Two full charges with the Pebble Time

IMG_8291editedThursday, a week ago, I received my shiny new Pebble Time in red. It was quite exciting to receive; I had been looking forward to playing with it since the Kickstarter. While I had an original Pebble, I didn’t wear it much for a variety of reasons. I’m betting $200 that version 2 will have worked out all the major flaws and provide a much better experience.

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IT is not a service organization

UNIVAC-I-BRL61-0977I’m going to shock and possibly offend you (for certain values of “you”): IT is not a service organization. Wait, the title of the page already says that. Oops. In the olden days, IT may have been “just” a service organization, but that hasn’t been true for a long time (even before I got involved in IT over 10 years ago). What is IT? IT is your company’s secret weapon. IT is the resource everyone overlooks. The IT Department is your strongest Business Partner.

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Making Of: The MFA Phone (Because Twilio is too easy)

Like so many others, I strongly believe that multi-factor authentication (MFA) should be a requirement for every website. It is a cheap and (fairly) easy way in which we can secure the sites of today, that use the authentication from yesterday (well, a few decades ago), until we have the secure authentication of tomorrow. Companies like Authy and Duo are making it faster and easier than ever before to adopt MFA into your personal workflow for “Everything”.

That is, until you need to share a login with colleagues.

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A second wild author? Welcome Josh!

umbreon It’s been a few years since we’ve had any wild authors appear, so we figured it was about time. In this edition of “spot the newbie”, I’d like to introduce Josh (aka @snofox) to our ranks. John and I, mostly the “I” have been a bit remiss in content over the last year so we’re hoping Josh’s addition will spice up the ranks a bit. While you’ve already met Josh once or twice before, he does deserve a proper introduction.

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Project “Falcon” – The DIY Router (server?) Experiment

F-16_June_2008As previously mentioned, I work in a “Cloud company” which typically means we claim we’re a “serverless” office. However sometimes I need a server-like machine to make a point. For this particular project we needed a machine that was, for all intents and purposes, a server… except I wanted to build it myself. It wasn’t so much to save money, but so I could customize the machine to get exactly what I wanted out of it (and because it was a fun diversion). The result of that was known as “Project Falcon”.

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Never EVER leave vendors alone (in your server room)

Five_Dell_PowerEdge_1950s_Front Gather round kiddies and I’ll tell you a story that is 100% true and happened to myself, my team, and my company. Since all humans make mistakes and those shouldn’t be held against them, I will not be naming the parties involved. The moral of the story is the very title of this post, never ever leave vendors alone. Especially never let them alone in the server room. Sure, there are security implications (they could really be pentesters, or just plain bad guys attacking your network), but mostly it’s not safe for you or your equipment.

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Photoshop CC infected with a virus called “Node.exe”

What is this "Node.exe" thing? Sounds scary!

What is this “Node.exe” thing? Sounds scary!

Or so the innocent user thinks. Sue me for enjoying the occasional sensationalist headline, but it’s a legitimate comment about randomly including software and NOT explaining yourself. Fortunately for me, I know what it is, but a lot of users don’t. Adobe has, to the best I can tell, started to include NodeJS in Photoshop and possibly other apps from their suite. It’s a legitimate copy signed by Joyent, so the likelihood of being a virus is close to nil, however there are a lot of users with this same node.exe issue/question/warning (PDF Copy). It frustrates me to see that Adobe hasn’t responded to the question, which was first asked in 2013, nor is there any other publicly (Google-able) accessible information about this issue direct from Adobe.

I denied it, just because I could. We’ll see if anything breaks.

Blog: Review: Chromebook Pixel 2015

The Chromebook Pixel 2015

The Chromebook Pixel 2015

A few weeks ago the new Chromebook Pixel 2015 showed up to an excited unboxing. I’m happy to report it’s basically exactly what I expected the unit would be. After getting my hands on the CR-48, the Acer AC700, and spending a fairly significant amount time with the Chromebook Pixel (First Genearation), I’m well versed in what to expect out of Chromebooks. The Pixel keeps up the proud tradition of being a really nice piece of hardware, but is hamstrung by being unable to run “anything and everything”.

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Relaunching JonDavis.name

sublimehtmlBetween being sick at the start of the month and a three day weekend, I recently had some free time to devote to some personal projects. One of those personal projects was the redesign and relaunch of JonDavis.name. While I pride myself in my work here on Snowulf, I like to keep JonDavis.name as a “portfolio” site. A portfolio site, like a custom email domain, is something everyone in technology should have these days. They are neither very hard build, nor to maintain, yet quickly demonstrate some proficiency with technology.

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