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Recent WordPress Plugin ‘scans’

Monday, January 31st, 2011

I am sure that most folks managing WordPress sites pay attention to their web server ERROR logs.  I came across this set of very specific scans for WordPress plugins – I suspect that either some entity was simply ‘researching’ the use of these OR that these plugins may have some security concerns (this is un-confirmed) Continue reading →

Bot Battles – defense on ‘the edge’

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

If you have been asleep then you missed the news about Wang Jun – the Chinese* Cyber Army.  A speaker at Black Hat (USA) was scheduled to discuss Wang Jun reportedly cancelled the presentation after pressure from the Taiwanese (and perhaps Chinese) government. Hmmm… what you may not know is that at least one company/researcher Continue reading →

USB (serial) GPS troubleshooting…

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Sequence seems to matter more in some instances than in others.  In this case the OS (Windows 7) combined is a USB serial connected device was problematic. If the GPS device (essentially a direct connected, serial device being used without a device/brand specific ‘driver’ was causing problems) was turned on BEFORE the laptop then the Continue reading →

“she cannae take any more Cap’n…”

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Are you ready for a *Scotty Event? Ready for the next level? So what are the limits of your system? solution? Several years ago my employer had a great product with a major problem (which, of course, occurred as a Scotty Event.)  Part of the system’s team job was to make sure that the OS Continue reading →

System Adminstration – The Rules

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

For me, these pre-date a popular US TV show (NCIS – ‘the rules’ referred to – connected to the character, ‘Gibbs’.)  The first three get the most mileage.  BTW – SA=SE (from my chair, sys-admin = systems engineer ~ anyone working on your IT infrastructure.) You will do no harm – nothing you do will Continue reading →

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