Posts By: Ed Stafford

How To: Fixing CakePHP Broken GET Query Strings

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After getting familiar with CakePHP 2.x for a little while, writing an application, I had a need to perform an AJAX action  using the query string of an HTTP GET request. I’ve done it countless times using straight PHP, ASP.Net, even custom constructed requests from C# desktop applications.  How difficult could it be? After all, […]

Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Volume 8

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The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) is a comprehensive and wide-ranging study of the evolving threat landscape, and addresses such topics as software vulnerability disclosures and exploits, malicious software (malware), and potentially unwanted software. Volume 8 of the Security Intelligence Report (SIR v8) covers July 2009 through December 2009. It includes data derived from more […]

Technology and IT Training on a Budget.

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Keeping your skills sharp with free online training and educational resources. In my opinion, one of the biggest challenges faced by IT and Technology Professionals is keeping up with technology. It’s also one of the most important for any Technology Pro that plans to stay relevant and remain competitive in the field. This is something I can […]

Tech Humor: Password Policy

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Found this in an IT blog comment about Network Password Policies. During a company’s recent password audit, it was found that a blonde employee was using the following password: “MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento“ When asked why she had such a long password, she said she was told that it had to be at least 8 characters long and […]

FTW – Netflix takes a proactive approach, steps up and owns it.

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I signed up for a Netflix account recently after purchasing a new Blu-ray player that supports Netflix movie streaming. I figured "Wow, this is great. I can watch movies when I want from my netflix queue." My only worry was, would my current internet connection be able to sustain a quality viewing experience. I still […]

WordPress: Use Custom Fields To Add Keyword Metadata to Your Posts

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One of the short-comings with using WordPress is that it does not provide an easy, built-in way to include metadata for your web page descriptions and keywords (and rightfully so). Why Not? The reason is simply that WordPress cannot read your mind. I know it’s hard to believe when you consider what you can do […]

What are your credentials worth?

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Security Watch posted an interesting article today discussing the value of personal login credentials, or username and password combinations used to access online services. I often get asked question about why people hack into computers, or write and spread viruses and malware. My answer has always been that it’s less about damaging computers or systems […]

Beer O’Clock Friday Selections! Now On Posterous

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As some of you may already know, I like Beer!! And if you didn’t, well, you do now! Not just any beer, but good quality microbrews, craft beers, and foreign treats. You’ll never find Budweiser mentioned here – well… except for that, but it won’t happen again. A little more than a year ago, I […]

Cheap & Easy Social Media Management? Really?

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Saw an email today soliciting “Cheap & Easy Social Media Management” For the most part I don’t pay too much attention to these claims, but this one hit a nerve. Below is a the excerpt that sums it up. … Most of you are too busy to do it all yourself and don¹t want the […]

How-To: Using VBoxManage to Delete a Virtual Machine from VirtualBox

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One common problem I see from people learning to manage Virtual Machines within VirtualBox using the VBoxManager command line is the error: Cannot unregister the machine <Virtual-Machine-Name>  because it has 1 hard disks attached Before a VM can be unregistered or deleted, all disks that have been “attached” need to first be disassociated from the […]