Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The standalone version of .NET Reflector is priced at $70, while dotPeek is free. I wonder if this is going to change anytime soon. .NET Reflector also has version that adds Visual Studio integration to the basic utility (available for $130) and a Professional edition that adds VS integration and some very useful debugging features (available for $190). Sadly, I have not been able to convince my program manager to buy any licenses for our team.
dotPeek doesn't do anything other than decompile assemblies, but it does that well. This is good news, since I have really missed having a decompiler available in my daily work.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Some of the corporate systems are so vulnerable the government informed CEO's that "we can turn your computer into a brick," which scared "the bejeezus out of them." Actual quotes.
Listen to the story here.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
There are split feelings on this issue about whose responsibility it is to keep infrastructure safe. Surprisingly, it isn't the typical Democrat-Republican split. Many former security officials from the Bush administration feel that business should be devoting their resources to meet this challenge, while business leaders quoted in the piece feel that this is the government's responsibility, not theirs - and the government should pay for hardening their systems.
Outside of a federal takeover of these critical assets (which no one wants), I personally think legislation, regulation, and incentives codified into the tax code are the only ways to force businesses to take their cyber responsibilities seriously. The threats have been present and well documented for long enough. Business leaders have had their chance to police themselves, and they have failed miserably.
Listen to the story here.
Monday, October 18, 2010
For those of you who know me, I’m a pen geek. I love the feel of a good writing implement. As a result, I was really excited to hear about the new Sharpie Liquid Pencil.
The experience was disappointing. It reminded me of writing with an EraserMate pen from my middle school days. Sharpie did do something better, as a leftie, the EraserMate ink used to get all over my hand as I wrote; I didn’t experience this with the SLP.
There appears to be an uneven flow of liquid graphite, it sometimes feels like you are writing with a pen which is about to run out of ink. The ink rubs off page with a very light touch, which is good for the eraser, but bad for me since I’m a leftie.
This is the first product from Sharpie which I didn’t like writing with.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
This report was a real eye-opener for me. Nations around the world are building up a capacity to conduct cyberwar, which can have extreme consequences in the physical world. What is the threshold of damage that a cyber operation has to cause in order for it to be considered an act of war? Another problem discussed was the concept of "proportionality," meaning under the rule of law, any use of force must be reasonable to achieve the military objectives. The United States has extensive experience with this concept in the physical world, but this sort of analysis is much harder in the cyber domain. With the high levels of connectivity between military, government, and civilian networks, any cyber operation has the potential of causing more damage than the mission planners expected.
This is a two part report, which concludes tomorrow. I'll be tuning in.
Link to Part 1 of the report.
Link to Part 2 of the report.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Raytheon wins "Federal Innovation Partner of the Year" at Microsoft's 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference
We're really proud that all of the work we've done over the past year was so warmly welcomed by Microsoft. I thought we had something special going on and this kind of proves it.
As an added bonus, our chief engineer returned from the conference triumphantly this morning with the hardware in hand.