Thursday, December 1, 2016

What was I reading in November 2016?

November was one of those very busy months, even with a couple holidays in the middle. I had a lot of fun with a NodeMCU, after a friend talked me into acquiring one (looking forward to acquiring and ESP32 now). Because of it, I'm revisiting all of my experimentation with I2C devices, this time without the Raspberry Pi! The home server is back online with (mostly) new hardware. Had to shuffle some peripherals to get it to work properly. (I now have two spare MSI video cards (w/ noisy fans) in my junk box. Anyone want 'em?)

I also acquired a Vocore1+Dock. Haven't had time to play with it much but I'm wanting to turn it into a portable access point for those ad-hoc/early evening demos for small groups/classes. (Note to self: the Vocore2 is out!)

December's looking to be similar to November. I'm considering burning some of my vacation time, just to take a break (have been burning the candle in the middle as well as the ends). In any case, I'm likely to need the time to set up the VMs and network for next semester's class.'

Other: A few weeks ago, I used Amazon Drop for the first time. They installed a Drop in a couple of the local grocery stores. I like it as I no longer have to worry about deliveries disappearing from the front steps.

Other: Only two more classes in this semester. Some of you still haven't given your presentation. Considering taking points from those that wait until the last minute (or maybe giving extra credit to those who present early?).

In any case, this past month's reading...


- Cryptanalysis of Enigma


- YBlog - Learn Vim Progressively Knowing Vi/Vim is a survival skill. You may not like Vi/Vim, but it's everywhere. You should know (at least) the basics. It's sizable enough that you cannot learn it all even in a single semester.
- The Mirai Botnet is Proof the Security Industry is Broken - Methinks that Max has given up. (Hint: if a service is that valuable, you should be runnning a local, non-public (or controlled-access) instance of it.


- So you think you know C? - (Partially a note to self) It's good to have reminders that you should remain humble.
- Bugsnag Blog - Benefits of using tmux - From the Know-your-tools department...


- C for Python Programmers
- Leonard Cohen Dead at 82


- Gridmaster - Learn Spreadsheets by Doing - Training!
- Docker user? Haven't patched Dirty COW yet? Got bad news for you.
- Would California be more successful as an independent country rather than as a state? - (sigh) And who's not catching on that wanting to set up your own government, because you don't like the current one, only amounts to you switching sides. Short version: you're incorrectly assuming that everyone in California agrees with you. Move on (or wait here). Another election will come around shortly. (Meh.)
- New attack reportedly lets 1 modest laptop knock big servers offline - This was a configuration issue. Blaming Cisco accomplishes nothing. Note that the author doesn't explain the different ICMP packet types. Also, with 1 TB of traffic, it isn't just endpoint firewalls that are "straining"...
- What So Many People Don't Get About the U.S. Working Class - Missed point: what about the internal shenanigans revealed. Why isn't that "influence" was used to skew the primaries for both parties also being discussed?
- Cubietruck: Ubuntu SSD install and boot from disk - This is a nice stepping-stone method to installation of Ubuntu 16.04 on the Cubietruck.


- The 7 most vexing problems in programming


- A Theory of Taxonomy
- Metasploitable3: An Intentionally Vulnerable Machine for Exploit Testing
- Killing Lara Croft
- Practical Cryptography


- Oracle and Dyn
- At Sea- The sailor's verion of "Fun with Flags".


- How Install Microsoft SQL Server on Ubuntu / RHEL / Centos / Docker - Don't run off bellowing that MS works with Linux just yet. This is a limited version of MS SQL.


- JTAG Mobile Phones - I'll add: being able to solder small "stuff" is important.


- Wells Fargo says that its customers gave up right to sue by having their signatures forged - Wait! Wut?
- DNS leak test
- Learning to Read x86 Assembly Language


- Hackers Breached San Francisco's Transit System and Demanded a Ransom
- An Ivy League professor explains chaos theory, the prisoner's dilemma, and why math isn't really boring

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