The Dumbest Ideas in Computer Security

This article is very much related to the comment discussion I had with tsykoduk yesterday in this post, where tsykoduk has begun my much needed education on computer security in the wireless world.

Some of these points are really hilarious and these are more related to the corporate world than anything else, but still a good read for those of us who are interested in modern computer security. This is also a fine example of what I believe to be true, that good computer security is 90% common sense, 10% strong technology. … [Read More]

I’m totally gonna have to buy this book.

Today I was digging through digg. This rarely turns up anything useful, but there is the occasional link to an article on kotaku that doesn’t completely suck. Of course, the primary reason why this article doesn’t completely suck is because it’s not an article at all, it’s a video clip. The video clip isn’t even produced by kotaku, but was, in fact, aired on G4. News that comes from G4 is often interesting because it paints a picture on the video gaming industry and market that you do not see in the mainstream media. This clip is precisely one of these.

In this clip, Adam Sessler of XPlay interviews the authors of this book called “Grand Theft Childhood” in which they posit the theory that children who do not play video games are at a greater risk of being socially ostracized and of becoming more physically violent than their gamer peers.… [Read More]

Who didn’t know this?

12% of consumers are leeching wireless from unsecured wireless networks.

Hello!? How can you possibly hop on the internet and not realize that people do this? There’s a very simple solution to this problem. It’s called “Network Filtering”. I’m not the huge network geek that my husband and friends are, but Network Filtering is really easy to do and from what I’ve seen, any wireless router has this feature available in its setup.

What you do is tell the wireless router to only accept connections from the mac addresses that belong to individual machines in your house (or your Nintendo DS, or your PSP… or your iPhone.) You do have to enter in new mac addresses when you replace old machines or devices, but it takes maybe ten minutes and is a great precaution against unwanted intruders on your home network. Not to mention, it’s just plain smart. Who knows what leechers are doing while pretending to look like you?… [Read More]

iPhone Swag: Sedio Inno Case and Dock

Okay, iPhone owners, you totally have to check this puppy out. It’s the Sedio Inno Case. This thing… is the stuff. It’s rubberized, but feels silky to the touch, is completely open on the front of the phone. Yes, I said completely open. No access to any part of the front of the iPhone is hindered in anyway. It fits tightly, without adding a lot of bulk to your iPhone, and the thing is lined with felt to keep the case itself from causing unnecessary scratches.

I loved this thing when I saw it. When it sold out, I asked my husband to watch for them to come back in stock so he could order it for me and he liked it so much that he ordered one for himself.

I also highly recommend the docks that go with these cases if you like to dock your phone on your nightstand at night.… [Read More]

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

So, my dear friends Karl and Angel decided that it was a crying shame that I’d never read Hunter S. Thompson. When this was discovered, Angel handed me her copies of “The Great Shark Hunt” and “The Rum Diaries”, then Karl slid me copies of “Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”.

I read the campaign trail book first, because I’d started reading it during one of the writer’s meetings that Karl and I now do every Saturday, but now that I’ve started Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, I really wish I’d read it first. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign trail was kind of… well… dull. But when a book starts with the line “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” You know you’re at least in for some entertainment.… [Read More]