"A long time ago in a distant universe, you had just set out on your path of computer knowledge. You had no certifications to your name and only a few months of wrt open source and exploit toying under your belt. Pretty much your only positive was that you had a passion for learning."
Well, thats me.
I'm on fire for this stuff, and acquiring knowledge has become more fun than gaming for me. I discovered this site while following links from open-source guides to hacking communities, and while the courses listed here are certainly attractive (more so due to the expired giveaway that initially lured me here) I have a serious objections to waisting anyone's time and I question whether I'm even qualified to take the courses offered here.
Now that you know my story, I'll begin by apologizing for the long intro (my objection to time-waisting was sincere), before requesting any suggestions for books, classes, movies, guides or websites that apply to offensive security and ethical hacking.
Just to note, I don't have a lack of reading material (the internet is wonderful) however I do recognize the value of a good source.
So to reiterate:
Anything you guys can remember that really helped when you were just starting out or that sparked your interest.
Sincerely, 4 n00b.
ps. my intentions are ethical and hopefully *distant, distant future* job related.