Rant Post: WHY DID EVERYONE STOP LEARNING!!!!!!??????

Everywhere I look nowadays, too many people are whining because something isn’t working the way it’s supposed to. They don’t even take the time to learn WHY something might not work. HEAVEN FORBID THEY ACTUALLY LEARN HOW SOMETHING WORKS!!!!!!!

people continue to accept “dumbed down” versions of applications because they don’t know how to do anything similar. Case and point, the acceptance of the term “The Cloud” which has no fucking meaning, but everyone just assumes things work because “The Cloud”. People, its the internet. Everything people are chalking up to “Cloud” services, have existed in one sense or another since computers had to “Call” each other with a modem to establish a connection.

Dropbox, Drive, OneDrive (basically any “Cloud Storage”) services are all basically fancy “Shared drives” like one would have used in windows or Samba servers in linux. You allocate a certain amount of storage space on a drive on the network and give a specific user rights to see their drive. that user can assign other’s rights to see some of or all of their share, but it still is the same place on the damn network. 

Where the problem comes in, is when everyone starts whining about “Privacy” or “Security” when some online service fails, or gets hacked, or uses what you upload to create some profile about you. HERE’S A FUCKING IDEA: IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT PRIVACY OR SECURITY OF THE INFORMATION YOU ARE STORING, KEEP IT ON YOUR OWN FUCKING COMPUTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Roll your own private cloud, or a VPN, or hell even your own server. if you don’t want to do that, you have no business complaining when Google indexes your email, YOU ARE THE ONE WHO OPTED IN TO THEIR SERVICE! If you don’t like it, DON’T USE IT!

Stop thinking everything is fucking magic, stop thinking your data is “safe” simply because some company says they keep things secure. Learn how to do things for yourself, or be at the mercy of those who DO learn.

there… rant over, now go learn something.

Password 101: how to suck at security

Password 101: how to suck at security.

(Totally not a satire post…. Totally…)

1. Always Use a simple password.
2. Always write it down.
3. Always Use the same password for everything.
4. Never change your password. Continue reading

Why I’m Taking a Break From Twitter

I’ve been thinking about this for quite some time; Trying to figure out some things. I have not felt right inside my own head for months now, and honestly twitter has become a huge distraction for me, a time waste, a black hole.

I’ve let myself slip from what I really enjoy, and it’s time to focus on that stuff again: coding, hacking, tinkering.

so, I’ve decided to take the MAIN distraction that was allowing me to keep putting off my personal growth and happiness, and throw it in the trash. I have deleted all my twitter apps from mobile, deleted tweetdeck from chrome, and windows, and since I absolutely HATE the twitter website, I will not be logging in.

I will keep the account, because I may find purpose for it yet, like my blog. I have been told by many of you, that you like my blog, and can’t wait to see more from me.

That is exactly why I’m doing this. My blog will still post to twitter every time I put something new up here, I simply wont be responding there. If you need me, you can figure out how to reach me.

So, with that. I’m taking a break from twitter, to focus on becoming even more awesome than I already am, and hopefully none of you will take any offense to my silence.

Arguing over jester? Read this first. Then grow up, and shut up!

There is one thing lately that has been bothering me enough to write this post. The fighting over something so silly as the jester. Yes, it’s a bloody battle on Twitter, and both sides are wrong. It’s time to just quit fighting… Seriously, cut it the fuck out!

Those who support jester, stop feeding the trolls. Jester is a big boy, he’s demonstrated it many times that he can handle himself. Yet most of you jump into a fight when anyone tried to incite jester. It’s like you feel personally attacked just because you believe he’s doing good which makes anyone who disagrees evil that needs to be shut up. Just stop it!

You jester haters go too far too! Most trolls are just looking to start a fight because they feel he’s some kind of poser and anyone who defends him would obviously be a drooling moron, so why feed into that steotype? Just ignore trolls silence is your best weapon.

Where do I stand when it comes to “J”? I don’t give a fuck about it, there are many more important things that matter to me to worry about a guy who makes habits of hitting hornets nests with a sledge hammer. Any blowback he gets, he brings on himself. He’s shown he can handle the trolls, and normally he won’t even respond to them, because they are just trying to view smoke up his ass. When they do need a response, he handles it mostly respectfully, warning, strong warning, and if needed, a slap.

For fuck sake people, stop fighting over stupid shit that doesn’t even affect your daily life. Focus your rage on changing the real world, focus on things you yourself can change. Trolls aren’t going to change jester’s religious followers by bullying them, and supporters aren’t going to stop tells by fueling their rage in fighting.

There, I’m done with that topic, you should be too.

Grow the fuck up! You are all acting like spoiled highschool brats!

Embrace your strengths (even when you’re told they are weakness)

As a hacker, I’m often looking for more efficient ways to do things; better tools for the job, if you will. I don’t approach situations the same as everyone else, and the scary secret is there is no “perfect” solution to most problems.The best way to solve a problem is to use the right tools, right? In the world of computers, that makes a lot of sense because everything is logic; but what about life?

I have always had a problem with impulsivity, rudeness, anger, and completing what I start. I could blame that on my bipolar, and ADHD… But that doesn’t help me FIX anything. Truth be told, neither do medications (at least in my case). What everyone sees as a weakness, ADHD, I absolutely am learning to use it as a strength. For instance I have a very short attention span, but my job allows me to change tasks often enough that my full attention can focus on a problem, then, when my attention has faded, I’m ready to start the next task.

But what about looking at who you are, as exactly who you are supposed to be? For me, that means embracing my chaotic nature and realizing it’s also okay to not always play by the rules. I do things unexpectedly on a regular basis, I look at things different than most people, and that allows me to be very good at finding weak points in things and show how they can be broken.

I’m not nearly as good at organization, or fixing things, but I’m not afraid to work with someone who is better at fixing, because together we can accomplish much more than we could alone.
I’m purposely not making this article simply about hacking, because it’s so much bigger than that. When you’re at work, are you REALLY being yourself? Or are you simply going through motions, just to make it through?

I played that game for too long. Everyone told me to focus, and pay attention… To what THEY thought was important, so I tried to be “good”, and I was so incredibly unhappy. I tried to be what friends, family, bosses, and “experts” said would bring happiness. I ignored the one person who knew what would make me happy, me.
Listen to the voice in your gut, everyone has their own strengths, build your friends, job, activities around what drives you, and you’ll succeed in finding peace. Don’t worry so much about what others are doing.

If you’re unhappy, or not being yourself, the only one to blame is yourself!

Why hackers should oppose government

I suppose I could sum up an entire article with “because they lie”. However I don’t think that would cover the complexity of the issue at hand. Hackers, by both profession and mentality, question authority and push the status quo. By no means, do I mean “Hacker” as the black hat sitting in mommy’s basement in a poorly lit room purposely stealing credit card and identity information; by hacker, I am talking about someone who tinkers and tries to improve the way things are currently done.

The government, any government, is by it’s nature the opposite of the hacker mentality. We try to empower individuals to be self-reliant and build their own life where nobody can tell them how to live. Government tries to consolidate the power into a central entity that distributes resources to fit its goals, even if those under its authority disagree.

Right now, I see too much support for government from others. It’s starting to feel like everyone has forgotten that America was formed by revolutionaries fighting against oppression. Simply because we didn’t want to be told what we could do, and who we could do it with. Yes, laws have a place, but too many laws are bad because it becomes more possible to break the law.

That is what brings me to hackers. Right now, network security is a very dangerous field, and doing things 100% legally makes it hard to find the security holes. If you stumble upon big security problems but didn’t have a contract set up first, you risk possible jail time for disclosing it to the business, even when done discreetly as to not alert everyone and cause panic. Being a security good Samaritan is strongly discouraged because of government.

Think about it this way. Pretend you’re a kid and the government is your parent. when you were a kid, and your parents had a really stupid rule, or the rule was no longer needed, what did you do? You probably talked to your parents to change the rule, and they likely said “no”. For me, I had to break the rule in a way as to show i could act responsibly and the ONLY thing they could punish me for was breaking a rule that was silly. Sometimes, I would get punished. Sometimes, they would finally get the point. But the point is, for change to happen, rules need to be challenged and broken. This is at the very core of who a hacker is: we question EVERYTHING.

I don’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat, anarchist, or communist, you should still oppose government intervention into our lives, and everyone’s lives. Do you really think that making a new law is going to stop criminals who are ALREADY breaking the law? No, you’re going to create new criminals. At the very least, current laws need to be enforced in full, so EVERYONE feels the pain of these oppressive laws. If you wouldn’t apply a law to EVERYONE, you shouldn’t have the law in the first place.

Hackers should unite against government power, fight against stupid laws intended to single out people, and fight for the little guy, because guess what, hackers? We’re the little guy. We are the antihero. We walk the thin line between good and bad. We need to push authority. We serve a vital role for change.

Stop wasting it!

I was thinking, after I hit “publish”; When I speak of a hacker, I speak of someone who questions things, someone who needs to know “why”, someone who strives for better than “okay”… I speak of myself, my friends, my family, hopefully, I am speaking to YOU as well.

Privacy, is it dead?

So, it’s been a couple of weeks since the NSA “PRISM” was leaked. Outrage followed, but seems to have died down. Which got me thinking, most people I know are their own worst enemies when it comes to their own privacy and important information.

How many of you have Facebook? Most people do. Now, let me be clear, I don’t use Facebook and haven’t for a long time, but my wife does.

Everyone has started to post play by play updates so EVERYONE can know what they are doing. The problem is then, how can you get mad the government collected the data? You posted it in the internet equivalent of screaming in the downtown square, then getting mad someone wrote down what you yelled.

Don’t get me wrong, what the NSA is doing, is wrong; however most people are not taking even the slightest steps to guard their privacy. This makes it very hard moving forward, because it gives us another “lesser of two evils” scenario: Do we give up, and let the government monitor everything we do? Or do we punish those who even stumble on publicly published information that is sensitive in nature for “hacking”

What I think really needs to happen is that people need to start taking privacy seriously. I can’t count how often I have gotten after my family for posting information that could be used against them, and without fail, they ALWAYS seem surprised that what they posted wasn’t private.

Read the end user license agreements for all of the software, and websites you use, they always list what they do with information that travels through their services. Is unfair to get mad at companies and government for spying when you click “I accept” without reading the terms of service.

For this problem to change, it’s going to take a shift in our mentality, not just more useless legislation to supposedly limit the government, even though they already ignore the laws currently on the books, how is another law going to fix things?

Simple solution: Stop being stupid!