Password rotation is dumb

Many organizations have policies requiring you to change your passwords every 90 days. These policies are dumb, and make security worse. The following material should help you fight back against this nonsense. You don’t have to believe Paul Schreiber, but you should believe NIST, the FTC and the UK’s NSCS. NIST In 2016, the National …

How to register a Kindle DX in 2018

I recently repaired a Kindle DX for a friend. As part of that, I reset it to factory defaults. When I went to register it so it would connect to his Amazon Account, I received the following error: Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please try again later. If the problem persists, …

Using a Dell DRAC5 with a modern browser and OS

The DRAC5 is a remote access card, letting you control a server such as the PowerEdge 300. With it, you can simulate physical access to the machine, viewing the screen on boot, entering commands and cycling power. Unfortunately, Dell has neglected this aging product. Trying to use it today will lead to errors in modern …

HOWTO register for a Verizon online account for your business land line

TLDR: Be sure to enter only the first 13 digits of your 16-digit account number. Use hyphens when entering the phone number. I recently had to register for a verizon.com account for the Verizon account for our landline. This process was more difficult and took way longer than it should have, due to: poor website …

Fixing git-svn on OS X El Capitan

When you install a new version of Mac OS X, git svn breaks. This happened with Mountain Lion and Mavericks, it happened with Yosemite. It happens again with El Capitan. Unfortunately, the old solutions no longer work due to El Capitan’s System Integrity Protection: $ sudo ln -s /Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Developer/Library/Perl/5.18/darwin-thread-multi-2level/SVN /System/Library/Perl/Extras/5.18/SVN ln: /System/Library/Perl/Extras/5.18/SVN: Operation not permitted …

Talking to the MTA is like talking to a brick wall

Last week, I was on a cold train. A really cold train. I sent the MTA a note about it. To make this complaint actionable, I gave them the train line, approximate time and car number. It is way too cold on trains. Please turn off the AC. I was on a southbound 2/3 train. I …