Sorry for censoring f*ck in the title and subtitle — I still give a f*ck about getting published.

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Recently, I read the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson for the second time. Because it was so effective in a controversial way, I had to read it again and tell you something about it.

Fuck. Now it’s okay to write uncensored.

Since I do give a fuck about the message I’m about to convey, I will start by telling you what this is about. Because when people imagine “not giving a fuck”, they usually create a misconception on its meaning, different from the one Mark writes about.

You probably think it means living indifferent to everything and not giving a shit at all. But this would only mean that you are rude, unpleasant, insensitive, careless and other bad things. This is, you wouldn’t give a fuck about anything that happened to someone or the society, therefore showing a huge lack of feelings. What would at last issue from a lack of empathy, and Mark goes further here labeling that someone as a psycho. …


A series about manual exploitation

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These penetration testing writeup series are about owning HackTheBox machines through manual methods like you would have to do for an OSCP examination. I will try to avoid Metasploit the best I can, even if it is only to set-up a Meterpreter listener.

These are not simple writeups like those you can find anywhere on the Internet. I will share thoughts, ideas, emotions, failures, and successes so that you can feel part of a journey. It should be as fun to read for you as it was for me to hack these boxes. And I want you to ride along with me as if I am hacking the boxes at your reading pace. But above all, I want you to know that greatness takes effort, and I am no more than a noob trying to become better. Hopefully, you will learn something. …


A series about manual exploitation

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These penetration testing writeup series are about owning HackTheBox machines through manual methods like you would have to do for an OSCP examination. I will try to avoid Metasploit the best I can, even if it is only to set-up a Meterpreter listener.

These are not simple writeups like those you can find anywhere on the Internet. I will share thoughts, ideas, emotions, failures, and successes so that you can feel part of a journey. It should be as fun to read for you as it was for me to hack these boxes. And I want you to ride along with me as if I am hacking the boxes at your reading pace. But above all, I want you to know that greatness takes effort, and I am no more than a noob trying to become better. Hopefully, you will learn something. …


Do you know the fruit? What about what you don’t know?

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Did you ever wonder how many apples are eaten around the world every day? What about which countries consume the most apples? Or how many apple trees get planted every year? Those could be some interesting statistics for some. But what about asking yourself about the apple itself. Why are apples so famous? And where does that fame comes from?

I’ve been resting with this idea of an article for more than two years, but I never took the initiative to start thinking and writing. …


Your family should be a priority, but you are too.

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According to Princess Diana, “family is the most important thing in the world”, and she was not the only one saying it. You can find a lot of people, famous or not, who tell you that family should be on top of your priorities and that you should always sacrifice for your family. That can be right to some extent, but it’s important to understand that “family” can have different interpretations for each one of us, and the way one feels towards his family is different. Some blood families may even deserve to be forgotten.

Because we all relate to different families, ranging from families that wish you the best, to relatives that abandoned you and forgot about you, you can either be someone that feels like sacrificing everything for his family, or someone who doesn’t feel like sacrificing at all. For good or bad reasons, in the end, it’s up to you to know. You’re only wrong when you want to force yourself to give more than you can, to your family, only because an external voice tells you “you should”, even by disregarding your well-being. …


Because if you don’t truly think for yourself, no one ever will

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Writing on Medium is different than writing anywhere else. You must follow certain criteria if you want to succeed. At the same time, you are invited to keep your voice intact — be true to yourself. Furthermore, Medium challenges you to write about the subjects you are interested in and that’s when you get to develop a fundamental skill.

Critical thinking.

My first touch with this platform started by July 2018. I chose Medium to write my first article, by chance, but only because I had noticed it’s growing popularity. I had to intention to adhere to the growth. It was just the intention to write about a subject that I wanted to dissect, and Medium got my attention. …


How the human egocentrism reflects on the usage of turn signals

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“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ― Albert Einstein

According to Albert Einstein, human stupidity is infinite. I couldn’t agree more. And if there is one perfect place to give stupidity some action, is the road. People that drive fast and recklessly to cool off their minds. Drivers getting mad and blaming others for their faults. Driving through red lights, not stopping at stop signs, or violating a safety distance, all because their hurry justifies. Even men that abuse and kill each other in ego contests.

Then there’s another practice that doesn’t seem that offensive, but for me, it’s the most annoying. You’ll hear all kinds of excuses that flash stupidity and clearly show the egocentrism. That’s the case that motivated me to write this. …


While you destroy statues and debate black and white, you keep feeding a corrupted world.

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Everyone knows what happened after the death of George Floyd hadn’t it been for the turmoil that set around the world, or more precisely the United States and Europe. Protests everywhere, from the social media to the streets, from the silent ones to the violent, and then the remarkable destruction of statues.

Suddenly people, and mainly social-media-affected people, started accusing the U.S. police of racism against black people, and everyone wanted to join the fight. …


You can and should use “variety” to become a better writer

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Variety is often overlooked in writing, especially by young writers. Because we are often led to believe that it’s better to stick to whatever we write. If that’s what you want, you can perfectly have it, and yet, achieve great success. But it’s more what you are losing for disregarding variety. So I’m here to tell you that you can still stick to your business, but maybe don’t use super glue.

The best way to put it’s that “stick” is not the best word choice. Maybe “commit” is more appropriate. …


What I would have said to my father if I could have spoken 15 years ago

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When I was 8 years old, my father thwarted all the expectations I had about him. He had never been that good of a father, but I guess that up until that age I didn’t notice. It was only by then, in something that I recall as a traumatic moment, that my father broke the fantasized image I held of him.

In short, he unexpectedly broke a promise of a trip that he, me, and my mother had been long planning. I remember to be crying a lot while he broke that promise in front of us both, in an angry and arrogant outburst. And he even refused to pay for my part. After that, he also left home. I ended up going alone with my mother, but after that, I never saw my father the same way. …

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Mark Tey

Aspiring Novelist | Ethical Hacker | https://medium.com/stealthr00t

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