Creating Strong Passwords that are Also Easy to Remember

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Making up passwords is something we have to do almost everyday it seems. Banking web sites, forums, email accounts, webhosting accounts, mail lists, etc. But it seems that making passwords is one of the things that some people have the hardest time doing. Maybe it’s not that it’s hard to make a password, but hard [...]

Thank you NC department of revenue…

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

I heard on the local news last night that the North Carolina Department of Revenue has lost a laptop that had ~30,000 state taxpayers information on it. Social Security numbers/etc… The report I saw that the state has setup a hotline to “teach citizens about identity theft” and have sent letters to those affected. Thanks… [...]

Google will allow downloads of out-of-copyright books

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

It’s certainly a brief story, but to the point…. Google will allow pdf downloads of the books in their book search that are already out of copyright. Of course, copyright law is a strange and peculiar thing to many people, so this doesn’t mean that EVERY edition of “The Canterbury Tales” is now freely downloadable. [...]

Frustrated with Mandriva Club mirror finder

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

It seems like I go through this every time I have to search for an SRPM to rebuild… search at then prompted to login – login… oops wrong password. Login again stranded at main club page….. ok – downloads…. mirror finder. First – there’s no way in the mirror finder to search for SRPMS [...]

Network Security guide for the home or small business network – Part 20 heterogeneous networks

Sunday, January 1st, 2006

One thing I’ve already mentioned in this serious is using alternative programs like Mozilla Firefox instead of Internet Explorer, or Thunderbird, Eduora instead of Outlook Express. Even if you’re not using alternative software as your primary web browser, email program there are advantages to having networks with mixed software, operating systems and even mixed network [...]

Scheduling tasks in linux cron

Friday, December 30th, 2005

Windows has scheduled tasks which most people are only halfway aware of. Linux has very powerful scheduling capabilities coming from it’s unix heritage. cron is the daemon that deals with scheduled tasks under most linux distributions. There are a couple ways that you can schedule cron tasks. The first is from the command line.    [...]

Network Security guide for the home or small business network – Part 9 – Know your network

Wednesday, December 21st, 2005

Once more into the breech… Ok you’ve taken account of the software and services on your pc. The next thing we need to talk about is knowing your network. Do you have any wireless access points? Not sure? Print servers? How many pcs? Are any of them portables? Public access? Are all of them secured? [...]

Home Linux terrabyte backup system

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

This is something I’ve wanted to build for some time. I hadn’t actually thought about a terrabyte of storage, but… linux journal has the article on making your own home network backup storage solution using an old pc, linux and relatively cheap discs. The concept of any backup system is redundancy so that a single [...]

Lawsuit to block the release of Windows Vista?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005 is reporting on a move by a public interest lawyer (who is running as a Republican for the Governors Office of Illinois) who is attempting to block the distribution of Windows Vista. He intends to ask Microsoft for an unconditional warranty that the operating system is free from major bugs that could lead to [...]


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