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Filed under: General Linux,Linux Software — at 6:30 am on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

With the upcoming release of Tron Legacy I can’t help but play this game. Now if only a 3D version got released and a certain some one would stand inline to get me 3D television on Black Friday. Better yet, code the 3D version WHILE waiting in line for Black Friday sale. Odds are I’ll probably get a leaf blower, ladder or something with lesser or equal buzz killing potential.

Check out my GLTron skills. Make sure to watch it in 480p and take no notice of the number of “Player 1″ crashes in the top left hand corner, that obviously wasn’t me. There also is NO sound, but you can install it, play the soundtrack at the same time and get the same effect. I think the only time I’ve ever been more 1337 was when I hacked that Gibson, but that’s a-whole-nother story. Also take note of the length of this video, a total accident.

Giving Telnet Access To Root

Filed under: General Linux — at 1:06 am on Thursday, October 11, 2007

After reading Gary Conn’s blog post The Top Ten Google Keyword Blunders. I naturally started searching thru The Linux Blog’s logs in attempt to find something interesting and irrelevant to my blogs main topic: Linux. Unfortunately I did not have that many terms that were funny like Gary’s but I do have one that could be funny to your average Linux user.

Behold the question:

“how to give root to access telnet in linux”

Something tells me that whoever made this search was probably your average Joe Windows Administrator, So in response I am writing a letter to whom ever made that search.

Dear Searcher,

While it is possible to give root telnet access under Linux I would strongly advise against it. To give root access you may want to consider using SSH. SSH is an encrypted session where as Telnet is transmitted in clear text; this is not acceptable and should be avoided. Even tho I recommend using SSH I would not recommend that you allow root to log in via SSH for security purposes. To aqquire root priviledges simply log in as a regular user and switch user to root as follows:

owen@the-linux-blog:~$ su
- or -
owen@the-linux-blog:~$ sudo su

The same commands would also work with telnet but still your root password would be transmitted in plain text. If you need any help setting this up, or further explanation please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Now, I understand that sometimes there are legitimate reasons to use telnet (such as for legacy purposes) but we all know that using telnet for remote administration is a BAD idea. If they or anyone else really need to know how to use telnet for a legitimate reason I will post how to do it, but until then it’s best kept a secret.