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The Can For All Things Nerdy

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Create Smart Spamvainentree

Tue, 25 Sep 2007 22:42:14 +0000

Ah spam, isn’t it wonderful?  Akismet is doing a pretty good job protecting me, but it blocked out a lot of you guys.  After check for legit comments that were blocked through Askimet I found out how popular I really was (heh).  Mostly though, there was just some really annoying shit.  You would think that […](image)

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Ha, Not Dead!vainentree

Tue, 25 Sep 2007 01:38:39 +0000

See, the weirdest thing is that I am more popular dead than alive.  I have more hits now than ever (and more spam too).  Lots of stuff is going down in the tech industry, and some pretty damn cool hacks are going out there.  Ken Burns has a great documentary on WWII going, and I […](image)

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Shrink Your File Formatvainentree

Wed, 08 Aug 2007 02:40:18 +0000

Want to shrink the file format in your program?  Here’s a method for shrinking your numbers down.  If you write the number “127” to a file, you are writing three bytes to the file (the ASCII character for each number).  This might not seem like a big deal, but in the long haul you can […](image)

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Passwords and How They are Stolenvainentree

Sat, 04 Aug 2007 15:48:00 +0000

I posted a comment on  Angry 365 Days a Year about passwords.  The entry was entitled Passwords suck.  Most people don’t know a lot about passwords and password stealing.  My comment on the post was on how the passwords can be stolen: Here are some of the ways people get passwords: 1) The downloading of keyloggers. […](image)

Media Files:, Free Podcasting Servicevainentree

Sat, 04 Aug 2007 14:51:19 +0000

Okay, this is cool.  I recently found out about, a free podcasting service.  The only other way to do free podcasting (with unlimited bandwidth and space), is, and using with a blog frontend.  I’m not a big fan of PodShow, and although I love the Internet Archive it’s hard to use it and […](image)

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Fri, 03 Aug 2007 04:12:45 +0000

Cracking formats doesn’t seem be too hard.  I figured out most of the simple 16-color bitmap this afternoon using a hex editor.  It’s pretty simple.  Create a bunch of files of a format of your choosing.  Open these up in a hex editor (my pick is XVI32, a great freeware editor), and take a look […](image)

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Writing a Virus Scanner (Part 1 of 2)vainentree

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 21:47:53 +0000

Introduction: Okay, I’m sure everybody here wants to get down and dirty with the world of viruses. I’m sure you all have bad memories with viruses and now is your chance to get some revenge. All right, so our scanner won’t be that strong. In fact it will only detect one virus. To make matters […](image)

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Windows Live Messenger Has a New Protocol Underwayvainentree

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 02:56:07 +0000

I’ve been messsing around with some protocol stuff in Windows Live Messenger (formerly known as MSN). The current version of the protocol is MSNP15. This does not stand for Microsoft Network (MSN) Protocol, but stands for Microsoft Notification Protocol. Sending a VER message to the server checks to see if you have an acceptable version […](image)

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Back to Workvainentree

Sat, 07 Jul 2007 22:06:01 +0000

After forgetting about this blog for quite some time, I decided that I wasn’t going to waste an account with one small post.  No, it is time for me to start posting some content.  Expect code samples, project ideas, and commentaries on recent happenings in the geek world.  Stay tuned. -Vainentree(image)

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Tue, 05 Jun 2007 19:06:18 +0000

Hello everyone, I’m Vainentree.  I’ve just started my blog The Nerdcan.  What is a nerdcan?  Well, I was thinking about a good name to use and it just came to me.  A can is a storage device and so a nerdcan is a storage device for all things nerdy.  I am going to store all my […](image)

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