Breaking into work, one door at a time...

So, let me preface this with: I'm generally responsible for the Information Security at where I work.  There are others on my team, but, I'm very fortunate that I have bosses that (generally) support what I do and give me wide latitude to do what's needed to get things done.…

Simple as fuck bread recipe

I've started to go down this weird 'cooking' story arc.  Why?  Because cooking bread requires following recipes to the letter for making ingredients work, but, you can usually be a little liberal with the processes, as long as you're generally following a sane methodology.  I recently bought a Kitchenaid Stone…

The Life and times of John McCance

As I've gleefully told a lot of folks, the first really meaningful job I ever had was at a Radio Station.  We had a few different radio stations there – one was more Mainstream/Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR), one Country, one was more Adult Contemporary, and one was more Standards oriented.…

Upgrading the Firmware on your AR-705S

Are you getting a failed Verification when upgrading the firmware on your AR-705S? No matter what you try, It's always going to fail...After reading one too many tutorials on the web, I finally figured out what I needed to do: 1.) Download the following files: * https://fw.gl-inet.com/…

Finding a good soldering iron

If you haven't figured it out yet, I like to tinker. A lot. My general workbench has a nice Hakko FX888D [https://amzn.to/3jB00Wb] soldering pencil with a Hakko FR301 [https://amzn.to/3lHXEar] gun that is used for when I need to desolder something.  I do like the…

DEFCON and the Delta Variant

We're a week out from DEFCON 29. Clark County, Nevada just decided to re-implement the 100% mask mandate. All of the DEFCON talks are pre-recorded. While DEFCON was "Vaccinated-Only" this year (and required proof of vaccination), I made the decision a few months ago to forgo the trip to Vegas…

My PiDP-11 Experience

I've been wanting to get my hands on one of the PiDP-11's that Oscar Vermeulen has created.  The PDP-11 was my second computer, thanks to the Broadcast Engineer at the radio station that I worked at when I was 16/17/18, John McCance (John probably deserves his own post,…

Weather Resources for Nerds

It's thunderstorm and hurricane season, so, in the spirit of finding your eternally amazing storm to chase this year, let me share with you some of the neatest tools for tracking your favorite storms. * I use RadarScope [https://www.dtn.com/radarscope-4-0/] for the Radar products on my iPhone/iPad.…

Actions have Consequences, Jonathan Pentland...

I have the utmost respect for the Armed Forces.  I've worked on many a government contract that involved the military, and while I've never had a bad experience, I've had plenty of experiences with white supremacists in the armed forces – both personally and professionally. Unfortunately for Mr. Pentland, the entire…

US Bank; or, why I should have moved banks a LONG time ago.

I've had Personal Checking and Business accounts with US Bank over the last ten years: * Personal Checking * Personal Savings * Personal Credit * Business Checking x 2 * Business Line of Credit x 3 In July of 2020, US Bank decided that they no longer wanted my business for my business account.  This…