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August 17, 2017

OSCP Update and other FUN

I'm still working on the OSCP. Yes, it's very fun. Well, getting a shell is fun. But I also want the 40 credits for this course - so I have to complete all the exercises and submit them with a pentest report for the lab. AND I will have to write and submit a pentest report for the exam. That is a lot of work.

The exercises are really good. They force you to learn things (if you don't already know them) in order to complete the exercises. And - the information you obtain in those exercises is needed to exploit the devices. So you're going to have to do the work anyway - it just takes more time to document it.

Do not expect to be spoon-fed. They really just "introduce" you to the tools. You have to do a lot on your own in some cases to really learn how to use the tool well. And in many cases, you just have to practice to get good.

It IS an expensive course. And it can be more expensive than necessary if you try to do this while working full time. I wish I had taken this course between jobs. But when you're not working, it's difficult to justify the expense. And when you're working, it's difficult to find the time.

Now for the other fun... I bought a scooter!

It is so much fun. It's not the motorcycle that I wanted.... but I still don't have a place to put that motorcycle. So for now I'm riding my scooter. Yes, I'm wearing a helmet. And I already took a motorcycle safety course. It doesn't go over 35, so I won't be going on any highways. And it gets absolutely fantastic mileage!!!

In case you're wondering - you don't need a motorcycle license to ride it. You do need a regular driver's license. And you need insurance to get tags. And because you have tags, you are allowed on the road. Legally. Speaking of legal - in RI only the passenger is required to use a helmet. I still use one. And this is a one-person scooter. No passengers. So I don't have to worry about whether or not I'm comfortable with it - it's already a "no" by design.

As far as the scooter itself - it's really easy to ride. It's an automatic, so I don't have to worry about shifting. And the takeoff is really gentle. No quick jerking forward on takeoff. I finally re-filled the gas tank yesterday. It took 0.5 gal (and I had already gone about 65 miles). The specs say the tank holds about 1.5 gal > so when it says E don't panic, you still have a way to go... I re-filled as soon as it got close to E because that's what I do with my car.

There's a lot of room under the seat for storage. And you can put stuff on the back rack. If that's not enough, there's also a hook to hang a bag on (but that will limit your foot space). Oh, and don't forget the little pocket for a water bottle. So if you use this for errands, it can handle quite a bit. I find I'm doing quite a few errands lately. As I'm out getting experience - since I'm going in this direction, I might as well....(fill in the blank). Got my watch battery replaced, picked up milk, groceries, etc.

YMMV.

Posted by BlueWolf on August 17, 2017 08:17 PM