Dec 29

Walking to Mordor – My Year’s Goal #1

Sorry to say, but I’m not actually that big of a fan of Lord of the Rings. For me, it moved a bit too slow and I didn’t love the characters that much. However, I didn’t hate it and know quite a bit about it. The story was interesting as a whole, and had some good lines.

It’s from one of these lines I set a goal for next year. While talking about the perils of the journey laid out before the hobbits with the “One Ring”, Boromir mentioned that “One does not simply walk into Mordor”. But yet, the hobbits had already walked 458 miles to get to Rivendell, and would soon walk another 1321 miles to Mount Doom. In total, they simply walked 1779 miles to accomplish what was needed!

So this 2017 year, my main goal is to “Walk to Mordor”. To do so in the year, I will need to average 4.87 miles a day. I recently measured my stride, and based off that I need to walk somewhere around 2190 steps per mile. To simplify, I am saying I need to walk 5 miles a day, at 11000 steps. This is my goal for next year to, everyday, walk the needed steps at least. Anything beyond that is gravy.

To make things even easier, I am giving myself the last 3 days as a bonus, counting these steps into the first week of walking I will be doing. This allows me to start my goal now, instead of waiting for some arbitrary date. Which will help, because 1779 miles (or 3,913,800 steps) in one year sounds like a very big ask. And it is!

To follow my progress, view my master spread sheet on One Drive here: https://1drv.ms/x/s!AqIP5jaWJSstgz_YWOzPYA366Kry

Oct 26

Haxors Everywhere – Cybersecurity

I just now got done watching a live stream from my school from a long time cybersecurity expert. While I have been doing IT projects a long time in my mind (about 14 years now), I still forget sometimes just how far reaching technology is now.

The presenter (Mischel Kwon) used the illustration of a grocery store. Getting the audience involved, she assigned different people to different operations of a store, all connected with technology. Things like credit card companies, banks, suppliers, DHS, even farmers are all connected with one another. It’s through this that you can begin to see that it only takes one of these to be compromised to cause trouble for a number of these.

Even worse, there are so many little things that are becoming common that we don’t think about. It reminded me of a talk I heard at my old college where a information miner working for an HR firm would learn about people’s personal lives by finding friends who would most likely accept a random friend request and since most people used the “friend of a friend” setting for their privacy, they would be able to access all the information of their target.

Even I personally see the effects of cybersecurity issues. Heck this blog alone gets hit by bots trying to log into my nonexistent

Blocked Login Attempts

Geeze 11,079 attempts on this site? Really?!?

admin account. At work, the SFTP software we have logs malicious login attempts and it fills up so fast it’s hard to keep the size of the files down. Also there have been personal clients I have worked with who were either scammed out of money from “Microsoft” employees fixing their computers or just flat out had their bank accounts wiped. And who of us hasn’t had our debit cards compromised? I’m up to my 3rd card this year alone!

It’s clear that, now more than ever, everyone needs to know how to keep themselves safe as feasibly possible. Some great tips on protecting ones identity can be found at http://www.computersecurity.com/white_papers/ten-ways-to-protect-your-identity.htm. While their is no such thing as a fool proof protection from cybercrime, most attacks work on vulnerabilities that are relatively easy to fix. Also knowledge is power, so don’t ever be afraid to ask people you know in the IT field for help if you think you might need to brush up on ways to protect yourself.

Until next time kids, that’s all the geek wisdom I can impart!

Happy Face!

Oct 25

What Busy, Much Coffee

Where have I been? Not on this site for sure, in fact, I haven’t logged in since 2016. Looking sadly at my page reminded me I needed to spend some quality time with my site so it can be more fun. I’ve facelifted the font face (get it?!?) and made a change to an even simpler site header. I’m also doing some back end work on the CSS and engine so I can be all set. Finally adding in some pages on what I have been up to sounds nice.

I’ll try not to wait 6 more months before changing anymore, and maybe will even get back into the habit of yesteryear when I was blogging everyday. But for now I’ll finish what I have been working on with a nice cup of coffee by my side. Victory.