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Choosing a College Degree Program for Non-Academics
and IT Professionals that don't "Pass Paper"
Western Governors University
Starting this coming Saturday, October 1st I begin taking classes again at Western Governor's University.
This will be my second attempt at starting a degree at an online university. The first was through Capella. And as I'm writing this blog entry, there is an advert for Capella right here.
The reason I was not successful with Capella was that the course I took was dependent on time spent "in class". As well as dependent on group projects.
It seems that after a few module updates, I am no longer receiving the Share to Facebook function when updating stories and blog postings is no longer available. I see that the code is in the modules contributed examples, but not fully integrated. Also the examples enable too many features that I actually don't want or have found a different/better looking way to provide them.
So I was reading a post on the Emerging Threats signature mailing list and someone mentioned the SANS Internet Storm Center's 404 Project where your webserver sends information to SANS ISC whenever it receives a request for something that it can't answer, a 404 error.
Yesterday I decided to see what it would take to get my twitter robot @HackThisOrg up and running again. I found the Net::Twitter perl module when looking for simple OAuth functions. The follow portion of the robot lives again.
When I first wrote the robot, I didn't want to use modules other than the LWP module because I wanted to see if I could get the functions I was looking for in a more simple fashion without having to download and compile a ton of code. I wasn't exactly following the "Be Lazy" mantra of Perl modules.
Some of the interesting news articles in regards to Information Security this week, read more for details
- XSS vulnerability in Skype could allow 3rd party to change passwords
- Undersea communications cables are cut every 3 days
- Apple iOS 4.3.4 release & Jailbroken
- FBI Arrest 14 in relation Anonymous / PayPal case
- Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Charged in M.I.T. Data Theft
- Anonymous Claims Hack of NATO, Sends Warning to FBI
- BING DNS hijacked? SANS says it looks like it
- Three pizza chains ATMs hacked
Government Technology website has an article about an information security challenge:
At 10:49 a.m. last Friday, Prof. Dan Manson cupped his hands over his mouth and shouted to seven teams of five eager people that they could begin a virtual Capture the Flag competition at the 2011 U.S. Cyber Challenge Summer Camp at Cal Poly Pomona.The players manned laptops and began the simulation in which they entered a network to infiltrate servers, conduct penetration tests, analyze attacks and contents of files, overtake control of networked services and crack passwords.
Today has been a big day for news in the Information Security. The Department of Justice has the news on their own website regarding "Sixteen Individuals Arrested in the United States for Alleged Roles in Cyber Attacks More Than 35 Search Warrants Executed in United States, Five Arrests in Europe as Part of Ongoing Cyber Investigations"
I've been spending the last several evenings working on a new simple template for my website based on the Zen template. I finally got it looking the mostly the same in all web browsers. Including Internet explorer versions 8 and 9. Since even Microsoft doesn't support Internet Explorer 6, I'm going to stop trying to get it to work in that version even though I know several corporations that still use version 6.
I'm definitely interested in feedback on the template which is now live. But please use an web browser other than IE6.