Merry Christmas to everyone

We’re currently taking a break opening presents (when there’s 25 people at xmas, it takes a while :)), but I wanted to drop a note and wish everyone a very merry holiday season and a happy new year :).     Yeah, I know it’s dopey, but what do you expect – I’m on vacation…

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Heard on a street corner in New York City

Nothing technical, just cute.  Yesterday afternoon, the family went to see “The Fantastiks” (which is still playing, albeit in a very small theater (the actor playing El Gallo had to crouch to avoid the ceiling).  During the show, a fire alarm went off, and we dutifully trudged downstairs to the street to await the arrival of…

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Where’s Larry Been?

Sorry about not posting for so long – I’m on vacation for the month of December, so posting will be extremely light (even lighter than usual).   See y’all next year.

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Hanselminutes

A couple of weeks ago, Scott Hanselman stopped by my office, and we chatted for almost an hour for his Hanselminutes  podcast.   On Monday, he posted the interview – it’s mostly me rambling on about security and other stuff, but my ego requires that I mention it

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So Amazon brought out this "Kindle" thingy… But I have one question for them…

Amazon just brought out a new eBook reader called “Kindle“.  It looks pretty cool, but I have one question:  “Where can I go to try one of these out before I fork over $399 for one of them?”   I have a real problem with buying a new technology item (especially one where the form…

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Think Geek Responds

Valorie just received the following email from Think Geek (in response to our previous issue with them): From: Caroline Offutt [mailto:<email address at thinkgeek.com>]Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2007 7:05 PMTo: <valorie’s email address>Cc: Rob Patak Subject: Issues with ThinkGeek order Ms. Osterman, I would like to apologize for all of ThinkGeek for the fraud issues…

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I don’t know if I should be honored or ashamed :)

Yesterday, we had the weekly security contacts meeting for the WEX division.  At those meetings, they sometimes give out awards for people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.   Much to my surprise, I won one of the awards! You can’t read the text, but it says “Most M1 TM’s Reviewed…

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How to lose customers without really trying…

Not surprisingly, Valorie and I both do some of our holiday season shopping at ThinkGeek.  But no longer.  Valorie recently placed a substantial order with them, but Instead of processing her order, they sent the following email: From: ThinkGeek Customer Service [mailto:custserv@thinkgeek.com]Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2007 4:28 AMTo: <Valorie’s Email Address>Subject: URGENT – Information Needed…

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Analog to Digital Conversion

Steve Rowe (test lead on the sound team) points to a great article from Ars Technica on D2A: If you want digital audio in a computer, you have to get it from somewhere.  Usually that means taking analog sound out of the air and turning it into the bits that a computer can understand.  Ars…

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When you’re analyzing the strength of a password, make sure you know what’s done with it.

Every once in a while, I hear someone making comments about the strength of things like long passwords. For example, if you have a 255 character password that just uses the 26 roman upper and lower case letters, plus the numeric digits.  That means that your password has 62^255 possible values, if you can try…

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