Plain out of luck
the1tostaystuck
So my Lenovo laptop broke down, GRUB gave me a no partition error I couldn't fix. When I tried fixing it a few months ago by formatting the HDD and installing Ubuntu it took a few tries but it worked, I guess I knew the hard drive had a problem but know here I am with my Ubuntu partition gone, and can't even recover the Win XP bootloader because of the corrupted HDD. I managed to boot into WinXP using the nifty Hiren Boot CD and even backup the important files. I've tried Clonzilla inside of PartedMagic and after creating an image I tried to restore it into a freshly made partition especially made for the WinXP in the Toshiba laptop so I wouldn't lose all programming and HTS I needed from the Lenovo. Lucky me, I didn't know that the restoration process would corrupt my Windows 7 Bootloader neither did I know the Windows XP image was defective because of the faulty HDD so now I'm stuck with a half-functioning Lenovo laptop on it's way to become a paper weight 'till It'll repaired and a Toshiba laptop that gets stuck before even booting Win 7 and even Hiren couldn't help with it :) FML

Delays and on we go
the1tostaystuck
The quiz last week took up a considerable amount of my time. The upside is I won 1st place, got a permission to bring a laptop here. I've finished all HTS Basic missions. I enjoyed the learning process and completed 10 of them without using any help or hints from the forums but mission 11 had me stuck and I had to use a solution to complete. It made me feel like a fool since the solution was quite simple, the only part I should have had trouble with was knowing and locating the .htaccess file. After this I have decided to study thoroughly Web Development with the syllabus as follows: HTML, Javascript, ASP(using the books I borrowed), continuing on to the W3schools website to complete my basic web education. In order to expand my knowledge in web hacking I should go over the Apache http server and SSIs(Server Side Includes) as well as delve in Javascript Injection and again, the use of SSIs. I've bought a Hebrew book on Hacking called "A Guide to Hacking and Information Security", I've started reading it covering so far the Physical Layer, the Data Link Layer and the Network Layer of the OSI model. The author is also one of the developers of Bl@ckm00n at exploit-masters.com. I have only 34 slides left of the 4th 234114 citation after which I shall start working on hw1 of the course. My girlfriend's birthday in this weekend so I doubt I'll be able to progress in the next few days but I'll try. Though I'll try setting up a Pen-Testing Lab on my Toshiba Satellite L750-171(just got it back from repair) this weekend and see how it goes. I've found the CodeGuru Xtreme competition I could use to gain some attention among potential places I could continue to in order to complete this 3-year obligation with dignity and a functioning brain, unfortunately the next competition is in 12 months and I'll need to study 8086 Assembly as well as code and train a survivor but the added challenge is great. I'll also try to finish the Ness Tech. C# book, it's quite short and easy and I should grasp the basic concepts in a few hours. I'll report my progress next week. I probably need to catch some sleep as I have my regular 4-hour travel back home and of course the Thursday morning routine.

Summing up my weekend
the1tostaystuck
Finished first 4 HTS basic missions, it was too easy. Got basic knowledge in HTML. After finding out I have to start with my Technion courses first so 234114>>234122 so my "learning path" will be set as following C>C++>Python>C#. I'll see what I manage to do during the week. I was "asked" to participate in some kind of quiz that I'll have to study for so we'll see how much time it'll consume. I've found a few interesting articles on HTS as reading material for this week as well as 4 interesting magazines and a book. I need to check how to secure my habits and computer. I'll probably completely erase all Backtrack installations off my HDDs and start booting them up live-(cds&USBs). I'm left with the 5th HTS basic mission which I'll have to complete later due to the lack of time now to study Javascript Injection. I've gone over the first 2 lectures and citations of 234114, after I go over the 3rd and 4th citations I should have enough knowledge in order to complete the first assignment. If all goes well and I have enough time I should be able to complete 234114 in 2 weeks. Let the studying begin!

First steps and changes
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I've cracked my first 2 WEPs, kids' stuff, I have no idea why such a flawed technology still exists. I've talked to someone doing practically the same stuff in another place in the organization, the course that gets you to these positions starts with C and moves on to C++ so for this goal Python is of less importance since it's not the quantity of programming languages you know. Python will be of great help for me in the startup but 'till then I'll have to start the 234114 Technion course. I've also been offered a Development project by my superior involving Image and Digital Signal Processing, having no experience or prior knowledge in the field I will gladly accept the challenge just for firing up that grey matter. I'm now studying the 2nd chapter of Hello! Python programming my own version of Hunt the Wumpus. I'll try to complete the first assignment of the Technion course tomorrow as well as the first 5 basic missions in HackThisSite. Since that Dev project touches basic electrical engineering subjects I guess it would be wise to skim read the systems accompanying book and check out what basis should I build for the job. I'll probably try to study some basic HTML so I could complete the HTS basic missions more easily.

The Start
the1tostaystuck
Guess this will be difficult. I'm not a computer genius, I'm definitely not like Mark Zuckerberg, I'm jewish though that hardly qualifies. so for the appetizers:
Web Development: I've found w3schools, great site. A friend lent me a book series in Hebrew called "An introduction to programming in an internet enviroment" and I've downloaded a few EBooks onto my Asus Transformer Pad TF300TG.
Programming: I'm starting with Python, got a few ebooks as well. After finishing Hello!Python I'll progress to MIT OCW's Introduction to computer programming course.
Finishing these will allow me to write python on my CV although I'll definitely have to further my studies in Python. next language will be C#.
I have a Ness Technologies Intro to C# book, this should allow me to get a loose grasp on the subject and allow me to go through this niche fast enough to start the main dish. I will have to delve into C# but the next step is crucial and necessary. There are 2 Technion courses 234114 and 234122, the first is Introduction to Computer Science and the latter, Introduction to Systems Programming. Those will teach me C and C++. All of these will be enough qualification for me to move to a better occupation at the organization I serve.
Last but not least, Hacking and Penetration Testing: I've installed Backtrack 5r3 on my Desktop computer which have access to only on weekends and on one of my laptops, my Lenovo G550. I've found a tutorial that teaches Backtrack and will study basic Wifi Penetration testing later this weekend. I've also found HackThisSite and will try to solve the first 5 missions later this weekend as well. These require me to know basic HTML which integrates with my studies for the stratup.
Excellent, now I've got the basic outline of my studies and i'll start with Python.

An unexpected path
the1tostaystuck
Stuck where i am for an entire year, here I found a way to get out, to the place I strive to complete my 3 year obligation. Unfortunately, to use this option I will have to thicken my CV. Parallel to my studies for a startup with friends, I have to study a few programming languages. The StartUp requires me to study Web Development(HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, ASP, SQL ,XML) and Object-Oriented Programming(C#). The knowledge required to present me as a qualified candidate is high class programming(C, C++, C#, Python). Although I'll mainly need object-oriented programming languages a strong base is recommended. I've also decided to study hacking via Backtrack, the idea of becoming a penetration tester to finance myself during university seems valid. I have a background in Assembley on a 68HC12 Microcontroller but forgot most of it. Adding to the stated above, in attempt to avoid becoming a script kiddie I will study Perl and Ruby. To Realize my goals and keep track of my progress i'm starting an online blog, in the hope people will comment and give me tip for my studies.

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