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Packrafting the Phang Nga Bay – Phuket – Thailand

The Phang Nga Bay close to Phuket, Thailand, is primarily known for its tourist hotspots such as the James Bond Island where thousands of visitors hop on and off each year. However, there is much more to see in this bay – therefore, I decided to pay it a visit in November 2017 as one of the spots on my Thailand Packrafting Roundtrip.

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Dayhiking the Hohentwiel Fortress Ruins

The ruins of fortress Hohentwiel, located in the south of Germany, are definitively worth a visit. You can easily spend several hours hiking up the hill and explore the complete area while reading the historical background of this former fortress. We recently dayhiked to the fortress starting in the town of Engen, north of the fortress.

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Setting Up a Pentesting Environment based on Qubes OS – Step by Step

Qubes OS is a hypervisor based operating system. Qubes OS can host various operating systems such as Linux, Unix or Windows and run them in parallel. Qubes OS can therefore be used to host your own “hacking” laboratory. (source)

Introduction

Due to its virtualization-based architecture, Qubes OS seemed to be the perfect OS in order to set up a pentesting lab that is a) easy to use and b) is separated from your daily-use VMs in a secure way. Additionally, with Qubes OS you can easily import VMs from vulnhub.com or any other sources for testing purposes.

Within this article, we will discuss a step-by-step guidance on how to set this environment up. Preliminary conditions: Running Qubes OS (tested with Qubes OS 3.2), Internet connection, enough space on disk.

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Technical Setup for Long Distance Desert Hikes

Introduction

One of the bad habits of the 21st century is to drag electronic devices wherever we go – I’m not different here and I would hardly go to the desert without any technical device. Some of them I carry with me simply for security reasons (DeLorme, Phone) – some are for fun (Camera). I’m not the kind of person who leaves life-saving items at home simply because I can or it’s fancy to be oldschool – I’m pretty sure that I would heavily regret this decision once I’m in a situation where my satellite messenger is the only and last option I have and will decide whether I will live or die.

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