We have a mural painted on our wall

If you haven’t noticed the various posts on my Facebook feed, we now have a mural on our wall next to the dining room. It’s a picture of the Charles St Bridge in Prague in the Czech Republic. I really liked the city of Prague – I was intrigued by its multiple types of architecture:…

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I got locked out of my house this past week. This reminds me a bit of the NSA.

This post probably contains more information than you wanted to know. My wife last week was out of town, and during the week we had our windows replaced from single-pane to double-pane. Single-pane windows are very cold in the winter, the heat just gets sucked right out of them. The window guys came by in…

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A very weird story about the founder of McAfee

Yesterday I discovered this story on Gizmodo after a friend in my Facebook feed posted it, or commented it, or read it (I forget which, I can’t be expected to remember these things).  It was about the original founder of McAfee, John McAfee (who left the company many years ago).  The story is crazy! Gizmodo:…

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How much expertise do you need, anyhow?

Today, I returned to work after some time off (trip to New Zealand, plus some medical recovery time).  It’s good to be back sometimes, other than the place being nearly like a tomb, what with this being the interim period between Christmas and New Year’s and 50% of the people taking holidays. Anyhow, I walked…

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Taking a timeout from security–the passing of an antispam community member

This isn’t something that I normally might write about, but one of the members of the Antispam community – J.D. Falk – recently died of cancer. If you don’t know who he is, J.D. worked on email, anti-spam systems and policies for more than fifteen years including collaboration with influential companies such as the original…

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My experiences with Apple products

With the passing of Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs, I thought I would take a time out from security and reminisce about my own experiences with Apple products over the years. I am deeply saddened by the loss of Jobs for some reason.  I am not sure why… I just am. I haven’t had as many…

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I was challenged in my response

Like many other people, I am not a fan of challenge/response filters.  If I ever get an email that I send to someone and receive back a challenge to take some action (click a link, hit reply with the subject) to add myself to their whitelist to communicate with them, I never do.  Ever.  Why…

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Five years of blogging!

Five years ago today, I started this blog (and ~seven years ago I started fighting spam).  I’ve seen a lot of trends in the past five years and have written over 850 posts (which doesn’t sound like that much).  When I first started, spam was the biggest abuse issue that I was aware of, and…

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Alright, American Express, you win this round…

A few months ago, I wrote about how I received an offer from American Express that if I subscribed to two magazines, I would get a voucher for a plane ticket anywhere in the continental United States.  Suspicious, but intrigued, I signed up for it.  Lure me with plane tickets and my greed takes over….

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How did we all get to be where we are today? The story of guns, germs and steel – Part 2

In my previous post, I explained that the reason that Europeans conquered the rest of the world, and not vice versa, is because they were able to generate food surpluses. With this food surplus, they could support classes of people not dedicated to the production of food. They could do this because they lived in…

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How did we all get to be where we are today? The story of guns, germs and steel.

This post has nothing to do with cyber security or antispam.  But one of the advantages of having a blog is that I get to write about topics that I find interesting, and I find this particular topic very interesting.  Thus, I am writing about it. Recently, I finished a book by a biologist by…

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“Spam” from American Express – I found the catch

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how I got a free offer from American Express wherein if I subscribed to a magazine, they would provide me with a buy-one-get-one free airline ticket.  I thought that this sounded too good to be true so I wondered what the catch was.  I checked the Terms…

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Video vignettes

Some of the folks associated with the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report were recently interviewed and filmed.  They are sharing their thoughts around the recent SIR as well as providing some discussions around botnets.  I thought that I would repost them here: Frank Simorjay, Senior Product Manager of the Trustworthy Computing Group     Tim Rains,…

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The importance of white space

This post isn’t spam, malware or security related.  It’s a story about nice, visual formatting. If you look at the way I write my blog posts, or if you worked with me saw the way I do my slide decks in PowerPoint, I try to make judicious use of white space.  White space, as we…

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