Intense PC – Tiny intensely powered PC

The Intense PC (Front panel view)With its tiny dimensions, high-powered hardware spec, low power consumption and Linux Mint installed out of the factory, the Intense PC or its branded sibling, the Mint Box, might very well be the next computer I buy. The manufacturer operating out of Israel makes this practically a no-brainer.

About the only gripe I have about this device is that it contains no battery. Next to modern phones, laptops and tablets, the PC’s “habit” of shutting down at the slightest power interruption makes it seem as anachronistic as an 80s double cassette boom-box.

d0x3d: An Open Source Board Game about Network Security

Open Source Board Game about Network Security: d0x3dI believe that ignorance about information security and privacy is one of the ills of our modern information-based society and the reason behind many failed policy decisions. With that in mind , I’m always interested in ideas such as this board game that can assist in teaching security concepts to the masses.

Unfortunately I think this game isn’t quite up to task. It is played from the point of view of hackers attacking a corporate network, as such, it seems more suitable for teaching security professionals then the general public. I’d rather see a game played from the point of view of network admins or home users looking to protect their privacy, in order to inform the general public about the dangers they face every day without even knowing.

Another shortcoming of this game, in my opinion, is that it has cards representing various network devices such as firewalls, access points and SSO servers, that seem to represent all of them as equal and interchangeable, without taking into consideration their role and utility in the security and general network context. In the real world, compromising a printer has very different impact then compromising the organizations central directory server.

Quick list of server deployment/life cycle management systems

I’ve recently decided to take the time and look into the various open-source systems for server deployment and life cycle management. As the amount of servers in the data-center grows, as well the the demands for quicker response to rapidly changing IT needs in the organization, performing manual server installation, or even using a manually configured Kickstart server simply doesn’t cut it.

The following is a list of server deployment and life cycle management systems I could find on the Internet, and what I could learn from reading the documentation available on their websites. Continue reading