WSR: #11: February 28th - March 6th 2022

Reviving my Thinkpad x220, GCIH, and creating a Terminal Indexer

Published: March 6, 2022

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This Week’s Recap

This week was was mostly about getting through some of the GCIH material. Some of this material I already know from previous pentesting experience and other certifications so I expect to get this one fairly quickly.

For GCIH I plan on going through all the video lectures, then going through all the books, then using my custom Sans Terminal Indexer to create an index. This should be fairly straight forward and provide a great index for taking the exam.

This is a much different approach than I took for the GSEC exam. In the GSEC exam I focused on taking copious amounts of notes and exporting the headers of those notes into an index. This was ok but took WAY too much time. I’m hoping to streamline this process since I’ll be taking quite a few SANS classes over the next few years.


  • Got access to SANS GCIH Material. This will be the second class for my masters program
  • Finished the following GCIH sections

  • Ordered a new SSD and wifi card for my glorious Thinkpad x220


  • Finished the following GCIH sections


  • Finished the following GCIH sections

  • Added an SSD to my Thinkpad. I am now speed.
    • As a side note, this is what I do most of my non-lab studying on. I find it easier to focus if I’m using a less powerful computer and I’m not at my desk.


  • Finished the following GCIH sections
  • Joined the SANS offensive cyber Discord


  • Unwisely decided that I should stick to my goal of getting the entire lecture section of GCIH done between Monday-Friday of this week. I was pretty tired of absorbing information by this point in the week. A lot of it went in one ear and out the other. Finished the section but will probably go back and review some of the topics.


  • Added a bunch of features to my Sans Terminal Indexer such as:

    • Asking for what book number you’re working on at the beginning
    • Program will only list .csv files for you to open in the indexer (previously it would just display all the files in the directory the script was launched in)
    • Creates a folder in ~/.Indexes to store index files instead of the directory the program was launched from
    • Various bug fixes

  • Very excited to start using this to index my books starting Monday.


  • Published this blog :)

Have any questions

Do you have any questions? Feel free to reach out to me on twitter. See you next Sunday. :)