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Infosec Site: Cyberwarzone.com

Infosec Site
Author: Mark Dixon
Monday, May 30, 2011
5:54 pm

Cyberwarzone.com is a “portal for information on cyberspace related issues. Cyberwarzone collects information about ongoing events in the cyberspace world. The goal is to provide information on cyberwarfare, cybercrime and cyberterrorism.”

The site was founded and is maintained by a 21-year old digital forensics student, Reza Rafati.

Two associated sites are


Personal Twitter Journal – Remembering What I Tweet

Social Media
Author: Mark Dixon
Monday, May 30, 2011
5:07 pm

Journal: a daily record, as of occurrences, experiences, or observations.

One could easily argue that what a person tweets is a reflection of his or her current state of mind.  Whether it be direct comments, forwarded links or retweets, these micromessages are on extension of what a person is thinking at that particular time.

I do a couple of things to use my daily tweets as s sort of personal journal or record of my “occurences, experiences or observations.”

First, I try to use hash tags in the majority of my tweets, so it is easy to retrieve and review my tweets stream for a particular subject using Twitter advanced search capability:

Second, I use the FeedMyInbox service to authomatically send a compilation of my dailty tweet stream to Evernote, where I can search on terms and easily find what I have been tweeting about on a daily basis.

So far, I have 613 entries in my Evernote journal folder, dating back to Christmas day, 2009.  That is about twices as many entries as I have in my “official” journal.  But history is being recorded – in brief 140 character chunks.


Happy Memorial Day – God Bless the USA!

Author: Mark Dixon
Monday, May 30, 2011
12:48 pm

A neighbor friend of mine, Keith Ferrin, a retired US Air Force fighter pilot and flight instructor, surprised me last week by dropping by our home to give me this wonderful wood carving.  He made this 8-inch diameter beauty by hand, using a scroll saw.   This shall always be a treasured reminder of the ultimate sacrifice of those who died in defense of liberty, and of those who lived and serve in defense of liberty today.

Thank you Keith!  Thanks to all of you who died and live in defense of freedom.


Bizarro: The Real Cause of Depression

Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, May 26, 2011
1:15 pm

Just think! Reading this blog post may be helping you to plunge into deep depression! Dr. Bizarro might just have something here.


Privacy Site: Future of Privacy Forum – Advancing Responsible Data Practices

Privacy, Privacy Site
Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, May 26, 2011
10:34 am

Future of Privacy ForumThe Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a Washington, DC based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices. The forum is led by Internet privacy experts Jules Polonetsky and Christopher Wolf and includes an advisory board comprised of leading figures from industry, academia, law and advocacy groups. FPF was launched in November 2008, and is supported by Adobe, American Express, AOL, AT&T, Bering Media, The Better Advertising Project, BlueKai, BrightTag, Comcast, comScore, Datran Media, Deloitte, DoubleVerify, eBay, Facebook, General Electric, Google, Intel, Intuit, LexisNexis, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, The Nielsen Company, Procter & Gamble, Qualcomm, Reputation Defender, Time Warner Cable, TruEffect, TRUSTe, Verizon, Yahoo! and Zynga.


Privacy Site: ApplicationPrivacy.org – Implement Trustworthy Data Practices

Privacy, Privacy Site
Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
2:01 pm

applicationprivacy.orgApplicationPrivacy.org is a project of the Future of Privacy Forum intended to provide application developers with the tools and resources needed to implement trustworthy data practices. The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) is a Washington, DC based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices.


Dilbert: Men vs. the Entertainment Value of a Smartphone

Humor, Social Media, Technology
Author: Mark Dixon
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
10:47 am

Poor Dilbert. His social skills just don’t measure up to the smartphone!

Dilbert and Smartphones

On a more serious note, is this so far removed from reality? Is the entertainment value of smartphones and related apps getting in the way of real human relationships?


Internet of Things: WiFi Connected Light Bulbs

Author: Mark Dixon
Saturday, May 21, 2011
7:49 pm

The concept of the Internet of Things is my  fascination de jour.  Today, I was pleased to read an intriguing Fast Company article entitled, “Wi-Fi-Connected Lightbulbs, Coming To Smart Homes In 2012.”   It appears that WiFi enabled home lighting is closer that I thought, from Netherlands-based company NXP:

Why on Earth would you want a lightbulb with an IP address? It’s not obvious until you realize we’re not talking regular incandescent bulbs here. The tech will go into advanced compact fluorescent units as well as LED light bulbs, both clean low-power replacements for Edison’s aging invention. These lights already incorporate a few chunks of silicon in their bases to help control them, and it’s this tiny circuit board that enables all sorts of new things–adding NXP’s tiny Wi-Fi system to the board is relatively easy and cheap. And then you can turn your lights on and off from a computer hooked up to your home’s wireless grid.

I’ve always thought it would be cool to control all the lights in my house from a single point.  The fact that next year I could do that without rewiring my house  – and do the controlling from my mobile phone or other Internet-connected device – is pretty cool!


Dilbert and Alice on Meeting Punctuality

Business, Leadership
Author: Mark Dixon
Saturday, May 21, 2011
5:26 am

Have you ever thought what Dilbert and Alice are saying in this comic strip?  Don’t lie, now.



We could all work on being a bit more punctual for meetings and con calls, don’t you think?



Internet of Things: Arduino and SunSPOTs

Author: Mark Dixon
Thursday, May 19, 2011
2:44 pm

Craig Burton offered an intriguing comment on my recent blog post about the Live Web and Interent of Things.  He referred me to two projects that used the Arduino open source electronics prototyping platform, Garduino, a computer that runs your garden and Yobot, the Arduino-based Yogurt Maker!

As pointed out by Craig in his comment, we could add WiFi or Ethernet connections to these projects and they would become part of the Internet of Things, connected in a loosely coupled way.




The Arduino platform could be used to prototype all sorts of interesting “Internet of Things” applications.

This reminded me that way back in 2008, I blogged about efforts by my Sun Microsystem colleagues Louis Pfortmiller and Guanghwa Ho to integrate small devices into the Sun Project Destination architecture for highly-personalized online services.  Their efforts involved the use of “SunSPOT” wireless sensor/actuator devices that were programmed in Java.  We discussed all sorts of intriguing uses for this technology It turns out that this project apparently still exists in Oracle Labs:

This almost makes me want to resurrect my old electronics hobby and dive into adding things to the Internet.


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