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Modifying the Peggle Deluxe Game

06 Dec 2015

So some time ago I modified a the video game Peggle Deluxe which is a PC game by Popcap Games. My little baby brother had really gotten into the game and I wanted to add him as a character! I found a baby photo of him and thought I’d simply have to replace one image in…read more.

 
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Advent Of Code: Day 5

05 Dec 2015

The Challenge

Solution Another quick and simple Python solution!

 

 
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Customize your Linux Terminal (Bash)

05 Dec 2015

So the terminal is something that a program uses all the time but the default terminals on Unix distros looks very plain and boring in my opinion. While I really like the Kali Linux terminal style I use my Xubuntu distro much more often, its my personal favourite. So I decided to customize it and make…read more.

 
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Advent Of Code: Day 4

04 Dec 2015

The Challenge

Solution Because speed was not an issue in this case, I simply used python again to solve the problem. The script is a little slow taking ~10 seconds to compute the answer in my case. A C/C++ solution would be orders of magnitude faster.

 

 
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8891 – Santas leak (Hackvent 2015 Teaser)

04 Dec 2015

This was a fun and interesting challenge to kick off Hackvent. It took me 4 days to solve the problem! I strongly suggest you attempt the problem yourself before reading by solution. You can get the single image you need to do the challenge here (santa.png): Download Starting Image These are all the files/scripts I ended up with…read more.

 
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Advent Of Code: Day 3

04 Dec 2015

The Challenge

Solution A rather interesting challenge. I wasn’t too happy with my solution but it works. I split up parts 1 and parts 2 so the code can be read more easily. Part 1 – Santa Solo Trip

  Part 2 – Santa + Robo Santa I didn’t like the use of the santasTurn boolean…read more.

 
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Advent Of Code: Day 2

02 Dec 2015

The Challenge

Solution This challenge was very simple. I whipped up a short python script that solves it. The use of sorted to get the second smallest integer is not pretty but insignificant with such small numbers.

 

 
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Advent Of Code: Day 1

02 Dec 2015

The Challenge

  Solution Before part 2 of the problem was revealed I decided to tackle the problem using the command line. I cam up with the following command:

We echo the input and remove the ) symbol which leaves only ( and we use wc to count the number of  ( symbols which tells us how many…read more.

 
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5020 – Password protected ZIP

02 Dec 2015

To solve this challenge I simply performed a dictionary attack on the zip file until I had discovered the correct password. Linux tools available are fairly slow and may only test 1000-10000 passwords each second so I decided to use Accent Zip password recovery which is a commercial tool capable of testing upto 600000 passwords a…read more.

 
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7002 – Linux Security: Got Wurzel

02 Dec 2015

I log into the system to discover I am in a restricted shell. Some testing reveals I can run commands like ls but cannot run cat etc. I realise that I can use the /  character in arguments but not in the command name. So I can’t call any commands by path. Thus I can…read more.

 
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