Rogue network devices could be more common than one might think #RaspberryPi #PwnPlug

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A while back, I wrote about devices that could be used on a network to gain access, be deployed by just about anyone, and potentially be undetected by IT staff or employees of a business. Here’s a follow-up. Recently I have been playing around with a 35 dollar micro computer called the Raspberry Pi.  This lil’ pup of a computer is …

Customer service is alive and well, at Champion Power Equipment #generators

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I know how everyone loves Honda or Yamaha generators, and I don’t blame you, they are considered some of the best (and most expensive) portables you can buy. Nice and quiet and high quality and all. HOWEVER – 4 years ago, I purchased an inexpensive generator to be used in the event of an emergency, and also for a ham …

The first nationwide Emergency Alert System test is November 9, 2011 at 2:00 PM Eastern

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You’ve been hearing about it for a while now, but the time is has finally come for the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. It is scheduled for November 9th, 2011 at 2pm Eastern and will last a few minutes. You can get the full scoop on this event on the FCC site. Of course, many conspiracy theorists can …

WHO says cell phones may cause cancer! No, that wasn’t a question…

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The WHO (no, not the band, but the World Health Organization) has stated that your cell phone emits electromagnetic fields that are “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The chair for the workgroup of the WHO, Jonathan Samet, MD, from the University of Southern California stated, “evidence, while still accumulating, is strong enough to support a conclusion and the 2B classification.” and …

Unconventional Advertising for our Greenville Computer Service & Support with www.YouBrand.Me

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Most of you probably wonder why Homeland Secure IT doesn’t advertise… Or maybe since you have never seen any kind of ad, you haven’t thought about it at all! hah The number one reason we don’t advertise is because we have a very strong & established base of amazing clients and so many terrific friends and family who believe in us so much that …

Use protection! Power Protection that is… and save your computers and electronics! #Greenville

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Last night’s storms in Greenville played havoc with the sensitive computers, servers, network equipment, CCTV systems, VoIP systems and even alarm systems! At 10pm we received a call from the alarm monitoring company saying that we had multiple zones activated at my wife’s business, including a door, and several interior motion sensors! Police were dispatched, and Pamela and I rushed …

Breaking news: My car was just slammed into from behind

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Today I was on Hwy 153 on my way in to work, and as I approached a traffic signal that had changed to red, I slowed from 50 or so to around 25-30 with the traffic in front of me, and as I glanced in my rear view mirror, I saw a car coming up on me from behind at …

Today’s Wi-Fi Fear: Thieves using RDF to find notebooks

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An article on NetworkWorld.com made me chuckle today…  Apparently the Bad Guys are now using Radio Direction Finding (RDF) to locate hidden notebooks because their 802.11* wireless was enabled. It seems amazing to me that it has taken this long for anyone to realize that if a ntoebook or any other device is “wireless”, that it is transmitting a signal, …

Demonstration of Yagi Antenna as used in Amateur Radio

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A friend posted this YouTube video on a County Hunter forum. I found it very well done and thought I would share.  This is a demonstration of a Yagi beam antenna and shows how adding a reflector and directors to a driven element increases the signal strength in front of the antenna by focusing the power bounced off the reflector …

Forgotten Technologies – BBSes, Amigas, IRC, etc

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Today I spent about an hour or more showing Scott what an Amiga A-4000T is all about. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any disks with me to show him the awesome 80s & 90s graphics. Nor did I get it online to show him what that machine was used for. What was it used for?  I’m glad you asked! It was used …