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Still Prideful After All These Years

December 15, 2010

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 It has been twenty-seven years since I took my last timed exam.  Since then, I’ve […]

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DoubleTwist = Android Sync + Markets

November 14, 2010

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A few years ago, a fellow named Jon Johansen (aka, DVD Jon) exploded onto the scene with some really cool technology: he released DeCSS as a means to “liberate” DVD films from onerous copy protection.  I don’t want to go through the legal and moral arguments that his actions provoked.  But later, he became more […]

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What Does Your Wife Think About Wardriving?

October 30, 2010

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For those who have read my blog for any amount of time, you already know that I am oddly fascinated with security.  Am I a certified information security professional?  No, I am not – at least, not yet.  Nevertheless, I have been fascinated by both the techniques and the ethics of hackers. And that fascination […]

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A Maze of Twisty Passages…

July 3, 2010

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I am definitely an old school gamer.  My son plays games like Modern Warfare 2 and Left 4 Dead 2.  But I started when games required thought and not just lightning-fast reflexes.  And one of the very first computer games I remember was Colossal Cave.  I first played it on an IBM S/370 that ran […]

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Password Managers – Bleh or Yay?

July 3, 2010

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How many of you remember the scene from WarGames when Matthew Broderick slides the desk drawer open to reveal a list of passwords?  Yeah, that movie is twenty-seven years old now.  But the message is still apt: don’t store passwords where people can find them. And after twenty-seven years of computer development, we have single […]

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Portable…and Secure

June 21, 2010

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about PortableApps and their application portability framework.  With a sufficiently large USB thumb drive, it is possible to store most (if not all) of your day-to-day applications.  And if those apps are “portable” (i.e., they do not store anything on the local machine), then you have the start of […]

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Summer of Insecurity

August 2, 2009

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First, I need to apologize to many of my faithful readers.  I think I’ve finally succumbed to the Twitter disease.  As many of you know, I’ve been using Twitter for over two years.  Indeed, I’m one of those technology saps that picked it up, set it down, and picked it up again. And I really […]

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Battening Down the Hatches at Home

July 3, 2009

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How many times have you heard the phrase “batten down the hatches?”  But do you know what it means?  Well, it’s a nautical term referring to sealing ship hatches with strips of wood and caulk.  This is done to prevent water from penetrating the hatches of the ship. Well, I’ve been battening down the computing […]

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Security IS a Serious Concern for Microsoft

January 17, 2006

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Disclaimer: For a number of years, I have been very critical of Microsoft’s relatively poor security posture. Nevertheless, I have applauded Microsoft when it took positive steps (like XP SP2). But since that time, I have joined Microsoft. That doesn’t mean that you should discount my commentary. Rather, you should accept it with a modicum […]

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Sony Sells Spyware

November 13, 2005

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It’s been an extraordinarily busy couple of days in the malware detection business. Sony has been all over the news – and the news isn’t so good for them. [Sony BMG Kills Daft DRM CD Rootkit Scheme, Sony Learns a Hard Lesson, Microsoft will identify the XCP software as malware, Sony halts production of CD’s] […]

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