Infosec Scribbles

June 5, 2013

How to take apart TG789vn and extract the parts from it

So I recently got a box full of Thomson TG789vn routers with half of them not working properly. Say “Hello” to lightnings hitting the power lines in Estonia. With nothing to lose it was decided to pop one open to see if there is any obvious damage that can be repaired. Surprisingly, there were no guides on the internet on how to open TG789vn without breaking anything, so here is one.

Stuff You Will Need

  • Thomson TG789vn router
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flat-blade screwdriver
  • Two hands and a little bit of common sense

Needless to say, before doing any of this you need to turn off your router and unplug everything from it. This will also void your warranty and I will not be held responsible for any damage you may or may not inflict upon your router.

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April 26, 2013

B-Sides London 2013

This was my second time at B-Sides London and 3rd time at a huge hacking conference. But considering countless tech meetups, Abertay Ethical Hacking Society meetings and stuff like that one could say I am a frequent goer to such events.


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April 11, 2013

Fixing broken Sublime Text hot keys

Once you start using Sublime Text, you will begin putting together a collection of plugins to simplify your life. The amount of keys on your keyboard is rather limited and Sublime is a key mapping heavy editor. Lots of comfy hot keys are used even by default. Every once in a while you will get a plugin that wants to use one of the keys that is already in use. At this point you will end up wondering why some of the default key mappings are broken and this article will hopefully help you to fix conflicting hot keys.

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April 9, 2013

How to disable Metro UI in Skype

What Skype looks like starting version 6.3

Since I had automatic updates in Skype enabled, yesterday it updated to version 6.3. As it is very common these days, the interface was “improved” to match other Microsoft’s products in their UI style, Metro UI of Windows 8. I personally can’t stand it, but in previous versions there was a switch in options to use system theme. I decided it was time to *down*grade. If you are looking for how to get rid of Metro UI in Skype and disable annoying update pop-ups, keep reading.

Please keep scrolling if you enjoy Metro UI.

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April 7, 2013

Downloads window and other tweaks in Firefox 20

UPDATE: This feature has been completely removed from Firefox with release of version 26. If you would like to use a functional downloads manager, you can try DownThemAll!.

Today was the day when I finally decided to upgrade to the latest versions of everything. Which of course included Firefox. What I instantly noticed after starting up a new version was this tiny new button for opening the downloads window:

Oh, that’s a good idea. Now I don’t have to look for my downloads in the menu.

The excitement vanished instantly when I saw the monstrosity they have turned the downloads window into.

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July 30, 2012

Not so well-known Skype features

Me and my friends really enjoy Skype conferences. And even though it belongs to the corporation of evil these days, there does not seem to be a good alternative.

So lets try our best and make our Skype more comfy.

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