February 18, 2014

And speaking of Brian Krebs

I always cringe when people start talking about connecting any of their stuff to the internet through their firewall.  It's just asking for trouble. 

Brian Krebs asks, Is it time to harden your hardware?

If you are lost when reading the opening remarks about the routers, scroll on down to the light switches... then read about the problems with Network Attached Storage (NAS).  These things are becoming very popular. 

Heck I have a hard time making people understand that their Operating Systems need to be kept up to date.  Trying to make them understand that other machines need updating too?  Whew...

The problem with the hardware listed here, it's all being touted as making your life easier.  Plug it in, fire it up, voilà  you are online and able to access your house systems from afar. 

Except maybe someone else can do this too... and maybe you don't want them to. 

It's a problem.  How much security are you willing to trade off for the ability to turn your lights on and off when you aren't home? 

OTOH this is probably one of the funniest commercials I've seen with the theme.  I wouldn't use the service, but I giggle whenever I watch it.




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February 17, 2014

A great read

The NY Times does a story on a reporter I admire very much. And they do an excellent job of it.

Brian Krebs profiled by the NY Times


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February 05, 2014

And here we go again

The Winter Olympics start this week (in case you missed that bit of news). And just like the London Summer Olympics, NBC is going for the tape delay.

Behind schedule: why is NBC tape-delaying the Olympics again?

So they can do this:

"I think you’re coming down to the stories of the athletes."


That's right, it's not about the sporting event.  It's not about what they actually DO in Sochi - it's all about the "stories of the athletes". 

They will show 5 minutes of  the sport itself and 55 minutes of commercials, instant replays, and "stories about the athlete".  You'll get a chance to hear all the breathless talking heads tell us how wonderful these athletes are.  You'll find out all about their training schedules, what they eat, how much they sleep, technical details about their gear, and how much high school stuff they missed just to get to the Olympics.  You'll even get to relive past victories and even a few defeats.  

You won't get to see this competition, but that's a minor detail. 

Competition is hard to televise.  One never knows what might happen. It's not scripted.  It has surprises. It might even be... boring.  The talking heads wouldn't get enough airtime, they might have to *gasp* work!  We can't have that now can we.  Of course not.

They "could" take the time to create several specials leading up to the Olympics.  Talk about the various athletes, their backgrounds, their training, all of that BEFORE the games start.  But then they would have to show you the games...  

Guess I'll be watching the online streaming.  *sigh*  Hope I can airplay it to my television. 

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February 04, 2014

Flash Flash Flash - Bug

Big bad bug out there... please check your computers and apply the Adobe Flash update just released today. Brian Krebs is on it as usual. Check his article for links and what to watch out for.

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/02/adobe-pushes-fix-for-flash-zero-day-attack/




Thank you!

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February 03, 2014

Super Bowl Flyover

If you were watching Fox as the Super Bowl was getting under way, you might have noticed the 2 second shot of blackness that was supposed to be Army Apaches and Chinooks doing the flyover.  They didn't even rate a vocal shout out from Joe Buck or Troy Aikman both of whom were too busy with other things to notice. 

But now you can see the entire flyover as seen from inside one of the Chinooks from the 101st Airborne.  Enjoy. 


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