Monday, December 22, 2008

Undelete Snooping Fun

Alright, I have a confession to make..

One of my guilty pleasures in life, is to take USB drives that coworkers, friends, and family leave laying around and examine their contents. Not the contents that they KNOW are there, I'm more excited by what they have deleted. Using the free windows tool, FreeUndelete, you can very quickly and easily view and restore deleted content from any NTFS or FAT formatted drive. Can usually find some interesting things.

All well and good. But of course my compulsive snooping side can't stop there. I also like to keep a cheap 100 Baht, all-in-one USB memory card reader handy. I will then temporarily swipe the memory cards from digital cameras and mobile phones. As it turns out, most of these devices use a FAT formatted file system as well. It is absolutely AMAZING what you can find on these cards!

Moral of the story,

A.) most people will go out of thier way to protect or remove embarassing content from their PC. Most people don't think twice about these other devices. Makes for an interesting (and entertaining) "attack" vector.

B.) Maybe its time that digital camera manufacturers, mobile phone makers, and the lot, start offering "secure delete" options on their devices?

Blog Personality

I came across this post over on the Bungling Sys Admin Blog (does this mean this is a post about a post about a post about a post about a site??), that points to a tool called Typealyzer. This tool analyzes the writing style of your blog in an attempt to determine your personality type.

I let it analyze Monkey - House, and here is what it had to say about me:

INTJ - The Scientists

The long-range thinking and individualistic type. They are especially good at looking at almost anything and figuring out a way of improving it - often with a highly creative and imaginative touch. They are intellectually curious and daring, but might be pshysically hesitant to try new things.

The Scientists enjoy theoretical work that allows them to use their strong minds and bold creativity. Since they tend to be so abstract and theoretical in their communication they often have a problem communcating their visions to other people and need to learn patience and use conrete examples. Since they are extremly good at concentrating they often have no trouble working alone.

So, folks that know me, what do you think? Sound like me?