Had the opportunity to attend the O’Reilly Velocity conference this week, it’s a conference centered around DevOps… it’s pretty seriously geeky. In the past this conference has served as inspiration to do some really interesting and innovative things in my professional life so I’ve really looked forward to attending this year. My experience this year has been very different than previous years in that my most valuable takeaways are less technical and more reflective/managerial.
Everyone should provide a user manual of themselves to their boss and those that work for them because we all change roles so often it’s difficult to figure people out before they change again
RFCs as a way to manage projects – it worked for DARPA in 1969 and it can work today for all members of teams to collaborate on a project
It’s a little terrifying to admit that reflection on technology history and strategies for interacting with people to accomplish projects are my take aways. Not sure if this is a reflection of getting older… I’m going to assume it’s just because I know everything tech :-)
If you guys haven’t seen the gaming videos moose has been posting, you should take a gander and watch the last 45 seconds of all the PlayerUnknown’s Battleground clips, it’s hilarious to watch him die.
I took my team to the Red Sky 2017 Security conference today. Its local, fairly inexpensive, and gave my team some insight into what a disaster the current state of security really is. You can do a lot, but a motivated individual will almost always find a way. So the conference, decent swag, kinda limited, spose it was only a one day conference. Continental breakfast, box lunch, free but limited sodas, and drinks (non-alcoholic of course). Mitnick was entertaining, and most of the speakers in the separate talks were pretty good. A few were a little dry, it may have just been a bit too warm. My S4 camera is shit, so the pictures are mediocre at best, almost not better than nothing. They forgot to provide power (probably on purpose) but did provide tables, and wifi, including the required “this is a security conference, these are trained individuals, use the wifi at your own risk, we provide no security” (reminded me of defcon) but seemed like a cop-out to me. I think I’ll go prepared next year to catch some packets and see if I can’t at least map the topology.
So there was one really cool thing on the conference floor. ProtectWise. (protectwise.com). So remember 25ish years ago, you were introduced to a movie called Hackers. Stared that one blonde douchey guy and a young Angelina Jolie (lookin all hot in her skin tight outfits and boycut). Anyways, there’s the ‘Hacking the Gibson” scene, where all the hackers are trying to occupy the security team with random viri while douchey McBlonde is stealing files off the mainframe (Gibson). It looks like their flying through a virtual city made up of hundreds of perfectly square, see-through build… why am I trying to describe it, watch.
This movie made me want to be a hacker. This movie made me love computers and all things tech. This movie gave me a bit of a fetish for hot girls with boy-cuts. :D
So ProtectWise.com, they’ve done it. They have built this amazing dashboard for monitoring network data/log, using real time packet inspection and a lot more. Think IDS/IPS with an amazeballs way to visualize it. And then… AND THEN.. they built an asset management system that is so close to the movie hackers, I got a lil chub. Here’s a little key before you watch this video;
City is entire network
City blocks are departments / locations / network segmentation
He actually said “… so we have a prototype occulus rift version. There’s video capture from the occulus version in this video…”. I have a new goal. I want to show up to work, walk into a dark room, put on my occulus, and do my best The Plauge impression, “your not good enough to beat me”.
If I had a New Years resolution, it would have been to post to keeg.org more often. Since I managed to post like 3 times last year, I suppose I’m rockin that. But I did plan on multiple times a week… I haven’t managed that.
I’m currently house hunting. Not sure I ever thought I’d own a house. Sure, I dreamt a bit about it, but I also dreamt a bit about having 72 virgins, and a million dollars per virgin, but I guess not all dreams come true. Or maybe they do and I’ll finally have the opportunity to see if I can stack 72 virgins into a giant statue of Sifl using jizzed up dollars to hold them all together. Some day soon. Anyway, house hunting. Here I thought my needs and wants in a house would be much simpler and ideally draw me to less expensive housing than the average house buyer. This doesn’t seem to be the case. I also find it amazing how different yet the same all houses are. I was originally hoping for something a bit unquie, and perferably not in the heart of subur
Everything I wrote above this line on Feb 9th, 2017. Everything below, May 8th, 2017.
So I own a house. Well, I have agreed to pay the bank amazing amounts of interest over 30 years in exchange for allowing me to call myself a homeowner, citizen, and community member. I think technically I was at least half of that before, but as a renter your always suspect. Spose thats truely whats going on, I’m “less suspect”. I need a t-shirt. The house is bigger and newer than I ever really imagined. Yet is still a stack of emergency issues that have to be solved right now. I can’t even imagine had I purchased one of the other houses I looked at.
My mother is living with me. I knew this was going to be difficult. I suppose it could be worse. Glad I didn’t choose Nurse as a career path. This shit is gross (I often find myself gagging).
I’ve been thinking about Hero’s a lot lately. Something at work triggered it. But today, as I was sitting outside my mother’s “infusion” appointment I was trying to decide if there are other people that I would consider a personal hero. I wasn’t into sports as a kid, never really saw that as something to look up to. I figured out early that most of the adults around me were not only borderline moronic, but they were oblivious to the fact, causing me to hate them more than respect them. But as an adult, I find myself looking up to, and wishing I could do dinner with Obama. I think the way he maintained the office and job of POTUS was about as respectable as anything I’ve ever seen. I don’t see him as the perfect president, but I think he did the best job he possibly could. But this isn’t about that. So I’m sitting outside my mother’s appointment, thinking about who else I might consider a hero. No one realy comes to mind. So I start thinking about who I might gush over if I met them in real life. In practice and theory I’m actually kind of a hater of all things celebrity. But I’ve also been around long enough to know that if a big enough star crosses my path, I get a little gush-y. Sam Jackson, Trevor Noah, and then it clicks, all my ‘heros’.. their all black men. Right now godolojus is laughing his ass off and saying “of course”.
Also, someone has a script running that auto creates accounts on sites like this… In the last 5 days I’ve deleted roughly 1000 new accounts. Turning off “anyone can register” for now. If you want an account, ping me and I’ll turn it back on for yous.
So one of my Xmas presents was a Amazon Echo. I pulled it out last night while there were a few guys over. Mind you, this is five nearly 40 year old men, most with children, and one or two you might call “mature”.
Comad I think needs more sex, he seemed to be overly focused on semen and the mating rituals of body-less AI’s. I think Godoloju managed the best responses from the Alexia, but I think he was cheating, looking up questions.
I’m not sure if it was Buddah or Usuaggie, but one of these two jackasses attempted to order me five brand new fleshlights. Somehow Alexia got the order wrong (could it have been me screaming “NO” while 4 asshats all screamed “Yes” that messed it up?), and ordered me Knobble’s instead. But put a password on that shit real quick.