Aug 14
"Ghostery" is a browser plugin that allows you to control the advertsers that target you while you browse the Internet. I have been using a very complex DNS solution for blocking the most aggregious browser advertising offenders, but Ghostery... [More]
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Aug 13
I was discussing this in a class I was teaching today, and tonight, I see that someone has done the legwork. A researcher from French Eurocom, wrote a program that scans the internet looking for firmware images. He downloaded ~35000 firmware images, and scanned them for vulnerabilities. What he found was shocking. Slashdot mention:http://beta.slashdot.org/story/205819 Article: http://www.itworld.com/security/431186/study-finds-firmware-plagued-poor-encryption-and-backdoors
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Jun 01
I have been receiving these email messages over the past few days. They have a subject like, "Please review this post about you online", or "leaked info about you was accessed by someone unknown", or "Things don't look good for you". The emails all pretend to be from someone who has my best interests at heart and are attempting to warn me about an impending, "Release of unflattering information" about myself. Anyone would be interested in clicking on the link to see what the "damaging information" is; but we should all resist the urge, because there is no "Damaging Information". In fact, it is a ruse that is designed to get us to click on the link so that we will be infected with the sender's trojan du jour. Here is a sample of the emails I... [More]
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Feb 13
If you listen to Glenn Beck and have heard his ads for ExtremeBeam flashlights, you probably want to buy one. I did too. Fortunately I did a little googling and found that better (or comparable) flashlights are available for way less. For instance, I wanted the ExtremeBeam M4 Scirrako which they want $60 for.So, I looked up its deets and found that it is pretty much an XM-L T6 flashlight but has a much lower lumen rating than its competition. READ THAT? A lesser beam for a premium price!So I bought this for $9.79 INCLUDING SHIPPING! which is a BETTER FLASHLIGHT for way less.Actually I scrolled down a bit and bought the 2-pack with the big one and a tiny one for $13.83.This isn't an ad... I really wrote this; though it seems addy.http://www.... [More]
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Aug 28
This is a site that I use every time I build a new PC. Unfortunately I always forget its name and have to Google for it for a few minutes in order to find it again. Hence this post. Now, I'll just go to my own website and look for it.

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Jul 22
This is a response to a question posted on Linked In. The question was, "Are development methodologies such as Agile, hurting the industry in the long run?" You can read the entire discussion here... http://lnkd.in/YN9eQX Jeff Stokes Du Bose, one of my favorite posters on the Linked In software development discussion boards, had a very well considered response, which I have re-posted here without permission. If you want to read the original post, follow the above link. I post it here for my own selfishness, in case the discussion is ever archived. [More]
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Jun 20
Men's Wearhouse fires George Zimmer... I stopped shopping at Men's Wearhouse years ago. Everytime I go in there they treat me like a fool. I did go in there last week, looking for a linen sportcoat. I was looking for something like this... http://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/72773?feat=linen%20blazer-SR0&page=classic-linen-blazer [More]
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Feb 23
I am spending about a month in Ottawa, Ontario Canada, and Avis gave me a 2013 Chrysler 200 for my stay here. Normally I drive a late model Infiniti FX-35. In all of my many travels I have not yet had a chance to encounter a car as nice as mine. It should come as no surprise then that the Chrysler 200 also fails the test. However, plasticy as it may bethe Chrysler 200 comes closest so far. The 200 has many of the luxury accoutrements that the Infiniti does (though not all) and is an overall comfortable, and performant vehicle. If I had to live the rest of my life with a Chrysler 200, It wouldn't be too bad. My biggest complaints are that the wheels are cheap (already being scratched up and dinged by the Canadian winter before I got it), and... [More]
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Jan 17
I use Discus on my website in order to provide comments and control comment spam. Today, when posting I noticed this message... So I gather that Discus is no longer supporting Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8. That's a strange development.
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Jan 14
My new software security job with HP/Fortify requires me to travel quite a bit. I used to carry my laptop in a backpack, but I worked in jeans, a T-shirt, and flip-flops. Now I have to dress a bit nicer, and wear sportcoats, slacks and sometimes even ... SUITS! A backpack over a suit is tres' gauche, and a bit uncomfortable. I searched a while for a good solution and liked the McKlein line of rolling laptop cases because the wheels could be easily removed, leaving the leather bits to be carried like a fat briefcase. The McKlein Chicago also came with an extra, smaller briefcase that fits my 17" Macbook Pro and all of its accessories perfectly, The McKlein will easily carry two laptops, so I bought it. Unfortunately it didn't arrive in time... [More]
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