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Email Signature Block Etiquette

I was involved in a discussion today about Email signature blocks and how obnoxious some of them are. I saw one today, with literally, an entire page of certifications and stuff. I’ve written about this before, but it never hurts for a little refresher.
Although the individuals reading my blog shouldn’t have this problem and know how to write email signature blocks right?
Let’s look at some best practices, and some other common stuff --
Start you signature block with “-- “. This allows email clients that correctly parse emails to collapse or grey out this area.4 lines or less.Phone number, Primary, maybe fax (if you depend on the fax technology)No email address (If you are sending an email, what’s the point in having your email in your signature block? They already HAVE your email address!)Webpage (okay, this is fine, but keep it simple)No quotes. If I want a witty quote, I’ll go find one. Your email should tell me a lot about you, not the quote.Instant Messenger name (If you ar…

Email Signature Block Etiquette

I was involved in a discussion today about Email signature blocks and how obnoxious some of them are. I saw one today, with literally, an entire page of certifications and stuff. I’ve written about this before, but it never hurts for a little refresher.
Although the individuals reading my blog shouldn’t have this problem and know how to write email signature blocks right?
Let’s look at some best practices, and some other common stuff --
Start you signature block with “-- “. This allows email clients that correctly parse emails to collapse or grey out this area.4 lines or less.Phone number, Primary, maybe fax (if you depend on the fax technology)No email address (If you are sending an email, what’s the point in having your email in your signature block? They already HAVE your email address!)Webpage (okay, this is fine, but keep it simple)No quotes. If I want a witty quote, I’ll go find one. Your email should tell me a lot about you, not the quote.Instant Messenger name (If you ar…

My Email set up

Earlier today, I found myself in a conversation on Twitter about how I process email with my friend Bryan Liles. He uses the Inbox Zero method, as do I, to a bit, so I thought I’d actually write a post.
The last time I talked about email, I believe I was still using Mail.app, which, of course, I still like because of it’s nice integration with other Apple Apps. I have to admit, however, that I no longer use it.
I use Gmail, the web interface. That’s all I use. I mentioned before that I used to have about 10 email accounts, all for various reasons, none of which I could truly justify. None of them were hidden or anything, they were all some derivative of “eslerj” or “joelesler” or something. So I started consolidating.
Right now, all my personal email, (friends and family) use one address. All my list servers go to a second address, and of course, I have my work email.
I found logging into three different accounts to be very annoying, so I found out through playing around in the G…

Sourcefire's Exploit Development Class

First off, if you were to go look at this class on Sourcefire’s website, it states “Exploit Development Class for Snort Rule Writers”. We need to fix this. In the words of Lurene, “This class has nothing to do with Defense. At all. Ever.” The class should be more appropriately named, “Fundamentals of Exploit Development”, or “Writing Exploits, we’re going to hurt you”
So, let’s describe this class in two words or less:
Freakin Awesome.
Beginning on day one with a lot of terminology, introduction and drinking from the firehose on Assembly and gdb, by the end of the first day, you are well versed in how to read assembly, pick it apart, and even being able to reverse simple programs at this point. Your Brain will hurt.
Day Two, more drinking from the firehose, more reversing, more assembly, more gdb, drawing stacks, and by the end of the second day, you are learning to control EIP, and doing it. Your Brain will hurt even more.
Day Three, you just sit all day and hack programs. From s…