Wednesday, November 10, 2004


Another interesting open source project. ddv
WordPress > Home
WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. What a mouthful. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

Thursday, November 04, 2004

The Great Debates: Pass Phrases vs. Passwords. Part 2 of 3

The Great Debates: Pass Phrases vs. Passwords. Part 2 of 3
Pass phrases are coming into vogue for a number of reasons, one being the development of tools that can crack many passwords in minutes. These tools are not new. Quakenbush Password Appraiser could do this in 1998. What is new is the theory and practice behind the space-time tradeoff, advanced by Dr. Phillippe Oechslin. The time-space tradeoff means that you do not store all possible hashes, which would require more storage than exists in the universe (if you try to store NT hashes). Storing all the NT hashes up to 14 characters for the 76-character character set would require 5,652,897,009 exabytes of storage, which exceeds the capacity of any file system today. Storing all the LM hashes, which only requires 310 terabytes, is still infeasible. To solve this dilemma, Dr. Oechslin came up with a time-space tradeoff where you only store a portion of the hash and its associated passwords. This drastically cuts storage requirements, and with only 17 gigabytes of storage, you can store the LM hashes for the same character set. As we shall see, one of the primary arguments for pass phrases is that they make the storage requirements prohibitive and break the pre-computed hash attacks.


The Great Debates: Pass Phrases vs. Passwords. Part 1 of 3

Excellent, technical article on the dynamics of security relative to a password. ddv

The Great Debates: Pass Phrases vs. Passwords. Part 1 of 3
Information security fosters some interesting debates. The issues range in importance, but they all demonstrate that the field is still growing and exciting. I would like to summarize some of these debates, and offer my own partial entries. For the first set of these articles, I will enter the passwords fray and address the issue of pass phrases versus passwords.

OK, maybe “pass phrases versus passwords” is really “the other great debate” or the “kind of boring and few people care” debate. In any case, which is more secure, pass phrases or passwords? The answer is not as clear-cut as it may seem.

Sunday, October 17, 2004

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Lookout email search for Microsoft Outlook - Lookout Software

A great FREE add-in to Outlook. But the best part is that this indexing utility goes after everything on your system: Outlook messages, tasks, files on your hard drive, etc. Obviously it uses an index for fast speed - blazing by comparison to the MSFT find tools. ddv 9-14-2004
Lookout email search for Microsoft Outlook - Lookout Software

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Blogger Forum

Blogger Forum

more information than you really need to keep blogging. Interesting that a blogging forum is traditional "forum"!! ddv

Saturday, June 26, 2004

infoSync World : IEEE approves 802.11i security spec

infoSync World : IEEE approves 802.11i security spec: "The IEEE has approved yet another specification in the 802.11 family of wireless ethernet. This time it's a new Wi-Fi security standard, dubbed 802.11i.

Adding to the alphabet soup that is the Wi-Fi family of protocols, the IEEE has approved a new wireless security protocol dubbed 802.11i, intended to finally provide sufficient security for wireless connections that users don't need to rely on alternate security layers. "

Friday, June 25, 2004

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

SecurityFocus HOME Infocus: Forensic Log Parsing with Microsoft's LogParser

Microsoft's LogParser can be used for all types of server log files, including security event log, web and ftp logs, etc. ddv
SecurityFocus HOME Infocus: Forensic Log Parsing with Microsoft's LogParser: "Investigating a web-based intrusion can be a daunting task, especially when you have no information other than knowing it was web-based. It is easy to waste precious time digging through megabytes, perhaps even gigabytes, of log files trying to locate suspicious activity. Often this search turns up little useful evidence. "

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

GUIdebook: Graphical User Interface gallery

An amazing site with reference to an entire GUI history. Icons link down to actual screen shots of the underlying application. ddv

GUIdebook: Graphical User Interface gallery "guidebook, a website dedicated to preserving and showcasing Graphical User Interfaces."

Icons from Lisa, MAC, to Windows!

The historical context of icons spread from the Lisa, MAC, and Windows. ddv
GUIdebook > Icons > Components: "This is a chart of icons from various interfaces. Clicking on GUI names, section names or icons themselves will lead to the appropriate page:"

Statistical Rules of Thumb: What We Don't Want to Forget About Sample Sizes - Psi Chi

Excellent summary and bibliography of sample size rules of thumb for statistical analysis. ddv
Statistical Rules of Thumb: What We Don't Want to Forget About Sample Sizes - Psi Chi: "Statistical Rules of Thumb: What We Don't Want to Forget About Sample Sizes

by Carmen Wilson VanVoorhis and Betsy Levonian Morgan - University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

In this article we highlight the statistical rules of thumb guiding the selection of sample sizes for detecting differences, associations, chi-square, and factor analyses.

Cohen (1990), as an eminent psychometrician, had the experience and depth to write an article entitled "Things I Have Learned (So Far)." However, if you are a student grappling with learning the complexities of research, you may want an article entitled "What We Need to Know." If you are faculty aiding undergraduate projects, you may wish to join us in focusing on the utilitarian principles of research design that we "don't want to forget." Concerned by the ease of computer programs that tend to lure a person into hedging on the tried-and-true of statistical theory, we were motivated to reestablish some of the solid heuristics on sample size that guide our research. Indeed, issues regarding power and effect size and their implications for sample size selection are pressing themes in research design and statistical implications (Kraemer & Thiemann; 1987; Wilkinson, 1999; Wolins, 1982). Consequently, we offer this concise review and summary of the "rules of thumb" regarding sample size in the spirit of improving research design and aiding our students in their research endeavors."

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Welcome to the Cumuli Ezine Finder

Interesting concept to organize content on the web. Better would be to add fields/info on date started, number of subscribers, etc. Does advertising pay enough to keep something like this going?? ddv

Welcome to the Cumuli Ezine Finder

Monday, May 17, 2004

The History Of Computing Foundation

Another historical web site for computers. ddv
The History Of Computing Foundation

Computer History Museum

A great collection of artifacts of the history of computing. Great organization also! ddv
Computer History Museum

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Index of Help for Excel functions, graphs and testing

Site has numerous well written and illustrated tips for Excel and Access. Excellent reference site for students learning to use either application. ddv

Index of Help for Excel functions, graphs and testing

Thursday, April 15, 2004

Sysinternals Freeware

This web site contains some truely outstanding utilities for tinkering beneath the hood of an operating system. ddv

Sysinternals Freeware: "The Sysinternals web site provides you with advanced utilities, technical information, and source code related to Windows 9x, Windows Me, and Windows NT/2000/XP/2K3 internals that you won't find anywhere else. Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell alone write and update everything here. We welcome all suggestions and comments."

Thursday, April 08, 2004

NotesDesign: Lotus Notes development - tips & techniques

NotesDesign: Lotus Notes development - tips & techniques: "NotesDesign:

a solid foundation for Domino & Lotus Notes developers.
additional resources when you want to deepen your knowledge. "

Monday, April 05, 2004

CoffeeCrew.Com Victoria, B.C. Canada| Victoria, B.C. Canada

Everything you need to know about brewing the perfect cup of coffee ... really ... really! With French Press "secrets" as well. ddv

CoffeeCrew.Com : "The basics of the brew
Written by colin

The Guide to Coffee Brewing
Brewing the perfect cup of coffee centers around a few simple exercises. The process of brewing coffee involves heating water and passing that water through ground coffee in a certain amount of time. Thus the four major variables of the brewing process are water, heat, the way the coffee is ground, and brewing time. "

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Spreadsheets: 25 Years in a Cell

Yahoo! News - Spreadsheets: 25 Years in a Cell: "Spreadsheets: 25 Years in a Cell

Peter Coffee - eWEEK

In this 25th anniversary year of the PC spreadsheet, we can be proud of the progress we've made in decision technology. We can also be appalled by the stagnation of our decision-making practices. The things we learned to do badly in 1979, upon the debut of VisiCalc, we mostly continue to do wrong today.

IT observer Stan Kelly-Bootle described in 1995 the impact of VisiCalc and its descendants: "The PC soon blossomed as the Uzi of creative corporate accounting," he wrote. "The What-If moved to Why-Not, indicting the spreadsheet as the chief culprit in the 1980s S&L scandal."

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

XL2QIF Excel to QIF data covervsion for Money & Quicken

This site is an excellent example of an individual solving a problem and using the Web to distribute / document their solution. ddv

XL2QIF: "XL2QIF is an Excel Add-In that converts data to QIF format, the format used by Money and Quicken to import transactions.
XL2QIF is optimized for frequent conversions, it supports also different date formats (US, Europe, pre/post 2000)."

Monday, March 29, 2004

Survey: 275,000 telecom jobs to go offshore by 2008 - Computerworld

Related to the idea that a well-rounded business education is important - this article reinforces the idea that some components of knowledge and tasks can be moved to a more efficient, i.e. cheaper, location for performance. This is really a continuation of the reengineerin of the early 1990's where processes were redesigned (or at least discussed). ddv

Survey: 275,000 telecom jobs to go offshore by 2008 - Computerworld: "Survey: 275,000 telecom jobs to go offshore by 2008
The move toward offshore outsourcing could save telecoms $14B annually.

MARCH 24, 2004 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) - Telecommunications operators could be the next group to take advantage of the cost savings and enhanced services made possible by moving operations overseas, according to a new survey conducted by Deloitte Research.
Global operators are expected to move 5% of the industry's 5.5 million jobs, or 275,000 positions, offshore by 2008, the professional services and advice organization said today.

What's more, the industry is expected to reap cost savings of $14 billion a year by 2008 from improved call center capabilities and enhanced broadband and mobile data services, according to the research company. "

Diverse Skills Can Help IT Workers Avoid Offshore Ax - Computerworld

A reminder that a well-rounded business focus is important even in the most technical parts of the information systems infrastructure. ddv

Diverse Skills Can Help IT Workers Avoid Offshore Ax - Computerworld: "Diverse Skills Can Help IT Workers Avoid Offshore Ax
ITAA workshop stresses advantages of having a multidisciplinary background .

MARCH 22, 2004 (COMPUTERWORLD) - ARLINGTON, Va. -- To thrive in today's workforce, IT professionals will need a mix of industry-specific skills and a multidisciplinary background as more programming and coding work is moved offshore. "

Friday, March 12, 2004

Test your Defenses Online

From a retirement community in Surprise, AZ - a well designed resource that is very current. I found this searching for online security and virus tests. This page organizes it very well. ddv

Test your Defenses Online: "There are many Web sites where you can test how secure your Computer is online. Some of these tests, like firewall tests are online because they must be run from outside your computer to be valid. Some take a while too, so be patient, eh?"

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Bookmark Pen

Great dual purpose product - always have a pen handy when reading + serves as a bookmark! ddv

grippa slip bookmark checkbook pen "Plastic Grippa Slip Pens: only 1/8th inch thin. Choose from 29 different color combinations. Put them in your checkbook, textbook, diary, or bible.

When studying or conducting research you need to mark many places in several books to reference at a later time. You will also find yourself taking notes. Now you can mark your pages with flat bookmark pens. When you go to the referenced page the pen that marked it will be ready to write any notes you may need. The pens come in over 29 different pen colors. "

Monday, February 16, 2004

The Index of Information Systems Journals

The Index of Information Systems Journals: "The aim of this publication is to provide basic information about, and links to, either paper or electronic journal web sites, and more particularly, to provide links to their instructions to authors information. "

Saturday, February 14, 2004


Excellent resource for simple explanations of technology topics. ddv

Help2Go: "PC Help in Simple Language"

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs

"From the scientists at the Digital Preservation Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) -- an excellent 50 page guide with everything you need to (or care to !) know about CDs and DVDs for long term storage. The document discusses the effects of light, moisture, radiation, scratches, marking, adhesive labels, and even playback. If the 50 page document is more than you can handle there IS a one page summary!! ddv

Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs: "Guide:
Care and Handling Guide for the Preservation of CDs and DVDs,
CLIR and NIST joint project
NIST Special Publication 500-252, October 2003, Final "

Friday, February 06, 2004

Dexterity Software Articles

An independent game developer's articles on building a business, managing time and producitivity, etc. Captures relevant information concisely. ddv

Dexterity Software Articles

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Out-of-memory problem caused Mars rover's glitch - Computerworld

Why is it that basic housekeeping tasks always seem to be the lowest common denominator in computers? Even a mission to Mars is brought to its knees by forgetting to clean up the old junk! I am personally happy to have experienced continuing exponential growth in storage at exponentially decreasing prices! A bit of compression, a massive increase in storage -- remember 160KB single sided disks? -- and keeping EVERYTHING (or needing to clean it up ala Mars rover!) is not a problem!! ddv

Out-of-memory problem caused Mars rover's glitch - Computerworld

Gartner | Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Gartner blog re: SARBOX. May require MyUT login. Gartner editors provide the input. ddv

Gartner | Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Government and IT Policy Research Center - Information technology legislation and laws - Government and IT Policy Center - CIO

Part of the CIO site. topics include everything related to IT policy. ddv

Government and IT Policy Research Center - Information technology legislation and laws - Government and IT Policy Center - CIO

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Office 2003/XP Add-in: Remove Hidden Data

Microsoft's small add-in tool for removing hidden data - at last a "solution" from the vendor! ddv

Download details: Office 2003/XP Add-in: Remove Hidden Data: "Office 2003/XP Add-in: Remove Hidden Data
With this add-in you can permanently remove hidden data and collaboration data, such as change tracking and comments, from Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint files.

When you distribute an Office document electronically, the document might contain information that you do not want to share publicly, such as information you’ve designated as “hidden” or information that allows you to collaborate on writing and editing the document with others. "

Friday, January 23, 2004

Gord's Recipe For A Faster, Better Behaved Windows 98

Summary of links and tweaks for Win98 (yes that was Win98!). Last update was 1/17/2004 - so current as of the most recent threatened end of support by Microsoft. ddv
Gord's Recipe For A Faster, Better Behaved Windows 98

Thursday, January 22, 2004

Computer Gripes

Computer Gripes: "web site is devoted to what stinks about computer products (hardware, software, web sites); specifically to the problems I've experienced in using them. It exists because the errors, bugs, poor documentation, and occasional stupidity in the field drives me nuts."

Tuesday, January 20, 2004 Excerpts, reviews & more from the best current books. Excerpts, reviews & more from the best current books.

"Given that thousands of books are published each and ever year, it may be overwhelming for the discerning reader to separate the wheat from the chaff. Stepping into the fray (since 1997) is, started in 1997 by Davina Morgan-Witts and her husband Paul. As the site notes, "Bookbrowse carefully selects from the most interesting current books and provides you with multiple reviews and a substantial excerpt of each." Visitors to the site can browse titles by genre, read a list of the 2003 Favorite Books, examine reading guides for a host of titles, and view a list of recent books featured on the site. Another fun feature is the interview section, where users can peruse interview sessions with Isabel Allende, Harold Bloom, Geraldine Brooks, J.A. Jance, and 226 others. Finally, visitors can also sign up to receive the free e-newsletter, which is sent out weekly throughout most of the year."

Conducting Research Surveys via E-mail and the Web

Conducting Research Surveys via E-mail and the Web: "Conducting Research Surveys via E-mail and the Web.
Internet-based surveys, although still in their infancy, are becoming increasingly popular because they are believed to be faster, better, cheaper, and easier to conduct than surveys using more-traditional telephone or mail methods. Based on evidence in the literature and real-life case studies, this book examines the validity of those claims. The authors discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using e-mail and the Web to conduct research surveys, and also offer practical suggestions for designing and implementing Internet surveys most effectively. "

Saturday, January 03, 2004

God and Science

Interesting volume - still not sure about the background of the author, but the book seems to have interesting chapters on the life of Paul Tillich (Lutheran) and Charles Darwin. The Introduction provides a perspective looking back to the first edition of the book (1986). ddv

God and Science

Links to Freeware

This first site is a classic with ratings and descriptions. But all of the links are to Freeware Linking sites, not necessarily freeware. ddv
Links to Freeware

The second site is part of a community of sites with plenty of "free" link information sources. ddv
Dubber's Freeware Link Empire

Friday, January 02, 2004

Procrastination Research Group Home Page

What can you say about doing research on procrastination? I'm surprised the researchers actually got around to setting up the website! But there are some interesting links to computers, the web, and college students. ddv

Procrastination Research Group Home Page