NIST and the New Standards of Password Security

When it comes to password policies, most organizations have similar rules about what qualifies as a good password. Normally, they require a minimum of 8 characters, including upper case, lower case, numeric and special characters, cannot be one of the five most recent passwords used, and have a maximum age ranging from 30-120 days depending … Continue reading NIST and the New Standards of Password Security

Why Survival Skills and Knowledge of the Wild are Necessary in the Technological and Nuclear Age

Is American society prepared to handle the fallout from a nuclear attack? There was a false alarm over the weekend in Honolulu, which sent many Hawaiians into a panic. The alert was sent out over smart phones, televisions, radios and other forms of personalized tech, and was reportedly triggered with the accidental push of a … Continue reading Why Survival Skills and Knowledge of the Wild are Necessary in the Technological and Nuclear Age

Immigration and the Talent Gap

Hello French Fries! As I have alluded to in previous posts, there is a gap in available talent in the tech industry. While it's a good thing for workers like me who can command a higher salary due to the economic theory of supply and demand, for the industry as a whole it's a drag … Continue reading Immigration and the Talent Gap

Why You Should Cut the Cord

Hello French Fries, I'm experimenting with different post formats, so today I'm going to give you a couple reasons as to why you should cut your cords and ditch cable and landline phones.   1.) Your wallet will thank you You do not need me to tell you that cable is expensive. When I moved … Continue reading Why You Should Cut the Cord

The Importance and Need for Education and STEM

Hello French Fries! So last night I got caught up on one of my favorite TV shows, the History Channel's Vikings. I can't overstate how much I enjoy that show, it's artistic, evocative and keeps surprising me at every corner. I am a sucker for historical drama/action shows and films, but now that Black Sails and … Continue reading The Importance and Need for Education and STEM

History and Effects of Fake News

Hello French Fries, Boy was it cold yesterday, it did not crack 20 degrees at all, nor is it expected to do so today, and as a result, I’m starting to develop a bit of a disturbing cough. Hopefully I’m not getting sick, but I don’t like my odds. It could be worse; I was … Continue reading History and Effects of Fake News

The Importance of Diversity

Hello French Fries! I hope you are all recovering well from a three day weekend undoubtedly full of too much food and great family memories. What is family without knowing that love is unconditional? I spent my relatively low-key Christmas day ordering Chinese food which never arrived, arguing with the proprietor on the phone four … Continue reading The Importance of Diversity

Online Retail, Small Towns, and Hotkeys

Hello French Fries! When I graduated high school, I was excited to be leaving the south and my hometown of Marietta, Georgia for college up north. One of the things that truly got my juices flowing was the idea of experiencing real winters. As a Southerner, and especially one from Georgia, we never got snow … Continue reading Online Retail, Small Towns, and Hotkeys

Social Media, Fake News, Misinformation and Extremism

Hello French Fries!     There is a bug going around the Denver area (where I live), and it has claimed many of my coworkers, peers and colleagues to a pre-3 day weekend sick leave. I'm afraid that I myself am starting to feel the onset of this bug inside myself. So, if you do … Continue reading Social Media, Fake News, Misinformation and Extremism

Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin and Siri

Hello French Fries! I hope you all had a pleasant weekend. I spent half of it in bed coughing, so I ended up watching a season and a half of the Crown on Netflix. Not to be ethnocentric, but my main observation from that show is that British culture and society as it is portrayed … Continue reading Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin and Siri