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October 23, 2015


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I read the Times article “27 Ways to Be a Modern Man” with a mix of fascination and horror. Fascination because I couldn’t believe someone actually espoused some of the featured points and horror because by the end of the list, I realized someone did. Eventually I realized the author is referring to the “average man” and that reassured me somewhat. In contrast, however, I am compelled to address those same points myself, only in dealing with the modern gentleman. Let’s begin. 1. A gentleman does not simply buy shoes for his wife. Sure, he knows fashion and the size of his spouse’s feet, but he knows better. He will take his spouse shopping. He will not fidget while she is in the changing room. He will not roll his eyes...


April 7, 2015


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Let’s face it. My blog has been a vent to bitch about stuff, sometimes; rarely accented with useful technical information. This time around, for once, I love something enough to blog about it. I’m talking about ProtonMail, the free encrypted email service from Switzerland. Amidst revelations that the US has been spying on its citizens for years without the general public’s knowlege, and the Canadian version where the government is openly trying to suppress privacy through legislation such as the Bill C-51 a.k.a. the Secret Police bill, a handful of scientists at CERN figured the problem is solvable through technology. Not that they invented anything revolutionary. Encryption has been around for a long time. Even back 15 years ago, I was using PGP to encrypt sensitive messages and data. Later,...


February 4, 2015


Last week, one of the websites that I maintain was attacked. The intruder seems to have exploited a misconfiguration in one of the items, to place an order for 0$. This exact thing happened last year too. In that previous case, Paul, ex-employee, a network administrator, had used his own name. At the time, I contacted him and  threatened to report the incident. It also pretty much ended our frienship. This time, unless my memory fails me, he used a friend’s name. Someone he had mentioned casually. Maybe I’m mistaken. Both attacks require the same intimate knowledge of the structure of the site, the nomenclature of the item codes, and one more thing: it requires one of the operators to have made a mistake in when creating the product. The...


May 23, 2014


Like most parents, I think my kids have talent. They are Those Gamer Girls you hear about, but never seem to meet. Part tomboy, part techie, not much into makeup, not much into guys, totally into anime and video games. Absolutely video games. When they visit me at my office, I’m always surprised by what they leave behind. This time it’s Armin, from Attack on Titan, hanging around on my white board.   There’s definitely talent there, but they don’t always have the impulse to pursue it. Thats why I’m hoping that their current project: “Those Gamer Girls”, a blog about gaming, anime and cosplay from a girl’s perspective, will inspire them to reach within and create, sharing some of this good stuff with their friends and fellow gamers. I’m...


March 21, 2014


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I smelled this getting off the elevator… When I left Transcontinental, I suspected this might happen, because I became aware, in the last few weeks of working there, that there was a blatant disregard on the part of the marketing team, for the upcoming anti-spam rules and regulations. There was a sense of ownership of that data and a sense that it’s nobody’s business how the collected data is used. Today I got spammed by Les Affaires, a Transcontinental publication. In French, if you please, to top it off despite the fact that, if I ever did register the company’s info email address for stupid newsletters, I would be doing it in English. So what am I more upset about? Is it that TC harvested the email address from the...