Friday, February 6

geek: biting the head off a live chicken or snake

I attended the Dallas-Fort Worth Unix User Group meeting last night (7p @ one of the many JC Penney buildings in Dallas).

stuff noted before and during the meeting:
  1. US President Gerald R. Ford, Jr. was born Leslie King, Jr.

  2. US President William Jefferson Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe IV

  3. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines geek as: (n) a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake

  4. a past DFWUUG President (1995-7) was there. John Keohane (now living in Austin) recently wrote an essay re: Paul H Douglas, proving once and for all that there is Life After Unix.

  5. Linux Fair (0900-1330) is 21.2.4 @ Nokia in Las Colinas. The sponsor is the North Texas Linux Users Group

  6. mentioned: John "MAD DOG' Hall, President of Linux International

  7. The Career SIG meets @ 6p (before UUG); it deals with human networking, jobs available, etc.

  8. Tonight's topic was Intrusion Detection, Prevention and Response and the speaker was Kevin Wheeler (president of InfoDefense)

  9. A map of hacked Wireless Access Points in Dallas was shown, but there was no URL to view afterwards. I Google'd and found two likely candidates: and

  10. wireless security step #1: disable SSID

  11. new acronym (for me): IPS = Intrusion Prevention System

  12. Gibson Research Corporation known for LeakTest (free quick firewall check)

  13. Nessus (security scanner)

  14. netstat is included w/MS-Windows: Start/Run/cmd then "netstat -?" (many options)

  15. Fport is from (free tool that shows what programs on your system are opening which port)

  16. security certification: Information Systems Security Engineering Professional from (ISC)2 (International Information Systems Security Consortium)

  17. ABG Antivirus

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