The world of music/IEM's

The pair of UE 5's that I've had for about 13 years died, and honestly, I didn't really feel like sending them back to get repaired.  Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of Ultimate Ears after Jerry Harvey left, so, I went back to do my research. (With many, many…

Building an AMI for OSSIM

Wanting to find a good SIEM that is relatively inexpensive, I started looking at the various options that are out there, and ended up falling in love with OSSIM. ...then, I discovered that AT&T bought the company up. ...and basically eliminated their EC2 offerings. Not to be completely disappointed,…

PPP: Funded!

Well, it's about 2 weeks too late, but, I won't look a gift horse in the mouth.…

Update to Florida's Unemployment Fiasco

I woke up to a text message this morning from my friend in Florida telling me that his status has been changed from "Pending" to "Eligible." He filed on 3/21.  He was approved on 4/27.  Thirty-Seven (37) days. I had him write letters to his Florida State Representatives…

Stress, Uncertainty, Pandemics, and Me

Broken, but together...Let's be honest – 2020 is a year that nobody really expected would happen.  What appears to be a global biological crisis is not the future that we expected, hoped, nor prepared for.  My 40th birthday was going to be a hell of a time – Black Hat, DEFCON,…

The Payroll Protection Program

As many of you know, I have a small business (in fact, I have two of them, but, that's another topic for another day).  The minute the PPP was announced, I went to my friendly bank, US Bank, and applied for the PPP. The process itself took about 90 minutes…

Florida's Unemployment Debacle

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic started in early March, there have been about 1.8 million unemployment claims processed (source [http://lmsresources.labormarketinfo.com/covid19/index.html]).  Transversely, only about 116,830 claimants have been paid.  This means that only about 6.65% of those who have applied for unemployment in…

It's been a while

So, yes, I know.  It's been a hot minute since I've posted something in here. In the last few months, I've managed to find myself a new job, stay relatively safe from COVID-19 (after a weird couple of days), and managed to find myself in a fair amount of stress.…

Michelin Stars in DC

So, it's my goal to go to as many Michelin starred restaurants as I possibly can.The new list for Washington DC is out [https://guide.michelin.com/us/en/article/news-and-views/michelin-guide-washington-dc-2020-results] , so, I have updated my list of places that I want to go to: The Inn at…