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BSOD

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I'm at work today, watching some of suttsteve's brilliant videos when... bam, blue screen of death. So I reboot and Windows greets me with the lovely "We noticed there was a problem, would you like to report it?" Normally, I say "Hell No" but I'm at work so I figure what's the worst that could happen?! I...
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Hardware Security

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Back around 2001 (i.e. 9/11) there was a federal mandate that all government computer systems must be accessed using hardware based authentication. The time has come when all DoD organizations must begin requiring users to authenticate using CAC (Common Access Cards). These are cards with a chip in them that contain information about the card...
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Server Crashes Are No Fun

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I was in Washington DC last week on business and returned Sunday evening. I expected to go in to work Monday for just a couple hours and enjoy my day off Tuesday (4th of July). I got a call Monday morning from my boss informing the main web server at work had crashed. As it turns out, the RAID controller had failed and we lost all 5 drives...
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