModem, a client-side mail filtering program that can save you bandwidth and frustration.
Inside Prelude, an Open Source IDS
Publish Date: Sep. 18, 2003
Keeping the bad guys out is important. Knowing whether, not if, they're in is even more important. Prelude, an open source IDS, takes a hybrid approach to security, collecting information from various sensors. KIVILCIM Hindistan talks to Yoann Vandoorselaere, Prelude's lead developer.
Netcat and Reverse Telnet
Publish Date: May. 29, 2003
The venerable Unix utility cat has all sorts of uses, but it's limited to the local machine. Enter Netcat, a network-aware cat. KIVILCIM Hindistan introduces the Swiss Army Knife of networking.
Video Playback and Encoding with MPlayer and MEncode
Publish Date: Apr. 10, 2003
No consumer Linux box is complete without the ability to play digital video files. Until recently, this was difficult -- the codecs weren't freely available or distributable. MPlayer seeks to change this. KIVILCIM Hindistan introduces MPlayer and demonstrates some of its features.
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