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Use Bash to Automate Checking for that Dream Job

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

!#/bin/bashWhile I’m currently not on an active job search, I keep my eyes open for potential opportunities all the time; it’s a competitive market, and my services will go to the highest bidder (within reason). I try to keep up on some of the “dream job” companies to see if there are any openings for which I might be qualified, but remembering to regularly check multiple sites’ careers pages seems to be beyond my capability now that I have, you know, actual responsibilities. The beauty of working as a sysadmin is that you learn how to automate as many tasks as possible, and there is no reason that this philosophy shouldn’t apply to all aspects of life. The following can be adapted to really any careers web page so you, too, can be alerted when a position for your dream job opens up.

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Lisa’s Christmas Wish List 2015

by Lisa Kaye Cunningham on

I find that as I get older, Christmas Wish Lists are harder and harder to write.  Mostly I want immaterial things: happiness for my hubby, extra time in the day for a nap, financial blessings for my friends and family, comfort for those going through hard times…no more lives torn apart, then wars would never start, and time would heal our hearts, you know.  Maybe I should write a song.[Read further…]

The Batman Approach Part III: The Only Way Forward Against Malware

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

Batman's approach: illegal, yes-- but effective?Twenty years of the current defensive antivirus model described previously has proven to be insufficient in the battle against malware. Antivirus companies spend millions of dollars to lead the public to believe that this is the only way. The entire point of this series is to show that it is not the only way, and that we would be shooting ourselves in the foot, so to speak, to keep insisting that it is. Only relying on antivirus would be like only relying on only the body’s immune system for all types of diseases: without modern medicine, even the most mysophobic person would die by his or her sixties. It’s just not a smart idea, but many antivirus companies don’t want anyone believing that.[Read further…]

The Batman Approach Part II: Current Malware Defenses & Their Downfalls

by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on

Security ShieldWe in the digital world have not been left utterly desolate in our crusade in defending against the classlessness of the common virus maker. Countless tools exist that help the common user defend against the innumerable threats viruses present, mainly in the forms of antimalware suites (I only ever recommend Malwarebytes as nothing else I’ve seen works half as well) and firewalls.  These two types of tools are the main defenses of operating systems against viruses and hackers. Another important layer of defense is for operating system developers such as Microsoft, Apple, and the Linux communities to create rock-solid code and preemptively patch holes and bugs before they are discovered and subverted for malevolent purposes. The question, however, is are these defenses working, and are they enough?

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