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Focus

I've written before about maximizing your core efficiency.  It was a good article, but I thought I could make it better.  It seemed to me that there was something missing.  I had points in the article, but not inspiration.  Not things that kept you going.  Let's see if I can fix any of that.
When I wrote before I talked about focusing on your job.  You were hired to do a job.  Maybe several jobs, but that's what you were hired to do.  All the other stuff is cruft.  If you maximize your efficiency and performance of your job, not only will everything else fall in line, but you will have more time to do whatever else you like to do.
Be calm.  Assess what you need to do.  Let's take a job that I have some experience at.  Since I am an IDS guy by trade, let's look at a typical IDS analyst's job.  What is the analyst there to do?  Pause here when reading this article.  Think for a second.  What is the analyst there to do?  Many of you will think of all the things that…

Software Update -- Did Apple Do Enough?

As I posted on the ISC --
I've been reading alot of articles recently about Apple's Software Updates. A couple of weeks ago, we talked about this in the ISC podcast, about Safari being automatically checked for installation if you have Apple Software Update installed. Apple Software Update is Apple Inc.'s piece of software that keeps Quicktime, iTunes, and Safari updated on your Windows Machine. It obviously does a lot more on our Apple's.

Now, I am an Apple user, an AVID Apple user. I own no less then 15-20 of their products, and an avid Apple defender. But even I said that Safari being automatically checked and enabled for download and installation on Windows machines was going a step too far. I don't mind if it was there for download, but automatically checked? Meh.

Now, I don't have a Windows machine, so I haven't been able to experience this myself, but apparently Apple issued an update to Software Update last week that moved Safari down to a block…

News on the Podcast

I've received alot of positive feedback on the podcast.  Thanks for listening, apparently we're doing something right, Apple has featured us on the "New and Notable" list on iTunes.  So I am sure we might pick up some subscribers on that.  That's awesome.  I'm glad to see that it's being so well received.
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For those of you with Twitter

If you don't have twitter, just ignore this post.  Or if you have twitter, and you don't like John C. Dvorak, skip it too.
If you follow anything about John C. Dvorak (famed journalist that writes for alot of publications, most notably PC Magazine -- Recently quoted saying dump Microsoft all together and buy a Mac...  (okay, that was off-topic)) you'd know he doesn't do much of anything that is the new social networking/web 2.0 stuff.
Well, he recently joined twitter, presumably to give Leo Laporte something more to talk about on TWiT.  (Which, yes, I listen to.)  Anyway, if you are a twitter user, and you enjoy Dvorak's rantings as much as I do (hey, it's funny!), add him right here.
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News on the Podcast

I've received alot of positive feedback on the podcast.  Thanks for listening, apparently we're doing something right, Apple has featured us on the "New and Notable" list on iTunes.  So I am sure we might pick up some subscribers on that.  That's awesome.  I'm glad to see that it's being so well received.
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For those of you with Twitter

If you don't have twitter, just ignore this post.  Or if you have twitter, and you don't like John C. Dvorak, skip it too.
If you follow anything about John C. Dvorak (famed journalist that writes for alot of publications, most notably PC Magazine -- Recently quoted saying dump Microsoft all together and buy a Mac...  (okay, that was off-topic)) you'd know he doesn't do much of anything that is the new social networking/web 2.0 stuff.
Well, he recently joined twitter, presumably to give Leo Laporte something more to talk about on TWiT.  (Which, yes, I listen to.)  Anyway, if you are a twitter user, and you enjoy Dvorak's rantings as much as I do (hey, it's funny!), add him right here.
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iTunes is borked

Someone im'ed me this evening and told me that the new podcast episode was not up on iTunes.  Apparently if you are subscribed you'll get the new one, but it doesn't show up in the iTunes screen right away.  Wierd.  For a direct link to our podcast through our own XML go here.  It'll always be there ;)
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iTunes is borked

Someone im'ed me this evening and told me that the new podcast episode was not up on iTunes.  Apparently if you are subscribed you'll get the new one, but it doesn't show up in the iTunes screen right away.  Wierd.  For a direct link to our podcast through our own XML go here.  It'll always be there ;)
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Killbits

I have been getting a ton of hits through Google about people looking for further information on ActiveX KillBits.
Killbits are basically a way to stop IE (or anything based on IE) from calling an ActiveX bit to call another program.  Like, for instance, say you want to stop Yahoo Jukebox (as detailed recently in the most recent MSFT patches) from starting up when someone clicks on a link or something in IE, with the link telling IE to launch the Jukebox.
Well, you can prevent this from taking place by setting a "killbit" in the registry, which will basically prevent a program from being launched from within IE.  Detailed instructions are right here on MSFT's website.  You can do this globally across an enterprise as well by using a GPO for Windows.  I suggest a read of that website for your Killbit needs.
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Podcast Episode 2 available tomorrow

Our second podcast at the internet storm center should be available tomorrow, we recorded the second portion of it tonight, and I am sitting here listening to it to make sure it sounds nice and clean, so we should have it up on iTunes tomorrow.  I need to get a pop blocker for my mic, I have a couple red peaks in this record...  Here's the link were you can subscribe.
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Podcast Episode 2 available tomorrow

Our second podcast at the internet storm center should be available tomorrow, we recorded the second portion of it tonight, and I am sitting here listening to it to make sure it sounds nice and clean, so we should have it up on iTunes tomorrow.  I need to get a pop blocker for my mic, I have a couple red peaks in this record...  Here's the link were you can subscribe.
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GTD in Leopard, with Mail.app and iCal, redux

Remember that blog post I had like three months ago about GTD with Mail.app and Leopard, and iCal, and to-do's etc?  
Well, I found this article over here that basically expands on upon the point, I thought it was excellent, if you are a GTD person, check it out.
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GTD in Leopard, with Mail.app and iCal, redux

Remember that blog post I had like three months ago about GTD with Mail.app and Leopard, and iCal, and to-do's etc?  
Well, I found this article over here that basically expands on upon the point, I thought it was excellent, if you are a GTD person, check it out.
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MSFT Tuesday for April 8, 2008

Looks like 5 critical and 3 important according to this link.  We at the Internet Storm Center will be recording our podcast that night, so we'll be cramming the info for these.  Two podcasts to record in the next few days!  
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MSFT Tuesday for April 8, 2008

Looks like 5 critical and 3 important according to this link.  We at the Internet Storm Center will be recording our podcast that night, so we'll be cramming the info for these.  Two podcasts to record in the next few days!  
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Snort releases version 2.8.1

Last night Sourcefire released version 2.8.1 of Snort.
Check out the changelog here.  Download it here.  Feature updates include:
* Support for target-based attribute tables
* Ability to read multiple PCAPs from the command line
* Support for GRE encapsulation for both IPv4 and IPv6
* Support for IP over IP tunneling for both IPv4 and IPv6
* An SSL preprocessor to allow the ability to ignore encrypted traffic
* Update to HTTP Inspect to identify overly long HTTP header fields
* Updates to IPv6 support


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Quicktime, Frontrow, and iTunes updates

Hey everyone, check out the new updates that Apple put out last night.  Security updates for Quicktime.  Then some other updates (probably compatibility with Quicktime) for Frontrow and iTunes.
I can't find the article right now because Apple's link is broken on their security site, but apparently there are like 11 vulnerabilities that this patches.
UPDATE:  I found it. Apple, fix your site.  kthnkx.
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Quicktime, Frontrow, and iTunes updates

Hey everyone, check out the new updates that Apple put out last night.  Security updates for Quicktime.  Then some other updates (probably compatibility with Quicktime) for Frontrow and iTunes.
I can't find the article right now because Apple's link is broken on their security site, but apparently there are like 11 vulnerabilities that this patches.
UPDATE:  I found it. Apple, fix your site.  kthnkx.
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Apple having an iPhone shortage

Stores across the US are selling out of the 8Gb and 16Gb iPhones according to AppleInsider.  Could this mean that the 3G iPhone is coming soon?  That's certainly what the rumors sound like.  I heard another rumor this morning that said that the manufacturer in Taiwan has received an order from 10 Million 3G iPhones.
Well see soon I guess?
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Apple having an iPhone shortage

Stores across the US are selling out of the 8Gb and 16Gb iPhones according to AppleInsider.  Could this mean that the 3G iPhone is coming soon?  That's certainly what the rumors sound like.  I heard another rumor this morning that said that the manufacturer in Taiwan has received an order from 10 Million 3G iPhones.
Well see soon I guess?
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