Just one geek's opinions and epiphanies

WordPress 3.0.2


The good Cole boys at Automattic have released a new patch, and are suggesting people update immediately to avoid being subject to a zero day bug.

I just installed the update from my phone, gotta love the technology.

VaultPress: An Automattic Thingamajig


So they cool kids over at Automattic have done it again. They have produced a new product, with a great name that will do great things. What great things? How about protect your entire blog (or site) that is built on WordPress. Not just the content, but the plugins and everything else. Here is what VaultPress.com has to say about it:

VaultPress is the only restoration service built on the Automattic grid that reliably serves over 10 million WordPress.com blogs and 250 million monthly visitors. VaultPress protects more than just your content. VaultPress understands the complete WordPress environment. This means your plugins, dashboard, themes, comments, and even your post revisions are all safeguarded and ready to be restored.

They plan to charge $15/month (give or take) but right now you can apply for your golden ticket at VaultPress.com, which will get you access to the service for free while they are still testing things out.

The golden passes are being handed out at random, so head over and sign up!

Applied Security Visualization


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Raffael Marty is very excited about the visualization of security data, this fact shines out of every chapter of Applied Security Visualization. Raffael, cheif security strategist and senior product manager for Splunk, walks you through the collection, parsing, and displaying of security data for the purpose of learning what you can as fast as you can from your visualizations.

The overall information gained from this book is priceless. Knowing where to look for your security information, and more importantly how to interperate that data. Raffael is quick to explain throughout the book the different places you would look for specific data. He explains the different logging details of different vendors, and why each vendor make the choices they did. He is also quick to point out how to expand reporting from the default, and most times, limited reporting of logs.

The information contained in this book is really great, and there is a ton of it, however, getting to the information you care about and need to know takes time and some serious determination. To put it bluntly, this book is extremely boring. It took me about twice the normal time I take to read a book this size. Partially due to the fact that there is so much detailed information and you will spend a lot of time flipping back and forth through to book to remember exactly why Raffael is doing something. If you are really into security, and you wish to know more about you network, security or really any general logged information, this book will guide you to it, and show you exactly what you want to know, or better yet, exactly what you don't know.

Published by Addison Wesley, you can pick up Applied Security Visualization by Raffael Marty at Amazon.com.