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Har har. It's been a while since I've done anything here.

So what's new?

Let's see....I'm writing a preliminary paper on system administration security. It'll be my first ever paper related to administration. I don't expect it to be perfect and I certainly don't expect it all to be right. However I do expect it'll be a nice place to start from.

This isn't going to be anything really serious or high-tech or anything of that sort. It's just my first try at writing a somewhat technical paper. There's a reason for writing it and that is to get my ideas down somewhere so I don't forget them. The information is almost pure because I've only had a minimal amount of outside impact on my administration habits. I've been mostly a loner for a while now but recently I'm starting to read more papers so I want to get down the unadulterated ideas before I become biased from any one paper.

An example of what I'm writing about is useless binaries being installed on the system. Checking what all system binaries do and what they depend on. Figure out why they're dependent/depended on and if their security does not meet your standards (coding security) figure out if they're really necessary. If not then see if it's possible to hack the programs that depend on them. Stuff like that and perhaps a little bit about network security. Mostly it'll just be local security though because networking isn't my strong point just yet. Hopefully I'll have some tangible (sp?) work done soon and I'll put it on my website and update this to point to it.

Bah. After watching CSPAN coinciding with a irc channel chat I must say I am thoroughly embarassed with myself and the way I handled myself. I spent about five minutes trying to get through to CSPAN so I could comment on the proposed amendment to the constitution of the U.S.A. I got through and completely lost any amount of control I might have had intially. I was so scared I was shaking. I got on the air (live, no less) and mentioned that I could not believe I had to pay taxes for these people to argue such a dead topic. I also (seemingly as an afterthought) dropped in the part about freedom of expression/speech I believe we are supposed to have in this country as well as the ability to address the government with grievances (which the first amendment does not prescribe any particular method which has to be performed to do such things). I made such an ass out of myself because of the way I spoke and the lack of thought before speaking. It would have helped to write it down but I just wasn't thinking. And so I repeat that it is almost always best to think before you speak and I must try harder to say before I go ahead and make an ass out of myself on national television. (This was seriously one of my most embarassing moments in life to date.)

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