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Archive for the month “November, 2005”

Rescue me!

I continue to be impressed with the Windows tools in Helix, but have decided that it is really geared more toward criminal forensics than data recovery (it’s even got a chain of custody PDF).

I went back to DistroWatch.com and discovered a different category in the distribution search that appears more appropriate: Rescue. See my wiki for more details.

Helix & Knoppix

Well, I’m not sure where I got the previous information, but Helix is based on Knoppix. What really surprised me, however, is its windows support. After burning the CD, I stuck it back into my computer running Win XP, and it launched an application that could be used to research (and hopefully fix) a problem. I did have a problem shutting down the application — it repeatedly asked me whether I wanted to write a log file, but it finally quit after I said no 5-10 times.

I also booted from the CD, but didn’t do much there. I browsed around and saw that the forensics tools were very prominent; I launched Autopsy, but quickly discovered that I needed to RTFM before I went much further.

Linux Forensics

I stumbled on Knoppix STD, and since I had used Knoppix (Linux that will run from CD), I was curious what the STD stood for. Don’t worry, it’s not contagious. It is a variation of Knoppix designed for security & forensics. I searched DistroWatch and discovered a few more distributions designed for forensics:

All but Helix are derived from Knoppix, but they’re all live CDs, so they can be used without installing anything on the computer, and they include tools to analyze (and hopefully fix) an ailing system.


I remember the days when everything seemed to have a three letter acronym. In fact, someone came up with an acronym to describe them: TLA. Well, I thought of a new acronym to characterize the increasing number of excessively long, contrived acronyms that I’ve seen lately.




Macromedia Flex

Macromedia has a Flash tool designed to work with web services and other Java technologies, called Flex. As it turns out, it’s been out a while, but I just became aware of it with the public alpha of Flex 2. Here are a few (probably old) reviews:

  • Infoworld
  • Java Boutique
  • The Open Sourcery
  • And if I’m reading the FAQ correctly, they have a non-commercial license with a free copy of the IDE. This warrants further investigation…

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