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Dizz Knee Land

We all have songs which will pop into our head for seemingly no reason. During my junior college days a friend said it was always the last song you heard before getting out of your car. Others theorize it is because radio stations are paid to play the same four songs a billion times in order to aid marketing campaigns. There actually seemed to be a bit of truth to this during the late 80s when every “hit” song also seemed to be featured in a beer commercial. Those theories would tend to explain the songs we physically cannot hide from unless we use some Internet radio site and take the time to pick each and every tune on the playlist paying money so they don’t “help us out” by… Read more >

Zero Days – Pt. 2

Please read Part 1 first. Part of me wants to see if this documentary also covers the hard drive firmware virus. The geek in me wants to tip my hat to the people who created that thing because there is almost no way to purge that. Hard drives never used to have flashable firmware. I guess they do now. If your eyes glaze over now I will understand, but, you really need to understand a bit about this to understand just how at-risk you really are in today’s world. I’m old enough to remember booting the DOS DEBUG utility to format MFM hard drives for DOS based PCs. I even remember the run-it-overnight COMPSURF utility for Netware servers. Back in the day all PC and most larger computer hard drives… Read more >

Zero Days Pt. 1

I was incredibly excited when I saw this report on PBS News Hour. Those who know me know that I’ve spent roughly 30 years working in IT. I got into software during the gold rush of the 80s. If you knew VAX BASIC or IBM COBOL you could work anywhere _and_ make a good living. Of course we all know what happened to that career path when rightsizing swept through the industry followed by massive visa abuse to drive both the cost and the ability of the labor force down. Most of you are seeing the results in the quality of the software and Web sites you are using. The mindset of the world has changed from being upset and shunning things which don’t work correctly to being happy when… Read more >

Challenge Your Beliefs – Pt. 2

Sometimes you need to challenge a major belief in your writing. Something you hold dear or sacred. This is as much for your personal exploration as to move your story along. These challenges are best framed in your first draft. Later, when re-reading and editing, you can either flesh them out or take what you learned from the exploration and cut them out. I strongly suggest you save them in your snippets directory because you will want to visit them again much later. At some point some interviewer will ask you why you said what you said. Unless you remember the journey vividly, you will need to revisit the prose which set you on your path. I have things scattered about where I explored beliefs. Perhaps I’m just at an… Read more >

Shakespeare’s Dilemma

The interesting and always challenging author interview is a thing of beauty and matter of embarrassment. I’m certain many who read this blog understand how these cyber things are done. Either my publicist or I solicit interested parties. They forward a sometimes exhausting list of questions, softballs really, and I spend a half dozen hours answering and proofing before I send back. Ky, the lady responsible for garnering this opportunity, will take a swipe at my prose and then pass on the interview. If the blogger or interviewer decides they like what they see, my words find their way into cyber consciousness. If I’m too wordy, I’m re-edited, or if they decided my answers aren’t in keeping with their style, entire questions might be eliminated and tossed into the cyber… Read more >

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