Archive for December, 2005

Wow, just got in an accident


I’m sitting in the back seat of my lovely friend Lisa’s car, stopped at a light. Talking on the phone to the lovely Dr. Madelyn Hatter.

Screeching truck, on the right, sound of brakes. BOOM, face hits laptop, bluetooth headset… gone. Ouch, mouth is bleeding. Cellphone rings, it’s the Doc. “Is everyone alright? Are you guys ok?” Yes, we’re fine, I think. Bleeding cheek, coffee on pants, seats, floor. Mouth-flesh on laptop. Gross. Brand new car, three weeks old, thank god it’s mostly cosmetic damage. Fender bent, trunk shows damage. Definitely not Lisa’s fault. Still, she’s sad. “Nicest car I’ve ever owned,” she says, “for three weeks.”

What a strange, surreal, exciting… and unnecessary event for a Wednesday.

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Giving Good Presentations


As I sit here watching a presentation given via WebEx, I find myself rather critical of the presenter’s style. Although the presentation is good, this presenter seems to be plagued by the same problem I see in the majority of the presentations I attend — he is using the presentation itself as presenter notes, i.e. he is essentially reading from a number of well-written but overly-detailed slides.

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Why am I so upset?


You know, I am excited about ShmooCon. In fact, I’m very excited. That said, I’m also a bit sad, as digunix pointed out a conflict of interest that’s left me unresolved…

You see, we’re scheduled to speak at the con on Saturday, Jan 14th at 3pm. Unfortunately, shortly after we got notification that our talk was accepted, The Shmoo updated their schedule and much to my dismay, my friend Jon Callas is also speaking at the same time on the same day. Herein lies the problem — no matter what happens, I’m bound to be a little frustrated by the outcome.

Jon Callas, as many of you might know, is the CTO of PGP. He’s a security rockstar and a damn brilliant fellow. Plus, he’s one of The Shmoo. So, if everyone attends his talk instead of ours, well, I’ll be sad. Conversely, because Jon is a friend of mine (and someone who’s opinions and skills I have tremendous respect for), if people attend our talk instead of his, I’ll be sad. Further, this means that I’m going to miss his talk while I’m giving mine! :(
Maybe, best case scenario, we’ll both get half of each other’s crowd, and the attendees of each talk can move between the two rooms at regular intervals. Hey, I can dream, right? And hell, 3pm’s a great time slot — much better than having the slot right after lunch, or at the end of the day, or early Sunday morning for that matter!

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Join us at ShmooCon 2006


Final speaker selections for ShmooCon 2006 were announced yesterday and we’re on the list! Currently scheduled to talk at 3pm on Saturday, Jan 14th, we’ll be discoursing on privacy and security and introducing the first public version of Anonym.OS, our own Live CD designed to automagically anonymize and encrypt all ingress and egress traffic on any PC, anywhere!

Our presentation will introduce Anonym.OS, describe its goals and the fundamental underlying technologies, demonstrate it for the audience (an OpenBSD LiveCD that really works, w00t!), follow up with a Q&A session, then conclude by providing links to download all source and ISO images. We will also distribute as many copies of Anonym.OS on CD as we can burn the night before. :)

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