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July 27, 2010  8:10 PM

Microsoft “Tattletailing” Private Information via Messenger



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
da, privacy on the web, Stupid Technology

An excellent article written by Woody Leonhard over on windowssecrets.com, analyzes the "Classic Version" and new beta version of Microsoft's ("Johnny-come-lately" social networking product)...

March 31, 2010  11:53 PM

A Trojan as a “Value-Add” for a Battery Charger



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, information security, Stupid Technology, TCM (Truly Clueless Management)

I'm really not sure why a USB battery charger would need software to be hooked up to a computer, or a coffee-maker, for that matter. As much as I like computers, using a computer to charge batteries appears a...


February 15, 2010  6:33 PM

Quantum Shifts in 2009



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, Digital Forensics, Forensics, information security, Stupid Technology

I'm sure you've noticed the usual plethora of "studies" about 2009 erupting from various security vendors. Some are good, some are barely concealed pitches for product. Looking over about a dozen of the above, I gleaned some significant facts that might be useful to both admins and...


January 27, 2010  2:52 AM

One More Acronym & I’m Going to Scream – Part 3



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Start Laughing Now, Stupid Technology, Tearing My Hair Out

OK, I admit it's a pet peeve. And it's certainly not going to be an annual report any more. But I can't imagine how people outside of the technical sector could possibly understand why we have so many different acronyms for the same thing. In the material below, there are four...


January 9, 2010  3:14 AM

Anti-”Social Network” Phenomena



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Add new tag, information, privacy on the web, Start Laughing Now, Stupid Technology

When I heard about some sort of site that was set up to promote a service called the "Web 2.0 Suicide Machine," I just had to check it out: From their website for Cyber-Suicide: Tired of your Social Network? Liberate your newbie friends with a...


December 18, 2009  2:30 PM

Second Annual “One More Acronym & I am Going To Scream”



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Eigen's Rules of Thumb, Start Laughing Now, Stupid Technology

From the wilds of South Dakota, it seems like I have too much time to think. Once again, in time for the holiday season, the Ad campaigns (which is where so many of these things ((heck, where ALL of these things)) come from) spread the same acronyms like the "I Love You" virus. Late last night...


November 23, 2009  5:39 PM

Buy Your OWN Automatic Theft Machine



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Automatic Theft Machines, Data Breaches, Eigen's Rules of Thumb, Hardware & InfoSec, Identity theft, Stupid Technology

Is it really a surprise that ATMs can be bought on eBay or Craigslist? Given the amount of...


November 18, 2009  3:44 PM

Belly-Laugh of the Day



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Start Laughing Now, Stupid Technology

A co-worker of mine came across a slide-show on cio.com (of all places!) on vintage technical ads. How one ad for Daisy guns got in there, I'll never know, but it does...


October 30, 2009  12:53 AM

When a “Fix” is Not a Fix – The Fix is In



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, Hardware & InfoSec, information security, Stupid Technology, TCM (Truly Clueless Management), Tearing My Hair Out, Wireless

In my previous post, I discussed the Time Warner/SMC modem enormous security flaw. Lo and behold, I am visited and left a comment by "Adam Wood" defending SMC,...


October 21, 2009  6:52 PM

Using Time-Warner as Your Internet Provider? Check Your Modem QUICKLY



Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
Data Breaches, data security, information security, Stupid Technology, Tearing My Hair Out, Wireless

As lf 10/20/09, a software maven has written of a major security hole (one you can drive a TRUCK through) in the wifi/cable modem models issued to customers who don't want to use their own equipment. Here's the link, in all its' details, by David Chen,...


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