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  • Blog Post: Reason number 9,999,999 why you don’t ever use humorous elements in a shipping product

    I just saw an email go by on one of our self hosting aliases: From: <REDACTED> Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2011 12:27 PM To: <REDACTED> Subject: Spelling Mistake for browser in event viewer Not sure which team to assign this to – please pick up this bug – ‘bowser’...
  • Blog Post: How do people keep coming up with this stuff (mspaint as an audio track).

    The imagination of people on the internet continues to astound me. Todays example: Someone took mspaint.exe and turned it into a PCM .WAV file and then played it. The truly terrifying thing is that it didn't sound that horribly bad. T There’s also a version of the same soundtrack with annoying comments
  • Blog Post: Not Invented Here’s take on software security

    One of my favorite web comics is Not Invented Here by Bill Barnes and Paul Southworth.  I started reading Bill’s stuff with his other web comic Unshelved (a librarian comic).   NIH is a web comic about software development and this week Bill and Paul have decided to take on software security...
  • Blog Post: NextGenHacker101 owes me a new monitor

    Because I just got soda all over my current one… One of the funniest things I’ve seen in a while.    And yes, I know that I’m being cruel here and I shouldn’t make fun of the kids ignorance, but he is SO proud of his new discovery and is so wrong in his interpretation of what actually is going...
  • Blog Post: More fun with Amazon reviews.

    A co-worker sent this around and I just HAD to share it…   It’s not nearly as geeky as “The Story of Ping”.   For those that don’t want to follow the link, these are some of reviews for this:   “I bought this review based on all of the positive reviews, but am having some issues with...
  • Blog Post: Why are they called “giblets” anyway?

    Five years ago, I attended one of the initial security training courses as a part of the XP SP2 effort.  I wrote this up in one of my very first posts entitled “ Remember the giblets ” and followed it up last year with “ The Trouble with Giblets ”.  I use the term “giblets” a lot but I’d never...
  • Blog Post: Win7 Whoppers

    Wow, one of my co-workers just sent this image out. It’s totally awesome (IMHO)… http://twitpic.com/mehp6/full Edit: The image tag didn't work for some reason so I removed it and just left the link... Bonus: The first Win7 ad: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/10/21/multimedia/1247465293593...
  • Blog Post: I get still more spam

    This morning I awoke to find the following spam email in my inbox: Greetings from Amazon Payments. Your bank has contacted us regarding some attempts of charges from your credit card via the Amazon system. We have reasons to believe that you changed your registration information or that someone else...
  • Blog Post: XKCD tries Windows 7 and loves it!

        Well I thought it was cute :).
  • Blog Post: "The Story about Ping", someone else's book review

    I was looking up old favorite children's books on Amazon the other day and I ran into one of my childhood favorites: The Story about Ping , a family about ducks living on the Yangtze river in China... I eventually scrolled down and noticed the first review of the book by John E. Fracisco: Ping...
  • Blog Post: I get more spam :)

    I just received this phishing letter, I liked it simply because it was so remarkably brazen: -- Dear Webmail User, This message was sent automatically by a program on Webmail which periodically checks the size of inbox, where new messages are received. The program is run weekly to ensure no one's inbox...
  • Blog Post: I get spam :)

    I just received this spam message the other day: From: Microsoft [mailto:customerservice@microsoft.com] Sent: Saturday, October 11, 2008 11:13 PM To: Larry Osterman Subject: Security Update for OS Microsoft Windows Dear Microsoft Customer, Please notice that Microsoft company has recently issued a Security...
  • Blog Post: Ok, I’m strange…

    I was looking at the front page of MSNBC and ran into this picture : (image copyright Sebastiao Moreira / EPA).    My first thought was “Why do these people all have hotdogs with yellow mustard pressed up to their face?”   I did say that I was being weird.
  • Blog Post: Oh Wow, Dr. Horrible is AWESOME!

    Someone just pointed me to http://www.drhorrible.com , which is Joss Whedon’s newest epic. The first two acts are up on the web (the final act will go up on Saturday). They are spectacularly cool, especially to a musical nut.  I knew that Neil Patrick Harris had great musical chops (after all, he...
  • Blog Post: BillG Memories, part 1…

    I’m going to be out of town tomorrow, so I won’t be able to post this on Bill’s last full time day at Microsoft, but I wanted to post a couple of anecdotes about Bill. This one actually comes from Valorie, it was her first interaction with Bill…   Valorie was an intern back during the summer of...
  • Blog Post: Who's on that banner?

    For whatever reason, various groups at Microsoft love to run banners and posters that promote their products on campus. I'm not sure why they do it, I'd think that their money would be better spent advertising to (say) customers as opposed to advertising to co-workers, but hey, I don't control their...
  • Blog Post: News Flash: Spaces are legal characters in both filenames and passwords!

    I recently figured out a problem that I've been having with one of our internal tools. The tool is used to automatically deploy our daily builds (extremely handy when you're doing that every other day to several test machines). As a part of the tool, you need to include the password for a test account...
  • Blog Post: Somehow I managed to do another Channel 9 video and I didn't even know it!

    Dan Fernandez over on the Channel 9 team just let me know that one of my earlier videos was featured in their new Video Spam Filter intro . It's weird - I hadn't realized how much I swore. Go figure that one out :).
  • Blog Post: "We're back and..."

    Raymond sent me an email yesterday asking me to confirm an old Lan Manager slogan. Back in the Lanman 2.0 days, Brian Valentine (who ran the Lanman group) made up a series of T-Shirts for the team with the words: Lan Manager... We're back and we're BAD". I believe I still have one of those t-shirts....
  • Blog Post: Every Domain Name tells a story, I wonder what this one's was.

    And I'd love to know the story behind this site: http://www.modestapparelchristianclothinglydiaofpurpledressescustomsewing.com/choosing_your_fabric.htm . I ran across it while shopping online the other day. The root page of the domain ( http://www.modestapparelchristianclothinglydiaofpurpledressescustomsewing...
  • Blog Post: I don't know if I should be honored or ashamed :)

    Yesterday, we had the weekly security contacts meeting for the WEX division. At those meetings, they sometimes give out awards for people who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. Much to my surprise, I won one of the awards! You can't read the text, but it says "Most M1 TM's Reviewed & Rejected...
  • Blog Post: Larry and the "Ping of Death"

    Also known as "Larry mounts a DDOS attack against every single machine running Windows NT" Or: No stupid mistake goes unremembered. I was recently in the office of a very senior person at Microsoft debugging a problem on his machine. He introduced himself, and commented "We've never met, but I've heard...
  • Blog Post: Got Tetris?

    I just wanted to take a quick break from threat modeling to point to a video that Valorie passed on to me that's nothing short of remarkable (from the blog of one of my favorite magazines, Mental Floss ): Advanced Tetris Gameplay : The magic happens about 3 minutes into the video, when the game speed...
  • Blog Post: Live search thinks I'm who?

    Live search added face recognition to their image search the other day (which is way cool). Someone decided to see what various bloggers looked like, so they tried searching for: "larry osterman" filter:face What shows up? I'll give you a hint, it isn't my smiling mug. It's Hagrid. Way too funny. It...
  • Blog Post: My wife and I are SUCH geeks.

    Once again, nothing technical, but massively geeky (and maybe a bit TMI, but I figure most of the people reading this are grownups). Last night, I was reading my email on my computer (which lives in our bedroom) when my daughter came in and asked "Where's Mom?". I replied that I didn't know, I thought...
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