Posts Tagged ‘#black’

Cyber Monday

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis November 28th, 2011

Black Friday.  What a nightmare.  Seriously, you couldn’t PAY ME enough to go shopping the day after Thanksgiving.  After what I saw on the news, and the people I asked who DID brave the shopping madness, it’s just not worth it.  Most people didn’t get the deals that were promised.  The only way you got those were to camp out and be the first in line.  See, it’s a bait and switch game for retailers.  They just want you in their store.  So they stock a few items for a great deal, but those disappear quickly.  Then you’re stuck buying what’s left.  On the other hand, I LOVE online shopping.  I can compare prices in minutes, and have the stuff on my doorstep within a few days.  Right now I’m eyeballing the Sony SGPT112 Tablet.  I’ve been watching these devices for a long time, hoping that one will rival the i-pad 2.  This is the one, I think.  I’m going to bite the bullet and try it.  Looks like the wife will be getting a new tablet for Christmas!  (SHHHHH…).  The tablet is on sale at Target for $500, but it’s the 16 Gb version.  For this price they are throwing in about $100(?) worth of accessories.  But I like the Amazon deal better.  I can get the 32 Gb version for $514, with no accessories.  I’ll buy those later.  You can’t add more internal memory, so I want the most possible.  Meanwhile this swanky little unit ships with Android Honeycomb.  Since we’re both used to the Android OS, it will make it a cinch to drive.  I’ll keep you posted on how this turns out.

White, Black, and Gray Hat Hackers

Helpful Hints, News | Posted by Dennis August 23rd, 2011

Like Spy vs SpyThe world of hacking is anonymous and secretive, for good reason.  Although some do it for good, legitimate reasons, the world doesn’t understand that.  To most, hacking is just BAD.  There are some very talented hackers out there who simply love to do it, and try to just point out security flaws in web sites and programs.  These are considered WHITE hat hackers.  The ones who do malicious stuff are considered BLACK hat, and of course there are the ones in-between.  There’s a philosophical question here:  what is bad, and what is good?  Some hackers would argue that ANY hack is a good one, but they can get arrested for doing so.   The hacker community has grown leaps and bounds over the last decade, mostly because there are canned software packages that let anyone with a PC create their own viruses and trojans (commonly referred to as ‘Script Kiddies’).  But the truly skilled are still few and far between.  There are so-called neutral gatherings for all types to get together, like the Def Con hacker conference in Las Vegas.  And now there’s a new site called RankMyHack that awards points based on how tough the hack is.  You can read the full New York Times article here.