Bookmarks for 25th March 2012

These are my saved Pinboard links for 25th March 2012:

  • Five Best PowerPoint Alternatives – When you need to create an interesting and engaging presentation for your boss, new clients, or a job interview, you have plenty of options for tools to get the job done. Plus, even though it’s the industry standard, you don’t have to your Microsoft PowerPoint, and many people would argue there are better tools for the job anyway. This week we’re going to look at five of the best of those alternative presentation tools, based on your nominations.
  • Secure Web site access with Perl – Perl and its LWP module make it a breeze to automate Web site access; too bad the breeze becomes a storm when the Web site requires a username and password for access. Fortunately, you can use Perl modules to calm the storm. Learn how to find, install, and use the WWW::Mechanize and Crypt::SSLeay modules in a Perl script that automates logging into a secure Web site in this article by Bret Swedeen.
  • Hack and / – Forensics with Ext4 | Linux Journal – Learn from my mistakes as I figure out how to gather forensics data on an ext4 filesystem.

    One great thing about writing technical articles is that you have a nice collection of documentation you can turn to. I tell people that I probably reference my books and articles more than anyone else, because although I may not always remember specific steps to perform a task, I do always remember whether I wrote about how to do it.

    One article I find myself referring to now and then is the "Introduction to Forensics" article I wrote in Linux Journal back in the January 2008 issue (my first feature article in Linux Journal). In that article, I walk through how to use Autopsy, a front end to Sleuthkit, to perform your own forensics investigation on a server that has been hacked. Recently, I had to perform an investigation on a server that fell victim to an SSH brute-force attack (use SSH keys!) and discovered that my personal documentation no longer worked. In this article, I walk through the symptoms of this problem and ultimately how I was able to work around it.

  • how-to-deploy-your-first-app-to-phpcloud – There are an increasing number of Platform as a Service options available for developers, so it’s no surprise that Zend have joined the party. PHP Cloud is a public preview at the moment, but it already offers key features such as: MySQL access, source code management via Git, deployment to other cloud services, and SFTP access.

    In this article, I’ll show you how to set up a CakePHP installation in an application container within PHP Cloud. Along the way, you’ll see how to access MySQL, deploy code, and use SFTP from your FTP client to access the application container.

  • Infovore » A Year of Links – Brilliant – @infovore has made the ultimate Pinboard backup tool:

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