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Security: 5 URL’s that I found for K-12 programs from undercover agencies
Security is a big deal right now, likely there will be money for research, training and high schools through various agencies. Not saying these are going to give you money, but if you are a non-profit trying to get funding for your CS program, these might be another source. Might want to check...
20 Dec 2014
IOT: Texas Instruments FRAM Microcontroller or System on Chip
Sometimes you wonder if a company is just gone. Texas Instruments is one of those companies I don’t think about too often these days, but more and more you find that they are a foundational chip manufacturer. LighBlue Bean, Spark.IO, both owe their existence to the low-power but non-encrypted...
29 Sep 2014
List of four Kinect Security items
For a device that should be all about games, people are sure thinking up ways to use the Kinect for things like medicine and security. With security you might want to take a look at the following URLs: In home paranoia: Kinect Long Term Privacy Issues Daunting? A cover for your Kinect: Address...
20 Jun 2012
Jobs in securing code: An answer to email from student whose name starts with a B at Rio Hondo
Hey Blake, you forgot to include your email on the email response to my blog. So I will answer your questions here: Hi Sam, We met briefly in the Rio Hondo C++ class. I know you are working with us for the Imagine Cup but I wanted to ask you a career question. Do you have any contacts in Microsoft...
2 Nov 2011
The Osama Bin Laden picture virus: a real threat or phony
With the announcement that Osama Bin Laden is dead, the scammers will likely pop up with social engineering around this news item. If you are a regular reader of this blog, it is likely that you are fully patched, have an anti-virus and can deal with malware, but what about your Mom? Older...
4 May 2011
University of Wisconsin, Madison finds GIANT number of security bugs during Windows 7 production
In a paper titled: Incremental Compositional Dynamic Test Generation , researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, during the production phase of Windows 7, found one-third of all of the security bugs in Windows 7, using a process called Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) solver or as it...
20 Apr 2011
Thoughts on the Kinect hacks and iPad Hacks
Wow, wouldn’t it be nice to have tools like XNA Game studio to build an application that used Kinect on the Xbox? I think it would be a great idea. On the other hand, using Kinect hacks outside of academics? Waste of time. Focus on Windows Presentation Foundation, learn...
24 Jan 2011
Linux, Apple or Windows: Security-Linux Loses the 3 month vulnerabilities listing
Rule one of security: Don’t assume that your software is safe. Apple users (not Apple Corporation) make the assumption that their software is secure from viral attacks. Is this true? How do you determine if one system is more secure than the other? You could ask Apple or Microsoft,...
18 Jan 2011
Study Guide for the Windows Presentation Framework exam 70-511
Well, my manager has made a reasonable request that I study for and take the Windows Presentation Framework exam 70-511. Which means I have to structure what is my usual random and haphazard way of learning. To prepare for the 70-511 exam, my process is usually to: Whine about having to take...
20 Dec 2010
Free information on how secure your code: Prism and Windows Phone 7
With WikiLeaks, and Christmas, I am certain that you may be thinking about what you should be learning during that time between Christmas and New Years. How about how to write secure code in Windows Presentation Foundation? How do you create code in a way that is repeatable. If you...
19 Dec 2010
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