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         Alun Jones (Security MVP Reconnect) writes about security, cryptography, SSL, PKI, and pretty much anything else that bothers him enough.

Archive for July, 2009

July 22, 2009

Would you behave differently in a shared office?

Filed under: General Security @ 12:09 am

How would you change your behaviour at work if you knew the person seated one desk over worked for a competitor? How would your behaviour change if you knew the person one cubicle over was about to work for a competitor? What if you knew that your cubicle neighbour was going to lose her job […]

July 14, 2009

How FTP Data Connections Work Part 2 (OR: Fun With Port 20)

As we mentioned in the 1st part of this series, FTP is a more complex protocol than many, using one control connection and one data connection. A recap of the first post… In typical Stream Mode operation, a new data connection is opened and closed for each data transfer, whether that’s an upload, a download, […]

July 12, 2009

Dreaming of the future…

Filed under: Miscellany - not security @ 6:41 pm

Here are some technologies I just can’t wait for: OLEDs: for room lighting – ambient light from ceiling-tile sized light panels [those of us that suffer migraines want an alternative to fluorescent lights, compact or otherwise] for either back-lighting of LCD screens, or for the screen itself – I didn’t know until after I bought […]

Nice support from Lenovo

I’ve been wanting to post this comment for some time, but never seemed to get around to it. I’ve been through a number of different laptops over the last decade or so – Compaq, Dell, Gateway, and Toshiba – and each time, I’ve found that they just don’t seem to last. I can’t point to […]

July 9, 2009

How FTP Data Connections Work Part 1 (OR: Don’t Open Port 20 in your Firewall!)

This will be the first of a couple of articles on FTP, as I’ve been asked to post this information in an easy-to-read format in a public place where it can be referred to. I think my expertise in developing and supporting WFTPD and WFTPD Pro allow me to be reliable on this topic. Oh, […]

July 4, 2009

Stupid Outlook 2007 RSS Feed Workaround

Filed under: Miscellany - not security @ 12:59 pm

I was starting to wonder why other people were getting news stories before me. Then I realised I just wasn’t getting news at all. Looking at my Unread RSS Feeds search folder in Outlook 2007, I noticed that I hadn’t received a single post since June 10th 2009. Coincidentally, this is when I installed a […]

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