Monday, October 03, 2005

Protect your PDF

I often send document to customers document created from OpenOffice in PDF format. To protect your hardwork add a PDF password.

PDFTK from Stewart Sid is excellent and has many functions as detailed on the website but I use it for protecting PDF documents. Windows and Linux versions available.

Windows Install.
Download PDFTK and copy pdftk.exe into

To password protect and allow printing (unable to change or copy/paste document)

pdftk inputfile.pdf output output.pdf owner_pw password allow printing

Monday, September 26, 2005

Best Ever Freeware

Your missingout on some quality software thats FREE. Check outs TechSupportAlert's "Best 46 Freeware software"

I use on Windows
OpenOffice, GiMP, Vim, Firefox, Thunderbird, Eraser, Notepad2, Cygwin, Clamwin, Keynote, Putty, WinSCP, TightVNC.


Friday, September 09, 2005

Feel need to blog something, with this time saving tip.

Do you like me want all the power for that windows application, latest game or LC5. So you kill all those services in the toolbar.

Download PSKill from Sysinternals and save in the system path.

Create a batch file (.bat) with your favourite editor (I use VIM).
This is mine below.

c: type pskill-all.bat
rem Kill batch File
rem option -t needed when process has children!

pskill.exe -t GoogleDesktop.e
pskill.exe nettime.exe
pskill.exe eraser.exe
pskill.exe pageant.exe
pskill.exe firefox.exe
pskill.exe soffice.exe
pskill.exe ClamTray.exe
pskill.exe justshed.exe
pskill.exe realsched.exe
pskill.exe PccNTMon.exe

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Picture Blog

Originally uploaded by apaton.
Found Flickr, free picture hosting worth looking at.

This picture was taken in 2000 at Donnington, UK.

Check out more pictures at this link

Monday, January 24, 2005

First Unix

Question was asked of me the otherday, "How long have you been using Unix"

Answer, 18 years since September 1986.

My first Unix system was a PDP 11/44 running AT&T Version 7 Unix. Used for witting COBOL using ed and unipad editors. I was particularly good with "ed" which if I remember was also in early versions of MS DOS. You couldn't get me off the system which held about 24 VT100 terminals. Many a late night waiting over vt100 terminal for compilation and waiting at the line printer for that COBOL program to print.

Picture of PDP11-44

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

One of those moments.

I was watching Celebrity Fit Club with the wife and my son age 10. Just after Andy Fordham weigh in, my son turned round to me and said,”Dad I want you to loose weight”, Its not how he said it but the worried look in his young eyes and obvious concern.

First of all, I'm 14 Stone 8lb (94.15Kg) so not in Andy Fordham's league, but I do feel compelled to loose weight. I've have given up smoking for 7 years because of the kids so this should be easy :-)

The plan
  • Stop the late night snacks
  • Take the dog twice a day for a walk (currently only once)
  • Only three cups of tea a day (two sugars)
Not a big change, but a nice slow start. Not sure at this point what my end target is, but hope to loose a few pounds a week.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

New Sections

I've created some new sections for people who are interested.


None of these files are going to win any awards for "best in class", but I did enjoy creating them.


Sunday, January 02, 2005

2005 reading list

Books not read,

I always have best intentions, but never the time to read books.

List of currently unread books on my shelf, in no particular order.

IT List
  • Stealing the network "How to own a Continent"
  • The Art of Deception - Kevin Mitnik
  • Security Assessment
  • Hackers - Steven Levy
  • Security Warrior
  • Redhat Linux Firewalls
  • Teach yourself game programming
  • Linix, LPI Certification

Non - IT
  • Digital Fortress - Dan Brown
  • The Blue Nowhere - Jefffery Deaver
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrrell - Susanna Clarke
Books I have read in 2004, that I can remember!
  • Masters of Deception, The gang that ruled cyberspace
  • Stealing the network "How to own the box"
  • SSH, The definitive guide
  • The Code book, Simon Singh
  • The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

Saturday, January 01, 2005

New Year Resolutions


Heres comes 2005,
As you do in the new year Ive set my self some goals. IT related of course!

  • Linux Certification, LPI exams
  • Solaris 10 Certification, I've done in the past 2.4,2.5,2.6 & 8
  • Learn the basics of CISCO IOS.
  • Windows Security, some piratical harding and policies setup.
  • Move to a Linux desktop, I've started this one with Gentoo on my HP NX9010 laptop.
  • Read all the books I've bought in 2004.

Non IT
  • Start my Aikido again, stopped a year ago and I dearly miss the training.
  • Fitness & loose weight (the usual ones again!)