Long COVID sucks

I've had COVID three times now – 2020, 2021, and 2022.  Each one was a little bit different than the last, but, my CTF from this year's "Hacker Summer Camp" was COVID, and while I did get to spend five days recovering and quarantining without worrying about my job, it took…

Red Teaming with tools from hak5

First of all, all of the tools that I've purchased from hak5 are items that I've purchased with my own money for use in my roles as an information security engineer. Generally speaking, my day-to-day is a mixture of threat detection, incident response, and providing guidelines and guidance to keep…

OpenStreetMap, Nominatim, and OSRM

I've been on a fairly big GIS kick recently.  Part of it is me feeling like there's a lack of market tools for things like studying things like resource deserts, but, the other half is me wondering, "How many oil change places are within a 15 minute drive," looking for…

Looking for the past

I spent a little bit of time tonight looking for one of my lost friends.... ...only to discover that she passed away last year, ended up In a pauper's grave, and her mom Is still posting "where Is my daughter" posts on Facebook.   She wasn't the type of person who…

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…