Tuesday, August 29

Found a new Blog today.

Found a new InfoSec Blog today. Entitled: Headlines from the Computer Security Blogosphere, it makes for a good read. Check it out here. Or check it out on the right hand pane of my blog, with all the other blogs I find interesting.

Found a new Blog today.

Found a new InfoSec Blog today. Entitled: Headlines from the Computer Security Blogosphere, it makes for a good read. Check it out here. Or check it out on the right hand pane of my blog, with all the other blogs I find interesting.

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - COMPLY

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - COMPLY

Classic.

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - COMPLY

xkcd - A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language - COMPLY

Classic.

Exploding Batteries?

So, Japanese authorities told Apple to look into the Apple computers catching fire.  Um..  THEY DID.  They recalled all the BATTERIES.  You geniuses. What else.. Um..  Sony, who manufactures the batteries, is a JAPANESE company.

"TOKYO -- Japanese authorities reported Tuesday the first case of an Apple laptop catching fire in Japan and ordered the U.S. company to investigate the trouble involving the faulty Sony batteries and report back within a week."

Japan Orders Apple to Probe Laptops

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HP heir to Apple's Throne?

Below is a quote and the link to an article that was published about HP stealing Apple's throne as the marketing genius and cult following.  Yeah. Um..  Good luck with that.



"For darn near half-a-decade, no company has been able to touch the folks in Cupertino, Calif., in terms of sheer corporate karma. Everything Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Latest News about Apple did seemed smarter and cooler than what anyone else did. Think of the media frenzy surrounding the release of every update to the iconic iPod music player or each new version of its resurgent Mac line. It didn't hurt that Apple's stock has risen more than eightfold in the past five years, due not only to its beautifully crafted products, but also to its rock-solid operational performance and terrific marketing. Halo effect, indeed."

Technology News: Strategy: Is HP the Heir to Apple's Halo?

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Exploding Batteries?

So, Japanese authorities told Apple to look into the Apple computers catching fire.  Um..  THEY DID.  They recalled all the BATTERIES.  You geniuses. What else.. Um..  Sony, who manufactures the batteries, is a JAPANESE company.

"TOKYO -- Japanese authorities reported Tuesday the first case of an Apple laptop catching fire in Japan and ordered the U.S. company to investigate the trouble involving the faulty Sony batteries and report back within a week."

Japan Orders Apple to Probe Laptops

technorati tags:, , ,

HP heir to Apple's Throne?

Below is a quote and the link to an article that was published about HP stealing Apple's throne as the marketing genius and cult following.  Yeah. Um..  Good luck with that.



"For darn near half-a-decade, no company has been able to touch the folks in Cupertino, Calif., in terms of sheer corporate karma. Everything Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Latest News about Apple did seemed smarter and cooler than what anyone else did. Think of the media frenzy surrounding the release of every update to the iconic iPod music player or each new version of its resurgent Mac line. It didn't hurt that Apple's stock has risen more than eightfold in the past five years, due not only to its beautifully crafted products, but also to its rock-solid operational performance and terrific marketing. Halo effect, indeed."

Technology News: Strategy: Is HP the Heir to Apple's Halo?

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Monday, August 28

isc.sans.org

Recently, (as of Friday) i became an Incident Handler at isc.sans.org or incidents.org. I think it's great, obviously.

I think this will allow me to learn alot more, help people out, and most of all, make sure people have accurate and up to date information on the IDS/IPS world, as well as emerging threats.

I look forward to seeing you online over there, and be sure and drop me a note at eslerj@gmail.com whenever you get a chance.

isc.sans.org

Recently, (as of Friday) i became an Incident Handler at isc.sans.org or incidents.org. I think it's great, obviously.

I think this will allow me to learn alot more, help people out, and most of all, make sure people have accurate and up to date information on the IDS/IPS world, as well as emerging threats.

I look forward to seeing you online over there, and be sure and drop me a note at eslerj@gmail.com whenever you get a chance.

Friday, August 25

Back from Chicago and a small milestone

Welp, spent all week in Chicago (again). I like that city. I recommend The Palmer House Hilton if you are staying in Chicago.

Nice place. I know my friend Nigel is "W" fan, and theres one of those too.

As for the milestone, Blogger.com tells me that THIS post is #701. 700 posts! I don't know how much of a milestone that is, but I think it's pretty cool.

Beer:30

Traffic

I've started taking a look at my access_log file in apache, I've been blogged on a couple different rather public blogs recently and my traffic has increased exponentially.

So, let me put this out there.

My web server is protected by at least 6 different methods (3rd party programs). If I don't like what you are doing on my site, (like trying to wget -r it or something), or hell, if I don't like your User-Agent, you will be denied.

mod_security + Inline Snort + Firewalls and some other tidbits of niceness, are handy.

Marty (or Martin) Roesch joins the Blogging masses

Well Marty, it didn't take us long, we found your blog. Martin Roesch (or Marty), my CTO of Sourcefire and original author of Snort, the world famous (de facto standard) Intrusion Detection and Prevention System has a blog.

I for one, welcome our Blogging overlords. :-), So on behalf of the blogging community, Marty, Welcome. Click here for Marty's Blog

Back from Chicago and a small milestone

Welp, spent all week in Chicago (again). I like that city. I recommend The Palmer House Hilton if you are staying in Chicago.

Nice place. I know my friend Nigel is "W" fan, and theres one of those too.

As for the milestone, Blogger.com tells me that THIS post is #701. 700 posts! I don't know how much of a milestone that is, but I think it's pretty cool.

Beer:30

Thursday, August 24

IBM Buys ISS for 1.3B

Okay, so IBM bought ISS. Interesting.

Now, in recent years IBM has kinda ditched their software/hardware business and have went more MSSP, (Managed Services). Did IBM buy ISS for that? Did they buy them to enhance their customer base? Did they buy them to suddenly jump both feet directly into the Security space?

My good friend Alan Shimel had this to say:

"[...] ISS for years has been growing more and more services and less and less software revenue. In fact some might claim they were more a services company than a software company. Also, to a certain extent was ISS part of the walking dead. Still a player, but frankly not keeping up with cutting edge stuff and living on their reputation. [...] I think Tom Noonan and the rest of the ISS team should be congratulated on bringing this ship into port. The real question is what does IBM do with this company. Do they emphasize the services and research or do they revitalize the product line up. Time will tell. It certainly makes for excitement in the security industry though."

Interesting.

Wednesday, August 23

IBM Buys ISS for 1.3B

Okay, so IBM bought ISS. Interesting.

Now, in recent years IBM has kinda ditched their software/hardware business and have went more MSSP, (Managed Services). Did IBM buy ISS for that? Did they buy them to enhance their customer base? Did they buy them to suddenly jump both feet directly into the Security space?

My good friend Alan Shimel had this to say:

"[...] ISS for years has been growing more and more services and less and less software revenue. In fact some might claim they were more a services company than a software company. Also, to a certain extent was ISS part of the walking dead. Still a player, but frankly not keeping up with cutting edge stuff and living on their reputation. [...] I think Tom Noonan and the rest of the ISS team should be congratulated on bringing this ship into port. The real question is what does IBM do with this company. Do they emphasize the services and research or do they revitalize the product line up. Time will tell. It certainly makes for excitement in the security industry though."

Interesting.

Thursday, August 17

Star Wars Episode 3: A Lost Hope

Click here

This is pretty damn funny. Someone made a 6 minute long paroday of Episode 3. Very well done, pretty damn funny too.

Star Wars Episode 3: A Lost Hope

Click here

This is pretty damn funny. Someone made a 6 minute long paroday of Episode 3. Very well done, pretty damn funny too.

Stephen Colbert loses it

This is back when Colbert was on the Daily Show, and if you watch Colbert now, you have to wonder how he doesn't crack up at himself.

But he loses it here...

Funny

A funny picture my friend Nigel sent me yesterday.

Credit goes to whomever made it.

Stephen Colbert loses it

This is back when Colbert was on the Daily Show, and if you watch Colbert now, you have to wonder how he doesn't crack up at himself.

But he loses it here...

Funny

A funny picture my friend Nigel sent me yesterday.

Credit goes to whomever made it.

Sunday, August 13

Out to visit all the mac stores

Apparently this guy is out to visit all the Apple Stores there are.

Apparently someone Dugg my mac.com site. I'm a big geek.

read more | digg story

Out to visit all the mac stores

Apparently this guy is out to visit all the Apple Stores there are.

Apparently someone Dugg my mac.com site. I'm a big geek.

read more | digg story

Wednesday, August 9

Leopard vs. Vista

Apparently, Paul Thermott over here is a Windows fan.

OKay.

I'm an Apple fan. While he does bring up some good points, leaves out some others, and basically rants about how little of a significance stuff like 'Time Machine's' graphics are (Apple does this to LOOK GOOD, that why it's done), he does bring up some good points.

One he leaves out, and I think of people missed..

Leopard introduces the ability to make a Dashboard widget out of any website. To have live content on the Desktop. MS did this awhile ago.. It's called 'Active Desktop', agreed, not as pretty, and very clunky, but it's done tech.

Leopard vs. Vista

Apparently, Paul Thermott over here is a Windows fan.

OKay.

I'm an Apple fan. While he does bring up some good points, leaves out some others, and basically rants about how little of a significance stuff like 'Time Machine's' graphics are (Apple does this to LOOK GOOD, that why it's done), he does bring up some good points.

One he leaves out, and I think of people missed..

Leopard introduces the ability to make a Dashboard widget out of any website. To have live content on the Desktop. MS did this awhile ago.. It's called 'Active Desktop', agreed, not as pretty, and very clunky, but it's done tech.

MS 06-040

Been reading alot about MS06-040. Apparently this is going around the internet as being 'THE' thing. THE next vulnerability. Now, I've also seen alot of people trying to run around writing Snort signatures for it.

Be honest with you.. these signatures are not written by normal humans... :) The VRT team is 'Above the Rim' when it comes to netbios rules. Netbios rules are like, easily the most difficult rules written, and perhaps the hardest to understand. I teach rule classes all the time, and let me tell you, when I put a netbios rule up on the screen, after i get done teaching pcre, and byte_test, byte_jump.. students still don't understand it. So, if you have a Sourcefire rules subscription for VRT rules, go grab these guys. If you don't, well you'll have to wait 5 days. But these rules are exactly the reason that you should buy a subscription. This is why one is needed.

So, let me just say... today, we published rules for these guys. Check out the vulnerability notice we put out today here Also here:

Sunday, August 6

Apple stuffz

Okay, I'm Blogging from an Apple Store in Tampa, Fl.

(I got to alot of Apple Stores)

Apple Store visit

Couple questions I've overheard from the people at the store:

"Should I get the 17 or the 20 in iMac". Price isn't the issue, it's whether or not to get the 17 or the 20. UM GET THE 20!

"Should I get the 30G or the 60G iPod". 60. no question.

One note. People love these stores. Have you ever been to one? No? Go to one. Find one and go. I'll wait here.

Apple stuffz

Okay, I'm Blogging from an Apple Store in Tampa, Fl.

(I got to alot of Apple Stores)

Apple Store visit

Couple questions I've overheard from the people at the store:

"Should I get the 17 or the 20 in iMac". Price isn't the issue, it's whether or not to get the 17 or the 20. UM GET THE 20!

"Should I get the 30G or the 60G iPod". 60. no question.

One note. People love these stores. Have you ever been to one? No? Go to one. Find one and go. I'll wait here.

Tuesday, August 1

(mutt|muttng)

Lets just give this a shot people, okay?

If you are using a *nix based client, (or even cygwin), give (mutt|muttng) a shot would you? I have been using muttng for about two months now, recently tried to use Apple's Mail.app again, and it irritated me. Muttng is SO much better.

Give it a shot. Just for a month. You'll be hooked.

It takes a bit to set it up, (i'm not going to lie), but it is SO worth it.

(mutt|muttng)

Lets just give this a shot people, okay?

If you are using a *nix based client, (or even cygwin), give (mutt|muttng) a shot would you? I have been using muttng for about two months now, recently tried to use Apple's Mail.app again, and it irritated me. Muttng is SO much better.

Give it a shot. Just for a month. You'll be hooked.

It takes a bit to set it up, (i'm not going to lie), but it is SO worth it.