18 Dec

Network Security 101 – Data Classification

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Ok, this really isn’t that difficult.

There are two main classification schemes for data objects; the most well-known is used by the US Government for protected national information.It uses terms, now made somewhat clichéd in popular media. The other generally used schema is for the private sector.

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09 Dec

New Article Published – Protect Your Network with SmoothWall 3

Once again, I have pestered the editors at the ordinarily refined Linux.com into publishing an article.  I had a harder time getting this one right.  I was stuck in a fiction writing mode–half of the sentences I wrote were in passive voice.  Very frustrating–probably more so for the editors.

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http://www.linux.com/feature/154568

In any case, go check out the story–SmoothWall is an excellent choice for network border security.

14 Nov

Options for Open Source Document Management

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Twenty years ago, companies managed critical documents inside a concrete-lined filing cabinet. If any instructions needed to be disseminated to all employees, they were photocopied and thumb-tacked to the bulletin boards in all the break rooms. Emergency procedures were usually kept in a brightly colored three-ring binder, which unfortunately contained printouts two or three revisions out-of-date. Twenty years is a significant amount of time. Surely technology has advanced to provide a better way.

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14 Jul

MySQL Authentication Woes – MythTVDB and XBMC

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Well, this little issue hit me with a brief feeling of deja-vu.  It is the exact same trouble that I faced trying to get Nessus security scanner frontend to write data to a MySQL database.  I don’t know when exactly it changed, but new versions of MySQL writes passwords in a hashed table (and perhaps a new location, too) so that older apps trying to connect simply cannot read (or find) the password to authenticate the transaction.  In other words, the biggest issue I was having with the XBMCMythTV script was this authentication issue.

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02 Jul

Smart Home Media Project – Phase II – Hack That Xbox

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Yes, I will now be referring to these efforts as the Joseph Baxter’s Smart Home Media Project ™.  There’s no way I’ll be able to resist coming up with some sort of logo for that, I’m sure. 🙂

So, now to the part that, quite frankly, spooked me a little.  Yeah, the Myth stuff was fairly hard, and my Linux knowledge is somewhat lacking, but it was just computer stuff.  Nothing really too far outside of my comfort level.  But this – hacking an xbox?  That’s something only DJ Micro can do!

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01 Jul

MythTV – Final Wrap Up

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I’m very happy with MythTV up to this point. It is no where near as fragile as I feared it might be–in fact, it seems to be quite robust. A recent power outage knocked its pins out from under it, but by the time I checked, the machine was already back up and running. Part of that is the BIOS setting “Last State on Power Restore,” but if the software wasn’t up to the task no hardware setting is going to help.

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