Social engineering.

July 30, 2009

According to the Wikipedia article Social engineering “is the act of manipulating people into (…) divulging confidential information.” Now I don’t think that in this case I manipulated Wesley… the following story falls into the category anyway:

Wesley is a new client of mine. I have a very simple assignment: Install Moveable Type on his GoDaddy webspace. To fulfill this task I need his login information. He sent it to me, with an explanation… the password is the name and birthdate of a female whom I accidentally happen to know, not his wife and married to someone else herself.


And another one. Gone.

May 8, 2008

Secretgeek has shut down his blog.

I have found that the stories around here keep repeating themselves… Well, the names change, but the pattern remains:

  • People don’t backup their stuff
  • … and blame other people for their own mistakes
  • People don’t care about security
  • … or confuse it with obscurity
  • … and blame other people for their own mistakes
  • People “borrow” stuff
  • … and blame…

I also lost the fun writing about travel or about other people’s private lives. I will not yet shut down this blog, because it helps me remember that things have always been that way, and always will be. But don’t expect new stories in the near future. Nor in the distant future.


When you lose your private key…

March 13, 2008

… your certificate becomes useless. Now if only you had a backup…


Terry Tate for Secretgeek.

February 22, 2008

Although Andrew is gone I’m sure Secretgeek could still put an office linebacker to good use:


Pelvic power lifting etc.

February 5, 2008

Best viral condom campaign, ever. Not really safe-for-work.


Travelling – observations.

January 17, 2008

Sometimes there are weird people on trains. Today a guy sat across the aisle from me. He had his trolley standing in the aisle, his coat thrown over it, and the entire package clutched with his right arm. His backpack was tightly stuffed between his legs. He wore black shoes, blue socks with toon characters, and the way he was sitting made his pants ride up high, revealing 4 inches of hairless skin. His grey suite jacket was completely buttoned up. His red tie also sported toon characters. His hair was clearly dyed. Throughout the entire ride the guy played some kind of online game on his iPhone. All in all a very funny sight. And although I don’t want to I’ll probably remember this for quite a while.


Borrowing hardware – finale.

January 17, 2008

Andrew has returned the laptop computer. He says, it’s for good.