Ever located an old capture file and you weren’t sure what was in it or needed to grab some quick statistics about another capture file? What about needed to run statistics on multiple capture files and present them via a database or a spreadsheet? Well if you have ever run into any of these scenarios then capinfos is worth a look. The capinfos command is available via the Backtrack CLI and provides statistic information about cap files. This is one of the gems located on Backtrack that nobody ever hears about.
Earlier while troubleshooting an issue for a customer I needed to start at the bare minimum of troubleshooting because the issue at hand was a bit out of my area of expertise. The problem as reported existed on a Windows 2003 R2 server running backup software called Retrospect. The backup software was reporting via email to the IT staff that it was no longer working and they needed me to locate the issue and resolve. The first thing I needed to do was to see how long the server had been up, if any patches had been applied recently, and if anything else had changed since the last successful backup. Again since this is out of my area of expertise I first needed to see how long the server had been up which luckily is almost as easy to do on Windows 2003 R2 as it is on Linux. Below I provide to examples of how to check server uptime on Windows.
I have been using Google Chrome for quite sometime and believe it to currently be the best all around browser. The browser is easily the most lightweight mainstream browser available and it appears to be gaining ground on the other popular browsers including FireFox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. There are still certain web sites and hardware that has internal browsers that require you to use FireFox or IE however that list continues to become shorter. Anyhow the current stable version of Google Chrome is 7.0.517.44 and I wanted to upgrade to the latest beta version which is Google Chrome version 8.0.552.28.
A great tool for web site owners is to be able to rank your web traffic and estimate the reach of your web site to the world. A tool I have used forever is Alexa (alexa.com) which will allow you to compare your site to others sites and see various other statistics about any site type in the search box. I have been searching around for some comparable sites to Alexa so I can have multiple perspectives of the estimated reach of some of my sites.
Below is an example of Alexa comparing the traffic rank of cnn.com and microsoft.com.