After months of studying and actively working in the field as a web penetration tester, I have earned the GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester certification. This exam covered 10 topics dealing with web applications knowledge and their known weaknesses.
Anyone who spends a lot of time at any stage in their career and has any sense of ambition will eventually begin stirring for change and growth. I spent many years as a Systems Analyst and as much as I enjoyed it, I eventually realized that I needed a change.
Generally, adding a single user in Linux is pretty straight forward and easy to do. Passwords may be set by the administrator or randomly generated by going out to random.org or passwordgenerator.net. Continue reading “BASH: Create User Accounts with Random Password”
I am sitting here this afternoon watching a movie when my phone dings. My focus is now split from watching the movie I am into and wondering what wonderful mystery could await behind that black iPhone screen.The phone can wait.
Seconds go by like minutes, until the phone dings again. I am excited to find out what is so important that my phone must shout to the world.
I give in, I pick up my phone to find out that it is just some routine workflow alerts from our SharePoint portal at work. I close the folio cover on my phone and resume watching the movie.
Minutes and another audible break in my connection with the movie. My thoughts shift back from the movie, back to the phone. The anticipation consumes me as I give into my precious electronic world to see what is going on again. Someone is challenging me to a game of True False, I got this. Continue reading “My Precious Smartphone”
Anything worth having requires patience and hard work. Building a successful site must be cooked like a crock-pot and not in a microwave.
“Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.” ~ Samuel Johnson
Work, family, developing a brand, blogging and now school is starting up, things are already getting crazy in the dawn of 2015. With so much going on, I am challenged to carefully consider how I should be spend my time. Continue reading “Organizing Priorities”
Today marks the last day of the “10 Days To A Better Blog” workshop by Desk.pm. The workshop has forced me to look deep, answer hard question and I am much better off for it.
Coming into this workshop, this blog had a handful of posts published and has been around since 2007. With a little motivation, this site has sprung back to life and is back in action. Continue reading “10 Days and I have a Better Blog”
At one time, my wife and I both worked. A few years ago she lost her job and has not returned to the rat race since. We agreed that she would stay home with the kids and wish we could have done this sooner. It is truly a blessing indeed. The home we have been living on was purchased with two incomes with the realistic possibility that I could still do it myself but things would be tight.
When we owned our first house we were up to our eyeballs in debt. Using Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover plan, I was able to break free of all debt except for the mortgage. Continue reading “Rightsizing”
When I declared my 2015 goals, I said I would write more. I did not specify how much I would be blogging this year, I just said I would blog more. Meaning, that just posting this today would mean that I fulfilled that goal by blogging one more time.
I know better, I need to create SMART goals. Continue reading “Blogging Objective for 2015”
If I had 2014 goals, I cannot say that I remember them nor any from the prior years. By publicly writing out my goals, I will have a record to look back on next year and I will have sense of accountability to maintain them. Documenting these goals forms the basis of a plan that will be a road map for decision making in the new year. Personal goals are like setting a mission and our resulting actions should be to support that mission.
Not writing goals down makes it much harder to follow them. The truth of the matter is, life happens, distractions occur and this is why resolutions made at the beginning of a new year are laughable by many. Continue reading “My 2015 Goals”