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Python, Extract Facebook Friends Email Addresses

I've never written this kind of script before and so I found it quite interesting.

This is a Python script that will connect to Facebook and download your friend's Email addresses and Phone numbers (if shared of course)

The script was written by Ruel and he talks about it here on his web page:

You can download the script from github:

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Vrapper — Vim-like editing in Eclipse

Since I've been working with UNIX I have always used vi and later vim as my main editor until recently when I started programming in Python and Jython.

When I started working with Jython I discovered Eclipse through a colleague, I still use gvim for small scripts but when writing bigger scripts or scripts where I import Java packages I use Eclipse.

When I say Eclipse I actually use Aptana on Mac OS X and Spring on Windows at work. I'd like to try Aptana on Linux but so far have not found a way to install it that won't need fiddling around!

However, being a vim user I get quite frustrated having to use my mouse and arrow keys to move around so I looked around for something vim like to help me out and I discovered Vrapper.

Vrapper installs like all other Eclipse plugins from once installed you have a litle gvim icon in your toolbar and when you click on this you have vim like editing.

From the Vrapper site:

Instead of embedding Vim in Eclipse or creating a new text (Eclipse) editor with Vim functionality from scratch, Vrapper adds a layer on top of existing editors like the Java editor. The advantage of this approach is that all the features of the original editor are still available. For example it is still possible to use the refactoring capabilities of the Java editor.

While Vrapper is active, it adds a listener to every editor which is opened. Every keystroke send to the editor is then evaluated by Vrapper. In insert mode, keystrokes are simply passed to the underlying editor (unless they are remapped to something else). In other modes (e.g. visual or normal mode) most keystrokes will result in some action performed by Vrapper (e.g. delete, paste).

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Proximus Screws Up For Mother's Day

Proximus screws up again. It is Mother's day and their SMS service is down.

Avertissement :
Pour des raisons techniques indépendantes de notre volonté, ce service est momentanément inaccessible. Veuillez réessayer plus tard. Cliquez sur le bouton "OK".

These Mobile Service providers are so gloated with money from the exploitation of their customers and you can't send an SMS on Mother's Day.

Not proud to be a Proximus customer again.
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Java co-creator James Gosling leaves Oracle


April 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT By Joab Jackson

 I  remember when Novell bought Suse and little by little all the top people left the company.

After Jonathan Schwartz, Simon Phipps and James GoslingI I wonder who will follow..

Java co-creator James Gosling is saying goodbye to Oracle just a few months after it acquired his longtime employer, Sun Microsystems.

Gosling made the announcement on his blog, saying he resigned from the company on April 2.

Gosling didn't give any reason for his departure. Instead, he wrote, "Just about anything I could say that would be accurate and honest would do more harm than good." As for what he'll do next, Gosling said he doesn't know--just that he'll take some time off before starting his job search.

 by Jennifer Guevin



Simon Phipps, Sun's open source chief leaves following Oracle merger

Jonathan Schwartz announced his resignation as CEO of Sun Microsystems


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Clonezilla Live

Technical GeneralClonezilla is open source backup+restore (cloning) software for making partition or whole disk backups. It only backs up the used parts of the partition for known filesystems and compresses the backups afterwards, thus creating small backups. For a list of supported filesystems see

There is Clonezilla Live and Clonezilla SE (Server Edition). Clonezilla SE acts as a backup+restore server for client pc's, but I haven't used this (yet).

Clonezilla Live is a FOSS debian/ubuntu based liveCD Linux distribution containing a text based menu powered by scripts which in turn use different FOSS cloning and archiving tools. Before every action it takes it prints the command to do this, so you can learn the used tools yourself.
It has 2 modes:
1) backup/restore partition/whole disk to/from image mode
2) clone partition/disk mode
There's also a command line mode, useful for doing advanced stuff not done by the included scripts.

In the first mode the image can be on a local disk, an external USB stick/disk, an ssh network share, a samba network share or an nfs network share. I used clonezilla-live-20100318-karmic.iso to back up 2 ntfs partitions (Windows 7) and 1 ext4 partition (Kubuntu 9.10).
The backup of a 100mb ntfs partition containing 25mb data was 9,6mb.
The backup of a 100gb ntfs partition containing 20gb data was 9gb.
The backup of a 19gb ext4 partition containing 3,7gb data was 1,7gb.

I changed some stuff on these partitions and than restored from these backups and everything was A-OK again!

In the 2nd mode you can clone a partition or disk to another local one, or over network to another PC running Clonezilla Live.
I used this to clone a root Linux filesystem to another PC. The source partition was 10gb and the target was 15gb. After cloning the target ext4 fs could only contain 10gb like in the original one, but I fixed this by resizing the partition to a smaller size and back again using KDE Partition Manager (You're probably screwed if this gets interrupted, e.g. by power outage). After this the restore still worked flawlessly and still had it's original UUID, so no changes to /etc/fstab or the grub2 config needed. I did need to make changes to these configurations because I used another home and swap partition. You may also need to make changes if you have device names in your config files instead of partition UUID or LABEL. I used a Kubuntu 9.10 liveCD for changing the configuration and to run KDE Partition Manager, this might have been possible from the Clonezilla liveCD too using the command line mode (using a command line partitioning tool).

I did encounter a few small bugs in the menu's (and reported them), but backing up and restoring went flawlessly.
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Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely

This is something that I did not know!

In the states there exists web-based vehicle-immobilization systems "used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.

And as we read here, these things can get hacked! From Wired:


By Kevin Poulsen  
Threat Level
March 17, 2010

More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.

Police with Austin's High Tech Crime Unit on Wednesday arrested 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez, a former Texas Auto Center employee who was laid off last month, and allegedly sought revenge by bricking the cars sold from the dealership.s four Austin-area lots.

Read the whole article here:

Originally from: InfoSec News <>