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Been a while…

February 03rd, 2011 | Category: Uncategorized

Figured I would check in on my website, maybe dust off the cobwebs, clean the floors. Nah, I’ll be back later.

That said, I would like to update everbody on the last 6 months.

I graduated from unm with an EE.

I am helping build a large solar power system that could be the largest private installation in santa fe county.

I spent most of January in South America, and 10 days of that on a motorcycle.

I want to make a quick javascript calculator for solar power on my blog, but it may be a while.

I am doing a lot of object oriented php recently. I might put out some alpha code of what I am doing for whoever wants to play with it.

later,

JB

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Respect

August 06th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Recently I have been assaulted with the phrase “I am surprised that no one has shot Obama”. I find it unamerican that any American citizen would make such a statement. I was not (nor ever a fan of) George W Bush yet I never stated that I “was not surprised someone had killed him”. Those words are actually considered a terrorist statement according to the definition of the word “terrorist”. I find it not only unamerican, but also irreligious that any person in this (mostly Christian, Hebrew,  Muslim) country would ever endorse the murder of any person, let alone a person from their own country. That is unethical, irresponsible and reprehensible.

Why do we have the right to condemn the person that WAS VOTED INTO OFFICE TO DEATH because of his race/politics/choices? As Americans we have the right to vote him out of office, that it IT. THOU SHALT NOT KILL or have you forgotten your studies? Any responsible citizen should dispute the comments involving the death of the president, it was not put up with in the days of your parents, it should not be put up with now. They respected their elders, but they also had to make hard decisions, we do too, don’t give up on your point of view because your elders don’t respect the president. They should be citizens too, even if they don’t agree with him.

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just an update

February 24th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

So I am in my senior year of college towards an electrical engineering degree, my focus will be in control systems and my track is in computer operation. I feel like I know enough to learn more. One of the advantages of have suffered through all those math and physics classes is the unique perspective you have on the world. Things are less trivial and more integral. When you look at a device, you can see it for what it is, what it is made of, and what composes those parts. You can also understand the digital logic used to give a user the result based on a series of inputs, and how those inputs work on a fundamental level. We have learned rules for input and output, frequency and sampling, control and instability, good and bad. I have about 11 weeks to go before I am done. I am very worried about what comes next. What changes my life will take. What should I do?

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Routers and DNS and Firewalls! Oh My!

November 19th, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

Back in the day when the internet was safe… who am I kidding? It’s the Internet! Wild animals and bored hackers have been roaming the net since kurt cobain was still alive. Be afraid, be very afraid. So how can we cruise the internet jungle without getting attacked by trojan lions, tiger worms, or malware bears? The honest answer is we can’t, and we are even more vulnerable when we are in charge of the safety of others. Allowing your public (or even private) wifi to be accessed by friends, family, or customers can put your computer and your network at risk of damage, data loss, and even identity theft.  Is there a perfect way to secure it? Sure, unplug your computer from the wall, the internet, and turn off then wifi, then stick a big, angry magnet on the hard drive. Granted, this approach will make your computer a great paperweight, but not very operational. Access to the internet comes with many advantages and many pitfalls. The Internet should contain a warning from the Surgeon General. We all want wifi, so what can we do to make is safer for our clients and ourselves?

Encrypt it. Yes I know you have all heard this about a million times, but it is the first and best way to protect your privacy and long term sanity. Wireless antennas broadcast information in a 360 degree pattern from the base station, then means that when your wifi is near your neighbor’s window, he has just as good reception as you do. Encrypt access to your wireless, starting with a MAC block is a start, it would be best to also use WPA2 encryption as it has been proven that WEP encryption takes about 45 seconds to crack if you know the right tools. If you allow customers to acces your wifi, passwords and MAC addition can make using your wifi more trouble than it is worth. For these types of networks, I suggest obtaining a router or AP that offers wireless client isolation, this at least will prevent a wifi user on your network from easily attacking another user. Also, make sure that the business network is separate from the customer wifi, as this could give your customers access to all the business financial documents. When I say seperate, I mean behind a firewall that does not allow any access between the two.

Use a better router. I have found that an old computer with a P3 or comparable processor can be made into a very powerful router. Free software like PfSense, IPCop, or Clarkconnect, are designed to act as a firewall/router/server geared toward the professional or hobbyist that is willing to learn a little about what makes a good service. Computer based routers make things a lot more controllable because you can add software to meet your needs, and offer stateful packet inspection (SPI). Another advantage is the firewall configuration options, I use PfSense and have more options than I can think of using.

Block certain services. One of the more useful services that good routers provide is port blocking, I know that some of the better linksys routers offer the same service, but I have found that if you have more than about 5 people using it at once, it can overwhelm the router and leave it ‘bricked’. I block ports 6667-6999 because these are the standard bittorrent ports, while I have no personal issue with bittorrent, I have a legal problem with getting sued over a customer downloading music illegally. Also, someone using your wifi for bittorrent will end up bogging down your surfing as well as put you at risk. I also block 53 with the exception of the openDNS servers so users can’t easily bypass my content filtering. Which brings up our next subject.

Use a DNS server that offers content filtering. The reason for this is twofold, it provides you with details about what services your users are surfing, which might affect advertising, and it prevents unwanted activity from affecting your network or your users. I use a free service provided by openDNS.com that gives me a choice of 50 different block options and allows me to blacklist or whitelist sites as I see fit. An infected computer behind a firewall makes the firewall pretty much useless as the infected computer is already past the firewall, a malicious program accidentally found on an unsavory website can be the cause, so rather than wait until it is too late, I try to prevent my users from visiting sites that could be a potential risk.

There is no real way to make the internet safe and completely accessible, it is a constant balance between accessibility and security, one that never seems balanced to everyone. As long as the steps you take are reasonable, they are steps that you can defend when you do have a grumpy user, very few of us get it right the first time.

Ta!

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Socialism

September 17th, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

Socialism as defined by Merriam Webster:any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

Example: Social Security.
Example: Welfare.
Example: Medicare.

Anyone who takes part in these programs benefits from government spending on its own people. So I ask, who out there who partakes in these programs voluntarily thinks that socialized medicine is a bad idea? In the long run it will lower medicare costs, reduce employee downtime, and make a more rugged society in general. Social security, Medicare, and Welfare are no less “socialist” than programs America has in place today. I urge any persons who are serious about denying social medicine a chance, to look at the programs they take advantage of and ask themselves why it is fundamentally different. If you still think it is wrong, stop signing that welfare or social security check, and stop letting medicare cover your medicine.

2,000,000 / 304,059,724 = 0.00658 = 0.658% Faux news
70,000 / 304,059,724 = 0.00023 = 0.023% Reality

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The latest

March 15th, 2009 | Category: Uncategorized

Well today was fun, got to go snowboarding before the season is over. I am good enough to carve and am getting into riding in the trees, but fresh powder is like crack. Snowboarding on fresh powder is like surfing a cloud. Go snowboarding, find powder.

The jeep is unhappy. It has a leaking rear axle seal, a loose mounting between the springs and the axle, and three out of four tires. Time to spend a money and love in fixing it up. I have some spare tires that should work, but I ended up getting an aftermarket cover for the axle. I will be putting shims in place to reduce the driveline angle and make the axle more secure.

The trixbox server is now hooked up to line two, we shall see if it is reliable enough to cancel the other phone line. I am thinking that I will also be looking into time based answers, like when there is nobody at the office, we can have an automated answering system.

The suzuki cold air intake has been installed. I have not seen any sort of milage increase since installation, but it does have more low end torque. I want to spend time this spring break installing sheet metal on the undercarriage of the car. This is to reduce drag at higher speeds. Hopefully, it will increase milage and performance. The concern is proper cooling, if the transmission has the same temperature after the drag reducing additions, it will be a good thing.

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Sportsman

November 08th, 2008 | Category: General,Trials,Uncategorized,websites/programming

So last weekend, I managed to get 4th and 2nd at the Roswell motorcycle event. This puts me, in a situation where in order to win 1st for the year, I have to place in the top 3 at the december event. I am not too worried about doing so, it just makes me think about what I have to practice. Finals in school apparently go hand in hand with trials.

I found a way to put Win XP on my desktop, I am using nLite to do so. The issues stems from the ability to install XP on a computer using SATA, a standard not supported by the original version. nLite solves this by allowing drivers to be installed while the instal utility is being loaded, very cool.

I am playing with VoIP, Trixbox, Asterisk, Digium, and FreePBX right now. I actually found a way to connect my office and my apartment to the same phone network, so now I call the office using an extension, NO PHONE BILL! It is pretty cool. It also means that I can get rid of our Qwest phone lines in favor of VoIP, it is way cheaper and there is less issues, I am looking at saving about $100 a month in phone bills by switching.

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Why Obama is considered a Terrorist

October 14th, 2008 | Category: General,Uncategorized

Definitions:
Terrorist : the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion
Terror : 1. a state of intense fear
2 a: one that inspires fear : scourge b: a frightening aspect
c: a cause of anxiety : worry d: an appalling person or thing ; especially : brat
4. violent or destructive acts (as bombing) committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or           government into granting their demands

The important one in this argument:
2 c: a cause of anxiety

By this definition Obama IS a terrorist! Want to know why? Sarah Palin roused her Ohio convention crowd so much they shouted “Terrorist!” And “Kill him!” Would that make you anxious?

Obviously this Obama character makes them anxious. I would argue that Palin is a terrorist by the same definition. She was there to bring up the issue and make them anxious about him. I would also like to cite Andy Martin as a Terrorist for being the first person to claim that Obama is a terrorist.

Do not forget that by bringing this to your attention it technically makes me a terrorist too, so don’t listen to anything I say.

TA!

P.S. McCain is a terrorist too because the idea of him kicking the bucket in office and Palin being president makes me REALLY anxious.

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What we should do.

September 26th, 2008 | Category: General,Uncategorized

700 billion dollars / 138 million American taxpayers = approx. $5000.

Why are we not just giving all the taxpayers who pay mortguages, rent and loans $5,000 right now so they can get back on track with their payments? Then WE can bail out the lending companies by increasing their cash flow against defaulting loans. Those taxpayers who do not have loans can further help by investing the
money, or spending it to reverse this recession.
Seriously, who would vote against it?

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September 01st, 2008 | Category: Uncategorized

well, school has started and so far all looks well, I have 4 classes and am considering going toward and MBA in conjunction with my EE bachelors. We shall see how things work out.

I managed to get first and second at round 10 and 11 this weekend for the Trials meet. I got second the first day and first the second day. I actually only managed to pull first by one point. It was looking to be a good day of riding, and for the most part it was, but it started raining and drenched the afternoon riders with some pretty heavy stuff. What we rode in was murky, muddy, and nasty. The creek at the bottom of the hill went from a tiny one inch deep trickle to a 2 foot deep torrent. The fun part was pushing my car out of the mud to get us up to the main road. We made it and headed home happy.

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