Hide Text in Text Files Using stegsnow

📅 December 14, 2016
coverSteganography is the practice (or art) of hiding secret messages in plain view.

Take an image file of a flower, for example. Opening the file shows a flower. Whoopie. However, there might be a hidden message encoded inside the bits and bytes of the image data that is not visible unless certain software is used to decode it.

The same can apply to text files. You could write an innocent readme.txt file that looks like any other text file of instructions when opened normally. With steganography, you could encode a secret message within readme.txt that includes game cheat codes, secret contact information, a cookie recipe, ASCII art, or whatever else you wish to convey to your accomplice who receives the file.

stegsnow is a fun command line program that encodes secret messages in ASCII text files. Use stegsnow to encode a text file with a hidden message, and then use stegsnow again to extract the message from the file. The file’s text contents are not altered, so the file reads the same as it did before encoding. Anyone unaware would open the text file and see the innocent text contents in a standard text editor, but “those who know” would run the file with stegsnow to see a completely different message.

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rig – The Random Identity Generator

📅 December 7, 2016
coverSeeking fun with random identities? Need a fake name and address but cannot seem to think of anything?

Try rig!

rig is a command line program that generates simple names and addresses for use with registration where you might need a fake name in order to avoid spam or for whatever reason…like just plain fun.

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GUI Juggling with JuggleMaster Deluxe

📅 December 2, 2016
jmdlx1What? ASCII art leaves you wanting more? Then, why not have a look at JuggleMaster Deluxe?

aajm is a program that lets you watch a man juggle balls using ASCII art. You can adjust speed and styles and more.

Here is a related program that achieves the same effect but using a GUI. With JuggleMaster Deluxe, you can watch smooth juggling animations with colored balls to mesmerize yourself or to learn how to juggle.

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Mesmerize Yourself with ASCII Art Juggling

📅 November 27, 2016
aajm1Here is another entry in the totally-useless-but-fun-to-distract-yourself-with category of programs for Linux that make Linux fun.

The ASCII art jugglemaster (aajm) program shows a man juggling balls in a terminal using ASCII art.

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Enjoy a Math-based Tiling Puzzle Game with 2048 Game

📅 November 23, 2016
cover2048 Game is a seemingly simple shift-the-tile game that can take some skill and practice to complete. The goal is easy: Shift the tiles until you produce a tile with the number 2048.

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Conserve Virtual Hard Disk Space in a Windows 7 Guest OS

📅 November 20, 2016
wasted_windows_space1When running Windows 7 as a guest OS (with VirtualBox, for example), here is an apparently obvious tip that can be easy to overlook or forget about: Disable hibernation and paging in Windows 7.

This will conserve the amount of virtual hard disk space used by Windows 7 and result in a more space-friendly .vdi image on your real hard drive — especially important if using a solid state drive or NVMe storage.

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Play a Terminal Game with Cavez of Phear

📅 November 19, 2016
cavez2CAVEZ of PHEAR is an arcade-style game that runs inside a terminal. The gameplay is similar to Boulder Dash — actually, it is a Boulder Dash clone — where you must collect all diamonds from a maze while avoiding a squishy demise if excavating beneath boulders.

The best part? The game is made entirely in ASCII!

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