R.E.M. — What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

“What’s the frequency, Kenneth?” is your Benzedrine, uh-huh
I was brain-dead, locked out, numb, not up to speed
I thought I’d pegged you an idiot’s dream
Tunnel vision from the outsider’s screen
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh
You wore our expectations like an armored suit, uh-huh

I’d studied your cartoons, radio, music, TV, movies, magazines
Richard said, “Withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy”
A smile like the cartoon, tooth for a tooth
You said that irony was the shackles of youth
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh

“What’s the frequency, Kenneth?” is your Benzedrine, uh-huh
Butterfly decal, rear-view mirror, dogging the scene
You smile like the cartoon, tooth for a tooth
You said that irony was the shackles of youth
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh
You wore our expectations like an armored suit, uh-huh
I couldn’t understand
You said that irony was the shackles of youth, uh-huh
I couldn’t understand
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh
I couldn’t understand
I never understood, don’t fuck with me, uh-huh

This song is one of the great examples of effect that media hype can have on people

Its based on following incident….by a maniac ;)

The title refers to the question one of two unknown assailants (one later identified as William Tager) asked CBS anchorman Dan Rather while assaulting him on Park Avenue in Manhattan in October 1986. The phrase Rather reported actually hearing was “Kenneth, what is the frequency?”

R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe said of the incident: “It remains the premier unsolved American surrealist act of the 20th century. It’s a misunderstanding that was scarily random, media hyped and just plain bizarre.” On June 22, 1995, at Madison Square Garden, Rather accompanied the band during soundcheck to perform the song. The clip was shown prior to R.E.M.’s performance of “Crush with Eyeliner” on Late Show with David Letterman the following night.

Tager later claimed that he had come from a parallel universe some 200 years in the future. He also claimed that because everyone in the future had a double in the past, he had mistaken Rather for his future double, Vice President Kenneth Burroughs, and that he attacked Rather in an attempt to recover the information needed to stop the television signals being sent to his brain and return to his own time. [1]

In 1997, the New York Daily News identified Tager as Rather’s assailant based on a tip from a psychiatrist. Tager apparently was convinced that the news media was beaming signals into his head, and demanded that Rather tell him the frequency of the signals. He is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for killing NBC stagehand Campbell Montgomery outside the Today show studio in 1994. New York never indicted Mr. Tager for the assault on Rather, and many skeptics remain unconvinced, although Rather accepts the Tager theory. [2]

The incident also inspired a lesser-known song called “Kenneth, What’s The Frequency?” by the band Game Theory in 1987, as well as appearing in the title track for the 1995 album Junior Citizen by Poster Children.

This phrase was also used by cartoonist Daniel Clowes in his graphic novel Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, which was originally serialized in his comic book Eightball. In Eightball #4 (October 1990) the character Billings says this to Clay Loudermilk, after Clay shows him the “Mister Jones” symbol that two corrupt cops carved into his heel after beating him.

The song is great though :D

It was Vijay Divas today..I mean 26th AUgust
The day remembers its brave men who died in Kargil war of 1999

Heres the list of Soldiers who received Gallantry Awards. There were many others who didnt get any medal. Still, their sacrifce is as great as who did

Squadron Leader Ajay Ahuja (Vir Chakra)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajay_Ahuja

Squadron Leader Kambampati Nachiketa (Vayusena Medal)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flt_Lt_Nachiketa

Lt. Saurabh Kalia (Kargil’s first Hero)
(Brutally tortured to death by asshole pakis :X)

Capt.Vikram Batra (Param Vir Chakra)

Grenedier. Yogendra Singh (Param Vir Chakra)

RFN .Sanjay Kumar (Param Vir Chakra)

Major Padmapani Acharya (Maha Vir Chakra)

Lieutenant Balwan Singh (Maha Vir Chakra)

Major M Saravanan (VirChakra)

Lieutenant Kanad Bhattacharya (Sena Medal)

Captain Saju Cherian (Sena Medal)

Lieutenant Keishing Clifford Nangrum (Maha Vir Chakra)

Captain R Jerry Prem Raj (Vir Chakra)

Major Sonam Wangchuk (Maha Vir Chakra)

Captain Vijayant Thapar
http://www.captainvijyantthapar.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kargil_War

A friend just posted this link
http://www.captainvijyantthapar.com/

Capt. Vijay Thapar

He died fighting for the country. He was 22.
Heres the last letter he wrote to his family

http://www.captainvijyantthapar.com/lastletter.html



Heres what his father wrote

Son,

The brave way you left this world, at the age of 22 is a measure of how you lived your short life and what you valued. In meeting the stark challenges of capturing Knoll against all odds, during the battle of Three Pimples with heroic coolness and single minded devotion to duty, you have achieved immortal honour. In death you have epitomised the spirit of national pride – an honour which makes every sacrifice worthwhile. Your actions will forever inspire generations of Indians to come. You have left us with pride for being the parents of a worthy son and a lifetime of pain for having lost a child we loved.
— Col. V.N. Thapar

Heres some thing about Ruksana, the kid he mentioned in the letter:

Ruksana lost her speech when her father was brutally murdered by militants in front of her eyes in her village in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir and it took all of Kargil martyr Captain Vijyant Thapar’s love to get it back. The six year – old’s world had come crashing down around her after her father Mohammad Akbar was gunned down by foreign mercenaries, but she was soon to discover her knight in shinning armour when a company of two Rajputana Rifles moved into her school in Kandi village. The 22-year old officer met her through the principal of the school and started loving the child immensely. Capt. Thapar and his “sahayak” Sepoy Jagmal Singh Shekhawat, who also died next to his “saheb” in the battle to capture the “Knoll” feature in Drass sub-sector, used to steal away from the unit and visit Ruksana each evening and take sweets and toffees for her, soldiers in the battalion say.

Their love developed into trust and Capt. Thapar’s persistent efforts paid off when Ruksana started speaking again. He used to contribute a small amount of money each month to the girl’s poor family towards her education. Minutes before going on his ‘last’ operation, the young officer, probably on a premonition, wrote to his family and asked them to take care of her. “Contribute some money to an orphanage and keep sending some money to Ruksana every month.”he wrote minutes before he was going to lead his men into battle on that fateful night of June 28. He had told his mother about Ruksana on the phone and described his beautiful relationship. Now his parents have decided to send money to her regularly.

Brave men like him keep dying almost everyday, just because of fucking fanatics.
These terrorists are nothing but plague on earth


Finally, I got Backtrack up in VMware witha wroking internet connection

Great

:D

Heres what happened. This is the stuff that I posted in BackTrack forums.

1st Post

MY PC config is

2.66GHz P-!V
512MB RAM
nVidia 6200TC (64MB onboard + 64 MB shared RAM)
Onboard ULi PCI Fast Ethernet Controller
Onboard Soundmax HD Audio COntroller
2 Hard discs (Both IDE PATA, one 40GB (master with XP installed) 2nd =20GB)
2nd HDD contains BackTrack image and all related files
Sony DVD combo as 2ndry master

Windows XP SP2 (+all patches)
Avast Antivirus
Comodo Personal Firewall (+ Windows Firewall On too)
VMware Player
VMX Builder
VMware Diskmount

After many trials and errors including Microsoft Virtual PC, booting from CD, I finally managed to get Backtrack running using VMware Player and a VMX script downloaded from Irongeek

Now the only problem that I am facing that I cant connect to the internet/network.
I have a standalone PC with DSL connection that requires authentication on ISPs site. It works fine with windows.
But I cant seem to connect while running backtrack in VMware
I tried all the commands
ifconfig eth0 ipaddrs subnet
dhcpcd
ifconfig eth0 up etc etc. listed in threads here
along with the IP address setting utility in BT.

At first I tried setting my IP , DNS and gateway etc to same as windows(ipconfig /all), then to other IP addresses in the subnet that were not occupied.
But I couldnt even ping the gateway. Though running ifconfig command showed some outbound packets, there were none inbound.

I tried modifying settings using vmnetcfg.exe utility in VMware player folder. modifying NAT for different interfaces,, setting DHCP same as my ISP etc etc.
Modifying VMware scripts to use modified interfaces.
Enabling/disabling different interfaces..NAT/DHCP/Bridge from VMware window have no effect either

Ping command runs well only for localhost
Also BT shows l0 as the listed ethernet interface

I’ve disabled my firewall too.

But still cant get it running.
I think I’m unable to configure vmnetcfg.exe utility properly..or is it something wrong with default config of BT that prevents network connections?

I’ve tried searching in VMware forums too without any success.
CAn anyone help me with this?
Sorry for this very long post. If am unclear somewhere, please tell me.

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2nd Post

m using BT ver 2 and VMware ver2 Downloaded them fresh from the site

I cant use live CD. As soon as i get first boot prompt(unloading stuff), my screen goes black and stays that way. Using alt-ctrl- – doesnt work
May be it hates my graphics card or resolution is unsupported. Cant even get to login prompt

My monitor is a 15 inch Samtron. Max resolution supported is 1024×768 at 60Hz. I use it at 960×600 at 85Hz (max flickerfree) in windows,
While using VirtualPC, i couldnt use my mouse, and graphics were terrible.

Now for original query,
I have an ADSL modem with one ethernet interface. NAT is disabled.
I’ve tried setting my ip address as per one of the guides, using DHCPCD etc, but it didnt work. I cant even ping my gateway, that I set manually.
Am training for CCNA and so I have fair bit of idea about subnets etc. and am providing them correctly too.
Can anybody post me the link for proper usage of VMware ethernet adapters , VMX Builder and BackTrack ip config.
Theres nothing in help files either, and I could find only one tutorial about setting ip config in BackTack. But I suspect its more to do with VMware. But not sure .
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3rd Post

This thread, additionally, I used GUI utility in BT too.
Also I read up linux commandline reference, nothing really special there too

ttp://forums.remote-exploit.org/showthread.php?t=1489&page;=3[/url]

I start it like this

First I boot into WIndowsXP. Connect to internet, as my DSL modem provides the PC with IP automatically. Only thing remains is to authenticate at the ISP’s site with my user id and password using a browser

Now I start VMware and load the modified vmx file that I got from irongeek site.
It all works fine till I get to connecting to internet.
Also I tried to make a “hard disk”
using VMX builder. Its same problem in both cases.
Can you point me to any step by step tutorial regarding ip configuration in Backtrack and VMware?
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4th Post

Sorry to bother you again folks…but I just cant avoid it.

I’ve tried everything with VMware..that I could think of, editing various virtual network adapters, enabling disabling various settings etc etc.
But I can’t get my Backtrack session to connect to internet.
I tried using multiple ethernet cards (virtual) in BT too, but without any success

Then, I borrowed a friends laptop to run the Boot CD. Guess what, I got the same problem there. Bt boots up fine but still no internet connectivity
(CD wont run on my system, I just get a blank screen after boot: prompt)
So that leads me to think, theres some issue with my ISP.
Let me explain about my connection, all that I know

It uses a Chinese made UTStarcom ADSL router/modem
UT-300R2 WITH ONE ETHERNET CONNECTION.
Connection is provided through a CAT cable with 4 pairs. Only one pair is used to provide internet connection. This company provides telephone service too. In some cases, telephone shares the same pair as internet service (uses a splitter then) while in other cases phone and internet service are both on different pairs.

It has LEDs for PPOE, WAN, LAN and Power

The IP is dynamic and ipconfig command shows a single DHCP server, 2 DNS servers.
Subnet mask is 21.

Connection speed is 75kbps (yeah yeah, I know its very lame, but thats what I can currently afford )
To start using the internet, I have to first put in my user id and password in the login page of the isp.
That page comes on by default everytime I try to open any site.. (what else?)

I’ve tried putting in IP address(same as well as different unoccupied address in subnet), gateway IP and DNS server address manually but I cant even ping the gateway even when the BT accepts the IP I provided.

I cannot login to my router/modem whatever( it says ADSL modem ). I just get a class A ip in range 123
I tried calling customer care, but they said that it isnt possble to change settings by logging in, either through browser or telnet.
This thing doesnt have NAT either
Ip shown in ipconfig command and external tools like whatsmyip.com site are same.

I tried running ppoe setup // command(from this forum), but that didnt help either. I see some data traffic outgoing /incoming, but thats all theres to it.
I havent installed it on HDD yet. Just using Laptop and more often VMX builder to play around with various settings on my PC.
Can anybody tell me about
VMXnet
E100 and
AMD Lance
settings in Network Adapter Type drop box in that? Does it have any influence?
Attached Images ifcon.jpg

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5th Post

I finally managed to get DHCP service running and got ip address and everything.

Got it by trying a lots of stuff at once, resetting my modem using a small reset button, turning it on and off and running dhcpcd command with -h and -r switches
Now I have a working ip config.
But theres another hitch
I now get to login page of ISP, but on entering password, it says, Authentication Failed

Has it something to do with following excerpt
3.10.7. I have followed all the steps but still my machine is not able to connect

The cable modem will usually memorize the ethernet address of your network card so if you connect a new computer or switch network cards you will somehow have to “teach” your cable modem to recognize the new computer/card. Usually you can turn of the modem and bring it back up while computer is on or you will have to call tech support and tell them that you have changed a network card in the computer.

from this page
Code:
http://tldp.org/HOWTO/DHCP/x74.html
I had same problem when I tried to use laptop (XP). But resetting and switching the modem on and off fixed it.
BUt its not working here.
I’ve done it 2-4 times.

One tiny bit more..
whats with multiple keystroke?
It just keeps on typing even if I just touch the keys
Happens sometimes. Though quite often.
Is it a bug?

6th Post

Guess hwat??
I got it fixed and to think of it, there was never any problem with Vmware settings.
It was my frigging modem afterall. All I had to do to get internet working on BT was to release IP from windows. Then switch off the modem and wair for 2-3 minutes to get rid of the binding with MAC that ISPs do
Then switch on the modem and run dhcpcd command.
I was able to logion to my ISP then and off to work

Finally, leant something.

Should’ve thought of it long time ago. Had smae problem in lab when I was once training for managing Windows Domains

Quote:Originally Posted by Funnyman
I think the reason why LiveCD didn’t boot on your PC is something to do with your Graphic Card. Because BT and Auditor did boot on my Laptop but did on my PC.

Ya..my card is N’Vidia 6200 made by XFX.
Screen goes blank after first boot prompt.

Whewww

;)

Heres the link of BackTrack forums..of my post

http://forums.remote-exploit.org/showthread.php?t=7485

Still no good help with BackTrack. One guy posted a video tutorial regarding setup in VMware. But that doesnt deal with the problem I’m having. I’ll give it another shot today though.

Sigh…why everything is so difficult :

A dangerous confession
A do or die confession
I wont leave you alone.

This song is the latest one that keeps ringing in my head.
Alone by Buckcherrys. Its the OST in MI2.

My lifes wasted.