Forensic Talk Free Slides

Hello!  I was able to do a fire talk @ Drexel CCI in the Rush building last night.  It was fresh to get feedback from people, sharing my presentation and getting to see everyone else present and to chat with people.

If you would like some slides about the use of dd, sha256sum and exiftool, you are welcome to the slides. :)
For fun, you can run exiftool on this ppt, exported from LibreOffice.

Lost in vernacular

I always get lost in the ‘I versus We’ wording in respect to interviews and tests.  Yeah I work with people but conveying that in a blind-date manner of dialog, is really difficult.  As a person who is used to working in a team setting to split task load, yet also focused on accomplishing things… trying to draw this divide is difficult.

Being personal here, I tend to be a quiet person initially in social situations.  Listening to dialog and finding the gateway of actual conversation points and not just empty filler or overt bragging is difficult.  I also would consider myself a high anxiety individual.  I completely understand that handling pressure is a desired trait and I can handle that.  However (particularly in uptime / service / it disciplines) I think it is unhealthy to pretend that those roles are not high-stress.  Even if your systems are on point and everything is running fine, you have the likelihood of the unexpected issue, how to find the fault and get things back in shape, while also knowing what the actual fault condition was, to resolve it.  We can call that the fault of an inquisitive mindset.  Sure, why not.

If you read this far, let me take a pause.  In public spaces it feels like the bravado of ‘I have all these things in check and know these platforms’ is a bit daunting.  When meeting people I want to let them talk and share experiences and add to the conversation by any relevant experiences or opinions I may have.  I have a scatter-brained thought pattern where an immediate result does not always come up, as upon being asked a question, I draw it out in my head and / or on paper.  When trying to recall past things, it can be daunting and lead to self doubt of your abilities, until being able to step back, plot out the thoughts visually, then laugh at the ease to resolve, simply because of wording gaps or how someone else is presenting the challenge.

Personal relationships are important and do not instantly form on their own.  Social dialog is tricky because lots of good dialog depends on your ability to know your target group and their language.  Using like wording to convey the core resolutions and verbal queues of how you access something is in a fault state, is pretty huge.  Especially if you are doing after-hours support with a team and want to briefly say:
“Hey.  That site was sideways broken with this bullshit going on here.  I did some stuff to mitigate the issue for now, but I have these logs and copies of bad transactions that something we made did not account for.  We can jam that out in the morning, but TL;DR fault condition happened, is working now but here are some details we should look into to avoid this later on”.

If this post serves any purpose, I hope it is to invite more people into conversations and bring more inclusion.  Especially when people are stressed out, trying to meet more people, on the blind introductions, can be really exhausting.  This comes from someone who had people who I came to consider friends and family from old workplace teams to say something like:
“I had no idea what the hell you were saying at first, but shortly after I got your reference points and enjoyed the way you worded concepts and processes.”
As most of my friends also say, “I learned Pico-nese”.  My dialog tends to adapt words based on who I am around and by reading facial responses of people I talk to, for that sense of “Am I verbally making sense or just talking out loud without the middle-logic being spoken, that I consider a constant known in my head”.

I will end my inflection rant there.  This post is more an observation on social interactions and less of my phishing for interviews.  Some people like tests and bars of entry, others like conversations and a progression flow of personal and technical dialog.  Rating score systems also can be viewed as completely asinine to some people (namely, me) because a 1 to 10 point scale does not really factor into the HUGE gap between perceived “Pro” to “Expert” tier ratings.  Same for novice ratings, really.  If doing something very difficult, successfully, but fairly unoften, likely may not gauge on your personal proficiencies, due to not being able to readily recall the process or entire scope of effect.  90% knowledge is great, but that final 10% is massively higher a gap that the basis of information needed, to hit that end-point 100% comfort gap.  Kind of like leveling a character in an MMO.

Someday I should contemplate the notion of hiring an editor for speaking with people by text, but that feels really cheap.  I would vastly be happier saying something that was viewed as wrong, than to be silent then be stricken by the very issue I tried to verbalize.  Lucky for that, this is why drawing, whiteboards, analogies, dank memes, test environments and other visual aids exist.

To condense this sea of opinions and observations: It is difficult to give merit to perceptions different than your own.  Even on a latent level, I feel the interview and particularly tech scene, has unspoken escape clauses that shoehorn persons into being dismissed.  I could ramble on for days on how that seems to be more of a global societal fault too.  If you find yourself glued to a trigger word, try to pause and ask for elaboration on the context.  Once again, scratching at the internal thought process, and perceived constants that you (or who you are talking to) may not have qualified enough.

Writing technical documentation is one thing, then there is trying to illustrate a mood or opinion.  I’m here to widen the conversation.  Especially since some of the most inspiring and ingenious people I know, tend to have no such opinion of themselves.  I’m here to learn and try to get some laughs and grins added into the process.
Otherwise, it can just feel like watching the clock tick.

Warm welcome

I just wanted to thank all the visitors of FTB. Especially the :ninjawub: crew.

Be sure to stagger your password use across sites, because in the security realm pretty much anywhere large has some member database floating it around. So it seems anyways.
Even those really old accounts. That only factors in the known user passwords obtained and reversed. Reading the continuation of the security era is intense and enjoyable, to see how deep it goes.

I recently moved and it is going well. Since I am unpacked, I am trying to relax more and enjoy exploration and more focused tinkering. I always have been a large hardware and how-to fan. Seasonal greetings, no matter what calendar you index time with. :yar:

Getting warm

Greetings and warm salutations, depending on your coordinates. Site news is a friendly reminder that I go back and edit posts with better information. This is contrary to the sociel network world, but I dare say forums are a better medium. There is the prospect of focused themes and topics without the lost dialog, in the 5 second conversation span of the instant networks.

Speaking of communication, Battlefield 4 is a game currently being played by a group of friends and folks whom are fans of casual shooting. You can be as pro as you like but the drama is yours alone. Welcome aboard if you wish. $50 USD currently gets you the game with all expansions and there is a trial 6 day mode. Be warned, that only lets you play on demo servers for multiplayer, so about 3 servers total for the trial game.

Posts have been light lately. I have been trying to learn new things and hope to share some things, I as more clearly grasp concepts and a better understanding, in mind to present it without being dry and too lacking, on precursory knowledge. I also have a SQL database guide floating around from a few years ago. Rambling on, I would say that a wider scope of computer systems, is relative to how you procure information with also focus to what your goals and mechanisms are for motivation and experimentation. Back to database, my toolset objectives are read/write based in respect to concepts to deliverables I am working on. Also math, haha.

It also happens to be 3.14 day of the year 2016. So now this post has a theme! Thank you for visiting FunTimeBliss. Be it by intent or coincidence.

Seasonal greetings

A summer season winds down, as the chill of fall has made it’s appearance in the mornings, before the sun kicks into mode. Also of the event nature is the Pope doing his east coast tour. Philadelphia planning, is withholding details on main line subway closures. I chuckle because I see ‘safety’ as a justification for poor planning, since the infrastructure is already pretty overburdened on daily events, let alone a giant religious event. Tomorrow starts the festivities and quite a bit of center city is already closed off, or has the barricades ready to install.

On the upside, in the madness of bad logistics, I have some extra days off for a long weekend. I should get a bike ride in before everything else starts up this week. Circling back to the weather, it is nice to not sweat profusely when enjoying a ride.

City life is busy, but goes well. After a year here, I feel I have adapted pretty well. Last night I made some rice in a new cooker I picked up. It makes chimes like ‘twinkle twinkle little star’. I chucked and about an hour later, enjoyed some rice. As usual, I am reading security news as it comes up. While reading articles, cutting through the fluff shock articles and the ones that detail valid exploit disclosure details, as to better protect against the practical vectors. Nerd life :)
I have been reading various books and working on my coding skills. I am taking my time, as to keep the concepts in my head in a workable manner.

Thanks for reading this journal-like entry. Granted that is nothing too new for this site. Be well, stay out of trouble, enjoy yourselves and never stop imagining what you can do.


Why hello. The forums may be down for a few minutes today, as I am changing them to default over HTTPS.

The site will now support SSL connections. So you can come here on Tor or whatever other network you wish, while still having some layer of obscurity.

Happy Browsing. :)


I am aware of the 1 only post on main page. May be cross feed issue. Lots of heat and time on the tinkering and nature time. Trying to skill new sub-skills to addon to my core ones :)
Merry existence. :ninjawub:

The feeds have been updated. Hopefully they stay showing more than 1 item.

Why no ads here?

The conversation has come up that I could gain some funds by running advertisements on the site. However I never liked the online advertising and how it works. You can add in the potential attack vector of Malvertising (malware in advertising) and see why I remain on that stance to not be on an advertising network.

Ad network exploit vector write-up.

This is also why advertisement and javascript plugins are a really good idea. If you have not done so before, install NoScript and see how many 3rd party domains are accessed when you go to your favorite websites.

Spring sometime soon

Howdy brave readers of Funtime Bliss. It is still pretty cold here in the Philadelphia region and of random note, they are also shooting a new Rocky movie here in the city. I caught a scene being filmed last night and they asked my GF and me to walk around the block. Person askng was really nice about it though.

In the world of current events, computer security has been going crazy lately finding huge core exploits in main infrastructures. Between the Hard Drives with hidden exploit kits, Lenovo machines shipping with SSH breaking (Superfish) malware, and the Barrett Brown sentencing that went from 108 years to 5. IT sector is kind of crazy.

Meanwhile, I still occasionally play games and am currently rocking Majora’s Mask 3D on the ‘New’ 3DS system. I have been dorking on Nintendo Systems heavily lately. I have some steam games on my rig I poke at too, but yes largely I have been on the Wii U and 3DS lately. Also in tech land, nVidia have not been winning hearts with the 970 series < 3.5 GB range of the RAM where it runs vastly slower on the last 512MB than the 3.5 GB of the 4GB cards. Also the disabling of overclocking on 9xx series laptop cards, has also pissed people off.

That is about all I can think of now. Thanks for visiting and reading. Between working, various projects and touring the city with my girlfriend, I have been a little busy in respect to content here @ FTB :)