Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Security: Wiring Money

Wiring money is something that a lot of people don't give much thought to.  However, I do.
I don't know about you, but my money is hard earned. And personally, I don't want to lose it, throw it away, or have it stolen from me.
When someone wants you to wire money, a lot of times, companies will email the wiring instructions. This email is the dangerous part. Why?
1. Because someone (we will say hackers) could have access to the company email that sent you the email, without you or that company knowing it. If wiring instructions are sent to you, and it was modified to an incorrect bank account (routing number, etc), and you wire that money, you can consider it lost.
2. Your email could be compromised.
3. Anyone else involved in the email chain could be compromised.
You think this is not possible? Well, it certainly happens.
I just bought a "new to me" house, and to close on it, they wanted me to wire the closing agent the money. I simply told them that I wouldn't be doing that. That is, via email. I did go down to the closing agents location and asked them to hand a copy of the instructions over to me, printed on paper, so that no email exchange would take place. This was the safest option. Now it's just up to me to transfer that information, by hand, over to the bank wiring the money.
Look folks, be safe and use your senses. This is not 1950 anymore. We live in a computer age, and security is important. Especially when it comes to your money.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Truck Tailgate Problem

Well, just as I was needing my truck the most, my tailgate wouldn't open. You lift the leaver and nothing happens.
Below is my tailgate:

Below is the inside of the tailgate, where all of the mechanisms are.  That silver rod comes out of that clip, and that's when it won't open. Clip it back in and close up the tailgate cover. Works again.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Another House Renovation

Well, I have to say that one thing my wife and I like to do is house renovations. We have just started the next house reno and this one will be much different than the previous ones.
We started this weekend with taking off the popcorn ceilings. I'm not sure why anyone would want these, but scraping them off makes the room appear that they have taller ceilings. The times I have done this in the past, it's been a real mess. But this time, it appears to be not be as dusty. I'm very glad for this.
This is what it looks like before.

This is what it will look like after we scrape it all off. It will need painting to make it look good, of course. And that dust below is about after a fourth of the ceiling being done.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Natural Spring

Ponce de Leon, FL has some beautiful sights. At this state park, a 68° all year round swimming hole from a natural spring.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Brocade (Ruckus) Telnet Timeout Disable

Quick note about setting the telnet timeout timer.  I dont recommend doing this, but if you need to for some reason, here is how to configure it where it wont kick you off after the timeout value expries.

telnet@BHMCore1(config)#telnet timeout ?
  DECIMAL   <0..240> In minutes, 0 never timeout
telnet@BHMCore1(config)#telnet timeout 0

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Aruba Switching Gear

Stacked 3810Ms and stacked 2910Ms. This will be a good solution for these guys.