The Dynamic and Depreciating Value of Computers

I wrote this while I was at my company Elemental, and was meant for engineers to implement, so despite some of the very specific language for implementation purposes it was never meant to be dogmatic. I love the idea of calculating value based on… not much. I don’t know how accurate it is, but I can say that when run on systems (just before Elemental spontaneously combusted) it produced some really cool [...]

 
Def Con, Jeff Moss, and Sexism

I suppose this could be subtitled “why I won’t be going to Def Con again.” Last August I wrote a letter to Jeff Moss (who is the founder of Def Con) about the disturbing sexism – including a conference sponsored strip show – I personally witnessed on a short jaunt I took to Def Con along with some anecdotes from the Internet from some women who were harassed.  He [...]

 

Perhaps this should be subtitled Why I’ll Never Work at Microsoft. I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know where to begin, as the song goes. I started writing here on a whim. I don’t look at the traffic it may or may not get, and I haven’t accepted any comments or feedback to date; it’s simply a place for some thoughts, observations, and a tip or two, [...]

 
Even more IPMI, woohoo!

I wrote a small paper surveying the scene of IPMI in the wild – Sold Down the River – the title of which might give you some clue as to make on the situation. Used to be folks used guns to rob us… computers make everything so much easier!

 

I’ve long wanted a Get Channel Cipher Suite command w/o authentication, so I wrote a script to do so; those interested can get it here: https://github.com/zenfish/ipmi/blob/master/ipmi-get-ciphers.py Actually none of the various ipmi tools seem to have this option; I’ve found it useful to use when looking at systems; it emits output similar (if not identical) to ipmitool… spotting those running cipher 0 becomes very, very clear. I should have [...]

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