Awesome article on how a hacker can compromise a network

Jesper Johansson just posted an article in TechNet magazine describing how a hacker might take over your network. One tidbit from the conclusions: Once a network has been thoroughly hacked, the system administrator has three options: update their resume, hope the hacker does a good job running the network, or drain the network. You will…


What’s in a WAV file?

So yesterday, I mentioned that a WAV file is just a wrapper around raw PCM data.  Well, that’s not entirely accurate (it’s not inaccurate either, but…) A WAV file is in fact a RIFF file, that contains waveform (discrete PCM audio samples) content.  RIFF (Resource Interchange File Format) is the file format that Microsoft historically…


Really cool new app just released

I just learned that the PhotoStory 3 team finally released their app today. I’ve seen demos of this puppy, and it is pretty darned amazing. Basically it takes your photos and turns them into a WMV video slideshow.  Scoble’s promised to have a post up on PS3 on Channel9 by 3PM today. I can’t wait…


So how do I play sounds anyway?

Well, the answer to that is WAY more complicated than I can answer, there are LOTs of different ways, and I’m not qualified to talk about most of them. But I can talk about some of the easier ways to make noises. The first, and simplest one is PlaySound (and its little brother sndPlaySound). The…


What IS audio on a PC anyway?

This may be well known, but maybe not (I didn’t understand it until I joined the Windows Audio team). Just what is digital audio, anyway?  Well, at its core, all of digital audio is a “pop” sound made on the speaker.  When you get right down to it, that’s all it is.  A “sound” in…


Wow, Jim Horne’s blogging too…

Darned, Everyone’s getting into the act.  I’ve known Jim for a really long time (back in the Lan Manager days, it’s cool to see he’s publishing (non technical, but…).  His blog can be found here.   Found via Danny Glasser’s blog.  


Sharron absolutely Rocks!

Sharron and Oliver (and the rest of the family) spent Sunday at the Whidbey Equestrian Center, Sharron was participating in the Whidbey Equestrian Center’s Fall Dressage Schooling show.  I previously blogged about her first competition back in March. This time, she competed in the Intro level B and the Training Level 1 test.  She took…


Fascinating article on Passphrases just posted

I just ran across a totally fascinating article by Jesper Johansson about the use of passphrases instead of passwords.  I switched to using passphrases after reading Robert Hensing’s blog post from July, and I’ve not gone back.  Robert’s post recently showed up rather prominently on FullDisclosure, so Jesper’s article is rather timely (btw, Jesper’s article is…


The crazy things they’re using computer games for these days.

Valorie pointed me to this article at the Washington Post (Free registration required, sorry :().  Everyone knows about the current crop video games – Doom 3, Halo 2, Half-Life 2, The Sims 2, GTA: Vice City, etc.  Even the U.S. Army’s gotten on the bandwagon with their quasi-recruiting games (Full Spectrum Warrior and America’s Army). But…


Fuzzy interfaces

Mschaef took my challenge up, and submitted the Michal Zalewski article to Slashdot the other day, and the editors at Slashdot decided to run it. I found the reactions on Slashdot (and my blog) to be rather fascinating. First off, I’m not the person who did the research.  That was Michal, and his work was…