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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 494: Hiding The Backdoor

Several DSL modems and routers had a remotely exploitable backdoor that was patched not too long ago. Turns out, that patch only hid the vulnerability but given it requires access to your local network to trigger, is it that big of a deal, really?

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 493: Help Me Get To The Point

When I listened to Discover ADN episode 5 where I was interviewed, I realized that I sometimes talk in circles. I need to get the point quicker, like I can do with email. Any pointers, listeners?

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 492: There Are Four Operators

With Sprint's desire to buy T-Mobile USA, one might wonder what a market with only three national mobile operators might look like. Personally, I think it will look like Canada where the big three operators are using predatory pricing to drive out regional operators.

And, just for fun, There... Are... Four... Lights!

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 491: Bill of Attainder

Today I learned what a Bill of Attainder is. And while the bill to ban an Iranian diplomat from entering the United States is being called a Bill of Attainder, it's actually a bill that modified an existing Bill of Attainder already on the books since George Bush Sr. was President.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 490: Cereal Lawsuits

Apparently you now wave your right to sue General Mills, the guys who make Cheerios and a lot of other cereals. They are requiring, in their words, "all disputes related to the purchase or use of any General Mills product or service to be resolved through binding arbitration."

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 489: Lehrer Don't Care

Tom Lehrer is, perhaps, one of the most enigmatic performers of the 20th Century. In this rather lengthy Buzzfeed article about Tom Lehrer, it basically comes out that Tom Lehrer has no interest in his musical past, giving master tapes of old performances to a fan who simply wanted to remix them. And on his death? He doesn't care who will own his recordings, he'll be dead.

And if you've never heard Tom Lehrer's work? Check out the Tom Lehrer Wisdom Channel on YouTube!

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 488: Heartbleed Side Effects

The biggest issue with Heartbleed isn't the fact you have to change all your passwords, but every website affected by Heartbleed has to change their certificates and revoke the old ones. That, as it turns out, has some side effects.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 487: Talking and Swiping at Windows Phone 8.1

My thoughts on Cortana and the Swype-style keyboard in Windows Phone 8.1, now that I've had a little bit of time to play with it.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 486: Where Printers Come From

There's a special place in hell where printers come from.

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PhoneBoy Speaks Ep 485: HeartBleed: Who Cares?

While those of us in Information Security are very concerned about things like HeartBleed, most normal people quite simply don't care. It's the not caring that, quite frankly, is the real issue we need to solve.

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Long ago, when I didn't work for Check Point Software, this site used to be a well-visited FAQ site on the Check Point firewall products. Nowadays, I sit in my virtual office and write about what I'm interested in, which includes: computers, telecom, VoIP Service, mobile phones, and many other forms of shiny gadgets.

Some other projects I'm doing include: PhoneBoy's Security Theater, where I discuss computer and network security-related topics, and PhoneBoy Speaks, a daily podcast where I discuss whatever technology and security issues are on my mind.