Will Chatham is a Cyber Security Analyst, Ethical Hacker, and Penetration Tester at a federal data center in Asheville, NC. Since Netscape 2.0, he has worked in a wide array of environments including non-profit, corporate, small business, and government. His varied background, from developer to search engine optimizer to security professional, has helped him build a wide range of skills that help those with whom he works and teaches.

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Will Chatham is a Cyber Security Analyst, Ethical Hacker, and Penetration Tester at a federal data center in Asheville, NC. Since Netscape 2.0, he has worked in a wide array of environments including non-profit, corporate, small business, and government. His varied background, from developer to search engine optimizer to security professional, has helped him build a wide range of skills that help those with whom he works and teaches.

No Phone, No Phone

For those of you who call us on our land line, you might be interested in knowing we will not have a land line after tomorrow. We have opted to go totally to our cell phones and do away with that which annoys us.

We switched to a new cell service that gave us a great price on a great plan, and it was cost effective to ditch the Bellsouth land line. This means that we will no longer be in the phone book, which is OK with us since they insisted on not correcting their misspelling of our names for 4 years anyway.

So, if you don’t have our cell numbers, let me know and I’ll think about giving them to you 🙂

Edit: Upon reflection, I realized that this site has no clear way of getting in touch with me. So, I added a contact page.

Crain Stuff

I’ve been in touch with my old pal John Kampschaefer a bunch lately. He has been digging up some of the hundreds, if not thousands, of pictures he took during the Crain era. John was pretty much the 5th member of Crain, acting as roadie, sound man, photojournalist, brother, friend, and accomplice. I knew he had a lot of good stuff in his basement darkroom, and now it is starting to see the light of day.

Check out the Pictures at the www.crainspeed.com site for continuing updates from his amazing collection.

John took pictures of the entire Louisville punk scene during those days, and I’m hoping to talk him into a web site just for that. I think a lot of people would be into it.

Server Woes

So I just got my web server back in order after about 12 hours of problems. I ran some upgrades early this morning that borked the entire server.

It turns out something got misconfigured in lilo, the Linux boot loader, and it wouldn’t boot up after the upgrades. Once that was resolved, I had some problems with my root directory being full. After that, I learned that there was a PHP file that didn’t get upgraded, which took down all WordPress installations (me, chris, chris, lauren, etc). I finally got that resolved. Lastly, webmail started showing up in Arabic, and that was due to the same PHP problem.

I’m glad I got everything straightened out with no loss of data. Downtime stinks and is stressful when you have a bunch of clients hosted who rely on email and generate money off their sites every day, but it happens to the best of them.

Thanks for the patience of everyone.

Hil-ariousness

This is just too funny. Microsoft just launched a new Internet Explorer Security Newsgroup. 4 years too late!!!

The comments posted are just too funny. Here are a few choice ones:

“This blog is a great metaphor for how well Microsoft understands the full implications of everything it does. ”

“I found a security flaw where IE accidentally loses massive amounts of market share every time I launch it.”

” Hi, can you make IE as secure as firefox?

Shouldn’t be too hard right, since you guys have like 30 billion dollars? … and mozilla has … 2 … million?

Thanks.”

(link via waxy)

Crain – Speed

So I got my 25 advanced copies of the new Crain Speed LP on CD the other day. The official release date is April 5, 2005.

I was completely blown away by how good the CD sounds. John Golden took the original 8-track tapes and remastered them. The sound is full, wide, and for lack of a better word…rocking!

I set up a web site at CrainSpeed.com that has all the details. There are a few downloads of the new tracks too! Check it out.

I still have a hard time believing that 13 years after the original record was released, there is still enough interest to make something like this happen. Thanks to Jeremy and Temporary Residence for spearheading this project!

Le Bien, Le Mal

The bad news is that my Forum got borked during my recent server move. The good news is that I reinstalled it from scratch.

The bad news is Louisville is playing Marquette tonight, who always finds a way to beat them. The good news is, Lousiville is up 13 at the half.

The bad news is I was getting pounded by referrer spam in my visitor logs. The good news is I found a method of using .htaccess to stop the spammers cold and waste their own bandwidth.