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Anonymous is attacking Orlando

A View of Anonymous and #OpOrlando

(Quite a few of you have come to me for explanation of Anonymous and OpOrlando, so this is for you.) If you’re unaware, Orlando is currently under cyber-attack by the digital group known as Anonymous.  The reason they are attacking Orlando is in protest of the recent arrests of members of a group called Food […]

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Searching Contents of Files Via MS-DOS

I log into a lot of client production servers and do not have the luxury of installing my favorite GUI tools, such as UltraEdit, which (among other things) easily allows me to search within files.  On these servers I am limited to what is already installed.  Just today I was forced to search an entire […]

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Executing multiple SQL scripts against a MySQL database from a DOS batch file

[updated 2011-06-10 because a friend  pointed out a flaw in my assumption that I needed to enter the password every time – see bottom for updates] I am architecting a project that is a C# front end, hitting SOAP web services, that communicate with a C# core, and has a MySQL database backend (accessed using a […]

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An Ethical Hacking Debate

This blog post spurred a pretty lively debate between my wife and me.  I attempted to explain ethical hacking to her, my responsibilities to our son in encouraging his skills, and how ethical hackers help society as a whole.  This is why I love Carey so much, though – she is the best sounding board […]

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Passing the Technology Torch

My son, Christopher, is extremely tech savvy.  At 13-years-of-age: He’s very proficient with DOS batch programming. he’s already written multiple programs in VB.NET and in Visual Studio. He’s made a small side business of modifying XBox controllers, soldering on special chips and buttons to allow for rapid fire and different modes in different games. He […]

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Facebook’s Deceptive Privacy Policies

A few weeks ago, the online world became enraged when Facebook launched its Instant Personalization” feature.  Users were automatically opted into the program without being notified and the only way to opt out was to: Know that this program had launched, it was done very quietly and Navigate through 3-4 mouse clicks on your account […]

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Airport Scanners Violate My Rights

Airport Body Scanners Violate My Rights

Take a look at the image on the right. That, my friends, is what an airport full-body image scanner shows. You can clearly see every . . . single . . . inch of the person in the scanner. His chest. His navel. His butt-crack. His penis. His testicles. You can see it all. This […]

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Ditching My Cable Company

Goodbye Brighthouse. For years you have been my cable provider, my Internet provider, and my telephone provider. I have been faithfully paying you over $2500.00 a year for these services. I have hundreds of channels, HD packages, two HD DVRs, premium channels, high-speed internet, unlimited national calling, call waiting, and a slew of other features I don’t use. All for the low, low, price of $220.00+ per month.

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Windows 7 and Optiarc DVDRWBD BC-5600S

Problem: On my Dell Studio 1737 the Optiarc DVDRWBD BC-5600S would not work after I installed Windows 7. The DVD drive would hang on both DVDs and CDs, sometimes for 15 minutes or more, before it released control back to the program and allowed me to exit the application. Solution Control Panel –> System and […]

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Brighthouse’s HD DVR and HDMI Problems

This week is starting well. I just have one minor annoyance to grumble about and it’s kind of nerdy. I have a really nice 45″ plasma HDTV in my living room. I’ve had it for a couple of years now. I also am a digital subscriber to Brighthouse Networks. I have the entire HD package […]

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