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Alex
Beaverton, OR
IT Security Professional and CISSP
Interests: blogging, games, pc hardware, books, movies, anime, kung-fu/wire-fu, chinese action cinema (John Woo/Chow Yun Fat movies for instance), eating out, toys of all kinds, NPR, reading interesting sites, rubbing kitty bellies, doting on my girlfriend
Recent Activity
This is an excellent blog post on how to use Ansible to config the /etc/sudoers file on Linux systems. https://raymii.org/s/tutorials/Ansible_-_Sudo_Safety_and_Sanity_Checks.html Continue reading
Hope you never have to run in to this problem, but if you ever have to install Red Hat using an iSCSI boot disk do not set up /var as a separate partition. Doing so will seriously break the server... Continue reading
@powershell -NoProfile -ExecutionPolicy unrestricted -Command "iex ((new-object net.webclient).DownloadString('https://chocolatey.org/install.ps1'))" && SET PATH=%PATH%;%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\chocolatey\bin That command means never again having to use IE or any other Microsoft browser. Follow by: choco install googlechrome Continue reading
Working With CSV Files In Ruby 1.8.7 Without FasterCSV The following Ruby code sample shows how to bring in data from a csv file with headers in a way that allows you to manipulate the date by header name. inputfile... Continue reading
Wow, this is still a thing? That's not good at all and doesn't speak well at all for Tripplite
Windows support is coming to Ansible soon. That's cool. Puppet needs the competition to keep them refining Puppet Enterprise. Continue reading
This experience is a perfect example of "Don't make a sale, make a customer". Aloha Sew and Vac tried to make a sale and lost a customer. Not at all good business.
The point isn't how expensive the lessons were. I'm fine with that. This is all about the attitude of the salesperson. And yes, the people at Montavilla Sewing are helpful and friendly.
Here's hoping that all this experience that I'm gaining with the Ceph distributed storage solution on Linux won't go to waste. CRUSH FTW! Continue reading
When using Mirantis Fuel Web to build up an OpenStack cloud, it requires 6 separate networks to be created. Simplest way to do this is by using virtual networks (VLANs), however this presents a few challenges because of the complexities... Continue reading
If you are a digital photographer that takes most of their pics in RAW format like I do and you do most or all of your photo editing on a Windows system, you simply must get the Microsoft Camera Codec... Continue reading
As you may or may not know, Microsoft is discontinuing support for their MSN Messenger/Live Messenger service in favor of Skype soon. Since Live Messenger is no longer needed on my system and this is part of Live Essentials, I... Continue reading
Is it still necessary to do weekly scheduled antimalware scans these days in addition to real-time scans? It just seems like more and more that antimalware software is used to meet compliance obligations and not as a real security layer.... Continue reading
This article is pretty interesting http://www.darkreading.com/insider-threat/167801100/security/attacks-breaches/240149075/how-best-to-break-the-news-to-users-that-they-re-a-bot.html Talks about the most effective methods ISPs used to notify customers that their computers were part of a botnet. One takeaway is that both Windows AND Mac computers became part of the botnet, so... Continue reading
I'm not a big fan of Microsoft's new UI that they created for WinMo 7 and Windows 8. It feels unfinished and unpolished like a cheap piece of IKEA furniture. I never thought that any developers would find it innovative... Continue reading
Rarely in my life have I experience television as good as Scandal. It just keeps getting better. Each moment somehow tops those that came before. The people who create this show are truly at the top of their game. Continue reading
Trader Joe's Roasted Coconut Chips are ridiculously tasty. Continue reading
Since we got our Vitamix in September of 2012, I have eaten more fruits and veggies than in the last previous ten years combined (if not more). It is quite literally the most used appliance, after the fridge, in our... Continue reading
I was a guest tonight on Tech Webcast. An hour long tech show done by a bunch of people, some in Australia and some in the US. Check it out although don't expect me to sound all that great. Not... Continue reading
One of the most dangerous things that our government is doing right now is the collection of unknown open computer vulnerabilities. Cyber weapons can be launched from anywhere in the world with very low cost, are difficult to determine who... Continue reading
I'd just like to say that Splunk + Puppet = Pure Awesomeness Continue reading
Akamai and other Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are a perfect example of engineers solving a problem (fast delivery of content/highly available content/content with robust anti-denial of service capabilities) only to cause serious security headaches for IT networking professionals. These CDNs... Continue reading
Lately I've gotten two spam text messages on my phone. Wasn't sure how to block them on Sprint, bit found out how. You text the word block followed by the number you want to block without punctuation to 9999, so... Continue reading
Cassie's new Brother XR1300 sewing machine is absolutely the bomb. It's exactly what Cassie needs to get into sewing. Has no problems powering through thick fabric. Winds bobbins with absolutely perfect precision and is really easy to set up. Practically... Continue reading