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Social Engineering approach to collecting from deadbeat ebay winners
You just sold something on e-bay and now the winner won't pay up. What do you do? I'm not sure what the legality of this kind of Social Engineering hack is, but I believe you've got to give it points for elegance. Here's the link to the post (I can't find the original Reddit post.) Reddit user "BadgerMatt" (we'll call him Matt for short) recently posted a story about how he tried to sell tickets to a sporting event on eBay, but when the auction was won the winning bidder backed out ......

Posted On Friday, December 17, 2010 7:59 AM

Asus Machine fails to start due to missing msvcr.dll - what?
So first off a thanks to the internet, knoppix and a post over at My Symptoms: my laptop would not boot. Would not let me get anywhere. Just like the symptoms in the post. Thankfully, all I had to do was go rename my avg directory and all was good. But I needed something to boot from and I knew and trusted Knoppix from my past linux experimental days. If it wasn't for Knoppix, I would have probably reformatted my ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 8, 2010 11:30 PM

Interesting conversation about the nature of info-wars
Over at Schlock Mercenary, Howard Taylor has started a facinating conversation on the nature of Info-Wars. As Howard puts it: Somebody (I forget who) tweeted that the Wikileaks fight right now is the first infowar in history. I disagree. I think we've fought numerous infowars in the last fifteen years. And that's really what I want to see discussed in the comments. We can argue right and wrong until the eCows come but nobody is going to walk away convinced. I want to see a list of information-age ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 8:08 AM

Scrum Product Owners Oath of Stewardship
There's an interesting discussion going on over on the Scrum Development list, dealing with technical stories verses user stories. The idea is that "Improve our continuous integration server" may not directly translate to visible functionality for a customer, so how do you handle this in Scrum. It's a conversation that pops up regularly and there are a couple of schools of thought on the subject. I'm not going to get into here. In the midst of this discussion I jokingly (sort of) made a reference ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 1, 2010 11:58 PM

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