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Sabbatical Update III

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Month Three This is it! The end of my 3 month sabbatical. I can’t believe how fast it went! This is really bitter sweet as it has been such an amazing experience to have three months of no work, but at the same time I miss it. I love what I do, I love my work people and I have had some FOMO for sure. I am ready to dive deep in, especially with all of the leveling up I have been doing. I had...

Advent of Cyber

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TryHackMe Over at TryHackMe you can get into the Christmas spirit and hone some of your hacking skills at the same time! The Advent Of Christmas event is a free event geared at getting started with cybersecurity. It’s a lot of fun. So far it’s been very, very basic, but I hear the difficulty is going to be increased as the month proceeds. There are prizes for completing the challenges...

Sabbatical Update II

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Month Two Last month when I posted my Sabbatical Update I talked a bit about my 4 goals and where I was. I thought I’d do the same update, because it’s easy to reuse the post. πŸ™‚ I. FITNESS Last month around this time I had not yet started on the fitness goal, I totally blame both being busy and some profound laziness. But this month I have defeated laziness and settled into a fitness...

C and my Dad

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C++ This week as I am going through the Jr. Penetration Tester course on INE, we are covering programming in C++. This is leading up to a C++-assisted exploitation, the next section is much the same but using Python. Oh man, I am reminded of why I never got deep into C, despite my father having years and years of experience with it. It’s not C, it’s C++, but going through this course...

Sabbatical Update

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Month One My paid three months off started October 1st. Sadly my plans are not going as well as I had hoped. I have four goals I’d like to accomplish by the end of my Sabbatical in January of 2022. Goals I think are good. Maybe? Regain my pre-Covid fitness level.Level up on Python and build proficiency in Cybersecurity by spending several hours a day on HackTheBox, TryHackMe, and BugBounty...

TIL: Injection

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Today I Learned: I studied for over 10 hours today! I learned quite a bit, as well as a lot of review. One of the most fun things I learned at HackTheBox was this: Using Burp Suite and the repeater (as one method, you could also use cURL, etc.) you can send the following: username=admin&password[$ge]=0 Along with changing the content type to: application/x-www-form-urlencoded to attempt...

RASPBERRY PI CLUSTER RUNNING K3S – PART II

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LET’S BUILD A CLUSTER AND RUN KUBERNETES! PART II – Deploying NGINX (And A Service) In Part I we built the hardware and installed K3s on our Raspberry Pi cluster. Now we are going to deploy some pods and a service. The first thing we are going to do is deploy 12 NGINX servers across our cluster. We do this with a manifest file that we deploy on the master node. Manifest: Specification of a...

Raspberry Pi Cluster running K3s – Part I

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Let’s build a cluster and run Kubernetes! Part I – Building The Cluster & Installing Kubernetes I was doing some cybersecurity research on YouTube one day when I came across a somewhat related video where a guy built an 8 node Raspberry Pi cluster and got it to run Kubernetes, or K8s as it’s widely know. Well actually this is running K3s, which is basically K8s. I was hooked...

Some A8c Perks

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Here is a list of some of the things I am taking advantage of at Automattic. I am hoping these entice you to apply. You can see even more benefits of working at Automattic here.

Raspberry Pi & VNC

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An alternative to my daily use computer I feel a lot more comfortable accessing and using HackTheBox and TryHackMe from a different computer than the one I use daily. Tonight I took one of my Raspberry Pi’s and installed it with the Raspberry Pi OS with desktop image. Following this guide and using VNC to work with the two sites, I feel a bit more secure. As an added step I also have the...

First Song In Live

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*holds breath* It’s about 80% there. There is a lot I am not happy with, but I am proud of it. Every beat, every note, every sound is mine. Playing with synth, a drum pad, getting it all to mesh. It’s way more difficult than I imagined! I think the first thing I’ll be doing is cutting some sections out and making it shorter. The more I read and learn, the more I see my mistakes...

Update WordPRess Via WP-CLI

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Updating WordPress Core via the CLI. Updating WordPress via the CLI is pretty easy. First make sure you have wp-cli installed. I’ll use my Linode as an example. # wget --2021-08-02 03:09:12-- Resolving raw.githubusercontent.com (raw.githubusercontent.com)... 185.199.108.133, 185.199.109.133, 185.199.110.133, ... Connecting to raw.githubusercontent.com (raw.githubusercontent.com)|185.199.108...

Creativity & Lumi Keys

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Return to creativity Music is probably one of the most influential forces in my life. Whether I am creating it, listening to it, or writing it, it’s something that brings me peace and fulfills that creator drive inside. Music has always been a part of my life. I learned guitar and piano when I was 6 and have always had a keyboard and guitars around. In college I studied classical guitar and...

Wio Terminal Network Analyzer

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What better way to get acquainted with the Wio Terminal than a project! I saw the Dual Band WiFi Analyzer with Wio Terminal example and decided to follow it. It was a pretty smooth and fun process. You start by setting up the Wio Terminal software, then you update the Wireless Core RTL8720 firmware and install all related libraries. python3 ambd_flash_tool.py erase python3 ambd_flash_tool.py...

adafruit Clue Projects

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One of my team mates at work started a project group for within my team to experiment with a Clue. This thing is so cool! The idea is to try project together as a group. So far there are 5 of us and I imagine it will grow even larger as word spreads. My Clue arrived today, along with a Wio Terminal which I plan to try several projects with as well. I’ll post updates as they come, including...

Linode & WordPress

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I recently grabbed a Linode and turned it into a web server. It was so fun! Securing Linux, installing, configuring, and securing services, getting it all working with WordPress and iptables, I spent a few hours having a blast. Keep an eye out for a tutorial. I’ll take you from sign up to launching a WordPress site. It’s under $5 a month for everything.
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Updates to the home office – Work with me!

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I work for a great company. One of the many perks that I and my co-workers enjoy is a regular hardware refresh. That along with a paid three-month sabbatical encouraged every five years, home office, career coaching, time off (open vacation policy) and more! I am sharing so you come and work with me! So it was time for a hardware refresh this month, and it was also time to pick out my four-year...

5 Year Anniversary Mac

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I have been at Automattic for over 5 years! I am truly blessed to have found both a company and a role that fit me so well. One of the many benefits of working at Automattic is the 4/5 year anniversary Mac. Typically we are able to refresh our hardware every 18 months. This time around a few of us opted for the new 13″ Macbook Pro with the new M1 chip. What makes this laptop special is that...

Customer Success

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Customer Success My favorite definition of Customer Success is very simple. Delivering value with a wonderful experience. If I were to imagine that I myself was in a Customer Success Manager role, I would see my function as making sure that post sale, our new customer stays our customer. I would be regularly taking their pulse to see if they are deriving value from our product and if they need...

Sabbatical Plans

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After 5 years I have earned a sabbatical! I have planned it for the summer of 2021. Here are the things I want to do. Travel: 14 days in New Zealand (Bonus: Hobbiton!)Complete this rally school, get licensed and participate in a rally. While there drive and explore New England in a rally car, possibly WRX or BMW. (14 days)Camping trip in Tahoe or Sierras with family, including...

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