Relearning old skills


Over the years I’ve been happily typing away ad-hoc, sometimes one key pecked at a time, sometimes getting a series of keys rolling and getting that satisfying few words in quick succession. Typing for me is one of my slowest and most frustrating ways to get what I am thinking into a written form. Writing was just as bad. When in a hurry my hand writing deteriorated to just a mess.

Gradually over time my typing got faster but I was always looking at my hands making sure I hit the right key as quickly as possible….Only to look up and see that I made a mistake 3 words back. Which now frustratingly I had to scroll back and correct, and then carry on where I left off just to do it again next time I looked up…. rinsing and repeating until I was done. Sure some words your hands learned to fire off completely from what is referred to as muscle memory but inevitably you’d fall right back into the method you have trained yourself to use.

Sound familiar?

I had promised myself I would learn to touch type eventually, but it would get forgotten or something else would come up which was far more important (literally anything really!).

Well holiday time finally rolled round, and I decided enough was enough and I would dig out an old typing program I looked at briefly when I first started to play with Linux. It is called GNU Typist. It’s far from elegant, it has no games to play with but has the basics, and basics it does very well. Luckily for me being on a Windows laptop there is a version available.

In all its glory.

GNU Typist at its most basic.

I opted for the quick lessons in the series, they are nice bite sized lessons to do over 5 days (as there were 5 lessons). The program tells you which fingers to use and where. The key I think is to stick with it and do the lessons on a regular basis, this is needed to re-train your fingers to go to the correct keys in the correct order. You will be much slower than your normal typing method, and you may catch yourself reverting back, but do persist. Eventually your speed will increase and you will reap the benefits. (This is actually a lot quicker than you would think.)

And in case you are wondering this entire post was typed using proper technique, with fewer mistakes and I especially liked the fact I could look elsewhere and just let my fingers do the talking (as it were).

Speed wise I am averaging a magnificently slow pace of 25 wmp but I am getting quicker the more I type. Practice definitely pays off.

Right then, thanks for reading, links below.

GNU Typist website

Or install via apt-get or yum install (gtypist), its available in most repositories in your favourite distributions.

Kali / Linux ESXi Resolution resize issue.

Issue: Changing the desktop resolution on Linux or in my case Kali has issues in ESXi. It either fails, goes blank or displays corrupted image until it reverts itself back to 800×600.

I stumbled upon this with a new installation in a testing network I was playing with, despite installing vmtools on the client and updating them numerous times I could not get the desktop to a more usable resolution over 800×600. Was it drivers for the video card, monitor? Well after 30 mins of googling I found a solution in the Kali forums (Thanks to SpeedyQuick.)


Increase video card memory in vSphere Client to 32MB from the default of 4MB. Then you should be able to resize to your desired resolution.


I’d imagine if you were having similar issues with Virtualbox this solution would also apply, one thing to note though is that Virtualbox seems to default to a higher amount so I have not seen this issue yet.

Hello world!…

Hi I’m me..blah blah sysadmin blah Pentester…

Everyone starts somewhere?! My journey in Security and Pentesting started as sysadmin with a more than healthy interested in security and mischief.

I’ve been a Sysadmin for more than 13 years supporting everything from Microsoft technologies such as Windows servers, Active Directory, Exchange,  NPS to name but a few. Onto the other side of things; Linux, Services like DNS BIND, Samba, Postfix all within either Mandrake, Debian or CentOS/Redhat. I have even picked up one of Cisco’s excellent certifications in the CCNA: Routing and switching as well as a CompTIA Security+ which I think gives me a good base to start off.

OK … to the point of this post, you have made it through the introduction so far, well done if you are still awake or even still on this page! I shall be using this site to share my experiences in security and becoming a Pentester. There will be walk-through’s, hints, tips and anything else I stumble over along the way that I think someone may find useful.

OK am done wittering on.. for now.

Hope you have fun.





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