March 16th, 2001


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I have, since writing everything in that graphpaper note book (see first post) beem fiddling with the idea of declaring everythign I write to be a linear file sytem. Auto-biographical ramblings, to-do lists, scribbled notes, phone numbers, plans for world domination, plans for dinner, and random doodles would all go in the same way, and be demarcated (perhaps after the fact) copied pasted and redacted as needed. Later versions of any given document would show up later in the stream.

I keep thinking I should implement it in XML. I suppose I should start a DTD, which is just a list of all the different things I want to put in there...

  • todo lists (included types for list, list item, depends..)
  • appointments (include day date time text strings event, location, who, reference to memo or todo)
  • autobiographical prose (datestamped)
  • phone messages (may just be appointments :)
  • doodles (PNG, I guess :)
  • memos (optional title stringbuffer body)
  • correspondance (datestamp, addressee, redacted)
  • articles (slug header lead body footer datestamp)
  • invoices (who, list of [what, quant, price, total], )
  • txs from chats, IMs: (html text)

External systems would pull data out and add add data onto the stream from PIM apps, PDA, web servers and such. It would be archived in 24 hour chunks, written to files named by the date.

Huh. I've been thinking about that for at least half a year (closer to a year?) and just scribbling (sic) it out made a bunch more of it come out that I'd thought about before.

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Some giggles from the latest Cryptogram:

It's too late; Microsoft fixed it.  But just a few days ago there was one 
more Q/A between the second and third question.  It read:  "Will the virus 
impact my Macintosh if I am using a non-Microsoft e-mail program, such as 
Eudora?  If you are using a Macintosh e-mail program that is not from 
Microsoft, we recommend checking with that particular company. But most 
likely other e-mail programs like
Eudora are not designed to enable virus replication."
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From:  Adric <>
Subject: draft NIST SP on Intrusion Detection Systems

	I read through the draft of the NIST SP on IDS and found it quite interesting. It does seem to meet it's stated goal of explaining the basic theories of IDS for novice security technicians to better understand how IDS are and aren't useful, and it will likely be a welcome addition to any organization's security planning.

	That said, search and replace (in Word) (or sed s/hacker/attacker in Unix) each instance of the word hacker and replace with the word attacker. The expression attacker is far more precise and correct, and is used thoughout the document. It is only in a few isolated cases towards the back of the document that this minor error is made.  It is however significant that an important publication from an respected authority (NIST) not further encourage such common errors.

Ben S. Knowles, LCP
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