Written By: Tom on September 10, 2013 142 Comments
DEFCON 21 – Network Forensics Puzzle Contest

This year at DEFCON 21, I had the opportunity to play in the network forensics puzzle contest. This was my second year playing. Last year, I placed 4th out of about 250 teams, so I felt the need to go back and do better this year! Right at 5 hours, I completed all 8 levels [...]

Written By: Tom on May 16, 2012 813 Comments

My presentation from the May 16, 2012 CIALUG meeting. Click to view.

Written By: Tom on June 26, 2011 50 Comments
Mud, Sweat, and Tears

This weekend, we went camping at Springbrook State Park and decided to go hunting for a few geo caches this morning. Using my cell phone, we quickly found the cache named Stunk in less than 5 minutes! Feeling pretty good, we decided to start navigating to our next cache letting Google lead the way. That [...]

Written By: Tom on December 11, 2010 70 Comments

I took the StrenghsFinder 2.0 assessment today for the office. Pretty interesting results. Part of me says *spot on* while the skeptic in me thinks is a bit like reading a horoscope in the newspaper. The way it works is you buy the book and then take their online assessment consisting of 177 questions each [...]

Written By: Tom on November 30, 2010 9 Comments

I recently read an article about Kryptos, the sculpture at the CIA that contains several codes. It seems that all but one code has been solved. The first 2 codes were based on a Keyed Vigenere Cipher and the 3rd was a column transformation cipher. The 4th code hasn’t been cracked yet. It is the [...]

Written By: Tom on November 26, 2010 26 Comments

A several weeks ago, Peter from Lutheran Church of Hope emailed me a picture of their brand new Dell md3000i iSCSI array with its angry light on. For those of you who don’t know, an md3000i is a fancy box with a bunch of hard drives in it and has redundant everything. This thing is [...]

Written By: Tom on June 4, 2010 41 Comments

A little over a year ago, I purchased a picture of Albert Einstein at a flea market, framed it, and put it in my office.  Until today, I’ve never seen another copy of it *anywhere*! Using Google Goggles today, I took a picture of my Einstein poster And here is what it found I am [...]

Written By: Tom on January 23, 2010 85 Comments

A couple years ago, after I purchased a mac laptop with a built-in camera, I set it up to take a picture every time it booted/woke up and upload it to one of my web servers if internet access was available. I called it my poor man’s laptop lojack.[...]

Written By: Tom on April 26, 2009 20 Comments

It’s an old joke, but funny if you’re a dork like me: There are 10 types of people in this world.  Those who understand binary and those who don’t. Let’s talk about numbering systems.  Specifically Decimal (base10), Hexadecimal (base16) and Binary (base2). First off, what is this base stuff that you’re talking about.  The base number in [...]

Written By: Tom on April 22, 2009 2 Comments

Greetings!  It’s been about a year since my last blog post so it is time for my obligatory annual entry. Actually, a couple people have asked me to write up some instructions on getting remote access to a home / office network so they can use remote resources like Apple’s Time Capsule or iTunes music [...]

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