New Computer – 5.9 Vista Experience for under $400

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A few weeks ago I go the go ahead from my wife to build myself a new computer.  I have been rocking a P4 at home for quite some time...so long in fact that I just started using my work laptop as my home computer.  It wasn't horrible but definitely time to upgrade.  I knew I wanted to keep the cost down even though I think I could have gotten my wife to agree to nearly any reasonable price and I knew I wanted it to be FAST!! :)  That is a relative term but the items I did purchase SEEM very very fast to me.  It would blow my mind if I were to get all the high end stuff :). Case: Ultra X-Blaster ATX Black Mid-Tower Case Power Supply:…
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NSA Security Configuration Guides

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While I was in the Marine Corps doing one of my tour's in the middle east (Iraq), I was often reminded that we needed to take great measures to secure our network systems.  We took several approaches to this task.  During my second tour I was in a way mentored by a contractor, Andy Garcia.  He worked, If I remember correctly, for Northrop Grumman and was part of the Information Security team for the Marines.  He sort of took me under his wing and showed me the ropes on basic information security.  I sort of became obsessed with it.  Just knowing how easy it was to exploit little things like unpatched Microsoft OS' and buggy IOS or even wireless network with so called wired equivalent protection (WEP).  It just flabbergasted…
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My take on AntiVirus / AntiSpyware applications

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Virii suck, I just though I'd throw that out there.  They cost the world billions of dollars a year and keep people like you and me up at night.  I wish I had the final solution for you but I don't, however, I do have a list of applications/tools/services that I use to keep my computers running virus and spyware free. Desktop Antivirus / AntiSpyware At work my company has standardized on NOD32 from ESET.  I had never herd of the company until I started at my current position about a year and a half ago and now, I rarely use anything but NOD32.  They have a couple of editions but I'm only familiar with ESET NOD32 AV v2.6 and v3.0.  So far I have not had a single problem…
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5 Minute Cron Tutorial – Linux Task Scheduler

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Cron is an exceptionally useful tool in the Linux world where administrative tasks can easily be rolled up into shell, php, perl, and python scripts among other things. Per a website that I just came across, the word cron comes from the Greek word chronos which means time. First, lets setup the environment. I use VI as my text editor on Linux and you can view my "60 second VI tutorial" on here as well. To ensure that VI will be our crontab (cron table) editor we will need to edit your ".profile" file for whatever user you are going to be logged in with (typically root). vi /root/.profile Add one of thefollowing lines above the second fi to match your preference. export EDITOR=/usr/bin/vi #if you have just VI installed…
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Excelent Time Management Video – Randy Pausch

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At work, I find it somewhat hard to stay on task.  I like it when I get real material things that can help manage my time.  One of they guys I work with sent me a link for this lecture by Randy Pausch.  As he recently passed due to cancer, this speaks volumes for his character as he had approximately 3 months to live at the time of this talk.  Please enjoy.
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