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-fno

-fno -fno -fno stack protection

2 days straight now on IRC (##security on irc.freenode.net if you want to say hi) I have had to help someone compiling a program deal with it failing mid-str...

1337

I diet geeky style

From the DailyPlate website I track my food for keeping my weight (steady, not trying to loose) and today after working out I was given this little note:

144k

Your new CAC, Linux, Mac, and You

Earlier posts outlined howto utilize OpenSC to ensure your CAC worked in Linux or Mac. The problem is that there are new 144k CAC being passed out that do no...

2012

2013

2013 Investment Recap

I like to look back at the year and see how good (or bad) my investments were in stocks for the year. As the rest of the year is going to be crazy busy I wan...

3g

4square

911

Bittersweet Day

I looked up at the calendar resting in my SuSE box tray (oooh shinny!) and it occurred to me that today is a weird one. To the majority of America today repr...

BONE

CDMA

DS

DS Lite Loving

I broke down ladies and gentlemen. For months I have been working hard now on my GP2x from Korea. While the device runs linux and many emulators well it lack...

GUI

GUI Babies

While discussing security and such with the awesome TSgt. Harkleroad, he used my now favorite phrase: GUI Babies. This made me giggle. The problem with techn...

God

The Scientist and the Eye Ball

I am reading through Theology of the Body again after many of times. I now use it more as reference material than actual reading, but tonight I started Chris...

Can you hear me now?

In the spirit of giving something up for 40 days, I am shooting for noise. As I type this I hear the washer machine, the music streaming from last.fm (David ...

Best Man Toast

I want to look back on this with my Brother. Here it is for the world to mirror!

407

It is often in the course of life that we are put to the test of our faith. My little brother just txt’ed me saying “Shotgun is at mom’s...

God is watching

_Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you...

JP2

The Scientist and the Eye Ball

I am reading through Theology of the Body again after many of times. I now use it more as reference material than actual reading, but tonight I started Chris...

LUN

Multipath and Redhat Linux 5

As many of you know, multipath was finally integrated into Redhat Linux with the 5 series. This is great when you have multipath enabled during an install as...

MEA

Machiavellian

PIM

Personal

Travel Tips from a Frequent Traveler

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!” This year alone I have been in 12 countries and accumulated over 500k miles of travel and want to share my ...

Field Marshal Nick

I always have thought personality tests were somewhat goofy and inaccurate. I took one this morning and it was scary right:

Tourist in my Life

I love Parks and Recreation. What started as Office knockoff has really grown into its own. A clip on last week’s episode made me stop and go hmmmm….

Bearded Nick

Being a military brat and dude I really never had the chance to grow facial hair. This past holiday break, while not serving to provide the full 2 weeks as p...

Weekend Update

What appears to be a world littered with twitter messages and facebook status message updates, I thought it appropriate to update those who care enough to re...

Options

“Its good to have options” rings David Bazan from the speakers. Just ending a call with my girlfriend it occurred to me the song captures my persona. The rea...

Long Time

It has been awhile since I have posted here since work started blocking my website (BLOCKED FOR HACKING TUTORIALS – Seriously!) and I wanted to make sure I c...

The air I breathe

I have my chillout playlist on as I sit comfortably in the Sky Harbor Airport. Today I packed up all my things and put the mini cooper on the back of a truck...

I diet geeky style

From the DailyPlate website I track my food for keeping my weight (steady, not trying to loose) and today after working out I was given this little note:

Water

I ran my hand through the water on the banks of the pond that day. As I sat under the golden crisp light beaming down on me, I knew the time was not for deci...

Jr. High Review

Some people call Jr. High yearbooks humiliating. I call them perspective makers. I look back at the pictures and remember all the concerns I had in life and ...

World Youth Day

Father spoke in 12 different languages that day in Paris. I stood among the millions with our native countries flags’ waving in the air like wind brushing af...

Hope to be blind

From beneath the waves of my mind I looked above for a target. My eyes periscope above the waves of control and gazed the road ahead. Instead of staying bene...

Hunting Dogs

“Give me the gun” my Uncle blurted out as I stood there rifle in hand. This was the first time I had seen my Uncle Mike in the better part of a decade. We ha...

Where do I draw the line?

Where do I draw the line? I think back to the past month of my life and wonder what it is I am fighting for. Lets just review very quickly what it is I am go...

Angels Call

The rain and thunder poured down, Upon my blood drenched face, Car flipped over twice in the ditch, Threw me into this muddy place,

The Little Box

You were thrown into the room that night, Awoken from your deep sleep, Stripped you of your dignity and clothing, Measured you up for your own keep,

Advent

At what point Lord did I loose sight of the day? I find myself trudging through this Christmas season in total disregard for your birth. I find myself passin...

Fallen Comrade

It was a hot summer day driving down the road on the way back from a friends house in St. Petersburg. Crossing the busy traffic from Tampa to Dale Malbary wa...

Testify to Vice

Let me start by saying that geeks love porn. Yep its true, porn is the driving force for the ENTIRE Internet. People like to think that the spread of knowled...

Rhetorical Question

The suggestions flow much easier from your lips now. I wonder if they have already spilled the fabled words of “we need to stop.” I wish I could steal you fr...

Yellow Motorcycle

I jumped on my yellow motorcycle this morning for a ride to waste away some time. My favorite direction to go when riding is away…away from the city and cars...

Fashion Models

I am utterly confused by women’s interest in all things fashion. Maybe it is my up bringing or my sex, but as a male I have no clue as to what the deal is ab...

SAN

Multipath and Redhat Linux 5

As many of you know, multipath was finally integrated into Redhat Linux with the 5 series. This is great when you have multipath enabled during an install as...

STIG

Shakespeare

Tainted Love

Oh tainted love cast thy stone, Into the pits of my soggy soul, Thy water is but a broken rippled glass, Thy rock falls into the blackness of a hole,

Shepard

Lamb of World

Take off your persona little sheep, The world doesn’t need a new agenda, You think yourself different from me, That your way of life is perfectly splendid,

Techie

Updated Stable

Since a lot of my fellow nerds have mentioned they are looking at the stables page, I updated the computers as well as providing some insight into why each m...

OpenVPN Install Ubuntu 9.10

A good buddy of mine, Trevor, had mentioned wanting to bridge his Brother‘s and his networks. Having done an OpenVPN install many moons ago it had resonated ...

Test from n900

MaStory is a nice little blogging app. Testing xmlrpc with it

Nokia N900 Demo Unit

I think in part to my tweets of N900 lust and desire, Nokia contacted me to see if I was interested in a demo unit. After validating the email was NOT from N...

The quest for a Media Center Machine

With the synergy (ugh manager talk, sorry) of media and television I often find myself wanting to consume laying down or on the couch. Currently I slap a lap...

What Linux/UNIX do you use?

At work I often get asked what UNIX/Linux I use. Truth of the matter is I am an OS harlot :) I run NeXTStep and Rhapsody for fun. When I buy systems I force ...

Defining Security

A great post from W. Mark Brooks asks when did Information Security become IT Security? The point is very much in line with my triangle theory, that security...

Systems Engineering and Redundancy

I posted this to ServerFault.com today. Folks loose site of requirements and systems engineering and it drives me batty. Here was my response to the guys que...

Open Source Security Professionals

In economic times such as these it is imperative that architects and leads alike look beyond the glossy software catalog and instead to the web. In the past ...

Lexmark Drivers for Ubuntu/Debian

Lexmark provides subpar Linux drivers for any distro, but Ubuntu/Debian is horrible. At work we moved from HP Printers to Lexmark. The situation reminds me o...

What Geek am I?

  This is a picture someone published online that shows all the different types of geeks. I figured I would quickly look at the image and find, THE NICK. My ...

Travel Days for 2007

This was my first year for Boeing and I spent a lot of it elsewhere than home. It has been incredibly rough on those around me, but the career and life forwa...

iPhone + Mini Cooper = Super Hotness

I am happy to report that usingthe ICE Link for my Mini works great with the mini. I now have a mini computer in my mini car. It even fades when calls come i...

AppleTV and Extreme

I geeked up this weekend and purchased an AppleTV and matching router. Stay tuned for review!

Bluetooth GPS GPT-801 / Quick Review

I purchased the generic GPT-801 bluetooth GPS after being put-off by the high price of others. Basically the device works. It does everything a bluetooth GPS...

GUI Babies

While discussing security and such with the awesome TSgt. Harkleroad, he used my now favorite phrase: GUI Babies. This made me giggle. The problem with techn...

Geek Code

Geek Code is almost a necessary addition to any website dealing with techie crap. After many years of NOT putting one on I decided to cave in. I now will be ...

UNIX

-fno -fno -fno stack protection

2 days straight now on IRC (##security on irc.freenode.net if you want to say hi) I have had to help someone compiling a program deal with it failing mid-str...

What Linux/UNIX do you use?

At work I often get asked what UNIX/Linux I use. Truth of the matter is I am an OS harlot :) I run NeXTStep and Rhapsody for fun. When I buy systems I force ...

Open Source Security Professionals

In economic times such as these it is imperative that architects and leads alike look beyond the glossy software catalog and instead to the web. In the past ...

OpenSolaris Shortcomings

I want to like OpenSolaris. I love compiling away on my Sun Machines at the house. The simple fact is though the “Open” is a misnomer of great proportions. W...

WWDC

a/ux

abu_dhabi

acquire

Boeing Acquisitions 2008-2010

My twitter feed once again signals a Boeing acquisition. Cutting lots of fat internally while buying more companies doesn’t compute, but oh well. I decided t...

adoration

Off to Church

Last night as I was running (10.6 miles HUA!) I had this overwhelming desire to be in Church this morning. Spiritually I have been in a bit of a drought but ...

ads

advent

Advent

At what point Lord did I loose sight of the day? I find myself trudging through this Christmas season in total disregard for your birth. I find myself passin...

advice

Advice for new ISSO or ISSM

Someone in /r/netsec posted a question about what advice us old sages would have for a new ISSO. The below was my response that I hope is useful to my reader...

age

Dating World Age to Crazy Relationship

My mind is full of graphs and math. I am a geek and can’t help but think in charts. I get excited at the sight of graphing moleskin pads. As I have now been ...

Reason and Imagination

Bearing your soul in words is a dangerous proposition. Admitting to yourself in a permanent fashion is much more difficult than simply bypassing it with nons...

Off to Church

Last night as I was running (10.6 miles HUA!) I had this overwhelming desire to be in Church this morning. Spiritually I have been in a bit of a drought but ...

agile

Going Agile

Agile Software Development using SCRUM is one of best force multipliers a team can utilize to speed-up cycles.

agp

GPG on your Android Phone

All the traffic coming off your phone, if unencrypted, is clear for the telco to see. With the advent of sniffing using RF or IP based solutions it is becomi...

airborne

Airborne Warfare

The mark of a good system administrator is laziness. I mean this in the sense that laziness in the computing world fuels automation and thereby lower costs. ...

airforce

Government Planning Perfection

I was allowed to leave the Air Force with no strings attached in 2003. I found this slightly odd as I had a special security code attached to my AFSC making ...

Military Men — WHOORAH!

While there was much talk about the Army raising the maximum age for new recruits from 35 to 42, the lesser-known development is that the Pentagon managed no...

airplane

airport

AppleTV and Extreme

I geeked up this weekend and purchased an AppleTV and matching router. Stay tuned for review!

alabama

Church of the NCAA

As you can imagine, a young man like myself is lost far away from the comforts of my predominately Catholic hometown. As I venture into the world of Crimson ...

alarm.com

alone

Beach Life

Cover up the sounds with music, Hide the water behind the pages, Laying on the beach alone, The world is all mine,

amazon

Bought a Kindle

I love books. I actually love reading but hate the one aspect of being a traveling reader…carrying them all. A few reference computer manuals and a college b...

ambassador

ancient

Stations of the Cross — Literally

I recieved some 1950/60’s-ish stations of the cross pictures. It is an odd mix of art as you can tell the artist didn’t paint in a decor standard to the time...

android

Using TOR on your Android Device

In my continuation of howto secure your phone habits while on the go, we have come to anonymizing your traffic. There are a few reasons to do this:

GPG on your Android Phone

All the traffic coming off your phone, if unencrypted, is clear for the telco to see. With the advent of sniffing using RF or IP based solutions it is becomi...

Switching to Android

A few months ago I started compiling the iPhone libraries for Linux to allow syncing without WIFI. I thought I was king of the world as I bypassed all of the...

angel

Thanks for the call

The rain and thunder poured down, Upon my blood drenched face, Car flipped over twice in the ditch, Threw me into this muddy place,

annulment

anonymous

Using TOR on your Android Device

In my continuation of howto secure your phone habits while on the go, we have come to anonymizing your traffic. There are a few reasons to do this:

aol

apologetic

Eucharist Prayer of Self

It occurred to me at Mass this last week that the true sacrifice of the Eucharist not only occurs metaphysically on the alter but also with ourselves. I foun...

Liturgy Explanation

I have been asked many times where the actual words to the Litrugy (aka Mass) come from. They seem so foreign at times to those looking in. I found this onli...

John Baths

Splish Splash I was taking a dip in the Jordan

Vicar of Christ List

Vicar of Christ, Pope, that whole Apostolic tradition line in the Creed, Papa, Line of Peter, Bishop of Rome, St. Peter’s Key Keeper

appearance

Dress Code

I dress like a big geek sometimes. It isn’t uncommon to see me roll into work with jeans on and an untucked Polo shirt. On really bad days (the ones where I ...

apple

Civ V for Mac = Borked with Black Screen

I purchased Civ V for Mac the day it was released. LOVE…LOVE…LOVE Civilization. I had this issue after the 4GiB Download on 3 different machines and configur...

bin2iso for Leopard 10.5

I compiled bin2iso from source for all the mac users out there. For some reason bin2iso is not in macports. Link below:

SheepShaver on Ubuntu

I wanted to run MacOS 9 in my Ubuntu Intrepid dev box so I went ahead and grabbed CVS. Problem was the autogen script never dumped a config.sub. Instead I to...

PPC Linux

Why Linux and which one? Let me take a second to review:

Apple Mail.app and TimeMachine

I love Leopard! Single best upgrade I have done this year for operating systems. Vista was obviously a waste of time and Gutsy was incremental over Feisty. O...

Xgrid and Multiplatform Clients

This allows you to setup a Xgrid controller without mac server edition. What is nifty is that the clients can run on other platforms such as Linux and Window...

Wine in MacOSX

Macports now has the latest wine. What this means is that X11+Wine = steam hotness! I will post more info as I figure stuff out.

Patchstick AppleTV Hack

I was really excited to have SSH on the AppleTV…why? No Clue. I am a geek. I use my Logitech remote for my roomba. This is simply something I do. Here is the...

AppleTV and Extreme

I geeked up this weekend and purchased an AppleTV and matching router. Stay tuned for review!

Crazy Mac Mini People

For some reason in the twilight zone a G4 Mac Mini is still worth near it’s asking price. Why? I cannot for the life of me understand who is paying these pri...

appletv

Patchstick AppleTV Hack

I was really excited to have SSH on the AppleTV…why? No Clue. I am a geek. I use my Logitech remote for my roomba. This is simply something I do. Here is the...

AppleTV and Extreme

I geeked up this weekend and purchased an AppleTV and matching router. Stay tuned for review!

apps

arch

architect

architecture

Systems Engineering and Redundancy

I posted this to ServerFault.com today. Folks loose site of requirements and systems engineering and it drives me batty. Here was my response to the guys que...

archlinux

areacode

arizona

The air I breathe

I have my chillout playlist on as I sit comfortably in the Sky Harbor Airport. Today I packed up all my things and put the mini cooper on the back of a truck...

arm

WOOT! Arm in sweater

Since the accident I have been rocking a lot of short sleeve shirts. That is great if it was summer, but winter is killing me. The past few mornings I made t...

art

Stations of the Cross — Literally

I recieved some 1950/60’s-ish stations of the cross pictures. It is an odd mix of art as you can tell the artist didn’t paint in a decor standard to the time...

Kade’s Awesome Art

I asked Kade to grace my walls with her beautiful art. Being the Catholic dude I had to have Fish…Eucharist…yeah. So I showed her some of Rudolf Koch’s stuff...

asking

Tired of Asking

I am tired of having to ask, Whether you will be here or not, You are my wife, I deserve better than that,

aspyr

Civ V for Mac = Borked with Black Screen

I purchased Civ V for Mac the day it was released. LOVE…LOVE…LOVE Civilization. I had this issue after the 4GiB Download on 3 different machines and configur...

asus

Asus M5n ACPI Fan

I am posting this so I can later go search and find it. Stupid fan was driving me nuts!

atlasshurgged

att

authentication

auto

automation

The machine is self aware…

I live in the boonies now, but thankfully we have some semblance of broadband with SpeedConnect. It is a WiMax setup with a modem that needs to be reset once...

aviation

backup

Dual Time Machine Locations

Apple must have been reading my blog when I wrote-up how to use two locations for Time Machine. Now in Mountain Lion it is built in and is much more seamless...

Geek and Backup Pride

Geeks pride themselves on the ability to institute good backup routines. We laugh in the faces of those poor souls who scream and yank hair as they watch the...

bandwidth

Simulating WAN Links with Linux and TC

Simulating WAN links used to be a difficult process. I would load FreeBSD with a dummynet driver and play with the settings to tweak where I needed it for th...

banshee

N900 Banshee Fix

You can compile the latest builds from Banshee if you’d like, but for those of you on older non-bleeding edge machines here is the .is_audio_player needed fo...

baptism

Confirmation

Catholics believe that Baptism is the washing away of original sin and not the acceptance of the Holy Spirit. This confuses a lot of Protestant Brothers and ...

In spite of divisions among Ch…

In spite of divisions among Christians, all those justified by faith through baptism are incorporated into Christ, brothers and sisters in J

John Baths

Splish Splash I was taking a dip in the Jordan

baptist

battle

Military Boy

Everyday I wake up and put on the green, The uniform of a military man, I go to work and do my job, So the same you too can,

beach

Beach Life

Cover up the sounds with music, Hide the water behind the pages, Laying on the beach alone, The world is all mine,

beagle

Beagle Travelers

Oscar only whines when he is wanting to go play outside with another dog or he is upset. Luckily he is a pretty happy dog and does neither with any sort of r...

beard

No Shave November – Aftermath Report

Men in my Family either grow kickass beards or what amounts to patchy peach fuze. Having been military and in the corporate world my whole life I was unable ...

Bearded Nick

Being a military brat and dude I really never had the chance to grow facial hair. This past holiday break, while not serving to provide the full 2 weeks as p...

benchmark

OpenBSD Drive Encryption Benchmarks

Let me start by saying I am not a benchmarker. At all…so these results are posted for friendly banter and I make no claim to their validity. Consider this th...

beos

beta

bible

Liturgy Explanation

I have been asked many times where the actual words to the Litrugy (aka Mass) come from. They seem so foreign at times to those looking in. I found this onli...

bin2iso

bin2iso for Leopard 10.5

I compiled bin2iso from source for all the mac users out there. For some reason bin2iso is not in macports. Link below:

binary

birth

Shoebox

“MAKE IT STOP!” the woman, legs spread, and her head flung violently against the dotted lines that now supported the scene. I stood in exacerbation and awe a...

birthday

Need no more – Gifts and Holidays

There comes a time when we realize there is too much stuff in our lives. I have been blessed to not need for anything beyond a smile and love. As many of my ...

Happy 17th Birthday Debian!

I love Debian (looks over lovingly @ the fileserver) and look forward to many more years of stable releases. Debian was my first distro when I ran 1.3 at th...

Bittersweet Day

I looked up at the calendar resting in my SuSE box tray (oooh shinny!) and it occurred to me that today is a weird one. To the majority of America today repr...

bitlbee

BitlBee and OTR … then add some TOR!

With the release of 3.0.1 of BitlBee you can now chat from your favorite IRC client with the peace of mind that your protected. Since the OTR portion is stil...

blackberry

blog

Test from n900

MaStory is a nice little blogging app. Testing xmlrpc with it

Memoirs are Dead

In a world of twitter and 140 character posts, how will the world change in the realm of memoirs? My memoirs are here, each blog a cross section of my intell...

blues

Top Romantic Songs

I was going through and creating a Valentines Playlist for dinner tonight. We have friends coming over and I struggled to make this list. It seemed every goo...

bluetooth

Bluetooth GPS GPT-801 / Quick Review

I purchased the generic GPT-801 bluetooth GPS after being put-off by the high price of others. Basically the device works. It does everything a bluetooth GPS...

body

We are all one body…

One of the most enjoyable activities for me is to simply sit an airport. The cross section of society is laid in front of you to sample and review. After a f...

boeing

Left Boeing

This morning I gave my badge back to the Boeing FSO. Lots of smiles and hand shakes, but a sad day all the same. Leaving anything you have been with for 3 ye...

Boeing Acquisitions 2008-2010

My twitter feed once again signals a Boeing acquisition. Cutting lots of fat internally while buying more companies doesn’t compute, but oh well. I decided t...

book

Bought a Kindle

I love books. I actually love reading but hate the one aspect of being a traveling reader…carrying them all. A few reference computer manuals and a college b...

bootcamp

Military Boy

Everyday I wake up and put on the green, The uniform of a military man, I go to work and do my job, So the same you too can,

boundary

box

Box will fit you well

You were thrown into the room that night, Awoken from your deep sleep, Stripped you of your dignity and clothing, Measured you up for your own keep,

boyfriend

Boyfriend is a bum

I cry these tears not for you, but all that will surely come, I know you will get hurt again; your boyfriend is such a bum,

boys

Truth to the Ladies

Ladies, Ladies, come have a seat. We have put this off way to long and it is time we had this talk. I know it is tough to hear, but I feel it is my duty as a...

bread

break

Bearded Nick

Being a military brat and dude I really never had the chance to grow facial hair. This past holiday break, while not serving to provide the full 2 weeks as p...

brotherhood

Military Boy

Everyday I wake up and put on the green, The uniform of a military man, I go to work and do my job, So the same you too can,

brothers

Modern Centurion

God watch over me now, as my enemy fights from within, the faces of woman and children, he hides behind my fear of sin,

browser

Flock

Flock is this new(ish) browser based on Firefox with a pregrouped extension install. Everything in the thing is Web 2.0 capable and ready. My thoughts thus f...

buffer

-fno -fno -fno stack protection

2 days straight now on IRC (##security on irc.freenode.net if you want to say hi) I have had to help someone compiling a program deal with it failing mid-str...

bum

Boyfriend is a bum

I cry these tears not for you, but all that will surely come, I know you will get hurt again; your boyfriend is such a bum,

business

Tools of the Connected Geek Trade

As we move up the food chain of life, our free-time becomes more and more precious. There are only so many hours in the day and my generation utilizes them t...

buyout

c64

cac

Your new CAC, Linux, Mac, and You

Earlier posts outlined howto utilize OpenSC to ensure your CAC worked in Linux or Mac. The problem is that there are new 144k CAC being passed out that do no...

cac-ng

Your new CAC, Linux, Mac, and You

Earlier posts outlined howto utilize OpenSC to ensure your CAC worked in Linux or Mac. The problem is that there are new 144k CAC being passed out that do no...

cackey

Your new CAC, Linux, Mac, and You

Earlier posts outlined howto utilize OpenSC to ensure your CAC worked in Linux or Mac. The problem is that there are new 144k CAC being passed out that do no...

calories

calving

Jig

I was thinking back to one of my favorite comics this morning as I danced around the room. There are certain songs that make me just dance around like there ...

camera

Withings Home Camera Review

I am always in search of products that help me automate and secure my home. I have run a mix of Foscam, D-Link, and Panasonics cameras dumping to a Linux ser...

car

career

Smart People

One of the greatest benefits to working with bright people is bright conversations. There are people in this world who I yearn to be near for no other reason...

cars

cash

I have one hand in my pocket

I rarely carry cash around (as evident by the many lunches I owe coworkers) and often times find bones of it in pockets. Tonight as I threw on my jacket from...

cast

Tainted Love

Oh tainted love cast thy stone, Into the pits of my soggy soul, Thy water is but a broken rippled glass, Thy rock falls into the blackness of a hole,

catholic

We are all one body…

One of the most enjoyable activities for me is to simply sit an airport. The cross section of society is laid in front of you to sample and review. After a f...

Voting Catholic

My family and I had a discussion last night that really sparked my synaptic in the old head. The current ream of candidates just doesn’t allow for a Catholic...

Confirmation

Catholics believe that Baptism is the washing away of original sin and not the acceptance of the Holy Spirit. This confuses a lot of Protestant Brothers and ...

The Scientist and the Eye Ball

I am reading through Theology of the Body again after many of times. I now use it more as reference material than actual reading, but tonight I started Chris...

Wonderful Pope Pius XI

“If the man is the head, the woman is the heart, and as he occupies the chief place in ruling, so she may and ought to claim for herself the chief place of l...

The Three Non-Negotiables

As a Catholic Man I am called to vote based on the faith and not of the world. The Pope while addressing the European People’s Party laid out 3 points. What ...

Lest we forget…

Sometimes I think we loose sight of what God made all this for. I find it funny when people envision God sitting on high making things for himself to look at...

Absolution

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgi...

Water

I ran my hand through the water on the banks of the pond that day. As I sat under the golden crisp light beaming down on me, I knew the time was not for deci...

407

It is often in the course of life that we are put to the test of our faith. My little brother just txt’ed me saying “Shotgun is at mom’s...

God is watching

_Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you...

Mother Theresa…the atheist

I was totally unaware that having doubt in your spiritual life made you an atheist. I always thought that the commitment of being an atheist was the total de...

Pope Quote…

In spite of divisions among Christians, all those justified by faith through baptism are incorporated into Christ…brothers and sisters in the Lord – Pope Joh...

World Youth Day

Father spoke in 12 different languages that day in Paris. I stood among the millions with our native countries flags’ waving in the air like wind brushing af...

Eucharist Prayer of Self

It occurred to me at Mass this last week that the true sacrifice of the Eucharist not only occurs metaphysically on the alter but also with ourselves. I foun...

Liturgy Explanation

I have been asked many times where the actual words to the Litrugy (aka Mass) come from. They seem so foreign at times to those looking in. I found this onli...

The Sanctity of Life

The Catholic Church is often beat-up for its ardent respect for life, conception till death. Now I hate to bring up what everyone else does with the War in I...

John Baths

Splish Splash I was taking a dip in the Jordan

Beef O’ Bradys + Popple = Good Fun

Filled with a night of local beer companies and theology we spent the night discussing theology and barley. Those of you who know me, well, I don’t drink…but...

Stations of the Cross — Literally

I recieved some 1950/60’s-ish stations of the cross pictures. It is an odd mix of art as you can tell the artist didn’t paint in a decor standard to the time...

Vicar of Christ List

Vicar of Christ, Pope, that whole Apostolic tradition line in the Creed, Papa, Line of Peter, Bishop of Rome, St. Peter’s Key Keeper

Advent

At what point Lord did I loose sight of the day? I find myself trudging through this Christmas season in total disregard for your birth. I find myself passin...

If your eye sins; remove

I would rip you from the sockets, If it meant the sin would leave, I would poke at you with bayonets, If it meant you’d leave me be,

Thanks for the call

The rain and thunder poured down, Upon my blood drenched face, Car flipped over twice in the ditch, Threw me into this muddy place,

Lamb of World

Take off your persona little sheep, The world doesn’t need a new agenda, You think yourself different from me, That your way of life is perfectly splendid,

cds

cell

cell_phone

So true

Everyone makes fun of me because my phones have the classic ringer. You know, like Grandma’s old phone that could take down a robber. As always XKCD hits it ...

certificates

change

Left Boeing

This morning I gave my badge back to the Boeing FSO. Lots of smiles and hand shakes, but a sad day all the same. Leaving anything you have been with for 3 ye...

Shoebox

“MAKE IT STOP!” the woman, legs spread, and her head flung violently against the dotted lines that now supported the scene. I stood in exacerbation and awe a...

I use a microscope to read maps…

Or in other words I am shortsighted. I watched outside the CRJ700 as Tucson appeared. Flying into Tucson I was surprised they had finally finished the renova...

The air I breathe

I have my chillout playlist on as I sit comfortably in the Sky Harbor Airport. Today I packed up all my things and put the mini cooper on the back of a truck...

charity

Need no more – Gifts and Holidays

There comes a time when we realize there is too much stuff in our lives. I have been blessed to not need for anything beyond a smile and love. As many of my ...

charts

Travel Days for 2008

Why stop a geeky tradition?! Here is 2008’s travel graphs. This year I did hit the 2 full trips around the Earth. I am not sure what 2009 holds, but I had a ...

Dating World Age to Crazy Relationship

My mind is full of graphs and math. I am a geek and can’t help but think in charts. I get excited at the sight of graphing moleskin pads. As I have now been ...

Travel Days for 2007

This was my first year for Boeing and I spent a lot of it elsewhere than home. It has been incredibly rough on those around me, but the career and life forwa...

chat

BitlBee and OTR … then add some TOR!

With the release of 3.0.1 of BitlBee you can now chat from your favorite IRC client with the peace of mind that your protected. Since the OTR portion is stil...

Jabber Mix Client 1.3 Beta

I am wanting to OTA because BlackBerry refuses to open up to Linux Machines. If you need to install JMC 1.3 to your blackberry/nokia OTA then use the links b...

christ

Advent

At what point Lord did I loose sight of the day? I find myself trudging through this Christmas season in total disregard for your birth. I find myself passin...

christian

We are all one body…

One of the most enjoyable activities for me is to simply sit an airport. The cross section of society is laid in front of you to sample and review. After a f...

Voting Catholic

My family and I had a discussion last night that really sparked my synaptic in the old head. The current ream of candidates just doesn’t allow for a Catholic...

Ninja Turtle Marketing

I have been thinking a lot lately about devotion and effort. I know what you are thinking, devotion to the law shouldn’t require effort, blah blah blah. When...

Dead Poetic – Vices Lyrics

I love this song, it is a little hard rock but the lyrics hit me so hard. It is refreshing to hear Christian music that talks about the true struggle. 

christmas

Need no more – Gifts and Holidays

There comes a time when we realize there is too much stuff in our lives. I have been blessed to not need for anything beyond a smile and love. As many of my ...

Advent

At what point Lord did I loose sight of the day? I find myself trudging through this Christmas season in total disregard for your birth. I find myself passin...

chrome

Google ChromeOS Cr-48 Review

It seems everyone is posting their review after a few days of working with the laptop. I decided to take a different perspective with the initial review. Whe...

Private Browser Cleaner

There is so much hoopla about Private Mode browsing not actually keeping you private. Most of it is due to your addons for Flash and Java. Here are the exten...

chromeos

Google ChromeOS Cr-48 Review

It seems everyone is posting their review after a few days of working with the laptop. I decided to take a different perspective with the initial review. Whe...

CR-48 ChromeOS Security Posture

Since everyone is talking about the fit and finish (which is great other than the battery) I thought I’d talk about the security of the device. Google has al...

chuck_norris

church

Off to Church

Last night as I was running (10.6 miles HUA!) I had this overwhelming desire to be in Church this morning. Spiritually I have been in a bit of a drought but ...

Absolution

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgi...

civ5

Civ V for Mac = Borked with Black Screen

I purchased Civ V for Mac the day it was released. LOVE…LOVE…LOVE Civilization. I had this issue after the 4GiB Download on 3 different machines and configur...

civv

Civ V for Mac = Borked with Black Screen

I purchased Civ V for Mac the day it was released. LOVE…LOVE…LOVE Civilization. I had this issue after the 4GiB Download on 3 different machines and configur...

classic OS

login: Looking Back on Debian 1.3

Back at the tender age of 12 I picked up a magazine at the Base Exchange. This magazine contained a CD. This CD contained Debian 1.3. All was well in the wor...

cli

GUI Babies

While discussing security and such with the awesome TSgt. Harkleroad, he used my now favorite phrase: GUI Babies. This made me giggle. The problem with techn...

cliff

Edge of a Cliff

have you ever stood on the edge of a cliff? spread your arms like you were going to fly? turned to look over your shoulder, and kiss the world you knew go...

clonezilla

closed-networks

Closed Network != Security

To this day I am flabbergasted by the assertion that because your network is not connected to the big “I” Internet you can practice lax security. Countless p...

clothes

WOOT! Arm in sweater

Since the accident I have been rocking a lot of short sleeve shirts. That is great if it was summer, but winter is killing me. The past few mornings I made t...

clothing

Dress Code

I dress like a big geek sometimes. It isn’t uncommon to see me roll into work with jeans on and an untucked Polo shirt. On really bad days (the ones where I ...

Fashion Models

I am utterly confused by women’s interest in all things fashion. Maybe it is my up bringing or my sex, but as a male I have no clue as to what the deal is ab...

cluster

Xgrid and Multiplatform Clients

This allows you to setup a Xgrid controller without mac server edition. What is nifty is that the clients can run on other platforms such as Linux and Window...

Rocks Cluster

Rocks Cluster rocks my socks. After battling with their FTP to grab the latest ISO, I was finally able to do a VMWare Install of version 4.2. The key for doi...

code

cold

Brrrr

I ran this morning in 20 degree weather…with snow! It was pretty chilly and I am hoping when I awake in the morning the run will be much more enjoyable.

Does this look gay?

Easy question, I feel fricken goofy running around small-town Arab with this: 

cold bed

Miss you at night

I miss you most at night, When I lay awake alone in bed, Sleeping diagonal fills the space, But doesn’t grace the pillow with your head,

comfortable

Dress Code

I dress like a big geek sometimes. It isn’t uncommon to see me roll into work with jeans on and an untucked Polo shirt. On really bad days (the ones where I ...

comic

commodore

communication

Fallacy of Distance

As we progress down the road of technological advance we must learn to remove from our minds the grasps of time and space. It is in the advancement of techno...

company

comptuers

computers

Updated Stable

Since a lot of my fellow nerds have mentioned they are looking at the stables page, I updated the computers as well as providing some insight into why each m...

comrade

Fallen Comrade

It was a hot summer day driving down the road on the way back from a friends house in St. Petersburg. Crossing the busy traffic from Tampa to Dale Malbary wa...

confession

Absolution

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgi...

confirmation

Confirmation

Catholics believe that Baptism is the washing away of original sin and not the acceptance of the Holy Spirit. This confuses a lot of Protestant Brothers and ...

connected

Tools of the Connected Geek Trade

As we move up the food chain of life, our free-time becomes more and more precious. There are only so many hours in the day and my generation utilizes them t...

contract

The Family at Work

As we move into a fully connected world there is a bigger expectation that we allow intrusions into our personal lives. While it may be a blackberry or a pag...

contracts

Going Agile

Agile Software Development using SCRUM is one of best force multipliers a team can utilize to speed-up cycles.

core

correlated

coworker

Smart People

One of the greatest benefits to working with bright people is bright conversations. There are people in this world who I yearn to be near for no other reason...

cr-48

Google ChromeOS Cr-48 Review

It seems everyone is posting their review after a few days of working with the laptop. I decided to take a different perspective with the initial review. Whe...

cr48

Google ChromeOS Cr-48 Review

It seems everyone is posting their review after a few days of working with the laptop. I decided to take a different perspective with the initial review. Whe...

crappy programming

crazy

Dating World Age to Crazy Relationship

My mind is full of graphs and math. I am a geek and can’t help but think in charts. I get excited at the sight of graphing moleskin pads. As I have now been ...

cross

Styrofoam Cross

It is the seed of desire, The eruption of my pain, With tears in my eyes I continue, The act brings nothing to gain,

cross-domain

crossplatform

crucifix

Ugly Hiding Place

The thumps against the wall, Rattling the crucifix over head, One more sin to tuck under, The silk sheets on the bed,

crypto

OpenBSD Drive Encryption Benchmarks

Let me start by saying I am not a benchmarker. At all…so these results are posted for friendly banter and I make no claim to their validity. Consider this th...

cube

Kicking it old school

I setup the Cube in the living room today. After hooking it up to the Xbox controller and big screen I am ready for some Mario Kart throw down. Now if you wi...

dad

Bittersweet Day

I looked up at the calendar resting in my SuSE box tray (oooh shinny!) and it occurred to me that today is a weird one. To the majority of America today repr...

dan

Best Man Toast

I want to look back on this with my Brother. Here it is for the world to mirror!

dance

Jig

I was thinking back to one of my favorite comics this morning as I danced around the room. There are certain songs that make me just dance around like there ...

darkness

Box will fit you well

You were thrown into the room that night, Awoken from your deep sleep, Stripped you of your dignity and clothing, Measured you up for your own keep,

data

dates

dating

Dating World Age to Crazy Relationship

My mind is full of graphs and math. I am a geek and can’t help but think in charts. I get excited at the sight of graphing moleskin pads. As I have now been ...

Truth to the Ladies

Ladies, Ladies, come have a seat. We have put this off way to long and it is time we had this talk. I know it is tough to hear, but I feel it is my duty as a...

Dating a geek

I am going to “mirror” this post from http://www.emilyhambidge.com/blog/emily/66/ which no longer exists. Seriously don’t click that link as it goes no where...

dc

Parking

The morning was clear as Oscar and I made our way down the elevator for the new morning routine. We walked past the water fountain on path to the doggie walk...

Leaving for the city

This morning with my lungs pressed up against the cool morning air I ran through the country. Past the cows in the pasture and up the hill where the horses d...

dca

6am to DC

I don’t care how often I take this flight, 330 rolls around quick. The world is eerily quiet this early.

death

OpenSolaris Shortcomings

I want to like OpenSolaris. I love compiling away on my Sun Machines at the house. The simple fact is though the “Open” is a misnomer of great proportions. W...

Box will fit you well

You were thrown into the room that night, Awoken from your deep sleep, Stripped you of your dignity and clothing, Measured you up for your own keep,

deb

Lexmark Drivers for Ubuntu/Debian

Lexmark provides subpar Linux drivers for any distro, but Ubuntu/Debian is horrible. At work we moved from HP Printers to Lexmark. The situation reminds me o...

debian

BitlBee and OTR … then add some TOR!

With the release of 3.0.1 of BitlBee you can now chat from your favorite IRC client with the peace of mind that your protected. Since the OTR portion is stil...

Happy 17th Birthday Debian!

I love Debian (looks over lovingly @ the fileserver) and look forward to many more years of stable releases. Debian was my first distro when I ran 1.3 at th...

Lexmark Drivers for Ubuntu/Debian

Lexmark provides subpar Linux drivers for any distro, but Ubuntu/Debian is horrible. At work we moved from HP Printers to Lexmark. The situation reminds me o...

login: Looking Back on Debian 1.3

Back at the tender age of 12 I picked up a magazine at the Base Exchange. This magazine contained a CD. This CD contained Debian 1.3. All was well in the wor...

Ian Murdock leaves Debian

The Sun folks are sounding the alarm that this is the end of Linux! I think what they fail to reailize is the state of Debian and his original project leads....

decade

deserve

Revolving Door

I can’t say the words They hurt to much to even think, I wonder if these will be the last, That finally shove us over the brink,

design

deutschlande

Deutschlande

Gone are those nights so long ago, Where the air was spiked with the bitter cold,

dev

Why is my /dev/sda missing?!?!

I am in the midst of testing some of the latest Linux kernels and realized that my old kernel config was wiped. In my desire to finish the build I forgot to ...

diet

Workout and Food Log

Let me start by saying I **LOVE** thedailyplate.com and use the thing (as the name suggests) daily. Recently they added an option to export all your data to ...

I diet geeky style

From the DailyPlate website I track my food for keeping my weight (steady, not trying to loose) and today after working out I was given this little note:

dining

dinner

Random Thoughts for the Day

I sat down with my good friend Bruce tonight for dinner when he correctly pointed out it had been awhile since I posted. Can’t have that, so here we go with ...

disa

display

distance

Fallacy of Distance

As we progress down the road of technological advance we must learn to remove from our minds the grasps of time and space. It is in the advancement of techno...

distro

What Linux/UNIX do you use?

At work I often get asked what UNIX/Linux I use. Truth of the matter is I am an OS harlot :) I run NeXTStep and Rhapsody for fun. When I buy systems I force ...

divorce

Geek and Backup Pride

Geeks pride themselves on the ability to institute good backup routines. We laugh in the faces of those poor souls who scream and yank hair as they watch the...

Where do I draw the line?

Where do I draw the line? I think back to the past month of my life and wonder what it is I am fighting for. Lets just review very quickly what it is I am go...

dm-crypt

Why is my /dev/sda missing?!?!

I am in the midst of testing some of the latest Linux kernels and realized that my old kernel config was wiped. In my desire to finish the build I forgot to ...

dns

WAMU{.org/.com}

WAMU, our local NPR station in DC, left me with a cliff hanger as I rushed back from the grocery store. In the days prior to the streaming web I would have j...

docker

dod

dog

Beagle Travelers

Oscar only whines when he is wanting to go play outside with another dog or he is upset. Luckily he is a pretty happy dog and does neither with any sort of r...

Does the dog know?

I wonder if the dog knows, That the world is falling apart, His ears once graced two owners, Now we are down to just one heart,

dogs

Hunting Dogs

“Give me the gun” my Uncle blurted out as I stood there rifle in hand. This was the first time I had seen my Uncle Mike in the better part of a decade. We ha...

dollar

donation

door

Revolving Door

I can’t say the words They hurt to much to even think, I wonder if these will be the last, That finally shove us over the brink,

doorbell

Ring Doorbell Security

The Ring Doorbell has been invaluable as we travel the world. The reactions of people are often times pretty funny as the doorbell they just pressed begins t...

dork

I want a pony and a nintendo…

I remember growing up I would pray with such fervor for things. This morning as I was driving to work I did the same thing! You would think after 23 years I ...

What Geek am I?

  This is a picture someone published online that shows all the different types of geeks. I figured I would quickly look at the image and find, THE NICK. My ...

doubt

Mother Theresa…the atheist

I was totally unaware that having doubt in your spiritual life made you an atheist. I always thought that the commitment of being an atheist was the total de...

Tired of Asking

I am tired of having to ask, Whether you will be here or not, You are my wife, I deserve better than that,

dpkg

Lexmark Drivers for Ubuntu/Debian

Lexmark provides subpar Linux drivers for any distro, but Ubuntu/Debian is horrible. At work we moved from HP Printers to Lexmark. The situation reminds me o...

dream

Black and White

With my eyes shut i see the world, The gray old man and the little girl,

dresscode

Dress Code

I dress like a big geek sometimes. It isn’t uncommon to see me roll into work with jeans on and an untucked Polo shirt. On really bad days (the ones where I ...

dri

driver

Lexmark Drivers for Ubuntu/Debian

Lexmark provides subpar Linux drivers for any distro, but Ubuntu/Debian is horrible. At work we moved from HP Printers to Lexmark. The situation reminds me o...

drm

duty

Muster

We all stood in line this morning which seemed the perfect crowning to the definition of military efficiency. The middle aged officer (she had the officer lo...

e61

ebook

Bought a Kindle

I love books. I actually love reading but hate the one aspect of being a traveling reader…carrying them all. A few reference computer manuals and a college b...

eff

Switching to Android

A few months ago I started compiling the iPhone libraries for Linux to allow syncing without WIFI. I thought I was king of the world as I bypassed all of the...

email

embedded

emc

emotion

Passion

What is your passion? The collegiate response is that passion is an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Passion is a word that posses a meaning that ...

emulator

Kicking it old school

I setup the Cube in the living room today. After hooking it up to the Xbox controller and big screen I am ready for some Mario Kart throw down. Now if you wi...

enclaves

Closed Network != Security

To this day I am flabbergasted by the assertion that because your network is not connected to the big “I” Internet you can practice lax security. Countless p...

encryption

enterprise

entj

Field Marshal Nick

I always have thought personality tests were somewhat goofy and inaccurate. I took one this morning and it was scary right:

era

I use a microscope to read maps…

Or in other words I am shortsighted. I watched outside the CRJ700 as Tucson appeared. Flying into Tucson I was surprised they had finally finished the renova...

esx

Virtualization Tool Support Matrix

I would argue it is pretty sad that the tools needed to abstract the OS from hardware are tied to specific platforms. Companies that pride themselves on deli...

eucharist

Water

I ran my hand through the water on the banks of the pond that day. As I sat under the golden crisp light beaming down on me, I knew the time was not for deci...

Eucharist Prayer of Self

It occurred to me at Mass this last week that the true sacrifice of the Eucharist not only occurs metaphysically on the alter but also with ourselves. I foun...

euthanasia

evil

Goodness inside

There has always been a great debate on if people were naturally good or evil. On one side of the argument is the mantra of those who have been hurt, beaten,...

evolution

execution

Inversion of Schedule and Process

Programs are held to rigid standards by the very nature of the word. “A planned series of future events and items” accurately portrays the course of action w...

exhaust

New Exhaust RC51

For a heck of a steal on ebay, I picked up a new exhaust system for the bike. Ready for the price…wait for it…wait for it…125 dollars pl...

existentialism

Separation

Loneliness is something the Christian knows all too well. For me, the darkness abounds in times of joy. During tribulation I fear no sword, but the day to da...

facebook

fail

faith

Separation

Loneliness is something the Christian knows all too well. For me, the darkness abounds in times of joy. During tribulation I fear no sword, but the day to da...

family

The Family at Work

As we move into a fully connected world there is a bigger expectation that we allow intrusions into our personal lives. While it may be a blackberry or a pag...

Hunting Dogs

“Give me the gun” my Uncle blurted out as I stood there rifle in hand. This was the first time I had seen my Uncle Mike in the better part of a decade. We ha...

fashion

Does this look gay?

Easy question, I feel fricken goofy running around small-town Arab with this: 

WOOT! Arm in sweater

Since the accident I have been rocking a lot of short sleeve shirts. That is great if it was summer, but winter is killing me. The past few mornings I made t...

Fashion Models

I am utterly confused by women’s interest in all things fashion. Maybe it is my up bringing or my sex, but as a male I have no clue as to what the deal is ab...

fast_food

father

Man-ism’s

One of my favorite websites, The Art of Manliness ran a great article today about things we learned from our fathers. I wanted to share a few of my favorites...

fault

Systems Engineering and Redundancy

I posted this to ServerFault.com today. Folks loose site of requirements and systems engineering and it drives me batty. Here was my response to the guys que...

favorite

fear

Rookie

Like the rookie night before the game, Unsure of the road ahead, In my uneasiness I pour, The thoughts out of my head,

finance

2013 Investment Recap

I like to look back at the year and see how good (or bad) my investments were in stocks for the year. As the rest of the year is going to be crazy busy I wan...

fips

firefox

Your new CAC, Linux, Mac, and You

Earlier posts outlined howto utilize OpenSC to ensure your CAC worked in Linux or Mac. The problem is that there are new 144k CAC being passed out that do no...

Private Browser Cleaner

There is so much hoopla about Private Mode browsing not actually keeping you private. Most of it is due to your addons for Flash and Java. Here are the exten...

New Zealand

Tonight I was placing in my calendar the fact that a friend of mine is traveling to New Zealand when I noticed the little red squiggly informing me that I sp...

fireqos

Traffic Control on Linux with FireQOS

In order to make full use of my half-duplex WiMAX link, I started looking for anything and everything I could use to optimize it. Linux has some pretty decen...

firewall

Traffic Control on Linux with FireQOS

In order to make full use of my half-duplex WiMAX link, I started looking for anything and everything I could use to optimize it. Linux has some pretty decen...

McAfee buys Secure Computing

The most beautiful firewall I have ever come into contact with is Sidewinder. The first day I learned about Blurbs in the military was the day I began to jum...

flash

Private Browser Cleaner

There is so much hoopla about Private Mode browsing not actually keeping you private. Most of it is due to your addons for Flash and Java. Here are the exten...

flight

6am to DC

I don’t care how often I take this flight, 330 rolls around quick. The world is eerily quiet this early.

flock

Flock

Flock is this new(ish) browser based on Firefox with a pregrouped extension install. Everything in the thing is Web 2.0 capable and ready. My thoughts thus f...

flowchart

Should I buy?

Recently I was told that I am difficult to understand, dare I say, mysterious. To combat such reckless disregard for the signs of my psyche I will being flow...

flushing

Joy of Flushing

I live in an old home. Over 70 years old at least. I don’t know the exact date, but I know that this whole area is named for the original owners. Th...

flying

Food Time!

On airplanes it is really funny to watch the stewardess get the drink cart ready. In complete unison trays on the back of seats drop for their yummy infant p...

food

Workout and Food Log

Let me start by saying I **LOVE** thedailyplate.com and use the thing (as the name suggests) daily. Recently they added an option to export all your data to ...

Food Time!

On airplanes it is really funny to watch the stewardess get the drink cart ready. In complete unison trays on the back of seats drop for their yummy infant p...

forgiven

Little Boy

I walked up to the door that night Knocked just once or twice Heard steps tapping on the wooden floor Smelt dinner simmering with herbs and spice

forgiveness

407

It is often in the course of life that we are put to the test of our faith. My little brother just txt’ed me saying “Shotgun is at mom’s...

forgivness

Dead Poetic – Vices Lyrics

I love this song, it is a little hard rock but the lyrics hit me so hard. It is refreshing to hear Christian music that talks about the true struggle. 

forward

Rookie

Like the rookie night before the game, Unsure of the road ahead, In my uneasiness I pour, The thoughts out of my head,

foursquare

fpcon

friends

friendship

Old friends

if tomorrow the hospital picked up the phone, and told me your car was in a wreck, i would be there soon as the plane landed, no matter how big the check,

frontpoint

fruit

Seedless Grapes

Todays reading is Matthew 13:18. I read something like that and think of being a seed…what a feeling?! Can you help but go through today’s gospel and figure ...

fsf

Switching to Android

A few months ago I started compiling the iPhone libraries for Linux to allow syncing without WIFI. I thought I was king of the world as I bypassed all of the...

fun

Travel Tips from a Frequent Traveler

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!” This year alone I have been in 12 countries and accumulated over 500k miles of travel and want to share my ...

funny

Running Comic

I am up at the crack of dawn and off to run. Found this quote and made me giggle.

THERE WAS A LADY IN THE MENS ROOM!

Imagine the look on my face (or don’t because that would mean you are in the bathroom with me) as I look down to see a lady…in the bathroom…stuck to the wall...

fusion

futurama

future

Taking one for the team

My Father always taught me that there are things in life worth waiting for and working hard towards. For better or worse I took that lesson to heart and ingr...

The air I breathe

I have my chillout playlist on as I sit comfortably in the Sky Harbor Airport. Today I packed up all my things and put the mini cooper on the back of a truck...

Edge of a Cliff

have you ever stood on the edge of a cliff? spread your arms like you were going to fly? turned to look over your shoulder, and kiss the world you knew go...

g4

g4cube

Kicking it old school

I setup the Cube in the living room today. After hooking it up to the Xbox controller and big screen I am ready for some Mario Kart throw down. Now if you wi...

game

Mouse and Cheese

The scent of tears potpourri your sheets, Sights of sorrowful disorder abound, My eyes fear to meet yours, I am left with feet and ground,

gameboy

DS Lite Loving

I broke down ladies and gentlemen. For months I have been working hard now on my GP2x from Korea. While the device runs linux and many emulators well it lack...

games

gaming

DS Lite Loving

I broke down ladies and gentlemen. For months I have been working hard now on my GP2x from Korea. While the device runs linux and many emulators well it lack...

gates

gcc

-fno -fno -fno stack protection

2 days straight now on IRC (##security on irc.freenode.net if you want to say hi) I have had to help someone compiling a program deal with it failing mid-str...

gconf

Using Gmail as GNOME’s default mailer

As a security expert I have to say that this is total hogwash with all the uproar over his script. I sure hope these same people practice AWESOME security ev...

geek

Ring Doorbell Security

The Ring Doorbell has been invaluable as we travel the world. The reactions of people are often times pretty funny as the doorbell they just pressed begins t...

Tools of the Connected Geek Trade

As we move up the food chain of life, our free-time becomes more and more precious. There are only so many hours in the day and my generation utilizes them t...

No Shave November – Aftermath Report

Men in my Family either grow kickass beards or what amounts to patchy peach fuze. Having been military and in the corporate world my whole life I was unable ...

Nokia N900 Demo Unit

I think in part to my tweets of N900 lust and desire, Nokia contacted me to see if I was interested in a demo unit. After validating the email was NOT from N...

Travel Days for 2008

Why stop a geeky tradition?! Here is 2008’s travel graphs. This year I did hit the 2 full trips around the Earth. I am not sure what 2009 holds, but I had a ...

Geek and Backup Pride

Geeks pride themselves on the ability to institute good backup routines. We laugh in the faces of those poor souls who scream and yank hair as they watch the...

login: Looking Back on Debian 1.3

Back at the tender age of 12 I picked up a magazine at the Base Exchange. This magazine contained a CD. This CD contained Debian 1.3. All was well in the wor...

Workout and Food Log

Let me start by saying I **LOVE** thedailyplate.com and use the thing (as the name suggests) daily. Recently they added an option to export all your data to ...

Speechless

Other than the language and video games, it is so so true…

What Geek am I?

  This is a picture someone published online that shows all the different types of geeks. I figured I would quickly look at the image and find, THE NICK. My ...

Dorky Nerd God

NerdTests.com has confirmed what we all knew…I am a Dorky Nerd God…stop the presses!

Why I am a geek

I love nmap, one the greatest network security tools ever created. My favorite part of nmap is the hidden geek easter eggs. For example while I was compiling...

Patchstick AppleTV Hack

I was really excited to have SSH on the AppleTV…why? No Clue. I am a geek. I use my Logitech remote for my roomba. This is simply something I do. Here is the...

Dating a geek

I am going to “mirror” this post from http://www.emilyhambidge.com/blog/emily/66/ which no longer exists. Seriously don’t click that link as it goes no where...

DS Lite Loving

I broke down ladies and gentlemen. For months I have been working hard now on my GP2x from Korea. While the device runs linux and many emulators well it lack...

Ruby vs Python

I am going to attempt once again to learn a programming language. I wanted to look at the pro’s and con’s of each language in my work enviroment, military/DO...

Geek Code

Geek Code is almost a necessary addition to any website dealing with techie crap. After many years of NOT putting one on I decided to cave in. I now will be ...

geek_code

Geek Code

Geek Code is almost a necessary addition to any website dealing with techie crap. After many years of NOT putting one on I decided to cave in. I now will be ...

gelocation

gentoo

PPC Linux

Why Linux and which one? Let me take a second to review:

geolocation

germany

Deutschlande

Gone are those nights so long ago, Where the air was spiked with the bitter cold,

gift

gifts

Need no more – Gifts and Holidays

There comes a time when we realize there is too much stuff in our lives. I have been blessed to not need for anything beyond a smile and love. As many of my ...

glibc2

gma500

gmail

Using Gmail as GNOME’s default mailer

As a security expert I have to say that this is total hogwash with all the uproar over his script. I sure hope these same people practice AWESOME security ev...

gnome

Using Gmail as GNOME’s default mailer

As a security expert I have to say that this is total hogwash with all the uproar over his script. I sure hope these same people practice AWESOME security ev...

gnupg

GPG on your Android Phone

All the traffic coming off your phone, if unencrypted, is clear for the telco to see. With the advent of sniffing using RF or IP based solutions it is becomi...

go away

No return necessary

in the faces of those i pass by, on the streets or in my car, its you i see here and there, your image never very far,

good

Goodness inside

There has always been a great debate on if people were naturally good or evil. On one side of the argument is the mantra of those who have been hurt, beaten,...

good-vs-bad

History Books

Did you know that Saint Paul was actually a woman? I bet you didn’t realize that Columbus was really from Germany and not Genovese.

google

Google ChromeOS Cr-48 Review

It seems everyone is posting their review after a few days of working with the laptop. I decided to take a different perspective with the initial review. Whe...

CR-48 ChromeOS Security Posture

Since everyone is talking about the fit and finish (which is great other than the battery) I thought I’d talk about the security of the device. Google has al...

New Zealand

Tonight I was placing in my calendar the fact that a friend of mine is traveling to New Zealand when I noticed the little red squiggly informing me that I sp...

Using Gmail as GNOME’s default mailer

As a security expert I have to say that this is total hogwash with all the uproar over his script. I sure hope these same people practice AWESOME security ev...

gospel

I want a pony and a nintendo…

I remember growing up I would pray with such fervor for things. This morning as I was driving to work I did the same thing! You would think after 23 years I ...

govt.

Going Agile

Agile Software Development using SCRUM is one of best force multipliers a team can utilize to speed-up cycles.

Government Planning Perfection

I was allowed to leave the Air Force with no strings attached in 2003. I found this slightly odd as I had a special security code attached to my AFSC making ...

gpg

GPG on your Android Phone

All the traffic coming off your phone, if unencrypted, is clear for the telco to see. With the advent of sniffing using RF or IP based solutions it is becomi...

gps

Bluetooth GPS GPT-801 / Quick Review

I purchased the generic GPT-801 bluetooth GPS after being put-off by the high price of others. Basically the device works. It does everything a bluetooth GPS...

grace

407

It is often in the course of life that we are put to the test of our faith. My little brother just txt’ed me saying “Shotgun is at mom’s...

grandparents

I have one hand in my pocket

I rarely carry cash around (as evident by the many lunches I owe coworkers) and often times find bones of it in pockets. Tonight as I threw on my jacket from...

graphs

Travel Days for 2008

Why stop a geeky tradition?! Here is 2008’s travel graphs. This year I did hit the 2 full trips around the Earth. I am not sure what 2009 holds, but I had a ...

grass

Mowing

Today I figured out why my last relationship didn’t work out. It wasn’t the difference in faith, differing family backgrounds, lack of mutual respect. No the...

gratification

Taking one for the team

My Father always taught me that there are things in life worth waiting for and working hard towards. For better or worse I took that lesson to heart and ingr...

grooming

growing

Reason and Imagination

Bearing your soul in words is a dangerous proposition. Admitting to yourself in a permanent fashion is much more difficult than simply bypassing it with nons...

growing up

Jr. High Review

Some people call Jr. High yearbooks humiliating. I call them perspective makers. I look back at the pictures and remember all the concerns I had in life and ...

guardian

Using TOR on your Android Device

In my continuation of howto secure your phone habits while on the go, we have come to anonymizing your traffic. There are a few reasons to do this:

guide

Sony Vaio P788K Ubuntu 9.10 Load

Ubuntu 9.10 is the last usable version of Linux for use with the GMA500 craptasic video card. As it stands today I cannot recommend using Linux full-time on ...

PPC Linux

Why Linux and which one? Let me take a second to review:

hack

Airborne Warfare

The mark of a good system administrator is laziness. I mean this in the sense that laziness in the computing world fuels automation and thereby lower costs. ...

GBA PSP Emulator SDTV

Load up the emulator Plug in the Composite Cable Without getting a wretched headache, get into the Graphics and Sounds menu option Set Video to: Sca...

Patchstick AppleTV Hack

I was really excited to have SSH on the AppleTV…why? No Clue. I am a geek. I use my Logitech remote for my roomba. This is simply something I do. Here is the...

hacker

hair

Bearded Nick

Being a military brat and dude I really never had the chance to grow facial hair. This past holiday break, while not serving to provide the full 2 weeks as p...

haircut

hal

N900 Banshee Fix

You can compile the latest builds from Banshee if you’d like, but for those of you on older non-bleeding edge machines here is the .is_audio_player needed fo...

hamachi

happiness

Goodness inside

There has always been a great debate on if people were naturally good or evil. On one side of the argument is the mantra of those who have been hurt, beaten,...

hate

hiding place

Ugly Hiding Place

The thumps against the wall, Rattling the crucifix over head, One more sin to tuck under, The silk sheets on the bed,

history

Memoirs are Dead

In a world of twitter and 140 character posts, how will the world change in the realm of memoirs? My memoirs are here, each blog a cross section of my intell...

Puddle of Thought

The world is filled with books describing many of the same ideals. We excite ourselves by reviewing similar theories with different words. Buzz words, corpor...

history channel

hobby

holiday

Need no more – Gifts and Holidays

There comes a time when we realize there is too much stuff in our lives. I have been blessed to not need for anything beyond a smile and love. As many of my ...

Bearded Nick

Being a military brat and dude I really never had the chance to grow facial hair. This past holiday break, while not serving to provide the full 2 weeks as p...

home

home security

homebrew

GBA PSP Emulator SDTV

Load up the emulator Plug in the Composite Cable Without getting a wretched headache, get into the Graphics and Sounds menu option Set Video to: Sca...

homesecurity

Withings Home Camera Review

I am always in search of products that help me automate and secure my home. I have run a mix of Foscam, D-Link, and Panasonics cameras dumping to a Linux ser...

homsecurity

Ring Doorbell Security

The Ring Doorbell has been invaluable as we travel the world. The reactions of people are often times pretty funny as the doorbell they just pressed begins t...

honda

New motorcycle – Honda RC51

I debated and thought about it a lot before deciding on this bike. The money it cost to buy a used bike was enough to purchase a run-of-the-mill 600/1000cc I...

honor

Fallen Comrade

It was a hot summer day driving down the road on the way back from a friends house in St. Petersburg. Crossing the busy traffic from Tampa to Dale Malbary wa...

hope

hotel

Top 11 Pet Peeves of Hotels

We live in hotels most of the year. Last year we “lived” in our house for less than 30 days if you don’t count our frequent reminiscing via home security cam...

house

Stations of the Cross — Literally

I recieved some 1950/60’s-ish stations of the cross pictures. It is an odd mix of art as you can tell the artist didn’t paint in a decor standard to the time...

house decorating home livingroom

Living Room

If you are clicking here you know what this is… Living Room For the whole house… Click Here 

howto

Why is my /dev/sda missing?!?!

I am in the midst of testing some of the latest Linux kernels and realized that my old kernel config was wiped. In my desire to finish the build I forgot to ...

Sony Vaio P788K Ubuntu 9.10 Load

Ubuntu 9.10 is the last usable version of Linux for use with the GMA500 craptasic video card. As it stands today I cannot recommend using Linux full-time on ...

Lexmark Drivers for Ubuntu/Debian

Lexmark provides subpar Linux drivers for any distro, but Ubuntu/Debian is horrible. At work we moved from HP Printers to Lexmark. The situation reminds me o...

Error in Service Module

If you are on a OpenSuSE or SuSE SLES/SLED machine and have recently mounted /var to a new parition, you might get the following error:

Multipath and Redhat Linux 5

As many of you know, multipath was finally integrated into Redhat Linux with the 5 series. This is great when you have multipath enabled during an install as...

PPC Linux

Why Linux and which one? Let me take a second to review:

Xgrid and Multiplatform Clients

This allows you to setup a Xgrid controller without mac server edition. What is nifty is that the clients can run on other platforms such as Linux and Window...

Check out HOWTO’s

I have started to centralize all my tutorials and howto’s I have written over the years. Take a look and let me know what you think!

hpc

Rocks Cluster

Rocks Cluster rocks my socks. After battling with their FTP to grab the latest ISO, I was finally able to do a VMWare Install of version 4.2. The key for doi...

hspd12

hunting

Hunting Dogs

“Give me the gun” my Uncle blurted out as I stood there rifle in hand. This was the first time I had seen my Uncle Mike in the better part of a decade. We ha...

hurricane

hyper-v

ia

Defining Security

A great post from W. Mark Brooks asks when did Information Security become IT Security? The point is very much in line with my triangle theory, that security...

Open Source Security Professionals

In economic times such as these it is imperative that architects and leads alike look beyond the glossy software catalog and instead to the web. In the past ...

iceweasel

Your new CAC, Linux, Mac, and You

Earlier posts outlined howto utilize OpenSC to ensure your CAC worked in Linux or Mac. The problem is that there are new 144k CAC being passed out that do no...

ids

ie

Private Browser Cleaner

There is so much hoopla about Private Mode browsing not actually keeping you private. Most of it is due to your addons for Flash and Java. Here are the exten...

iici

im

Linux and Skype – NOW WITH VIDEO!

Skype (or ebay) have been killing me for years now. I am a huge Skype user and always loved the video chat option. I have gone back and installed webcams for...

Jabber Mix Client 1.3 Beta

I am wanting to OTA because BlackBerry refuses to open up to Linux Machines. If you need to install JMC 1.3 to your blackberry/nokia OTA then use the links b...

imac

imagination

Reason and Imagination

Bearing your soul in words is a dangerous proposition. Admitting to yourself in a permanent fashion is much more difficult than simply bypassing it with nons...

imap

Apple Mail.app and TimeMachine

I love Leopard! Single best upgrade I have done this year for operating systems. Vista was obviously a waste of time and Gutsy was incremental over Feisty. O...

impact

indie

Top Romantic Songs

I was going through and creating a Valentines Playlist for dinner tonight. We have friends coming over and I struggled to make this list. It seemed every goo...

infosec

innerworkings

Should I buy?

Recently I was told that I am difficult to understand, dare I say, mysterious. To combat such reckless disregard for the signs of my psyche I will being flow...

install

Sony Vaio P788K Ubuntu 9.10 Load

Ubuntu 9.10 is the last usable version of Linux for use with the GMA500 craptasic video card. As it stands today I cannot recommend using Linux full-time on ...

intel

international

internet

investments

2013 Investment Recap

I like to look back at the year and see how good (or bad) my investments were in stocks for the year. As the rest of the year is going to be crazy busy I wan...

ios

iphone

Switching to Android

A few months ago I started compiling the iPhone libraries for Linux to allow syncing without WIFI. I thought I was king of the world as I bypassed all of the...

iPhone + Mini Cooper = Super Hotness

I am happy to report that usingthe ICE Link for my Mini works great with the mini. I now have a mini computer in my mini car. It even fades when calls come i...

iphoto

ipod

Fix for Songbird and iPod

I LOVE SONGBIRD, but it wouldn’t recognize my iPod Shuffle. I use this one to workout and need hopping tunes to keep my miles time down. If you have an iPod ...

Random Thoughts for the Day

I sat down with my good friend Bruce tonight for dinner when he correctly pointed out it had been awhile since I posted. Can’t have that, so here we go with ...

iptables

irc

BitlBee and OTR … then add some TOR!

With the release of 3.0.1 of BitlBee you can now chat from your favorite IRC client with the peace of mind that your protected. Since the OTR portion is stil...

irix

islam

issm

Advice for new ISSO or ISSM

Someone in /r/netsec posted a question about what advice us old sages would have for a new ISSO. The below was my response that I hope is useful to my reader...

isso

Advice for new ISSO or ISSM

Someone in /r/netsec posted a question about what advice us old sages would have for a new ISSO. The below was my response that I hope is useful to my reader...

it

Defining Security

A great post from W. Mark Brooks asks when did Information Security become IT Security? The point is very much in line with my triangle theory, that security...

itunes

Fix for Songbird and iPod

I LOVE SONGBIRD, but it wouldn’t recognize my iPod Shuffle. I use this one to workout and need hopping tunes to keep my miles time down. If you have an iPod ...

jabber

Jabber Mix Client 1.3 Beta

I am wanting to OTA because BlackBerry refuses to open up to Linux Machines. If you need to install JMC 1.3 to your blackberry/nokia OTA then use the links b...

java

Little Boy

I walked up to the door that night Knocked just once or twice Heard steps tapping on the wooden floor Smelt dinner simmering with herbs and spice

jazz

Top Romantic Songs

I was going through and creating a Valentines Playlist for dinner tonight. We have friends coming over and I struggled to make this list. It seemed every goo...

jokes

journey

Ad Astra

The stars are the most beautiful reminder of your location in the world. My combat boots trudging against the desert terrain were the platforms upon which...

joy

Taking one for the team

My Father always taught me that there are things in life worth waiting for and working hard towards. For better or worse I took that lesson to heart and ingr...

Bittersweet Day

I looked up at the calendar resting in my SuSE box tray (oooh shinny!) and it occurred to me that today is a weird one. To the majority of America today repr...

jr high

Jr. High Review

Some people call Jr. High yearbooks humiliating. I call them perspective makers. I look back at the pictures and remember all the concerns I had in life and ...

k9mail

GPG on your Android Phone

All the traffic coming off your phone, if unencrypted, is clear for the telco to see. With the advent of sniffing using RF or IP based solutions it is becomi...

kade

Kade has a Site!

Go and run…no RUSH…no SPRINT for the stunning and beautiful Miss Kade’s new website:

Kade’s Awesome Art

I asked Kade to grace my walls with her beautiful art. Being the Catholic dude I had to have Fish…Eucharist…yeah. So I showed her some of Rudolf Koch’s stuff...

New Pictures with Kade

There are now some pictures of Kade and I hanging out around Tampa Biloxi. Follow the link to check them out:

Almost there!

Kade and I now have just a few days left. It seems like forever since I have seen here last. It is so very hard to believe that we have been working to God’s...

karmic

Sony Vaio P788K Ubuntu 9.10 Load

Ubuntu 9.10 is the last usable version of Linux for use with the GMA500 craptasic video card. As it stands today I cannot recommend using Linux full-time on ...

katrina

kernel

Why is my /dev/sda missing?!?!

I am in the midst of testing some of the latest Linux kernels and realized that my old kernel config was wiped. In my desire to finish the build I forgot to ...

Asus M5n ACPI Fan

I am posting this so I can later go search and find it. Stupid fan was driving me nuts!

keyboard

killing

Modern Centurion

God watch over me now, as my enemy fights from within, the faces of woman and children, he hides behind my fear of sin,

kindle

Bought a Kindle

I love books. I actually love reading but hate the one aspect of being a traveling reader…carrying them all. A few reference computer manuals and a college b...

ladies

Truth to the Ladies

Ladies, Ladies, come have a seat. We have put this off way to long and it is time we had this talk. I know it is tough to hear, but I feel it is my duty as a...

lady

THERE WAS A LADY IN THE MENS ROOM!

Imagine the look on my face (or don’t because that would mean you are in the bathroom with me) as I look down to see a lady…in the bathroom…stuck to the wall...

lamb

Lamb of World

Take off your persona little sheep, The world doesn’t need a new agenda, You think yourself different from me, That your way of life is perfectly splendid,

laptop

OpenBSD Laptop mini-HOWTO

Awhile back I wanted a fully supported laptop to use as my OpenBSD development machine. I ended up with a Lenovo u150 which has worked out great and the pric...

lead

leader

leadership

leopard

lessonslearned

letter

Taking one for the team

My Father always taught me that there are things in life worth waiting for and working hard towards. For better or worse I took that lesson to heart and ingr...

lexmark

Lexmark Drivers for Ubuntu/Debian

Lexmark provides subpar Linux drivers for any distro, but Ubuntu/Debian is horrible. At work we moved from HP Printers to Lexmark. The situation reminds me o...

liberal

libqt

Fix for Skype

For all those running the Skype 2.0 Beta on Ubuntu Gutsy.

life

Left Boeing

This morning I gave my badge back to the Boeing FSO. Lots of smiles and hand shakes, but a sad day all the same. Leaving anything you have been with for 3 ye...

Tourist in my Life

I love Parks and Recreation. What started as Office knockoff has really grown into its own. A clip on last week’s episode made me stop and go hmmmm….

Weekend Update

What appears to be a world littered with twitter messages and facebook status message updates, I thought it appropriate to update those who care enough to re...

Shoebox

“MAKE IT STOP!” the woman, legs spread, and her head flung violently against the dotted lines that now supported the scene. I stood in exacerbation and awe a...

Passion

What is your passion? The collegiate response is that passion is an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Passion is a word that posses a meaning that ...

Random Thoughts for the Day

I sat down with my good friend Bruce tonight for dinner when he correctly pointed out it had been awhile since I posted. Can’t have that, so here we go with ...

Man-ism’s

One of my favorite websites, The Art of Manliness ran a great article today about things we learned from our fathers. I wanted to share a few of my favorites...

Mowing

Today I figured out why my last relationship didn’t work out. It wasn’t the difference in faith, differing family backgrounds, lack of mutual respect. No the...

The Sanctity of Life

The Catholic Church is often beat-up for its ardent respect for life, conception till death. Now I hate to bring up what everyone else does with the War in I...

Priorities in Life

I wanted to take this time of inward criticism to reevaluate my list in life. Many years ago my father sat me down and told me that until you put your priori...

life ahead

Edge of a Cliff

have you ever stood on the edge of a cliff? spread your arms like you were going to fly? turned to look over your shoulder, and kiss the world you knew go...

lifealtering

linux

Traffic Control on Linux with FireQOS

In order to make full use of my half-duplex WiMAX link, I started looking for anything and everything I could use to optimize it. Linux has some pretty decen...

The machine is self aware…

I live in the boonies now, but thankfully we have some semblance of broadband with SpeedConnect. It is a WiMax setup with a modem that needs to be reset once...

Simulating WAN Links with Linux and TC

Simulating WAN links used to be a difficult process. I would load FreeBSD with a dummynet driver and play with the settings to tweak where I needed it for th...

Microsoft Lync on Linux

Microsoft Lync is prevalent through the corporate world. Honestly its a pretty decent product on a Windows machine. On Linux and Mac though it is really a ha...

Why is my /dev/sda missing?!?!

I am in the midst of testing some of the latest Linux kernels and realized that my old kernel config was wiped. In my desire to finish the build I forgot to ...

Virtualization Tool Support Matrix

I would argue it is pretty sad that the tools needed to abstract the OS from hardware are tied to specific platforms. Companies that pride themselves on deli...

Your new CAC, Linux, Mac, and You

Earlier posts outlined howto utilize OpenSC to ensure your CAC worked in Linux or Mac. The problem is that there are new 144k CAC being passed out that do no...

BitlBee and OTR … then add some TOR!

With the release of 3.0.1 of BitlBee you can now chat from your favorite IRC client with the peace of mind that your protected. Since the OTR portion is stil...

-fno -fno -fno stack protection

2 days straight now on IRC (##security on irc.freenode.net if you want to say hi) I have had to help someone compiling a program deal with it failing mid-str...

Google ChromeOS Cr-48 Review

It seems everyone is posting their review after a few days of working with the laptop. I decided to take a different perspective with the initial review. Whe...

Log File Size

I struggle with ROM for log file storage. It is one of those things that no one EVER looks at, but everyone covers their asses. As an example DHS requires 90...

Happy 17th Birthday Debian!

I love Debian (looks over lovingly @ the fileserver) and look forward to many more years of stable releases. Debian was my first distro when I ran 1.3 at th...

Switching to Android

A few months ago I started compiling the iPhone libraries for Linux to allow syncing without WIFI. I thought I was king of the world as I bypassed all of the...

OpenVPN Install Ubuntu 9.10

A good buddy of mine, Trevor, had mentioned wanting to bridge his Brother‘s and his networks. Having done an OpenVPN install many moons ago it had resonated ...

N900 Banshee Fix

You can compile the latest builds from Banshee if you’d like, but for those of you on older non-bleeding edge machines here is the .is_audio_player needed fo...

Test from n900

MaStory is a nice little blogging app. Testing xmlrpc with it

Nokia N900 Demo Unit

I think in part to my tweets of N900 lust and desire, Nokia contacted me to see if I was interested in a demo unit. After validating the email was NOT from N...

The quest for a Media Center Machine

With the synergy (ugh manager talk, sorry) of media and television I often find myself wanting to consume laying down or on the couch. Currently I slap a lap...

What Linux/UNIX do you use?

At work I often get asked what UNIX/Linux I use. Truth of the matter is I am an OS harlot :) I run NeXTStep and Rhapsody for fun. When I buy systems I force ...

Show Desktop

One of my favorite features with GNOME/KDE is the show desktop button. Expose is great, but I am always clicking around on the dock. This morning the RSS fee...

Open Source Security Professionals

In economic times such as these it is imperative that architects and leads alike look beyond the glossy software catalog and instead to the web. In the past ...

Lexmark Drivers for Ubuntu/Debian

Lexmark provides subpar Linux drivers for any distro, but Ubuntu/Debian is horrible. At work we moved from HP Printers to Lexmark. The situation reminds me o...

Error in Service Module

If you are on a OpenSuSE or SuSE SLES/SLED machine and have recently mounted /var to a new parition, you might get the following error:

Multipath and Redhat Linux 5

As many of you know, multipath was finally integrated into Redhat Linux with the 5 series. This is great when you have multipath enabled during an install as...

SheepShaver on Ubuntu

I wanted to run MacOS 9 in my Ubuntu Intrepid dev box so I went ahead and grabbed CVS. Problem was the autogen script never dumped a config.sub. Instead I to...

PPC Linux

Why Linux and which one? Let me take a second to review:

login: Looking Back on Debian 1.3

Back at the tender age of 12 I picked up a magazine at the Base Exchange. This magazine contained a CD. This CD contained Debian 1.3. All was well in the wor...

Linux and Skype – NOW WITH VIDEO!

Skype (or ebay) have been killing me for years now. I am a huge Skype user and always loved the video chat option. I have gone back and installed webcams for...

Xgrid and Multiplatform Clients

This allows you to setup a Xgrid controller without mac server edition. What is nifty is that the clients can run on other platforms such as Linux and Window...

OpenSuSE 10.3 < Ubuntu Gutsy

I am done dealing with OpenSuSE 10.3. Before anyone starts I realize that it is a beta release candidate “blah blah blah.” I expect simple things to work wit...

Posted from my n800

A program came out called Maemo Blog…and I am using it. Hooked up to my bluetooth keyboard I am able to type a post that would have taken ages with the other...

Rocks Cluster

Rocks Cluster rocks my socks. After battling with their FTP to grab the latest ISO, I was finally able to do a VMWare Install of version 4.2. The key for doi...

Asus M5n ACPI Fan

I am posting this so I can later go search and find it. Stupid fan was driving me nuts!

Sansa e260 and Linux

I broke down and purchased a new MP3 player after the trusty iPod Mini bit the dust. Thank you Apple for including a wonderful 6GiB CF Drive though :) Moving...

Using Gmail as GNOME’s default mailer

As a security expert I have to say that this is total hogwash with all the uproar over his script. I sure hope these same people practice AWESOME security ev...

listen

Can you hear me now?

In the spirit of giving something up for 40 days, I am shooting for noise. As I type this I hear the washer machine, the music streaming from last.fm (David ...

little boy

Little Boy

I walked up to the door that night Knocked just once or twice Heard steps tapping on the wooden floor Smelt dinner simmering with herbs and spice

liturgy

Confirmation

Catholics believe that Baptism is the washing away of original sin and not the acceptance of the Holy Spirit. This confuses a lot of Protestant Brothers and ...

I want a pony and a nintendo…

I remember growing up I would pray with such fervor for things. This morning as I was driving to work I did the same thing! You would think after 23 years I ...

location

logs

Log File Size

I struggle with ROM for log file storage. It is one of those things that no one EVER looks at, but everyone covers their asses. As an example DHS requires 90...

loki

lolcats

looking back

love

Top Romantic Songs

I was going through and creating a Valentines Playlist for dinner tonight. We have friends coming over and I struggled to make this list. It seemed every goo...

Match.com and the search

My name is Nick and I am on Match.com. In a conversation I had recently (with a great girl from the site actually) I posed the question whether or not she ha...

What Love Is…NOT

I just got done watching the latest Futurama movie, “The Beast with a Billion Backs.” Great movie that follows the first wonderfully. The greatest sticking m...

Speechless

Other than the language and video games, it is so so true…

What I need Recap 2

In a fight recently, I wrote down a list of needs. The boat had done sailed by time these were written down but I left them on my fridge (along with what Nic...

407

It is often in the course of life that we are put to the test of our faith. My little brother just txt’ed me saying “Shotgun is at mom’s...

Separated

Tightly gripped, Arms bulging as the muscles intertwine around you, Your own personal hiding place, The door that only you have to keys to,

Mask on the shelf

I am the embodiment of a whore, Desire nothing but myself, Sit alone in the darkened room, My mask sitting on the shelf,

Tainted Love

Oh tainted love cast thy stone, Into the pits of my soggy soul, Thy water is but a broken rippled glass, Thy rock falls into the blackness of a hole,

lovesac

lts

lucid

lulu

Best Man Toast

I want to look back on this with my Brother. Here it is for the world to mirror!

lust

Ugly Hiding Place

The thumps against the wall, Rattling the crucifix over head, One more sin to tuck under, The silk sheets on the bed,

Mask on the shelf

I am the embodiment of a whore, Desire nothing but myself, Sit alone in the darkened room, My mask sitting on the shelf,

lync

Microsoft Lync on Linux

Microsoft Lync is prevalent through the corporate world. Honestly its a pretty decent product on a Windows machine. On Linux and Mac though it is really a ha...

lyrics

Dead Poetic – Vices Lyrics

I love this song, it is a little hard rock but the lyrics hit me so hard. It is refreshing to hear Christian music that talks about the true struggle. 

m5n

Asus M5n ACPI Fan

I am posting this so I can later go search and find it. Stupid fan was driving me nuts!

mac

Dual Time Machine Locations

Apple must have been reading my blog when I wrote-up how to use two locations for Time Machine. Now in Mountain Lion it is built in and is much more seamless...

Virtualization Tool Support Matrix

I would argue it is pretty sad that the tools needed to abstract the OS from hardware are tied to specific platforms. Companies that pride themselves on deli...

Your new CAC, Linux, Mac, and You

Earlier posts outlined howto utilize OpenSC to ensure your CAC worked in Linux or Mac. The problem is that there are new 144k CAC being passed out that do no...

Civ V for Mac = Borked with Black Screen

I purchased Civ V for Mac the day it was released. LOVE…LOVE…LOVE Civilization. I had this issue after the 4GiB Download on 3 different machines and configur...

The quest for a Media Center Machine

With the synergy (ugh manager talk, sorry) of media and television I often find myself wanting to consume laying down or on the couch. Currently I slap a lap...

What Linux/UNIX do you use?

At work I often get asked what UNIX/Linux I use. Truth of the matter is I am an OS harlot :) I run NeXTStep and Rhapsody for fun. When I buy systems I force ...

Show Desktop

One of my favorite features with GNOME/KDE is the show desktop button. Expose is great, but I am always clicking around on the dock. This morning the RSS fee...

bin2iso for Leopard 10.5

I compiled bin2iso from source for all the mac users out there. For some reason bin2iso is not in macports. Link below:

SheepShaver on Ubuntu

I wanted to run MacOS 9 in my Ubuntu Intrepid dev box so I went ahead and grabbed CVS. Problem was the autogen script never dumped a config.sub. Instead I to...

PPC Linux

Why Linux and which one? Let me take a second to review:

Wine in MacOSX

Macports now has the latest wine. What this means is that X11+Wine = steam hotness! I will post more info as I figure stuff out.

AppleTV and Extreme

I geeked up this weekend and purchased an AppleTV and matching router. Stay tuned for review!

Crazy Mac Mini People

For some reason in the twilight zone a G4 Mac Mini is still worth near it’s asking price. Why? I cannot for the life of me understand who is paying these pri...

macbook air

macmini

Crazy Mac Mini People

For some reason in the twilight zone a G4 Mac Mini is still worth near it’s asking price. Why? I cannot for the life of me understand who is paying these pri...

macosx wine linux sha1 md5 macports

macports

bin2iso for Leopard 10.5

I compiled bin2iso from source for all the mac users out there. For some reason bin2iso is not in macports. Link below:

maemo

OpenVPN Install Ubuntu 9.10

A good buddy of mine, Trevor, had mentioned wanting to bridge his Brother‘s and his networks. Having done an OpenVPN install many moons ago it had resonated ...

Test from n900

MaStory is a nice little blogging app. Testing xmlrpc with it

mail

Apple Mail.app and TimeMachine

I love Leopard! Single best upgrade I have done this year for operating systems. Vista was obviously a waste of time and Gutsy was incremental over Feisty. O...

man

Truth to the Ladies

Ladies, Ladies, come have a seat. We have put this off way to long and it is time we had this talk. I know it is tough to hear, but I feel it is my duty as a...

Man-ism’s

One of my favorite websites, The Art of Manliness ran a great article today about things we learned from our fathers. I wanted to share a few of my favorites...

manager

mandrake

mandriva

manism

Born again Woman

Concerning those of us of the less pure substation of state, I offer the following. In purity comes a sense of newness and freshness. We loose the mystic of ...

maps

marketing

Ninja Turtle Marketing

I have been thinking a lot lately about devotion and effort. I know what you are thinking, devotion to the law shouldn’t require effort, blah blah blah. When...

marriage

Best Man Toast

I want to look back on this with my Brother. Here it is for the world to mirror!

What I need Recap 2

In a fight recently, I wrote down a list of needs. The boat had done sailed by time these were written down but I left them on my fridge (along with what Nic...

mask

Ugly Hiding Place

The thumps against the wall, Rattling the crucifix over head, One more sin to tuck under, The silk sheets on the bed,

mass

Lest we forget…

Sometimes I think we loose sight of what God made all this for. I find it funny when people envision God sitting on high making things for himself to look at...

Liturgy Explanation

I have been asked many times where the actual words to the Litrugy (aka Mass) come from. They seem so foreign at times to those looking in. I found this onli...

match. personal

Match.com and the search

My name is Nick and I am on Match.com. In a conversation I had recently (with a great girl from the site actually) I posed the question whether or not she ha...

matrix

Virtualization Tool Support Matrix

I would argue it is pretty sad that the tools needed to abstract the OS from hardware are tied to specific platforms. Companies that pride themselves on deli...

mbr

mcafee

McAfee buys Secure Computing

The most beautiful firewall I have ever come into contact with is Sidewinder. The first day I learned about Blurbs in the military was the day I began to jum...

mce

media

N900 Banshee Fix

You can compile the latest builds from Banshee if you’d like, but for those of you on older non-bleeding edge machines here is the .is_audio_player needed fo...

The quest for a Media Center Machine

With the synergy (ugh manager talk, sorry) of media and television I often find myself wanting to consume laying down or on the couch. Currently I slap a lap...

mediacenter

Kicking it old school

I setup the Cube in the living room today. After hooking it up to the Xbox controller and big screen I am ready for some Mario Kart throw down. Now if you wi...

meego

memoirs

Memoirs are Dead

In a world of twitter and 140 character posts, how will the world change in the realm of memoirs? My memoirs are here, each blog a cross section of my intell...

memories

I have one hand in my pocket

I rarely carry cash around (as evident by the many lunches I owe coworkers) and often times find bones of it in pockets. Tonight as I threw on my jacket from...

mens

THERE WAS A LADY IN THE MENS ROOM!

Imagine the look on my face (or don’t because that would mean you are in the bathroom with me) as I look down to see a lady…in the bathroom…stuck to the wall...

metrics

Workout and Food Log

Let me start by saying I **LOVE** thedailyplate.com and use the thing (as the name suggests) daily. Recently they added an option to export all your data to ...

mfa

mgmt

Defining Security

A great post from W. Mark Brooks asks when did Information Security become IT Security? The point is very much in line with my triangle theory, that security...

microsoft

Microsoft Lync on Linux

Microsoft Lync is prevalent through the corporate world. Honestly its a pretty decent product on a Windows machine. On Linux and Mac though it is really a ha...

Vista…

I have been graced with beta testing Vista since Longhorn. I have kept quiet but wanted to talk about Vista very quickly to give you my thoughts.

military

Government Planning Perfection

I was allowed to leave the Air Force with no strings attached in 2003. I found this slightly odd as I had a special security code attached to my AFSC making ...

Muster

We all stood in line this morning which seemed the perfect crowning to the definition of military efficiency. The middle aged officer (she had the officer lo...

Military Men — WHOORAH!

While there was much talk about the Army raising the maximum age for new recruits from 35 to 42, the lesser-known development is that the Pentagon managed no...

Fallen Comrade

It was a hot summer day driving down the road on the way back from a friends house in St. Petersburg. Crossing the busy traffic from Tampa to Dale Malbary wa...

Modern Centurion

God watch over me now, as my enemy fights from within, the faces of woman and children, he hides behind my fear of sin,

Military Boy

Everyday I wake up and put on the green, The uniform of a military man, I go to work and do my job, So the same you too can,

mindmeld

Should I buy?

Recently I was told that I am difficult to understand, dare I say, mysterious. To combat such reckless disregard for the signs of my psyche I will being flow...

mini cooper

minicooper

iPhone + Mini Cooper = Super Hotness

I am happy to report that usingthe ICE Link for my Mini works great with the mini. I now have a mini computer in my mini car. It even fades when calls come i...

ministry

Beef O’ Bradys + Popple = Good Fun

Filled with a night of local beer companies and theology we spent the night discussing theology and barley. Those of you who know me, well, I don’t drink…but...

misc

Long Time

It has been awhile since I have posted here since work started blocking my website (BLOCKED FOR HACKING TUTORIALS – Seriously!) and I wanted to make sure I c...

miss

Miss you at night

I miss you most at night, When I lay awake alone in bed, Sleeping diagonal fills the space, But doesn’t grace the pillow with your head,

mobile

GPG on your Android Phone

All the traffic coming off your phone, if unencrypted, is clear for the telco to see. With the advent of sniffing using RF or IP based solutions it is becomi...

moderate

True Political Self

I often get labeled as a Right Wing Republican. I took a test today and the results were interesting, I am dead center. How you like them apples?!

modest is hottest

modesty

mom

Don’t Mess with Momma Bear

Usually the text posted to this website is related to some technology or recent hack, but today it will be a little different. My tenacious personality and d...

moment

Moment in Time

Sometimes when we leave a place we know it isn’t forever. Yet you still look around with deep breath and soak it in. What is “it”  that we need to soak?I had...

money

Parking

The morning was clear as Oscar and I made our way down the elevator for the new morning routine. We walked past the water fountain on path to the doggie walk...

monitoring

morality

History Books

Did you know that Saint Paul was actually a woman? I bet you didn’t realize that Columbus was really from Germany and not Genovese.

motorcycle

Storm Racing

“Looks like rain today” my Mother commented as we shared an after Mass lunch. “Yesterday was a mess with all that storming” I agreed. Rain it seemed was my w...

New Exhaust RC51

For a heck of a steal on ebay, I picked up a new exhaust system for the bike. Ready for the price…wait for it…wait for it…125 dollars pl...

New motorcycle – Honda RC51

I debated and thought about it a lot before deciding on this bike. The money it cost to buy a used bike was enough to purchase a run-of-the-mill 600/1000cc I...

Yellow Motorcycle

I jumped on my yellow motorcycle this morning for a ride to waste away some time. My favorite direction to go when riding is away…away from the city and cars...

motorcycle bike accident ouch

mouse

Mouse and Cheese

The scent of tears potpourri your sheets, Sights of sorrowful disorder abound, My eyes fear to meet yours, I am left with feet and ground,

move

moving on

Rookie

Like the rookie night before the game, Unsure of the road ahead, In my uneasiness I pour, The thoughts out of my head,

mow

Mowing

Today I figured out why my last relationship didn’t work out. It wasn’t the difference in faith, differing family backgrounds, lack of mutual respect. No the...

mozilla

Flock

Flock is this new(ish) browser based on Firefox with a pregrouped extension install. Everything in the thing is Web 2.0 capable and ready. My thoughts thus f...

mp3

Fix for Songbird and iPod

I LOVE SONGBIRD, but it wouldn’t recognize my iPod Shuffle. I use this one to workout and need hopping tunes to keep my miles time down. If you have an iPod ...

Sansa e260 and Linux

I broke down and purchased a new MP3 player after the trusty iPod Mini bit the dust. Thank you Apple for including a wonderful 6GiB CF Drive though :) Moving...

mpc

The quest for a Media Center Machine

With the synergy (ugh manager talk, sorry) of media and television I often find myself wanting to consume laying down or on the couch. Currently I slap a lap...

mtab

N900 Banshee Fix

You can compile the latest builds from Banshee if you’d like, but for those of you on older non-bleeding edge machines here is the .is_audio_player needed fo...

multi-level

multicore

multipath

Multipath and Redhat Linux 5

As many of you know, multipath was finally integrated into Redhat Linux with the 5 series. This is great when you have multipath enabled during an install as...

multiplatform

murdock

Happy 17th Birthday Debian!

I love Debian (looks over lovingly @ the fileserver) and look forward to many more years of stable releases. Debian was my first distro when I ran 1.3 at th...

music

Hey Ya

I am not one for rap usually, but this rendition rocks my socks. Turns the pop-rap into this dramatic song about life :) 

Dead Poetic – Vices Lyrics

I love this song, it is a little hard rock but the lyrics hit me so hard. It is refreshing to hear Christian music that talks about the true struggle. 

muster

Muster

We all stood in line this morning which seemed the perfect crowning to the definition of military efficiency. The middle aged officer (she had the officer lo...

myspace

mysql

n800

Posted from my n800

A program came out called Maemo Blog…and I am using it. Hooked up to my bluetooth keyboard I am able to type a post that would have taken ages with the other...

n900

OpenVPN Install Ubuntu 9.10

A good buddy of mine, Trevor, had mentioned wanting to bridge his Brother‘s and his networks. Having done an OpenVPN install many moons ago it had resonated ...

N900 Banshee Fix

You can compile the latest builds from Banshee if you’d like, but for those of you on older non-bleeding edge machines here is the .is_audio_player needed fo...

Test from n900

MaStory is a nice little blogging app. Testing xmlrpc with it

Nokia N900 Demo Unit

I think in part to my tweets of N900 lust and desire, Nokia contacted me to see if I was interested in a demo unit. After validating the email was NOT from N...

name

nerd

Dorky Nerd God

NerdTests.com has confirmed what we all knew…I am a Dorky Nerd God…stop the presses!

nerdy

nessus

Fix for Skype

For all those running the Skype 2.0 Beta on Ubuntu Gutsy.

netbackup

netbook

netem

Simulating WAN Links with Linux and TC

Simulating WAN links used to be a difficult process. I would load FreeBSD with a dummynet driver and play with the settings to tweak where I needed it for th...

netgear

network

networks

never-the-same

Moment in Time

Sometimes when we leave a place we know it isn’t forever. Yet you still look around with deep breath and soak it in. What is “it”  that we need to soak?I had...

new-ideas

Puddle of Thought

The world is filled with books describing many of the same ideals. We excite ourselves by reviewing similar theories with different words. Buzz words, corpor...

newsgroups

newyear

nextstep

NEXTSTEP 3.3 RISC SparcStation 5

I finally found a copy of NEXTSTEP 3.3 and got it installed on a SparcStation5. I am rocking retro 1993 style. Screenshot for street cred:

nick

Should I buy?

Recently I was told that I am difficult to understand, dare I say, mysterious. To combat such reckless disregard for the signs of my psyche I will being flow...

Passion

What is your passion? The collegiate response is that passion is an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Passion is a word that posses a meaning that ...

night

Ad Astra

The stars are the most beautiful reminder of your location in the world. My combat boots trudging against the desert terrain were the platforms upon which...

Miss you at night

I miss you most at night, When I lay awake alone in bed, Sleeping diagonal fills the space, But doesn’t grace the pillow with your head,

ninjaturtle

Ninja Turtle Marketing

I have been thinking a lot lately about devotion and effort. I know what you are thinking, devotion to the law shouldn’t require effort, blah blah blah. When...

nintendo

DS Lite Loving

I broke down ladies and gentlemen. For months I have been working hard now on my GP2x from Korea. While the device runs linux and many emulators well it lack...

nntp

nokia

N900 Banshee Fix

You can compile the latest builds from Banshee if you’d like, but for those of you on older non-bleeding edge machines here is the .is_audio_player needed fo...

Test from n900

MaStory is a nice little blogging app. Testing xmlrpc with it

Nokia N900 Demo Unit

I think in part to my tweets of N900 lust and desire, Nokia contacted me to see if I was interested in a demo unit. After validating the email was NOT from N...

Posted from my n800

A program came out called Maemo Blog…and I am using it. Hooked up to my bluetooth keyboard I am able to type a post that would have taken ages with the other...

noshavenovemeber

No Shave November – Aftermath Report

Men in my Family either grow kickass beards or what amounts to patchy peach fuze. Having been military and in the corporate world my whole life I was unable ...

npr

WAMU{.org/.com}

WAMU, our local NPR station in DC, left me with a cliff hanger as I rushed back from the grocery store. In the days prior to the streaming web I would have j...

objectivism

old friends

Old friends

if tomorrow the hospital picked up the phone, and told me your car was in a wreck, i would be there soon as the plane landed, no matter how big the check,

oldies

Top Romantic Songs

I was going through and creating a Valentines Playlist for dinner tonight. We have friends coming over and I struggled to make this list. It seemed every goo...

online presence

onthego

open source

Open Source Security Professionals

In economic times such as these it is imperative that architects and leads alike look beyond the glossy software catalog and instead to the web. In the past ...

openbsd

OpenBSD Laptop mini-HOWTO

Awhile back I wanted a fully supported laptop to use as my OpenBSD development machine. I ended up with a Lenovo u150 which has worked out great and the pric...

OpenBSD Drive Encryption Benchmarks

Let me start by saying I am not a benchmarker. At all…so these results are posted for friendly banter and I make no claim to their validity. Consider this th...

openfirmware

openid

opensolaris

OpenSolaris Shortcomings

I want to like OpenSolaris. I love compiling away on my Sun Machines at the house. The simple fact is though the “Open” is a misnomer of great proportions. W...

Ian Murdock leaves Debian

The Sun folks are sounding the alarm that this is the end of Linux! I think what they fail to reailize is the state of Debian and his original project leads....

opensource

opensuse

Error in Service Module

If you are on a OpenSuSE or SuSE SLES/SLED machine and have recently mounted /var to a new parition, you might get the following error:

OpenSuSE 10.3 < Ubuntu Gutsy

I am done dealing with OpenSuSE 10.3. Before anyone starts I realize that it is a beta release candidate “blah blah blah.” I expect simple things to work wit...

openvpn

OpenWRT and PIA

I use an OpenWRT travel router to deal with public WiFi access security and geolocation concerns. I have written extensively prior  and ran into an issue wit...

OpenVPN Install Ubuntu 9.10

A good buddy of mine, Trevor, had mentioned wanting to bridge his Brother‘s and his networks. Having done an OpenVPN install many moons ago it had resonated ...

openwrt

OpenWRT and PIA

I use an OpenWRT travel router to deal with public WiFi access security and geolocation concerns. I have written extensively prior  and ran into an issue wit...

1965

—- Cross Post from the Spec Ops Technology Blog —-

opera

Top Romantic Songs

I was going through and creating a Valentines Playlist for dinner tonight. We have friends coming over and I struggled to make this list. It seemed every goo...

operating system

options

Options

“Its good to have options” rings David Bazan from the speakers. Just ending a call with my girlfriend it occurred to me the song captures my persona. The rea...

orbot

Using TOR on your Android Device

In my continuation of howto secure your phone habits while on the go, we have come to anonymizing your traffic. There are a few reasons to do this:

oscar

oss

Switching to Android

A few months ago I started compiling the iPhone libraries for Linux to allow syncing without WIFI. I thought I was king of the world as I bypassed all of the...

Open Source Security Professionals

In economic times such as these it is imperative that architects and leads alike look beyond the glossy software catalog and instead to the web. In the past ...

otr

BitlBee and OTR … then add some TOR!

With the release of 3.0.1 of BitlBee you can now chat from your favorite IRC client with the peace of mind that your protected. Since the OTR portion is stil...

our_father

I want a pony and a nintendo…

I remember growing up I would pray with such fervor for things. This morning as I was driving to work I did the same thing! You would think after 23 years I ...

overlay

pain

Hope to be blind

From beneath the waves of my mind I looked above for a target. My eyes periscope above the waves of control and gazed the road ahead. Instead of staying bene...

Tainted Love

Oh tainted love cast thy stone, Into the pits of my soggy soul, Thy water is but a broken rippled glass, Thy rock falls into the blackness of a hole,

Little Boy

I walked up to the door that night Knocked just once or twice Heard steps tapping on the wooden floor Smelt dinner simmering with herbs and spice

palm

Bye Bye Treo…

The Treo 650 is a great phone. I purchased it after a horrible experince with Windows Mobile and decided to go the Palm route for the excellent Linux support...

palmos

Bye Bye Treo…

The Treo 650 is a great phone. I purchased it after a horrible experince with Windows Mobile and decided to go the Palm route for the excellent Linux support...

paradigm

The Family at Work

As we move into a fully connected world there is a bigger expectation that we allow intrusions into our personal lives. While it may be a blackberry or a pag...

parents

paris

World Youth Day

Father spoke in 12 different languages that day in Paris. I stood among the millions with our native countries flags’ waving in the air like wind brushing af...

parking

Parking

The morning was clear as Oscar and I made our way down the elevator for the new morning routine. We walked past the water fountain on path to the doggie walk...

passion

Passion

What is your passion? The collegiate response is that passion is an intense desire or enthusiasm for something. Passion is a word that posses a meaning that ...

past

The air I breathe

I have my chillout playlist on as I sit comfortably in the Sky Harbor Airport. Today I packed up all my things and put the mini cooper on the back of a truck...

patchstick

Patchstick AppleTV Hack

I was really excited to have SSH on the AppleTV…why? No Clue. I am a geek. I use my Logitech remote for my roomba. This is simply something I do. Here is the...

pc

pentest

CR-48 ChromeOS Security Posture

Since everyone is talking about the fit and finish (which is great other than the battery) I thought I’d talk about the security of the device. Google has al...

people

Smart People

One of the greatest benefits to working with bright people is bright conversations. There are people in this world who I yearn to be near for no other reason...

perfection

Lest we forget…

Sometimes I think we loose sight of what God made all this for. I find it funny when people envision God sitting on high making things for himself to look at...

persona

I use a microscope to read maps…

Or in other words I am shortsighted. I watched outside the CRJ700 as Tucson appeared. Flying into Tucson I was surprised they had finally finished the renova...

personality

Field Marshal Nick

I always have thought personality tests were somewhat goofy and inaccurate. I took one this morning and it was scary right:

persons

perspective

pgp

GPG on your Android Phone

All the traffic coming off your phone, if unencrypted, is clear for the telco to see. With the advent of sniffing using RF or IP based solutions it is becomi...

philosophy

Puddle of Thought

The world is filled with books describing many of the same ideals. We excite ourselves by reviewing similar theories with different words. Buzz words, corpor...

philosphy

phone

Switching to Android

A few months ago I started compiling the iPhone libraries for Linux to allow syncing without WIFI. I thought I was king of the world as I bypassed all of the...

Nokia N900 Demo Unit

I think in part to my tweets of N900 lust and desire, Nokia contacted me to see if I was interested in a demo unit. After validating the email was NOT from N...

So true

Everyone makes fun of me because my phones have the classic ringer. You know, like Grandma’s old phone that could take down a robber. As always XKCD hits it ...

phones

GPG on your Android Phone

All the traffic coming off your phone, if unencrypted, is clear for the telco to see. With the advent of sniffing using RF or IP based solutions it is becomi...

pia

OpenWRT and PIA

I use an OpenWRT travel router to deal with public WiFi access security and geolocation concerns. I have written extensively prior  and ran into an issue wit...

picasa

pick and choose

Tired of Asking

I am tired of having to ask, Whether you will be here or not, You are my wife, I deserve better than that,

pidgin

Microsoft Lync on Linux

Microsoft Lync is prevalent through the corporate world. Honestly its a pretty decent product on a Windows machine. On Linux and Mac though it is really a ha...

pirate

ARRR!! I am a software pirate

And it is easier…I do my best to use opensource software at all times but there are times when I need, specifically, Windows XP. I just purchased a 24″ iMac ...

pki

Your new CAC, Linux, Mac, and You

Earlier posts outlined howto utilize OpenSC to ensure your CAC worked in Linux or Mac. The problem is that there are new 144k CAC being passed out that do no...

placebo

Placebos and Security

There was recently a study that found when people knew that they were taking a placebo, it still helped. The common idea in the past was that you could utili...

plan

Priorities in Life

I wanted to take this time of inward criticism to reevaluate my list in life. Many years ago my father sat me down and told me that until you put your priori...

plane

Moment in Time

Sometimes when we leave a place we know it isn’t forever. Yet you still look around with deep breath and soak it in. What is “it”  that we need to soak?I had...

pm

poetry

Jig

I was thinking back to one of my favorite comics this morning as I danced around the room. There are certain songs that make me just dance around like there ...

Mouse and Cheese

The scent of tears potpourri your sheets, Sights of sorrowful disorder abound, My eyes fear to meet yours, I am left with feet and ground,

Styrofoam Cross

It is the seed of desire, The eruption of my pain, With tears in my eyes I continue, The act brings nothing to gain,

Box will fit you well

You were thrown into the room that night, Awoken from your deep sleep, Stripped you of your dignity and clothing, Measured you up for your own keep,

Angels Call

The rain and thunder poured down, Upon my blood drenched face, Car flipped over twice in the ditch, Threw me into this muddy place,

The Little Box

You were thrown into the room that night, Awoken from your deep sleep, Stripped you of your dignity and clothing, Measured you up for your own keep,

Beach Life

Cover up the sounds with music, Hide the water behind the pages, Laying on the beach alone, The world is all mine,

No return necessary

in the faces of those i pass by, on the streets or in my car, its you i see here and there, your image never very far,

Ugly Hiding Place

The thumps against the wall, Rattling the crucifix over head, One more sin to tuck under, The silk sheets on the bed,

Does the dog know?

I wonder if the dog knows, That the world is falling apart, His ears once graced two owners, Now we are down to just one heart,

Rookie

Like the rookie night before the game, Unsure of the road ahead, In my uneasiness I pour, The thoughts out of my head,

Tired of Asking

I am tired of having to ask, Whether you will be here or not, You are my wife, I deserve better than that,

If your eye sins; remove

I would rip you from the sockets, If it meant the sin would leave, I would poke at you with bayonets, If it meant you’d leave me be,

Separated

Tightly gripped, Arms bulging as the muscles intertwine around you, Your own personal hiding place, The door that only you have to keys to,

Thanks for the call

The rain and thunder poured down, Upon my blood drenched face, Car flipped over twice in the ditch, Threw me into this muddy place,

Mask on the shelf

I am the embodiment of a whore, Desire nothing but myself, Sit alone in the darkened room, My mask sitting on the shelf,

Revolving Door

I can’t say the words They hurt to much to even think, I wonder if these will be the last, That finally shove us over the brink,

Lamb of World

Take off your persona little sheep, The world doesn’t need a new agenda, You think yourself different from me, That your way of life is perfectly splendid,

Miss you at night

I miss you most at night, When I lay awake alone in bed, Sleeping diagonal fills the space, But doesn’t grace the pillow with your head,

Tainted Love

Oh tainted love cast thy stone, Into the pits of my soggy soul, Thy water is but a broken rippled glass, Thy rock falls into the blackness of a hole,

Boyfriend is a bum

I cry these tears not for you, but all that will surely come, I know you will get hurt again; your boyfriend is such a bum,

Modern Centurion

God watch over me now, as my enemy fights from within, the faces of woman and children, he hides behind my fear of sin,

Military Boy

Everyday I wake up and put on the green, The uniform of a military man, I go to work and do my job, So the same you too can,

Poetry as Prayer

I walk the road slowly that day, taking in the scenery of trees and birds going by, my eyes concentrated first on the ground, then to the above sky,

Deutschlande

Gone are those nights so long ago, Where the air was spiked with the bitter cold,

Edge of a Cliff

have you ever stood on the edge of a cliff? spread your arms like you were going to fly? turned to look over your shoulder, and kiss the world you knew go...

Little Boy

I walked up to the door that night Knocked just once or twice Heard steps tapping on the wooden floor Smelt dinner simmering with herbs and spice

Black and White

With my eyes shut i see the world, The gray old man and the little girl,

Old friends

if tomorrow the hospital picked up the phone, and told me your car was in a wreck, i would be there soon as the plane landed, no matter how big the check,

pogoplug

politics

True Political Self

I often get labeled as a Right Wing Republican. I took a test today and the results were interesting, I am dead center. How you like them apples?!

Voting Catholic

My family and I had a discussion last night that really sparked my synaptic in the old head. The current ream of candidates just doesn’t allow for a Catholic...

ponder

Poetry as Prayer

I walk the road slowly that day, taking in the scenery of trees and birds going by, my eyes concentrated first on the ground, then to the above sky,

poo

Joy of Flushing

I live in an old home. Over 70 years old at least. I don’t know the exact date, but I know that this whole area is named for the original owners. Th...

pope

Wonderful Pope Pius XI

“If the man is the head, the woman is the heart, and as he occupies the chief place in ruling, so she may and ought to claim for herself the chief place of l...

The Three Non-Negotiables

As a Catholic Man I am called to vote based on the faith and not of the world. The Pope while addressing the European People’s Party laid out 3 points. What ...

Pope Quote…

In spite of divisions among Christians, all those justified by faith through baptism are incorporated into Christ…brothers and sisters in the Lord – Pope Joh...

Vicar of Christ List

Vicar of Christ, Pope, that whole Apostolic tradition line in the Creed, Papa, Line of Peter, Bishop of Rome, St. Peter’s Key Keeper

popple

Beef O’ Bradys + Popple = Good Fun

Filled with a night of local beer companies and theology we spent the night discussing theology and barley. Those of you who know me, well, I don’t drink…but...

poster

What Geek am I?

  This is a picture someone published online that shows all the different types of geeks. I figured I would quickly look at the image and find, THE NICK. My ...

poulsbo

powerpath

ppc

PPC Linux

Why Linux and which one? Let me take a second to review:

prayer

I want a pony and a nintendo…

I remember growing up I would pray with such fervor for things. This morning as I was driving to work I did the same thing! You would think after 23 years I ...

Can you hear me now?

In the spirit of giving something up for 40 days, I am shooting for noise. As I type this I hear the washer machine, the music streaming from last.fm (David ...

Eucharist Prayer of Self

It occurred to me at Mass this last week that the true sacrifice of the Eucharist not only occurs metaphysically on the alter but also with ourselves. I foun...

Poetry as Prayer

I walk the road slowly that day, taking in the scenery of trees and birds going by, my eyes concentrated first on the ground, then to the above sky,

priest

priorities

Priorities in Life

I wanted to take this time of inward criticism to reevaluate my list in life. Many years ago my father sat me down and told me that until you put your priori...

privacy

Private Browser Cleaner

There is so much hoopla about Private Mode browsing not actually keeping you private. Most of it is due to your addons for Flash and Java. Here are the exten...

product

professional

Dress Code

I dress like a big geek sometimes. It isn’t uncommon to see me roll into work with jeans on and an untucked Polo shirt. On really bad days (the ones where I ...

program

Show Desktop

One of my favorite features with GNOME/KDE is the show desktop button. Expose is great, but I am always clicking around on the dock. This morning the RSS fee...

Inversion of Schedule and Process

Programs are held to rigid standards by the very nature of the word. “A planned series of future events and items” accurately portrays the course of action w...

programming

Ruby vs Python

I am going to attempt once again to learn a programming language. I wanted to look at the pro’s and con’s of each language in my work enviroment, military/DO...

project_mgmt

projects

Long Time

It has been awhile since I have posted here since work started blocking my website (BLOCKED FOR HACKING TUTORIALS – Seriously!) and I wanted to make sure I c...

prolife

The Sanctity of Life

The Catholic Church is often beat-up for its ardent respect for life, conception till death. Now I hate to bring up what everyone else does with the War in I...

psp

GBA PSP Emulator SDTV

Load up the emulator Plug in the Composite Cable Without getting a wretched headache, get into the Graphics and Sounds menu option Set Video to: Sca...

puddle

Puddle of Thought

The world is filled with books describing many of the same ideals. We excite ourselves by reviewing similar theories with different words. Buzz words, corpor...

puppy

Beagle Travelers

Oscar only whines when he is wanting to go play outside with another dog or he is upset. Luckily he is a pretty happy dog and does neither with any sort of r...

purgatory

purity

Born again Woman

Concerning those of us of the less pure substation of state, I offer the following. In purity comes a sense of newness and freshness. We loose the mystic of ...

python

The machine is self aware…

I live in the boonies now, but thankfully we have some semblance of broadband with SpeedConnect. It is a WiMax setup with a modem that needs to be reset once...

Ruby vs Python

I am going to attempt once again to learn a programming language. I wanted to look at the pro’s and con’s of each language in my work enviroment, military/DO...

qbert

Leaving for the city

This morning with my lungs pressed up against the cool morning air I ran through the country. Past the cows in the pasture and up the hill where the horses d...

qos

Traffic Control on Linux with FireQOS

In order to make full use of my half-duplex WiMAX link, I started looking for anything and everything I could use to optimize it. Linux has some pretty decen...

qt

Fix for Skype

For all those running the Skype 2.0 Beta on Ubuntu Gutsy.

questions

Rhetorical Question

The suggestions flow much easier from your lips now. I wonder if they have already spilled the fabled words of “we need to stop.” I wish I could steal you fr...

quiz

True Political Self

I often get labeled as a Right Wing Republican. I took a test today and the results were interesting, I am dead center. How you like them apples?!

Dorky Nerd God

NerdTests.com has confirmed what we all knew…I am a Dorky Nerd God…stop the presses!

quote

Pope Quote…

In spite of divisions among Christians, all those justified by faith through baptism are incorporated into Christ…brothers and sisters in the Lord – Pope Joh...

race

Storm Racing

“Looks like rain today” my Mother commented as we shared an after Mass lunch. “Yesterday was a mess with all that storming” I agreed. Rain it seemed was my w...

rain

Storm Racing

“Looks like rain today” my Mother commented as we shared an after Mass lunch. “Yesterday was a mess with all that storming” I agreed. Rain it seemed was my w...

Technology vs. Water

I had begun to write this really long post on why technology was amazing. I am in Pensacola for my Brother’s wedding and took the opportunity to attend a dai...

Thanks for the call

The rain and thunder poured down, Upon my blood drenched face, Car flipped over twice in the ditch, Threw me into this muddy place,

rand

rc51

New Exhaust RC51

For a heck of a steal on ebay, I picked up a new exhaust system for the bike. Ready for the price…wait for it…wait for it…125 dollars pl...

New motorcycle – Honda RC51

I debated and thought about it a lot before deciding on this bike. The money it cost to buy a used bike was enough to purchase a run-of-the-mill 600/1000cc I...

reader

reason

Reason and Imagination

Bearing your soul in words is a dangerous proposition. Admitting to yourself in a permanent fashion is much more difficult than simply bypassing it with nons...

recap

What I need Recap 2

In a fight recently, I wrote down a list of needs. The boat had done sailed by time these were written down but I left them on my fridge (along with what Nic...

reconciliation

Absolution

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgi...

reddit

redhat

Multipath and Redhat Linux 5

As many of you know, multipath was finally integrated into Redhat Linux with the 5 series. This is great when you have multipath enabled during an install as...

redundancy

Systems Engineering and Redundancy

I posted this to ServerFault.com today. Folks loose site of requirements and systems engineering and it drives me batty. Here was my response to the guys que...

relationship

Match.com and the search

My name is Nick and I am on Match.com. In a conversation I had recently (with a great girl from the site actually) I posed the question whether or not she ha...

What I need Recap 2

In a fight recently, I wrote down a list of needs. The boat had done sailed by time these were written down but I left them on my fridge (along with what Nic...

Dating a geek

I am going to “mirror” this post from http://www.emilyhambidge.com/blog/emily/66/ which no longer exists. Seriously don’t click that link as it goes no where...

Where do I draw the line?

Where do I draw the line? I think back to the past month of my life and wonder what it is I am fighting for. Lets just review very quickly what it is I am go...

No return necessary

in the faces of those i pass by, on the streets or in my car, its you i see here and there, your image never very far,

Rhetorical Question

The suggestions flow much easier from your lips now. I wonder if they have already spilled the fabled words of “we need to stop.” I wish I could steal you fr...

Does the dog know?

I wonder if the dog knows, That the world is falling apart, His ears once graced two owners, Now we are down to just one heart,

Revolving Door

I can’t say the words They hurt to much to even think, I wonder if these will be the last, That finally shove us over the brink,

Miss you at night

I miss you most at night, When I lay awake alone in bed, Sleeping diagonal fills the space, But doesn’t grace the pillow with your head,

Boyfriend is a bum

I cry these tears not for you, but all that will surely come, I know you will get hurt again; your boyfriend is such a bum,

Little Boy

I walked up to the door that night Knocked just once or twice Heard steps tapping on the wooden floor Smelt dinner simmering with herbs and spice

relationships

Born again Woman

Concerning those of us of the less pure substation of state, I offer the following. In purity comes a sense of newness and freshness. We loose the mystic of ...

Geek and Backup Pride

Geeks pride themselves on the ability to institute good backup routines. We laugh in the faces of those poor souls who scream and yank hair as they watch the...

Goodness inside

There has always been a great debate on if people were naturally good or evil. On one side of the argument is the mantra of those who have been hurt, beaten,...

Mowing

Today I figured out why my last relationship didn’t work out. It wasn’t the difference in faith, differing family backgrounds, lack of mutual respect. No the...

Speechless

Other than the language and video games, it is so so true…

religion

Separation

Loneliness is something the Christian knows all too well. For me, the darkness abounds in times of joy. During tribulation I fear no sword, but the day to da...

The Scientist and the Eye Ball

I am reading through Theology of the Body again after many of times. I now use it more as reference material than actual reading, but tonight I started Chris...

Wonderful Pope Pius XI

“If the man is the head, the woman is the heart, and as he occupies the chief place in ruling, so she may and ought to claim for herself the chief place of l...

Mother Theresa…the atheist

I was totally unaware that having doubt in your spiritual life made you an atheist. I always thought that the commitment of being an atheist was the total de...

In spite of divisions among Ch…

In spite of divisions among Christians, all those justified by faith through baptism are incorporated into Christ, brothers and sisters in J

Eucharist Prayer of Self

It occurred to me at Mass this last week that the true sacrifice of the Eucharist not only occurs metaphysically on the alter but also with ourselves. I foun...

Liturgy Explanation

I have been asked many times where the actual words to the Litrugy (aka Mass) come from. They seem so foreign at times to those looking in. I found this onli...

Church of the NCAA

As you can imagine, a young man like myself is lost far away from the comforts of my predominately Catholic hometown. As I venture into the world of Crimson ...

Vicar of Christ List

Vicar of Christ, Pope, that whole Apostolic tradition line in the Creed, Papa, Line of Peter, Bishop of Rome, St. Peter’s Key Keeper

religious

We are all one body…

One of the most enjoyable activities for me is to simply sit an airport. The cross section of society is laid in front of you to sample and review. After a f...

Voting Catholic

My family and I had a discussion last night that really sparked my synaptic in the old head. The current ream of candidates just doesn’t allow for a Catholic...

The Three Non-Negotiables

As a Catholic Man I am called to vote based on the faith and not of the world. The Pope while addressing the European People’s Party laid out 3 points. What ...

Lest we forget…

Sometimes I think we loose sight of what God made all this for. I find it funny when people envision God sitting on high making things for himself to look at...

Water

I ran my hand through the water on the banks of the pond that day. As I sat under the golden crisp light beaming down on me, I knew the time was not for deci...

Styrofoam Cross

It is the seed of desire, The eruption of my pain, With tears in my eyes I continue, The act brings nothing to gain,

Box will fit you well

You were thrown into the room that night, Awoken from your deep sleep, Stripped you of your dignity and clothing, Measured you up for your own keep,

John Baths

Splish Splash I was taking a dip in the Jordan

Advent

At what point Lord did I loose sight of the day? I find myself trudging through this Christmas season in total disregard for your birth. I find myself passin...

Testify to Vice

Let me start by saying that geeks love porn. Yep its true, porn is the driving force for the ENTIRE Internet. People like to think that the spread of knowled...

Rhetorical Question

The suggestions flow much easier from your lips now. I wonder if they have already spilled the fabled words of “we need to stop.” I wish I could steal you fr...

If your eye sins; remove

I would rip you from the sockets, If it meant the sin would leave, I would poke at you with bayonets, If it meant you’d leave me be,

Thanks for the call

The rain and thunder poured down, Upon my blood drenched face, Car flipped over twice in the ditch, Threw me into this muddy place,

Poetry as Prayer

I walk the road slowly that day, taking in the scenery of trees and birds going by, my eyes concentrated first on the ground, then to the above sky,

rememeber

Muster

We all stood in line this morning which seemed the perfect crowning to the definition of military efficiency. The middle aged officer (she had the officer lo...

reserves

Muster

We all stood in line this morning which seemed the perfect crowning to the definition of military efficiency. The middle aged officer (she had the officer lo...

restroom

THERE WAS A LADY IN THE MENS ROOM!

Imagine the look on my face (or don’t because that would mean you are in the bathroom with me) as I look down to see a lady…in the bathroom…stuck to the wall...

retro

NEXTSTEP 3.3 RISC SparcStation 5

I finally found a copy of NEXTSTEP 3.3 and got it installed on a SparcStation5. I am rocking retro 1993 style. Screenshot for street cred:

return

No return necessary

in the faces of those i pass by, on the streets or in my car, its you i see here and there, your image never very far,

reverse

review

Google ChromeOS Cr-48 Review

It seems everyone is posting their review after a few days of working with the laptop. I decided to take a different perspective with the initial review. Whe...

OpenSuSE 10.3 < Ubuntu Gutsy

I am done dealing with OpenSuSE 10.3. Before anyone starts I realize that it is a beta release candidate “blah blah blah.” I expect simple things to work wit...

Bluetooth GPS GPT-801 / Quick Review

I purchased the generic GPT-801 bluetooth GPS after being put-off by the high price of others. Basically the device works. It does everything a bluetooth GPS...

Bye Bye Treo…

The Treo 650 is a great phone. I purchased it after a horrible experince with Windows Mobile and decided to go the Palm route for the excellent Linux support...

Vista…

I have been graced with beta testing Vista since Longhorn. I have kept quiet but wanted to talk about Vista very quickly to give you my thoughts.

Flock

Flock is this new(ish) browser based on Firefox with a pregrouped extension install. Everything in the thing is Web 2.0 capable and ready. My thoughts thus f...

reviews

rhel

Multipath and Redhat Linux 5

As many of you know, multipath was finally integrated into Redhat Linux with the 5 series. This is great when you have multipath enabled during an install as...

ride

Storm Racing

“Looks like rain today” my Mother commented as we shared an after Mass lunch. “Yesterday was a mess with all that storming” I agreed. Rain it seemed was my w...

riding

Yellow Motorcycle

I jumped on my yellow motorcycle this morning for a ride to waste away some time. My favorite direction to go when riding is away…away from the city and cars...

ring

Ring Doorbell Security

The Ring Doorbell has been invaluable as we travel the world. The reactions of people are often times pretty funny as the doorbell they just pressed begins t...

ringer

So true

Everyone makes fun of me because my phones have the classic ringer. You know, like Grandma’s old phone that could take down a robber. As always XKCD hits it ...

rock

Top Romantic Songs

I was going through and creating a Valentines Playlist for dinner tonight. We have friends coming over and I struggled to make this list. It seemed every goo...

ron_paul

ronpaul

router

1965

—- Cross Post from the Spec Ops Technology Blog —-

rss

rsync

rtlsdr

ruby

Ruby vs Python

I am going to attempt once again to learn a programming language. I wanted to look at the pro’s and con’s of each language in my work enviroment, military/DO...

running

Running Comic

I am up at the crack of dawn and off to run. Found this quote and made me giggle.

Leaving for the city

This morning with my lungs pressed up against the cool morning air I ran through the country. Past the cows in the pasture and up the hill where the horses d...

Off to Church

Last night as I was running (10.6 miles HUA!) I had this overwhelming desire to be in Church this morning. Spiritually I have been in a bit of a drought but ...

Brrrr

I ran this morning in 20 degree weather…with snow! It was pretty chilly and I am hoping when I awake in the morning the run will be much more enjoyable.

Does this look gay?

Easy question, I feel fricken goofy running around small-town Arab with this: 

sa

sabbath

Lest we forget…

Sometimes I think we loose sight of what God made all this for. I find it funny when people envision God sitting on high making things for himself to look at...

sabi

safety

Separated

Tightly gripped, Arms bulging as the muscles intertwine around you, Your own personal hiding place, The door that only you have to keys to,

sainthood

Separation

Loneliness is something the Christian knows all too well. For me, the darkness abounds in times of joy. During tribulation I fear no sword, but the day to da...

sandisk

Sansa e260 and Linux

I broke down and purchased a new MP3 player after the trusty iPod Mini bit the dust. Thank you Apple for including a wonderful 6GiB CF Drive though :) Moving...

sansa

Sansa e260 and Linux

I broke down and purchased a new MP3 player after the trusty iPod Mini bit the dust. Thank you Apple for including a wonderful 6GiB CF Drive though :) Moving...

santa

savior

Lamb of World

Take off your persona little sheep, The world doesn’t need a new agenda, You think yourself different from me, That your way of life is perfectly splendid,

schmidt

school

Jr. High Review

Some people call Jr. High yearbooks humiliating. I call them perspective makers. I look back at the pictures and remember all the concerns I had in life and ...

science

The Scientist and the Eye Ball

I am reading through Theology of the Body again after many of times. I now use it more as reference material than actual reading, but tonight I started Chris...

script

Show Desktop

One of my favorite features with GNOME/KDE is the show desktop button. Expose is great, but I am always clicking around on the dock. This morning the RSS fee...

scripture

Confirmation

Catholics believe that Baptism is the washing away of original sin and not the acceptance of the Holy Spirit. This confuses a lot of Protestant Brothers and ...

sdr

sdtv

GBA PSP Emulator SDTV

Load up the emulator Plug in the Composite Cable Without getting a wretched headache, get into the Graphics and Sounds menu option Set Video to: Sca...

seal

searching

Match.com and the search

My name is Nick and I am on Match.com. In a conversation I had recently (with a great girl from the site actually) I posed the question whether or not she ha...

secure_computing

McAfee buys Secure Computing

The most beautiful firewall I have ever come into contact with is Sidewinder. The first day I learned about Blurbs in the military was the day I began to jum...

security

Ring Doorbell Security

The Ring Doorbell has been invaluable as we travel the world. The reactions of people are often times pretty funny as the doorbell they just pressed begins t...

Withings Home Camera Review

I am always in search of products that help me automate and secure my home. I have run a mix of Foscam, D-Link, and Panasonics cameras dumping to a Linux ser...

1965

—- Cross Post from the Spec Ops Technology Blog —-

Advice for new ISSO or ISSM

Someone in /r/netsec posted a question about what advice us old sages would have for a new ISSO. The below was my response that I hope is useful to my reader...

Closed Network != Security

To this day I am flabbergasted by the assertion that because your network is not connected to the big “I” Internet you can practice lax security. Countless p...

OpenBSD Drive Encryption Benchmarks

Let me start by saying I am not a benchmarker. At all…so these results are posted for friendly banter and I make no claim to their validity. Consider this th...

Placebos and Security

There was recently a study that found when people knew that they were taking a placebo, it still helped. The common idea in the past was that you could utili...

BitlBee and OTR … then add some TOR!

With the release of 3.0.1 of BitlBee you can now chat from your favorite IRC client with the peace of mind that your protected. Since the OTR portion is stil...

-fno -fno -fno stack protection

2 days straight now on IRC (##security on irc.freenode.net if you want to say hi) I have had to help someone compiling a program deal with it failing mid-str...

Using TOR on your Android Device

In my continuation of howto secure your phone habits while on the go, we have come to anonymizing your traffic. There are a few reasons to do this:

CR-48 ChromeOS Security Posture

Since everyone is talking about the fit and finish (which is great other than the battery) I thought I’d talk about the security of the device. Google has al...

Log File Size

I struggle with ROM for log file storage. It is one of those things that no one EVER looks at, but everyone covers their asses. As an example DHS requires 90...

Private Browser Cleaner

There is so much hoopla about Private Mode browsing not actually keeping you private. Most of it is due to your addons for Flash and Java. Here are the exten...

OpenVPN Install Ubuntu 9.10

A good buddy of mine, Trevor, had mentioned wanting to bridge his Brother‘s and his networks. Having done an OpenVPN install many moons ago it had resonated ...

Defining Security

A great post from W. Mark Brooks asks when did Information Security become IT Security? The point is very much in line with my triangle theory, that security...

Open Source Security Professionals

In economic times such as these it is imperative that architects and leads alike look beyond the glossy software catalog and instead to the web. In the past ...

I hate Windows

I run Windows XP in a virtual machine for those few programs that lack Linux and Mac clients. I booted my FULLY PATCHED, FIREWALLED, and Windows XP Service P...

selinux

separated

Separated

Tightly gripped, Arms bulging as the muscles intertwine around you, Your own personal hiding place, The door that only you have to keys to,

septic

Joy of Flushing

I live in an old home. Over 70 years old at least. I don’t know the exact date, but I know that this whole area is named for the original owners. Th...

serial

server

sgi

shallowness

Fashion Models

I am utterly confused by women’s interest in all things fashion. Maybe it is my up bringing or my sex, but as a male I have no clue as to what the deal is ab...

shame

Testify to Vice

Let me start by saying that geeks love porn. Yep its true, porn is the driving force for the ENTIRE Internet. People like to think that the spread of knowled...

shave

No Shave November – Aftermath Report

Men in my Family either grow kickass beards or what amounts to patchy peach fuze. Having been military and in the corporate world my whole life I was unable ...

sheepshaver

SheepShaver on Ubuntu

I wanted to run MacOS 9 in my Ubuntu Intrepid dev box so I went ahead and grabbed CVS. Problem was the autogen script never dumped a config.sub. Instead I to...

shoebox

Shoebox

“MAKE IT STOP!” the woman, legs spread, and her head flung violently against the dotted lines that now supported the scene. I stood in exacerbation and awe a...

shopping

Should I buy?

Recently I was told that I am difficult to understand, dare I say, mysterious. To combat such reckless disregard for the signs of my psyche I will being flow...

shutup

Can you hear me now?

In the spirit of giving something up for 40 days, I am shooting for noise. As I type this I hear the washer machine, the music streaming from last.fm (David ...

sidewinder

McAfee buys Secure Computing

The most beautiful firewall I have ever come into contact with is Sidewinder. The first day I learned about Blurbs in the military was the day I began to jum...

sight

Hope to be blind

From beneath the waves of my mind I looked above for a target. My eyes periscope above the waves of control and gazed the road ahead. Instead of staying bene...

silence

Beach Life

Cover up the sounds with music, Hide the water behind the pages, Laying on the beach alone, The world is all mine,

sin

John Baths

Splish Splash I was taking a dip in the Jordan

If your eye sins; remove

I would rip you from the sockets, If it meant the sin would leave, I would poke at you with bayonets, If it meant you’d leave me be,

Mask on the shelf

I am the embodiment of a whore, Desire nothing but myself, Sit alone in the darkened room, My mask sitting on the shelf,

single

sky

skype

Fix for Skype

For all those running the Skype 2.0 Beta on Ubuntu Gutsy.

Linux and Skype – NOW WITH VIDEO!

Skype (or ebay) have been killing me for years now. I am a huge Skype user and always loved the video chat option. I have gone back and installed webcams for...

slim

GBA PSP Emulator SDTV

Load up the emulator Plug in the Composite Cable Without getting a wretched headache, get into the Graphics and Sounds menu option Set Video to: Sca...

smart

Smart People

One of the greatest benefits to working with bright people is bright conversations. There are people in this world who I yearn to be near for no other reason...

smartcard

snow

Brrrr

I ran this morning in 20 degree weather…with snow! It was pretty chilly and I am hoping when I awake in the morning the run will be much more enjoyable.

Deutschlande

Gone are those nights so long ago, Where the air was spiked with the bitter cold,

social

The Family at Work

As we move into a fully connected world there is a bigger expectation that we allow intrusions into our personal lives. While it may be a blackberry or a pag...

social engineering

social outcast

softraid

software

Going Agile

Agile Software Development using SCRUM is one of best force multipliers a team can utilize to speed-up cycles.

ARRR!! I am a software pirate

And it is easier…I do my best to use opensource software at all times but there are times when I need, specifically, Windows XP. I just purchased a 24″ iMac ...

solaris

OpenSolaris Shortcomings

I want to like OpenSolaris. I love compiling away on my Sun Machines at the house. The simple fact is though the “Open” is a misnomer of great proportions. W...

Ian Murdock leaves Debian

The Sun folks are sounding the alarm that this is the end of Linux! I think what they fail to reailize is the state of Debian and his original project leads....

songbird

Fix for Songbird and iPod

I LOVE SONGBIRD, but it wouldn’t recognize my iPod Shuffle. I use this one to workout and need hopping tunes to keep my miles time down. If you have an iPod ...

sony

Sony Vaio P788K Ubuntu 9.10 Load

Ubuntu 9.10 is the last usable version of Linux for use with the GMA500 craptasic video card. As it stands today I cannot recommend using Linux full-time on ...

southern

sparc

NEXTSTEP 3.3 RISC SparcStation 5

I finally found a copy of NEXTSTEP 3.3 and got it installed on a SparcStation5. I am rocking retro 1993 style. Screenshot for street cred:

specopstechnology

specs

Workout and Food Log

Let me start by saying I **LOVE** thedailyplate.com and use the thing (as the name suggests) daily. Recently they added an option to export all your data to ...

speeling

New Zealand

Tonight I was placing in my calendar the fact that a friend of mine is traveling to New Zealand when I noticed the little red squiggly informing me that I sp...

sports

Church of the NCAA

As you can imagine, a young man like myself is lost far away from the comforts of my predominately Catholic hometown. As I venture into the world of Crimson ...

spreadsheet

Workout and Food Log

Let me start by saying I **LOVE** thedailyplate.com and use the thing (as the name suggests) daily. Recently they added an option to export all your data to ...

sprint

spyglass

stack

-fno -fno -fno stack protection

2 days straight now on IRC (##security on irc.freenode.net if you want to say hi) I have had to help someone compiling a program deal with it failing mid-str...

stack_chk

-fno -fno -fno stack protection

2 days straight now on IRC (##security on irc.freenode.net if you want to say hi) I have had to help someone compiling a program deal with it failing mid-str...

stars

Ad Astra

The stars are the most beautiful reminder of your location in the world. My combat boots trudging against the desert terrain were the platforms upon which...

start

stats

stealing

ARRR!! I am a software pirate

And it is easier…I do my best to use opensource software at all times but there are times when I need, specifically, Windows XP. I just purchased a 24″ iMac ...

storage

Log File Size

I struggle with ROM for log file storage. It is one of those things that no one EVER looks at, but everyone covers their asses. As an example DHS requires 90...

storm

Storm Racing

“Looks like rain today” my Mother commented as we shared an after Mass lunch. “Yesterday was a mess with all that storming” I agreed. Rain it seemed was my w...

streets

Deutschlande

Gone are those nights so long ago, Where the air was spiked with the bitter cold,

stronger

Hope to be blind

From beneath the waves of my mind I looked above for a target. My eyes periscope above the waves of control and gazed the road ahead. Instead of staying bene...

styrofoam

Styrofoam Cross

It is the seed of desire, The eruption of my pain, With tears in my eyes I continue, The act brings nothing to gain,

sudo

sun

NEXTSTEP 3.3 RISC SparcStation 5

I finally found a copy of NEXTSTEP 3.3 and got it installed on a SparcStation5. I am rocking retro 1993 style. Screenshot for street cred:

OpenSolaris Shortcomings

I want to like OpenSolaris. I love compiling away on my Sun Machines at the house. The simple fact is though the “Open” is a misnomer of great proportions. W...

Ian Murdock leaves Debian

The Sun folks are sounding the alarm that this is the end of Linux! I think what they fail to reailize is the state of Debian and his original project leads....

super mario

support

Virtualization Tool Support Matrix

I would argue it is pretty sad that the tools needed to abstract the OS from hardware are tied to specific platforms. Companies that pride themselves on deli...

surface

surname

surprise