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Why Open Source Matters: Musings from All Things Open 2014

Brad Yale

A few months back I wrote a post titled "Why Open Source Matters: Musings from OSCON 2014". The post covered five reasons why Open Source matters. Those reasons were/are:


  1. Code, Glitches and Open Source Security
  2. Open Source Software
  3. GitHub
  4. The Stringent Control of Proprietary Software
  5. The Endless Ability to Test, Play and Alter

While those reasons still ring true, I want to use this space to center in on another topic speaking to why Open Source and OSS matters more than ever: project management and time constraints.

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Risk Management Versus Vulnerability Analysis

John  Traenkenschuh

Vulnerability Analysis is deceptively easy. Security Red Teaming requires more than that.

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How the Internet Works: The Deep Web

Brad Yale

The Deep Web. The Deepnet. The Invisible Web. The Hidden Web. 

Maybe you have heard of the Deep Web. Maybe you even know how to access the Deep Web. 

Chances are though, you've never heard of the Deep Web and you have no idea how to access it. The Deep Web sounds mysterious, elusive and somewhat dangerous. By all accounts, it is all these things. 

So, what is the deep web? How does the deep web work? How do you access it?

In this installment of "How the Internet Works", we tackle the mysterious Deepnet.   

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How the Internet Works: A Call for Personal Security

Brad Yale

It's very easy, after reading "The Snappening" Snapchat security breach news, to determine fault lies with users. It would be very easy and convenient to blame the leak not on the leakers, but on the users who sent sexually explicit materials to friends, lovers and strangers. This conclusion is easy to draw yet, it only skims the surface of the true issue at hand.  

Whatever you think of the materials leaked, the larger issue at play in "The Snappening" is how the public relates to, understands and uses public Internet architectures. If anything, "The Snappening" should serve as a beacon call for greater Internet security practice enlightenment. 

In this version of "How the Internet Works" we cover public Cloud architectures and the need for increased Internet security practices learning.  

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Mobile Malware and Fake Apps: Hong Kong, China and The New York Times

Brad Yale

For the past week or so, Hong Kong has erupted with peaceful demonstrations advocating for the ousting of the Chinese premiere and the right to peacefully and openly elect his replacement. While the Chinese premiere, Xi Jinping, looks to be going nowhere one thing has become clear - the mobile devices and Internet connections which helped to grow the nightly demonstrations are quietly suffering an inward meta problem - malware, viruses and fake applications.

As mobile platforms become more prominent and are used more robustly to organize, carry out financial transactions and conduct daily personal business, the time has come to address mobile malware and fake applications.

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Q&A with 2014 Jolt Award Winner: "Python in Practice" Author Mark Summerfield

Heather Fox

Dr. Dobb's has announced the results of its annual Jolt Awards in the Best Books Category. The awards cover nominated books published during the twelve months ending June 30th. A total of 9 judges reviewed dozens of nominations to ultimately announce The Jolt Award for the year's best book, along with two Jolt Productivity and three Jolt Finalist awards.

The Jolt Award-winning Author for 2014 is (...drum roll...) Mark Summerfield, who here discusses his lauded book, Python in Practice: Create Better Programs Using Concurrency, Libraries and Patterns.

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By Heather FoxCommentsOctober 1, 2014
Topics: Python, Open Source

Thank you for catching up, iPhone and others

John  Traenkenschuh
How much actual technical progress are we making in today's mobile technology?

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The 10 Most Important Linux Commands

Brad Yale

I get it. 

You're new to the Linux Command Line and truth be told, you might be a little intimidated. Coming from the comfort of a PC or Mac desktop, the Linux Command Line (CLI) looks nothing like what you normally use. The Linux CLI is dark, it's secretive, it's bare bones minimal and it's anything but friendly to newcomers. And yet, the Linux CLI is highly useful, essential to using your Linux box or virtual machine and can, if done right, provide you with more insight and practical use than the Windows or Mac desktop ever could.

For those reasons, from someone who was also once a Linux newb, I present the top ten Linux CLI commands you need to master for basic Linux CLI comprehension.

This list will not make your a Linux System Admin however it will get you on your way with your foot in the ocean.

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Which new phone is best?

John  Traenkenschuh

How do you evaluate the many new mobile device choices?

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1830 wasn't so long ago

John  Traenkenschuh

My family and I had a meal in Pigeon Forge, in an old mill building that's quite old, in an area settled in 1830.  Walking in with a MacBook Pro certainly seemed odd to some, but no one noticed my phone offering tethering rights.  And so it was that I posted a blog in a building that dated back 160 or more years ago.

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Iโ€™m ready, but the United Stateโ€™s infrastructure is not.

John  Traenkenschuh

I’m outside the Cades Cove visitor’s center, hearing acoustical instruments like bangos and hammered dulcimers play.  I have my MacBook Pro, alive—charged and ready.  My phone is charged and ready and has a tethering plan, just begging to be used.

I am signal-less.

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By John TraenkenschuhCommentsSeptember 17, 2014
Topics: Access, Data

Google On Air Live Hangout with the Father of C++ Bjarne Stroustrup

Brad Yale

On August 20th, the father of C++, Bjarne Stroustrup led a Google On-Air Live Hangout event in which he talked about everything C++. The event was sponsored by InformIT, Pearson Education and the Google + C Plus Plus Community. 

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