Saturday, November 26, 2005



I just love the doodle drawings of Hugh. Someday I am gonna use him for my business card/book cover.

Love the work he did for Cravens

Sunday, November 20, 2005

A more effective defense against DoS

This is an interesting read about DoS attack -

The ideas behind how to foil DoS attack is pretty interesting. I doubt that its 100% effective. A more effective defense would be instead of dropping zombie's TCP packets, redirect it to the IP address of the zombie's ISP.

This way, when the ISP gets hit, the ISP will take a more active interest and disconnect the zombie PC's internet connection. Maybe then, the ISP will call up the customer owning the zombie PC and tell them to clean up their act.

This way, you cut off the head instead of waiting for the hackers to give up(and hoping your defense will hold up).

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker
Father of Modern Management

The Weasels’ jobs just got easier. Here are some of the most important things I’ve learned from Peter Drucker:
  1. He coined the term “Knowledge Worker”, which helped explain how the workplace had become more dependent on what people knew than what they did
  2. He thumped on companies big and small with a trademark question: “What business are you in?” and went to explain what business they were really in - they were in the business of developing people. Think about what organizations that know that have done… now think about where you work and how you develop the people in your charge
  3. The modern job evaluation process- for good or evil- is largely founded on his belief that you can’t measure results if you didn’t have concrete goals to start with. Every time you ask one of your employees to set SMART goals or define outcomes, you’re marching to a tune Drucker popularized, even if he didn’t write it by himself
  4. That didn’t mean you tolerated underperformance for long. He’s also the guy who said, “Executives owe it to the organization and to their fellow workers not to tolerate nonperforming individuals in important jobs.”
  5. Most importantly, Drucker helped change thinking about the role of manager- from militaristic “command and control” to an inclusive, strategic model that most of us are still aspiring to.
  6. Peter Drucker didn’t want the weasels to get you down either. He’d just say it in a more professional way, with hard science behind him and with that Austrian accent

Monday, November 14, 2005

RSA-640 Challenge Number Factored

RSA-640 Challege Number has been factored. @#$%

I wasted 1 year trying to factor that number after RSA-576 was factored. Before that wasted 3 years on RSA-576. Thats $20,000 and $10,000 in lost prize money. Could have used that dough. :(

Oh well... will pick myself up again and on with the next Challenge Number: RSA-704. The prize money is $30,000. Could seriously use THAT dough.

The factoring research team of F. Bahr, M. Boehm, J. Franke, T. Kleinjung continued its productivity with a successful factorization of the challenge number RSA-640, reported on November 2, 2005. The factors [verified by RSA Laboratories] are:


The effort took approximately 30 2.2GHz-Opteron-CPU years according to the submitters, over five months of calendar time. (This is about half the effort for RSA-200, the 663-bit number that the team factored in 2004.)

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Correlation Between Product And Market Share

What a potential demograph looks for in a product:

1. Demand (Need or artificial)
2. Commodity (Cost and availibilty)
3. Cash cow vs Star Product
4. Empowerment (Self Publishing)
5. Eco-System (Hardware, software, content, accessory, api, support)
6. Simplicity (Simplicity changes the world)
7. Convenience (Convenience is a force multiplier)
8. Barrier (Barrier to entry/mindset/use)
9. Branding
10. Trust
11. Trend (Popularity)
12. Publicity (Whether their role model uses it)
13. On-Demand (Don't let customer worry about licensing or capacity planning)
14. Content Producer (Let customer be content producer than consumer)
15. Provide as service (SLA) instead of Support

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

iPod Video

Now I've done it. Long I've resisted going over to the dark side by buying an iPod and joining the mainstream. But when that bald Steve guy whipped out the thinner, smaller, black iPod with video, I succemded to the music.

Just got it in the mail today. I ordered it online at Apple Store and had it in my hand in less than 24 hours even though the website listed it shipping in 7-10 days. Apple just went up a notch in my book. You go, Apple.

What can I say... its black and simply gorgeous. Will post pics later.