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  • Fun with Verizon Customer Service

    Or, Getting Rid of FiOS TV, Part 1. Today, we officially began our project to lower needless expenses, of which the TV subscription service is one of the largest.  As a technology profession, I need a fast and solid internet connection.  This is especially important as my children are back on the home school program, and get their daily ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 9, 2010
  • Passing the Firewall Torch

    I’ve had a Netscreen firewall handling my internet connection at home for almost a full decade now.  I first got my hands on a Netscreen 5 back in Feb of 2001, and it was amazing that you could get that much flexibility in such a tiny device for a reasonable price.  I quickly setup all sorts of rules and filtering that was light years ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 31, 2010
  • Apple vs Adobe = Pot vs Kettle

    It is quite amusing to see Apple and Steve Jobs go out of their way to lambast Adobe about the “closed” platform of Flash, and to suggest that it is buggy, insecure and obsolete. Flash is definitely buggy.  Or, more precisely, there are many buggy Flash-based apps out there.  Nothing kills browsers better than buggy flash ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 30, 2010
  • What Software as a Service Really Provides

    Software as a Service, or SaaS, is seen and marketed as a way to remove or reduce the complexities and cost associated with local enterprise software deployments, especially where such software has a desktop installation facet to it. As is typical with all (relatively new) technologies – especially in recent years – there comes the inevitable ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 9, 2009
  • The Power of Personal Branding

    We live in a society that is different in so many ways from the society that our parents grew up in.  For one thing, we are more globally connected.  Another point is that sales and marketing at a personal level is more critical for long-term career success, whether you are an employee or in business for yourself. The global nature of ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 20, 2009
  • The Tangled Web of Troubleshooting

    As the connectivity between various systems becomes more intricate and complex, the risk of tricky configuration problems grows considerably.  When such problems finally manifest themselves, they are usually harder to identify and resolve.  They also have a tendency to remain dormant for a longer period of time. My home network sports ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 21, 2008
  • One More Reason to Turn JavaScript off in Browsers

    As if we needed another reason... A security researcher has found a way hackers can make PCs of unsuspecting Web surfers do their dirty work, without having to actually commandeer the systems. That's possible with a new security tool called Jikto. The tool is written in JavaScript and can make PCs of unknowing Web surfers hunt for flaws in Web ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 23, 2007
  • Taking Information Security Seriously at Home

    It is very easy to become complacent with Information Security on a home computer or network, even for those who would otherwise preach IT Security in a corporate setting.  There are several reasons why this attitude can develop, even in people whose line of work would otherwise cause them to be more vigilant. Part of the problem is the ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 1, 2006
  • P2P, IPv6 and Internet Anonymity

    I was reading this article about P2P Darknets that was posted on Digg, and one of the comments on Digg was that Internet anonymity was going to get better and better. Seems extremely optimistic to me.  For one thing, the ISPs are going to start getting more vigilant about having this information on file in order to avoid legal ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on August 29, 2006
  • Finally, the Telcos are feeling the heat!

    I just saw a report that Verizon has been busy laying down fiber in New York in order to stem the tide of defections to rival cable services, such as Time Warner Cable and CableVision.  And it serves them right. The Telcos have been sitting on better bandwidth for the longest time, and it has taken significant encroachment by the Cable ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on August 14, 2006
  • Providing Internet Connectivity Through A Shared Connection

    Providing Internet Connectivity Through A Shared Connection These days, there are many homes with more than one computer, and most of these computer users are going to want to all of their machines to share their Internet connectivity.  If you are one of these users, then following the guidelines below will enable you to configure a ...
    Posted to Networking (Forum) by Logik! on August 10, 2006
  • Net Neutrality and Information Security

    There's a very interesting article up on SANS Internet Storm Center concerning the security implications of the proposed Net Neutrality legislation that is being discussed ardently in some circles... Briefly, network neutrality is designed to prevent ISPs from favoring certain websites over others (faster load times) or certain applications over ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 11, 2006
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