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kismet: Too cool for the average tool

Sometimes I find stuff that is so cool to watch and look at, that I don’t even notice that I have no clue what it’s doing.

Here’s kismet, which falls easily into that category.


Mentally I lump this with things like wavemon or ettercap, where I’m getting a lot of data that I just don’t understand.

But it looks really cool. Throw this up on your screen at a geek party and you will not go home alone. 😉

Actually I do have a vague idea what’s happening there, but it doesn’t behoove me to know what it is. Ignorance is the better part of valor … this time.

kismet is mostly menu-driven, and will bounce boxed messages in front of your face if it really wants your attention.

It also has a live-action display, as you can see, and takes a healthy series of command-line options too. This is a very impressive console application, people.

Of course, you have to know what you’re doing with it. Otherwise, it’s just another cool tool. I’ve got a lot of those lying around. 😉

ettercap: Use this power for good … or evil

I found ettercap a long time ago and I will be honest in saying that once or twice since then, I’ve put it to work.

I say that with a small measure of guilt — because, while it’s a very flexible tool and quite useful for some minor troubleshooting tasks, it’s main focus is something a little more devious.


And that’s the part where I promise, I know nothing. I said a long time ago, and it bears repetition: ettercap is a tool, in the same way a knife is a tool or a hammer is a tool.

You could do good things with a knife or hammer, but you could also wreak havoc. And you could list a lot of other things alongside a knife or a hammer, some of them quite mundane.

I leave it to you, what you do with ettercap. The potential is there to do good … or evil. 👿

P.S.: There’s a GTK version too.

dhcping: Maybe the simplest yet

This will be short: As far as I can tell, this is all dhcping will do:


Not that it’s bad or somehow an underperformer. Reading through the man pages and the home page, that’s all dhcping was intended to do — check that a dhcp server is still running.

It does give the impression of a piece of a larger puzzle though. The man page says it returns either 0 or 1, reflecting the state of the server.

I’m no programmer, but methinks that could be useful in a larger application.

But alas … that’s all there is to it. Quite possibly the simplest program yet. 😉