‘Found a nasty bug in my (Cisco) ASA this morning’

‘Found a nasty bug in my (Cisco) ASA this morning’

The above headline on a post to Reddit piqued my interest this afternoon because it was in that site’s section devoted to system administration and those people know a bug when they encounter one.

01/11/17

This year's 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

This year's 25 geekiest 25th anniversaries

This is the eleventh year I’ve compiled this particular collection of trivia, which will come in handy someday if I’m ever on Jeopardy and the category is 1980s/1990s technology and related stuff.

01/09/17

T-Mobile’s Legere ‘rescues’ volunteer fire department, sticks finger in Verizon’s eye

T-Mobile’s Legere ‘rescues’ volunteer fire department, sticks finger in Verizon’s eye

Ever a social-media showman and tormenter of his competitors, T-Mobile CEO John Legere last night took to Twitter to lambaste Verizon’s decision to ding a volunteer fire company for $73,000 and offered to pick up that tab himself if...

01/06/17

Verizon’s $73K bill to volunteer fire company has community burning mad

Verizon’s $73K bill to volunteer fire company has community burning mad

A small island community is up in arms over Verizon billing its volunteer fire company $73,000 to have equipment moved off land on which the department is building a new firehouse. And then there are the ponies.

01/05/17

Help light an IPv6-enabled Christmas tree

Help light an IPv6-enabled Christmas tree

Posted to Reddit’s section devoted to networking by user felixdgniezno, this IPv6-enabled Christmas tree is garnering rave reviews.

12/15/16

Latvian developers set record with Christmas tree-lighting Rube Goldberg machine

Latvian developers set record with Christmas tree-lighting Rube Goldberg machine

A group of programmers from an ecommerce development company called Scandiweb spent two months building and testing a 412-step Rube Goldberg machine – a World Guinness Record -- that when finished with its 15 minutes of wackiness...

12/09/16

AT&T to cough up $88M for ‘cramming’ mobile customer bills

AT&T to cough up $88M for ‘cramming’ mobile customer bills

Some 2.7 million AT&T customers will share $88 million in compensation for having had unauthorized third-party charges added to their mobile bills, the Federal Trade Commission announced this morning.

12/08/16

Spooked by Trump, Internet Archive looks to make a copy of itself … in Canada

Spooked by Trump, Internet Archive looks to make a copy of itself … in Canada

The folks who run the indispensable Internet Archive Wayback Machine have seen the future of a Trump Administration and it scares them enough to spur the creation of the Internet Archive of Canada … just in case.

11/29/16

Advice for evading ATM skimmers

Advice for evading ATM skimmers

I cannot use an ATM these days without wondering if I am getting ripped off by a stealthy skimming device that has been placed inside the machine’s card slot.

11/28/16

‘Wireless security at its finest’

‘Wireless security at its finest’

The person who submitted the above photo to Reddit’s section devoted to IT rants presumably does not believe it depicts wireless security at its finest. In fact, the sarcasm oozes.

11/18/16

Need for ‘smart’ regulation of IoT security is as obvious as is it unlikely

Need for ‘smart’ regulation of IoT security is as obvious as is it unlikely

Security expert Bruce Schneier says government regulation of the internet of things is inevitable: Our choice is between smarter government involvement and stupider government involvement.”

11/10/16

$13 million: That’s an early termination fee

$13 million: That’s an early termination fee

Let’s call it a tiny little consolation prize for anyone who’s ever had to pay a carrier early-termination fee: U.S. Cellular had to pony up $13 million last quarter to buy its way out of a stadium naming rights agreement with the...

11/07/16

A spam-control issue unique to Australia?

A spam-control issue unique to Australia?

A user of Reddit’s section devoted to systems administration yesterday offered up for inspection an F-bomb-laden phishing email that had eluded his company’s spam filter despite the filter having been set to weed out such cursing.

10/27/16

Robocall Strike Force: Trial of one technique cut IRS scam complaints 90%

Robocall Strike Force: Trial of one technique cut IRS scam complaints 90%

An initial progress report by the Robocall Strike Force was highlighted by the claim that a trial of a single fraud-prevention technique resulted in a 90 percent reduction in complaints about scams involving automated phone calls...

10/26/16

Robocall Strike Force set to take wraps off battle plan

Robocall Strike Force set to take wraps off battle plan

Two months after accepting its marching orders, the federal Robocall Strike Force will tomorrow make public its plan for dramatically reducing the torrent of automated phone calls.

10/25/16

Does Southwest’s new ‘password’ commercial need to get away?

Does Southwest’s new ‘password’ commercial need to get away?

If you watched any football yesterday, chances are you saw the latest in Southwest Airlines’ “Wanna get away?” commercial series, this one featuring a military general and his comical willingness to surrender his network access...

10/24/16

T-Mobile reaches $48M settlement with FCC over ‘unlimited’ data claims

T-Mobile reaches $48M settlement with FCC over ‘unlimited’ data claims

The FCC this morning announced an agreement with T-Mobile that will see the carrier pay a fine and provide a basket of restitution benefits worth a total of $48 million for having failed to adequately disclose to its customers that...

10/19/16

Patriots coach ‘done with’ Microsoft Surface

Patriots coach ‘done with’ Microsoft Surface

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick this morning tore apart and then swore off using the Microsoft Surface tablets that are provided to teams by the National Football League.

10/18/16

Really, CNN? Trump and Obama?

Really, CNN? Trump and Obama?

My brother has the CNN app on his iPhone and tells me the network just sent him this news alert:

10/14/16

Possible ‘glitch’ summons woman for jury duty 9 times in 12 years

Possible ‘glitch’ summons woman for jury duty 9 times in 12 years

A woman from Ohio tells a Cleveland TV station that she has been summoned for jury nine times in the past 12 years.

10/13/16

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