Chad Perrin: SOB

31 March 2007

Security Analysis: The Symantec Internet Security Threat Report 11

Filed under: Metalog,Security — apotheon @ 11:35

Symantec this month released its eleventh Internet Security Threat Report, covering the period from 01 July to 31 December 2006. There’s been some hoopla over this, of course, complete with obviously erroneous conclusions being reported by otherwise usually reasonable and respectable trade rags for the IT industry.

I’ve decided that I’m going to provide on analysis point per day from the eleventh Symantec Internet Security Threat Report for your “enjoyment”. Some of it may be humorous. I’ll start tomorrow — today is just notice of what’s to come. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick to a daily schedule.

As I start this, I’m also creating a new category here at SOB: the Security category.

30 March 2007

amongst the living again

Filed under: Metalog — apotheon @ 03:34

Last Thursday, I embarked on a journey to surprise my mother on her birthday (which was Saturday). It went well. She was thoroughly surprised by my arrival (with the Significant Other accompanying). While there, I ate entirely too damned much food, discovered the really impressive expanse of the Cabela’s store in the area (big enough to basically have its own big game taxidermy museum), and fixed Mom’s computer. She’s still using MS Windows ME. Yes, really.

Afterward, I visited friends in another state, then swung homeward again.

When I returned Tuesday night, I started trying to get caught up. I updated software on three computers, started working my way through hundreds of emails, and checked out how Sterling “Chip” Camden handled guest blogging. I was quite pleased with the results, and wondered if people would be disappointed I’m back, since they’d then be stuck with my same old tired shtick again.

I meant to get something posted Wednesday, but all productivity in the second half of my day was destroyed by a headache that hurt so badly it caused me to puke. Yay, fun. I meant to get something posted Thursday, but I discovered that a software update on a Debian system had actually subtly broken header formatting on outgoing emails — that, coupled with lingering stupidity as an apparent aftereffect of my previous day’s headache (plus a couple other minor issues) caused me to spend much of the day fighting fires. Still not able to start getting ahead on things again, at the end of the day.

Today, here I am, giving you excuses. I’ll probably give you more information about Debian updates, FreeBSD configuration, good stuff that happened in connection with my trip, notions I’ve had about taxation and “freeways”, and other random bits of detritus from the workings of my own brain, in days to come. I finally feel caught up enough to actually post to SOB again.

27 March 2007

Buggering off

Filed under: Geek,Metalog — ???? @ 06:01

Many thanks to apotheon for letting me guest blog over the last several days.

I didn’t get anything (besides this) posted today because I was too busy debugging PHP. Man, I need to find some better debugging tools for that language/platform. The best I can come up with is to insert “echo” statements that end up all over the page. Anyone have better ideas?

I hope I’m not permanently banned from SOB for saying so, but ASP.NET with Visual Studio addresses the web app debugger problem far better, and I can’t say that debuggers are any less required for PHP as a language. Ruby, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to need debuggers. Maybe that’s because that language and the Rails framework actually make sense.

How do you debug the server side of web applications?

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