Commerce Bank’s huge security failure

My checking account is part of Commerce Bank which about a year ago was bought out by TD Bank. Up until this summer their site still worked for all my online banking. The theme had changed on the site but all the same login functionality was there. Then September 20th rolled around and I goto log into my account to check on some things only to find that now is a search engine spam page?! »

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Word of advice

Don’t run Windows 2003 on Xen (open source version). That is all. Thank you »

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Command of the Day

ssh-copy-id , I hate myself for only finding out about this command 2 days ago and painlessly copying my ssh key to hosts in such a crappy manual method. I’m embarrassed I didn’t even bother scripting the process before finding out about this command. From man page… ssh-copy-id – install your public key in a remote machine’s autho- rized_keys »

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Doctor Office ideas

Doctor’s waiting rooms have so much potential for some sort of product to be placed in there to occupy peoples time while they wait for sometimes hours at a time to see a doctor. I went to a dermatologist about 6 months ago that actually had 3 computers setup for people to use while you waited, but I don’t see that working in a place where people are actually sick and spreading germs. »

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Sound pollution

I must finally reveal to the world my secret for the solution to help curb NYC sound pollution and hope someone out there somehow finds a way to get this done. The solution… ::drumroll:: is to track taxi cab horn usage and impose fines based on excessive horn use. I know , I know I’m a genius , stop it, please. In my ignorant mind about cars, it seems simple enough to create a device that would activate anytime the horn is pushed, record the datetime, and record the duration of the honk. »

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smokeping’s whacky source

I’ll first start off by saying I think smokeping is a great program and Tobi Oetiker is a great programmer whose contributions to the community have been great and in no way could I ever create MRTG or RRDTool. But…. After downloading the source to smokeping today and trying to configure it to run, I was completely shocked at how poorly it was put together. It’s clear that Tobi did not bother with making his code easy to run on any other system but his own with constant absolute paths to his own home directories on his personal machine! »

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BIND zone file management

Anyone out there have any recommendations for managing zone files in BIND? It seems the general consensus is that people just end up using home grown systems. A lot of the web based projects out there are either abadoned or use strictly a database backend which is nice but it adds another layer of complexity, and a failure point. I’d like to be able to switch back and forth between using the management system and being able to do an inline search and replace if need be , on my zone files. »

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Instruction booklets for furniture

Since moving into the city I’ve had to assemble a lot of furniture from ikea and other various places. Today while putting together snack tables from bed bath & beyond I believe I discovered my source of why I hate putting this crap together, the instructions. You see in order to save money on printing costs places like Ikea use picture only instruction manuals so they don’t need to translate every booklet into every language where they ship to. »

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Guest Rant – Leaners

What’s the deal with the leaner’s on the subways? You know who I mean, the dude who can’t be bothered to hold on the support poll, instead he has to lean against it. In order to hold on and keep yourself from falling all over the place, you have to wedge your fingers in between the poll and his sweaty back. I understand sometimes we all don’t want to stand on the subway. »

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Drug Stocks

What happened today with Schering-Plough (SGP) is exactly why I have never bought a pharmaceutical stock and don’t plan to. I’ve always had this belief that every pharma company was one FDA study away from a 20% drop or worse and I had been meaning to write a blog post about this for a while. Of course on the flip side you could say with these stocks they always have a pop in them if they get approved for a new drug but the drug approval process creates so much volatility in these stocks as the FDA takes a very long time and creates many news stories causing lots of pops and drops on rumors of approval or FDA wanting more information. »

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