Dell SonicWall did a good job of giving me anxiety this weekend with a possible serious vulnerability in their SSL VPN client.

Fortunately the client was fine it was just a certain model of appliance (that we don't have) that had the issue.

More QAnon 

A great video from NY Times on what we can do about QAnon. One of the main points is: Don't ridicule as it only drives people deeper into the rabbit hole. And that makes sense from my own personal experiences.

youtu.be/4lg6cZmfpeM

Oh fun.

Town has a third level domain name from years back town.wearecool.ab.ca. We tried to register a wildcard for *.town.wearecool.ab.ca. But we can't because we don't control (nor does anyone else) wearecool.ab.ca and since 2012, these types of third level domains are defunct.

So… I guess now I'm just going to register an entirely new domain to use for access to all the services that used to run on *.town.wearecool.ab.ca.

COVID, Good news 

So relative of my wife's in Germany was taken to hospital last week with what they though was asthma but turns out it was COVID. Pretty frightening since he's in his 80's, and tough because his wife has had multiple strokes and didn't really understand what's going on.

The good news is he's doing better and has now tested negative as have all other family members.

All this time I was making InfoSec out to be much harder than I needed. I guess all I have to do is mash keys? 😎​ github.com/linuxmint/cinnamon-

Apparently it's MSP sales season because they just will not leave me alone right now.

New phone system ordered. Some new IP phones ordered in order to get rid of an aging phone system at another location. Raspberry Pi ordered for a display system. I'm going to be a little busy for a while I think…

Because eventually I let SCCM handle everything I got out of practice but, I forgot just how satisfying it is to modify WIM images by hand and do driver injection that way.

Wouldn't be manageable in a large company. But for 6 laptops of the same model, why not?

potty humour? 

Apt. This also applies to encryption back doors.

I should probably fire up my ParrotOS laptop more often so I don't have over 2000 packages to upgrade when I do…

Looks like there's a major Telus outage, at least in Western Canada right now. This should be fun.

Carbon Black vs RDP 

This Carbon Black and RDP issue is really strange. While it works with this other image, RDP connections still hang with a black screen for a few seconds before the connection completes.

According to their support, I'm supposed to bring it up with @thegibson 😂​

Windows being Windows 

Actually, I think I'll pass on this one…

Well look at that. I'm not sure if it's my newly added exceptions for the backup agents or if they fixed something but Carbon Black is actually upgrading on all my servers. They just go into Bypass mode until a reboot and then things are good. This makes me very, very happy.

QAnon / USPol / Friendship 

It’s tough but I may just have to quietly sever ties with my QAnon following friend from childhood. While I don’t fear him becoming violent physically (he believes social media is the real battleground) it’s got to the point where I can’t even have a normal conversation with him.

We care about some of the same things but for different reasons. He’s trying to de-Google but instead of it being purely for privacy it’s because he believes that Google is his left/ liberal enemy.

It amazes me how left / right focused he’s become. Maybe that’s because for the longest time I’ve avoided placing myself on a political spectrum. I personally believe in a policy of respect and humanity. This tends to align my beliefs with left political parties more often then not but not exclusively.

Normally I’m not big on flavoured coffee but this stuff from my brother-in-law is pretty good!

USPol / SCIENCE / poor humor 

I got excited and thought maybe this would work on re-conditioning QAnons too. But then I read this:
'Indeed, if humans eat too much meat, diarrhea usually ensues. And within weeks, they can develop protein poisoning and even die. “Because we humans are not fully adapted to a carnivorous diet, we simply cannot digest protein very well,” Lahtinen says. “It can be very fatal in a very short period of time.”'

So I guess another strategy is required.

TL;DR: Because we couldn't handle the protein from hunting and eating large, wild animals, it went to the wild dogs and helped domesticate them.

scientificamerican.com/article

Work / Windows fun 

Since I had issues with Carbon Black and Lenovo's default image, and since I have 6 new Lenovo's coming next week… I think I'm finally going to have a reason to use MDT next week to speed up re-imaging and deploying these. I really missed getting to do that.

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