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Need Gear Will Hack: Where to Find Cheap Stuff to Break

I'm always on the lookout for new and exciting items to tinker with. Finding the right materials can be a challenge, especially on a budget. Luckily, with a little bit of creativity and research there are plenty of places to find affordable items. These are just a few of my tips on where and how to find cheap gear! University Salvage University salvage & surplus stores are great places to find discarded items from labs and research facilities. These items often include electronics, lab equipment, books, and supplies making them perfect for projects. Check your local university or college to see if they have a storefront!  Check out the iconic MIT SwapFest – one of the more historic examples.  Other examples include... Oregon State , Purdue University , & University of Washington Thrift Stores & Flea Markets Thrift stores are outstanding places to find used items for projects too. These stores typically offer a wide range of items, from antique electronics to mode

CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Expert: Security+ / PenTest+ / CySA+ / CASP+

Recently I achieved the CompTIA Security+, Pentest+, CySA+, and CASP. To share my journey and contribute to the broader discussion, I've compiled this guide. It includes tips and strategies, insights from my experience, and reflections on the CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Expert stack. Tips & Tricks Get CompTIA certified on the cheap; Never pay full price! Sign up for the newsletter or search for a GetCertified4Less website. It's important to note that the credibility of these sites can vary, so due diligence and thorough research is essential. Here are three resources I found particularly valuable: Workplace Reimbursement Academic Discounts Beta Exams Already employed? Your company might offer reimbursement for certification costs, but be aware that this could be contingent on you remaining with the company for a specified duration or passing the exam. If successful, they might cover all expenses related to training and certification, including boot-camps, textbooks, and e

"BANNED" for violating the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act a.k.a the FDA

Let's recap.. . Recently, I published a few lists of Hacker/Infosec/Cybersec Discord servers. Hacker_Discords & Hacker_Hiring_Discords To compile these lists meant joining MANY Discord servers...really as many as I could. ~~ KNOW OF ONE? PLEASE ADD YOURS! ~~ Upon joining the REDACTED server I was promptly sent the following message. PEPE : Hi, I'm a mod from REDCATED server. I'm concerned that your profile description contains unapproved information regarding FDA Class 3 medical devices. Please remove the link or you will be banned.  Me :... You're initial question likely being "What the heck is in your profile description?!". The answer being...a link to my blog. The one that you are reading. Hi :)     To be truthful, I'd only just joined the server and hadn't read the rules so there's little telling what Rule 1 was, how that relates to FDA Class 3 medical devices, or why that was of particular concern on a code development discussion serve