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Monday, September 25, 2017

Apologies! I checked this website for unrelated reasons, and noticed it had become overrun with spam at some point in time. Most likely due to inactivity and lack of updating the backend. I went ahead and restored from an old backup, as well as disabled most user accounts.

I don’t have any current plans for The Sh17, but I would like to resurrect it at some point. There were quite a few unfinished projects that could be started up again, and I’ll look into them again in the future.

posted by johntash at 12:45 am  

Snail Mail.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I made this direct mail postcard advertising RadioLab for class.

posted by Kanchi_r0b0t at 10:13 am  

Web Comics I Read. (None of which are about video games)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010



It’s about brawn, it’s about strategy, it’s about glory. Actually it’s about hitting a frog into a goal while wearing only your boxers.


It’s like Constantine for kids!


KC Green does what he does best.


An Irish ninja doctor with a guerrilla secretary.

Also this.


It’s about a lady and her supernatural place in the world.

also it’s funny


Yeah I don’t like Harry Potter and still read a comic about kids going to a school where magic and the supernatural exist…Harry Potter doesn’t have robots…So stop judging me. Dick.


It’s a celebration of science, death and human folly.


Sometimes that one chick is naked, that’s how they get you hooked.


posted by Kanchi_r0b0t at 9:45 am  

Survival of the Dead – Romero’s new movie

Sunday, April 4, 2010

I completely forgot about this movie, but George Romero’s new zombie movie is coming out April 30th on Xbox Live VOD. May 28th in theatres.
Some people didn’t like Diary of the Dead, but I really enjoyed it and I think this one’s going to be more like Land of the Dead was. I’m a little biased and just like Zombie movies in general though.

Check out the trailer:

source: [ZombiesAreComing] via the [Official Site]

posted by johntash at 1:17 am  

Switching hosting services

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Today I switched the dns for thesh17.com to point to a new VPS. I’ve had thesh17.com on dreamhost for a long time and it’s done well, but has been pretty sluggish the last few months. I’m still keeping my dreamhost service active since I have a few other websites hosted on it, and like the idea of having an extra place to keep everything backed up.

I purchased a Linode VPS about a week ago, and so far it’s pretty awesome. They’ve done a great job with how they have their provisioning is set up and everything. I installed a basic CentOS set up and a few tweaks. After the dns finishes propagating and all of the traffic goes to the new server, I’ll do some apache/mysql tuning and possibly switch PHP to fastcgi. I’m also considering switching to lighthttpd instead of apache, but haven’t used it enough to want to try yet.

Anyway, if you’re seeing this post then it means you’re already loading the site from the new server. Everyone else should within the next 24-48 hours. In the mean time, the site will stay up on both servers.

If anyone runs in to any random errors or problems, shoot me an e-mail: johntash [at] thesh17.com

Edit: Apache’s been swapping like crazy most of the day and would keep bringing the load up to 140+. I tuned the process/thread limits down quite a bit and it seems to be okay so far. Hopefully it can still handle the traffic it was getting though.

posted by johntash at 6:04 pm  

International Talk Like A Pirate Day [ITLAPD]

Saturday, September 19, 2009

It’s that time of the year again. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is upon us again. September 19th, every year.

There’s a lot going on again this year, so here’s a few links to get you started:

Also.  A Comic and video for you to enjoy:

Ye scurvy doggs have fun!

-Cap’n Guideon Leadblade

posted by johntash at 6:30 pm  

Nmap 5.00 Released

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Just a quick news update.    Nmap 5.00 was released today!

In case you’re not aware, Nmap’s a free/open-source network scanner, and this is the first major release in quite some time.      I’m installing it now and will update when I get a chance to try some of the new features out 🙂

Head over to their website for a detailed list of the changes, but here’s the top 5 improvements(as listed by them) :

  1. The new Ncat tool aims to be your Swiss Army Knife for data transfer, redirection, and debugging. We released a whole users’ guide detailing security testing and network administration tasks made easy with Ncat.
  2. The Nmap Scripting Engine (NSE) is one of Nmap’s most powerful and flexible features. It allows users to write (and share) simple scripts to automate a wide variety of networking tasks. Those scripts are then executed in parallel with the speed and efficiency you expect from Nmap. All existing scripts have been improved, and 32 new ones added. New scripts include a whole bunch of MSRPC/NetBIOS attacks, queries, and vulnerability probes; open proxy detection; whois and AS number lookup queries; brute force attack scripts against the SNMP and POP3 protocols; and many more. All NSE scripts and modules are described in the new NSE documentation portal.
  3. We released Nmap Network Scanning, the official Nmap guide to network discovery and security scanning. From explaining port scanning basics for novices to detailing low-level packet crafting methods used by advanced hackers, this book suits all levels of security and networking professionals. A 42-page reference guide documents every Nmap feature and option, while the rest of the book demonstrates how to apply those features to quickly solve real-world tasks. More than half the book is available in the free online edition.
  4. The addition of the Ndiff scan comparison tool completes Nmap’s growth into a whole suite of applications which work together to serve network administrators and security practitioners. Ndiff makes it easy to automatically scan your network daily and report on any changes (systems coming up or going down or changes to the software services they are running). The other two tools now packaged with Nmap itself are Ncat and the much improved Zenmap GUI and results viewer.
  5. Nmap performance has improved dramatically. We spent last summer scanning much of the Internet and merging that data with internal enterprise scan logs to determine the most commonly open ports. This allows Nmap to scan fewer ports by default while finding more open ports. We also added a fixed-rate scan engine so you can bypass Nmap’s congestion control algorithms and scan at exactly the rate (packets per second) you specify.

posted by johntash at 2:37 pm  
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