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Best Linux Tools and Utilities to Install – Kali

Update and Upgrade Linux

Before we can install my favorite linux tools, we need to be certain to update and upgrade all the necessary packages of our distribution. This can be done by opening the Terminal and running the following:

apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
  • apt-get update – updates the list of packages and their version but doesn’t actually upgrade or install the packages.
  • apt-get upgrade – installs the newer version of packages based on the updated list.

This may take a while, so just let it do it’s thing while it goes through and updates all your packages/dependencies.

After upgrading and rebooting, I was having an issue booting back into Kali. This is because my laptop has 2 graphics cards (you may not have this issue). The command lspci should help you confirm if the Nvidia is installed. If this is the case, open terminal and type:

apt-get remove nvidia* --purge 
reboot

This will remove the conflicting Nvidia drivers and use Intel graphics card.

Add New User

It’s very important to add a new user to your Kali distro. While it’s okay to use ‘root’ user, it isn’t recommended you use root for everything because root has all permissions. This means that you can damage your system files if you don’t know what you are doing. Having an account with stricter permissions will protect your sensitive files.

To add a new user, simply open terminal and type:

adduser userone

or

adduser userone sudo

replace “userone” with the username of your choice.

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Setup a free JavaScript IDE with Sublime Text 3

Sublime Text 3 is a notepad replacement on steroids. However, it’s not just a colorful text pad, it can be transformed to a full-feature JavaScript IDE. It’s a neat, feature-rich, text-editor which allows developers to easily keep track of, and edit, their code. In my opinion it’s the best free JavaScript IDE. It is my favorite notepad replacement and coding tool, and there is no time limit on the unregistered version (unlike the 30 day trial period for WebStorm). After your license expires, you can continue to use the software however, if you do like it, I recommend buying it for $70.00 to support the Sublime team. Although WebStorm is also a great IDE, in this post I am going to show you how to setup a simple JavaScript IDE (Integrated Development Environment) in Sublime Text 3.

Sublime Text 3 is available for: WindowsLinuxMac/OSX

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Stop Drop and block Popup ads! Quick and easy method.

It is impossible to browse the internet these days without running into advertisement. However, developers spend a lot of time putting together their website, and they deserve that money, right? Right…but not when they abuse their “power”. That’s right, some developers misuse advertising and get greedy, and cover your screen with more ads than actual content and popups. Don’t you hate those pop ups? You accidentally click the wrong link and before you know it, your computer is full of popup ads!

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Ring Video Doorbell – ding dong ditch?

I’m sure you guys have heard of Ring Video Doorbell by now, seeing as they have so many commercials, and the bell has been out for a while. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s okay, just watch the video above to get a description of the product or visit their website. It’s basically a doorbell with a camera on it, that is connected to your wireless network. Every time someone ring’s the bell, your phone will buzz/notify you that there is someone at the door. At which point you can pick up your phone, and answer (or ignore) based on who it is at your door. You can speak with the person directly through your phone as well. The best part is the person at the door can’t see you, so you can tell the you’re out somewhere. Here is the “Ring Story” (from the box):

..If not for my wife, the Ring Video Doorbell would not exist.
Inventors come up with a lot of bad ideas and she has heard them all. One night I shared my idea for reinventing the doorbell.
She loved it! Not just for the obvious convenience, but for the security of now being able to safely answer the door from anywhere. She said, “This is like caller ID for the front door.”
I hope that you enjoy the Ring Video Doorbell as much as we do, and I look forward to hearing your stories about the product
. — Jamie Siminoff, Inventor

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Arduino Kits – Which one should you buy?

There are so many Arduino kits in the market which you can purchase. If you are new to Arduino, the choices can be overwhelming. They have kits on Amazon and kits on Ebay, but where do you get started?

I recently read a great article over at pretzellogix.net before making any recommendations. There are 4 kits the site compares:

    Kits

  • The Official Arduino Starter Kit
  • The Sunfounder Super Kit
  • Sparkfun Inventors Kit
  • The ARDX Starter Kit

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DashCamPro – As Seen on TV. Worth it?

I actually wasn’t interested at all in purchasing a car dash cam. I was in the market for a Go-Pro to take some action shots. I ended up seeing the commercial for the “DashCamPro” and I figured it was pretty neat, especially for the price. But I have had experience with similar “As Seen on TV” products, and they do not generally work as advertised and/or die quick because of poor/cheap-quality materials when manufacturing. Generally the commercials market these items and make them look better then they actually are. The video quality was amazing in the commercial, but I’m sure I missed the small font, “screen images simulated” somewhere during the commercial. It seemed too good to be true:

This is the ad from their website. $39.99!

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