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Monthly Archive for October, 2010

Growing a Mustache for Movember

I’m proud to be participating in Movember Baltimore this year. Last year it was more of a social event, but this year I’m getting a bit more involved to raise funds for charity. I sent the following email to some folks I know, asking for contributions. I don’t usually solicit friends or family for charitable […]

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A few months ago Verizon decided to block outgoing SMTP connections from its residential customers. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got dial-up, DSL, or FIOS. The thinking was that zombies could be prevented from sending out spam. I’m not sure how that strategy is working out, but it does make getting daily reports from your […]

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Quote #6 – Important Assets

Speaking equally to personal, commercial, governmental, and worldwide concerns: The rules, customs, skills and talents necessary to uncover, capture, produce, preserve and exploit information are now humankind’s must important assets. – Walter Wriston, former chairman of Citibank.

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The Future of Hard Disk Storage

I don’t know how old this hard disk is, but I’d guess 25-30 years. No telling its capacity, but it’s physical dimensions are huge; it has carrying handles. You can also see the pen and the mouse on the lab bench, for scale. The chassis appears to be forged out of steel. If you know […]

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Observation #44 – Neck Ties

Neckties are like miniature nooses. Back in the 1600′s neckties were used to keep complicated arrangements of clothing together and in place. That makes sense, but since the invention of the buttoned shirt I’m not sure why we still have them. Perhaps for fashion, but certainly not for practicality. Every time I wear a tie […]

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I received a mailer (PDF) this weekend from No Slots at the Mall, advising me to vote against Question A. For those who aren’t familiar, Maryland has been trying to legalize slots for some time; the issue seems to come down whether to build a casino at Arundel Mills Mall or at Laurel Park (where […]

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Quote #5 – Feeling Helpless

Weak, powerful, rich, poor, or somewhere in the middle, it doesn’t seem to matter much; there are parts of the world that seem out of our control, no matter how much we try to understand. One of the biggest challenges for political theory in this globalization is how to give citizens a sense that they […]

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Troubleshooting Lab at RIT

As part of my undergraduate work at RIT, I took a course called Internetworking. While the classroom portion went into the guts of physical media specifications and computer networking, the lab component was by far more fun. We learned how to configure Cisco routers and switches. We learned how to do packet captures. We learned […]

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Construction is a continual process near my office complex. New buildings are going up all the time, pipes for water and communications lines are being routed all over the place, asphalt parking lots are opened and closed and torn up with seemingly-reckless abandon. Boys (mostly) with their toys, making noise, sweating, and moving the earth […]

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Last week I spent a few days on-campus at RIT for the Fall 2010 Career Fair. About a month ago I proposed to my corporate management that my company send me and a technical recruiter to the career fair. Having attended the event as a student I knew how many of our customers and competitors […]

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