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Wi-Fi Security Part 1 - what does your computer say about you.
As a follow up to my original post of watching some kid at a coffee shop sniff the wireless network for passwords, I am doing a series of posts on wi-fi security.. In this post I will show wi-fi users how easy it is to gather information from other computers and users by just sniffing the network. I first must explain what “sniffing the network” means. In the simplest form it is just listening and capturing the information that is sent across the network this information is in network ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 23, 2005 5:14 AM

Wireless Network Security
My last blog post on Network Intrusion has generated a lot of traffic and emails. It was interesting to know that people actually read what I post. A lot of people responded asking to know some more information on wireless security. I think this is due to the popularity of wi-fi, both in our municipalities and in hotspots such as coffee shops. It is amazing to see where wi-fi is available. You can catch a hotspot anywhere in our little town of Grand Rapids. If you are interested in finding a HotSpot ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 22, 2005 8:01 PM

Network Intrusion / Invasion
I typically stop at a local coffee shop to get some caffeine and use their wi-fi network to check email and surf the web. I am gathering this is not unlike most people out there in the business world. I tend to visit places that offer wi-fi because of their ease of use. But the other day I saw some thing that upset me. The story I am about to tell is not anything new, but rather just an eye opener for me. As I was standing in line for coffee I noticed a fellow wi-fi user in the corner and happened ......

Posted On Friday, November 18, 2005 8:31 PM
In the past I would frequently use as a place to share code and find code samples. I have even used it as a open source tool with a project I created called IIsreporter ( or download here ( I noticed the other day that they have updated their site with a new look and new functionality. However, when I attempted to go there today it throws an error. I have to say that I like the new look and feel of the site and ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 16, 2005 6:57 AM

Microsoft Patterns and Practices
The Microsoft Patterns and practices is a useful control set for global logging, error handling and database connections. This tool set is great for development, but when you go to deploy it is not so fun. I have added some references of how we were able to get Patterns and Practices on a production box. One of the constraints of Patterns and Practices is that it requires / needs Visual Studio installed. This is great if you are developing on a box, but in the real world (i.e. Production boxes) you ......

Posted On Monday, November 14, 2005 8:30 AM

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