Tag: Technology

Please silence your cell phones (yes, you!)

You’re so vain; you probably think that announcement asking people to “silence your cell phones” isn’t about you. Or maybe you really thought your ringer was off. Or you assumed no one would call anyway. Regardless, your carelessness or arrogance or laziness just disrupted everyone else’s movie or theatre experience, and most of us hate... Read more »

The unfair vilification of the Equifax CSO's music degrees

The unfair vilification of the Equifax CSO's music degrees
Since news broke of an Equifax data breach impacting around half of the adults in the United States people have been trying to sort out how this happened. Someone eventually covered a detail that was clearly considered damning evidence. Equifax’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) at the time of the breach was *gasp!* a music major. Since... Read more »

The art of technology on display in the Jepson Center TechSpace

The art of technology on display in the Jepson Center TechSpace
Many people still seem to assume that people who work with computers are not creative. In my experience the best technologists are always creative, although often that creativity manifests itself in ways that are not always visible to those outside their industries. But sometimes the person working with the computer is a visual artist, and... Read more »
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Go back in time with the Internet Archive Wayback Machine

Go back in time with the Internet Archive Wayback Machine
The Internet is forever. That’s what I warn people from a privacy perspective. But the Internet is only forever until it’s not. Websites are redesigned or deleted all the time. Bookmarked links become dead ends. But if something you were looking for online doesn’t appear to there anymore you may still be able to find... Read more »

I remember we used to forget

I remember we used to forget. We’d forget facts and phone numbers, who wrote a certain book, how to convert centimeters to inches, who won the Super Bowl in a given year. We forgot a lot of things and had no easy way of finding them out quickly. There was no Google or even Alta... Read more »

The average Internet user

The average Internet user
I am the average Internet user. I want the content and applications I love, but I don’t want to pay for them or to see any ads. I am the average Internet user. I don’t want to pay for shipping or sales tax ever. EVER. I am the average Internet user. I get angry when... Read more »
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HTTPS does not mean your data is safe

More and more websites are using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) by default. Recently, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) declared that all public-facing websites for U.S. government agencies will use HTTPS by the end of 2016. The increased use of HTTPS instead of unencrypted HTTP is great news for data security... Read more »

Valentine's Day cards for infosec geeks

Information security specialists are not just people who nag you about strong passwords and not clicking on strange things. We are also people. People with hearts. People with hearts that love. I’ve made some Valentine’s Day cards for my fellow infosec geeks. Enjoy. You have my permission to save, print, and share these valentines with those... Read more »

Learning to code is NOT the new literacy

People keep promoting the need for everyone from kids to mid-career professionals to learn how to write computer code. The argument is that in the very near future (if we aren’t there already) learning how to code will be as important as learning to read and write. An article in Mother Jones asked, “Is Coding... Read more »
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3 classic scary stories ruined by modern twists

What if some classic, short scary stories were given modern twists? I updated three short scary stories that are classics for campfires and slumber parties. First, I’ll list spoiler-filled reminders of the original scary stories. Of course, these classic spooky tales always change slightly depending who is telling them, but here are the general ideas:... Read more »