Hardware


My Local Backup Strategy

I have not been at my computer as much and I missed the fact that March 31st was world backup day.  This article on extremetech details some of the author’s backup plans. I wanted to have ransomware resistant backups at all levels so my system is a bit more elaborate: Backups are handled by Windows server backup for local backups and CrashplanPro for cloud backups of the entire R610. Windows server backup will not do […]


Comcast Business Fiber Fiobles..Temporarily Stymied

November, 2017: I received an e-mail saying that Comcast has pulled fiber into this area and that their gigabit pro service was available to me as a business class customer.  This is a pure fiber to the premises service that would net me 2 gigabits both up and down.  it comes with an IPV4 /30 and an IPV6 /48(Holy crap!).  While this is some super powerful stuff what was even more ridiculous was the price.  […]



Spectre and Meltdown. How Susceptible Are you?

There’s a ton of crap running around about these vulnerabilities.  This video talks about the vulnerabilities on a user level and gives some background on exactly where the problem lies and much you should worry.  A technical paper on this is upcoming.  This is only a basic overview so the non-techies out there can truly understand what is going on.


Damage Control Begins RE: Intel Hardware Bug

Intel is in full damage control mode about their hardware flaw….unfortunately they are trying to drag AMD down with them….however AMD is vulnerable only in its older CPU products.  Their latest product, XEN(or Ryzen) is not affected as of right now. This is an issue Intel created on its own…and the software development community went along for the ride for the sake of performance. Tomorrow…the full details should come out tomorrow..three CVE’s have already been […]



How bad is the IntelME problem?

Every machine Intel has shipped from 2007 to present has had this below firmware..below the operating system thing in it.  All Intel CPU’s use the ME to boot at first..then the bios takes over..then the OS. It is too bad it tool this long to come out.  Honestly, I never fully trusted any Intel machines(yes i am on one right now that is “patched”) but unfortunately AMD was never a truly competitive chip for the […]


AMD Pro…Any Better Than IntelME?

AMD is now releasing their Ryzen Pro cpu offerings for businesses.  AMD is claiming their “management” solution is more secure than IntelME.  Given the extremely low bar set by IntelME that’s not hard to accomplish.  I have not had the time to research the Ryzen Pro but I will be watching and posting as i learn about it.  For right now…my advice is to NOT install any systems with Ryzen Pro.  Ryzen is OK…but Ryzen […]



Apple Values Your Privacy…Not Really.

We all know google mines everything..that’s been well established by Google themselves.  We knew Apple mined our data and “keeps it private”.  I always called BS on their privacy stance…Here’s the proof: http://www.zdnet.com/article/uber-app-can-silently-record-iphone-screens-researcher-finds/ Still think Apple values your privacy?  I put this squarely on Apple as they did not have to give up this priveldge to Uber….they chose to.  The security implications are huge as a single weakness in the Uber app effectively gives you […]


Intel Graphics FINALLY Die…

I heard about this more than a year ago.  This is one I wanted to sit back on and watch.  Sure enough, after many years of futility, Intel has finally decided to stop torturing us with their craptacular graphics drivers that never fully worked and have decided to integrate some real graphics on them.  Enter AMD/Radeon.  I really didn’t care if it was AMD or Nvidia that Intel went with, jsut dump your crappy graphics.  […]



WI-FI SECURITY BREACHED IN MAJOR DISCLOSURE.

*UPDATE*  It turns out Linux is especially vulnerable to this vulnerability.  this means Android is especially vulnerable.  Linux(and by extension Android) can be tricked into using a zero encryption key which means the attacker can easily watch all traffic on that access point.  this means most home and SMB routers are: 1. Wide open to this attack. 2. Most of them will never get patched for this. Let’s make one thing clear.  This does not […]


UEFI is a rich crapware repository.

I posted about a system API inside of Microsoft Windows that allows OEM to put in unremovable software that resides in the UEFI of motherboards.  UEFI is the new “BIOS”.  The possibilities for UEFI problems have been known since at least 2012 as this google search shows. I have a client who uses laptops to run their audiology hearing testing equipment.  We recently had to replace one of the laptops with a newer one manufactured by […]