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Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It

NOTICE: This website is still under construction!
A few things don't work yet, and very many of the pages are incomplete. These will be edited and fixed up ASAP... See here for more about this.

The cover image for this page is the space shuttle Discovery, which launched and landed 39 times, making more flights than any other spacecraft. It launched the Hubble Space Telescope, the Ulysses Space Probe, and other satellites. It was named after the ocean going ship HMS Discovery — which, along with the HMS Resolution, was commanded by Captain James Cook on his third voyage.

READ THIS SECTION FIRST: (If you haven't already seen it on another page here.)
Some general information about this new website is explained below.

I'll try to add at least one new page a day to Spysafe.com.au, and see how realistic it is for me to keep up with that workload (including during the holidays). I've been working on streamlining the process, so I can add pages easier and faster.

Since it's the Christmas holiday season, many of the new pages will be more general and somewhat lighthearted in nature. And perhaps somewhat off-topic in not mostly being about security-specific information — of which there will be more of as of January 2022, and onwards...


If you're new to the website, the games I wrote that you can play online on this site (in your browser) are probably the most interesting things here. Click here to see the games.

The most interesting games so far are probably Conqueror, Fast Draw (the poker machine one), and Eel (an improved version of the classic "Snake" game, but with an undersea theme).

There's also the Bandit Wargame, which isn't hosted here, but you can play it online — and it's a great way to learn Linux and security skills within a game-oriented style of learning.

Coming Soon on Spysafe

Here's a few things I'll try to add over the next couple of weeks, and also longer-term ideas for what might end up getting written about, depending on the level of interest there is for them:

  • Health-related content, including ways of improving back pain, and eating more healthy.
  • Introductory coding, including examples, and ways which might help make it interesting, and cut through the wall-of-complexity which can seem daunting and confusing (especially at first).
  • Some security-related news, including current events in the world of Cybersecurity.
  • How to get started with learning about Cybersecurity, including beginning Linux information.
  • Kali Linux, including how to install Kali in a VM (virtual machine).
  • Information about "how the internet works" at a top-down level.
  • Examples of other websites and IT projects I've worked on in the past (especially if I can copy and paste them easily into new pages).
  • Some other content from other websites which is at least somewhat relevant, that I can also copy and paste into web pages here quickly.
  • If I can't think of anything new on a given day I can always write about how some part of this website itself works internally, with code and database/SQL examples.
  • Anything else that seems like a good idea...

Your Mission

Here are a few ideas to get started with while this page becomes more complete...

Could you really learn to be a coder? Could you learn Networking, and Cybersecurity?


You can start small and work up from there.

If done in the right way, it can be both interesting and educational at the same time, (and can lead to career options and other benefits).

After a while you may find that the hardest thing about it is trying to stop. If approached in the right way, it can get addictive.

Security Work Can Happen in Secret

Many (perhaps most?) of the super heroes that kids (and even many adults) idolise have an alter identity.

Their superhero status is often completely hidden from those who know them in their normal everyday personality. For example Superman and Clark Kent, Batman and Bruce Wayne, Spiderman and Peter Parker, etc.

Children's heroes like Superman, Batman, and Spiderman hide their identities from almost everyone else, who know them only as average, ordinary people.

Children's heroes like Superman, Batman, and Spiderman hide their identities from almost everyone else, who know them only as average, ordinary people. Photo by Pixabay/NeuPaddy.

So don't be at all worried about "what will other people think if I'm not good at this?" You will get good at it, really good, if you stay interested for long enough.

Start Small

You can start just by reading articles and gathering together information and ideas.

To go further than just reading and learning there are several different possible approaches. You can follow any one of them, or more than one of them.

Start with the Basics

You really don't need much to start with. It's not 1980, when an IBM PC cost about as much as a car. And to connect one to any kind of network, for the average person, was a massive undertaking. And when finding information about how to do things on a computer was almost harder than obtaining the hardware itself.

In 2021, a basic device of almost any kind (even an old one) and an internet connection is really all you need.

You don't need to spend a lot of money or time when starting out.

You don't need to spend a lot of money or time when starting out.

There's almost as many different approaches you could take as there are people — so there's no definitively right or wrong way to do things. A lot of people have strong opinions on all kinds of things, but that does not necessarily make them right or mean that they have the best approach.

Don't be intimidated by all the possible things you could be doing, or by other people's ideas of what constitutes a "worthy" degree of knowledge.

Then Think Big

The greatest journeys and achievements of humanity all began with one small first step. Think about where you'd like to be. There will be plenty of ideas posted on this site in future to help with this.

The biggest journey begins with the first step. Buzz Aldrin (pictured) walked on the Moon with Neil Armstrong, on Apollo 11, July 20–21, 1969.

The biggest journey begins with the first step. Buzz Aldrin (pictured) walked on the Moon with Neil Armstrong, on Apollo 11, July 20–21, 1969. Photo by NASA / Wikipedia.

Also you can look online at other websites and at videos to see what others are doing. Sometimes this can seem overwhelming, so I'm going to try to make it seem like something that anyone can learn and do. Since it is!

It's good to apply a combination of the small picture and the big picture. (As described above about the two ends). The small picture is all the important details that you need, that you can work on right now, where you are. The big picture, apart from giving you an overall direction to be heading, should include things that inspire you. Try to think of some. There will be a lot more than it seems at first. Stay tuned to this channel for many more ideas in future...

All you have to do to start with, is, start...

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