Bacn–It’s Cooked Spam

Posted August 29th, 2007 by

Seth Godin’s take on bacn, the spam you get from social networking sites to let you know that somebody has replied to your comment.

Living with 3 socially-aware people (read: girls) aged 10 to 37, I have a simple solution:  procmail rules to kill all the MySpace/Facebook/$FooSpace notifications on my server so the 200+ pieces of mail never make it to the /dev/null inbox. =)

Word to social networking sites:  put the entire content of the response in the email that way users can decide if it’s worth their time to respond or if it’s just somebody saying “OMFG me 2 gf LOL”.  Your users shouldn’t have to go to your website to read every one of these.

And hats off to the Word Press blog  software–it does put the text of a blog comment into the email notification along with the link to moderate.  That’s the way things are supposed to be.

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Marketers and Security People

Posted August 29th, 2007 by

Basic test of intelligence: Marketer:CISO as ?:?

  • Oil:Water
  • Promises:Delivery
  • Matter:Antimatter
  • Optimism:Pessimism
  • Lies:Truth
  • FUD:Anti-FUD
  • Cash Flow:Stagnation

Basically, the 2 don’t mix, and that’s why deep down inside I remain skeptical about anybody who can take what I do, productize/solutionize it, and start selling it to people.  Most of the time when I start thinking about it, I don’t think security scales the way that it needs to for people to make money on it.  Then I remember my core belief that security is no different from IT which is no different than business, we only think that it’s different.

After awhile in the security industry, you can’t help but be cynical about the whole deal.  Utimately, it’s the customer’s responsibility to secure their data–as a vendor, consultant, etc, it’s my responsibility to help, and sometimes that means going away because they aren’t ready for what I’m offering.

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Debian and WPA

Posted August 28th, 2007 by

I spent a couple of hours today mucking around with Debian and WPA.  Yeah, yeah, you’re all thinking it’s about time I did something instead of bloviate about FISMA. =)

Anyway, I found the best resource on “The One True Debian Way” (TM) to set up WPA.  I gave myself a roaming setup using wpa_supplicant.conf

This is especially important to me now that I’m going out in areas with a ton of wifi interference–I need to be able to intelligently select which AP I’m connecting to since the neighbors have wide-open wifi that is much too easy to associate with.

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Lousy Security Advice

Posted August 28th, 2007 by

I had a friend, Mr Vlad the Impaler of blog comment fame, who sent me this article: 10 Pieces of Lousy Security Advice.

Numbers 1 and 4 (IIRC) are my favorite whipping-boy, c*mpliance. Yes, it’s lightweight reporting and fairly obvious to security dweebs, but it brings a tear to my eyes. =)

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Aspen Summit Videos

Posted August 28th, 2007 by

Yes, I know we’re all security dweebs, but the videos for the Aspen Summit are up. Think IT industry visionaries. Think future of privacy. Think online child protection. Think technology meets the US Constitution.

It’s good watching. Many thanks to the Technology Liberation Front.

My other video obsession is TED, but you probably know about that already.

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Posted August 27th, 2007 by

Yep, I was quiet last week on the blog front. I moved from my not-so-wonderful abode in Falls Church to part of the “tech ghetto” along the Dulles Toll Road.  Let’s just say it’s a good upgrade and leave it at that.

However, I’m back at blogging after a week’s hiatus.

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