I managed to complete a course in Security for Virtual Environments and another for Industrial Controls Security. I won a challenge coin in the latter by being overly "detail oriented" while reviewing a packet capture with Wireshark and strings. Also from the latter class: I'm the owner of "yet another Raspberry Pi". It turns out that you can actually have too many of them. Current count: 8, down from 12 (I've been giving them away to interested locals).
The Linux class is shaping up. It got off to a rough start because the school waffled on using Red Hat Academy. The last minute decision was to use the RHA, so Dave and I had to scramble to get things set up (I'm spending part of this 3-day weekend building CentOS boxes).
I've had a serious infestation of gremlins. Only a few hours apart, the CPU fan on the vSphere box quit, followed by a hard drive failure on the Xen box. A few days later, a laptop (provided by my employer, for use in one of the aforementioned classes) breathed it's last, right in the middle of the first-day-of-class for the aforementioned ICS class. I managed to do all 5 day's worth of labs in four days by working through breaks, lunches, and evening surfing times. The class was interesting and I now have hands-on experience with some new (to me) ICS monitoring and malware analysis tools. Pics of the coin are at the bottom of this post.
In any case, August's readings included:
- Moonshine Master Toys With String Theory Quanta Magazine
- How to Listen When You Disagree: A Lesson from the Republican National Convention
- Profanity is pretty f king good for us actually
- The Human Cost of Tech Debt - DaedTech
- The Headless Web - Tales of a Developer Advocate
- Frequent Password Changes Is a Bad Security Idea
- I Have No Confidence... So This Is What I Do - Altucher Confidential
- Looking Into a Cyber-Attack Facilitator in the Netherlands
- How to kill yourself in Python
- The Lost Art of C Structure Packing
- How Teletext and Ceefax are coming back from the dead
- Reverse Engineering a Quadcopter RC or: How to not miss the needle while throwing the haystack in the air Part 1
- Fear and Loathing in Debian^H^H^H^H^H^H/Ubuntu or: who needs /etc/motd
- A Letter to My Daughter About Young Men
- 25 Phrases That Kill Workplace Relationships [The one that sets me off: "It's not my problem." Grr...]
- Fuzzing Perl: A Tale of Two American Fuzzy Lops
- Hold On... We May Actually Be In For A THIRD Oracle/Google API Copyright Trial Techdirt
- How To Enable Ubuntu on Bash on Windows 10 Anniversary Update
- A Brief History of the College Textbook Pricing Racket. [It's not just the pricing rackets. Some of the books we're forced to use are absolute crap. It's why Open Texbook is highly supported (high-priced text book, written by poorly trained author vs. free text book, written by volunteers).]
- The Dropbox hack is real
Above was generated by a homegrown bolt-on script for Wallabag, which is a free utility for capturing web content so that it can be read later.