Linksys WRT1900AC Review

I moved my cable modem to a corner of the house with an older Linksys N based router and WiFi access point that I was using. This resulted in having a very weak signal on the other side of the house and an unreliable connection. I fled to the internet to find out what kind of options there were. I considered everything from Ethernet over A/C to range extenders until I looked a bit closer at the newest generation of router access points. One that rose to the top for me was the Linksys WRT1900AC. Continue reading “Linksys WRT1900AC Review”

Write Like a Player

In life, I find that there are players and there are spectators. Through different seasons of our life, we may shift back and forth between either role. When it comes to writing at some point, you can go from reading to jumping in and take an active part in the process.

Being a writer means taking the leap from listening to saying, “Listen to me”. – Jhumpa Lahiri

Writing is a great way to express how you feel and think. Imagine all of the cool worlds that you put yourself in when you use your imagination. Wouldn’t it be great to have someone join you there?

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Password Strength

Password Strength

I came across this epic cartoon over at xkcd regarding the strength of  passwords. The conventional line of thought is a minimum of 8 characters with a mixture of caps and special characters.

As computing power increases, passwords that are or a certain length are trivial to crack, assuming the right conditions are present.

Since not all systems are designed the same on the internet. A basic defense is to use a different password on every site that you have an account on. Without going into too many gory details, many websites do not follow best practices in how they store passwords. There are sites on the internet that store passwords in a database in plain human readable text. There are sites out there that do not lock users out after a certain amount of attempts, which paves the road for a never ending brute force attempt.