Flash zero-day, again

Symantec has confirmed the existence of a new zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash which could allow attackers to remotely execute code on a targeted computer. Since details of the vulnerability are now publicly available, it is likely attackers will move quickly to exploit it before a patch is issued. I have been limiting my exposure […]

It’s about the business model

Marco Arment: … the reason I choose to minimize Google’s access to me is that my balance of utility versus ethical comfort is different. Both companies do have flaws, but they’re different flaws, and I tolerate them differently: Apple is always arrogant, controlling, and inflexible, and sometimes stingy. Google is always creepy, entitled, and overreaching, […]

Uber & Kansas

This afternoon, this image and rants from angry Kansans hit my Twitter timeline. I didn’t even realize prior to today, that it was even a thing, and when I saw Uber’s announcement my reaction was, immediately … I can’t believe I agree with Governor Brownback! “As I said when I vetoed this bill, Kansas should be […]

RPA ‘Factory Reset’

I ran into a situation recently where the need arose to effectively “factory reset” an Generation 5 EMC RecoverPoint Appliance (Gen 5 RPA). In my case, I had one RPA where the local copy of the password database had become corrupted, but the other three systems in the environment were fine. There was nothing physically […]

Bullish on the Watch

There has been a lot of noise about the Apple Watch recently. I’m planning on getting one, and am quite bullish on their future. Here are a couple of great posts I’ve seen on it this week… From Ben Thompson, why the future is wearables that people actually want to wear: It’s increasingly plausible to […]

Apple Watch

After months of industry speculation, Apple today released pricing for the new Apple Watch. As a registered iFanboy, I’m legally required to purchase one. I wasn’t even sure when they were originally announced last fall if I’d want one, but I’ve come around. However, I haven’t decided which one to purchase. Because I don’t have […]

Blog Engineering

I spend a considerable amount of time and effort considering the infrastructure and engine that powers this blog, far more than I’ve ever spent contributing actual content. Recently I’ve been considering a move from Ghost to GitHub Pages. It’s the hip thing to do these days. Scott Lowe moved his over last month, Jay Cuthrell […]

Giving fewer fucks

Pardon my language, or don’t. Last weekend in my Instapaper Weekly email, was a link to a fantastic article by Mark Manson called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. Take 12 minutes, and give it a read: Most of us struggle throughout our lives by giving too many fucks in situations where fucks […]

Clone VM from snapshot

Have you ever wanted to easily clone a virtual machine from a snapshot, and have the clone reflect the source as it existed at that point in time, as opposed to the current status of the source? Jonathan Medd (@jonathanmedd) has a great PowerCLI script that I found yesterday, to do exactly this. Copy the […]

Bird Bath

This is the turkey brine receipe I’ve been using, adapted from this one by Traeger. The first time I used it, it was identical to their instructions but I’ve since boiled it down to what I consider the basics. 20 cups of water AKA 5 quarts 1–1/2 cups of kosher salt 2 cups of bourbon […]

iCloud Photo Library, continued

My second day transferring my iPhoto library to iCloud Photo Library seems to be going very well. The “optimize storage” feature on the iOS devices is going to save users a ton of space. Yesterday when I posted my last entry I had a 16GB iPad completely full (which was roughly 7GB of photos.) When […]

From iPhoto to iCloud Photo

When I saw the new iCloud Photo Sync demo at WWDC, I was in love. Photo storage and syncing has been a struggle of mine for a while. I’ve bounced between external drives (which makes accessibility when I’m not at home difficult) and using local storage (which wastes expensive MacBook SSD space) … but never been […]

iPhone 6, one month later

My iPhone 6. 4.7”, silver/white. 64GB. AT&T. This iPhone is the first iPhone I didn’t immediately open the box to feel it was the best one ever. I almost didn’t even order one. The 5 was fine. I’ve owned it a month now. Originally I felt that I was going to drop it every time I […]

Encryption as a right?

Law enforcement officials usually play on our fears whenever their powers are limited, but those limitations are what keep our society from being a police state. The Supreme Court’s ruling in Miranda v. Arizona in 1966 led to catastrophic predictions that many criminals would go free and society would be harmed if all arrested people […]

View guide, ASLR, no more

A few months ago I wrote about the VMware View optimization script breaking Internet Explorer and Adobe Acrobat through the addition of a registry entry that disabled Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR): ASLR was a feature added to Windows starting with Vista. It’s present in Linux and Mac OS X as well. For reasons unknown, […]

Cisco Meraki, CMNA

Wednesday I had the chance to spend the whole day soaking in knowledge. Always a welcomed event. This time it centered around Cisco Meraki. As an employee of a Cisco Premier partner (AOS), and a current CCNA, I was able to attend this one day boot camp on Meraki and earn their Certified Meraki Networking […]

July 2014, on Twitter

I’ve been trying to determine the best way to link the blog and my Twitter account together. Obviously I tweet links to much of what I post here, but I tweet far more often than I blog. There are usually lots of good nuggets that I find, either links to other blogs, KB articles, or […]

Cisco Jabber & Persona Management

I just got finished with a customer issue who had deployed Cisco Jabber along with VMware View, using Persona Management and floating desktops set to refresh at logoff. Much to their annoyance, users would have to reconfigure their Cisco Jabber client with the server connection settings and any client customizations made were lost after logging […]