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Bill Cosby likes my first Computer

Posted by Xavier Ashe on August 21, 2008

My dad got one of these for Father’s Day when I was 6.  It was the TI-99-4a. I still have it and it still works.

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Splunk Fail

Posted by Xavier Ashe on August 13, 2008

This is great.  Found on the McGrew Security Blog.

Splunk Fail

Splunk Fail

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Most influential movie of my life: Wargames

Posted by Xavier Ashe on July 25, 2008

For me, the inspiration for the project was a TV special Peter Ustinov did on several geniuses, including Hawking. I found the predicament Hawking was in fascinating — that he might one day figure out the unified field theory and not be able to tell anyone, because of his progressive ALS. So there was this idea that he’d need a successor. And who would that be? Maybe this kid, a juvenile delinquent whose problem was that nobody realized he was too smart for his environment. That resonated with Walter. So I said, let’s actually go talk to people about how a kid could get in trouble and get discovered by a brainy scientist and take it from there.

Wargames was one of my favorite movies.  I was just getting into hacking and phreaking at the time while running a BBS.  I soon found my self at 2600 meetings and eventually getting interviewed by the feds (it wasn’t a job interview).  The only movie that comes close is Sneakers.  Wired has done a great job digging up some great interviews, and while I usually roll my eyes when Mitnick gets interviewed, he was impacted directly with this movie:

Mitnick: That movie had a significant effect on my treatment by the federal government. I was held in solitary confinement for nearly a year because a prosecutor told a judge that if I got near a phone, I could dial up Norad and launch a nuclear missile. I never hacked into Norad. And when the prosecutor said that, I laughed — in open court. I thought, “This guy just burned all his credibility.” But the court believed it. I think the movie convinced people that this stuff was real. They tried to make me into a fictional character.

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The Geek shall inherit…

Posted by Xavier Ashe on May 24, 2008

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Bejtlich points out Gartner Wisdom

Posted by Xavier Ashe on March 9, 2008

2003: “IDSs [intrusion detection systems] have failed to provide value relative to its costs and will be obsolete by 2005.” (Gartner, “Gartner Information Security Hype Cycle Declares Intrusion Detection Systems a Market Failure”)

2008: “Our adversaries are very adept at hiding attacks in normal traffic. The only true way to protect our networks is to have an intrusion detection system.” (Robert Jamison, Under Secretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS)

From TaoSecurity.

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Security in Dilbert

Posted by Xavier Ashe on February 11, 2008

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Bill Gates’ last day at Microsoft (spoof)

Posted by Xavier Ashe on January 10, 2008

A video spoof shown during the CES 2008 keynote by Bill Gates about his last full day at Microsoft in July starring himself, Brian Williams, Steve Ballmer, Matthew McConaugheyr, Robbie Bach, Jay-Z, Bono, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Kevin Turner, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Al Gore, Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie,

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Amazing who they can call for a guest appearance in the name of Bill Gates.

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Teen Calls Bush’s Secret Phone; Creates Security Scare

Posted by Xavier Ashe on December 14, 2007

An Icelandic teen, MSNBC reports, figured out President Bush’s
private phone number, and called it recently, leaving a message saying
he was the president of Iceland and wanted Bush to call him back. When
police visited the teen, after being alerted by Secret Service, he
would not say how he learned the top-secret number. Big Head DC is speculating that he somehow deciphered the code from when Jenna Bush called her parents during a recent taping of the Ellen show.

From Big Head DC.

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Need to print something?

Posted by Xavier Ashe on October 22, 2007

Try this Google Search.  Have fun!

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I'm sorry… I am too busy blogging!

Posted by Xavier Ashe on October 4, 2007

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Wireless Video Scanner

Posted by Xavier Ashe on December 9, 2006

[aboxman] brought this nice wavecom jr mod
to my attention. I first ran across scanning for wireless video signals
a couple years ago when the X10 version came out. People were surprised
at just how many video signals were flying through the air.This little
project results in a unit that can scan a wide 2.3 to 2.7Ghz range. Of
course, if you're across the pond, you might want a european version.

Ooh, I found my next project!  From Hack-a-Day.

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Nintendo DS Homebrew how-to

Posted by Xavier Ashe on October 9, 2006

Intrigued by the notion of playing old school games on your DS but don't know where to begin? Would you like to use your DS as a map or check out a free browser?
Never fear — no matter how technically challenged you may be, there's
a solution for you. This time, it comes in the form of a
beginner-friendly guide to checking out homebrew options for your very own Nintendo DS.

The guide takes you step by step through the process of preparing to
use homebrew apps. After all, understanding is one thing — actually
taking the plunge is another, and the guide is very helpful when it
comes to recommendations on what to get and what to do with it once you
have it. While this guide covers the basics about preparing for
homebrew and looping around the built-in protections, it doesn't get
into applications. Baby steps, people. They're saving those things for
future guides. So if you're looking to get started but haven't a clue
what to do, check it out.

Awesome Guide from S0rethumbs.  I know what I am doming with my DS tonight!  [via]

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How To: Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

Posted by Xavier Ashe on October 5, 2006

Sure, the odds are slim that you'd ever be faced with
an atomic device ticking down to zero. But think of how Jack Bauer it'd
be if you were. And then who're you going to trust? Us or some
do-gooder rock band?

Very important information from Wired.

If these tips don't work, give us a call and let us know what we got wrong.

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White and Nerdy

Posted by Xavier Ashe on October 2, 2006

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Labor Day fun

Posted by Xavier Ashe on September 4, 2006

I will be onsite at a client for the next few weeks, so there's no telling how much I will be able to post.  Here's a nice geeky comic to pass the time:

This is from kxcd, “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and langauge”.

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Great Comic

Posted by Xavier Ashe on August 24, 2006

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Web 2.0 Image Generator

Posted by Xavier Ashe on August 17, 2006

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XBox 360: Texas Hold 'em Free in Arcade

Posted by Xavier Ashe on August 17, 2006

Microsoft isn't bluffing: Log on to Xbox Live® within the first 48 hours after launch and download Texas Hold 'em
completely free of charge! This full-featured poker title for Xbox Live
Arcade on Xbox 360™ will launch on Wednesday, August 23, at 0800 GMT
(1:00 A.M. Pacific Time).

For 48 hours only—through 0800 GMT
(1:00 A.M. Pacific Time) Friday, August 25—as a special limited-time
only promotion, all Xbox Live Gold and Silver members can download (and
own) the game at no charge. Starting at 0801 GMT (1:01 A.M. Pacific
Time) Friday, August 25, Texas Hold 'em will be available for 800 Microsoft Points.

From Xbox.com.

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Bruce Schneier facts – Chuck Norris style

Posted by Xavier Ashe on August 16, 2006

  • If Bruce Schneier wants your plaintext, he'll just squeeze it out of the ciphertext using his barehands
  • Beyond computational complexity, there is Schneiertational complexity
  • Bruce Schneier doesn't need steganography to hide data in innocent-looking files. He just pounds it in with his fist.

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Who would win in a fight – Capt. Morgan vs Capt. Kirk?

Posted by Xavier Ashe on August 8, 2006

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