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Just another sad, but unremarkable tale of a bright kid who squandered his potential and ruined his life by turning to a life of IT.

Since first embarking down this dark path, I've done a little bit of everything, from small businesses to large datacenters, Linux to Windows, networking and security, DBA roles and, in my darkest moments, even some light mainframe operations.

These days it's Microsft products paying the bills, for what difference it makes. Whether it's a multi-domain AD environment with tens of thousands of users, a small cluster of Linux webservers, or a tangled web of network cables, systems are all just complex tools to do complex jobs, perpetually in need of someone to make them perform better and ensure they're always available when someone needs them.

Since being a lawyer seemed to boring, being a doctor seemed to hard, and my idea of a good time usually involves using a powerful computer anyway, I really can't imagine doing anything else.


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comment What makes it difficult to have a hardware antivirus
The thing that makes computers so useful is that they are inherently instructable. We can program them to do a truly staggering number of things. Of course, the downside of that is that other people can program them to do things we don't want them to do too, and it's not like there's an easy way, or any universal way to decide which programs are bad, and which aren't. I mean, spyware's bad, right? Oh, except it's also used by employers to keep an eye on their employees, and parents to watch their kids online. Anything you do to make computers less programmable makes them less useful.
Nov
19
revised How does Bayesian poisoning work?
"The Effects of Different Bayesian oison Methods" Hmm... Bayesian oison. Sounds vaguely like some new kind of cuisine. Or particle physics.
Nov
19
suggested suggested edit on How does Bayesian poisoning work?
Sep
12
revised Does Skype technology tap a user's machine to route other calls?
Enligsh touch-ups.
Sep
12
suggested suggested edit on Does Skype technology tap a user's machine to route other calls?
Aug
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
21
awarded  Yearling
Aug
20
answered Can my IT department read my Google Hangouts chats while at work?
Jul
10
revised Should I get an antivirus for my Mac?
Grammar... mostly commas.
Jul
10
suggested suggested edit on Should I get an antivirus for my Mac?
Jun
30
revised Phones broadcast the SSIDs of all networks they have ever connected to. How can these be obtained by an attacker?
Fromatting and minor grammar.
Jun
30
suggested suggested edit on Phones broadcast the SSIDs of all networks they have ever connected to. How can these be obtained by an attacker?
Jun
27
comment How can I watch porn, safely, and not get a virus? (and not infect corporate data also)
Wow, your boss must love you. I, myself, find the urge to hire you almost overwhelming.
Jun
16
answered Is there any way for my ISP or LAN admin to learn my gmail address as a result of me logging into gmail's web interface through via their network?
Apr
11
accepted How would you know a certificate/private key if you extracted it from RAM? Or would you?
Apr
11
asked How would you know a certificate/private key if you extracted it from RAM? Or would you?
Mar
28
comment How do big companies and wealthy people secure their information? And how can I secure mine?
And also, how do large corporations and VIP (billionaires, celebrities, heads of state) individuals secure their passwords? They... don't. Worked for a guy once, owned a decent sized company (and a bunch of smaller ones), with a personal worth of mid-nine figures, and his password for everything was bob. Three guesses what his first name was. Assuming that the rich and powerful actually do security right is a very dangerous assumption. Focus instead on how to do it right, and ignore the mind-numbingly foolish practices of the rich and famous.
Mar
28
answered can you update a one-time pad, over one-time pad encryption (compressed)?
Mar
12
comment Is it possible to boot an encrypted server remotely and securely?
No one mentioned out of band management. iLO, iDRAC, etc. Weird.
Feb
21
comment A service that claims beyond army level encryption
<shrug> Achieving "beyond [insert government agency] encryption" is pretty trivial. I use Truecrypt, and use a triple cascade of 256 bit ciphers to protect my data. To my knowledge, no government agency anywhere has an encryption standard that stringent, so anyone with access to a free encryption program can achieve "beyond [insert government agency] encryption" by clicking through a wizard. Doesn't actually mean that data's more secure than the army's, though. Just product marketing to make their service sound impressive and attract customers.