Endlessly

A stark picture was painted by CheckPoint founder Gil Shwed who stated very clearly how the landscape is getting more and more complex with a monster of 16 attack vectors with countermeasures of 26+ security technologies ramping up to a complexity rating of 416 just to stand still.

An absolute nightmare for any Security Analyst responsible for the organisation’s controls.

In the meantime, new threat actors are born everyday.

Threats are growing fast

How to keep calm in Austria

In a few months, it will be a full decade since I first ventured into Austria and I must say that it’s been mostly good.  I’ve learned to navigate what is by far the most hostile environment I’ve lived in. Austrian are in the category of “Rude people” so I development anti-social strategies to avoid them in their own country.

Creative and aggressive use of technology helps me avoid the need to ask questions, this is key as do not speak German.  Uber and Amazon and occasionally FaceBook have provided excellent faceless services helping me get the exact things I want and need.

Cash is King

Money literally talks and avoids misunderstanding or aggression.  I also tend to pre-paid my stays at hotels and pay for taxis in advance, no arguments. I paid you, now shut the fuck up.

Plug-in Zone Out

I tend to use headphones triggering the natural human response of not trying to engage in any German conversations with me.

Of course, this forced isolation has it downside but I do love the Austrian countryside.

Beauty Austrian countryside, really rude people.

A decade of Stealth

Leave the Party

Like so many tech trends, once something becomes mainstream it simply loses its appeal.  I started DIY mining years ago but quickly figured out that the cost of the hardware, maintenance and most importantly my electricity bill made it a potentially high overhead experiment.

With some many active serious investors hunting for crypto currency, the energy costs are ramping up.

BitCoin costs too much energy (report May 2018)

This report suggests that in a few short months it will no longer be feasible to mine cryptocurrency.  Hopefully, the masses will get the heads-up and go back to what they were doing before the media hype.

Cryptocurrency cost on the rise

 

Life is Strange (The End?)

I concluded Season One of this unusual emotional gaming drama and the authors created a brilliant environment pulling you into actually caring for a character and then dropping you into the ultimate dilemma of sacrificing that same character.

Titles as deep as this are few and far between but thoroughly enjoyable like a good book or fine wine.

IRL I’m getting some pesky weak web application attacks from 193.201.224.193

person: Bondarenko Viktor
address: Ukraine, Kiev, Jilyanskaya street, 12
phone: +380684956523

Dear Viktor, please go away.

Life Is Strange – Tough decisions

Turning

I stand again in the “How the mighty have Fallen” category.

Having sidestepped adversity as a borderline miscreant, wondered through three marriages and fathered two beautiful daughters.  I now find myself in a single room sharing with two random strangers.

This is my time for healing and solitude.

It’s a quiet Saturday morning and I have nothing, literally not a pot to my name. I walk into a 1-Euro store to sounds of “Turn, Turn, Turn” playing in the background.

God is trying to tell me something again

"Turn! Turn! Turn!"


To everything - turn, turn, turn
 There is a season - turn, turn, turn
 And a time to every purpose under heaven
 
 A time to be born, a time to die
 A time to plant, a time to reap
 A time to kill, a time to heal
 A time to laugh, a time to weep
 
 To everything - turn, turn, turn
 There is a season - turn, turn, turn
 And a time to every purpose under heaven
 
 A time to build up, a time to break down
 A time to dance, a time to mourn
 A time to cast away stones
 A time to gather stones together
 
 To everything - turn, turn, turn
 There is a season - turn, turn, turn
 And a time to every purpose under heaven
 
 A time of love, a time of hate
 A time of war, a time of peace
 A time you may embrace
 A time to refrain from embracing
 
 To everything - turn, turn, turn
 There is a season - turn, turn, turn
 And a time to every purpose under heaven
 
 A time to gain, a time to lose
 A time to rend, a time to sew
 A time for love, a time for hate
 A time for peace, I swear it's not too late!

Far Cry® 5 – A Time to Heal

Isolated and in Pain

A Black Man in the UK can easily feel hunted and cornered.  Now in my early 50’s I feel like a survivor having dodged a few “Hulk” moments but I realise it’s not so easy for many of my brethren out there.

This made me stop, think and give Thanks