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PWNED?

Have my super secret accounts been compromised? Probably. I know, that’s not really what anyone wants to hear, but it’s also pretty truthful at this point. I mean, if you pay any attention to the news these days, then you’ve heard about all the recent data breaches. Most recently, there’s the Saks Fifth Avenue and […]

Blast Radius

This may stretch the limits of what even I consider “fun”. Ever since I was in junior high, I’ve been a little too interested in nuclear war. Personally, I blame the Cold War and movies like . It looks kind of cheesy now, but back in the day, we were all terrified that this was […]

Reaction Time Is A Factor

That’s not just a line from my favorite movie. Seriously, I’ve always said that the real secret to success is not really just hard work and “paying your dues”.  It is those things, too, but it’s mostly about making the most of opportunities.  In other words, it’s luck. Now, don’t freak out.  It’s not entirely […]

Hacker Games

Sounds like a good title for a book! Except it’s not. In my day job, I’m a professional geek. And, what I mean by that is that I work with computers for money. It seems like the vast majority of the guys my age who got into computers professionally did so because they were inspired […]

Work – Fatherland – Order

My own political leanings often surprise me. I should start by saying that I don’t think of myself as a particularly political person in any sense of the word. Sure, I have some very strong opinions about some things, but I mostly keep that kind of thing to myself because I hate the idea of […]

When To Buy What

Yes, you can save money by buying at the right time. About a week ago, our dryer died. Or maybe our washing machine died. All we know is, right in the middle of a load, my wife started to smell the most horrible stench of burning electronics. She turned everything off and unplugged it all, […]

Procedural Space Opera

I may be a computer geek, but I’m heavier on the geek side. Not that a statement like that is much of a surprise to people who know me. Or to people who follow my oldest blog, the eponymously named Diary of a Network Geek. The thing is, though, I fell into the network part […]

A Personal Security Plan

It’s never too late, or too early, to get more secure on-line. Those of you who know me, know that I spend most of my days toiling in the corporate data mines and as a result, I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about computer security. I also tend to be tech support for […]

Charitable Giving

As someone who’s been the beneficiary of charitable giving, I heartily endorse it! And, actually, you may have enjoyed the benefits of charity, directly or indirectly, too. For instance, if you have had cancer or know someone who has had cancer, you’ve benefited from money donated to cancer research from any of a number of […]

The Traditional Birthday Post

So, today marks yet another lap around the Sun for me. Honestly, I don’t hang a lot on birthdays, especially my own. I mean, for the most part, they’re just another day. Another marker of many in my life and, frankly, a rather arbitrary one at that. I’m more impressed with the fact that I’m […]


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