A few people know i am recovering from my iBook dying.
of course like a jackass, i wasnt backing up properly which is kind of a bummer but sometimes its always nice to start fresh, but if any of you ever sent me an email i wanted to keep, can you please resend it :-)
anyway, the silver lining of all of this is i got a new lappy (Toshibia A135-S4727) with a built in atheros card so i can finally use that hacking exposed wireless book i borrowed from work (and wont be returning) and can play with some of the wireless hack tools. I'm running Ubuntu 7.04 so it was fairly easy to get things up an running. A couple quick apt-get's and a little editing of the kismet conf file and i was up and running.
$sudo apt-get install madwifi-tools
$sudo apt-get install kismet
after you install the madwifi tools you should see the wifi0 interface when you do an ifconfig
wifi0 Link encap:UNSPEC HWaddr 00-19-7E-8A-BB-F4-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:1399800 errors:113005 dropped:98619 overruns:0 frame:1332679
TX packets:98112 errors:2 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:283152996 (270.0 MiB) TX bytes:12557358 (11.9 MiB)
change directories into /etc/kismet and edit the kismet.conf file to use the madwifi_ag drivers
after that you should be good to go: