Friday, December 31, 2010

The year end at SJSU

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The year ended quietly at SJSU. The campus was open for three days between Christmas and New Years and a few of us, myself included, worked. It was a day of updating our Web site and knowledge base, tasks that are hard to do when we have customers.

I took a walk across campus and enjoyed the rare solitude. That was nice.

We reopen Monday, January 3, 2011 at 8 a.m.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

SJSU Help Desk is Closed

Due to the end of the term and campus closure we are closed. We reopen on Monday, December 27, 2010 at 8 a.m. The photo is of the College of Engineering Graduation where many of our staff graduated.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

There's an app for that

Are you a trucker or a cheating spouse or a...? There's an app for that!

In my mind; it is hard to imagine going to Motel 6 so often that I would want an app for it, unless I was a..."

Monday, December 06, 2010

Proof IBM has a sense of humor

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Proof IBM has a sense of humor. The install dialogue says to "Click OK." But, there is no "OK" button. You guys kill me, LOL.

MORAL: You should always have novices test products. They will catch things subject matter experts do not see. Like, where's the "OK" button? I do not use this product. I was working on installation guidelines. A subject matter expert would just click right through this dialogue, not read it.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Beware of spoofed e-mail

Spoofed e-mail appearing to be legitimate. Click on image above to enlarge.

In the context of network security, a spoofing attack is a situation in which one person or program successfully masquerades as another by falsifying data and thereby gaining an illegitimate advantage.

The sender information shown in e-mails (the "From" field) can be spoofed easily. This technique is commonly used by spammers to hide the origin of their e-mails.

E-mail address spoofing is done in quite the same way as writing a forged return address using snail mail. As long as the letter fits the protocol, (i.e. stamp, postal code) the SMTP protocol will send the message. It can be done using a mail server with telnet.